I'm currently most often found flying a passive shield tanked Stratios. I like the combination of DPS and exploration muscle that it provides. With enough tank to clear all but the hardest gas sites and the drones to ambush other explorers, it provides me a level of confidence that my trusty Astero just didn't offer. With a few mods, it can easily be refit to hack both the null-sec style sites as well as the rare ghost site that I find in wormhole space. It is my deep space exploration vessel allowing me to gather content even when deep in the wormhole chain.
My normal routine consists of scanning out our wormhole chain as far as I can looking for both targets and resources to take. I prioritize null-sec relic sites over anything else (other than ghost sites) and make note of the Vast and Bountiful gas sites I find as well as sleeper relic sites in C3 space. Why I do this relates to a bit of research I did recently.
With the recent changes to sleeper loot, low-end wormhole anomalies are in a place much better than before. Unfortunately by adding null-sec relic sites to low-end wormhole space, the value of those sites relative to the time needed to operate in them is still lacking. For example purposes, assume that a standard null-sec relic site will net a minimum of 10M SIK for roughly 10 minutes of work and sometimes upwards of 50M ISK. A standard C1 wormhole site will offer the following rewards. A C1 site can be done in a moderately tanked passive shield Vexor in roughly 10-15 minutes. A pair of pilots can clear these in 5-6 minutes each. Column B is ISK in thousands while Column 6 is the number of ships you must kill to gather that. The first four lines in each table are standard combat sites, the final four are the data and relic sites which are consistently more difficult than their combat counterparts but also require them to be scanned down before accessing. Additionally you have the random chance for melted nanoribbons which can significantly increase the value here.
In addition to combat sites you have gas sites which spawn sleepers 20 minutes after activating and also must be scanned down
This led me quickly to focus on Vast and Bountiful gas sites as a primary PvE site to clear. I can do them deep into the chain with my Stratios or closer to home I bring a PvE fit Gila which has tremendous DPS and clears these sites very quickly. This also has a benefit to my corpmates who now have access to the gas inside without risk of sleeper spawns. Clearing C3 and C4 level gas sites is of more value and less risk than anything in C1 or C2 space.
But those C3 sites were calling to me with their promises of ISK. So I took a look at how the waves of those sites were built. This is the value of C3 sites without triggering battleships. Sites marked with a * have sentry towers which make them harder to deal with and less desirable