By Mark Gillespie
Well, I can say, I almost gave up on this 14k gold earring and sterling piece. The detector (Equinox 800, park 2) kept telling me it was there but my pinpointer was not so sure until it actually touch it. The color of the ground and the fact I didn't have my glasses on proved to be a difficult task in locating these two precious items. Just remember if the detectors says there is something there don't give up until you know what it is. The second photo was a blast in recovering all those sterling pieces. And then the old button, very ornate.
Im still a newbie to this hobby but I try to take in as much knowledge as as I can from all of the more experienced prospectors on this board. I've learned a lot in the last 3 years from some of you fellas and to that I am greatful. That being said I stumbeled or should I say my wife stumbled upon a new method of unearthing gold the other day. She was taking a lunch time walk around the lake where she works and noticed a duck pecking at something shiny near the waters edge. The curious bird eventually tired of playing with or trying to eat the shiny object so Lisa went down to investigate and found a nice gold chain and pendant. It tests 10k with acid. Included is a photo of the pendant and a short video that demonstrates what one might "look for" when employing this new technique of finding gold. I realize that the video is of geese but the same method applies to ducks. Some of the members of this board are snowed in right now and I hope you find this post useful. You might want to turn some music on when watching the video.....
It was a lucky day today. I've been in a silver lust mode and wanted a ring of some sort. Well today both things seemed to crash into one another. Took the ORX out and went over a place I've been to before. This place has produced some whet pennies and clad stuff but I never expected to find this little kid's ring. It was down just a few inches and rang up 90-91 on my XP ORX. Really thought it was a dime. Inside there is a 925 marking. It's sterling silver! Brought it home applied the baking soda with a drop of water to shine her up a little. Can't figure out if a kid used this on their finger or as a toe ring. It's very small. For all of you that wonder.. YES the XP ORX will hit the goodies!
Got this running the "Undertune" program---9 GB, Sens 19 seems to make things more orderly. 2 Tone, Non Ferrous Pitch 25, really makes the gold jump out. Jury still out on the upgrade--I run it fast 5 or 6 especially if you want to traverse parallel to shore with fast water. It's 18k 34.9 gr.
By Rivers rat
Hello to all i had another go at the beaches this week end (for me😃)i woke up super early monday (4am) and hit the beach from 4.30 till 8 was able to run the machine hot with a SAT half way the rest on full steam managed only those fragments(see pictures) but so far i am happy with my swing arm and my home made bungee.
In the afternoon went to another beach with the CTX and managed to find a sweet spot in less than an hour but the Darkness and Madame waiting in the car made me abort the session i fully pumped ,so result 2 rings seemly old pink gold and silver i guess i also found a fishing weight 10 cm from the silver ring so was super hopeful for the next day
Next day i brought the G5c but the weather was terrible i was fully gear but the running water under the coil made detecting very difficult even with the SAT lowered..........tide was going to be low late and the "sweet spot " is surrounded by mudflats......and i was sinking fast with all my gear so .......i aborted after 1 hour with only a copper bit
Here are the pics enjoy!!
I'm getting ready for another gold nugget trip. I've been told where we are going to bring a VLF for all the bedrock. That is a style of detecting nuggets I don't normally do so I thought I would need practice with the 6" coil. I live in Santa Monica so where am I going to 'practice?' The beach of course.
Waves have been very small for a week or more. I went out a couple of days ago with the 11" coil and got so few targets in the tide zone I detected back to my car in the dry sand. I prefer wetter detecting. That is what I did with the 6" coil for about an hour and a half. There still weren't many targets but I was going to dig everything I heard. It is a little weird going out there with such a little coil but I did it when I first got the 6" coil and I got 4 cheap rings that day but the conditions were better because of the waves.
This afternoon I used Beach 2/F2 4/25 sensitivity/5 or 6 speed. I had just reduced to 5 (for the ring) when I got a slight negative target but it was repeatable. I turn up the negative sound so I can hear it and see it. I dug a bit and the sound was solid. It took several scoops and it was still in the wet sand hole. I was not fighting the waves but the hole was filling with water. My scoop is 6" and I was now down a full scoop and the number came in at a solid 10! Its been a long time with any of my coils for that sound.
It came out of the hole and I swung over the pile and it was still 10 so I was hopeful. I might have hit it with the scoop. When I shook the wet sand away I saw it. It looked good now and it sounded good so ... please don't be a cheap ring ... haha There were lots of people about and I didn't want to answer questions so I put it in my pouch and hunted for another hour after I found it.
It's a 14k Lee that is .1 oz (2.7g) with 5 little diamonds. It seems I'll have to use the 6" coil on the beach more often.