How does any of this change if any of the starships have weapons with ranges exceeding 20 VU (such as Hecutor-pattern Plasma Batteries or any ordnance)? Surely the sensors extend to the limit of the weaponry, right?
The way I inferred it, the sensors pick up any large objects, large heat sources, radio waves, etc, at ranges far beyond 20 VU's. At 20 VU's or closer, is where the augurs are most effective, and the closer you get you can pick up more information on the target. Like that hidden ship on silent running. So, if a ship is not Silent Running, you would detect it way out in space like 40 VU's out or so. Hence why ships don't crash into asteroids, moons, planets, etc, if the ship travels 10+ VU's a turn. It detected them way before the 20 VU range. Of course smaller objects, like mines, debre, small particles, etc, are harder to detect. Rules for mines and discovering them are in BFK I think.
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