REFINING & SELLING:
metals and minerals
PRISTINE METALLIC RINGS
Pristine Metallic Planetary rings are a miners biggest earners. Within these rings is the biggest range of valuable metals and minerals in the known galaxy, some of which are unavailable to purchase withini the commodity markets.
Palladium, Platinum and Painite. Well known throughout the mining community as the three P's, these are the commodities bringing home the cheese. Since 26th April 3304 however, the price for Painite and Platinum has far outwieghed that of Palladium which has led to many miners hunting solely for those two commodities.
Osmium, Praseodymium and Samarium aren't much to write home about but are frequently sought after by minor factions in system, leading them to increase in value through station demand. Osmium has seen a boost in price in some systems, even rivalling that of Palladium, encouraging some miners to begin adding Osmium to their hunting criteria when in the rings. Collecting missions from the mission board in station can lead to a very lucrative mining career. The value of the mission itself can increase the value of the metal from six, seven, eight thousand credits per ton to being in the regions of, in some cases, nearly eighty thousand credits per ton. Food for thought. As an added bonus to completing mining specific missions, it is doubtless to say that, while prospecting to fill your quota, you'll stumble on Platinum and Painite along the way.
Gold and silver are pretty common. With Gold fetching around eight to nine thousand credits and silver averaging four to five thousand credits, they are overshadowed by the greater values of the other mined commodities. There is one saving grace I can hand to them. As it is always personal preference as to what you want to mine, remember that some of the best commodity trade routes done by the galaxies traders, their top end profits are only around four to five thousand. If you mined by comparison, that would give you the ability to mine and refine anything from Silver and above in price range, earning a minimum of four to five thousand credits per ton, without spending a penny.
The rest are the most common; Bertrandite, Gallite and Indite. Not really worthwile, but again, it's free money. Unlike traders, we don't have to pay upfront for our cargo but credit returns versus the time spent mining and refining struggles to be anywhere near as lucrative as the others. Once upon a time there were missions available for these commodities that have since entered into myth and legend. Hopefully in the latter stages of 3304 we'll see a demand for them once again.
PRISTINE ICY RINGS
Ice mining is difficult. The composition percentages of the ice 'roids is substantially lower when compared to the other three ring types, leading to a slower build up of cargo. Icy rings have a very good output of missions within system mission boards, making them a very valuable asset to factions wanting influence and very lucrative with your bank balance when you gain yourself an above average reputation with the factions. It is a rarity, but not unheard of, that while doing these missions you run the possibility of stumbling across Low Temperature Diamonds whose value rivals even that of Painite.
Low Temperature Diamonds are a very nice price but because of their rarity, you can spend hours before finding even the smallest percentage to mine, that sometimes may not even fill a bin in the refinery.
Bromellite is probably the most well known of the Ice commodities as it is needed in quite a large quantity to unlock one of the engineers. It's also a popular mission, available in station mission boards, along with Metholated Monohydrate Crystals and Lithium Hydroxide. Their value again isn't great, but multiplies in its worth per ton when receiving the missions reward. Missions for water do become available here and there but there reward is limited by the very low price water is bought and sold for.
PRISTINE metal rich & rocky
Very little is mined here in terms of value. The metals and minerals available in these two ring types are lucky to reach over eight thousand credits per ton. When comparing them to what can be achieved in a Pristine Metallic Ring it can often leave the Cmdr with reason to ignore these ring types altogether. Have faith Cmdrs. If it's credits you're chasing then no, working these ring types would be quite up there with one of the best ways to waste your time. With the addition of the material brokers, Metal Rich and Rocky rings could be the access you need for better accessing the higher grade materials you just can't seem to get your hands on. The majority of asteroids within these ring types have medium to high material content. Compare them to the Icy and Metallic rings and these rings might just be worth dipping in to while engineering is at the forefront of your agenda.