I went out detecting this morning at a couple of local beaches I had not been at for a few months. I ended up with just a few coins and a couple of silver rings which I have not pictured yet. It was an enjoyable hunt for 3 hours or so. It was a leisurely hunt and not an aerobic one for several reasons. One reason was lack of targets. You can hunt fast and cover lots of area to a shallow depth or you can slow down and let the coil speed catch some deeper targets.
During the swinging I was remembering my research for the day about the high tide and the low tide and the wave size and the time of these waves relative to the tides. I also looked at the black sand line and tried to imagine what stage of the tide/time had produced that and the thought occurred to me that my metal detector was going back in time a few hours. When you start to think about a few hours then you have to think back longer. (Maybe even to the last time I hunted that beach.) On a beach maybe you can think back to the last big energy event, let's say a storm or big surfing conditions.
When you are a relic hunter on a beach then you look at old pictures to see where there may have been an old bath house. If you live in that town you start to look for old stores and gathering places like parks and you do research (look back in time) at what may have been lost or deposited there. When and how something got there becomes the story.
Sometimes you can slow down and look farther back in time on these sites or locations and that will produce more. Other times on the beach you have to walk quickly to capture a time before it is washed away.
Stick with me here ... haha
When it comes to gold detecting time is still a key factor. An active wash will have recent gold. All placers are affected by the recent and distant past. A placer that has been worked or pushed 100 years ago will have other 'time of deposit' factors involved. Research and finds will determine how far back and which geological occurrences need to be targeted. Glacial deposits and all other types of gold deposits are related to time and energy. You get the idea.
How far back we look in time depends on how slow we go as one great factor. It is not the only one but in many places a greater depth can mean a more distant time. Slowing down may also make smaller targets visible if that is what you want. (As Jasong has pointed out, small gold and going slow is not always beneficial in paying the bills.)
Looking back at this it all seems rather 'obvious' and I feel like deleting all of it but maybe this will trigger something in someone out there and allow you to relate to the 'time machine' concept of metal detecting.
Now it is time to take my son to the beach. I can see time when I look at him.
No gold for me and it's not because I've not been trying...Been hitting some parks around my area and a couple beaches on the river. The ocean is only 1.5 hours away but still I find it hard to get to for some reason. It's nice to get into the water during the Summer...I was at a beach yesterday and dug about 20 sinkers with my excal.. low tide was around noon and Kids were following me around asking lots of questions...different type of detecting then nugget hunting but you got to work with what you have close to home sometimes. The crucifix is 925 the two rings are fake but look nice anyways
By Nuke em
Over the last Month I have been doing quite a lot of detecting on my local beaches .
I found not as much coinage as I used to as cashless society has well and truly kicked in . But the Gold and Silver less society is way off.
My total for the last Month other than a few Euro's and other coins was £384.76p , 1 Platinum ring which I found for someone and returned to him . The picture of a ring on its own is the Platinum . 3 Gold rings 15 Silver rings 2 Tungsten rings 1 other that looks like a Tungsten but doesn't say so and a Gold looking Stainless Still ring and a junk ring . I searched for 13 times for around 5 hours . The last picture is of the finds I had today.3 August.
That search was during Pride. It shows how the cashless society has ruined coin hunting . There were a lot of people about but in the gaps where people had been it was quiet mostly apart from lots of rubbish. I had £13.57p and 2 Silver rings and a 9.3g 9k Gold Signet ring .
The 2 notes , the £10 note I found on the way back to the Bus stop and the £20 was from a man that paid me that for trying to find his Gold Wedding ring that I failed to find that day and still haven't found. But will try again when the beaches open up .
Machines used were the "ET" E.Trac or the "EQ" or Nox.
By Hard Prospector
Well my Sand Shark is about finished so time to shop for a new dedicated (salt water ) beach detector. This machine will be dedicated to wet sand and/or surf only environment. Currently considering the ATX and TDIBH,, any suggestions / input would be appreciated.............Thanks!
Hello all, as some of you may know, I’m a very keen water detectorist and the Equinox is my go to water hunting machine BUT, last year after about 40-50 hours of water detecting my Equinox did end up flooding from normal (not exceeding 3m) use.
From what I have read, this doesn’t appear to be entirely unusual. My suggestion is a waterproof case for the machine that can still let you to do all the normal things with your Equinox whilst adding little weight.
I understand this isn’t for everyone but can I get a show of hands for who would like something like this and what it would take for you to consider it?
At this point the idea is purely just an idea but if there is enough perceived interest I may just make a handful ?
By Sting Ray
I know areas where rings have been lost and, to my knowledge, not found. I understand a strong storm will relocate a ring. I also wonder if a ring is lost in 3 foot of water during the low tide, will it eventually work it's way up the beach? I believe that a man's gold ring will sink in the sand to a harder layer of shells or clay (hard pan layer). It will remain there until a force of water pushes it either up or down. I also realize there are small lower pockets of these hard pan layers that cause lead weights and rings to gather as if they were in a concave bowl. My friend says that through time the rings will be moved higher up with the seasonal sand movements and eventually make it to the wet sand of the b
I wish there was a way to test items in the surf for verification.