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Randy Lunn

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  1. Why Dig Nickels?

    After digging a few grotty zinc pennies those nickels look great.
  2. People Charge Your Gear

    If you are using two machines then a small solar panel should work. Does anybody have experience charging detectors with solar panels?
  3. Both of my parents grew up in the 1920’s and 30’s in Emporium, PA about 20-25 miles away from Dent’s Run where the gold is supposed to be buried. My Grandfather worked in the bank and for a while was the mayor (burgermeister) of the town. He loved gold and squirreled a number of gold coins away when the US goveenment confiscated all personal gold in the 1930’s. He was a Civil War buff because we had so many direct relatives fight in the war including one great uncle killed at Gettysburg. He would take us down the road to Driftwood, PA to see the Bucktail Civil War monument that commemorates all the local men, mostly lumberjacks, that set off down the river to fight in the war. Driftwood is a village close to Dent’s Run. I want to believe the gold is there but never did my grandfather ever mention the story. The lost gold story may not have been widely known at that time. There is a lot we do not know yet. The story could be true. Secretly bring gold back from the west overland would not be easy. This lost gold could easily be brought back from the Dent’s Run area on the Sinnemahoning Creek that flows into the West Branch Susquehanna River that flows into Harrisburg and then the Chesapeake Bay with Baltimore and Washington not far beyond. All by water. I am going to call my PA relatives tomorrow to get their perspective.
  4. I also use one of these shovels to feed my Keene 140 dry washer in the Coolgardie CA area and Southern CA deserts. The Martin shovel holds about twice as much dirt as a traditional shovel.
  5. Whats Wrong With This Gold Photo?

    Snow White and the Seven Dudes.
  6. Finally

    Congratulations Lunk! You have a real beauty. And thanks for the tip on switching settings to test for a hot rock.
  7. New Cold Find

    Superb find Lunk! Congratulations! Good luck with the fragments. Are you going to register the find with The Meteoritical Society?
  8. Original Golden Eagle Nugget Find

    The AZ nugget looks like an elephant.
  9. Steve, there are very few people with your knowledge, experience, capacity for diligent testing and ability to articulately give evaluations and insights into new and existing detectors. Please continue to do what you love. Most of us on the forum hold your opinions and inputs in high regard. Your posts help us make better decisions and help us become better at detecting. Thank you!
  10. Big Win For Southern California Miners!!

    This is great news. Thanks Clay Diggins! Hopefully we can get back to the East Fork of the San Gabriel River area.
  11. Thanks Reg, this helps explain why gold has such a wide response on my CTX 3030 screen.
  12. Goldmonster Gold

    Well done Matt, congratulations! That is an impressive ratio of gold : junk. Have fun with your kids.
  13. The smooth flow of electrons in a metal is the key to high conductivity. In bulk metals the electron shells of individual atoms morph into electron bands. The outer sp bands in copper, silver and gold all conduct well, but can be effected by the next inner d band that can cause scattering (i.e. lower conductivity). “This is least important in silver where the 4d-electrons are about 4 eV away from the Fermi-level (which is also why silver is colorless). But the 3dbands in copper and the 5dbands in gold are closer to the Fermi level (absorption in the blue) and they cause more scattering with the sp electrons.” Silver wins.
  14. Study, based in part at Berkeley Lab, suggests dwarf planet, Ceres, in asteroid belt may be a source of rich organic matter Two meteorites that separately crashed to Earth in 1998 after circulating in our solar system’s asteroid belt for billions of years share something else in common: the ingredients for life. They are the first meteorites found to contain both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds such as hydrocarbons and amino acids. https://newscenter.lbl.gov/2018/01/10/organic-meteorites/ Ceres, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt pictured here in this false-color image, may be the source of organic matter found in two meteorites that crashed to Earth in 1998. (Credit: NASA)
  15. Hey Paul, if you have an old first edition copy of George and Carl’s “Inside the Metal Detector” then it might be worth some money. Somebody is selling a first edition on Amazon for $299.99 !!!!!!! https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/098583420X/ref=pd_aw_sbs_14_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=EQ0JN2SR6WH9S4Z3GYSM&dpPl=1&dpID=51OkQn5LWVL
  16. Three Ring Day Again!

    Well done Mitchel, three rings in a day is a nice hat trick.
  17. Some Fun Detecting Videos

    Carry a little spray bottle of water.
  18. For me the first smart detector was the Gold Bug 2. This machine understood (and still understands) my meager skills and allows me to find gold. Its basic discrimination is straight forward, consistent and can give target insights. It is a great companion machine for my GPZ, and I can not imagine going into a gold field without it. It has withstood the test of time and aged gracefully.
  19. The first smart detector has not yet been built. It will discriminate gold from lead and make any drink on the Starbucks menu..
  20. I am not sure whether they make these crevicing tools but you can buy one from Serious Detecting on eBay for $13.95 plus $5.95 shipping. https://m.ebay.com/itm/Hook-and-Spoon-Crevice-Crevicing-Tool-Gold-Prospecting-Pan-Tool-16-5-inch-Length/272762606290?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20171010182013%26meid%3D0010be17652b43709fc69d6077a39dbc%26pid%3D100890%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26sd%3D272762606116&_trksid=p2056116.c100890.m2460&action=BID
  21. A Very Merry Xmas

    Merry Christmas to all! May your New Year be filled with good health, friends, prosperity and big nuggets.
  22. The GPZ was just an expensive accessory for my 4X4 Jeep. But .... oh, the places you will go!
  23. Ip Ratings Explained

    Do Detectors have IP ratings? How would a GPZ, GPX5000, CTX, GM1000 and. GB2 rate and compare?
  24. Diablo Pass V. 2.0

    Hi Lunk, I am still learning a lot as I add to my meteorite collection. You have really tuned your eyes (and ears) to see these highly weathered L6 meteorites. Thanks for setting a high standard for the rest of us. Randy L6 - "type 6: Designates chondrites that have been metamorphosed under conditions sufficient to homogenize all mineral compositions, convert all low-Ca pyroxene to orthopyroxene, coarsen secondary phases such as feldspar to sizes ≥50 µm, and obliterate many chondrule outlines; no melting has occurred."
  25. These Nuggets Were Not Bashful

    Well done Mitchel. Three in a day is a nice feeling.
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