By Steve Herschbach
For the newbies.
There is this idea that detectors are defined by x depth on some items. I’m coming to discover the difficulty involved in explaining to people that the detector does not directly explain the true situation. The mix of gold type, ground mineralization, EMI, hot rocks, trash targets, terrain issues (steep ground, dense brush or boulders, wet or dry), and more decide which machine is best. Context is everything, but few people ever discuss it when reviewing detectors. The assumption is what works well, works well everywhere. No. The difference can be as stark as a $7000 detector being best in one place, and a $900 detector being a better choice someplace else.
If you want the best advice possible, find a genuine gold prospector, one who has years of experience in the same locations you want to hunt, and get their thoughts. Ignore the majority of the people posting anything on the subject, because frankly many have no idea what they are talking about. In gold prospecting, pay attention to those investing considerable time and money, with an expectation of profit. They have to be operating in situations that match up with your mix of conditions. They are serious enough to have considered and tried all viable options. I’ll say this also. Some people who have been doing this five years are better at it than others who have been in it a long time. So it’s not about length of time either. Some people are just better at this stuff.
Now, just a warning, some of us prospectors are nuts, and you can find people who think crazy stuff finds gold. But in general, I think this is good advice to help cut though the clutter. Quantity of opinions is not as important as the quality of those opinions. If a prospector measures his gold in pounds, that’s a pretty good sign.
Now I'm not saying other opinions are not valid. Not at all. This is just a strategy for weeding it down some. There are people you can follow over time that you can tell you want to listen to, and they may be pretty low key, not showing off gold. And a person may be a real class act, but simply not have much good gold nearby, that limits what they can find.
Long story short, the shortest route to success as a newbie would be to hook up with the right person in the field. Probably save ten years of messing around. The easy route here is to meet up with a couple dealers that offer classes. There is a huge divide between the people who are good at this, and the rest. If you can ever hook up with a genuine prospector in the field, expending the time and dollars would be the smartest thing most new people can do. Gerry McMullen and Rob Allison are fine choices. I'm sure there are others, but I will vouch personally for those two. I don't know of anyone else running classes these days. Bill Southern does some free outings, where you can no doubt bend an ear or two. Chris Gholson seems pretty invisible these days.
Getting this training before you buy your new detector has big advantages. It could keep you from buying the wrong machine.... or even make you decide to save your money entirely. Nugget detecting is not for everyone.
Right, this one is a true classic, the counterfeiters in China have outdone themselves on this one.
It's a cross breed of a GPZ, GPX, Digital Photo Frame, Mp3 Player, Movie Player, Ebook Reader and all metal gold prospecting metal detector all in one. You name it, it can do it.
It comes with various colour schemes, one to suit every taste. The shaft looks like a cross between the GPZ and GPX. The Arm cuff looks like a GPX arm cuff somehow they've mounted on a GPZ body using wing nuts.
The battery clips look like a decoration.
The buttons are fancy, I wonder what identify mode is, maybe they've done a ZVT detector with Target ID's! My dream has come true. A calendar would be very handy while out in the field, don't want to miss those appointments.
And without further ado, a video of this bad boy in action!!!!!
High Precision Underground Gold Scanner Machine ZVT Technology For Archaeology
Single package size:85X40X15 cm
Single gross weight:4.0 kg
Package Type:standard package
Application: Gold Prospecting (Waterproof coil to 3ft)
Frequency/Transmission: Zero Voltage Transmission (ZVT)
Coil (standard): 14" x 13" Super D Configuration with skidplate (waterproof to 3 ft)
Audio Output: 1/4" non waterproof socket, Wi Stream wireless signal transmission
Headphones Supplied: KOSS UR 30 100 ohm with 6.3 mm plug (1/4 inch) (non waterproof)
Visual Display: Full colour LCD (320 x 240 pixels)
USB Connectivity: USB interface for XChange 2 PC software
Detect Modes: Gold Mode (High Yield, General, Extra Deep) Ground Type (Normal, Difficult, Severe)
Discrimination: All Metal
Audio tone: 1 100
Ground Balance: Auto and Manual (Quick Trak trigger button)
Sensitivity Adjust: Level (1 20)
Tune / Noise Cancel: Auto and Manual (256 channels)
Threshold: Level (1 50) Pitch (1 100)
Target Volume Adjust: Range (1 20) Limit (1 20)
Battery: LiIon Rechargeable Pack (7.2V DC, 72Wh)
Low battery alert: Yes
High-brightness LED panel can generally displays the detected metal type according to the signal strength.
The all-metal detection mode is suitable for searching metal objects on the ground, and can be a simple recognition of metals
In addition to LED panel display, it can distinguish metal type by tones
9.5-inch disk waterproof probe that can detect in the shallow water.
Equipped with an external headphone jack ,connected to a single-channel headphones (headset-owned), easy to use; built-in high-capacity rechargeable battery Worked continuously for more than ten hours when full of power.
I assume I don't have to warn anybody here not to buy one? 🙂
I have a question please help me
I found a site containing gold nuggets, and the problem is that it is next to a microwave or radar tower
The detector is very noisy, as if the whole earth is aluminum cans with GPX 5000 and Double D coils and Z7000 no pilot, and our choice was to use the gold monster
What is the solution? Is there a detector that provides better depth than the monster and can work in these conditions
I hope who found an actual solution Heuristic
Thank you all I thank Good forum
By Jim in Idaho
I've got the raft drawn up in CAD. I decided I don't want a long headphone cord, because of the difficulty of keeping it dry. I need a wireless headphone setup that will reach 15 or 20 feet. Any ideas? As always, I appreciate any help. I have a Garrett wireless, but though I haven't tested it, I doubt it will reach the distance I need.