You are mining pures or other roids. You are heavy in a big ship that doesn't maneuver or stop very well. Or maybe you are arty hunting in a nimble Ranger. What's the quickest way to stop next to the roid -- without smacking into it?
* Start by aiming for a point directly above the roid. You never want to fly directly at the roid.
* Your speed and distance from the roid will depend on your experience with the type and weight of your ship. But when you reach that point, cut throttle and flip 180 by pitching up or down only. Don't yaw flip or use any type of diagonal flip (which is usually faster).
* Now as you coast backwards toward the roid, watch it in your rear view. Use engines to brake as you approach.
* As you close distance you will eventually lose the roid from your rear view. Switch to top view (out the top of your cockpit). Yes, there is a key for that if you are a mouse/keyboard user. If you use a joystick, by default your tophat switch is the rear, top, left, and right views.
* When you see the roid come into your top view and pass over you, use engines to come to a full (or nearly full) stop.
* Pitch up and find the roid in your front view. If you are not close enough to mine, use engines and aim to any side of the roid. Go very slowly and use brake thrusters to stop when in mining range.
I find it helpful to know how far I will travel from shutting the throttle to flipping 180 from full cruise speed. If you've dropped the radar range down, you should get a rough idea of how far off the roid is and what distance you'll then have to stop with throttle up again.
This is easiest when arty hunting as your mass hardly changes enough to matter and you have a target selected so know exactly how far off the arty is. Get it right and you can collect the arties you spot while towing a swarm of conflux
When mining pures though it's not so easy to stop so your best gauge is the time it took to get up to full cruise. Zero to cruise isn't the same time as cruise to zero but you should get a general idea over time.
Last Edit: Jun 1, 2014 5:14:42 GMT by mint: add pic