Would it be possible to show all items of interest on the large area map when you use the sector scan button located on the map. This would be cool to see items auto populating on the map. Maybe different icons for what your science officer believes it to be. And have the distance your scanners can read based off of a sensor skill set.
This would be useful for scan the ships to be able to avoid enemies if you do not want the combat. Or possibly make that a separate mission type to beam aboard stranded passengers without being detected.
Or possibly see an anomaly item on screen but due to a weak sensor array you fly into a battle group of cloaked enemies.