I went to Gold Basin with the IDEA of finding gold. That proved futile so I went back to a couple of places where I've found meteorites. I managed to eek out a couple (10g partial sunbaker and 2.7g from near the helicopter pad) before I headed home via Franconia on Thursday morning.
This is the patina you expect on a sunbaker meteorite. I haven't cleaned it and I'll let this one stay with the little bit of dirt. I heard it but didn't see it before I scooped it. I also didn't have my camera with me to take a picture.
I have not been in Franconia with the 7000 since it came out. On that trip I got a couple of nice chondrites and about 20 irons. The picture and story won Minelab find of the month. I was hoping for a repeat but I also wanted to target a different area. Part of that plan worked and part didn't. The first half of the walk I didn't find any irons and found one deep target that is not a meteorite even tho I've found a meteorite there at a similar depth. Here are the beginning panoramas for Franconia.
It was a good 'second half' of the trip because I swung down to where the irons fell and found a few on the patina patches I had missed before. They are not very big but they sound off really good.
Beginning at 1 o'clock on the dime and going to 12 the ten meteorites are: .06, .06, .07, .07, .10, .18, ,25, ,28, .32, and .34 grams.
Just like gold the meteorites in Franconia are harder to find!
Found it on a pole in the grass. The smell of a burner. MD Signum 9x12 20 kHz. The ground was taken strongly to the minus for better detection of copper targets. Very weak short tone. Would be buried in the ground would not pay attention and would confuse with the signal from the ground.
Equinox 800 does not regulate on it on any program. X- terra 705 does not respond to 18 kHz, 7.5 kHz, 3 kHz.
Signum on 3 kHz and on 7.5 kHz does not react either.
I found an unusual item yesterday while metal detecting at the farm. It is egg shape and has the feel and appearance of metal, but doesn't sound off on the detector. It is a little over 2 inches long by about 1 inch across. It is heavily pitted with some crusting in some of the pits. Also there are small inclusions (visible with a loupe). Some of these inclusions are stony in appearance and a couple look similar to crystal quartz (extremely small). It seems very dense and heavy for its size and weighs 80 grams (2 3/4 oz.).
The soil in the area has no natural stone or metals in the matrix. There was an old house site in this area.
Any help with possible ID will be appreciated.
😎 Got out detecting yesterday for the 1st time in many moons !
Had fantastic weather all day and dug some deep ones. Caught a 149 grammer at the end of the day.
Totaled out over 200 grams 5 pieces.
Used the 7 x 14 N.F. Advantage on the 4500 with Black Widows.
My buddy nailed 4 and 2 nuggets to boot !
you may already be talking about it, but I still put some photos
two large meteorites discovered in France
the first goes back to 2010 (Mont-Dieu)
on an old impact site, in the forest
who gave a few years ago a 435 kilos (1994)
it is 364 kg / discovered by a prospector with a PI (siderite)
and another discovery late 2018
again, on a known impact site (since 1968)
it is the biggest piece discovered to date and the reccord of France
477 kg / contains 11% nickel
discovery also with a PI
with this piece of 477 kilos and all the others discovered since 1968
the impact site to deliver nearly 6 tons ...