Elite Journal: Pipe & IC4604 Nebulas

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I continued assassinating criminal targets recently, trying the Asp, but found the repair bills to be too large to make it a viable combat vessel. I also tried the Viper, but it seems to have changed enough since my grandfathers day, it doesn’t suit my combat style at all.

Some footage of my last couple of kills.

So I returned once again to the Cobra, which suits me nicely. I do miss the Sidewinder and Eagle, but they’ve become increasingly risky with big targets, which sort of makes space combat a lot less fun…

So, having failed to find anything out about my grandfather’s history in the Alioth System, I set out into the galaxy. I’m currently 1000LY from home and have visited the Pipe and IC 4604 Nebulas.

Pipe Nebula

Pipe Nebula

IC 4604 Nebula

IC 4604 Nebula

IC4604 Nebula was absolutely breathtaking. I’m really glad that I made the trip. It’s spurred me on to travel even further into the galaxy and see other Nebula I’ve only heard stories about…

The first 1000LY of my journey.

3 thoughts on “Elite Journal: Pipe & IC4604 Nebulas

  1. Hello, like your online travels. wondering what other locations your, hosting us to.? Most mysterious i seen is Celestial IRAS nebula in pegasus. AFGL 3068

  2. Also what of the crab nebula ? they have it now, witnessed with its own motion of exactly what its doing, about 2 seconds worth; that original footage repeats but could be a good asset to use. yet wonder how to get a 3D view of it. Does computer extrapulate anything ?

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My first space game addiction was with David Braben's 'Frontier - Elite II' released in 1993 on the Commodore Amiga. This game actually gave me so much of what I wanted in a game that I continued to play it until the 'Elite - Dangerous' release in 2014.

I also played through the 'Wing Commander' series from Chris Roberts, enjoying them immensely. This led directly to my support of his 2012 crowdfunding campaign for the Star Citizen and Squadron 42 games that are still in development.

These days I use gaming to try to escape from the pressures of real life. I also occasionally upload or stream gameplay to YouTube and Twitch, and rather than doing this to instruct others of the best way to play, I do it because of the social interaction with viewers and other gamers.

Left: Hires redraw I did of a 'Frontier - Elite II' Eagle ship with Merlin and Aster planets visible.


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