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  1. 33 points
    I happened upon this toad today. Just under 2 Oz. 59.8 grams!
  2. 28 points
    Hey all.... I was out last weekend in an area I had been a few times before. After spending some time hunting the 'trashy' side of the gully. I made my way over to a spot where I picked up a couple right on the surface a few months earlier. The day I found the 'first two' I spent the rest of the day scouring the immediate area for any other 'easy' nuggets. Ended the day with just the two... So anyways, I kept looking at that spot and thinking there is no way I got the last two nuggets from this little 'patch'. My 5000 was running real smooth with the 11" Commander mono and I was running sensitive extra, gain 13, stabilizer 10, motion slow. I was just creeping along, investigating anything that made a peep. After 45 minutes or so, I picked up on an intermittent signal. It was there about half the time. I discovered that I couldn't swing directly over it because there was a large, buried quartz rock that the coil would bump if I kept it on the ground. If I lifted the coil off just a bit, the signal wasn't there anymore. I was able to get the target signal consistently if I swung the coil in a crescent motion hugging the side of the quartz 'boulder'. So I started to dig. Got down a couple inches and there's a dark grey/black rock and I'm thinking, 'oh, great...Hot rock'. It was about the size of a grapefruit when I got it out of the hole. Not a hot rock, and target still there and definitely a target now. Two more grapefruit sized 'wannabe hot rocks' and now it's screaming. I'm down about 10 inches and starting to scrape crumbly bedrock. Another inch or two, and out pops this beautiful 1 gram nugget. Luke
  3. 27 points
    I had a couple of productive days in a new area me and my buddy Dave have been checking out. First was last Sunday, I found a wash that gave up 8 nuggets, 6 for me and 2 for Dave, then I found a few small pieces in a couple of nearby tributaries. Ended up with about 8.8 grams. Then today we tried an area nearby, and I guess I got the lucky wash. I was able to dig up 11grams, biggest was 4.9. Two nuggets came out of the same hole. Dave and I hiked a lot and dug a bunch of bullets. Deep ones on bedrock, a bunch of heartbreak digs. Worn out we called it a day. It was a beautiful day to be out prospecting. Chris
  4. 25 points
    Most of us Prospectors are avid outdoorsman! You can find us with the same smile on our faces be it fishing or hunting. This Deer Season my old Buddy NuggetSlayer (Jeff), headed up to the hills to hunt some Deer. Well early into the hunt on opening day, he took carful aim at a 2x2 Blacktail Buck. One well placed shot, Jeff let the Deer run over the top of the ridge to bleed out as he hike to find the blood trail to track it down. It ran a little further than he expected, but the woods opened up and was easy hiking following the Deers trail. Called his hunting partner on the radio for some help, he had it field dressed ready for the hump back to the truck, when he arrived. With all the excitement of the hunt, he was dreading dodging all the pine trees and brush on the other side of the hill and down to the truck. Then it hit him, he was smack in the middle of and old Hydraulic Pit. He quickly changed from his hunting hat (even though it’s the same dirty one) to his prospecting hat! Deer hanging at camp and rested up he hiked back to the Hydro Pit and scouted it, he sent me pictures of both Deer and Hydro Pit. I told him it looks like a no-brainer, just a matter of getting it under the coil and dig it! We waited well after hunting season to finally get there with our GPZ’s. Chilly start with the trucks temperature gauge saying 25 degrees. But the little hike over the ridge made it feel a few degrees warmer, lol. As any Hydro Pit, plenty of trash...Relics to some, but the wrong color for today’s hunt. I finally, found a dink and called Jeff on the radio. Didn’t take him long to find one several yards from me. Jeff, made a big circle and came back to his spot and heard another possible target at the edge of his dig hole...yep another nugget! Well to make a long story short, he found a little spot that didn’t get washed away back in the day. We messed around making his hole bigger and 14 of them 15 nuggets came out of that pay material. Well this spot is to far for a day trip and it’s way to chilly, until after next Springs snow melt to finish this spot off and to explore the entire Hydraulic Pit. Now, Jeff can afford some Potato Salad with his Deer Steaks! Until the next hunt LuckyLundy
  5. 24 points
    Did my choirs all morning and by noon time thought I'd go out for a quick hunt. The days have been nice and cool, ground soft after a few days rain so I went to the usual spots I have been clearing up of iron trash and nuggets. After about 2 hours of wandering, paying attention to my swing speed and listening very carefully I got this sweet mellow tone...along the bank of a small creek, digging down about 7 inches I found this sweet little nugget 1.47 grams.
  6. 22 points
    My prospecting partner from San Diego and I made a quick trip down to Baja for some prospecting. The area is an old placer site about 190 miles south of the border. He's been detecting the area for over 20 years, from Gold Bug through Minelab 2200 and now with the GPZ. All the patches have been hit pretty hard but we managed to scrape up a few nice pieces. We had 3 good days of detecting, I spent one day on the old patches and the rest of the time exploring for new spots. My nugget total was half of his since he opted to stay on the old patches. We drove as far as we could up an old wash then traveled another 2 to 3 miles by motorbike, then hiked another mile or so up some steep canyons. He uses a Yamaha Big Wheel trail bike, I used my newest prospecting steed the Rokon 2 wheel drive mototractor. The Rokon is a terrain traveling son of a gun, if you can hang on. I managed to dump it a couple times, invariably in bowling ball sized rocks or on steep boulder strewn hills. I'm still nursing a bruised ankle after that 200 lb machine came down on top of me pinning my leg and ankle underneath. It's definitely not for the faint of heart or those that are 2 wheel vehicle balance challenged (like me). All my falls occurred from momentary indecision and hesitation. The solution seems to be pick a line, then hit the gas or stay at home. My nuggets all came from a single wash where recent rains had blown out some of the overburden leaving bedrock within detector depth. My partner pulled almost an oz swinging low and slow over the old hillside placer diggings. This was really our tune up trip, preparing for an extended trip another 300 miles south after Christmas.
  7. 20 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.
  8. 17 points
    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!
  9. 17 points
    Hi guys, It has been a couple of weekends since I was able to head out for a detect. My eldest son, his wife & their little 8 month old son (my grandson, Archie) came down for a 6 day long weekend to stay with us two weeks ago. Smile for grand dad. Cute little bugger....just like his grand dad. Saturday just gone I headed off & finally was able to get into an area that had been out of bounds for over a month due to lambing ewes. Ye Ha...they had gone. So I headed on over to a far gully where I had never missed coming home with gold since my GP 3000 days. My last stint in here was with the Zed & the conservative settings, which had produced for me. Now that I am dialed in to the hotter settings & got my head around the extra noise with sensitivity up to 18-20, high yield & normal I have been dying to get back into this area. Oh no....I had left my phone at home on the charger in my early morning rush out the door to beat the heat. I had also taken my drone to get some footage of some further away gorges & gullies to scope out there possibilities. Save me a long walk & a lot of time. No phone....no fly the drone....damn Also no photos I ended up getting 13 pieces of tiny gold. 10 with the Zed & 3 with the GB2. Nothing bigger at depth which is what I was hoping & what I have been getting with the hotter settings. Not today though, bugger. I was detecting by 7.30 am & didn't stop until 3pm. Had a late lunch & then decided to go for a bit of a walk to one of these gorges. Saw a few prospect holes here & there but nothing to show any serious activity. It was nice to get into the shade of the gorge & out of the heat. I then walked up to the top of a spur & looked down into the next gorge. I didn't bother walking down into it but just had a look with my binoculars. Didn't see anything to excite me & it was stinken hot so I then packed it in & headed home at 7pm. Next day Mrs JW was keen to go exploring. We decided to stay local & went up the Arrow river which involves many river crossings in the 4WD. The river is for a lot of the trip the road. At the end of the "road" is Macetown, an old gold ghost town which initially was alluvial gold but then gold bearing quartz reefs were discovered & worked for many years. We hadn't planned to go that far & on a shady inside bend I decided to set up the sluice box. I wasn't holding my breath on getting much....if anything as we haven't had a good flood in ages to replenish the flood gold. Being a public recreational fossicking area it is thrashed & every other bend we went past had some one set up doing just what we were doing. I hadn't done this form of gold finding for a couple of years. It was nice to be in the cool but my rock wrestling days are over. I ended up putting two classified buckets of material thru & saw nothing. Mrs JW lurking in my dig hole. The Arrow has a lot of iron sand & hot rocks. I had a play with the Gold Monster & GB2. Being use to running both of these flat out I had to back off settings to get rid of the iron sand & hot rocks so that counted out any hope of getting gold. I did get some rusty iron junk....which is all I expected to get in this hugely worked river back in the gold rush days. A lot of sluicing & high terrace sluicing was carried out for years. So lots of old timer trash. The original river bed is a long was down, having been buried with heaps of sluiced tailings. I decided to head up to an area that was discovered a few years ago now that is way up high above the river. It has been thrashed by many people both by bagging material & throwing it off the cliff down to the river below & put through sluice boxes, & by detectorists. It is on the edge of some old high terrace workings of either an old ancient much bigger river system, or glacial material. I found numerous small pieces with the SDC 2300 about three years ago. Hadn't been back since & by the looks of the steep climb up to here & the growth over the track it didn't look like there had been much activity for a while. I took up the Gold Monster & the GB2. There was a large prospect dig that someone had done since I was last up here. I had a go with the GB2 but got nothing. Moved on to the "old" worked area & it had had a bit more work done on it since I was last here. Wasn't long with the GB2 that I got a faint little hit operating in full max sensitivity, low mineralisation & audio boost. Tiny typical GB2 gold These pics show how much material has been removed to expose the schist bed rock. The river way down below In this photo you will see high sluiced workings across on the other side of the river top center of pic. The lead of gold ran from those workings through to where I am detecting ( so crossed the river or more to the point the river has cut through the ancient run of gold & behind me is another large sluiced area which I will show after this next pic. Which is a zoomed up pic of the distant workings & shows two very high pinnacles that didn't break down under the hydrolic monitor. You can see the shadows, like a sundial pointing to 4 o'clock. The sluiced workings just behind where I was detecting. They are at the same elevation of the workings across the other side of the river & they actually continue on past a side creek that flows into the Arrow River to the right of this pic. After that the run of gold was lost & there was no further same type material. I then got another very faint hit with the GB2 but on trying to retrieve it I lost it. After a bit of mucking around & spreading out there material I got the gold monster on to it, but was having to scrub the bed rock & I was getting falsing signals. I eventually got the signal into my scoop with the GM 1000. Notice Mrs JW tucked into the shadow of a bush to get out of the sun. Look how tiny that is. Initially found with the GB2 but recovered with the GM 1000. I stuck with the GM 1000 & got a very faint hit in the schist bed rock cracks. Another sassy tiny bit of gold And another That was it though. I was quite surprised to get anything knowing how this spot had been thrashed by more than my detectors. I know a gold bug has been up here numerous times as I spied him a few times when I came to have a look. So 4 bits he missed. Didn't break any records though. But a bit of fun & a bit of a novelty. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  10. 16 points
    Fair to say a good time was had by all at Bill Southern's fall outing. Plenty of food. It was delicious. Bill smoked 2 briskets, I smoked 1, Kevin Hoagland smoked a pork roast, and someone smoked a turkey. There were a ton of people. Debbie Smikoski, the Minelab representative, came with two suitcases full of Minelab goodies for the drawing, which was free. Everyone walked away with some kind of Minelab goody, whether it be a hat, t-shirt, gloves, etc. Bill donated a Go-Find 40 for the drawing and I donated a pick, there were other donations made as well. Bill, Kevin, Mike Furness, Debbie, and I hosted two training sessions on the Gold Monster 1000. We trained over 50 people on this amazing little gold getter. I went back to a ravine where I had my last successful find and spent one hour walking just to get far enough and exhausted enough that I figured most detectorists would probably be tired of digging trash. That is where I started looking. There was no shortage of trash. Got a nice target that sounded pretty loud, could have been mistaken for trash but I liked where it was positioned, right on the side of the gully before it would drop into the wash. Turned out to be a nice 3.3 gram nugget, perfect pendant nugget. If you have never attended one of these spring and fall outings I encourage you to do so. Lot of fun, lot of good information shared, great food and people. The next one coming in the Spring is going to be at Quartzsite. Here's some pictures. By the way we have moved to a 4500 sq foot warehouse in Henderson. 1180 Wigwam Parkway, Suite 110, Henderson, NV 89074. I sold my office building to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. I think given the neighborhood, the police would be the only ones safe in that building. I built my building in 1986, so it served me well for 31 years, it was time to cash out. The Metro Police are going to turn my office into a Neighborhood Criminal Justice Center. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Doc from Doc's Detecting
  11. 15 points
    Tom(CA) and I have been working a site that we researched that's produced several 1850's - 1860's seated coins, and some rogue early 1900's coins, as well as a variety of period relics. We tried to get one more trip in before Old Man Winter completely shut us down, and it did in fact shut us down, but not before I finally, got something I've been looking for for a long time, and after watching others find them over the years (I saw Tom dig three!!!), I was starting to think it would never happen. Well it finally happened, and it turned out to be a good one, an 1865 San Francisco minted Liberty Half Eagle!! Here she is out of the hole: Here she is rinsed off: Here's a video of the hunt: Less than 100 known, Mintage: 27,612 Although the mintage of the 1865-S is quite a bit higher than the mintages of the S Mint Half Eagles from 1858 to 1864, it compares in overall rarity to the 1858-S, 1860-S and 1863-S and is only slightly less rare than the others. Almost all known examples of this date are well worn with VF and lower being all one can expect to find. The 1865-S ranks second in the entire $5 series according to average grade and I do not know of a specimen that would grade better than EF. The very few specimens that I have seen were rather softly struck and the mintmark was always quite weak. Thanks for looking, hopefully the next one comes easier
  12. 15 points
    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!
  13. 15 points
    Just a picture or two showing some gold from the Redding area....I moved on south a ways and will try again tomorrow. Too much rain up there!!!! 20171118_141432.mp4
  14. 14 points
    This topic split from a previous thread. Hi Brian, nice to see you back. I follow a lot of your posts elsewhere - great stuff! The reality is I have been and am part of the Equinox development team in my own small way. I therefore have access to information and knowledge that few do. Yes, I do have an Equinox 800. I have to tread carefully but my goal is to bury you guys with Equinox info to the best of my ability. I have a pretty good idea of what I can and can’t say yet, and I am sure Minelab will pull me quickly within bounds if I stray. That is one reason why I only post on this forum now - the original content must remain under my control. Please do not copy and paste elsewhere! The other reason is of course to get you here Just one thing. Nobody is paying me to act as a salesperson. I don’t have to post any of this stuff. My affiliation with Minelab on the Equinox has been with engineering. I honestly just don’t care what detectors other people buy and there is no benefit in my trying to sway people one way or another. I am however more excited about this detector than any I have ever owned since that first Coinmaster IV in 1972. I am talking barfy finger down the throat fanboy gushy kind of excited. I can’t talk 100% directly yet to things like performance comparisons but I can say this. I sold the XP Deus, Nokta Impact, Teknetics G2, Minelab CTX 3030 and the Equinox 800 is replacing all of them. I won’t miss any of them. That should just about sum it up Now here is the long version.... I have been posting on forums on the internet since 1998 - twenty years now. That is a huge backhistory available to anyone that knows how Google works and who wants to research my history on posting about various brands and makes of detectors. In the last twenty years I have talked about and helped people with all the brands and in general I have just been going from one new model to the next as they appear over the years. However, in every case it has always been about adding another detector to the existing collection or swapping one out. I have never had a new model show up before that made me decide I did not need half the number of detectors I have normally had over the years. The big problem going by my judgement or opinion alone is that we each have our own needs and desires when it comes to detecting. And my goal in all this stuff is not to prove the Equinox is good by somehow taking a shot at other detectors people own. Is the Equinox "better" than a Deus? No. It is different than a Deus, that is all. Some people will continue to use and love the Deus and I am not trying to sway them otherwise. Or an MX Sport. Or an AT Max. Whatever. There are in every case however clear differences. The Equinox offers some feature the others completely lack. In the case of the Deus, the Equinox is fully submersible out of box and the Deus is not. That makes for a clear, simple reason why a person might want one over the other. In the case of the AT Max, the Equinox offers multifrequency and the AT Max does not, making the Equinox a better choice for saltwater. Etc. Etc. These are the kinds of things that clearly define detectors and make choices easy in my opinion. Those however who want ironclad proof that the Equinox detects deeper than "this machine" or has a faster recovery speed than "that machine" are probably not going to get much satisfaction from me. Trying to make those kinds of cases inevitably means trying to show one machine in a poor light as compared to another, and that in turn raises hell with everyone regarding tuning, soil types, techniques, or outright bias. There is not a single video on YouTube that I cannot protest in some way and argue about the results shown. I am going to leave it up to others to try and "prove" things. All I can do is tell people I have been detecting 45 years, like to do it all, and have used a ton of detectors over the years. I have twenty years published record to show my bias or lack thereof. The vast majority of my posts are just trying to help people get answers. There are many very good detectors on the market. The Equinox wins for me in basically combining the most desired features I have wanted into a single machine at a great price and better yet in a lightweight package. The performance is going to be excellent across the board for nearly all uses. Will it outperform many top machines at many things. Yes. Will it outperform everything everywhere under all circumstances? Unlikely. It is after all a metal detector, not a magic wand. At the end of the day I am burning up twenty years of accumulated reputation and going out on a limb on this one due to the absolute faith I have in the machine and the company behind it delivering a product that the vast majority of you will love. If I prove to be wrong my reputation will be toast and I will have mud all over my face and more. I will have proven the trolls right. These are things I take seriously and which I considered long and hard before deciding to get on board with this thing like I have. I am in fact being opportunistic in hitching my wagon up to what I see as a winning horse for a long and fun ride. If all that did not bore you to death, here is a Disclosure Statement I published in 2014. I like this quote from it that foreshadows what we are seeing in Equinox "It is why after all these years there is still room for new manufacturers to jump in and give people what they want. Which I believe simply is light weight powerful detectors able to tackle multiple tasks that can be updated and modified via software. The idea should be that perfect detector that really can do it all just by pushing a button or flipping a switch."
  15. 14 points
    We were out a couple of days ago and detected these nuggets with the GM 1000. Temperatures were right at 32 degrees and the ground was wet and slightly frozen in a few places. One of the guys got a 6 gram nugget. My Gold Bug 2 is in for repair, so I was using the Gold Monster. It is more sensitive than the GB 2, but certainly more difficult to handle. The signals are not as friendly and the chirps on every blade of grass is annoying. But you can get gold with the Monster.
  16. 14 points
    David, a sensible post, and I thank you for it. More than happy to spend some time to show you how you and the QED can be a successfull and harmonious team. Look me up and I would be more than happy to give you a few pointers for no charge.
  17. 14 points
    Well after 31 years I put my office building up for sale. We remodeled and put it on the market. For those of you who have visited my business you know what a great location it was, close to the Las Vegas strip, airport and convention center. However, it was a really high crime neighborhood. To be honest I had real reservations about whether I would get a buyer. But God always provides. So who do you think bought my office building? The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. My office building will be the new home of the Neighborhood Criminal Justice Center. So you know what that means? In two years, after they clean that neighborhood up, all the property values will go up. That's OK. I am glad to have left something for that neighborhood that will be positive. There are a lot of nice people that live in that area. Fact is, that a professional office building is not really the proper kind of structure to run a Metal Detecting Prospecting Supplies and Accessories business out of. I am always amused by how information sometimes get twisted in this industry. I have heard every rumor imaginable. Some people heard I had sold my office building, so somehow that translated into "Doc died." "Doc went out of business." "Doc isn't a Minelab dealer anymore." "Doc got into financial troubles." Rumor 1. Not dead. Rumor 2. Not going out of business I expanded business. Rumor 3. I am one of a select few Minelab dealers that is a "Managed Dealer." That means I deal direct with Minelab, not some go between distributor. I am also one of a handful of dealers that is a Certified Minelab Gold Machine trainer. Bottom line I am a Minelab dealer, I have been for 25 years. Rumor 4. I have been very fortunate in life financially. I sell metal detectors as a hobby business. I am 68 years old and I could have retired 25 years ago. I am a psychologist and years ago I developed some written psychological tests, back in 1977. Those tests are still used by over 850 companies around the world to screen employees. So I have always had a steady income stream from my testing business. I have invested my money very wisely in safe investments over the years. I own my 8 year old home, free and clear. I owe no one anything. I have no debt. I started selling metal detectors because I loved the hobby and my wife would not allow me to stay home and retire. (I mean who in the hell retires when they are 43 years old?) You have helped Doc's Detecting become one of the largest suppliers of Metal Detectors and accessories in the Southwest and we needed to expand. To that end, March of 2017 we moved to a new location. We have rented a 4500 sq foot Office warehouse in Henderson Nevada. Unlike the old location, this is a beautiful location. 1180 Wigwam Parkway, Suite 110, Henderson Nevada. This is the largest warehouse West of the Mississippi dedicated solely to Treasure Hunting and Gold Prospecting Equipment. From Metal Detectors to Sluices, to Gold Pans and classifiers to Picks and digging tools. We primarily do mail order, but if you would like to drop by for a cup of coffee, please call for an appointment. Thank you for your support over the years, it is you that have made Doc's Detecting Supply grow into the company it is today. By the way if you would like my free 51 page color catalog, PM me with your mailing address. U.S. residents only please. Doc Doc's Detecting Supply 1-800-477-3211 Visit my YouTube channel DocsDetectingSupply
  18. 14 points
    Just hope I can find the damn thing when I come back from a wander
  19. 13 points
    Nice bit of footage Oneguy. I have some massive bucket dredge tailings piles not far from where I live. I gave them a shot back in my GP 3000 days on two occasions. I cant recall now what size coil I was using but it certainly was not the easiest detecting I have done. In fact...it was the total opposite. Very high & unstable piles of rocks just on the verge of collapsing, & in fact doing just that when one clambers up, on & around them. Not to mention the heat from a hot summers day sun radiating of them as well. Also they were the domain of millions of rabbits & wild goats & of course that encouraged shooters so there was all there bullets & lead to contend with. Like you said, a signal just keeps on dropping down deeper & deeper. It wasn't a very pleasant experience. Naturally my thoughts were of bigger bits of gold & large gold quartz specimens that didnt go through the half inch mesh screen on the trommel & so got chucked out with all the waste rock & tailings. I will revisit it one day & it is the main reason why I got a Whites MXT. But the GM 1000 may fit the bill nicely. I think the trick is to not use too bigger a coil. As the gold is going to be of a good size having not passed through the mesh screen. So a nice light weight unit with a manageable coil. Maybe still using a swing arm to help with the up hill nature of the swing if circling around & up or down the piles. Bucket dredges for gold was a New Zealand invention. The first attempts at retrieving gold from out in the middle of the fast flowing & dangerous gold bearing rivers, the Kawarau & the Clutha, was with a crude pontoon type set up with a large long pole that had a large hoop or iron ring with a leather cow hide bag fastened to it. Like a big butterfly net without the holes. This was fastened between the pontoons & used to scoop down & into the river bed gathering material & a hand winched supplied the leverage to raise it above the surface of the water. The material being sluice boxed or cradled for its gold content, if any. While this sort of worked it was slow & cumbersome & not without its issues. These were know as a Spoon Dredge. The next step was the progress to the chain of buckets. Probably still made from leather & the iron hoop, but was now powered on the revolving chain of buckets by big paddle wheels with the rivers current. These where known as Current Wheeler Dredges. The next step was motive power as the rivers current was not always going to co operate. So steam power from coal fed boilers. I dont think diesel engines were ever used as from the coal fed boilers they went to electicity. In 1902 the Lady Ranfurly Dredge operating on the Kawarau River won 1,234 ounces for a weeks dredging. The Biggest of them all. Look st the size of that sucker. Opps...got a bit carried away. Good luck out there JW
  20. 12 points
    A mate who lives nearby plowed one of his paddocks last week - first time since he was a kid. He knew that somewhere on that paddock had been an old house site and sure enough a few bits of porcelain plate, etc, poked its head up. He asked if I would swing the detector over and I obliged for about an hour this morning - thought we might get some coins or something. Took the Gold Monster as I thought I would just have it in non ferrous mode - digging every bit of iron crap didn’t enthuse me much. Found the general bits of lead, bits of metal, a blade off an old butter knife, a spoon handle, etc. Then something special popped up. Thought it was just junk jewelry at first but it had 2 rivets on the back and remnants of leather. Off a saddle?? I went to work, mate took it home to clean and sent me this pic. Turns out it is an English Cavalry Military Breast Plate. Similar to this one but a different pattern. My first genuine, WOW factor relic.
  21. 12 points
    1892-O quarter in pretty good shape. I was pretty happy.
  22. 12 points
    Honest opinions well stated don't need to stir a hornet's nest. It is the various side commentary where things tend to go astray. I am a big fan of dispassionate observation and leave the rest out. Does not seem a big deal to me. VLF technology hit max depth by 1990 and probably earlier. The only gains since have been in target id accuracy at depth and recovery speed between adjacent targets. Better packaging. But for just hitting a dime at depth my old Compass Gold Scanner Pro in 1990 was as good as anything since. http://www.detectorprospector.com/forum/topic/1424-vlf-detectors-and-depth/ Same deal with PI in my opinion. The Minelab SD series in the late 1990's hits large deep gold about as far as it can be hit. The SD series was not that hot on small gold but that helped it on big gold since it is insensitive to many ground and hot rock issues also. Every Minelab PI model since has focused on improving threshold stability and sensitivity to small nuggets or tackling specific hot rock/salt issues. The GPZ further exploits PI weakness on porous or specimen gold, but I am not one of those that thinks it offers any significant improvement on large solid, sluggy gold in most normal circumstances. As far as the big picture goes I think the bulk of the tech maxed out in the 1990's. What has gone on since is refinement and machines targeting specific weak areas of prior machines. But max depth on larger targets is a very tough nut to crack and I honestly don't pay much attention to claims made in that area. I avoid making such claims myself. The gains if any are so small and so target and site dependent it always boils down to opinionated hair splitting arguments - a waste of time.
  23. 12 points
    I took a break today from the remodeling of the apartment to go out and swing. I hit a 'new' spot first and then a couple of old spots. I found the .22 lead and #6 shot gun bbs. When I took a break I decided to use JP's booster for the first time. I hooked it on my hat and attached it to the WM12. I had the Zed on 12 and 13 on the volumes. When I put on the booster I moved both of them back to 8 and went about my detecting. I took the threshold down from 27 to 25 and had audio smoothing on high. It was in semi-auto based upon what I read recently. The sound with the power from the booster is more full. I liked it and of course I could turn it louder than I needed. I was detecting near a previous deep scrape when I heard another piece of trash scream at me. When scooping it all the bigs were gone and no wire and out jumped the little nugget (.16g) I slowed down and got another one a 2" and it was a little bigger at .24g. After a bit of a grid I heard one under a little bush and that one was 5 inches for .6g. All three were in a 20x20 ft area and found within 30 minutes. Nothing else was found for the day. Later I used the booster with the 2300 on the same location and could not find any more. I had to use an external speaker this time because it is very uncomfortable with the short wire of the booster then the connection to the headphones. The 2300 is an odd thing to swing on a bungy anyway. It did make it so I could hear it clearly. Anyway ... 3 nuggets, 1 g. A fun day.
  24. 12 points
    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
  25. 12 points
    We hope everyone will have or has had a Happy Thanksgiving Day. It is a time to give thanks to good family, good friends, good forums and good gold. I'll give some thanks also for some good pictures of the beaches we detect.
  26. 12 points
    I started missing gold as soon as I started detecting, and this is the sad saga of just how much. Wedderburn in the north of the central Victorian goldfields is where I found my first color, and Schicer gully was where I lost my detecting virginity. A little piece of a few grams beneath a tree. After finding no more there, my mate at the time (who first introduced me to prospecting with a detector) and I moved to Beggary hill, just to the north of Wedderburn, where we found a patch of small colors on the side of the hill. I was trying to learn as much as I could about this detecting game by making friends with some of the guys who knew a bit about alluvial gold and where it could be found with a detector. I had learned about 'surfacing', and the importance of detecting around these areas, so a patch of shallow surfacing nearby captured my attention, but there where so many old tin cans that I gave up on it after a few hours. A local chap that I had become friends with lived in the town and had a mate who made his own rum. On a regular basis I would drop in to his place with a couple of bottles of Coke, and we would talk about gold. On my arrival one night he brought out a pillow case in which was wrapped a very large nugget. It contained a little ironstone, and was a magnificent piece that weighed 84 ozs. His son and two of his mates had found it using an early Whites detector that my friend Luke had loaned to the kids for a school project on gold prospecting. He then bought out a local map to show me where the kids had found it. Well, you guessed it. Down by the fence among the tin cans where I had given up on Beggary hill.
  27. 12 points
    I`ve got a bench at home that`s been getting more and more cluttered and yesterday I decided to have a clean up. In amongst all this stuff, I came across a jar that had this speci in it. I have no memory of it, so I asked the better half about it, and she has no memory of it either, but seeing I don`t remember it she`s claiming ownership, and that`s OK because I really don`t think it`s mine. I recon there is at least a half a gram of gold in this piece and neither of us remember it. It may have been on the bench for 5 or 6 years
  28. 11 points
    OK, I promised myself I was not going to do this - start showing finds yet. It seems kind of mean. "Look what I found" when nobody can get their hands on an Equinox yet. I also have a real problem discussing depth on coins in my area, as do a lot of people in the Western U.S. but also anywhere mineralization is very high. Despite all the talk of 10" plus dimes back east or wherever, I never see that kind of depths normally. The soil here is basically decomposed granitic rock and it is heavily laden with magnetite. Just drop a magnet and pick it up, and a big glob of magnetic soil comes up with it. A Gold Bug Pro/Tek G2 will get 6 out of seven bars on the Fe304 meter here. People who have not experienced this type of soil may find it hard to imagine, but getting a dime past 6" here is very hard without using a PI. The dime signal tends to have the target id shift down until at about 6" it turns into a ferrous reading. You can detect it, but it sounds like a nail, and if you have ferrous rejected, you never hear it at all. The problem is not so much depth but accurate target id at depth, and this magnetite really interferes with detectors. I moved to Reno just over 4 years ago, and have spent considerable time park detecting, mostly while testing various detectors one against the other. And the story never changes, no matter the machine. That 6" depth barrier keeps appearing. What that means is that when I say I hit a dime at 7" it is a "whoa, wow" kind of thing. The other issue is the parks have been pretty well detected, and so for the last four years I have made few silver coin finds with VLF detectors. The explanation locally is that the parks are just hunted out, though some experiments with PI detectors had me thinking that was not true. The coins are there in at least some places, but all the detectors over them so far were missing them. Not because they were super deep, but because they read as ferrous targets past that 6" mark. Now I am not going to make crazy claims about the Equinox blowing past this barrier and doubling depth, but it is unlocking stuff by seemingly getting that "extra inch". I think there is more to it than that however. Equinox is not only getting that little bit better target id at depth, but also unlocks coins next to trash, so it is a double whammy. What this leads to is repeated moments like just happened to me a couple hours ago. I went to this little park where I found a 1944 Mercury dime with the Equinox previously. The first silver I found in the park actually. I needed to check some things and figured it was a good spot for a test run. So I fire the Equinox up, and in twenty feet I get a nice high tone, quite clear. An easy signal. I dig a plug and sure enough, at about 6" I see silver. And out pops a 1916 Mercury dime! It was worn but the date was clear. I did not want to rub it and so wrapped it and stuck it in my pocket to examine closely when I got home. The whole time I am wondering if it is one of "those" 1916 Mercury dimes, but for the life of me I could not remember which mint mark was the magic one. So I swing 10 more feet, and another nice clear high tone. It ends up being a second Mercury dime at about 8"! - a1941 S Mercury. OK, I hear everyone going "yeah, yeah, 6" or 8", big deal". That's the whole problem with talking depth with people around the country. All I can tell you is you just don't go to a local park here and walk thirty feet and dig two mercury dimes in a row in ten minutes. I in fact can't remember the last time I dug two mercury dimes in a row, it's been that long. The thing is, I did nothing special. Sensitivity was 22 out of 25 and no magic settings. Just nice high tones, dig, coins. That simple. And decent signals at that. That 1916? I washed it and put it under my 30X scope and the D I hoped for (I had checked the internet by now) turned out to be an S instead. A 1916 D in this condition might be worth around $1000 but the 1916 S, well, this is more like a $3 coin. But an exciting find all the same when it happened, that's for sure. If this was all there was to it it honestly still would be no huge thing, but this kind of thing happens repeatedly and often with the Equinox. I got a really big tease today and I am offering this little tease for you all out there. I sure like this detector!
  29. 11 points
    Actually, I am creating an online "annotated" manual that we can all contribute to. The basics are being put in place using the Equinox field guide as a starting point. I am calling it the Minelab Equinox Advanced User's Guide Not a lot there yet. I was going to wait until it is more complete but it does no harm for you guys to see it now. The idea is to use whatever Minelab gives us as a starting point, then to update and annotate it with more information as people discover it.
  30. 11 points
    From http://www.minelab.com/anz/go-minelabbing/news?article=322833 15 Nov 2017 Queensland man unearths giant gold nugget worth more than $50,000 with GPX 5000 A beautiful 38-ounce gold nugget, worth more than AU$50,000, has been uncovered in North Queensland by a dedicated prospector using a Minelab GPX 5000 detector. The life-changing find came just moments after he uncovered a three-ounce nugget worth some AU$4,000. “When I found the first nugget I was super stoked because that was my biggest ever,” said the Queenslander who wishes to remain anonymous. “I would have been really happy with just that but after I’d calmed down, I went back to the same spot, restarted my detector and after just two or three swings I found the big one.” “It’s fair to say I was emotionally overwhelmed at that time,” he said. Weighing more than a kilogram (1,176gms), the nugget was 15cms (six inches) below the ground and discovered thanks to the advanced gold-finding technology of the Minelab GPX 5000 detector. “It’s just incredible. I’d been looking in this particular area for a while that day and I was about ready to leave but I gave it another quarter of an hour and then with five minutes left I got this fairly good signal – not too loud but I was confident it was gold – so I started digging. “At first, I didn’t know just how big the nugget was because the scales I had with me only went up to 500grams. It wasn’t until later when I got home I found out I’d broken the kilo mark. “It was beneath some vegetation so it was a bit of a challenge to get to, but now I’m thinking maybe those roots are keeping some other big nuggets safe ready to be found another time.” The joyous prospector has named his find the Arcus Nugget because of the role nature played in its discovery. Arcus is Latin for rainbow. Driving back to camp the day before, he saw a double rainbow for the first time in his life. Ignoring the adage that gold is found at the end of rainbows, he identified the section of ground beneath the highest point of the arc and decided that was where he would look the next day. “I said to myself that’s where were going to find gold tomorrow but I never thought it would be so much.” He’s now negotiating to sell the nugget privately. A man who loves the bush, he got bitten by the prospecting bug about 10 years ago. That was when, during only his second trip out, he uncovered his first piece of gold. While finding the Arcus Nugget was clearly his biggest day in the field, the dedicated prospector has had plenty of other success with his GPX 5000. Earlier trips into his beloved bush have netted him hauls of four and two ounces. “The discovery is always really exciting. The trip when I found two ounces, for me at the time, that was ‘wow’.” Minelab’s Townsville dealer, Peter Cragg (above), was amazed to see the nugget. “It’s a fantastic story and goes to show that there are still big nuggets out there ready to be found if you have the right equipment and can spot the terrain. He found more than a kilo of gold in an area which has certainly had detectors go over it before. It makes you think what might still be out there!” he said. Minelab’s GPX 5000 is a proven favourite for serious gold prospectors, featuring exclusive technologies including Multi Period Sensing (MPS), Dual Voltage Technology (DVT) and Smart Electronic Timing Alignment (SETA). Coming with eight timings, each designed for optimum performance under different conditions, the high performance GPX 5000 can handle even the most severe ground while still maintaining excellent depth and gold sensitivity. Learn more about the GPX 5000 and Minelab’s full range of premium gold detectors here.
  31. 10 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.
  32. 10 points
    Here is a picture of the gold jewelry found with the GM 1000. A dime for size. The 18K gold diamond post was found around 3.5 inches deep but the stone is fake. And it was a good signal. A lot of the gold are just very small pieces. But bottom line, if you are willing to dig a lot of targets. You have a very good chance of taking home gold jewelry.
  33. 10 points
    Hi Mitchel: This low quality image (also from the Reg Wilson album) of Jim Stewarts "Bismarck" (36 inch mono) is the largest I've carried. Jim wound the coil and used to struggle carrying it until I designed and built the shoulder mounted PVC pipe frame shown. This used the SLA 6v battery as a counterbalance behind the operator, with the coil height adjustable by the nylon rope. The shoulders were well padded. Although heavy, the rig was surprisingly comfortable and well balanced. You swung it by moving your shoulders and the coil could be tilted on edge (for "pinpointing") by rotating the handlebars. You could actually operate it with your hands in your pockets in cold weather The detector is mounted on the frame on the right hand side of the operator (not visible) We also used a "36" double "D" but this was not as successful, and heavier. This setup found much big gold. Later, John Hider Smith made another variant which consisted of a long pole (8 foot or so) with his 36" flat litz wound mono on one end and battery on the other. This was attached via quick release hook to his belt at the balance point and also found much big gold, just how much we don't know because "Mr Secrets" never told us the full story.
  34. 9 points
    I am getting questions via PM instead of the forum.... “Why did they put an external speaker on the Equinox? Is there anyone that even uses them now days? I know a few that have had trouble with the speaker leaking on the CTX” and “I saw a post saying the Equinox may well have a true AM mode like the Xterra does for prospecting. Would this bring it to an equalizing depth against the Xcal and CTX in the salt water? Have you tried the all metal mode and IF you have, could you do a post on it (true all metal, threshold based, does it lock on when the button is pushed or do you have to hold the button). Curious as to if it is something that could be used like an Excal in Pinpoint or if it is just a quick push of the button to go to a non-notched mode of discrimination.” My perception of Equinox is that it is a general purpose all terrain detector intended to take market share from Garrett AT and Deus. It is waterproof to ten feet and does have a multifrequency beach mode. I think it will do well in salt water. I question whether it will replace a true diving detector like the Excalibur with the hardcore water crowd. For people like me who get in the water maybe three weeks out of the year it’s just great however. Whether it proves sufficient for the hardcore water hunters, only time will tell. The all terrain, all purpose intent of the Equinox pretty much demands it include a speaker. It is just a fact that people expect detectors to have an external speaker. The Fisher CZ-7 was an early attempt to make a detector without a speaker (it had a plug in accessory speaker). It was not a well received idea. The Minelab SD, GP, and GPX detectors have no external speaker, and people have been selling external speaker kits ever since. The vast majority of people think a detector should have an external speaker.. Again, we are talking an all terrain detector here that will see more use out if water than in it, not a dedicated diving machine like the Excalibur. The Equinox has four Detect Modes. Park, Field, Beach, and Gold. The Park, Field, and Beach modes are discrimination modes. Everything is discriminated visually by target id and/or tones. You can block or notch out specific target id numbers or ranges. You can also, at any time, by hitting the “Horseshoe” button, go to a wide open “All Metal” mode where all items are accepted, similar as to the way it is done on X-Terra and CTX. This is not a true non-discriminating all metal mode, but a discrimination mode set to accept all items. The discrimination filter is engaged. You can at any time engage the pinpoint mode, which activates when you press the pinpoint button, and turns off when you press it again. It might serve like the all metal pinpoint on the Excalibur but I am a bit doubtful of that. The pinpoint of the Equinox currently “ratchets” automatically to focus on and pinpoint targets. This is still being tweaked so I can’t say for sure, but I personally would not buy an Equinox thinking it will duplicate how the Excalibur acts as far as pinpoint mode goes. It might in the final version, but I would not want to bet on it. The Gold Mode on the Equinox 800 is like the Prospecting Mode on the X-Terra 705, a true threshold based all metal mode. It operates at 20 kHz and 40 kHz and is too hot for salt water or wet salt sand. It might be good on dry sand for micro jewelry, but that’s it. For wet salt sand or in salt water, the Beach Mode, which only operates in multifrequency, will be the go to mode for most people.
  35. 9 points
    The key to remember on any deep target is the signal you are trying to capture is from the target itself and that can be incredibly weak. The deeper the target is the wider the signal can be which makes sense when you consider the target is now in effect a coil itself. Therefore the Tx of the target has to get wider and broader the further away the Rx of your coil is. You also need to imagine the targets field as being sphere like not 2 dimensional, at the very center the field is at its strongest, the further away you get the weaker it is, therefore the receive coil has to be almost dead center over the strongest part of the field (where the Coils Rx is at its most sensitive) to get the strongest response. If you then allow for the way a Super D coil manifests its signal it makes sense that a Slow Motion filter and a wide accurate sweep is required to generate a recognizable response, the key here is repeat-ability and accurate movement of the coil through the targets field. Can you get the response to repeat when careful controls are in place to prevent Saturation and Salt signals? Having a VERY low noise floor in combination with minimal self inflicted noise input is vital in this process. JP
  36. 9 points
    Going deeper is not the same thing as whether newer detectors can find gold previous detectors missed. Gold that is in theory within range of the earlier models got missed even at shallower depths. Later models exploit weaknesses in earlier models to clean up what was missed. There may exist a sort of “wall” as regards maximum depth but there are many reasons why some large nuggets were missed that are within the max range of various detectors. The GP series and GPX after it not only get better at detecting smaller gold, but offer various “timings” that allow for better operation in ground that was difficult for earlier models to handle. New coils are better than old coils, etc. The GPZ exploits a PI weakness to go after porous, specimen, and ragged, prickly gold that was missed. There are many reasons a newer detector might reveal large nuggets missed in the past that have nothing to do with the theoretical max detection depth limit. If a detector finds a nugget another one misses, even at shallow depth, is it not in effect “going deeper”. There is also the geologic fact that many patches peter out as they get deeper, and the deep nuggets people assume are there really are not. Many patches did consist of relatively large and shallow gold. The nuggets were easy for early detectors to find, and there is not anything down there deeper to find. Finally, people walk around and past items for decades. Any small park will generally still give up old coins if detected hard enough, and nugget patches are the same way. There are targets that only reveal if you are exactly over them and swinging from just the right direction. Add it up and it’s just too much thinking for me. Personally I don’t care how many people have hunted a location before me or what they used. I just always assume they missed something, and that I am going to find it. I love being told about any completely hunted out and dead patch. GPS coordinates cheerfully accepted
  37. 9 points
    Hi JW and other members that have watched our vids. Yes you are right mate, we put them out there to show abit of what we do and hopefully some prospectors new and old could get something out of them to improve there chances of finding gold. And yes mate you hit the nail on the head, for NO personal gain.Anyway beside that we seem to have attracted a few unsavory prospectors along with a few mining interests that are acting in a backhand matter to try and secure our tenements.Have heaps of xids, but yeah now very reluctant to share on the web. Gold greed, still amazes me to what lengths some take. Sorry if this reply is off topic. Cheers Dave.
  38. 9 points
    Gold Monster is a great really easy to operate machine. However, I had bigger deeper targets in mind. Last time I was in that gully I pulled a 3.6 gram nugget, it was positioned exactly the same as this nugget, sitting just up on the side. However it was about a 1/2 mile away from this nugget. The area is really a good looking area with lots of tributaries feeding into the main wash. Probably take 5 years to work the area properly. It's also on a a AMRA claim, of which I am a lifetime member. Cool area. Takes an hour just to get to it by ATV. Doc
  39. 9 points
    It seems I have spent half my life detecting tailing piles - there are many stories at my Steve's Mining Journal on the subject. Ganes Creek and Moore Creek in particular. I have chased targets in cobbles like you describe for too many hours - but they can be gold. As a rough generality over the year I have found two hot spots in unhunted tailing piles (good luck finding those now). The very top of the pile came off the bottom of the workings and I have found some nice nugget mini-patches on the top of some tailing piles. The other spot is the lowest areas around tailing piles. Once nuggets start rolling they usually keep rolling all the way to the bottom. And then yes, you can find a nugget also just about anywhere else so nothing is off limits. Dragline operations in particular can be a real mess. Do keep an eye out for clay lumps, often covered with moss. If the gold is on a clay bottom a lot of gold gets caught up with clay chucks and discarded. Detect any areas with clay in the tailings very carefully. Another clue is ripped shards of bedrock on tops of tailing piles letting you know they really were at the bottom. Do check the records also. In Alaska many bucket line dredges worked areas where there was nothing but fine gold. I do not hunt tailing piles unless I have some sort of evidence nuggets were recovered in the area. Even then the patience and effort required can be daunting, but at least you know the chance of big gold really does exist, making it worth the effort. Aerial view of tiny portion of Ganes Creek tailings in 2002. The old machine shop shown in the photo was unfortunately destroyed in floods a few years ago.
  40. 9 points
    After 2 years going solo on my prospecting trips I found out that by buying a caravan my wife would finally come prospecting with me. Originally we bought the caravan for trips away but she said she didn't mind if we took it away to prospecting areas now and again. The only downside is I had to buy something to tow the van so I bought a new jeep and she said no bush bashing in it as she doesn't want scratches or dents. My Prado is slowly getting destroyed with all the rough tracks and river crossings I do in it. So it looks like ill be doing lots of walking for the time being. The next door neighbor had an electric powered mountain bike which I bought but it needs a new battery. The bike does 80kmh, but I think I'll stick to 20kmh and at least get there in one piece. Should be really good to be able to ride across the country looking for potential gold bearing ground. Walking takes too long. Anyway, we took the van for its maiden voyage 6 weeks ago and the wife loved it. She reads a lot while I detected which seemed to work. Hopefully one day she might even have a go at detecting. There's nothing better than coming back to the van for a hot shower and a home-cooked meal. Usually, my solo trips consist of detecting from dusk until its dark, eating dry bread and a can of soup for dinner. Then crawling into the rooftop tent and going to sleep. As I only get to the Golden Triangle once a month I need to make it count. I found cooking/cleaning wasted to much time. Heck, i don't even have time to butter my bread so the butter stays home. A good day detecting for me is around 11 hours straight. And that's swinging the 18" Elite. Usually can only manage 2 days of that and then i want to go home. Besides, i think the family doesn't mind me going every month because there short trips. We're off again next week this time to Daylesford which is a nice little town. I'll probably get up at 5:00 am and detect until 10:00 am then take her out and go for a few walks. Got a new "SteelPhase sP01 Audio Enhancer" coming this week so that will be good to see how it compares to the B&Z booster. Heres a picture of our last trip. It was a stopover at Waanyarra on the way home. Ended up finding a few bits near the campground so that was a bonus.
  41. 9 points
    Post script 3. After hearing the story from the Ballarat boys about their aborted poaching expedition, I bought another round of beers, and asked them, "I've only detected around Dunolly a couple of times, but you blokes know this area pretty well don't you? I'd hate to go home to the 'better half ' with nothing to show for my time here. Is there anywhere you can think of where I might pick up just a small color or two?" After a bit of thought, one of the boys suggested I try a spot at Patchy Flat, which was just off the Timor road. "When you get to the tree line turn right, and a few hundred meters along the track you will see where a claim has been worked on the left. There is a gap of about twenty meters between the worked ground and the fence marking the edge of the private property. We've picked up a few bits there, so if you go slow and poke around the bushes you might get something ". I thanked them for the information and they left. That night I told John of our conversation, and we agreed that we would pay a visit to Patchy Flat the next day as he had picked up some information about some ground on the left side of the road. Ian was at home with the flu at the time. Taking two cars we separated at the tree line and went to our spots. I found the worked claim without difficulty, and taking out 'the unfair advantage', ( prototype PI ) set it up and ground balanced. The 'scrape and detect' claim had been worked and rehabilitated to the edge of the track, leaving the track and the unworked ground between the track and the fence. I decided to grid out the track and then the ground out to the fence. I had only gone about ten meters or so when I got a nice broad hum on the left hand side of the track. Thinking it must be junk I started digging the rock hard compacted ground. When I got down about a foot I realized the ground was intact, and this signal was now unlikely to be rubbish. It was in fact a nice nine ounce slug. The next bit in the track was about five ounces, and by the time I had finished gridding it I was up over the twenty ounce mark with a lot of smaller colors. It was slow going as the track was like concrete, and it took me all day to finish it. John had got a few colors where he had been working, so we phoned Ian and told him of the new spot. Next morning he turned up coughing and spluttering, but determined not to miss out on the fun. We went back to finish the ground between the track and the fence, where I managed to dig a twenty and a fourteen ounce bit plus a few smaller bits, while John and Ian brought the total patch weight up to about sixty ounces. They never knew it, but the Ballarat boys had more than made up for their sneaky intentions, and the 'unfair advantage' had struck again.
  42. 8 points
    Had a couple hours yesterday so I thought I'd hit a county playground where I'd found some gold jewelry in the past. Headed out with my PI and a recently borrowed 5 x 9 folded mono coil to see what might come up. You know, I never realized there could possibly be so many bobbie pins in the world. This machine has no difficulty locating these small metal objects. But with careful listening, the audio gives just enough hints so I became very close to 100% sure of what these targets were before digging. Well anyway, on with the story. I'd been hunting about an hour when a young man carrying a back pack comes to where I was hunting and proceeds to ask if I'd found anything good. Reaching into my pouch I pulled out my very meager finds and a small silver pendant. Not much but I was enjoying the day none the less. The young man proceeded to open his back pack and removed several containers of silver, copper coins along with many old relics including some nice buttons and buckles. Some of these coins dated back to the 1800's. Looked like his entire treasure was in his back pack and in fact it was, he explained, when I leave the house I take them with me, fearing someone might break in and steal them. I had to ask how he had acquired so many coins and relics and he stated he too was a hunter and uses the Mine lab Etrac. Had to ask again and this time he answered mostly old home sites. I continued to ask where and his answer was I knock on doors and ask to detect and this is where most of his finds have come from. Amazing what this young man has found in the same counties where I have hunted for some 20 years. He seems to have done everything right to acquire that many old silver and copper coins and on top of that many gold rings to boot. Well we continued to talk and I had to ask if he belonged to any of the treasure forums on the internet and his answer was no. But he said I have a private Facebook group and invited me to join. The conversation continued for some 30 minutes or so exchanging hunting experiences and finds. The whole time thinking just how smart this guy was and what I stand to learn from him even though I had more than a decade of addition experience. The park was starting to get crowded so we decided to leave. What a chance meeting to talk to a fellow hunter in my area. That afternoon I checked my email and sure enough Shane had subscribed to my you tube site. So I requested to join his treasure hunting site on Facebook and he accepted and the journey begins.
  43. 8 points
    I did a Treasure Talk Blog on the differences between the GPZ 14" and GPZ 19 and included a video on a nugget signal I found using the GPZ 19" coil. I got a fair bit of feedback from people commenting on the less defined signal response of the nugget, this is typical of large coil use with any detector. When a nugget is being sensed right at the very edge of detection the response is extremely swing dependent and requires VERY careful coil control to manifest a recognizable signal. Also key to the GPZ is the inbuilt SLOW motion filters and the ability to turn off the Audio Smoothing, anyone half serious about finding extreme depth nuggets will super glue that control on OFF no matter what!! Guess what gets worse with slow Motion filters and larger coils? You guessed it SALT! Guess what happens if you lift the GPZ 19" coil suddenly whilst detecting? You introduce varying degrees of salt signal! Guess what happens to an edge of detection deep target signal when you inadvertently introduce salt signal due to poor coil control? The target gets lost in the salt response. JP Apologies for the crazy eyed screen shot grab Minelab used for the video!!
  44. 8 points
    That would not surprise me Reg. Prototypes were often ungainly analog monstrosities from a retail standpoint, but they sometimes lose something in the translation from wild eyed prototype to well behaved retail product. I will still bet every time on people who have top notch research and prospecting skills first. Asking which detector they use comes second. I like my detectors but frankly I don't see why they get so much credit in finding stuff. Consistently successful prospectors generally go from one machine to another and stay successful. People who don't take care of research and basic prospecting skills - well, half the time it does not matter what detector they use or if they use a detector at all. Bet on the prospector, not the machine.
  45. 8 points
    Some of the results we see only happen when all the planets align and can not be repeated on a target to target bases, I have achieved extreme depths with both PI's and VLF's but I have never had either of them do it on demand, The deepest small target I found was with the sovereign GT with a standard coil, Yet my 3500 with the 11"DD could not see it, Move on 10 years I found the Iron subway tunnel supports with my TDI SL at over 6 feet deep using the standard 12" DF coil, Neither machine was/is outstanding on a daily bases but some targets seem to do the impossible when you lest expect it, The down side of that is that it give you false hope because just because they do it once or twice does not mean that is what is happening under the coil all the time, I have air tested my machines till the cows come home and in doing so I except that I am getting 30% of that depth on a daily bases and anything deeper is a bonus, the real depth is a bit deeper but to avoid disappointment I set my expectations low, using this as a base line I look at the ground and think "Coils" as in do I go large and drop the sensitivity or do I use a smaller coil and crank it up, Knowing how deep the soil is in relation to the sub base has a lot to do with my coil selection, there is no point in using a big coil if the soil is only 10" deep, I tend to look at the ground as layers depending if I am coin shooting /relic hunting, If I can get down to the sub base on a few targets then I know I am not leaving much behind, but If I am trying to find Gold then coil selection to ground depth is a lot more critical that's when I start to second guess things, Sometimes it has worked and a lot of times it has not, this is another reason why I stopped chopping and changing machines, As point out we reached the max depth back in the 90's, My old 5900 is an 1989 model and it is the deepest VLF I have ever seen, J.
  46. 8 points
    A great day to detect for me. Temps in the 50s full sunshine little to no wind. Been on the crossbow trail as of late busting deer with my new Ravin crossbow. Today it was time to get back on the detecting trail. Detector setups used- Deus HF elliptical and round HF coil and the Rutus wearing 11" dd coil. I have had a goal or a mission for over 5 years. This was to find a whole reale coin in my detecting proving ground sites. Well today I finally accomplished. Not with the detector I thought I would accomplish with either, rather the mighty Rutus, instead of Deus, Other finds include a pair of cuff links, I think an old toasty nickel. It reads 12-12 on CTX and its diameter matches a clad nickel. All the detector and coil combos today did well. I tried to give equal time to each setup. The cuff links were found with round HF coil. Deus didn't like them either plus they were not deep. Checked them for ferrous component, magnet says totally nonferrous, No iron tonally noted around them either. I did check all targets discovered with Deus usIng either the round HF coil and they elliptical. I compared 14.4khz to 28.8 khz after finding what I thought was a nonferrous find. Each and every time 28.8 kHz gave a better signal and also a signal from more angular sweeping approach. Elliptical coil though when comparing the 2 freqs, was closer together tonally vs the targets I compared after being found with round HF coil. The mighty Rutus. What can I say about it.? For a detector wearing an 11" dd coil, IMO for as well as it separates and its depth it is I think rated tops for digging nonferrous yet dodging ferrous objects. One thing to note though with Rutus. Go easy on the gain, too much will compromise the audio. One great detector, did find one of the flat buttons pictured as well. I hadn't run Rutus since late July since I loaned it out. Easy to get back in the saddle with though. All items in pic are totally nonferrous. According to my loop and eyes the reale is dated 1784. A little closer look at the very thin silver coin.
  47. 8 points
    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.
  48. 8 points
    I hope everyone has a great day and a full belly, no matter where you are and whether it is a holiday or not!
  49. 8 points
    The averaging is happening on two fronts, since the release of the GPZ 7000 there has been a number of updates so the software has changed a few times, subsequently the averaging is not quiet so important with the ferrite balance any more and basically redundant in Semi Auto mode (I highly recommend users operate in Semi Auto mode at all times). If you are in doubt about your ground balance then its not hard to power cycle the unit (turn off then on again) which flushes the algorithm except for the last known fixed point. Best bet is to pass the coil over the ferrite with the Quick Trak button held in till there is no noise, then pump the coil nearby till there is no noise in either direction (Up or down) then pass over the ferrite again. Keep doing this process till there is no noise heard on the ferrite after the GB has been normalized nearby. You can use the sweep method of ground balance too but I've found there is more accuracy if the coil is pumped once the Quick Trak button is released. The accuracy I seek is down to the auto GB being very slow due to the nature of DOD coils to prevent tracking out deep targets, sweeping gives an averaging, pumping givings accuracy immediately under the coil, I use the pumping method to bring the detector back to a defined point then let the averaging go from there as I sweep the coil looking for gold. DO NOT PUMP THE COIL OVER THE FERRITE, always sweep the coil over the ferrite. There is no advantage in having the ferrite near the coil whilst detecting. JP
  50. 8 points
    yeah....that tiny gold is a pain in the bum!
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