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  1. What Lens And Camera Settings?

    I use a Sigma 50mm F2.8 DG Macro Lens on a Canon. Manual mode. Aperture at 7.0, mirror locked. Took around twenty photos, focusing at the point closet to the gold and then a series of focus points taken all the way to the background. Use Combine ZP to focus stack the photos for the final image. Lots of info on the internet on focus stacking programs, lighting, lenses and settings for cameras. Gold is a real son-of-a-gun to photograph because of its reflective qualities with lighting and other factors. Lots of trial and error to get the image you want if you are a beginner, but becomes a little easier as you learn. Here is a gold specimen I photographed using the above settings. Use the zoom feature on the photographs to see the detail.
  2. Fun In The Sun

    Nice One! Keep them coming!
  3. I like any gold pan (steel or plastic) that has a large or wide bottom. I find it easier to get the gold to separate from the black sands with a larger bottom. When you start looking at gold pans some have very narrow or small bottom and vary in size to a large or wide bottom. You will find all combinations of riffles built into the side of the gold pan. They all work depending on your skill.
  4. Hello GU, The reason the nickel was reading all over the place is the coin is made of 94.5% steel, 3.5% copper and 2% nickel. I also found one this week a 1948 Canadian nickel and it was reading all over the place like yours on my detector, but my coin is made of 100% nickel and is also magnetic. Glad you able to get out for a little enjoyment!
  5. Hello, Andyy. I and my wife have detected tailing piles in Colorado with great success. From the information you described it sounds like the miners were sorting the higher grade ore (the classified or crushed ore) from the lower grade ore ( larger pieces). What we found in the past is the miners only had there eyes to determine what was high grade ore vs. the lower grade ore and what they couldn't see was thrown on the low grade ore or waste rock pile. Sometimes these tailing piles have productive areas within the tailing piles that contain small pockets of gold specimens when miners were in very rich vein material and also found productive areas that formed a horizontal line across the tailing pile as they dumped ore on to the tailing pile. There maybe some very nice gold specimens to be found. I would recommend using a high frequency VLF detector if the mineralization isn't to bad or a PI that detects small or sponge specimen gold. Let us know what you find!
  6. Best Coin Detector Suggestions

    Keep in mind even though you could have the best gold machine and best coin machine that's on the market that you could purchase doesn't guarantee you instant success. Your success is going to depend on how well you know how to use the type detector you decide on, what you are looking for and the area you decide to search. There are many metal detectors with old technology that are being used and great finds being found. Find a mentor through a club, dealer or forum to help reduce the learning curve you will have, if not expect some frustration and challenge in learning how, what type and where to use the right metal detector. There are many good all around type of detectors on the market that will find gold, coins, relics and jewelry, you have to decide what make and model you will feel comfortable using. Believe me everybody that was a newbie had the same questions and concerns.
  7. Seeking Detector Suggestions For Colorado

    I and my wife have detected and prospected for gold in Colorado for over forty years in Colorado and specialize in searching mine dumps that contain gold that a high frequency VLF can easily detect. Most gold found in stream and rivers in Colorado will be on the small side. There are some placer areas that are yielding some large nuggets today in Colorado by mechanical methods and also using a metal detector currently on display at the Colorado School of Mines Museum. Visit the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Colorado School of Mines Museum to see specimens from different areas of the state and obtain possible areas where one could use a detector. Also visit local museums that have a geology section that might have gold specimens for local mining areas. There are many gold and silver specimens that have been found in Colorado in the past with a metal detector that are troy ounce or larger in size and worth many times above current spot prices in value. Do the research and you could be rewarded quite nicely. Good Luck!
  8. A What's It Question

    My guess would be part of a brass steam whistle.
  9. Animated Gold Nuggets. Lets See What You Got!!!

    This one reminds me of a chicken.
  10. Know Your Rocks Or Miss The Golden Dagger

    My best guess would be limonite (rusty red color) on quartz.
  11. Animated Gold Nuggets. Lets See What You Got!!!

    This one reminds me of a Ram.
  12. Animated Gold Nuggets. Lets See What You Got!!!

    I landed this while dirt fishing! Zoom in on the pictures to see the scales.
  13. Can I Be Critical Of The Equinox Here?

    I'm enjoying reading all the if's, what's, and why's the Equinox may or may not do in actual field testing (thank you Steve H.) and what many have perceive the Equinox will do without having the detector. I will be following with great interest as people actually put the detector to the test in different types of coin, relic, jewelry, prospecting, ground conditions scenarios. I'm very interested in purchasing the Equinox when they become available, but the purchase will be base on reliable information from users that will convince me this new technology is the real thing. I will have to put my research skills to the test on people who will be providing opinions and reviews on the Equinox. Weeding out the good and the bad. I have a feeling the reviews and opinions will be somewhat negative at first, but I believe that information will come from a lot first time users and inexperienced users looking for the next best thing. I believe the Equinox will take awhile to learn all its capabilities to its fullest extent. The coming months will be interesting to say the least. Just my two cents!
  14. New To Me VX3

    I posted this information for people who might be following this thread and have a V3i and didn't realize their was a MXT program available. Sorry for not being more clear on my part.
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