When Sansha Kuvakei decided to play in the constellation I was operating in last week, I decided to move to the nearest Sisters of Eve station with a level 4 distribution agent and start grinding standings. The standings themselves are nice but I was more interested in getting enough loyalty points to purchase the Sisters' scanning gear.
If Poetic Stanzeil is correct and all carebears are deranged, then my condition is fairly harmless. I hate purchasing ammunition and scan probes fall in that category. I even ran the Wildfire level 4 epic mission arc to the get RSS Scan probes instead of buying them. So I started looking at the blueprints for the regular scan probes and decided that despite the fact that at 4.5 million ISK a copy for the blueprint originals making my own probes is not cost effective, I wanted to make my own regular probes to turn in for Sisters' probes.
In my old high-sec days a few months ago, the materials list would have seemed daunting. Lots of low sec minerals on the list. But now that I'm living in low-sec, only two of the materials are a challenge: megacyte and strontium clathrates. Megacyte is a challenge because the proper gravimetric sites holding Spodumain don't pop up all that frequently. However, I have a bunch of megacyte sitting in a hanger because I didn't want to sell it because I might want to use it one day. I was thinking of building ships, but scan probes are useful also.
The second material, strontium clathrates, isn't really challenging to get. All I have to do is mine ice. Have I mentioned I've never mined ice outside of a mission? And that ice in high sec only yields 1 unit of strontium clathrates per unit of ice? Ugh! But low sec holds two different types of ice that yields more. Glare crust yields 25 units of strontium clathrates and dark glitter yields 50 units per unit of ice refined.
In case you are new to Eve, ice mining in low-sec is pretty dumb unless done as part of a large corp operation. One could say only a deranged person would mine ice in low-sec. Especially since only one system in Minmatar low-sec contains dark glitter. Yes, that ice is that rare to find. I might just skip the ice mining portion and buy straight off the market. Or maybe not. I think the insurance on my Procurer is about to expire. The only question I have now is: do I fit a prop mod or a web? I already know if I go ice mining I'm going to fit a point.