GB_Amateur

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    Any and all metal detecting; geology of gold
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    Fisher Gold Bug Pro, White's TDI/SPP, Minelab X-Terra 705

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  1. I was thinking about this the other day while driving. In summer of 1979 I bought a new Garrett GroundHog with 8 inch coil for ~$800 and then paid another $100 for the big coil (11 inch round coplanar). The US Consumer Price Index was 74 then and about 244 now -- a factor of 3.3 increase in 38 years. So that $800/$900 outlay in '79 translates to $2500-$2800 today -- about the cost of a Minelab CTX-3030 or GPX-4500. I was looking at a used detector this morning -- $550 price tag, and I thought "that's a lot of money". I make 4x what I did back in 1979, and I don't think I blinked buying that Groundhog. Funny how our views change with time.
  2. One of the things I've read over and over regarding general detecting: don't have a locked mode of setting your detector, but rather adjust to the situation you are in. IMO this applies even more broadly to park (and other public property) hunting. I've been in situations where strict rules (e.g. no plug, no serated digger) were enforced. I've also been in other locations where plug cutting (with "catch-and-release" = "leave no trace") was allowed. Best is to have all of these options/skills in your detecting toolbox. 1% of the public will take offense no matter what you do. The other 99% will notice and be tolerant because of how well you respect the land. I lean to the side of catering to the 99%. Follow the rules, but when they are vague and/or allow interpretation, take advantage of that. Just be a good citizen in the process, and follow the Golden Rule.
  3. I'm a southpaw, too (hopefully those not from the US and not baseball fans can figure out the meaning of this from context, or failing that just Google it), but I haven't noticed detectors being particularly biased in this aspect. What I like are: 1) lightweight AND balanced, 2) pushbuttons over knobs (this one definitely seems to be personal preference), 3) settings saved when turned off, 4) Keep It Simple, Stupid (KISS). 5) User control of ground balance (at least automatic and preferably manual adjust). I don't know that there is yet today a detector that perfects all of the above, but there are several that are close.
  4. A lot of us have been excitedly watching a few teasers on soon-to-be-released detectors here. Regarding the Nokta Impact, has there been a conclusion reached on whether or not it has a true, pure, (near-)analog all-metal mode? If we're still awaiting hands-on testing, I'm fine with that.
  5. A quote I've remembered since the first time I heard it, over 40 years ago: I can't say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days. Anyone else remember that, and who said it? (No fair cutting and pasting on Google.) Hint: If you were ever lost in the wilderness and had a "phone a friend" available, this would be the guy to choose.
  6. I use Google maps/earth to make hardcopy maps to take along, marking geo coordinates on them, especially a couple landmarks. Then use handheld GPS when in the field. Also, don't forget to use the sun's location and time-of-day to get a feel for what direction you are going if you don't have a compass or (like me) don't know how to get your handheld to show compass directions.
  7. Had mine out yesterday with three coils (First Texas 7in x 11in, Coiltek 6in round [prototype], and stock 5in round). I also own the Fisher 5in X 10in and Nel Attack 15in, but didn't take them along yesterday. I really like that detector. 7x11 and 6in coils were picking up some EMI, which didn't bother me when I was swinging, only when I put the detector down to dig. 5 in was quiet. That's the first time I've ever had EMI noise with the Gold Bug Pro. Most of the time I use the Ground Grab, but occasionally tweak with the manual adjustment option, so that argues a bit for the Pro model (although what one is willing to pay for that feature is certainly an issue). I thought the MSRP on that one used to be $499.... I've seen them at Bass Pro Shops for that, and recall looking up the price on Teknetics home webpage, but that was a couple years ago. I've used the Gamma some for coin hunting, and it's a nice detector, similar to the Gold Bug in many ways (no surprise since engineer Jorge Saad has written about the evolution of the Frat Brothers + F5 + Gold Bug lines). Unlike the Gold Bug and its nearly identical siblings (F19, Tek G2 and G2+), the Frat Brothers (Tek Omega, Gamma, Delta, and Alpha) can be operated with concentric coils as well as the DD's. I recall last year Teknetics had a fire sale (only through certain dealers, not widely advertised/facilitated) on the Omega 8000. That was announced here by one of the chosen dealers. Seems like it was somewhere in the low to mid $400's. Also you recently highlighted the Teknetics G2 (Fisher Gold Bug Pro's maternal twin) sale, which was quite a deal, too. Then there are the current First Texas's sales on their top level detectors (Fisher F75's and Teknetics T2's) which you detailed recently. Good time to be looking for a high quality VLF detector for at or under $500, and just in time for Northern Hemisphere Spring & Summer.
  8. I think the cutoff is 100 years of age -- if a relic is younger than that, the 1979 law doesn't apply. Also, I'm pretty sure coins are exempt, regardless of age/date. Bottom line is (if I'm right -- I'm not a lawyer so beware) a 1936 can should be ok to keep if found on fed land prior to 2036. (Doubt I'll still be detecting&digging then, although it's not impossible...)
  9. What the 19th & early 20th century prospectors/miners lacked in technology they made up for with motivation.
  10. Impressive haul, and great job presenting with your photos. Do you know what those gears are from? I've found some very similar objects (two today, in fact) and have been leaning towards clock parts. But who carries around clocks (other than pocket or wrist watches) in the field?
  11. Jason, I'm impressed with your ambition to think outside-the-box, even to the level of building instruments to solve problems. Please keep us (well, me at least ) informed as you move forward. (As usual) I don't understand something. You talk about lithium carbonate as a native ore/compound. In my (simple) searches I've only seen four primary, cost effective sources of lithium, all minerals: spodumene, lepidolite, pentalite, and amblygonite. The first three are silicon based and the last phosphorous based -- no carbonates. Is the lithium found in these dry lake beds a different form/chemical compound?
  12. Here's a 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) diameter sodium line notch filter for $77 (but says "overrun, out-of-stock"). I don't know if that's a large enough aperture for your application. I'm sure you can get bigger ones but the price could go up non-linearly. http://www.omegafilters.com/a5-sodium-line-notch-filter.html
  13. Jason, Agree that XRF spectroscopy won't work, but why is sodium such a problem for a flame test? I'd think you could buy a notch interference filter made specifically for eliminating the yellow lines of sodium. (For those not familiar, an optical notch filter works similarly to notch feature on metal detectors -- target a specific frequency to selectively either include or, in this case, eliminate from the signal.) Maybe I'm oversimplifying the problem....
  14. Thanks for that. Below are the two listings (both Sennheiser 598) at Amazon, one for black ($156) and one for ivory ($161). Costs you an extra $5 if you want to look cool. Sennheiser HD 598 Special Edition Over-Ear Headphones - Black Sennheiser HD 598 Over-Ear Headphones - Ivory
  15. Very well written article by a 20-something -- gives you confidence that good journalism is going to continue for at least another generation. I don't know much about Fenn and am not that interested in going further. But he has created quite a microcosm. People becoming overconfident and suffering from confirmation bias (several mentions of that in the article). People playing results (ex-wife and daughter of man who died looking for the treasure blame Fenn and say the treasure is a hoax; wonder if their views would have been the same had he found it). And not the least -- people refusing accountability. He's not holding a gun to anyone's head making them go search.