Obligatory Note - technique refers to your personal ability to do something, juxtapose your skill levels which makes it easier to have no technique, like an Omega.
What are the factors that go into Combat scans? Size of ship? Speed if moving sub-warp? If the target keeps warping, can you ever narrow down one of their safe spots or does that reset your scan lock?
What is a competitive number of pings before lock?
I like to use pings, it’s more quantitative. Saying 30sec is subjective to the speed the user works the probes, but pings are pretty quantum units. Edited - for clarification.
Is a combat lock often within 1 ping? 2 pings? 3 or more?