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kiwijw    1,337
9 hours ago, ophirboy said:

Hi Mike 

The main thing about detecting is that no one has struck it rich with there detector in the cupboard . I'll read you a quote from a newspaper  correspondent at bendigo in 1852 " The new chum arrives believing that nuggets can be dug up as easy as potatoes in a farm paddock but soon discover that they will blister there hands and knock there shins on many a boulder before they see even the specks" If this sounds familiar your in good company . Detecting is about persistence and luck . You sound like your going to areas that are likely prospects however I purchased my first detector in 1976, it was a whites coinmaster 5000 D and I thought it was the ants pants it took me 2 years to find my first nugget but I just loved being out in the bush meeting and talking to other diggers. The Aussie diggings have been hammered for over forty years with all manner of detectors . And the PI detectors go very deep compared to vlf, so try and concentrate your efforts where the diggings where shallow or where the distance to the washing area was far away . Lots of dirt fell off wheelbarrows on the way to puddling machines or creeks. Or search out bedrock areas exposed on terrace or bench deposits as the yanks call them . These areas are obvious by the stacks of rocks with pathways between where the diggers washed the soil down to bedrock and needed to stack washed stone from the sluice boxes. If your finding small lead pieces then  your in the lottery with a chance , but as I have said before , ferrous junk can be identified by its irregular or wide signal . Rusting iron slowly leaches  into surrounding soil giving a small item a much bigger signal " halo effect" and a nail will even give a double signal because of its dual polarity like a compass needle. On the other hand non ferrous items with little corrosion give clean clear signals . These include brass bullet shells , eyelets, lead shotgun pellets , bullets and gold . I find detecting more enjoyable when you enjoy your surroundings and accept the junk as education that is slowly giving you the experience to find a nugget when your lucky enough to walk over one . I wish you well with the Nokta Impact and remember to share your knowledge with others when you become an expert.

Happy times on the diggings

Paul 🌈💰

Hi there ophirboy, A very good & well written post. Thank you for taking the time & effort. The old timer workings you described so well are the exact type places I take my little monster. Came across an old Whites Coinmaster 5000 D for sale on our local online auction site the other day. Bring back some memories for you.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1389767854

I am just loading up my back pack for a hell walk in to some old high country workings. We have had a bit of a warm snap& some rain in the last week. Rivers are up with snow melt & the snow looks to have climbed out of this gully for the time being. Haven't been in there with the Zed & today is the day. Undecided about taking in the Monster due to the actual walk in.

Thanks again & best of luck out there

JW :smile:

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ophirboy    44

Good luck Kiwi , I had a look at some spots near skippers canyon a few years ago , nice country but cold in winter. 

Let us know how you get on.

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kiwijw    1,337
On 12/08/2017 at 10:06 AM, ophirboy said:

Good luck Kiwi , I had a look at some spots near skippers canyon a few years ago , nice country but cold in winter. 

Let us know how you get on.

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Thanks mate. Very similar location to where I went into....so you will appreciate what I was in for if you have seen it first hand. I ended up taking the little Monster with me, how could I leave it behind?, as well as the Zed. 24 bits of gold. 18 for the Monster & 6 for the Zed. The sky was turning black,  It then started to rain with the looks of turning to snow. I had to bail. Two hour walk in mountain goat territory back to my wagon. Post to come. :biggrin: Cheers.

Good luck out there

JW :smile:

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