I found a 0.5 system that has a lot of empty moons. I’ve begun surveying them, but I’m not sure how to decipher the results. Is there a calculator based off profitability somewhere? I’d like to do some manufacturing as well, if that makes any difference.
Hydrocarbons, atmospheric gases, silicates, and evaporative deposits, all seem to drop at 65 unit intervals, with silicates being the most expensive. So I would assume the ore composition that drops the most silicates would be best, but I think there might be more to it than that.
There’s the empire tax of 10%, unless you skill that skill that drops to 5%… then there’s poco tax that is high too (unless you have good standings with the owners).
If you have that level 5 and good standings then it’s worth doing Factoring only, I would not Extract PI on highsec at all… I did factoring on highsec in the past and banked many bilions of ISK, its around 1.2-1.5 bil per character, I gave up because it’s just a sad activity that burns the person. PI is not passive at all if you do factoring, it requires many hours a month and a lot of hauling.
I started in low sec many years ago and It was good, find a quiet low sec, maybe get standings with the corp that anchored the pocos there, its quite good extraction around 0.2 and 0.1 systems… I started doing it at Esmes, is really quiet and near Amarr.
You could do PI in a wormhole, could be in a boring C1 if you can find a C1 with Interbus pocos, those have 0% tax. But doing PI in whs require people to work with, people updating the signatures, scouting, doing it all by yourself with alts will burn you.
Also if you are wanting to moon mine with a refinery, don’t put a refinery up, you won’t be able to get your ore since everyone can mine it without any recourse to those players. Just scout other players refineries and mine those… cheapest way to go.
I did PI for a bit when it first started in the DUST era, but haven’t touched it since. I don’t even know what “factoring” is, is that building a factory?
As far as POCO’s go, it’s among my plans to take them over myself. Most of the POCO’s in this system are owned by inactive corps, and I’m fairly confident most would go uncontested.
I do remember PI being a super click fest, but I suppose I’m a weird kind of person because I enjoyed it at the time, not sure how it looks now after so many years of updates. I may do some low sec PI as well, but I’m not sure how that works in a low sec system as to how it differs from 0.5 and up. I’ve considered the WH route but as you said, doing anything in a WH adds a layer of BS that I don’t really feel like dealing with at the moment.