Last night I managed to sneak in one mission before going to sleep. Eve Survival is nice that way. I can look up the mission and figure out how long it will take. I did part one of The Rogue Slave Trader and it only took 15 minutes. That fit right in my play schedule.
While doing the mission I decided to play with the tactical display for the first time. I must not have used it right, because I didn't get anything out of it. I guess seeing how far out something is useful, but I get the same intelligence looking at my overview.
My fantasy MMO background may be getting in the way. I prefer the view of my ship where it is as big as possible and I just scan the camera drones around when the overview doesn't give me the direction information I need. I have the feeling that to really use the tactical display correctly I'd need to keep my ship zoomed out so it looks like a tiny dot. That seems like such a waste of such a graphically beautiful game, at least when running missions.
So I'm wondering. Is the tactical display not that useful or am I just a n00b that needs to learn how to play Eve?