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Pack Your Camera in Elite: Dangerous

Pack Your Camera131 (15)

Scan 50 tourist spots

  • Unlocked by 331 tracked gamers (5% - TA Ratio = 8.70) 7,089  

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Lurking Lawyer
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Achievement won on 19 Dec 16
TA Score for this game: 22,166
Posted on 20 December 16 at 13:23, Edited on 30 October 17 at 13:29
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Like a lot of Elite achievements, this one isn't particularly difficult - just time-consuming. It requires you to scan 50 tourist beacons. To do so, drop out of super-cruise in the usual way, target the beacon and it will automatically scan it. A message will appear in your comms in-box with a bit of blurb about the beacon you have just scanned. There's also an audible tone if it's the first time you have scanned the beacon.

You can grind out the achievement by just doing passenger sightseeing missions but it's possible to speed things up by bearing in mind a couple of things.

Firstly, there are a few systems with several beacons. Sol is a good place to start (if you have the system permit) - it has at least 10 of them.

If you're Elite-ranked, Shinrarta Dezhra is also worth a look as there are 4-5 of them there, to do with the Pilots Federation and its history.

There are also 4 beacons in the Lugh system. There are almost certainly others out there with multiple beacons (and I'd guess that some of the systems like Lave that featured in the original versions of Elite will also have them) but those are the ones I came across.

Secondly, it appears that the game "forgets" that you have already scanned beacons if you scan them again after a certain period since the first scan. The same seems to be true of listening posts, for the other similar scanning achievement.

I'm guessing it's month but I haven't been able to verify that. I scanned my first beacons in Shinrarta Dezhra then was able to scan them again (and the achievement counter rose by one) about 6 weeks later.
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