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Chasing Stupidly Small Gold Continued And A Dramatic Rescue

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Great job on the rescue! Very glad you did that. Good on your son for instigating the rescue too.

0.01 of a gram is a good achievement, very small, nice flat bits though.  I would have missed it as I'd dismiss smaller surface gold like that as a shotgun pellet and I couldn't possibly check all surface targets here, there is only so much time in a day 🙂

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Seems to to me that you have raised a very respectable young man, You should be quite proud. I think the find of the day might be that tortoise and how great your son is.

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Good on you and your son!  tortoises fall in excavations and cannot climb out if the edges are too steep....that one was lucky.

Nice work on the gold...patience and paying attention are the prospectors friend.

fred

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On ya Flak,  anotherie to us old timers.

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Flak,  Not only are you dialing in your detecting skills and technique (with golden results), you are able to spend quality time with your son.  That tortoise story and photos will be remembered, shared and talked about over many Thanksgiving dinners.  The true gold in this post, is the time with your son.  Now the gold bits....is very impressive.  I always tell folks, I judge ones ability with a gold detector on how small of gold they can find.  Heck, hearing it is half the battle.  Then you have to try and pinpoint it with the 14" coil and try to get it in the scoop.  Job well done to the both of you.

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6 hours ago, flakmagnet said:

I decided to work on my personal hunting technique concentrating on swing speed, coil control and listening for faint, vague changes in a steady threshold.

 

6 hours ago, flakmagnet said:

That's where swing speed (slow), and coil control makes the difference between finding a bit of gold or passing it up and moving on.

5 stupidly small flakes - but all of them were found because I had decided to focus on what I was doing rather than what the detector was doing. Best to everyone in this strangest of times. 

Good for you Flak. Well done👍 What you mention above is what I go on about, & why I believe I get the small/tiny gold that I get quite consistently, as Simon is my witness, & how I always go about my detecting when I know I am on ground that has given up gold to me in the past. Once happy & confident in my settings, which for me in our insanely mild ground conditions usually never have to change.

My settings & what I am happy with on the Zed are:

High Yield/Normal

Threshold Level factory preset 27

Threshold Pitch factory preset 53

Volume Limit factory preset 12

Ground smoothing Off

Ground balance Manual. I have played with semi auto but end up back in manual as I believe if gives me more power & punch.

Audio smoothing Off

Full max sensitivity of 20. This is about the only setting I may turn down a tad.

Running JP's B&Z twin speaker booster/amplifier. Which I have done since my GP 3000 days. Still using the same rechargeable batteries too👍

So being happy with my settings & after an auto tune, ground balance very rarely alters. I can then just focus on the ground ahead & what I am are doing with the coil. Very slow coil motion speed, very precise coil control with help from the swing arm. I always use the swing arm no matter what size coil I have on. Keeping the coil virtually scrubbing the ground, as you can't get any closer to gold than that, but keeping it as flat & parallel as possible without sudden lifting or tilting. Keeping a very fluid motion & listening for the faintest of faint blips in the threshold & investigating them all.

You were well rewarded for doing what you did. It may not be of much weight but hey gold is gold & no catch & release aye. It was gold you didn't get before going over that same ground. Imagine if you had a smaller coil on your Zed😉

Discovering the "secret" which isn't really a secret at all. I think some people just find it very hard to slow right down when they see & have so much ground ahead of them. They try to race through all of it. That is not the answer. When one slows right down then it makes it so much easier to practise that precise coil control which in its own right is a vital part of the equation.

Best of luck out there & stay safe, stay isolate & save lives. Just might be your own.

JW 🤠    

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Just goes to show what a detector can find when wielded with proper technique. And as already noted, the desert tortoise anecdote is priceless. A wise man once said, "Compassion towards all creatures is the greatest virtue." Well done, Flak and son!

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Sorry Flak...meant to mention on the turtle rescue. That is worth more than the gold you found. I am sure anybody else would have done the same thing. All I can say is that was one VERY lucky turtle that your son stumbled across it. Instead of eating flowers he/she could have been pushing them up. That would have made you feel good & maybe the gold gods smiled down on you too.

Best of luck out there

JW 🤠 

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12 hours ago, flakmagnet said:

We put him in the shade for awhile to let him calm down after being lifted and carried around. 

Please tell me that you did not infect the poor turtle!

Great job on taking the time to better your skills and finding that small gold.

 

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