High sec mining
This is your eve tip of the day on high sec mining:
Don't do it.
You might think it's afk, but if you're trying to pay for omega, it is WAY too many hours, and it is not completely afk, and you can lose your ship.
So my methodology: Assume you wait for 400 plex for omega. Maxed skills. max fittings with laser upgrades. Maxed orca boosts. Implant. One Omega (covetor or mackinaw), One Alpha. Only the BEST ore for moon mining, jackpotted moons.
Here are my results to get omega in high sec:
Omega char, mining high sec jackpotted moon only: between 11.4 and 18.7 hours depending on R4 moon.
Alpha char, mining high sec jackpotted moon only: between 74 and 122 hours
Omega char, mining the +15% high sec ore only: between 40 and 68 hours (Stable/Glossy/Oppulent/Sparkling)
Alpha char, mining the +15% high sec ore only: between 262 and 445 hours
Omega char, mining just high sec regular belt ore: between 46 and 78 hours
Alpha char, mining just high sec regular belt ore: between 302 and 512 hours.
BTW, one week of 7 days a week 16 hours a day == 112 hours, or 480 hours per month.
If any of your skills are bad, this is worse.
If you swap out mining laser upgrades, it's worse.
If you don't have the 127 mil implant, it's worse.
If you are forced to mine a lesser ore, it can be 40% worse.
If you don't compressed and sell in a market hub, it can be worse.
If you get a maxed refiner to refine it for you, it's worse.
If you don't wait for plex sale for omega, it's 20% worse
If you don't have compression, it is way worse.
If you refine yourself it is WAAAY worse. Especially as alpha or poor skills.
If you sleep or do anything else, it's worse.
Don't try to pay for omega with high sec mining unless you have omega, and even then, ymmv.
Do this math yourself, using these tools:
https://ore.cerlestes.de/ore - ore amounts.
https://janice.e-351.com/ - figure out prices for compressed ore.
Ore income levels
I thought I'd do a chart of mineral income levels per hour. This is based off this https://ore.cerlestes.de/ore chart of moon minerals. This is a live response for *compressed* ore, which is usually your best bang of your buck, OTHER than Kernite. Kernite is better uncompressed.
This is a T2 venture, with max'd alpha account skills, no implant, no boosts. It can be better, but just gives you a raw answer. Note, you should not refine this material as a new player, you will lose a LOT of value. An alpha with perfect skills, without implants, in a GOOD facility is only 68.3% refine rate.
To read: Pick one mineral in each of these lists. Note that the source material is WAY more useful. Edit: Note that I'm still using old tool for these prices, which change over time, so do the math yourself with https://janice.e-351.com/!
All Regions belt ore: http://evepraisal.com/a/175u56?live=yes Highest 42 mil an hour.
High only: http://evepraisal.com/a/175u6j?live=yes Highest 2.8 mil an hour.
Low only: http://evepraisal.com/a/175u7z?live=yes Highest 38 mil an hour. (raw kernite 19 mil an hour vs 10.6 mil an hour compressed)
Null only: http://evepraisal.com/a/175u8l?live=yes Highest 38 mil an hour.
Wormhole only: http://evepraisal.com/a/175u8s?live=yes Highest 16.5 mil an hour
Pochven only: http://evepraisal.com/a/175u8u?live=yes Highest 42 mil an hour
A0 Stars only: http://evepraisal.com/a/175u9d?live=yes Highest 37 mil an hour
Can compress in station.
N/A for alpha characters. But for completeness, if they could, this is what incomes would be like:
High sec only: https://janice.e-351.com/a/cRz0jU 4.6 mil an hour for 30 blocks white glaze.
http://evepraisal.com/a/175ua5?live=yes Highest 11 mil an hour for Krystallos, only available in null, Dark Glitter 9.8 mil in low, and clear icicle 3.9 mil in high.
Requires a rorqual or orca to compress.
This one is not really that comparable, unfortunately, because the markets don't always exist. But it gives you an idea.
http://evepraisal.com/a/175ubx?live=yes Highest 33 mil, but for sure the R64 pays WAY better.
http://evepraisal.com/a/175ucc?live=yes Uncompresed is worse and is more like 26-12 mil.
But the results from the table show that Loparite is really good income.
Requires a rorqual or orca to compress.
See Gas Mining page for guide
Requires a porpoise, a rorqual, or an Orca to compress.
Waste and you
Each harvester / crystal has a residue probability and a residue amount (percentage relative to the mining amount)
Every cycle you have a [probability] chance to consume an extra [amount] from the rock that just goes nowhere / gets deleted
Functionally it means you mine at the stated speed but consume the rock 25% faster / waste that extra 25%
(Waste values are different for crystals etc but the standard waste is 34% / 100% residue)
Yeah so let's take the example of a r64 moon.
You have a certain amount of ore.
Let's say for example you have (unrealistic) 10km^3
If you collect it all, it's worth 100 mil
So if you can mine at 10m^3 a second, it would mine out in 1000 seconds.
By using a t2 crystals you could mine that same moon out at 13.5 m3 a second so ... 850 seconds?
Instead of 10k m^3 ore you only end up with 9k.
And you only get 90 mil out
All those numbers are dude on his phone making wild guesses.
But it shows the point.
You can only do moons once every so often, so it is better to use t1, get the full value, even though isk per hour.
If you have way more ore than you can ever mind, for instance, it makes sense to use t2
But often the good stuff goes quick and there is only so much isogen containing ore so you want it all.
Plus you have to deal with random crystal bullshit so.. just skip it, use t1 and consider it cost of doing business
Talk to the person giving you compression and boosts.
ORE miners are never worth it. You won't back your money.
Exhumers, yes, you'll make your money back versus barges.
(Thanks to Mac Gunderson for his feedback on this thread!)
Initial mining ships can be a little confusing. If you are alpha, you are limited to the starting mining ship, called a Venture. You can do battleships, but it's not advised. You need omega to fly everything else. The usual path for these ships are: Venture -> Barge -> Expedition -> Porpoise -> Exhumers -> Orca -> Rorqual Note that you only need some of these ships if you want to provide 'boosts' to your fleet. These boosts can improve your ore by 33%, so the break even is 4 accounts if solo mining, not counting compression.
I've also included the differences mining boosts make on these of the venture. A maxed alpha with boosts can outmine a crappy covetor sometimes.
The Venture is the easiest to use for new players as well, and can easily bring in quite a bit of money if you're mining valuable materials. You are given several if you do the Career Agents. You should use these if you don't have any money at all, and when you Join a Corporation, they often hand these out for free. They can also do gas harvesting, though the mining book is somewhat expensive for a new player.
Venture (Alpha) - 7.71 m^3 per second, the non-boosted alpha version
Venture (Alpha with boosts) - 13.8 m^3 per second
Venture (Omega) - 10.8 m^3 per second, the base level of mining for max omega
Venture (Omega with boosts) - 19 m^3 per second
The first major improvement for mining, barges come in 3 flavors:
Covetor - (26.4) Best miner with a small cargo hold, the stock one for most null groups.
Retriever - (22.7) Biggest cargo hold, great for more extended mining periods.
Procurer - (20.5) Best tanker, worst miner good for hostile locations to hold the line till you can kill tackle.
This is the next step up people usually take after barges, also in 3 flavors:
Hulk - (33.6) Best miner in the game, but also very expensive to run, hard to tank, but is nimble.
Mackinaw - (26.4) Biggest cargo hold, used to be the primary ice miner of all the ships.
Skiff - (22) Easiest to defend, worst miner of the exhumers. This has the ability to kill a lot of small tackle too, especially in numbers.
These are good at spot mining or danger mining. These are often cooped by PVP groups as well, so be careful around groups as they might think you're trying to kill them.
Prospect - (12.6) Gas Mining with a cov ops cloak is this ships forte. Has a large hold, and can easily switch fits. The most common hot dropper because it can fit an industrial cyno, allowing for black ops battleships to drop on people.
Endurance - (11.9) Less used, primarily used to mine ice. Note that it can come close to barge levels of income.
Industrial Command Ships
These provide mining boosts and compression. The type you use matters based on what you are mining.
Porpoise - The first booster you can fly. It is low mass for wormholes, but can fit medium Gas/Asteroid ore compressors. Only really used for belt an anomaly/gas mining. Note, a lot of these tend to be bait tanked and used as tackle too, so be careful :)
Orca - This is a baby capital ship with a bunch of downsides, unfortunately. Only really use these in high sec, they are just giant targets without the ability to tank outside of it. In high sec, https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Orca_Guide has a good guide on using them. I do NOT recommend them, mostly because it implies high sec mining, which I've said is bad. Can fit a Large Asteroid/Gas/Ice/Mercoxit/Moon compressor!
Rorqual - The best mining support ship in the game. This is primarily used to provide boosts to fleet mates through a variety features, including a Capital Asteroid/Gas/Ice/Mercoxit/Moon compressor, an Invulnerability Core, and even a bridge module to move your mining fleet around! If you scale to 5 Omega accounts, this is required usage, and often you use two of them in larger groups just to move the mass amount of ore you gather!
Thank you Sl1imJ1m and Draygon 152 for the idea and the text!
I'll mention haulers as well, just because moving this much ore can be challenging. These t1 haulers are useful for 'jetcan mining'. Note that compression makes most of these pointless, as they are entirely too easy to destroy in empire and more dangerous space. All can fit Interdictor Nullification but take upwards of 10 seconds to get into warp. All of these run the risk of being suicide ganked once you hit 10 mil isk.
Miasmos - The best for moving large chunks of ore. Has a Mining ore that can hold asteroid and moon ore.
Kryos - The best for moving minerals and ice ore. Has a cargo hold that holds a lot of these products, note again easy to kill.
Hoarder - The best for moving gas and ammo. Has a cargo bay that can hold a lot, but again easy to kill.
Epithal - I'll mention it as it can haul Planetary Interaction products.
Nersus, Sigil - Can overtank these to make them harder to kill while carrying more
Sunesis - A destroyer, can hold upwards of 1.7k m^3 of stuff while being sub 2 second, making them very hard to catch!
Transport ships, Freighters, and Jump Freighters
Most of the game uses these ships to move large volumes of materials safely.
Blockade Runners (Viator etc)- Can warp cloaked, but only hold like 10 k m^3. But compressed ore is 1/100th the size, so a single one can hold a LOT.
Deep Space Transports (Occator etc) - These can hold 60k m^3, can fit a lot more variety of modules, and are MUCH harder to catch if you know what you are doing. Can have a REALLY good tank too.
Freighters (Charon etc) - These are used to move bulky stuff that is not that expensive. Once you break around 1 bil isk, these are vulnerable to suicide ganking.
Jump Freighters (Rhea etc) - These are the primarily logistics ship for the entire game. They teleport 10 AU at a time, can be cyno'd in with a venture, are not just expensive but fucking expensive, and are easy to make a mistake if you're not educated on a lot of mechanics. This is what every other hauler is competing with.
Attempt at a table might delete. sorry!
One Hour Venture
Value per hour
Null, Anom, WH
Null, Anom, WH