It is my understanding that ships only ever fire one set of weapons. Lasers if they are out of cannon range and cannons if they're close enough. Can anyone confirm if ships will still fire their lasers if their lasers are powerful enough to be better than cannons even at close range? I don't know the damage comparison but I'd assume 8 lasers to 1 cannon would see lasers good even at close range. Although I remember one moving closer to an enemy and seeing damage go down, possible from switching from lots of lasers to one cannon. I'm not sure though.