Hey guys - I used to play EVE quite a bit, maybe 5 years ago, then took a break. I am back to playing again and I’ve decided ice mining is really what’s fun for me these days.
Anyway I’ll get to the point. I prefer to ice mine solo, in an Orca (mostly for the large ore bay and no need to keep going back and forth from the field to the station). So, I am using an Ice Harvesting II drone. I always Approach and park next to the asteroid, etc.
My issue is this: I can’t seem to break 88.88 seconds on my Activation Time / duration. I was watching a video by delonewolf and he got his down to 55 seconds, somehow. I know i can use an Augmented drone to get that down to 83 seconds (appx), but for various reasons I don’t want to use a 100mil isk drone. I also have the mid-range Yeti implant (IH-1003) for the 3% cycle bonus (the more expensive one is… too expensive lol).
I have the following skills:
Drone Navigation 5
Ice Harvesting Drone Operation 5
Ice Harvesting Drone Specialization 5
Mining Drone Specialization 4
Mining Drone Operation 5
Drone Avionics 4
Drone Interfacing 5
Is there anything else I can do to lower my cycle times? Thanks for any help or suggestions.