Just read a post (there are many out there) about scanning with seven probes. (Read it over on: Ecliptic Rift) I find it interesting and it somewhat makes me feel happy to realize that I’ve been scanning with seven probes for as long as I’ve been scanning. Seven probes seems, based on all that I’ve found, to be the best method. What I’ve tried so far is:
- Seven Probes – Works well. Reposition all probes with shift+click/drag. Worse case: You have many at the ready to shrink down to 0.5AU and reposition over a mark.
- Five Probes – Didn’t work so well. It worked sometimes, but involved finding a mark, reordering individual probes and that always seems to have one probe “sneak” up or down off the solar plane; to be realized only after one clicked “analyze”.
- Three Probes – Didn’t work on smaller ships where one needed the extra electronics and skill points to narrow down on a mark.
In short, and really, I think ship scanning has been one of the most fun things I’ve found worth doing in EVE. Being that it’s “geeky” and that it also takes an interesting bit of skill and thought. A lot of my skill points have been allocated to scanning/astrometrics. One of the little tricks I’ve come across is that I leave my probes floating in space when I get a few marks to check, only when I know I’m going to be online for a while and if I’m not focused on PVP.
What methods work best for you? What are some tips and tricks you’ve discovered?
I need a Sisters probe launcher.