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Looking to start some low sec exploration.

Raven Mare
State War Academy
Caldari State
#1 - 2012-02-11 23:10:43 UTC  |  Edited by: Raven Mare
So, just a tad bit of background. First subbed a little over a year ago, but took a break amounting to around 6 months. I've currently got 3 characters on separate accounts with 6-8 mil SP each.

Here is my current plan. Find a chunk of systems with relatively low PvP activity, and set up an exploration project out of one of the local stations. I have a character who can fly a blockade runner so not TOO worried about getting my loot safely back to high-sec.

My current plan is too take an Anathema for scanning/scouting and probably a Noctis for salvaging/hacking/analyzing.

What I am trying to decide is what grade of combat ship I need to take to run the most profitable sites. I CAN take a Legion, which in theory should be able to clear most low-sec exploration sites, no problem, from what I understand, but just the Noctis and Anathema is already running a fair bit of ISK, so I would rather fly something a bit cheaper. Can a T2guns/tanked Harbinger or a T1 guns/T2 tank Maelstrom run most of these sites? Or do I need something nastier?

Also, is there anything I am just missing completely about low-sec exploration?

EDIT: Just to give you an idea of what I can fly.... T1 Amarr cruisers/frigs/BC(Except the Tier 3 BC), plus a Legion. Same for Minmatar with the addition of T1 BS and the pirate ships that use projectiles(cynabal, mach, etc). No Loki.
Emoleas Ozran
#2 - 2012-02-11 23:42:12 UTC  |  Edited by: Emoleas Ozran
Noctis completely unnecessary, waste of time to do large scale salvage.

You'll be fine with the anathema scout/scanner/analyze/hack and legion clearing sites.

I've lived in low sec the entire time I've been playing eve (7m sp main, 6m sp alt). My main runs a harbinger to clear sites and the alt runs buzzard as scout/scan/analyze/hack. I can run everything except 5/10s and 6/10s in the harbinger. With a legion you should be able to run everything pimped properly.

edit: I have 2 harbinger fits to run everything. a single rep and dual rep fit. dual rep w/ ab is for the tank intensive sites (combat ladar, c2 whs,, 4/10) while single rep w/ mwd is for everything else (radar, mag, c1 whs)

also dont pass up the opportunity to day trip wormholes in low sec, rarely do i find myself ganked and they turn a much higher profit than other means of exploration. i find c1s more profitable to do than c2s in a harbinger (i average about 90-100m an hour in c1, while only 70-80m in c2s). Other low sec exploration is hit or miss, occassionally youll end up with 200m+ in an hour, other times you'll get that same 200m in 4-5 hours ... still, I'd say low sec exploration never dips below 60m or so.
Republic Military School
Minmatar Republic
#3 - 2012-02-12 00:58:03 UTC
You can scan while cloaked.

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#4 - 2012-02-12 01:16:15 UTC
Right now I use a buzzard (Fits all salvager anal, etc at V) The use a BC of my choice (Not comfortable losing a t3 atm) However I do plan on perhaps switching the probe character to a pilgrim. Instead. perhaps train up for Ishtar on the main. Perhaps not... Also for deep low sec with no stations i hear people are using either a cloaked orca (Fit probe on it too) or a third using a blockade runner of some type as well on a third.

I dunno if it would be better to train that up and have it handy on just 1 of the 2 to transport loot back and forth or what.