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5 minutes ago, Lunk said:

Congrats on your hard-won treasure; way to persevere, Simon! 

Lunk,

I hope work has ended for you for the summer and you are looking for patches.

He's on JW's heels now.

Can you tell Simon when and how you use cancel?

Mitchel

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2 hours ago, mn90403 said:

What it the deepest soil there at that location.  I think you could find a 1 gram nugget with that coil at up to 12" but take that nugget back with you next time and do the depth tests.

The soil can get very deep, bedrock pops out all over the place and the closer you get to the exposed bedrock the shallower the soil gets it seems.  That bigger nugget was just to the right of some bedrock.  It wasn't on the bedrock though, but the soft soil turned to gravelly soil where it was.  There just has to be more like it.  What makes life difficult is it sounded like a pellet until I started to dig. 

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   So basically, digging nuggets is just like digging anything else! You have to dig the trash, to get the treasure! Funny how that works!

   Remember, make sure the nuggets know you are there, so they can find you!!👍👍

 

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Those gravely soils sound like the New Zealand equivalent of the whitish, calcified, compact desert gravels we find here. By that I mean, gravels that if you keep digging and hit them with the target still in the hole, you are like 95% certain it's going to be gold. 

Then, every so often, you get a target reaaally deep into them. And that's when you start thinking about the new truck you want. :laugh: 

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Fantastic day. A beautiful area. Would be great to detect in a area that is not covered with red dirt for a change. Your machine certainly went off big time. With sensitivity at 14 and the machine response so loud why not try in difficult mode? Over here I cant use Normal setting at all. Too much mineral variation and the machine becomes a real handful. I have found that setting my machine to conservative sensitivity I can run close to wire fences. A mate of mine really struggles with his near fences but I can use the coil as close as 1 meter from a 4 wire fence with steel pickets.  cheers sturt

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, phrunt said:

I reached a milestone lately with my detecting and I didn't even know it.  I've joined the ounce club.

The empty plastic bottle is 1.4 grams.

Simon you should use the Tare button with the empty bottle and then add the gold, it great playing with each piece of gold.

Well done grasshopper you have made it to the NZ ounce club now you have to get the Aussie ounce club that is one piece greater than an ounce, the way you are going it will not be long. 🏅 

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10 hours ago, mn90403 said:

Lunk,

I hope work has ended for you for the summer and you are looking for patches.

He's on JW's heels now.

Can you tell Simon when and how you use cancel?

Mitchel

Mitchel, I am still working until the end of October. As you mentioned, the Cancel function works brilliantly at neutralizing interference from power lines and other EMI sources. But another handy application of this Coil/Rx is its ability to handle mineralized, variable ground and hot rocks - not that Simon would have to worry about that in his mild NZ ground. I used it to great effect once in an area that had both EMI and buried hot rocks that sounded just like nuggets and had to be dug, but there were lots of them and it was taking up too much time, so the perfect compromise was to take off the mono coil, put on a double D, and operate in Cancel. The result: a super smooth threshold with no hint of EMI or hot rocks, even with the Gain set at maximum, and I was able to quickly locate a sweet 19 gram nugget. At a depth of only a foot, the target was relatively faint, but it was easily heard because there was no other noise from EMI or hot rocks to mask it anymore. Simon, I trust you already know this, but be sure to have a double D coil on when operating in Cancel, because a mono will not be able to hit on the small size of gold you typically find there, whereas the double D retains excellent sensitivity.

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2 hours ago, Lunk said:

the Cancel function works brilliantly at neutralizing interference from power lines and other EMI sources. But another handy application of this Coil/Rx is its ability to handle mineralized, variable ground and hot rocks.

I had been too concerned using Cancel thinking I'd lose my small gold sensitivity.   I only have two DD coils, the 11" Commander and 15x12" Commander so I'll give the 11" a try and experiment a bit with Cancel.  Thanks for the information. 

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