Non-persistent POIs can be sought out in 2 ways:
- Using the Wave Scanner of an SRV.
- Flying a Ship at around 2 km above the surface. Blue circles on the scanner display mark areas which contain a Point of Interest. These fade out below 2km, vanishing fully at about 1.5km. Unless you spot the point of interest visually, it is best to land and switch to an SRV to use the Wave Scanner to finish tracking it down.
Persistent POIs can be discovered by using the Detailed Surface Scanner to map a planet. These are primarily Geological or Biological POIs. Following the scan they are shown when approaching the planet and also in the System Navigation Panel.
If there is a trespass zone marked in red on the scanner display, lingering in it for too long will trigger the hostility of the skimmers. If the POI is in an area ruled by law and the skimmers don't have bounties, lingering in the trespass zone can also give fines and bounties.
These are some POI types.
- Ship wreckage. If any Cargo Canisters or Occupied Escape Pods survived the ship's destruction, they count as legal Salvage. A Cargo Rack containing Materials may be present too.
- SRV and Skimmer wreckage. If there are any cargo canisters or occupied escape pods, they count as legal salvage.
- Cargo cache. Unclaimed cargo canisters, legal salvage for anyone who retrieves them.
- Buildings and a cargo cache.
- Buildings and Automated Mining Extractors. Guarded by Defence Turrets in addition to skimmers.
- Buildings and a lone Data point.
- Crashed Nav Beacon, which can be scanned as a data point.
- Crashed probe, which can be scanned as a data point.
- INRA bases
- Surface Ports
- Microorganism colony formations