HowTo - Tour the galaxy without the autopilot
I like to use Pioneer to explore in my (fairly) bog standard Eagle Long Range Fighter.
This may make me sound like a bit of a sad bastard for saying this, but I like to travel using only Manual or Set Speed engine modes. As you can imagine, this means that you need to do a bit of maths every now an then when getting from point A to point B.
I'd like to suggest that this post be used for everyone to share any handy calculation tricks that they use to get around.
I'll start....I've mentioned in other posts my technique for calculating the turnaround distance when traveling from the hyperspace entry cloud to a destination. There are two fairly simple methods depending on how easy you want the maths to be.
Method 1: Accelerate to mid distance using main thrusters, turn around, then use main thrusters to decelerate back to zero velocity relative to your target. This is probably the fastest way to get from point A to point B. No matter what total distance you have to travel, this method should get you to within a couple of percent of your target, but your mileage may vary, especially if you get distracted by your significant other (be it human, cat, dog, goldfish etc) just before turnaround :-)
Method 2: My preference is for the front of the ship to be always facing my target, which means I use both the main thrusters and the retro thrusters. To calculate the turnaround distance, you will need to know the ratio of Reverse:Forward thrust. You can find this out by either visiting the Shipyard and hoping that your ship is available for sale, or by opening the relevant .lua file for your ship (which will be located at pioneer/data/models/ships/[ship folder])
For the Eagle Long Range Fighter, forward thrust is 9.9G, reverse is 5.0G. In this instance the Reverse:Forward ratio becomes 1:2 (I just had a look at some other ships - this ratio seems to be fairly consistent. Coincidence?)
Anyway, what this number means is that if you accelerate for 1AU on forward thrust, it will take 2AU on reverse thrust to get back to zero velocity. Therefore, if you had to travel a total of 3.00AU, then you need to accelerate until you have 2.00AU remaining, then decelerate for the remainder of the trip.
This 'in your head' calculation should get you to within a couple of percent of your destination.
Now I have a question for the collective intelligence gathered here.
What tricks to other people use once they reach their chosen planet?
How does one insert their ship into a stationary orbit for example (Brianetta)? From space? From the surface? Is the information provided in the Star System Information page sufficient to achieve this?
Does anyone have a good technique for dropping from orbit down to the dirt?