Distant Worlds 2 – Day 20 – Journey to Way Point 3

DW2 – 3305

Reporting from Pru Aescs NC-M d7-192
Distance from Sol – 9166.55lys
Distance to Beagle Point – 56712.3lys
Distance travelled – 32649.9lys
Jumps – 551

Leaving WP 2 – Omega Sector VE-Q b5-15
Omega Mining Corporation 

So after an amazing week mining with the CG around WP 2 it was finally time to leave, there was much excitement as we waited for exploration command to release the next way point. So with 1900UTC upon us they were duly released. Our next destination would be the Conflux Abandoned Settlements in PRU AESCS NC-M D7-192.

The Arkgamanon Mountain Range
Pyramoe PM-X b33-6

The Arkgamanon Mountain Range is a striking geological feature. The valley floor is quite flat, but the surrounding mountains tower above it, some of the highest peaks being over 25 kms in altitude.
The system was first surveyed by CMDR’s Isaiah Evanson and Lyrae Cursorius in early 3303 during a scouting mission to uncover some of the mysteries of the Sagittarius Conflux.
“A once closed gate offers nothing but questions to those already chasing ghosts.” (source)

Having plotted the coordinates of the first POI I blasted out of Omega Mining Station and headed straight for the Arkgamanon Mountain Range, along my plotted route I discovered a few systems containing water worlds though really nothing major to report. I had decided before leaving the bubble to fly between 300-1000ly above or below the galactic plane which is now paying dividends in systems which haven’t been discovered.

NGC 6629
CD-23 14350

This nebula located in the Sagittarius constellation was discovered by German-born British astronomer William Herschel in August 1784 at the beginning of his second ‘deep sky’ survey. The nebula’s white core is a Wolf-Rayet star that is surround by a halo of blue and purple nebular gas. A solitary Class III gas giant orbits the star at a distance of over 11,000 light seconds. (source)

Having rested up in the shadow of the mountains I travelled to NG 6629, once I arrived in the system I navigated to the solitary gas giant to get a shot for the family album, the Wolf-Rayet star casting a beautiful light across the whole system made it a very calm system.

Stellar Phenomena – Solid Mineral Spheres
Neighbouring NGC 6629

Checking the map I found that it was only a short jump to the next minor POI it was at this point I noticed that I had missed not one but two Minor POI’s so after spending some time and resting up for the night next to the Solid Mineral Spheres in
NGC 6629 SECTOR SU-O B6-3 I needed to rethink the route I would be taking to our final meeting place.

NGC 6565
CD-28 14266

Discovered by American astronomer Edward Pickering on July 14, 1884, this planetary nebula in Sagittarius constellation remained relatively obscure among cosmologists until 20th Century optics technology allowed for first detailed, fully-color images of its bright, eye-shaped gas cloud. Often drawing comparisons with the much larger Ring Nebula (Messier 57), NGC 6565’s dying Wolf-Rayet star is still bright enough to be resolved by modern Frameshift Drive navigational computers. The star is orbited by a binary pair of Class V gas giants and two volcanic high metal content worlds. (Source)

So now with the realisation I had to return past the first POI I head back towards NGC 6565 which really should have been my first point of discovery. Fortunately this wasn’t to many jumps and with my minor navigation error corrected and a hollow reminder to look before I leap we headed off to the next minor POI

IC 4634
BD-21 4483

A planetary nebula discovered in the 19’th century, the IC 4634 nebula is centred around a Wolf-Rayet N star casting a brilliant purple hue across its three planets. Among these are two Class V gas giants (one ringed), and finally an outer, metal-rich world with two high-metal-content rings.
Located towards the top of the galactic plane, this system may be challenging to reach for ships with short jump ranges. While its position would ordinarily lead to excellent views of the galactic disk, the thick, green planetary nebula surrounding the star prevents such observation.
Reference and additional images: Link

Arriving in IC4634 another Wolf-Rayet N class star this really did push me way up above the galactic plane, there were few stars here and plotting a route could have been a struggle in a lower range craft but my Anaconda had no issues. It had taken far longer to arrive here than I had expected as I kept finding HMC and water worlds to explore and scan.

It’s so easy to get distracted when so much remains uncovered.

Eagle’s Landing
GEagle Sector IR-W d1-117

Eagle’s Landing – Eagle Sector IR-W d1-117, planet 2 A
One of the Colonia Connection Highway outposts, constructed in October 3302. Eagle’s Landing has dual origins for its name: It is situated inside the Eagle Nebula; and named for the Eagle, the lunar module used on the Apollo 11 mission by which the first humans landed on Earth’s moon.
Reference : Link

Refreshed I plotted my course to Eagle Landing, I had passed through this system before on my way to Colonia so it was an easy run and a welcome break, taking my time to sell my exploration data and get some work completed on my ship it was nice to spend a night surrounded by other commanders.

Phantom Streak Nebula (NGC 6741)
GBD-00 3630
Phantom Streak Nebula (proper name NGC 6741) is a small blue-purple nebula in Aquila. The nebula appears to be rich in helium based on spectral lines. The central star is a standard Wolf-Rayet which is rapidly blowing off outer layers to form the nebula. Other than a companion M-class star, no other bodies are found inside the nebula. NGC 6741 was originally discovered by Edward Charles Pickering in 1882, and the origin of the name ‘Phantom Streak’ is obscure, as it was not given by Pickering.

Upon leaving Eagle landing it felt a little strange plotting a course which was taking me back towards the bubble to visit NGC 6741 This was a pretty nebula and well worth the effort to get there. The Wolf-Rayet is loosing outer layers which forms the nebula but we were now well on the way to WP 3 but it had been so quiet with little to break to constant leaping. A quite flight as an explorer leads to tiredness and often an accident.

Pyraleau ZZ-T b8-2
Well hello the Notable Stella phenomena

Fortunately as I jumped into the next system I discovered some Stella Phenomena lucking in the rings of a gas giant. Having check the surrounding area for any lurking dangers I powered down to get some rest.

Rest stop Eudaemon Anchorage

Waking after a decent number of hours rest I plotted a course to Eudaemon Anchorage station, it feels strange having so many places where a weary traveller can stop and repair and refuel. I remember my first trip to Colonia in my Python which could barely jump 35ly it was an all or nothing expedition with Jaques station being the only stop. It is a testament to our tenacity to have worked so hard and built a highway out here in the black.

Quantum World
Flyiedgiae QN-T d3-17 Planet AB 1 B

One of the smallest known worlds in the Galaxy so far discovered, with a radius of just 137 km. The world has interesting geological features, with a variety of colours ranging from sandy yellow, to beige, orange, and brown.

Once rested, refuelled and repaired it was off to Quantum World this is the one of the smallest planets in the know galaxy, I decided not to try a landing and to press on to WP 3.

Arrived at WP 3 – Conflux Abandoned Settlements

In late 3302, Alessia Verdi, a commander associated with the enigmatic CMDR Salomé, set up an exploration community goal on behalf of the Children of Raxxla. The goal was to retrieve and analyze as much survey data as possible from three specific regions. Those regions being the Formidine Rift, The Scutum-Sagittarii Conflux, and Hawking’s Gap (Lin-Shu Hollow).
On analysis of the data, CoR Intel discovered the location of several navigational beacons in each region, that in turn provided the planetary location of several settlements.
These settlements turned out to be staging posts for a mysterious ‘Dynasty Expedition’ that had traversed the location three decades earlier and had set up bases there.

So I have now arrived at WP 3, to little fanfare other than a salute from the commanders on the ground, it was interesting exploring around this abandoned settlement again another example of earlier exploration and here we now wait while the rest of the expedition catch up, the survey teams look around the local systems of anything of note.

Found a few pilots hanging out.

But for me I must reflect on the haste I previously left Omega, it really is time to slow down, to walk the path less trodden and see what wonders the next leg of our journey has to offer.

Fly Safe.

Cmdr Chuffa

2 Replies to “Distant Worlds 2 – Day 20 – Journey to Way Point 3”

  1. This is really nice! Made me realize that I have a bit of backtracking to do, I NEED pictures of those purple rings in my album. Love all the other information you post about each location as well!

    Have fun and fly safe! o7

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