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Old 08-26-2015, 11:33 AM   #40
jason taylor
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Default Re: [Spaceships] Heat Signature, Cloaking Device, and Stealth Hull

Originally Posted by Anthony View Post
Beam combat, if it exists, will almost certainly occur at ranges vastly shorter than detection range. A 99% black hull has an apparent magnitude of 0 (trivially visible) at about 10,000 diameters, and you can increase that range by a factor of 1,000 with quite modest (TL 8 hobbyist) hardware.
Assuming that to be the case(which is dealing with weapons not stealth), the fight STARTS at detection not when shots are exchanged. The captains will have been seeking advantage long before.
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