California Nebula.

Elite Journal: California Nebula (April Exploration Day 1)

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After my recovery from Barnard’s Loop, I got a good nights sleep in Jameson Memorial and set off into the black once again the following day, after I’d got my affairs in order (and paid my insurance); I decided to head straight for the California Nebula… Things didn’t start perfectly, I had forgotten to refuel, but quickly managed to fill my tanks during the short journey of just over 1000LY.

California Nebula is certainly a very pretty place to visit, with a mostly-red coloration that looks very nice, once you get far enough away from the star of any jump-in system you visit to view it from. It’s somewhere, along with Barnard’s Loop, that I would really advise any aspiring explorer to try to visit first to test their fittings and airlocks…

As for me? I shut down all essential systems after reaching the nebula and let my ship float silent while I got another decent night of sleep. On day two I’ll be heading into the black and towards the rift!

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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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Tim is British and lives in the United States with his wife and kids.

He works for software developers Image Space Inc. and Studio 397 on their racing simulations, and is a fan of Gaming, Motorsports, and photography.