It would help somewhat as well if we had a clue as to what the range means. "Scan Range 60,000" means what exactly? 60K millimeters, kilometers, miles, rods, chains, furlongs, frog hops, light seconds??
Light seconds would actually make some sense as Sol star system would be about 60,000 light seconds across if you just counted the planetary orbits. So 60K would be able to see the entire Kuiper belts estimated 50AU radius if say scanning from Earth.
All range values :
1 Pixel at maximum zoom level = 1 Range
So 60,000 Range is 60,000 pixels at maximum zoom
A Sector is 2,000,000 x 2,000,000 pixels, regardless of whether it is a 4 x 4 or 15 x 15 sector map.
More FYI (@ Spidey), yes, a system is approximately 50,000 pixels.
EDIT (History) :
I had questions on these values as well when testing Shadows (first Warp Drive), and asked Elliot to put in the range factor in the Ship Design screen.
Initially it was going to be the pixel value, but it made more sense and was less cluttered to convert it to sectors.
This info may be in the Galactopedia somewhere as well, but I don't recall encountering it myself.
< Message edited by Spacecadet -- 2/25/2014 7:34:36 PM >
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