I recently started playing again, sucked in by VR after a vast amount of time away. (From this, infer that I have a kind of a weird set of assets, the result of extensively playing the launch version of NMS and not playing it a lot after that.) I'm in search of advice--quite possibly attitudinal advice rather than anything practical.
I guess I'll spoilerblock this, though I doubt I really need to.
So OK, I'm at the point where I'd like to go to the galaxy center. The apparent "fast" way to do that is black holes: jump to a black hole, go through it, repeat. I haven't finished the Atlas path as it happens, so I need to get black hole coordinates from Polo.
Thing is, this is pretty dull. I'm at 520,000 light years away, which I guess is good since I started at 660,000 or so. But still . . . like, I log in, make a warp cell or two, do a couple of black holes, log out. Tedious stuff. I'm no stranger to this sort of monotony, having made a couple of Colonia runs in Elite--but I dunno, man, I feel like I'm missing some way to speed things up a little, or make the trip fun. Maybe not, though?
My current ship has a decent jump range; I don't have hyperdrive upgrades, but aside from shaving off the occasional jump en route to a black hole, would they really help me here?
With 3 s-class hyperdrive upgrades, my jump range went from ~110 ly to about 1200 ly. I don't know how much time that would save you if you're looking for black holes, but it's a pretty dramatic upgrade.
Hmm: 110 --> 1,200 is a much bigger range multiplier than I'd imagined. My current ride's range is a rather excellent 547, 529 without the one S-class upgrade I've got on there; based on those numbers I wouldn't have expected a huge jump with another upgrade or two. But . . . again, hmm!
moondog, that's about right. It's not nothing, though: my last hop was ~5,000, and I seem to recall hitting about 4,000-5000 per black hole as a rule.