Continuing my investigations on the test server of the new probing mechanics, I logged in again to see if I could figure out why I could not see how to position the probes and their spheres on the solar system map. Eventually I figured out that the graphic setting for shadows was somehow screwing it up and once I turned it off, all became clear. Being able to see and position the probes, I was able to work on scanning something down.
Figure 1 - Seeing the probe positioning arrows and their range sphere.
Figure 2 - Whoa! Expanded to maximum range of 32 AU (Core Probes). Slight overlap ;)
Figure 3 - A hit! When something is detected by only one probe, you see a pale blue sphere indicating the area it can be found in. You can click through the items in the scan list to see the respective blue spheres of various sizes. Even though some items are at 100% scan strength, you need to have it in the range of three probes in order to triangulate and warp to it.
Figure 4 - When in detected by two probes, you get a red circle indicating the intersection area. Each red circle represents a different item in the list, click through them to see each one in turn.
Figure 5 - Just showing one red circle from the list. Notice how the scan strength of the Cosmic Signature is really low? I assume you need to really zone in with low range / high strength probes to find that sucker. Next time I'll work on that but this time I'm going for a much easier to find Cosmic Signature.
Figure 6 - Triangulated! When a signature is within range of three probes, it shows up as a dot on the map. Red dots means the scan strength is not 100% and you cannot warp to it, thus you need to get stronger probes with shorter range on it. Green dots are 100% strength and warpable. As you enter warp, sometimes you get DED announcements like the one below.
Figure 7 - At this point, Twin B woke up and in the process woke up Twin A so my wife and I rushed up stairs to spend the next fifteen minutes settling down the babies and putting them back to bed. What did I come back to?
Whoops! I guess I should have cancelled warp. Oh well, test server. Everything is on the cheap there.
Overall the whole process took me 30 minutes to figure out, most of which was spent fiddling with moving probes around, playing with the ranges, and trying to figure out how to overlap properly. Once I had the two probes giving red circles, the triangulation was child's play.
Next time I'll work on tracking down a harder signal and see how long that takes.