Few issues i have found is that the docking computer takes an eternity to actually dock whereas on Elite it could be set to cut out the tedious drifting through space sequences.
For stations which won't allow Shift+C, one useful trick is to let the docking computer get you lined up on the docking bay, and then turn it off again and fly the rest of the way manually at a higher speed. Once you're lined up properly keeping the correct roll rate isn't too difficult.
Slightly frustrated at naff lasers in respect that you need ears of a bat to actually tell if your shots are hitting the target.
I'd recommend the [wiki]BGS[/wiki] sound/graphics set for this - very nicely distinct hit and miss sounds (as well as some other nice additions)
Anyone got any advice on these I would be most grateful (please bear in mind im not that computer literate) Lastly from reading through some of the forums I see that in good old Elite fashion there are missions to be carried out. Any clues or hints as to when these are likely to occur would be good.
The first built-in mission will start when you reach 256 kills (twice what you need for Competent) in Galaxy 1 or 2. There are also a large number of OXP expansion packs that include missions - from mini-missions such as Escort Contracts or Random Hits which are available almost everywhere to massive intergalactic quests, and everything in between. http://wiki.alioth.net/index.php/Category:Missions_OXPs
has a mostly-complete list of OXPs offering missions.