Refinery to Aaron Halo Mining Routes

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[Release: 3.17.4-LIVE Rel.1 - Updated: 2952-12-04]

Table of Contents:
System-Wide Route Plotting
A Journey Through the Aaron Halo
3D Interactive System Model With Routes
Refinery Route Chart Example
Refinery Route Charts



The Aaron Halo is an asteroid belt within the Stanton system, located between the orbits of Crusader and ArcCorp, that is considered one of the most valuable mining areas in Stanton. More and more details have been revealed about the Aaron Halo during the last one and a half year. We have gone from mostly knowing the positions of the inner and outer borders of the halo along a couple of routes, to learning more about its structure and that it is made up of separate bands.

Now, more details than ever before have been unveiled about the Aaron Halo.

Aaron Halo Density Chart3

 In my latest expedition I have performed an extensive density survey of the halo, to reveal its true structure in detail. The survey was performed by taking images throughout the asteroid belt at 1000 km intervals and then analyzing the number of asteroids in each image. This produced a total of 1746 data points to reveal the density pattern of the asteroid belt.

The survey have disclosed that the asteroid belt consists of ten bands with varying width and density. This was earlier believed to be eight bands, but the new data show that what was previously known as band 2 and band 4 are in fact two bands – now designated as band 2/3 and 5/6.

The Aaron Halo Density chart above is the first representation of the data from this survey.
Check out the full survey report article to see the complete details and findings about the asteroid belt's shape and density.

While the previous version of these mining route charts indicated the distance to the centre point of each band, the new survey data have revealed that the centre point of a band is not necessarily its most dense point. Therefore, the charts have now been updated to indicate the distances to the verifiable most dense point of each band. As before, the charts contain various routes with each refinery R&R station as the starting point. To reach these points in the asteroid belt, quantum travel along one of the routes and exit quantum travel close to the specified distance for the band you wish to visit.

You can either use the system-wide route plotting method or find individual refinery route charts below. Scroll to the bottom to download a complete PDF of the charts.


System-Wide Route Plotting

The individual refinery charts is easy to use to plot a route into the asteroid belt, but they do not contain all possible routes to/from locations in the system.

The x-axis distances in the Aaron Halo Density chart above shows the distances from the belt to the Stanton marker in the center of the system. By using these distances, which are consistent 360 degrees around the system, as your reference point, you can do a precise QT-exit along any route in order to land yourself in the desired location within the asteroid belt. 

To use this method, follow this procedure (example route between ARC-L5 and HUR-L5): 

  1. Find the exit distance you desire along the x-axis distances in the Aaron Halo Density chart
    (an example of a system-wide distance to exit somewhere in band 5 is 20 300 000 km)
  2. While at ARC-L5, plot a route towards HUR-L5 and start Quantum Travel
  3. Open the mobiGlas map and select the Stanton system marker in the center of the map
  4. Keep an eye on your distance to the marker, when you approach your desired exit distance, close the mobiglas and then exit Quantum Travel

mobiGlas map 

A Journey Through the Aaron Halo

This video takes you on a journey through the asteroid belt from inside to outside, along the route between the Stanton map marker and ARC-L3. If you view this alongside the density chart, you can easily see how the density curve is mirrored in the asteroids viewed ingame.


3D Interactive System Model With Routes

This model is provided by ZirroSatva.


Refinery Route Chart Example

Example 3.16.1 LIVE

  You are at ARC-L1 Refinery and want to travel to Band 5 on the route towards CRU-L4

  1. Plot a course in the Starmap towards CRU-L4 and start to quantum travel
  2. When the distance left to CRU-L4 is (as close as you can get to) 14 292 609 km, abort quantum travel
  3. You have arrived at the most dense point of Band 5


Refinery Route Charts
ARC L1 3.16.1 LIVE
CRU L1 3.16.1 LIVE
HUR L1 3.16.1 LIVE
HUR L2 3.16.1 LIVE
MIC L1 3.16.1 LIVE 
Finally, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the SC community! I am honored for the reception this article has received, and I am quite frankly astounded that it has gotten so popular. Your interest in and usage of my routes has helped to push my passion for exploration and discovery to new levels, wanting to deliver all the more content.  So thank you, and I'll see you in the verse!  o7
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Amazing work! Thank you CaptSheppard!

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So many hits! Well done Shep!

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Shepard well done in the latest update involving density gradients in the belt.

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