Originally by: Toshiro GreyHawk
Yarble garble garble
I really did wonder when you would stick your head into a thread related to PVP, but even I didn't forsee the trainwreck being this bad.
"It's either the same or it's better or it's the same but it depends?"
Holy crap! The possibilities.
What are these "OPs" that you describe? Pure PVP roams.. Pure mining OPs in lowsec.. Mining OPs with people "flying cover"?
There are two problems here:
1) Mining in lowsec is pretty much pointless. You may earn extra ISK per cycle of your lasers, due to better ore, but how long are you able to keep them running for? Chances are, you'll get company soon enough, and need to bail those barges to safety. Which is where issue 2 comes in:
2) If you are flying cover, what do you expect a handful of T1 frigs and Destroyers to protect you from? The answer, is not much.
If you are running a pure PVP op, then rest assured that either a T1 frigate or T1 cruiser is going to outperform most AF's in terms of target selection, than a destroyer.
Slap a plate on a Vexor, and have some fun. Try to convince your corpies to hop into cruisers, or ship down into tackle/DPS/EWAR frigates. There are only a few uses for a destroyer, almost none for the catalyst.
If you want to mine for a decent income, and you're not risk adverse, scan down some wormholes (lowsec is a good place to look, as they usually point to WH systems that are less populated) and run a mining fleet into a WH. You'll swap belt ores for grav sites, which will usually contain ABC ores, worth about 2-3x the ISK/hr of highsec mining.
There are better guides on doing this than I could rattle out here.