Many will think Asp Explorer or Anaconda when you think Exploring, but there are a lot of choices out there. Here are a bunch to consider. All have shields, an SRV, Fuel Scoop, and required scanners, but no weapons. I did not include the small ships such as a Sidewinder or Eagle because they cannot comfortably carry a Buggy, but don't exclude them from your list if driving an SRV on the Planet is not your idea of fun, or you don't have Horizons.Communications.Having good communications when it comes to keeping things organized are key, especially if we are trying to get a lot of Cmdrs. into one instance for meetups. We know that in game voice is crappy at best, and it is hard to manage groups that are not all in the same instance.
We could use the Mobius Teamspeak as it is readily available, or we could use a Discord server which I can setup in Minutes.
The discord server has the advantage of being able to be used on other devices for free other than your PC. They have android and IOS apps, Mac/PC, and are easier to use for typed communications for those who don't want to use voice. It also runs in a Browser and the Desktop versions have an overlay so you can see in game when people are sending text chats, and who is speaking.
The Teamspeak server is already working well and provides the same functionality but not the same bells and whistles. It is not available for free on iOS and Android.
I have started a Strawpoll to get an idea on how the group feels about which to use.
Please vote here: http://www.strawpoll.me/10098561
The votes have been tallied, and it seems that Discord is the Favourite a hair. so I set up a server, and here is the Invite link: https://discord.gg/0zgLTUjur07RLjUQ
I will be setting up separate channels later today. I imagine it will not see much use until we closer to a date, but it is there non the less and please feel free to use it as it is an open server. This does not mean you can't use the TeamSpeak server, just that we will be officially using the discord server.Tools to aid in your exploring.
Here is a list of a few tools that you may want to consider using during your exploration. If more are suggested, I will add them as they are brought up.