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  1. 3 points
    It's been very hard to believe in my detector and I really got discourage at times finding nothing but junk on every target. Finally after a week of detecting every day for 3 or 4 hours or more I found something. It's not much but I no it works now. My GM 1000 will not be paid off any time soon at this rate but it sure beats sitting on my butt everyday waiting for the seasons to change.
  2. 3 points
    "I will have faith in my gear" This should be no. 2 on the list of 10 Commandments for Electronic Prospectors. No. 1 is - I will love doing this even on days when I find no gold Well done, the next bits will come a lot easier I think.
  3. 2 points
    Did Annie Oakley ever travel to Alaska? She would have been 32 when this coin was minted (died in 1926 at age 66). From Wikipedia: The Encyclopædia Britannica notes that: Oakley never failed to delight her audiences, and her feats of marksmanship were truly incredible. At 30 paces she could split a playing card held edge-on, she hit dimes tossed into the air, she shot cigarettes from her husband's lips, and, a playing card being thrown into the air, she riddled it before it touched the ground.
  4. 2 points
    I can even guess it happened on the Fourth of July. There is no more important holiday in the Alaska mining camps, with mines often closing and miners getting together for miner's meetings and such. The Fortymile Mining District 4th of July event is still very big, with miners coming out of the woods from creeks all around to attend. So I am seeing this as a possible 4th of July competition. That's the fun of detecting. What is it? Who held it last? Why did it get lost? We enjoy a direct connection to history few others enjoy.
  5. 1 point
    When I posted the video showing the Makro Gold Racer recovery speed using two nails and a gold ring, it caused me to reflect on the various internet nail tests. Nearly all employ modern round nails, when these items rarely present issues. The common VDI (visual discrimination scale) puts ferrous items at the low end of the scale, and items with progressively increasing conductivity higher on the scale. The problem is the size of items also matters. Small gold is low on the scale, and the larger the gold, the higher it reads on the scale. A silver quarter reads higher than a silver dime, etc. All manner of ferrous trash including medium and smaller nails fall where they should when using discrimination and are easily tuned out. The problem is large iron and steel items, and ferrous but non-magnetic materials like stainless steel. Steel plates, large bolts, broken large square nails, axe heads, hammer heads, broken pry bar and pick tips, etc. all tend to read as high conductive targets. Usually it is just the sheer size pushing it higher up the scale. Detectors also love things with holes, which makes for a perfect target by enabling and enhancing near perfect eddy currents, making items appear larger than they really are. Steel washers and nuts are a big problem in this regard, often reading as non-ferrous targets. Oddball shapes cause problems, particularly in flat sheet steel. Old rusted cans often separate into irregular shaped flat pieces, and roofing tin (plated steel) and other sheet steel items are my number one nemesis around old camp sites. Bottle caps present a similar issue in modern areas. These items produce complex "sparky" eddy currents with both ferrous and non-ferrous indications. Many thin flat steel items produce remarkably good gold nugget type signals in old camp areas. Two general tips. Concentric coils often handle ferrous trash better than DD coils. A DD coil is often the culprit when dealing with bottle caps where a concentric coil often makes them easy to identify. Another thing is to use full tones. Many ferrous items are producing both ferrous and non-ferrous tones. Blocking ferrous tones allows only the non-ferrous tone to be heard, giving a clear "dig me" signal. This was the real bane of single tone machines with a simple disc knob to eliminate ferrous objects. You still heard the non-ferrous portion of the signal. Multi tones allows you to hear the dual ferrous/non-ferrous reports from these troublesome items, helping eliminate most of them. Certain detectors can also show multiple target responses on screen at once, like the White's models featuring the SignaGraph (XLT, DFX, etc.) and CTX with target trace. These displays show target "smearing" that stands out differently from the clean VDI responses produced by most good items. A machine with a simple VDI numeric readout can only show you one number at a time and the only indication you might get is "dancing" numbers that refuse to lock on. Usually though the predominate response overrides and fakes you out. This is where a good high end visual display capable of putting all VDI response on screen simultaneously can really help out. I have been collecting these odd iron and steel items to practice with and to help me evaluate which machines might do best in ferrous trash. The main thing I wanted to note here is contrived internet videos with common round nails often present a misleading picture. Many machines do very well on nails yet fail miserably on flat steel.
  6. 1 point
    I was at Ganes Creek, Alaska in 2002 on a gold nugget hunt using my White’s MXT. It was early days before they bulldozed for people and so there was a lot of non-ferrous trash found each day while looking for gold. One day I decided to take a picture of the junk from one day of detecting to show people how many holes got dug for trash. And this is only the non-ferrous. Any bolts, nuts, cans, etc. get dumped in the nearest pond throughout the day. So I take this picture and before I go to toss it in the trash a broken grommet in the upper right catches my eye. It is not a grommet at all, but an 1892 Barber Quarter with a hole shot though it! Large caliber at that, which split the coin. Any normal days I would have just dumped that stuff in the trash bin without looking at it, so my taking the photo was fortuitous indeed. This coin really is one that did almost get away! I like to imagine that it was all about. Why is there a hole shot in this coin? A bet or just somebody showing off? The edges of the coin are pounded also, prior to the coin being shot. Just a really interesting find with a White's MXT. My only Barber quarter find and it has a hole blown through it!
  7. 1 point
    Last few years I have been working a nice stretch of land with many small creeks and tribs feeding them. The primary large ones apparently are the ones that the early miners worked and the ones I have focused on. I would work the banks, tailing piles and pretty much clear any targets out of the way. Over the years I have cleared sections of trash and gold that stretch up to a half a mile long along the creeks. I have basically cleaned it up pretty good. I still have miles of creeks to clean up downstream of these creeks that are littered with tailing piles. But before i do that I wanted to purchase a larger coil to hit some spots that I cleaned up. Thanks to Luke I am now a proud owner of the 18" Elite that I am taking out his morning to hit some of those areas I cleaned up. Hopefully there are some deep ones lurking ... Friday Morning : Today was the day....was working a bench way above the present creek and after an hour in a spot I been with other coils multiple times , the 18" elite groaned with a nice sharp deep tone...digging down about 15 inches out came this nice little 4.27 gram placer nugget. Outside of it being a bit heavy...the coil is extremely stable in medium ground, I was running it hot 14 gain, stab 8, enhanced mode, the 4500 purrred like a kitty. I've dug some deep targets ...the key with these large coils is to go very, very slow and use a bungee support system...found I could swing this 5 hours without to much discomfort. Overall I am very happy with the Elite! Thanks again Luke!
  8. 1 point
    The amount of gold would depend on your expectations...how much is enough to justify the work? If there is good bedrock I would sample the cracks and hardpack...sniping is a simple way to do that in shallow water...some pics of the area might produce more informed responses. Nuggets of any picker size would certainly get my attention! fred
  9. 1 point
    Actually just found this video test between a GPZ and GPX on an undug target using larger coils. Hopefully Nenad does not mind me posting his test here on this forum and subject. There appears to be very little difference between both the GPX and GPZ on this target.
  10. 1 point
    Hi there billdean. To answer your question about not knowing what a bench is. Here is some footage & info. The first one is a bit slow but the picture will tell you a thousand words. http://www.mygoldpanning.com/ancientriverbedsandhighbenches.html Hope that explains it for you & now you will have a heap more spots to check out. Good luck out there JW
  11. 1 point
    I'd bet its a bullet hole for sure..Tossed in the air and shot right through the middle by a sharp shooter...Maybe thats taking it a bit too far but treasure hunters have to dream big you know... strick
  12. 1 point
    My Sovereign GT is the one I won't part with. My Deus with the HF coils is awesome on our SoCal beaches wet or dry, is lightweight and is as good as the GT at finding targets.
  13. 1 point
    Most of my stellar finds have been in the front and backyards of private homes in my area. My thinking was, all of our societies "going ons" is/was in the backyards of America. From Birthdays to graduations to the yearly 4th of July get togethers. It's all there. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the gardners who lose their jewelry.
  14. 1 point
    Except for a small hand full of people most of you don't know exactly who I am. On these forums I go by goldseeker4000 but my name is Reese Townes and I have been detecting for gold nuggets and coins since 1980. I write articles on gold detecting for ICMJ Prospecting & Mining Journal. I have an ebook out called "Last Chance The Prospectors Field Guide To Finding More Gold". I am currently writing my second book that is strictly on gold detecting. I have a new article in the mining journal that will be out in a few days for December's issue. I bought my 705 in 2009 as a detector to compliment my Gpx4000 to get the tiny gold that the 4000 misses. I sold my 4000 in 2012 and from the time I bought my 705 to the time I sold my 4000, I had only found one nugget with the 4000. I had found many with the 4000 before this period of time but just the one while owning the 705. I sold the 4000 because since buying the 705 all the nuggets I was finding were found with the 705. It is light weight extremely sensitive and is an over all very enjoyable detector to hunt with. A lot of people do not give this detector the respect and credit it is due. When I sold the 4000 I was forced to really get to know how to operate and find gold with the 705. This detector is capable of finding gold as small as the monster and goldbug 2 but will find it deeper than the goldbug 2. It is far more sensitive than most people think and as a result most people will hunt it a little hot but I have found the tiniest piece of gold with it on a sensitivity of 5 at a depth of 3 inches. There is a lot I have to say to all who want to learn the secrets the 705 is harboring. I will add to this thread this weekend when I am able to do so with my laptop which is where all my photos are regarding nuggets I have found with the 705. I will be doing some educational videos on detecting for gold nuggets in the spring and one of them will be on finding gold with the 705. So if any of you have questions about this unsung hero in the world of gold detecting , by all means present your questions regarding the 705.
  15. 1 point
    I think you may have it on that guess.....
  16. 1 point
    looks like a decorative cap to a curtain rod or lamp...
  17. 1 point
    Targeting shallow low mineralised areas with the Xterra 705 was the key to having a bit of fun on gold with that machine. I get a little frustrated with the continual manufacturer bias towards DD coils on VLF detectors to try and tame mineralisation, don't get me wrong they are needed but they do limit things a lot when you need to whip the coil to get into the tiny surface gold. I like to run a VLF hot and prefer a concentric coil for the Zip Zip response they produce, then its just a matter of targeting shallow less mineralised areas where tiny nuggets are prolific and then go have some fun. If the detector is too noisy turn the volume down a bit first before you back off on the sensitivity, sensitivity reduction on a VLF blows the target signal really quickly. The key is to clearly hear the Zip Zip signals over the ground feedback. JP
  18. 1 point
    Thats not far from Pismo...plenty to look for over there. The great thing about a metal detector is you can take them just about anywhere and entertain your self. Thanks for the nice photos... strick
  19. 1 point
    Thank you for the lovely welcome wishes! Yes and Ridge Runner You are right you can not take anything with you on the last trip except the many experiences the soul has made. Many greetings, Legolas!
  20. 1 point
    Looks like a great ride anyway, even without detecting!
  21. 1 point
    - - plus you can have some juvenile fun when not detecting
  22. 1 point
    Hijack is fine Paul. I see it's now a separate thread anyway. Here's Reg's early model detecting sled again: He now uses a sheet of conveyer belting - much simpler! The streamers are thrown out when a signal is heard and followed up with a hand detector.
  23. 1 point
    Well that speed test is nothing new, even with the Iron. Here is Deus Fast stock program.
  24. 1 point
    Discontinued like 7 years ago, I think. I don't care to purchase used electronics, generally, so I never thought I'd own a legendary discontinued unit. Then I found a new unit on Ebay and pounced... with my fingers crossed. I wasn't even looking for a Sovereign, was looking at Tesoros...lol. It was listed in an odd catagory but was actually a suggestion I saw from Ebay. Just luck, really, but I paid the full original retail price to have it because I was like, "Sovereign GT new in box? Pshhht....buy it NOW"! A too good to be true impulse buy, more or less. I suffered buyers remorse until I hunted with it a few days. It is the only machine I baby in use. I'm happy with mine.
  25. 1 point
    Ahhh yes, tin is a pain in the arse. On both deus and gb pro/f19, I find as far as vdi, if numbers change much while turning 90 degrees, its tin. But audio tells better story. Often the tin will sound ragged at edge of detection, rather than good, clean tone. And/or size aint right. The worst though, are those small, coin size pieces. I still dig a majority of the hits I get that Im pretty sure will be tin, especially when using a pick , at least while I have the energy.