5,000??? FIVE THOUSAND Systems Explored!!!

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T. S. Eliot, Essayist, Poet

17.11.yc117 NG-C6Y < YFN-UN Constellation < Syndicate

That’s right, I just explored my 5,000th system…

Trying to find something to say…

Just no words, really. It’s a mind numbing number. Five thousand. It kind of rolls off the tongue. Has a nice ring to it. What can I say, I’m really happy to have made it this far and I can see the star light at the end of the warp tunnel. So, nice, so very, very nice.

Here’s the map, followed by some of my favorite images from Syndicate so far.

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5,000 Systems Explored as of 17.11.yc117 (Nov. 17th, 2015)

3KNK-A IX, Moon 2, Trust Partners Trading Post

3KNK-A IX, Moon 2, Trust Partners Trading Post

A9D-R0 VI

A9D-R0 VI

Poitot VI

Poitot VI

UM-Q7F XI, 0EK-NJ Gate

UM-Q7F XI, 0EK-NJ Gate

UTKS-5 VI, A-ZLHX Gate

UTKS-5 VI, A-ZLHX Gate

Constantly Moving Forward

“We are travelers constantly moving forward and looking back. Alone, and as one, we have no choice but to try for our insatiable curiosity, for our fear of what should happen if we don’t. You are that explorer now. We will say goodbye and you will look back one last time and know that wherever you go we will be with you.” – Commander Shepard, Mass Effect: Andromeda

08.11.yc117 W-4NUU < Tinnimerci Constellation < Cloud Ring

((OOC: To say I’m eager to play the new Mass Effect: Andromeda when it comes out would be an understatement! Nice segue to the new frontier with Femshep passing the torch. Sweet!))

9-4RP2 I

9-4RP2 I

Actually seeing the end of my exploration of K-Space in sight… I just have to pause for a moment. When I started this journey, I honestly felt I’d never get this far. I thought I’d stop and give up or I’d hit some region of space that would prove beyond my abilities to explore. Twice along the way, I did stop for reasons I’ve explained before. Once, with the loss of my father, was for over a year. That was the last break and when I returned in 01.03.yc116 (March 2014), I’ve not stopped since. Soon, I’ll be passing five thousand systems explored. 5,000 systems! Not long after that milestone, I’ll be done with K-Space.

PPG-XC V, Moon 1

PPG-XC V, Moon 1

Here’s a bit of interesting information. While exploring Empire space, I would always stop at a station and dock for down time. In a sense, it was a cushy way to fly, being able to explore a few systems, get some rest, shower, have a few drinks, then start again the next day. While exploring Null Sec over the last year, I’ve only docked once – it will be a year this upcoming December. The lawyers demanded an in person signature in order to dissolve my corporation and join Signal Cartel. Except for that one time, when I finished my daily exploration, I’ve had to find a safespot in space, shutdown my systems, and hope that I’m not found. No showers, no drinks, no easy way to stretch my legs. I think my podgoo needs a change… ewww. You’ve no idea just how forward I’m looking to docking again and visiting my captain’s quarters!

28O-JY IV, CX7-70 Gate

28O-JY IV, CX7-70 Gate

As for a mission update, I’m on track and still on schedule to finish K-Space by the end of the year. I plan on posting each week an updated travel map to show my progress as I close in on completing Phase II (exploring Null Sec). Check the map out down below for current progress and you can see my history in my Gallery at this click.

The End is near! (In a good way) Then my insatiable curiosity will take me to wormhole space.

Systems explored as of 08.11.yc117 (Nov. 8th, 2015)

Systems explored as of 08.11.yc117 (Nov. 8th, 2015)

System Accounting and the Map Gap

“For myself, I like a universe that, includes much that is unknown and, at the same time, much that is knowable.” – Carl Sagan

01.11.yc117 ZJET-E < WMP-OF Constellation < Pure Blind

5S-KXA XI, Theta Appreciation Station

5S-KXA XI, Theta Appreciation Station

With less than 10% of K-Space (Known) left to go, I figured it’s time to make sense of the numbers. Looking at the upper right section of my blog, you’ll find my Exploration Statistics where I try to keep track of just how much I’ve explored of New Eden. There’s just one problem, ok, maybe two problems, they only reflect K-Space and they include several regions that are not reachable by capsuleers. Let’s go over just what I’m talking about.

HHK-VL II

HHK-VL II

In K-Space, there are a total of 67 regions which account for 5,431 systems as follows:
1,907 Empire Space
3,524 Null Sec
5,431 Total Systems

Explored as of today: 4,856 systems or 89.4% of K-Space

But wait! That’s not less than 10% left. What gives? I hear you ask.

MapGapThere are unreachable regions on the east side of the map. Two Jovian regions: A821-A and J7HZ-F as well as an unknown region called UUA-F4 (Developers test region). In total they account for 230 systems. As it stands currently, we’re not able to explore those regions. There are no gates that connect us to them. Jump drives apparently are unable to reach as well. We don’t have the technology to build gates to connect to systems that don’t have corresponding exit gates on the other side. Rumor is, the technology is being developed, but until then, we simply can’t get to Jove space or the unknown region.

What’s that mean for my exploration of K-Space? Well, it means I’ll not be able to complete it fully. So, I’ll do all I can before beginning phase III which will be exploration of W-Space (wormhole).

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Systems explored as of 1.11.yc117 (Nov. 1st, 2015)

The adjusted numbers will be as follows:
1,907 Empire Space
3,524 Null Sec
5,431 Total Systems in 67 regions
– 230 Unreachable systems in 3 regions
5,201 Adjusted Total Systems in 64 regions

Explored as of today: 4,856 systems or 93.4% of adjusted K-Space

But wait! That’s not all the systems in New Eden. You’re right.

As I’ve just mentioned, there are indeed more systems to be explored that can be reached and they are found in wormhole space. They’ll add another 2,498 systems plus another 101 newly discovered shattered wormhole systems and Thera for a total of 2,599 systems.

3QE-9Q VI, ZOYW-O Gate

3QE-9Q VI, ZOYW-O Gate

All in all, everything that we know about New Eden can be found in 8,030 systems.
1,907 Empire Space
3,524 Null Sec
5,431 Total K-Space Systems
2,599 Total W-Space Systems
8,030 Total New Eden Systems

Now reality sets in. Explored as of today: 4,856 systems out of 8,030 or 60.5% of all of New Eden.

Just when I thought I was getting close to done…

ROIR-Y II, Sisters of EVE Bureau

ROIR-Y II, Sisters of EVE Bureau

Only Passing Through, Honest

“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.” – Groucho Marx

27.09.yc117 KW-1MV System < TJ10-O Constellation < Tenal

2ISU-Y IX, DL1C-E Gate

2ISU-Y IX, DL1C-E Gate

In an effort to stay on track, I’ve made a big push these last few weeks. I’ve gotten behind schedule and I’m hoping to be finished with K-Space before the holidays. (Known Space which includes High, Low, and Null Sec). The drone regions were fairly empty, so I was able to maintain a steady pace, but once I hit Vale of the Silent, the journey became a bit bumpy.

EIV-1W VII, 9IPC-E Gate

EIV-1W VII, 9IPC-E Gate

Some days I enjoy playing the cat and mouse game, some days I don’t. Lately, it’s been a bit more on the enjoyable side and yet nerve racking at the same time. After the boredom and long runs of seeing few in local in the drone regions, it came as a bit of a shock when I entered Vale, Tribute, Venal, and Tenal. There’ve been plenty of pipes and pockets with people. (Sorry! I couldn’t help myself!) Not just a few folks, but lots of folks. Lots of activity. I know one thing, the closer I get to completing K-Space, the more nervous I’m getting, and the fewer risk I’m willing to take.

PM-DWE I

PM-DWE I

I did have one interesting run in. I got to meet Dirk MacGirk, of Podside fame, in local. To me, that has to be one of the biggest advantages that Eve Online has over other online games, the single shard universe. When you hear of some of the great battles in Eve, read blogs, and listen to podcast, among the many other things that go on each day in New Eden, they are all happening on the same server that you’re in. Anyway, we said hello in local, exchanged a couple of friendly in game mails, then a couple of his corp/alliance mates tried to catch me, I escaped, and our lives went on. I’ll make a quick plug here for his new show called Open Comms. You can find it on Twitch TV at the Mittani. Check it out.

One more plug while I’m at it. Roc Wieler has a new album coming out! Very cool. I admit it, I’m a fan, enjoy his music, and I’ve already pre-ordered his new one. The Eve community has some great talent and Roc is one of the excecptional ones. He’s a fan of the game and it shows. So, check it out. My personal favorites are his “YC113” and the “New Eden Soundtrack”.

Lastly, a shout out to Joffy Aulx-Gao, thanks for keeping up with me and Mynxee for offering to make a care package run out to me!

V0DF-2 VII, Moon 1

V0DF-2 VII, Moon 1

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Systems explored as of 27.09.yc117 (Sept. 27th, 2015)

Northward Bound

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” – Amelia Earhart, Aviation Pioneer

BVRQ-O VII, FBH-JN Gate

BVRQ-O VII, FBH-JN Gate

The Drone Regions… perhaps the longest, loneliest, stretch of space I’ve transversed so far. With the completion of the Kalevala Expanse, I can finally say I’m done with that area. I had also hoped it would be the end of xXDeathXx Space, but it seems that’s not quite the case yet. With just one more region to go before claiming the East is done, I’ll be Northward Bound.

As far as Null Sec goes, there’s not much on the West side, so the bulk of what I have remaining to explore in K-Space lies in the North. I eye it with apprehension, eagerness, and wonder. What will the residents be like? Will I be welcomed or scorned? What beauty will be found in the black? What evil lurks in the shadows?

BGMZ-0 VI

BGMZ-0 VI

In a way, I do feel a sense of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel at least when it comes to K-Space. The final end of this phase is in sight, nearly within my grasp.

Time to take that next step, set my foot upon the path and get on with it… Let’s go, shall we?

Images this week are some of my favorites from the Kalevala Expanse.

LE-67X VIII

LE-67X VIII

SOS: Windows 10… Grounded!

OOC:

*** UPDATE ***

Seems I wasn’t consistent running the launcher as admin…

Live and learn. Thanks CCP Darwin!

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LO5-LN IX, Utopia Station

LO5-LN IX, Utopia Station

I’m not one that usually jumps right on board with anything new technology’wise, but the temptation of Windows 10 for “Free” (still waiting to see just how free it is) was too good to pass up. I mean, like the Star Trek movies, every other release is the good one. So, logically speaking Windows 7 = “Good”, Windows 8 = “Bad”, therefore Windows 10 should equal “Good”. I’m still wondering why Microsoft skipped 9, maybe they wanted the even numbers to be good from now one. Anyway, on to my issue.

I did the usual things, I Googled for any issues in general about 10 and didn’t find anything too bad. For the most part, folks were saying good things like, best of 7 and 8 combined. Then I went and did some research on Eve Online vs Windows 10 and the only issues I could find were folks having launcher issues and offering work some arounds for that. Cool. I checked on other apps and games and didn’t find anything that would be a show stopper.

So why not?

NIM-FY XI, B-VFDD Gate

NIM-FY XI, B-VFDD Gate

I should have known better and it was a good reminder as to why I shouldn’t jump right onto something new, because if anything can and will go wrong, I’ll be the one to find it. Remind me to tell you the story of the first car I bought on my own, a new 1984 Ford Mustang Sedan. It ended up being the first with an electrical system issue that prompted a recall of that years model. Good times…

Here’s what happened. I upgraded and all seemed well. Actually for the most part, I’m pleased with Windows 10, no major issues (excluding Eve), some minor issues I’ve worked through (no sound in general), Cortana not talking to me (got sound working except for her) which I think it was personal thing, but I finally got her to talk, and figuring out where Microsoft moved everything to. They love to move and hide things so you have to find them again. Ugh.

So what of Eve Online? Well, that’s the weird thing. After upgrading, I checked out a few things right off to see if they were still good, Eve Online was one of those as I wanted to get some more exploration in. It worked great, no issues, launched just fine, game ran fine, so I kicked off some manufacturing jobs on an alt and logged off with the intention of coming back later. Well, it actually ended up being a few days later and in between that time and when I tried again, there had been some Windows updates and such.

S5W-1Z IX

S5W-1Z IX

I come back to Eve Online, logged in to my alt to kick off some more manufacturing jobs before I was going to switch over and continue my exploration and then it happened. In the hanger view, the game was so sluggish that I could barely click on the button to bring up industry. Then it was excruciatingly painful to click on blueprints and kick off new jobs. I finally was able to get some things going before becoming too aggravated and giving up. But the really bad news was, there was no way I would switch to Katia and try to continue my explorations of Null Sec with that kind of lag and performance.

No other game, application, local apps, internet surfing, etc, has that kind of issue. Seriously, Windows 10 has been great so far and for the most part, I’m glad I upgraded, but when it comes to Eve Online, I’m grounded, dead in space.

VW-PXL V

VW-PXL V

I’ve done the usual things like making sure my video driver is up to date, it is, and it’s one geared up for Windows 10. I’ve set Eve Online for DX9, instead of DX11, which actually seemed to improve performance a tad, actually not that much, but it did seem to make manufacturing tolerable. Still no way I’m flying, however. I’ve tried full screen as I usually do windowed, no difference.
With this being the only game having an issue, the only thing I’m left with is it has to be something with Eve Online itself. I’ve not tried an uninstall and reinstall yet, I guess I could, but I’m hesitate to do that just yet. I’m still hoping I can stumble into figuring out that one little thing I’m sure it is…

For now, the images in this post are some of my favorites from Malpais so far, until I’m able to restart my engines and fly again…

 

Y6-9LF VI

Y6-9LF VI

Mission Update: 4k and Beyond!

When I first started this journey in yc111 (December 2009), I had every intention of finishing, yet at the same time was doubtful that I ever would. For those that are new to the blog, my original mission was to visit every planet in every K-Space (known space) system in New Eden. I had only two phases in mind: Phase I – Exploration of Empire space and Phase II – Exploration of Null Sec. After a couple of short lived attempts and restarts, I finally finished Phase I a year ago in yc116 (July 4th, 2014). That accounted for 1,907 systems completed out of 5,431 systems in K-Space. Now one year later on 04.07.yc117 (July 4th, 2015), I finished my 4,000th K-Space system. To put it in perspective, that’s 2,093 Null Sec systems in just one year which is more than I’ve done in all of Empire over four and a half years. That puts me at 73.6% of K-Space explored. What does that look like on the map?

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Map one year ago

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Current map

New map currently

New current map

Honestly, never thought I’d get this far and if I stay on track, I should finish K-Space by the end of the year. If I stick to it, that would be it, no more, I would retire. Oh, you’re probably wondering why I’ve not shown systems explored via the new map. Well, I do like the new map, especially being able to zoom all the way into a system view. I’ve really enjoyed that aspect of it. The stats, however, leave a little something to be desired. It’s honestly more difficult to see where I’ve been. Also, zooming out, the region names disappear. Sigh… here it is, see what you think.

Stats 20150705Let’s look at some more numbers. Adding W-Space (wormhole) and S-Space (shattered wormhole) to the list, and assuming no new system discoveries, there are a total of 8,030 systems in all of New Eden. As of today, I’ve completed 4,025 which officially puts me past the 50% mark. Hmmm… 50%… how can I stop if I’m already past 50%? So, I’ll be adding Phase III – Wormhole space. There’s no doubt in my mind that W-Space will be the greatest challenge simply because of its ever changing nature. At first, finding wormholes I’ve not explored will be easy, but as more and more are completed, it will become difficult to find the ones I lack. Ultimately, and this is the real kicker, unless a way opens up, I’ll not be able to completely explore all of New Eden. There are several regions that are currently unreachable in K-Space.

Yet, even knowing that expanding my goal to all of New Eden is unattainable in the long run, I’ll go on for as long as I can. Why? Because I can’t say enough about my corp, Signal Cartel, and the encouragement I receive from them. I’ll continue because our tag line says it all:

You can’t stop the Signal!

Shout out to Radical Divinity, fellow corpmate, what a surprise seeing you in local 4F9Y-3, Perrigen Falls!

A1F-22 V, 3LL-O0 Gate

A1F-22 V, 3LL-O0 Gate

LightSail: Real Life Solar Sailing Spacecraft

LightSailOccasionally, I like to talk about real life science and exploration. This blog entry, I’d like to tell you about a new Kickstarter project that’s close to its ending date and so very close to reaching a major stretch goal. I’ll be honest and say this new era of internet crowd funding, with sites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe, makes me a little nervous. I’m an easy going, laid back, supportive type person. When I hear of a need and it’s something I feel I can help out with and it’s within my means to do so, I’ll do what I can. So, over the years I’ve been taken advantage of, given to things that ended up being a scam. I’ve not lost great sums of money, I’m not that crazy, but it still hurts and my faith in humanity deteriorates a little each time. From those experiences, I’ve become more critical of my giving, even for the kind of things that I believe in.

Which brings me this Kickstarter project that I feel I can’t ignore, LightSail: A Revolutionary Solar Sailing Spacecraft. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, it’s easy to see I love exploration both in game and out. I’m a big fan of science, especially in terms of space exploration, and I admire folks like Carl Sagan, Michio Kaku, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye… and so on. Exploration is just part of my soul.

Bill Nye (yulp, the Science Guy) is currently the CEO of the Planetary Society which is a membership funded organization whose mission is to “Empower the world’s citizens to advance space science and exploration.” Basically meaning, your voice and funding goes directly to projects that promotes humanity’s future in space, exploration, and our next generation of creative young minds, around the world. The Planetary Society was founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman, and one dream of theirs was the solar sail and it looks like… no… it IS becoming a reality today.

So what’s it do? Basically, it’s like a sailboat but instead of wind energy, it utilizes the sun’s energy, or light/photons, for momentum. The Kickstarter project is an opportunity to support and help launch LightSail, a craft that will help prove the concept and hopefully promote it as a means to support low-cost citizen projects (relatively speaking, of course). With its success, and I’m sure it will be successful, who knows what new horizons will be found as dozens of these could be launched on missions of all kinds.

With the backing of the Planetary Society and the promotion of folks like Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson, there’s no doubt in my mind this particular Kickstarter is the real deal. At this moment, they’re just short of 1 million in support, coming in at $984,874, with only 5 days to go. You can give as little as a $1 or as much as you like. How can you not, if you’re an explorer at heart?

(PS: You’ll be able to see it from the ground as it orbits the Earth, like you can with the ISS. How cool is that? Especially, if you can point and say you had a part in it.)

New Eden Explorers: Katia Sae

Katia Sae (Original)

Katia Sae (Original)

“Aura, tell me again why I’m doing this.” I stated more than asked, already knowing the answer. It was a delaying tactic after all.

“Of course Katia,” Aura replied, “You have had several inquiries about your New Eden Explorer Series and when you were going to provide an interview about yourself. You added a reminder within my programming to alert you at an appropriate time. Since it has been some time since your last interview, I proceeded to…”

“Alert me. Yes, I know.”

“My apologies, Katia.” I could hear the programmed confusion in Aura’s voice. “If you already knew the answer to the question, then why…”

“Because I really hate talking about myself.” I sighed and wondered for a moment if it bothered Aura when I cut her off.

Katia Sae

Katia Sae (Current)

“Shall I begin the questioning?” She asked, seemingly not bothered in the least about my lack of social decorum.

I sighed again.

“My apologies Katia, but I did not understand your reply.”

“Sure… alright… if you insist.”

“I did not mean to imply…”

“Just get on with it.” I grinned, getting some enjoyment from harassing my ships AI, even if it didn’t bother her.

“Very well then.” She replied with what seemed like a hint of pleasure. Did Aura feel she was getting me back? I shook my head at the thought, of course it didn’t feel. I think I’ve been in space without any human contact for far too long now. With many more months to go in Null Sec, I’m fearful I might just find myself out of my mind by the end of exploring K-Space.

I sighed again.

Tell us why you became a capsuleer. What was it that appealed to you to become a pilot in a dangerous and unforgiving environment? (What attracted you to EVE Online and how long have you played?)

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Katia Sae Portrait by Mynxee

Because of my Grandfather, honestly. He saw in me, when I was a child, my fascination with the stars. My family are Achura from Saisio III in the Okomon Constellation, Forge region. It’s often said of our race that we are reclusive, introverted, care little for the material world and desire to unlock the ‘secrets of the universe’. Granted, generalizations are often not fair, but in my case, those descriptors are woven into my soul. My Grandfather saw that and it wasn’t until a few years after I completed my tour of duty for the Caldari State and became an explorer of New Eden, that I learned he was the person responsible for funding my application, clone creation, and schooling to become a capsuleer.

I owe him for making my dream come true, but sadly it was his passing and beneficiary of his will that provided the funds, so it’s kind of bitter sweet. I miss him and would love to know what it was he did to afford the kind of funding it takes to become a capsuleer. All I know is he served on ship as crew. I’ve heard it was a capsuleers ship, but don’t know for sure or who.

((OOC: Even though Katia’s journey began in December of 2009, my oldest character’s birthday is June 8th, 2003, so I’ve been playing Eve Online off and on since the beginning. I’m trying to remember specifically what attracted me to the game other than I’ve loved SciFi all my life in all mediums: Books, Movies, TV, Art, Games, you name it. I was playing Earth & Beyond and enjoyed it (they even had walking in stations! lol) but it seemed to not be taking hold with the players (and died a year or so later). EvE Online was starting up and the only other option really. So, I tried it, liked it, and here I am.))

What is your background as a pilot? Did you jump right into exploration, start in the military, hired by a corporation, or something else? (How would you describe your characters career path?)

Katia StandingAt the time I didn’t know who had provided the funds for my becoming a capsuleer, nor how they had the connections and pull to get me accepted into the Caldari State War Academy, but I wasn’t about to question my good fortune and gladly accepted the terms of enrollment. I had to work hard, both mentally and physically, it was after all, still up to me to fully qualify for the capsuleer program and I knew it would be the only way I would ever be able to see the stars on my own. So, I graduated from the academy, served my tour of duty in the military then underwent the capsuleer transformation. I had enough funds left over from my unknown benefactor at the time (my Grandfather), to purchase my first exploration ship.

((OOC: Katia’s career path is straight forward: Master of Exploration and the ships she flys. My other characters are varied from industry, mining, hauling, and a pirate PvPer, granted I don’t take her out much, it’s really not me, lol. So, for the most part carebearish player, but not exclusive to High Sec.))

What attracted you to explore New Eden? What is your goal and have you achieved it? If not, are you still working towards your goal, do plan to continue, or what are you currently doing?

I look at the stars and wonder what’s out there. What beauty can be found? What terror lurks in the shadows? The universe is huge and it truly is a mix of beauty and the beast. I enjoy living on the edge, exploring, and being places where often times I’m not wanted. My goal is simple and yet enormous at the same time. It is to explore all of New Eden, one system at a time. To boldly go, sailing forbidden seas. I’m still at it after five and half years. You can see my stats on my blog in the upper right hand side as well as my flight log to see my progress.

What is the name of your favorite ship that you enjoy flying the most while exploring? Why is it your favorite? Would you mind sharing your fit?

K-XJJT VIII, Jester's Trek

Jester’s Trek at K-XJJT VIII, The Spire

Jester’s Trek. Named in honor of Ripard Teg, who retired a couple of years ago. A capsuleer and fantastic blog writer who had answered my call to the community for an exploration fit Tengu that I intended to fly in Null Sec. His is my favorite for that reason as well as turning out to be exactly what I needed after proving the fit by safely navigating 1,947 systems in Null Sec so far: escaping camps, bubbles, actively being hunted, and so on. That’s as many systems as there are in Empire Space. I haven’t lost him yet…

During your research and travels, what has been the most interesting fact, amazing sight, or other aspect of New Eden that surprised you?

The residents of New Eden. I’ve encountered the kindest hearts that have offered their support and encouragement of my exploration journey. Without them, I think I would have stopped long ago. As much as I am doing this for myself, for the memory of my Grandfather, I also do it for those that follow and hearten me. Of course, there can be no measure of the goodness that New Eden has to offer without having a darkness to compare it against and I have encountered that darkness.

I’ve been taunted, ridiculed, laughed at, targeted, shot at, chased, cornered, and trapped by those that would wish me harm. Some do it out of self-defense and a lack of understanding about my mission. That’s something I completely understand and even honor. I am, after all, an unwelcome visitor and honestly, I can’t take time to reach out beforehand entering a new area of space to ‘ask permission’. Mainly, for one, I can’t accept an answer of no. I believe space is free to be explored without limits or hindrances other than what nature herself has placed before us. I understand the risk and I accept them, fully taking responsibility for my own actions and that there will be those that will defend ‘their’ space. That’s fine.

But then there are those that are truly evil. There’s just no other word to describe them. Their only intention is to harm and destroy life and they’ll go out of their way to do just that. The depths of the darkness that they expose provide the necessary balance to the heights of goodness I’ve experienced. Odd as it sounds, I’m thankful.

What have you learned or what advice would you give to someone interested in exploring New Eden?

New experiences are often preceded with fear: fear of the unknown, fear your abilities will not suffice, fear of failure. The unknown is nothing but ignorance and ignorance can be overcome with knowledge. Old abilities can be strengthened, new abilities can be acquired – both physical and mental. Failure only comes if you give up. In anything you do, learn from your mistakes, ask for guidance when needed, and don’t give up.

Do you have a favorite image that you wouldn’t mind me posting and sharing from your explorations?

You’re joking, right? You want me to pick just one out of the over 30,000 plus that I have? You pick it from my gallery! This interview is over…

Grand opening: EVE Scout Observatory!

Wowza by G8keeper

Wowza by G8keeper

G8keeper and Johnny Splunk approached me a couple of months ago with a great idea of starting a Gallery for hosting screenshots. I was thrilled with the idea and when they offered me the opportunity to be the curator, I couldn’t say no for what I know will become a great site of sights. The Observatory will also grow beyond just images, as we’ll try to include links to other exploration resources as well. We kick-started it with our Alliance membership and are now ready to open it to the public for viewing and submissions.

Astero by Mynxee

Astero by Mynxee

With that, it’s my pleasure to introduce the EVE Scout Observatory. I believe it’s fair to say the majority of, perhaps even all, explorers share a common love for the beauty that New Eden has to offer. As we travel the stars, we often try to capture and share the wonders we find along the way with our fellow capsuleers via the images that we take. We post and share them in many different ways on many different sites. There’s no one place to go, no observatory, no gallery that showcases the marvels of our cluster.

EVE Gate by Mushroom Greene

EVE Gate by Mushroom Greene

Wouldn’t it be nice to go to one site to peruse images of New Eden? A place where you can download and use images for things such as desktop backgrounds? That’s the idea behind the Observatory. This will be a place for our pilots to share their amazing images with the rest of New Eden. I can’t think of an Alliance or Corp that’s done something like this. I believe this will be a first and it fits nicely with EVE Scout’s and Signal Cartel’s credo of being a service to all of New Eden and embracing what it means to be a true explorer.

With that in mind, as curator, it will be my task to ensure the quality of the gallery. We’re not looking for quantity here, so please, don’t submit images by the cargo load. Only submit images that you are truly proud of and wish to share. Images that you don’t mind if others will download and use. We’ll not be watermarking these or making any other kind identifying mark. We want this to be a public, creative commons license for all to enjoy as they see fit. If you have an issue with that, then don’t submit. I will be creating an album for each astrophotographer, so your work will be associated with you, and I’ll be adding “by pilot name” to the title.

Nebula by Triffton Ambraelle

Nebula by Triffton Ambraelle

I’m not going to be too critical, so please don’t be afraid to submit an image. There’s only one scenario that I’ll flat out refuse and that’s if the GUI is showing. If that’s the case, see if you can trim the image down, cutting the GUI out, then submit it. If requested, I’m happy to provide feedback and if I do reject an image, I will be sure to let you know why. We’ll be housing the gallery on Flickr, then submitting the best to Tumblr and Twitter.

Screenshot tips see “Astrophotography 101”

To submit your work, please email a link from a location you’ve stored the image such as Imgur or Flickr. Imgur is easy to use and you don’t have to have an account!

Email: shots at eve-scout dot com

Quit and Curious by Ned Thomas

Quit and Curious by Ned Thomas

Include at a minimum the Title, Pilot name, and System Name (if possible). Optionally please send all the details you can so I can tag the image accordingly. Such as ship class, planet name, station name, etc. Please, I don’t have the time nor am I going to take the time to fill in any gaps. Don’t assume I’ll know what kind of ship it is or place or whatever. I just don’t have time. Please fill in as much as you can about the image.

 

Once accepted, your image will be posted at our Flickr gallery, in our albums and our collections.

Truly exceptional images will then be shared to our Observatory on Tumblr and Twitter on a regular basis, perhaps daily or weekly, depending. We’ll see how it goes.

Below are a few images that recently won our kickstarter contest to get the Observatory going. I think our judges did an excellent job of picking some of our pilot’s best submitted works.

by Teclove duVall

by Teclove duVall

 

Vista by Dr Zemph

Vista by Dr Zemph

 

Astero Porn by Ishtar Komarovo

Astero Porn by Ishtar Komarovo