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Ship scanner's mechanic.

#1 - 2017-03-22 10:02:18 UTC
Recently I decided to use an old killright I got from a guy accidentaly attacking me (eh you know, to remind him the good old time when he got concorded and didn't even managed to destroy me.... aaaaah funny memories). Normaly I'm not that guy but I noticed the poor buddy was ratting in the same area I was so you know... temptation...

Since I'm quite lame at PvP I decided to prepare as much as possible. I fitted a T1 probing frig, set a passive targeter and a ship scanner up on it, tracked the guy while he was running a mission with his maelstrom and tried to get a look at his own fit while acting casual (*whistle*"Oh did you noticed that shiny roid there?")

That's when I noticed something I never knew: not only do ship scanners lose some accuracy in their results with range, but, even within optimal range, you almost never get the full set.

That's what made me wonder: how exactly do these modules work? Beside range, is there a way to increase the number of element revealed by it or is there a pure random factor which makes it impossible to avoid ****** scan results (like "yaaaay he has an armor repairer and turrets, now I know how to deal with him!")?

Also, since I fitted some mission-looted T1 variant of the ship scanner I wonder: does T2s get better results?
Ice Fire Warriors
#2 - 2017-03-22 22:49:01 UTC
The only way to get an "accurate" result from the ship/cargo scanner is by running multiple scans, copy-pasting each of those scans in a notebook/spreadsheet, and then "cleaning it up" through filters and duplicate-deletion formulas.

The thing is... ship/cargo scanners are, by their nature, not 100% accurate. It is **supposed** to leave some room for error and ambiguity... which the person being scanned can work to their advantage (by carrying tons of crap items or refitting on the fly).

Professional suicide ganker outfits will often have a scout ship that "follows" a target for quite a few days to get accurate results or see a pattern in ship layout / cargo hauled.
Archibald Thistlewaite III
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Miners
#3 - 2017-03-23 06:36:53 UTC
A good way to find out his fit is to look him up on a killboard, to see if he has lost any PVE fit Maelstroms in the past. Also the area of space he is running missions in can usually tell you what resistance modules he has fit and wether there is a resist hole you can target.

User of 'Bumblefck's Luscious & Luminous Mustachio Wax'