I made it to the Crab Nebula.
I've been thinking about this for a while now. Elite Dangerous is a really nice graphical front end on top of the background simulation. The specs required to run the game are reasonable by today's standards but there's no good reason that they couldn't be much, much lighter.
Elite, in 1984, was a 3D wireframe game running on a procedurally generated galaxy and it ran on a tiny fraction of the resources we have available today. I'm seeing no good reason that it couldn't still do that.
On the final few hours of 2016 I finished modding the FSD on a brand new Anaconda. In the first hour of 3303 I pointed the bow at the California Nebula and left the Bubble. I've had enough. Last year was the worst. I'm taking a year off and heading out into the Black. There are some awesome sights to be seen out there and I'm going to go and take a look. The Messier Catalogue that is located inside the galaxy is on the bucket list too.