During a recent exploration flight I discovered a wormhole into a class 3 wormhole. Bookmarked it, completed the arc sweep of systems, and with space time decided to venture into flying a covert op frigate. All of the other holes were K162 which means made by someone entered into the constellation. (the scope of space I commonly roam). The thought process is, if someone else made it, then they can be still around inside the WH.
My first immediate error was not making a bookmark at the entrance back into high-sec.
Whilst holding jump cloak, I am D-Scanning.
Align to the sun, launch probes, warp (to 70km) and cloak.
Not too many signatures to scan down. I theorise later that the occupying corp has cleared this system of most things, then called it a day. There are two relic sites, I careful crack open 3 cans in a Sansha site. One of the cans nets me intact armour plates which I can use for tech2 armour rigs. (I have some bpc for the tech2 Remote Repair Mediums which I have invented). But these cans are scattered over a large distance, I do not have a prop mod; so I abandon the site.
In the relic site I am setting a keep at 5000 range to approach each of the cans. Using tech2 analysers gives me a 6000m reach. Should anything suddenly appear in D-Scan and ensuring a clearance of 2000m, gives the chance of cloak and hope. I only need to close to under 2500 to claim the can contents.
The WH I entered is now BM, the second WH is an entrance to low-sec - which I do not bother with this. (there was a prior occasion whereby this combination yielded a low-sec next door high-sec - which I used for some logistics).
The final signature is another relic site, but this one is Sleeper.
Two ore sites are also available. I visit the Perimeter site - which has one each of the high end ores.
With still no activity on d-scan the entire time, I decide to bookmark the arkonor.
So, I race back into high-sec. Now do I want the Prospect for this job or the Venture? Both are available. Someone might be asking why don't I use a mining barge. Mostly its aversion - my previous loss when mining arkonor was in a procurer. The extra tank means it will just take longer to die when you are alone. The Prospect has the covert-ops option, and larger ore hold. It also has a secondary Ore yield bonus for the Expedition Frigate skill, which at 5 for me is another 25%.
Let me sidestep for a moment. I have alt that flies a Deimos. A deimos is a thorax Plus. Better tank, DPS and bonus for MWD. A deimos is a clear progression, building upon a solid ship. I can look at the barges into exhumers; and again the progressive philosophy is at work to show, tech1 ship and tech2 is ship+. I have mined everywhere in Eve. In chess terms, the Prospect is "ship?!" (a dubious move). Not that I can exactly say what it is, but I rarely fly my Prospect. It is not like miners do Covert Ops. I have seen a video where a Prospect is tanking several Sleepers while mining - using a armour tank. And certainly with four lows, why not. Still, I would really like something else out of the Expedition skill - it is difficult to justify something which only does one thing. Maybe a tech2 navitas which utilises Expedition?
So the venture. Because I occasionally do L4 mining missions - some of these are gas harvesting, for 425 units which nicely fits to the 5000m3. This time, being in the uncharted.
2 Modulated Mining Lasers with tech2 Arkonor crystals
A probe launcher loaded with 8 Sisters Core probes
A compact MWD, a thermal and kinetic amplifiers
one halcyon core stabiliser
(rigs are empty)
Return through the bookmarks and activate the lasers.
After three minutes, I obtain this. (plus I have a MX-1005 implant)
The handy thing is that it takes 100units to refine a result. So this is synchronous. But at each three minute cycle the capacitor is drained almost completely. There might be some of you who have wondered about the Harvester Capacitor Efficiency which reduces cap-cost. It is because the high-end mining crystals have a penalty for capacitor consumption. (my cap skills are maxed). I can just as easily recommend the Miner II for this sort of thing. (not that I actually endorse high risk mining)
Nine Minutes later and umpteen mash to D-Scan whilst on a tight orbit of arkonor.
It would be dis-ingenious of me to point out that 1.6mil is certainly more than the ship is worth. Also need the factor in the time pre-scanning in the covert-ops and BM setup.
With my skills, this refines into 682 units megacyte, 5.3k mex and 46.8k trit.
Mostly I did it, because it was fun.