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  1. Got out Friday, and decided to use the good ol Boat Anchor 19 " coil on the ZED. After finding the Specimen Gold, and into it 2 hours, my Bungee broke, and I had to go to my backup bungee, and also switched back to the 14". I was using the High Yield Mode with the 19" coil, since the soils here are not to bad, and I seem to get a little more depth using the 19" with High Yield. Dave.
  2. I got out to Tarnagulla today for a detect and I got 2 little specimens and then I finished off the day with this beauty. I was using the 7000 with JP`s recommended conservitive settings and this sounded like a very deep target. I was surprised when I moved it about 5" down. What really excited me about this one was I did some testing and the 2300 can get it at about 8" and the 7000 can only get it at 6". That in itself told me there was a fair bit of gold in it. I suspect a 5000 would struggle to hear it. This speci is predominately quartz but it has a thin layer of ironstone around it. In the first 2 photos are the only two pieces that are readily visible but under high magnification there are at least 100 pinpoints of gold visible all around it. I have no idea how much the ironstone mucks up the SG, but the sg for quartz says there is 28.649 grams of gold in this piece. I`m not going to drop this one in acid till my mate waves his 5000 over it. I`m hoping there is going to be a heap of gold visible once the ironstone is gone. cheers Dave
  3. So some of you may have seen my piece I put in the thread about 'What are your detecting goals' as I was happy I had reached the goal of getting a nugget over 1 gram (it's sad but you have to start somewhere ). Well 24 hours later and I've got another. 11 grams is the big one. 6 is the littler one. And 3 smallies which have been my standard fare. Its been a beautiful weekend here in Northeast Victoria for Easter. These beauties have topped it off. Happy Easter everyone.
  4. Hi all, just thought I would share my find for my first day detecting of 2017, nothing big, but it's a start Cheers Dave.
  5. This is a specimen I got last week with the 7000 and 14" coil at about 5-6" and it readily sticks to a magnet. The total weight of this piece is 0.85 gram so there is not a hell of a lot of gold in it, and I figured the 19" coil would struggle to hear it, but with JP`s deep gold settings, the 19 can hear it about 4" away . It should look good when it`s been acid cleaned.
  6. Today I went to an area that I recently gained access to. I looked at imagery to see where the old workings are. I picked a spot where a drag line and wash plant had been though. As I was driving in I noticed a lot of the ground had all of the rocks racked off. I figured who ever did it had to have found something. So the tailings will have to wait. I decided to run the SDC 2300 over that ground. After digging the 10th piece of shot I got another signal about a foot away from one I just dug. It was real hard to pinpoint and find but the sun hit it right on the coil and I knew it was a little piece. Finally I found a nugget in New Mexico. Nothing like others recently on the forum but I was pretty jazzed. My first desert piece.
  7. Hi guys, Mrs JW & I had planned on going on a 4 wheel drive trip up & along the tops of a block mountain penny plain ( Our plan was to get off early Saturday morning, do one of the trips & spend the night in a little old gold mining town. Do another trip Sunday & then head home. Well things turned to custard & we ended up having to do a few things before heading off. We didnt get off until after midday. It wasnt going to be a detecting mission but part of the trip was to scope out new areas. I wasnt even going to take any detectors but Mrs JW said you would be a fool not to as you never know what you may come across up there. I had done a google earth fly over & there did seem to be a few areas of disturbed ground. So I threw in the Zed & GB2. Due to our late get away we decided to head to the little old mining town & explore around that area, go to the pub for a meal & then do our 4 wheel drive trip on the sunday & then head home. So after checking in to our cabin at the camp ground we headed off to explore. Driving down the main road we passed this hydro power station dam. This is one of two dams blocking off the mighty Clutha river. Gold all the way from start to coast. It is the longest river in the south Island & the largest water volume river in New Zealand. We had a very average summer with river levels staying up but the last couple of months have been pretty dry & the lakes & rivers have dropped quite a bit. Below this dam the river was down a good couple of meters from normal. Exposing a lot of bed rock. There would have to be gold in there. Under claim unfortunately. After getting off the main road & crossing over the river we hit a single lane dirt track that followed the river for quite a long way. We came to two graves on the side of the track in the middle of now where. Known as "The Lonely Graves" Lonely Graves The Lonely Graves at Horseshoe Bend are a poignant reminder of the tragedies that went hand in hand with the achievements of Central Otago pioneers. This touching story has become firmly entrenched in local lore. The Lonely Graves are alongside the Clutha River 8km southeast of Millers Flat; turn off SH8 by the Millers Flat Bridge. Horseshoe Bend goldfield was home to about 2000 miners and shopkeepers in 1863. By 1865 the population had dropped to 72. Legend has it that near the end of 1865 William Rigney, an Irish miner at Horseshoe bend gold diggings, came across the body of a young, good-looking man. The police were called and permission was given for the unknown man to be buried. A funeral was held and attended by everyone from the diggings. William Rigney arranged for a pine slab to be erected with the words: “Somebody’s Darling Lies Buried Here.” William Rigney died in 1912 and according to his instructions was buried alongside the unknown man. His headstone reads: Here lies the body of William Rigney, the man who buried Somebody's Darling." The Original pine slab head board now in a glass protection case And William Rigney's Sunday dawned with a slight frost but a clear blue sky day. We were off. Climbing up we leave the green farmland pastures behind getting up in to the tussock covered natural Central Otago high country. A wrinkled landscape This is the track cut down to the schist basement bed rock & shows how little ground cover there is. Wish there was gold there. The Zed would be in its element And in the distance a beautiful lake way up there. We were the only souls up here. BIG open country. Makes you feel soooo small. Just stunning. We left the lake behind & decided to shorten our trip due to our late start Saturday. We were going to carry on along the ridge of this penny plane block mountain but we had done a lot of driving & decided to head down the other side to another valley system. We passed some of the disturbed ground I had seen on google earth. It sure did look like old workings & digging piles. So we stopped for a look & the gravels were all water worn quartz gravels. I broke out the GB2 & went for a wander. No joy. I wonder how the old timers did. May have been very fine gold. At the end of the workings it looks like the gravels have been quarried now for the road/track gravels. Heading on down the other side the country became littered with schist tors & rocky out crops. We ended up going to pass not too far away from some old workings that I had detected as few years earlier & done ok on. Mrs JW said why dont you have a go with the Zed. There is still a few hours of day light left. Not needing any encouragement we turned left of this dirt track & on to another even rougher dirt track that climbed up to these workings. Got there, rigged up & not even two minutes in to it. BANG....a very faint signal. The grass growth had dried off a bit & so was good detecting conditions. Down beyond those pesty pellets & the signal was still in there. YE HA. You beauty A nice little speci 5 feet away another faint little signal. It too lived on down past those pellet depths. Note the bit of quartz. Another sassy bit of gold. Small but at good depth. High Yield/Normal Sensitivity 6 I was getting the odd pellet with that sort of tell tale double hit signal. So I tried changing settings to eliminate those. Tried a few different settings. Left the sensitivity on 6. Signals dried up so didnt really persevere for too long & went back to high yield/normal. Not long after a very faint signal. Should have changed back settings & had more of a play over this signal but the day was running out of day light so I didnt. This signal was down a bit A nice rough piece of gold with a small bit of quartz Another very faint signal that lived on down & got better Another nice little specimen piece I was on a roll. Very faint signal. Down a bit. Signal still in the hole. I went & got the bug 2 to pin point it better as the ground was hard. No signal with the Bug so still down a bit more. I pulled the bug out & rested its coil on the out side edge of the hole &...what was that....a signal on the bug. Probably a pellet. Scraped away a bit & signal still there. Flick in to discriminate, signal unchanged. Oh well...wasnt iron & getting down a bit for a pellet. May be a .22 lead bullet head. But no...a piece of gold for the Bug 2. What a hoot. Back in to digging the hole deeper until the bug got a hit on it & it didnt discriminate out. Bugs little gold hole to the left. GPZ hole deeper & signal finally out. A nice piece. Again,had a bit of dirty quartz attached There were a few smaller bits that could easily have been pellets & with that double hit signal & then it was getting dark & still a fair drive home. What a great 2.5 hours of detecting. 9 bits for just over 8 grams. I was happy with that. Cheers & Good luck out there JW
  8. Got a text yesterday from my buddy Chris, who said dude, get your , and lets get out there !!!! ( Well something like that , hehe !!! ) . I told him I can only hunt a half day, even though today was just a great day for a full day of hunting today, darn it !!!! Ended up finding almost 10 grams today.. :) . The large piece was a little more than a foot down, and just made a break in the threshold, I kicked some dirt out of the way, and it made the nice mellow weewoo sound, and I was like . Some digging in the side of a wash a little more than a foot down, and got a ..... maybe a foot away I found another small nugget right on top of the ground, and found another small piece in another wash. I also brought home a new pet, and the good ol U.S. deserts give them away for free, as you can see in the picture, he is enjoying his new home.... I have been bringing baby dinosaurs home in the backyard for years, but they never grow up , they just make babies in my back yard and eat the spiders... Dave
  9. Hi Guys, Mrs JW was up in the North Island visiting her daughter in Napier for a long weekend. So I again made the most of being home alone & headed off up in to the hills & stayed in an old timers rock hut shelter. Not quite the Hilton but out of the elements....but not by much The things we do....Bloody gold.... Well....Saturday was a tough day. Bit like the last Saturday when I only got 2 small bits for .3 of a gram. I went over a few spots where I had already been with the Zed but the grass growth had backed off a bit & it was easier swinging for the Zeds 14" coil. I was having no joy what so ever. So in a last ditch effort for Saturday I headed back to a patch I got on to just before Xmas day Where I scored this lot. . And a day later cleaning up the crumbs this lot with help from the Gold Bug 2 I thought there must be a few more pieces I can wrestle out of this patch. This patch area was no bigger than 5 meters x 5 meters. It was hard going but I finally then got a faint signal that stayed in the ground after more than a few scrapes & then down to the bed rock schist when the signal was finally out. YE HA.....A bit of GOLD. Unfortunately that was it for Saturday. I was thinking....oh boy....not a repeat of last weekend. So it was off to the rock hut shelter to cook up a meal of steak, eggs, fried potato chips, broccoli & cauliflower with some fresh mushrooms that I came across out in the field. We dont do it tough out up in the hills here. LOL After that & a couple of cups of coffee I hit the sack for an early start in the morning. What a great start to the morning. After a breakfast of sausages, eggs & spaghetti washed down with the usual couple of coffees, I was off & in to it. I decided to go for a long hike to a spot I hadnt been to for a few years. I had done quite well here back in the GP 3000 days with the little coiltek 10x5 joey mono coil & the Nugget Finder 12x7. After that I had got nothing more. Not even with the 4500 & an array of coils. I dont think I had the Elite coils over this patch although I had not far away when I did get a few bits of gold. On getting to the spot, which had a few turned over shallow prospect holes & a bit of a run where they must have got on to something. It wasnt in a gully but just out in open flat ground. Unusual. Starting at the top end of some of the prospect holes & throw out piles I slowly wandered on through them as I had got gold here before so kept a slow, low & carefully controlled coil sweep. I got my share of pellets as you do but I then got a signal beside a tussock the signal stayed in the ground for a bit of depth. Signal out, but look how small. Not much bigger than a pellet. But no catch & release. This then was the start of a few small bits Then on to a deeper signal. And a bigger bit of gold Scanned the hole before back filling & there was another good signal still in the hole. Ended up with two bits out of this one dig Still the signals kept coming I would just like to take the time to show you my digging patten in this next dig. To the right is the first scrape of the top layer of grass sod. Signal still in the ground so I go 180 degree's to the first scrape & dig out the pile to the left. Down a bit & signal still in the ground so I then go 90 degree's & keep on digging that pile in the foreground. Signal out. Retrieve the signal. In this case it was a bit of gold. Ye Ha I then back fill the hole, after re scanning, in the reverse order of digging. Ending up with the grass back on top of the dig hole. So nice & neat & hopefully the grass will keep on growing Well...the small gold did keep on coming & I ended up with 18 bits for 5.3 grams off an area no bigger than 4 meters x 4 meters. The tussocks at the top is where the first bit was got & the rest in the area in the foreground. There were more bits found after this pic was taken, but all in that area. Then it was over. Good fun while it lasted. Cheers guys. Good luck out there JW
  10. This Rye Patch trip, I was fighting snow and wind going and heading back home! Pulling a 30' Toy Hauler in the windy flats of Nevada and the snowy Donner Pass has to be one of my favorite things, NOT! Geez, bring the drought back, lol. Rye Patch, is always a fun trip and you always run into some great people trying out their luck in the open vastness of the high plains. Our hunting party had 4 experienced hunter and one brand new prospector armed with and SDC 2300. This time of the year, we run around and detect tons of new spots with the hopes of finding a few in the wet, hot soil conditions of this desert region. Training a new gold detectorist on unproven ground is a challenge, "dig everything that beeps" as we cover hundreds of acres with our coils a day. By golly, if he didn't go home with 5 hard earned nuggets. No skunks amongst the Veteran Prospectors either! We eat and drank like Kings, oh Robin was our Queen and all of us slept like babies. Here's our poke...Until the next hunt LuckyLundy
  11. This was a nice piece 5.8 ounce. On the big one and 6.1 Total. That was a find a while back. Really miss those days!
  12. I was thinking about making the drive to Gold basin based on Jen's recent finds! Her skill behind the detector got me fired up. Instead I opted to stay in Nevada and headed to a closer spot. I decided to try a spot in usually drive by on my way to usually spot. I had check out a couple of times with my ATX, but there was an absence of bedrock, and what there was was mostly calichi. First signal in an area with no trash was a nice 1+ grammer up on a bench. Worked my way up a small drainage and got another both at good depth. I moved over to a bigger wash and worked up most of the wash for nothing then got a faint signal under the edge of a rock. Kept digging and the signal got louder and louder. Finally this plopped out of my scoop. .62g biggest nugget yet. I picked up a couple of smaller nuggets before I headed back to the truck to have lunch. After lunch I decided to head to some drainages coming off a ridge. Worked my way up one till I got a faint signal. Again it kept getting louder and louder. Finally getting it into my scoop! This specimen was exactly 3/4 of an Oz. I cannot believe what the GPZ is capable of. Total for the day. I'm 2/3 of the way to pay off my GPZ in the 2 months I've owned it! Now I have to break that 1oz barrier. Chris
  13. 1/2 hour ago, Gold Basin, my first ever deep wooooowaaaa deeeeeeep sounding signal, this thing was deeeeeeeep and the EVO pulled it up like it was on the surface. Just over 1/2 ounce.... makin wages in the Basin. Jennifer IMG_1500.MOV
  14. I had the opportunity to detect for a private claim on some really good ground in Arizona. I had to share this. Here's 50 ounces I found in 31 days. I get a small percentage but the experience alone was worth it. I hope you enjoy.
  15. Rain stopped about mid day so I shot out for a couple of hours in the arvo. Bang on 1/2 oz which brings the total for this spot to just over 5 oz so far. I can smell a big chunk hiding here somewhere.
  16. Hi all Went for 2 days detecting in our famous Golden triangle. Had a great time and very enjoyable days. (Thanks Dave for a memorable detecting trips and for using your 2300- i will be back) I used 2300 and first day managed to get 3 and second day another 5. All together 1.25 grams of beautiful Aussie gold. This will be my last trip for a very long time as in 2-3 weeks am going for a holidays. (5-6 months) Wish you luck and hopefully will post some finds of different kind from Europe soon. Stay safe and good luck. GoldEN
  17. I have just received my new camera that cost a whole $13.66 AUD. I think you are better off getting a lower power camera because you get a better depth of field with them. I have a 1000 power camera and it is so hard to work with to get a decent picture and this camera is only a 200 power. There are some restrictions with this camera though. I took this picture on a old 32 bit laptop running VISTA. I have a windows 8 laptop and a windows 10 desktop, both 64 bit and I can`t get this camera to work on either of them. I think with these cheap cameras you need windows 7 or earlier 32 bit. This piece goes a whopping 0.29 gram. cheers Dave
  18. Recently purchased a used Nugget Finder Evo from a forum member... wasn't planning on a trip to Gold Basin this weekend but woke up Sunday morning, jumped in the truck, was there having a nice breakfast by 11:00AM, said hi to some friends, jumped on the side of a ridge and BAM, BAM, BAM, BAM, BAM.... all within an hour, all within 150'... spent the next couple hours checking the area around it, nice tight little patch.. Cleaned up, no dirt... 9.29 grams, over a quarter ounce troy, at today's price of $40.48 per gram = $376.05 US$ BOOOO YAAAAAAA fuel and coil paid for.. awesome day in Gold Basin... Jen
  19. I got out for 3 days to Gold Basin. The first day was a skunk but then at the end of the second a little color. I got up at daylight on Saturday and found a couple of meteorites before 8 AM. Then on a long walkabout I found a mini-patch of 3 pieces. Later on a 5 mile walk I found a 15g sunbaker meteorite. It is nice to get even small results with the 7000/14. Mitchel
  20. Hi Guys, Mrs JW headed up to the North Island for a few days to visit friends & family. So I took advantage of being home alone for the weekend & headed off up in to the hills for a detecting mission. Spending Saturday night in an old miners hut. I slipped up a bit & spent too much time on this forum before tearing myself away saturday morning. So I was off to a late start by the time I got in there & detecting. It was to an old haunt & I didnt start off too good. Heaps of signals....but none gold. I was getting sick & tired of digging shot gun pellets. I finally got a signal that stayed in the ground after a few scrapes & then getting in to the rotten basement schist & signal still in there. . A small bit of the good stuff......finally Then not too far away another signal that stayed in the ground after more than a few scrapes & bit of digging. I was peeling out slabs of schist & the signal was still in there. I broke through the more solid slabs of schist & hit a rusty coloured rotten schist layer. It was down a good 8 inches before the target was out. I couldnt believe the size of gold for the depth of the hole. The gold must have been sitting flat. Believe it or not those were the only two bits I got for the weekend. Sunday I got skunked. Got my share of rubbish of which any one of them could have been gold. Got to love those pellets....NOT. I got to a stage that if the signal gave that double hit & moved after a scrape, I moved on with out retrieving it. So just the two for .36 of a gram Cheers guys. Good luck out there JW
  21. Went out with a buddy Saturday and tried a couple of new areas. Full of trash. Got tired of digging trash with no gold see we decided to move on to another area that had been extensively drywashed in hopes of picking up a few scraps. Still a bunch of trash but I picked up the specie on a bench on bedrock under about 10 in of silt. Nice solid signal on the GPZ Same nugget, different angle. 3.3 grams Also found a half gram solid piece. Chris
  22. Woke up grabbed the 7000 and left for the day. It's what I love to do on my birthday. I called an old friend to ask if I could swing a coil of his land. Of course you can he replied. I haven't ever been there with a detector so what the heck. After my half hour drive a stepped out grabbed my gear got suited up and headed out. I stepped about sixty feet from my pickup and was mired in a patch. Four hours I was up and down like mad. Every swing yielded a nugget. I got tired after 3.3 ounces. Had to head home for a pint. Here's some pics VID_20170320_120017175.mp4
  23. Hi all they small you get 10-15-20 each time but they add up. And they usually clean nuggets. All very shallow and fun to get. GoldEN
  24. Hi guys, I went off for a late afternoon detect yesterday back to the same area as my previous tiny tiny zed gold post as I hadn't finished there due to getting chased out by fading light. The beauty of going back over old areas is that there is very little to no rubbish. I did get a few tiny remains of some boot tacks but that was it. Not far from the last little bit I got the time before I got a sweet faint signal in some up on edge schist. Scraping away a bit of dirt I uncovered a small crevice in the schist that I was sure the signal was in. Right beside my pick point It was getting deeper & still in the crevise Finally it was out Never as big as the signal makes you think/hope it is going to be. Especially when you are getting down a bit. The Zed still surprises me at the depths it gets this small gold. This was getting down to about 6 inches. This is a view of the ground sluiced area & the schist the old timers exposed. The back filled hole is just past & under those two briar rose bushes just right of center. As you can see there is still a bit of deeper ground between the higher exposed schist. I scored some multi gram bits in those back with the GP 3000. My next very faint signal was right at the picks I thought. You will see that it is stuck in some lose material that is covering a crack or crevice in the schist bed rock. After a bit of scraping in that now exposed small shallow crevice at the bottom of the pic, I realised it was in a tight crack. that you will see above that first crevice & to the right. I ended up hauling a big slab of schist out as you will see by the large hole that created. My dilemma now was that the signal was dropping down deeper & deeper in to that crevice. I was lucky that about 5 years ago I had left a 5 foot crow bar hidden in the bushes not far away that I had used to leaver out some moranic boulders from where the old timers had stopped sluicing. I scored some nice bits of gold from doing that. So that bar was my Savior here, allowing me the power & leverage to shift these slabs of schist. My other dilemma was that this was not far from a cliff face dropping 80 meters down in to the river below & although these slabs of schist were solid were they weren't fractured. The fracture direction was like sliced bread peeling off & dropping to the river below. When I put the bar in to a crack & levered, the whole lot would move. My next move was to try to move that larger slab of schist at the top end of the pick head at that 90 degree fracture line by the picks point. Got the bar in there & yer....moved the bastard. Ye Ha Now I had the signal a bit more isolated in the middle of that hole. I just had to try & get to it without opening up the schist more & having the signal keep dropping on me. Other wise I was going to lose it. Here is an idea of how deep it was getting. You can see the original height from the dirt line on that back wall. You will also see from my shadow & where my detector is just where I was the 2nd pic below. Another angle. Note the drop off to the river down below. May not look far in that pic but the next one is from the same area but back a little bit. In fact, that ground you can see in the bottom right hand corner those gravels are on the same run of schist, the schist edge is just to the right & out a bit more Ok put you out of your misery.....Did I get the target??? After about an hour of careful levering prizing & scrapping with a stick I had the signal out. It wont pay off the National debt....but no catch & release. Boy ...did I work hard for that piece. I then moved on to another area & got three little bits out of this small surface area. All very shallow So all up 5 bits for .67 of a gram. Settings. High yield/normal. Audio smoothing OFF. Sensitivity 6. Cheers Good luck out there JW
  25. Finished night shift had a camp then proceeded to me gold fields.Arrived late afternoon , a few clouds around, thought I would have a couple of hours to snag a peace. Fired up the z'd and started , holy the clouds were thicker than I thought , lighting every 10 seconds tied to put up with it , but gave it away.Anyway went to sleep early and woke early moon was awesome and bright was about 3am had the usual coffee and breakfast and off . About HR later got a faint signal . Yep gold , little peace ,wet grass was not helpful 😏 10mins another tiny peace . Then another even smaller. Went back for smoko and thought I would have a look a some new ground . 2 hrs later had a target, 😄Sounded awesome and as I had taken about 3" off still there. Then out emerged a nice 9.5grammer . That was it I was done still 36degrees and humid as. Will get bac when cooler! 😃 Was the first hunt for awhile due to the heat ! Good luck out there people. Regards Sqizz