Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Salvage and deep space probes

It sometimes pay to have a salvager or two in place and a hauler close by. I was in a system running a low-sec mission with my corporation mate TFAce who was in a zealot and causing merry hell in the last mission. I left 'T' blasting these recently discovered Angels, hiding in a forward observation station, that I probed out (accidentally) using some exploration probes.

The mission with TFAce was a lot of fun, I was scanning for exploration sites and after a few attempts I found the weak deadspace signature that required a few sift probes to pin-point the Angel site. TFAce is devastating in his zealot and was dishing out damage and destruction on a wide-scale. He's suffering from an isk crunch at the moment, after falling foul to Concord and I offered a loan to him but he was ok.

TFAce has been a stalwart pilot and friend and it was good working with him. My intention is to do more low-sec work with him and prepare ourselves for the faction warfare madness that will be coming.

I was getting very weak hits on the gravimetric wavelength and it was entirely possible that I had discovered what might be a hidden asteroid field. However, unlucky for the Angels, my probes found their hiding place instead. Stubbornly, the gravimetric signal return was still too weak for me to get a lock on. I moved off from the discovered Angel site and had to head back to pick up more probes.

As I was powering back to the gate, there was a pinging sound as my ship flew through a shower of shrapnel and flash-frozen fluids.

A quick scan and there were three wrecks all within range of a gate. I slowed down and scanned the wrecks and was delighted to scavenge some lovely goods; a screen shot is above. One of the wrecks was a hauler and dropped three secure cans, packed full with ore.


Anyway, once that was done, I continued to my hangar and picked up more probes. The difficulty of finding this hidden belt probably meant that it contained quite valuable ore. I was not going to give up. I had a close approximation on where the gravimetric signature was and started to seed probes around this area, I used sift probes with a range of less than 0.4 AU but super sensitive. TFAce by this time had left for the night, leaving me alone in the system.

After almost six hours of scanning, I still had no results but was not going to give up. It was faint, very faint and so tantalising. Twenty-six hours later and half way through a novel, I got a hit. Small, faint and almost lost in the background noise. I double-checked the result and then warped to the search result, the scanner through luck managed to get a result with zero deviation and after a short jump, was spat out into a small asteroid field complete with the remains of some space cathedral. Interested, I hit the scanner and found about seven large pieces scattered about. The rocks were all of the Gneiss variety and very nice they were.

I then arranged for a mining barge and hauler to be made available and will be mining there soon. Unfortunately, there are pirates about. Need to be careful I think.


Ombey said...

Interesting read- you were scanning for 26 hours!?

votrian said...

Not quite, there was downtime and I didn't log back on straight away but I got back to the scanning the next day around DT +9, so all in all - I was scanning for about 15 hours over two days.

Yeah - just hit analyse and read another chapter!

Bri said...

i admire your patience. =) i tried it once with the onboard scanner, gave up rather quickly after one attempt and could not be bothered to train for probing skills...

Anonymous said...

Wow dedication AND good screen shots! not to mention a how to for folks.

-Nice work man 26 hours is WAY longer than I have to be sure!

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