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  1. 32 points
    I stumbled out of bed yesterday to our first big frost of the year, it was -3.9 outside, 24°F in the old money It was a nice still clear day and a perfect day to get out there doing something, fortunately there was a message from KiwiJW in my inbox on the forum asking if I'd like to go for a gold hunt, well I don't need to tell you my answer to that. I was quickly ensuring all my gear was charged and ready to go. The drive to JW's house can be a bit hit and miss depending on the time of the day. A majority of the cars on the road are tourists in their hire cars and they're usually all going the same directions to the same places and in the morning's they all usually heading to Milford Sound. Here is a video for those who don't know showing what Milford Sound is https://youtu.be/iiBOi_8yVlQ There is always some tourists heading the opposite direction however, which can make my journey take far longer when I get stuck behind them on a road with many blind corners and few passing opportunities. This one green hire van had me stuck behind it doing almost half the speed limit for about 10 minutes as the Ute refused to pass, so I had to take them both. The tourists tend to drive much slower as they're looking around enjoying the scenery. The snow is forming on the hills too, a sure sign winter is on it's way. Arriving at JW's we were quick to head out on our mission, we decided to go for a bush walk and view some local gold mining history too, it was the perfect day for it and I do enjoy learning about all the history in the area. We walked a hiking track that had a lot of Gold history. We stumbled across these bars out of an old timers sluice And found an old gold miners hut still in very good condition, JW was thinking of moving in by the looks of it 🙂 A nice fireplace to get him through the winter, and all the creature comforts of home 🙂 He forgot to take his equipment inside so it rusted away. The old timers went to extraordinary lengths to move water and gravel around, here is a tunnel they built, with JW entering it That's JW up there exiting the tunnel. All through solid rock, incredible. They did some serious work to the landscape too, It's hard to believe how much soil they washed out, I guess with water monitors. Now we both had the itch to find some gold we left our bush walk location and went to near the creek location I found my last tiny Equinox gold Now it's down to the business end of the story. JW pointed me to a bit of bedrock and said that will suit the Equinox, It looked nice and so did the path down to it, I always think back to JW's path that just keeps on giving at another location, every time we go there he finds gold in the path, I never have, well this path turned into my path that keeps on giving. The little track down to the bedrock. It wasn't even 2 minutes after we started detecting and I had my first hit, bouncing between 3 and 4 on the VDI's. And about 2 inches down in the gravelly soil was this little guy Skunk broken straight away, a nice .1 of a gram. It's sitting next to the EQX06 logo on the coil. A couple of minutes later right near it in the path another hit again between 3 and 4 on the VDI's Things were looking good for my path so I decided to go back to the top of it and try again in case I missed something, and right at the top another 1, 2 on the VDI numbers but this time it was solid rock with lots of quartz through it, I didn't know what to do so asked JW, he said smash it out break it up so I did just that. The bit of rock in the scoop is still giving 1, 2 on the VDI's. JW helped me smash it up further narrowing the bit down with the signal, we got it this small in the end, still a 1, 2 on the VDI's I'll have to smash it up more I guess and find out what surprise is inside! I can't see any gold yet. Now time to head further down the path to the bedrock JW pointed out for me It was on quite a cliff edge, you'll just see the creek far down below in the top of this photo Another 10 or so minutes and I had another hit, this was getting crazy This one was coming up as the standard 1, 2 on the VDI's. I was having a ball at this stage and finally knew what it felt like to be JW, pulling nuggets up all over the place with his GPZ 7000 🙂 Not even 10 steps later another hit! Unbelievable!! This one was in a crevice and a bit harder to get to, coming up in the negative VDI numbers, sitting around -6 to -3 but I knew from my tiny gold experience the other day it's likely to be gold and not junk in this location on those VDI numbers. I scraped all the soil out trying to get to the target and finally found it, it was a lot harder to track down so I knew it was tiny. If you look hard you'll see the spec in the scoop. And next to the EQX06 on the coil. My smallest detected bit so far I believe, 0.010 of a gram, smaller than last weekends 0.011 of a gram. The same settings as last weekend, horseshoe mode all metal, sensitivity 25, iron bias 0, gold 1 and manual ground balance. I would never not use horse shoe all metal mode when tiny gold hunting, you'll miss all the little gold as it often goes in the negative VDI's and you'll just get a blanked out target. Now I was getting to the end of my cliff drop off point, and the end of my little spot It's a very long drop from up here down to the creek below, kinda scary for me being here but I make my way to the edge anyway, wobbly knees and all. Looooonnnggggg way down. Last attempt at my spot was to detect the mosses on the edge of the cliff, hoping some gold had been washed into them and soon after another hit at 1, 2 on the VDI's And that was it for the day, John sacrificed this good spot by pointing me in it's direction while he went off detecting elsewhere. Thanks John. On the way out we walked past a nice waterfall Another enjoyable day with 0.269 of a gram in my bottle 🙂 The small 6" coil for the Equinox is great but surprisingly the 11" is quite capable of finding all of the tiny gold I found on this day. It's just not as maneuverable in among the rocks and crevices as the little 6" but it's still incredibly sensitive to small gold. The 11" is good if you're needing to cover a lot of ground quickly, it does a good job of it without losing much at all in sensitivity. Even the 12x15" coil is still pretty sensitive to tiny gold, it will lose the 0.010 gram piece but will get the slightly bigger ones well. The Equinox is a brilliant detector, just has happy finding this tiny gold as it is coins and jewellery in the parks and beaches, very versatile.
  2. 27 points
    goldEn is back in town for a couple of weeks and managed to get out my place for a couple of days. Today we went to a Ironbark forest where there was a little bit of surfacing so goldEn could use the 2300 and I detected in the forrest with the 7000. I got one of those really iffy signals that I thought was ground noise and when I approached it at 90º I couldn`t hear it at all.I scraped a bit of dirt and same thing, could hear it one way but not the other. As the hole got deeper the signal seemed to move in the hole. First it was in one spot, then in another spot and it never sounded like a real target. When I finally got it out of the hole I couldn`t hear it at all, but I move a bit a bit of dirt and I can hear something, move a bit more dirt and I couldn`t hear it again. From when I first detected it to holding it in my fingers was about 15 minutes and it goes a whopping 0.12 gram and is about ¼" long. Good to see you again goldEn 🙂
  3. 26 points
    New PB for me 35 grams, bit over a foot deep, very happy! 😀😀
  4. 23 points
    Just my 10 cents worth on after market coils. I know this thread was about the coils for the 2300 but someone mentioned the Russian coils for the Zed. I made a small mention last week about me taking delivery of three of their coils. The 10 x 9, 12" round spiral wound & the 15 X 14. Last weekend with Simon I got skunked with the 10 X 9. I had great intentions of trialing all three this weekend but got off to a good start with the 15 X 14 & just stuck with it. Actually it is my 2nd outing with the 15 X 14 & it is proving to me to be doing a very good job on ground I have pounded to death with the Zed & the minelab 14" coil that had stopped producing gold finds. I will do a more in depth post later but just to show you how well this 15 X 14 Russian X coil did for me on ground that was no longer coughing up gold with the ML 14" coil. The depth were staggering. I bang on about how blown away I still am after 2.5 years of swinging the Zed & the ML 14" coil but this 15 X 14 coil is next level. It runs quite a bit more sensitive so I am putting up with a bit more ratyness. I tried to stay in my usual settings of High Yield/Normal & sensitivity up at 18-19. We had quite a bit of heavy rain the other day which made for much easier digging but it livened up the ground a bit. So wasn't able to handle the ratyness all the time. I have got into a good understanding of my Zed running in these high end settings I am pretty good though at dealing with it but it can get fatiguing with all that commotion & reading & deciphering the signals in between it all. But it pays off. 3.3 grams at a good 14 inches. My biggest for ages. Some of the small ones were at around 4-5 inches. & 2 were just .06 of a gram. So small for that big coil at that depth. I think so any way. Total of 12 for 5.5 grams I am loving this coil. It has changed the face of my detecting for me on old flogged Zed ground. Ye Ha. Bring it on. Good luck out there JW
  5. 21 points
    Hey everyone.... Here is an interesting dig. This weekend at my favorite lot site I picked up a signal bouncing between TID's 23 to 28. Never hit a 29 or 30. It was not screaming at me like the Kennedy Half I got there recently. Since I pull a lot of rusted nails from this site, I thought this would be another nail or possibly a clad quarter. Low and behold, a 1945 Walker Half on edge 4-5" under a pine tree root. I slightly nicked the rim with my Lesche....bummer. I never would have ignored a signal like this but it sure fooled me. Settings: Park 1, 50 tones, 0 IB, 3 rec, 22 sens
  6. 21 points
    Spent the last 5 days in Nevada dodging the rain, snow, sleet, mud to save a few goodies. Here are some of the pictures. Now it is time to Train Customers on their detectors.
  7. 21 points
    Hello everyone. I've been off the web as it relates to metal detecting for much of the past year. Let's just say life has gotten in the way, it's just been one of those years. I'm a member of ringfinders and I got a call this week I just had to share with everyone. I got a call about about a buried stash of silver in a backyard. According to what I was told, Grandpa had buried a stash of silver coins in the backyard and had only revealed that he had two weeks prior to his death. I was given the areas to hunt (1.8 acre property), but no idea what if anything was containing these coins in terms of container. I was pulling beer can after beer can and nail after nail I got a solid 16 tone on the Nox and I dug it. Turned out it was a 36" pipe that made the tell-tale sound of having something in it. Long story short we had to cut the pipe open and when we did it was awesome. A find of a lifetime, a cache of silver coins.
  8. 21 points
    One of the reasons you must always fill in your Minelab dig hole !!! 😆
  9. 19 points
    One Guy and myself went on the first detecting trip of the year this past Thursday and we were gone til Sunday. I got to the location and headed up the road only to find the road was snowed in for the last 2 miles and was unpassable. I turned around and drove back to the highway to wait for One Guy to show up. When he did, I told him we were out of luck and too early so we decided to go in thru the lower road. We got close to the placer working and knocked on a door of a house closeby to ask who owns the property the tailings were on and low and behold this was the lucky house. We got permission to hunt and camp on 130 acres of dry land dredged ground on a hillside and the next day the nice gentleman got us permission on another landowners property bordering his. So now we had 1030 acres of gold placer ground to hunt on. It was tuff ground to find any nuggets on as I believed it was too far down the drainage to find many nuggets but on Saturday at 1:00 I found the first one of the year and it was the second one with my new 5000. I was using the Sadie coil. I love that little coil. I got plenty of shots for the cover of my book. I did not find any more nuggets the rest of the trip and One Guy got skunked. We even had to detect thru a couple snow squalls and the night time temps got down to 19 and 20 degrees which made for cold sleeping conditions in the back of our trucks. All in all it was a good trip that started out bad but turned out good for the first trip of the year.
  10. 19 points
    KiwiJW and I had a busy weekend, he'd just flown to Christchurch (The South Islands biggest city) to pick up his new Toyota Landcruiser or as I call it the monster truck and he had to drive it back down to Queenstown to pick up his caravan to tow it up to Christchurch to swap it over for his new Caravan. I went on the journey up to swap it over, it's about a 6 hour drive each way through some stunning countryside and a very nice drive. We were going to spend the night up there but decided it's best to take the drive up and back in one day so then we had the next day free for some gold detecting! Great idea! John now has two big new toys to enjoy, the Monster truck tows a caravan like it's not even there 🙂 The spot we decided to detect is a place John had taken me on my first ever successful day detecting for Gold, I had tried to go back there a couple of times and got lost trying to find it. I was sure there was more gold there but it's in a difficult to find place in wild bush. My last attempt at finding the place I only just got out of the bush before dark and I had no light with me, I almost had to stay the night. John found the spot with ease and off we went detecting. He was using his Gold Monster 1000 and I used the Equinox 800 with 6" coil. There is a lesson in this post for Equinox users on finding tiny gold. The thing I like about this location is being as remote as it is there is no junk except that left behind by the old gold miners, and that junk doesn't bother me at all. Shotgun pellets are my enemy and fortunately these aren't a problem in this spot. If you get a good target in this spot, it's more than likely going to be gold, although my first target was mostly reading VDI 1, 2 on the Nox but jumping regularly down to -7, -8 then back up to 1, 2, a bit of an all over the place reading. It was down in a crack in the bedrock and I spent about half an hour smashing away at the bedrock to get it out, I wasn't sure what to do so asked JW who said just keep smashing away and he came over to help, we eventually got it out, much faster with JW's help and it turned out to be a tiny little bit of metal, possibly lead or zinc or something, but tiny. How it got so far down in the bedrock I don't know. This was my only junk find of the day. Next up was another target, this one was constantly in the -5 , -6 range but I knew this spot had small gold and I also knew there was virtually no junk here, the only targets in this location I ignore is ones that go a solid -8, -9 on the VDI's which is what the hot rocks in the area do, rocks bigger than a car or even a house can show a -8, -9 over the entire rock surface in this area, anything else could possibly and likely is gold. This little scraped out area to the left of my coil is where this target was located, in this photo I'd done a scrape to get to the bedrock to improve the signal before recovering the target. You'll see we are high up on a creek side, probably about 50 meters (164 feet) above the creek. Gold can be in the most unlikely places. That edge there has a big drop down to the creek and it's just rock with a thin later of soil and some grass growth of it. Now that I'd done my scrape with about 5cm of soil the target ID had improved drastically from the -5, -6 it was getting to a very repeatable 1, 2, I knew this was unlikely to be a shot gun pellet here so I was confident I had my first bit of gold. I scraped the leftover soil into my scoop and narrowed it down and here is the little sucker. You'll see the little spec in the middle of the scoop. and here it is next to the EQX06 on the coil. All 0.011 grams of it. John was digging away with his GM1000 beeping like mad and he was digging for quite a while in one spot so I knew he was on the gold. I figured I'd go explore further away and leave this area for him and passed a number of old rock piles and an old shovel head. The new location paid off and I quickly got another signal bouncing between -6 and -3 and knew it was going to be gold again If you look closely once I'd cleared the leaf litter away there was a crack in the bedrock, still detecting as -5 or so but I knew it was gold It's almost identical to the last piece and the same weight I next walked up to the cliff edge again where it drops off to the creek and started detecting the rock along the drop off, It wasn't even 10 minutes and I had another hit, again in the -6 to -3 range never once flicking into the positive numbers but my confidence was high it was also gold until there appeared to be two targets. It was in a crevice in the rock again but seeing there seemed to be two targets right near each other I was worried it was a hot rock spot. I cleared away the leaf litter and recovered the targets from the crevice, still never once reporting positive Target ID numbers Out popped this nugget, my biggest so far. Next to the EQX06 again as usual And now to recover the second target. Still stuck in the negative numbers on VDI due to the crevice not letting me get the coil close enough to get accurate ID's Another little tiddler 🙂 The consistent thing happening was all nuggets were coming up in the negative VDI numbers until I was able to get the coil very close to them, you can't rely on positive numbers like the usual 1 and 2 VDI's on this tiny gold. Anything -7 or higher can be small gold. I experimented and checked out -8 and -9 targets but they always ended up just being rock, even small portions of a large rock were coming up as hot rock at -8 and -9 but the -7 and up numbers were consistently gold. For those wondering my settings were Gold 1, sensitivity 25 (max), Horse shoe pressed for all metal mode, I had manually ground balanced although in this location there was extremely mild soils. The other thing I had changed was the iron bias, I'd set that at 0. Detecting around more I got another hit, this one was on more flat ground and was coming up the usual 1 and 2 on the VDIs Another little tiddler. I was confident now I had learnt the secret to the Nox and small gold. Never ignore those negative numbers. I was lucky in this location there was next to no junk so it made this lesson easy, in other locations this method could lead to digging tonnes of junk. I went back to John's area to show him my finds and he was still at this same spot digging away in the same hole he was in when I left. We were both sitting on 5 nuggets each although his were bigger! It's extremely rare for me to have as many nuggets as John with his mighty GPZ, near impossible so I had a chance to beat him this time I just had to find one more!!! I was going to walk back to my spot and keep trying in that area but I walked past a nice crevice, I checked it and nothing, no signal at all but I knew the Nox coil can't get down in crevices well which later I learnt isn't exactly correct, it's coil edges just aren't sensitive all the way around like a concentric coil so I started clearing out the crevice, I got a large part of the dirt and leaf litter out of it and checked it again and I had a hit, another -4 to 1 signal bouncing around a lot. Here's my winner! I knew I had gold. John hollered out what's all that noise, I said I'm onto something I had cleaned out the crevice pretty good and had a signal in there somewhere but It had me stumped, it wasn't in the crevice, it was in the rock itself in the crevice next to it which seemed to come to an end. I smashed away at the rock and a big chunk broke off and inside it was some really fine plant roots from the little bit of grass that you'll see in the broken off bit of rock below.. The coil is sitting in the first cleaned out crevice, the gold wasn't in this one, it was in the one below, that big bit of rock with grass on it was the one I broke out. The grass roots were where the bit of gold was to be found. This piece of gold was deep, at least 3 inches, I am shocked I was able to detect it, I thought it was going to be pretty big as it was one of my best signals of the day and it was deeper than anything else I'd detected, but no, it was tiny. The embarrassing thing about this recovery is I sat the piece on my coil in my usual spot next to the EQX06 branding and stood up to get my phone out of my pocket to take the photo and knocked the detector over, the gold went flying. John heard me say something, I don't recall what I said but I sure was angry! It took me a good 15 minutes or more to recover the bit again, I was thinking it had fallen down in the crevice deeper than it was before and with the Nox coil not being overly sensitive around the edges I was struggling to find it, I had no target signal at all anywhere, I wasn't even sure it dropped in the crevice. I now see why people talk favorably about concentric coils with their sensitive edges. John pointed out I should have tried to use the tip of the coil rather than the sides, that's it's sensitive spot so I wasted a lot of time as it didn't cross my mind to try the tip/tail of the coil and used the sides, silly mistake on my part, the tip of the Equinox coil is indeed very sensitive. I just gradually cleaned all the soil out of the crevice with my fingers and scoop and eventually found the nugget. And my total for the day I also found a tiny spec in my gold jar, it must have broken off one of the "bigger" ones so if I was desperate and JW got 6 also I'd have a secret number 7 to win the day The Equinox can easily find Gold you would only ever expect to find with a gold pan. The little spec is on the scales, too small to give a reading, but I'm 100% certain it's gold and it was a new jar, I'd never used it before. The Equinox is an absolutely crazy sensitive machine to small gold, It's hard to believe how well it can do on the tiny stuff. I'm sure Multi IQ is the secret. Next we were off to KFC for dinner and back to JW's for a nap ready for another day prospecting We did a lot of exploring new places on this day, had a look around gold areas I'd never been to before and John was giving me a good history lesson of local gold mining. John took me to this old this trommel he knew about so I could see one on our exploring, we weren't detecting here, just having a look around at the old mining history of the area. We were thinking of using this to start up our own Kiwi Gold Rush show, John named the trommel Mini Me, and if you look closely you'll see our shiny new digger in the background. Jw next to "mini me" We went to a new location I'd never been to before later in the day detecting, I ended up with a skunk using the Equinox at this spot getting just an insane number of shotgun pellets and 22 shells as the gold just seemed to be too deep for a VLF. JW showed me how it's done with his GPZ, doing extremely well with it of course but that's his story. All I will say is the GPZ is an amazing machine, in fact it's insane how well it works and the tiny gold it can find at massive depth is just mental, I continue to be amazed how good the GPZ 7000 is, one day I will swing one.... one day.... as long as it doesn't lead to a divorce 🙂
  11. 19 points
    Day 3 i yes i managed to find gold with the guidance of Neil with his SDC,Peter had everything in his car so the heat was bearable and a selection of hot drinks was offered while in the bush on the menu: -CAPPUCIANO -FRAPPUCIANO -EXPRESSO -LATTE -HOT CHOCOLATE But no Afugato has the vanilla ice cream was sold out.........🍌 Later that day we went to a spot were i could see mine shaft by the dozen,and we did a metal detecting session on an hypothetical Ghost town (name will be kept secret).And it was time for me to head back to Melbourne,stopping a last time in Dunolly and taking a shot of the famous anvil. I would to thanks again Peter and his wife for the very very warm welcome i received ,amazing food,amazing mentor,a GREAT man!!!! and Steve for the forum as nothing will have been possible without. I will cherish those moments for ever. And i will be back RR aka Regis STARBUSH Break not really always on the look out for a new spot Chinese shaft The famous Anvil in Dunolly Another shaft My Oz gold 0.11gram On my way home Following Peter L200
  12. 18 points
    Extreme enjoyment. This might not seem like much but this small school (built in the late 30’s) has been hunted for over 10 years. With machines like the: Tesoro Tejon Garrett AT Pro White’s DFX, V3i Fisher F75 and LTD Minelab Etrac, and CTX 3030 And now the Equinox 800 Countless hours hunting from three guys including myself. Now I will say we’ve found some nice stuff from this site over the past 10 years and we all thought it was cleaned out but surprise, it’s not, yea I know they never are. But I was not expecting this many nickels and some over 6” deep. Then the silver nickel at maybe 5” and tilted to maybe a 45 degree angle. I will say this machine has a very good audio response but one has to listen and learn. I did the usual noise cancel and started off with park 1. I wasn’t really happy so I tried each of the park/field programs and ended back with park 1 with one change, I set the iron bias to 0. It didn’t take long and I knew this was the settings for the day. Numerous times I tried park 2 and the two field programs but it seemed like park 1 was the very best at both a good audio and stable ID on located buried targets. After a while I started wondering why these targets had been missed. Taking my time, I stared rotating around each target and I was quite amazed at how stable the audio/ID was. These were absolutely dig, dig signals, no doubts about it, with the exception of the silver nickel. If the silver had not given a double beep I might have walked away but I’m glad I didn’t. Well, toward the end of the hunt I purposely moved to the trashy area of the school and wow this machine, even with the 11” coil separates very well. I might add, the old Minelab wiggle I used with the Etac and explorer works with the Equinox too. Found a somewhat nice signal that I thought might be a nickel. Did the wiggle and marked the spot. Called my buddy over to check the spot. He gave no indication it could be a good target but at 5” comes another nickel (gave a solid ID of 13) and surrounded by heavy trash. Well, we had to leave and to be honest I felt sorry for him because he had not dug anything but trash. Now I’m beginning to wonder if I should buy the 6” coil and hit the trash again. Extremely satisfied user
  13. 17 points
    I finally did something with this ugly specimen that I found during a 2004 trip to Ganes Creek. Thought I would put a bail on it and sell cheap. Then I thought about my ultrasonic cleaner. WOW price just went up!! Been wearing it myself at times. Weight 18 dwt, can't find a before photo
  14. 17 points
    Hey I have been meaning to do up some Youtube videos for a while and this last weekend I was talking with Shannon Poe of AMRA at the Portland Oregon GPAA Gold Show and he suggested I video the whole presentation. Well, I had no video stuff with me, but I figured I could do the same presentation on a screen capture at home. In fact I’ve decided to do up all the presentations I give to various prospecting and rock hound clubs as well as the ones I do for the GPAA. I’ve got four done so far but more are coming and as soon as the weather improves I am going to do some live action instructional videos as well on all sorts of prospecting topics. In addition to some other videos I am planning, Bill Southern is going to come up this way to the California gold country this summer and we will do together a series of prospecting videos. Most of them will be on Bill’s channel, but some will be for my channel as well. So if you want to see all of what I have coming, be sure to subscribe to my channel and hit the notification bell and YouTube will let you know when I publish something. In the mean time as I have 4 new ones for you to take a look at: How To Find Gold – Improving Your Prospecting Skills Nugget Detecting Success How To Stake Your Own Mining Claim Dry Washing For Gold
  15. 17 points
    After our days detecting up on the bedrock, I with the GM 1000 finding 5 small bits of gold & Simon with his Nox 800 snagging 6 tiny bits. The next day we went back to a place that Simon has been to quite a few times now but I took him to a spot he hadn't been to in the general location. I had done ok here back in my GP 3000 days on numerous occasions with different coils. I went once with the 4500 & only got one small bit. I hadn't been back since & had never had the Zed here. The other times I had been here the grass was non existent but this year with the crazy grass & weed growth I wasn't very confident. I chose to take the Zed with it 14" coil & Simon stuck with the Nox 800 & 6" coil. Without telling Simon I put him on to a spot where I had got a few bits back with the GP 3000 & the one piece with the 4500. I wandered off further down the workings. The grass wasn't too bad but I was just getting rubbish & quite a few shot gun pellets. Unlike the day before where Simon didn't get one pellet & I only got one. You just have to dig all the signals & one I got was no different to any of the other pellets I had dug but after a couple of scrapes the signal was still in the ground. A few more scrapes & it had moved. Was my first bit of sassy gold. Took a while to come, but then things dried up for what seemed ages. In the mean time Simon had wandered off from the spot I left him on. He had gone over some other bedrock, moved on from that & had jumped a fence & was heading further up the gully diggings. I thought to myself then that he is sure covering a lot of ground quickly with that little 6" coil. I on the other hand in comparison had moved bugger all & that was with the Zeds 14" coil. I then just put the coil & my eyes to the ground & got lost in what I was doing. Next thing I hear Simon's nox nutting off not far from me & looked up. He was detecting opposite me higher up on the fringe of the gully. Again I was surprised at how quickly he had finished over the fence & come back down above me & proceeded to jump another fence & head on down the workings until I lost site of him. I eventually worked my way to where I had first put him on to & it wasn't long before I got a faint signal. It wasn't very deep & should have been within the Nox's range. Was a solid little chunky ball of gold. Came out of the ground real clean & almost shiny. I ended up getting numerous bits here. This wasn't a bad size & the Nox should have got this. I then got a very faint signal beside a small briar rose bush. Thinking pellet I scraped away. Signal still there & I had to hack out into the bush to pin point the target. This was a bit deeper but it finally came out of hiding. Again very clean almost shiny gold. I then wandered up out of the workings slightly. Heading up a bit of a bank that was nice looking gravels & where the old timers had stopped sluicing. But I knew I had got numerous bits here with the GP 3000. After a few pellets a signal lived on down a bit until it finally popped out. Again it wasn't deep. Before back filling my dig I re scanned & an other signal. Another bit of gold. I then saw Simon heading on back up. Thinking he was coming to show me something. But no he stopped & detected around where I had first started. I in turn had just moved on to the bed rock area that he had covered. I got a signal & scraped on it & the signal moved pretty quickly. It was my smallest bit of gold for the day. Simon saw me taking a photo & said, Have you found a bit? I said I have found 8. He was gobsmacked as he said he had covered every bit of that area. He came over to have a look at my finds & the depth of that last bit, which wasn't deep. It was then that he told me he couldn't run the Nox in full max 25 sensitivity like he could the day before when he got those insanely small bits. He said he settled on 21 & even that was noisy. 18 was better but he just felt he was losing too much depth & sensitivity. He ended up with a million pellets but no gold. I couldn't believe it. Especially after his day before. I must admit that I was again blown away by the Zed. I wasn't holding much hope here to be honest but the Zed just proved itself to me again. High Yield/Normal sensitivity on 18 & just purred. 8 bits for 1.8 grams. Cheers. Best of luck out there. JW
  16. 16 points
    Had a great day hunting in West Texas at a very target-rich environment. I was using the 800 equipped with the 6-inch coil, that's a deadly combination 🙂
  17. 16 points
    Hey I just put up another video, The Geology of Placer Deposits, Part 1 (it will be part 1 of 3) This one focuses on different types of placer deposits and how the gold concentrates naturally - then also about finding those natural concentration spots. I do think it has a lot of hints, information and secrets that will be useful to most prospectors. I promise not to continually do this, putting up video notice when I throw something on Youtube. That would be kind of lame of me. So if you want to see parts 2 and 3 also, be sure to subscribe and tick the notification bell. The other two parts will be out shortly. They are geology and doing research, and then also on recognizing rocks and minerals.
  18. 16 points
    Simon did a good report on his afternoons hunt at this paticular spot. It was an area I took him to after I had taken him to a creek where I put him onto some spots where he got his first ever detected gold with his GM 1000. On getting up to this 2nd spot, back then, he got some more gold with his GM 1000. I had actually never got any gold here myself with either my GP 3000 or 4500 or on that first day with Simon, with my GB2. So he got 2 bits I think with his GM & I was skunked. Simon had tried a couple of times to go to this spot by himself but just couldn't find it. On his last attempt he was very close but just went up too high & totally missed seeing the old workings. They are impossible to see from any where. You just have to know they are there. I am one of these people that will always go off the beaten track to "discover" areas & that is how I stumbled on these old workings. As Simon has said it was bed rock detecting & on quite steep slopes so I didn't think it would be easy detecting with the Zed so I was going to take my Nox 800 & little 6" coil. On seeing Simon grab his Nox & 6" coil I opted to take the GM 1000 & 5" coil. Was easier to carry up the creek & through the bush. The old timers moved mountains of rock to get to their pay. Very high up from the creek wayyyy down below. I dont know if these are old high terrace workings or glacial deposits. I favor more glacial as there were some huge quartz boulders that were extremely smooth & "water" worn looking. But a lot of the rock was still quite rough & not of a stream worn appearance. The rocks were stacked to high levels & would have been all done by hand. Here is a pathway going up the stacked piles. Just to the right of that tree is a tailings race between the stacked rocks. Looking down into the tailing race. It just amazes me to see the depth of these stacked rock piles, all moved by hand. Notice the lichen growing over the rocks. Above the rock piles is the bedrock slopes we detected. Notice left of center a hole that someone has been throwing the rocks out of to get deeper down. Notice too the clean appearance of the thrown out rocks. I pointed that out to Simon & he was totally oblivious to it. I said to him, Observation & imagination are your key assets in gold prospecting. In other words always be aware of where you are & whats around you, what looks out of place. Even in a rock strewn area like this. After taking the above pic I snapped one of Simon detecting the bedrock slope. I went straight down into that hole. Going by the gravels down in it the old timers may not have gone that far down. The spot I ended up in was top right. Simon disappeared further to the right. Those cracks & crevices looked damn good. But l came up empty. I got a faint hit with the GM 1000 in some gingery coloured gravels. Lovely looking ground. Not even on bedrock & the signal had moved. My first little piece of sassy gold. This was followed by a second signal just a bit lower Another small piece of the good stuff. Because of the nature of the steep slope & the difficulty in the changing ground surface I couldn't stay in full max sensitivity with the bump falsing. I just couldn't keep the control of the coil good enough without bumping the ground so I was forced to back off to about manual 8 sensitivity. So I was sacrificing depth & sensitivity from what I would normally run. So any really tiny bits were going to escape me. Always detecting in all metal mode, as you cant get hotter than that outside of full max sensitivity. So most of the signals were just a crackle in the headphones. Yes I was wearing head phones. Mostly no reading on the Gold Chance Indicator & if there was it often was into the iron side & occasionally flicking between iron & gold. On getting the signal closer to the coil it would favour the gold side. Because the ground looked so juicy & horny I just did a bit of scraping & detecting & that paid off as it brought more signals to light. And it was gold I went up to the top edge of this slope where it dropped awaaaayyyyy..... down to the river below. The kind of place that Simon fares to tread. I have forgotten to say that I was getting quite a few cold rocks, non magnetic. They sort of had their own sound but I always investigate all signals. If not just to get rid of them in case they are masking a faint gold signal. At the top of this slope I was getting quite a few of these cold rocks. One signal, after removing a few of these cold rocks, sounded a bit different. My biggest bit of the day. I was up to five when Simon wandered over. How you doing, he asked. 5, I replied. Me to he said. He was determined to get a 6th & did. I went off looking for more bedrock. Crashing through the bush, but the growth was driving me nuts. Came across an old shovel head that I had found years back with my GP 3000. Simon had seen it too. After Simon finding his 6th piece & then losing it again, thinking he might never re find it. But he did about 15 minutes later. We called it quits, quite happy to have beaten the skunk & get what we did. I think Simon was chuffed to have found more than me. 👍 Shows just how good the Nox 800 & 6" coil is. His gold was all way smaller than mine. Like Simon said, It is very hard to pick between the GM 1000 & the Nox 800. They both trade off between each other very evenly. My result was 5 for .44 of a gram. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  19. 15 points
    Right....here we go. First off, Davsgold was instrumental in me being able to get these coils along with help & advise on doing the patch lead adapter. As most of you will probably know now the chip is not in the actual Minelab coils but in the end of the coil lead where it screws into the detector body. To attach these after market coils & have them work, you of course need that chip. So as to not violate or infringe on minelab copy rites they stuck with using minelabs connection with the chip in it. This means having to cut one off either the 14 " or the 19" coil. This is no problem as you just put another connection back on the coil lead that you chopped the chip end off so that you can still attach the now interchangeable patch lead with the chip in it to any of the other after market coils or the one you used as the donner for the chip. In my case I used my 19" coil which I have never used. Simon did most of this work in doing the operation of cutting & soldering. The chip end cut off it. The connection to go back on the patch lead adapter is to the left of the screwdriver & below it is the end to go back on the coil lead end. completed interchangeable adapter lead It is now just a matter of attaching that to what ever coil you want to use & then screwing the coil back onto the detector control box & away you go. The 15 x 14 inch coil 10 x 9 My first test run was to an area I had done well on the with the Zed & minelab 14" coil until it was producing no more. I had even gone over the same ground quite a few more times with the 14" coil at different times of the year & different conditions but it had gone barren on continued gold finds. So I rocked up to this slope with all three of these after market coils. I had pre fitted the 15 x14 at home as the slope was very open & I wanted to try that larger coil. One inch both ways bigger than the minelab 14 X 13 coil. This area had power lines very close by that didn't bother the minelab 14" coil at all. Straight off the bat I was having problems with the power lines with this coil. I am pretty good at dealing with a bit of noise but I just couldn't get this to quieten down enough for liking without dumbing it right down to the point where I was defeating my purpose of being here with it. Bugger I thought. Not what I wanted. So I was forced to move away from this slope. I had to go quite a distance from the power lines to my satisfaction to run this coil. It was still ratty but I was ok with that & put up with it. I was reluctant to go off my usual settings of High Yield/Normal & 18 sensitivity. As that is what I run the ML 14" coil at & I needed the same playing field to satisfy myself with this coil. Listening very intently between the noises to pick a possible signal I got my fist little hit. Damn shot gun pellet. Oh no....not these again. It wasnt very deep & only a surface scrape really. But I was impressed as it was one I hadn't got before. So I moved off this shallow ground & targeted an area where the exposed schist bedrock dived off into deeper ground. It was along this same run that I got a piece of gold with the 14" coil. I in fact got a faint little hit in my old back filled dig from that time. I always check my dig holes & again when I have back filled them. Could this be a missed small piece of gold? But no it was just a small bit of crap but it was one the 14" ML coil didn't get. Straight below the pick is the old back filled hole. I then got a faint but positive signal further ahead to the left of the coil & dug down onto it.. this shows the run of schist where it drops off into the deeper ground. As I dug down I got into crumbly schist gravels & the signal really improved. Could still well be a bit of crap. Then I was into the basement schist & the signal was screaming. This I thought was either a decent size bit of gold or a .22 bullet casing. Gold it was but no where near the size I thought it was going to be. I was VERY impressed with the depth & the positive signal from the very get go. I have been down this schist edge many times with the ML 14" coil so extra impressed with this coil getting it. It was damn hot & I was getting a bit fatigued with the noise I was operating the coil at due to the power lines. So I decided to wander back to my gear & swap out coils for the 12" & see if the reduced size cut down on the interference from the power lines. On my way back over the shallow schist bedrock I got a faint hit. Probably another shot gun pellet. This coil was loving those 🤬 I scraped away at it & the signal lived on down into the schist. I ended up having to smash & hack into the schist so I knew it was going to be gold. Small, but quite deep for its size in the end. With that I went back to my gear & swapped over to the 12" coil. Long story short. It wasn't much better with the interference from the power lines. Bugger. So I couldnt detect that slope. So my thoughts are, & Davsgold confirmed it for me, that this coil runs very hot a sensitive. He told me that he has to turn down from what sensitivity levels he ran with the ML 14 " coil. Going by the two bits of gold I got on my first go with this coil l had come to the conclusion that it was more sensitive & deeper. But as with all coils, they all have there place. I could run the ML 14" under these power lines & find gold & had no trouble at all with the power lines. For me, every coil can be a game changer so I am a big fan of having a good selection. End result, & very happy to have got these of an area I have absolutely thrashed with the Zed & ML 14" coil. I can see these coils will change the face of my detecting. The ML 14" coil of course still has its place. I now just have more choice...... finally. Big thanks to Davsgold & Simon....& of course....the Russian company for walking out on a rope in taking this on. Be very interesting to see what happens now. You will all know how much I love my minelab detectors. From the GP 3000 through to the 4500 & now the Zed. We were very spoilt with the SD, GP & GPX range of detectors & the millions of coils we had the choices of. From Minelabs great range to all the after market ones. And there are many. For me I always want to be able to get the best out of my awesome Minelab detectors & I know that every coil has its own little personality & traits on different size, shape, depth, structure & orientation of gold in the ground. So when the Zed came out with just the two coils in the end from minelab, we had no choice. There were cries & pleas from many for smaller coils from minelab. It never happened. Absolutely no disrespect to minelab but while minelab sat on their hands in regards to more coil options. What are we now....4 years on? It has taken somebody else to fill that gap & from what I can see & have experienced these coils are next level. To be continued. Good luck out there JW
  20. 14 points
    I hunted a 20' x 30' site 5 years ago using CTX-3030 with small 6" coil and pulled 2 Barber Quarters, 1 Seated Liberty Quarter, and 2 Barber Dimes. I hunted the exact same 20x30 spot 2 days ago with EQ-800 and stock coil, as Lunk had my 6 sniffer. Here is what the $2500 CTX-3030 missed. 1903 V Nickel, 1883 Indian Head Cent, 1897 Barber Dime and 2 early Wheat Cents I didn't take pics. The only thing I can contribute is the Multi IQ Technology and faster recovery of Equinox is superior for this type of site, high iron trash content.
  21. 14 points
    Well......what a day, I started off this morning at 5 am to head off to a Civil war site. I found the usual relics, lead, percussion caps, but, got tired of not digging and high conductive targets. The first picture is from the Civil war site. I decided to call it a day around noon and headed home to get some things done around the house. As I drove thru town I saw a front end loader and a pile of asphalt at the old zoo. I quickly did a u-turn and drove back to see what was happening, what a beautiful site, 75% of the parking lot had been striped of the asphalt. I was informed that the parking lot was paved back in 1984 and had been a dirt parking lot going back to when the guy was a kid and he assumed before that. The timing was perfect, just as I was ready to begin hunting the guys called it a day, gotta love city workers I started my hunt around 2:00 and hunted until 8:00 pm. I began finding coins within seconds of turning my machine on and hunted until I ran out of light and gas. They didn't cut all the asphalt out completely, so, I had to use my prospectors pick to chisel thru a layer of asphalt and gravel. And of course halfway thru the hunt, my pick decided to crap out on me, so I had to skip all but solid hits until I could get my pick repaired. I'll go back tomorrow after work and chase all the stuff I left behind today and there was a bunch of it 🙂 I'm a firm believer in the depth ability of Nox after today, I have never dug great sounding targets at theses depths until today. I was getting CTX like depths with positive ID's and strong repeatable tones and only running sensitivity at 18. Most of the silver and copper was 6-10" deep and I had no doubt I was digging either copper or silver coins. The 2 nickles hit at 25-27 VDI , which was a good thing, otherwise I wouldn't have gone after them. The only thing I can attribute the depth to today was the fact I was running my recovery speed at 4 instead of 6 like I normally do. My settings were as follows: Park 1 Ground balance 0 Iron bias 0 Recovery speed 4 Sens 18 Tone break -9 to +16, just because of the urgency of the hunt and the digging conditions, I'll drop it down to -9 to + 10 tomorrow No disc 2 tones I found a nice variety of coins and some I have not identified yet due to the crust on most of them. I ended up with: 6- Mercs 1-Barber 1- Washington 1-Walker 1-Rosie 1-Mexcian dime 2-Silver war nickles 2-tokens..1-trade...1 Tax 1-WW2 Eagle coat button I'm not sure how many Wheats, or what all was dug yet, cleaning in process. I'll post a pic after I get everything as clean as possible. It was by far my best silver day so far, I'm sure there is as many left as I took out still waiting to be rescued! Thanks for looking.
  22. 14 points
    I heard some bad news that my Dad had died so I took some bereavement time and headed home to take care of things. I needed some alone time so I went out for an hour and found the 2 Reale and an old copper. Dad must have been smiling as well when I pulled the coins out.
  23. 13 points
    Finally got to hunt an old home site yesterday evening. The elderly gentleman had given me permission to hunt all his property and he had kindly given me a little history of the different home site that were on the property. I listen intently to every word to obtain as much information as possible of each locations. One of the sites was a home assembled using wooden pegs. He proceeded to explain that he tore the home down and burned the balance then proceeded to get a dozer to grade the property and fill in with dirt. He did explain that anything there would be over a foot deep and he was correct, I couldn’t find anything that would date the property to the early 1800’s. The second site I hit yesterday and even though I didn’t find any nice relics I had a lot of fun just hunting. Moving around in the area I noticed a section where the Equinox would give many false high tones. Knowing this usually meant iron I opened up the screen and every sweep revealed multiply low tone iron signals. After a while I decided to start digging these low tones that gave an ID of -3 and found my answer, cut nails. Wow, that means I’m on an old site, yes, excitement overwhelmed me for a few minutes. Noticed the Ole man walking up the field to where I was I waited for his arrival. Knowing he would have more to say and the very first thing out of his mouth was, “have you dug any cut nails yet?” My answer, yes sir and handed him one and the story unfolds more detail of the site. He said when he was a child there was only a few foundation rocks left of this house, no wood but only the rock foundation. That was 80 years ago and he estimated the site may have been 200 years old. At that point I got extremely excited at what might be here until the very next statement from the gentleman. “Mark, I had the site leveled many years ago.” “But I pushed all the dirt to level the lot in one direction and I would guess your best bet of finding anything would be along the banks of the hill.” Well, yet another let down, a site dozed, that destroys the originality of where and what could have been found. But I’ll continue to hunt while I can and digging cuts nails is still fun. "Nails provide one of the best clues to help determine the age of historic buildings, especially those constructed during the nineteenth century, when nail-making technology advanced rapidly. Until the last decade of the 1700s and the early 1800s, hand-wrought nails typically fastened the sheathing and roof boards on building frames. These nails were made one by one by a blacksmith or nailor from square iron rod. After heating the rod in a forge, the nailor would hammer all four sides of the softened end to form a point. The pointed nail rod was reheated and cut off. Then the nail maker would insert the hot nail into a hole in a nail header or anvil and form a head with several glancing blows of the hammer. The most common shape was the rosehead; however, broad "butterfly" heads and narrow L-heads also were crafted. L-head nails were popular for finish work, trim boards, and flooring. Between the 1790s and the early 1800s, various machines were invented in the United States for making nails from bars of iron. The earliest machines sheared nails off the iron bar like a guillotine. The taper of the shank was produced by wiggling the bar from side to side with every stroke. These are known as type A cut nails. At first, the heads were typically made by hand as before, but soon separate mechanical nail heading machines were developed that pounded a head on the end of each nail. This type of nail was made until the 1820s. By the 1810s, however, a more effective design for a nail making machine was developed; it flipped the iron bar over after each stroke. With the cutter set at an angle, every nail was sheared off to a taper. With the resulting nails thus all oriented in the same direction, it became possible for the same machine to automatically grip each nail and form a head in a continuous mechanical operation. Nails made by this method are known as type B nails. Cutting the nails leaves a small burr along the edge as the metal is sheared. By carefully examining the edges for evidence of these burrs, it is possible to distinguish between the earlier type A nails and the later type B nails. Type A nails have burrs on the diagonally opposite edges, while the type B nails have both burrs on the same side because the metal was flipped for each stroke. This kind of evidence can be used to establish the approximate period of construction or alteration of a building. Type B cut nails continued to be the most common through most of the greater part of the nineteenth century. With the rapid development of the Bessemer process for producing inexpensive soft steel during the 1880s, however, the popularity of using iron for nail making quickly waned. By 1886, 10 percent of the nails produced in the United States were made of soft steel wire. Within six years, more steel-wire nails were being produced than iron-cut nails. By 1913, 90 percent were wire nails. Cut nails are still made today, however, with the type B method. These are commonly used for fastening hardwood flooring and for various other specialty uses."
  24. 13 points
    Hit an old field that got picked clean pretty much. Some of it is still frozen and there is tons of trash. Managed to find a 60-70's remnants of a cub scout pocket knife and 2 coins, ones a 1926 wheatie in poor shape other is the 43 quarter.
  25. 13 points
    First off if you go looking for reasons not to go metal detecting there will be plenty of people who will tell you no. The rules can be complicated and even kind of scary if you dig into them too much. I advise common sense. Anything marked as a historic site / historic park is almost bound to be a site where it is illegal to use a metal detector. If the idea is preserve and protect, stay away. That includes all National Parks in the U.S. It is illegal to even have a metal detector in your possession in many and illegal to detect in any of them. State Historic Parks? Stay out. Relic detecting on federal land puts you in automatic violation of the law as regards antiquities if the items are over 100 years old, and very often 50 years old is now a cutoff date around historic sites. Detecting for gold on federal land open to mineral entry (that is the critical factor that simply means open to claim staking) on the other hand is protected by law. So it is not just where you are but specifically what you are doing that matters. And on land open to claim staking figuring out what land is claimed and what is not is a challenge also. Local jurisdictions vary a great deal. One person leaving holes in a town park means that town may have made all metal detecting illegal in public spaces. This is a slow but seemingly inevitable process that almost never reverses, so we are losing ground every year. Most towns have no rules at all, but are just waiting for one idiot to ruin it for us all. Some towns have a free permit. Some a permit with a fee. My main protection? Stay invisible. I never hunt with groups in town and basically avoid viewers. I love rainy days, early mornings, whatever. And always leave no trace. People show up, I usually move away or leave. I never call anyone to ask permission in a new town. The person you will call usually knows nothing, and says no to be safe. I search online for local rules, and if I find them I abide by them. If not, I go do my thing and stay invisible. At worst a person may approach and say you are doing something wrong. I always immediately apologize and leave, even if I know I might be in the right. There are 1000 places to detect and I will not do anything to raise my profile, including arguing with people. The reality is however I have only been told a couple times in 40 years I was in the wrong place. Metal detecting is the wrong place is a pretty innocuous offense and getting anything more than a warning would be very unusual. If I am in a strange place and see a groundskeeper I always ask them. They are the ones caring for the place and so I give them respect for that and make sure I am doing things to their satisfaction. They always seem to appreciate it. No point in trying to compile rules here as there are sites just for that. Here is one.
  26. 13 points
    Allow me to think out loud here because there are alot of things going on with your post that are unusual, perhaps contradictory, yet very interesting. First of all, the Ground Balance reading on the Equinox cannot tell you anything definitive about how "hot" or mineralized your soil is. You need a separate reading of magnetite levels in your soil (usually called a mineralization or Fe3O4 meter) which only certain detectors (not Equinox) have built into their displays. The GB number on Equinox is just a RELATIVE ground phase reading to the internal baseline reference and that reference can change depending on what mode you are using because it varies with frequency and how the detector processes target signal phase changes. That is why you can get a ground phase reading in one mode (e.g., Park 1) that is completely different than the ground phase reading in another mode (e.g., Field 2) - on the SAME patch of ground and why you should always ground balance each mode you use, separately. Second, I am not a soil expert, but it IS unusual to see significant salinity levels and high mineralization AWAY from salt beach areas. Obviously, not impossible since much of the ancient US was covered by ocean (with the great lakes being a remnant of that inundation). And that unusual soil combination you describe certainly can play into the high crop yield you describe. Third, your test garden results have me scratching my head. If your soil content is relatively constant in the region you detect, including your home test garden, then there is no reason you should not be able to replicate your test garden depth results in the field. The test garden results are actually what I WOULD expect when comparing Park 1 to Beach 1, but your depth detection capability is MUCH MORE than I would expect in super hot/mineralized soil. Do you get a reliable Target ID at those depths, or just a repeatable signal that you discern as your penny because you know it is there? I detect in regions where magnetite levels peg the mineralization meter, and your ability to punch to much more than 6 to 8 inches to get a repeatable signal is really limited using a VLF machine. In addition, getting a reliable TID beyond 4 inches is also iffy. So basically, where I usually hunt for CW relics, you are lucky to get a signal at depth on a VLF, and if you do, you typically have no idea what it is until you dig it. You also might want to try to see how it does on a higher conductive silver coin vice a penny, since that seems to be your main target of interest as copper is slightly less conductive than silver. But, like I said, if your test garden soil is the same as your hunt site, then depth should not be an issue, especially Park 1, which should be the go to silver slayer mode. Fourth, you say you often get a repeatable signal, but you find nothing in the hole in the field. That is typically something you also see on salt sand + mineralized sand beaches. It can also be due to individual hot rocks. If you are not even finding falsing ferrous junk, like flat iron or bent corroded nails, then something else must be at play. BTW - does the repeatable signal typically come up with the same Target ID or does it vary across the range? Is the repeatable signal choppy (indicating that it might be clipped by discrimination or recovery speed setting)? Fifth, one aspect of your settings also has me scratching my head. Specifically, you have recovery speed cranked to 8, which greatly limits depth but it also results in the least ground feedback noise primarily because of the sweep speed it forces you to use to acquire a target signal. What happens when you lower recovery speed? Are you hearing more ground noise, forcing you to lower sensitivity? That combination of sensitivity 16 and high recovery speed means you are GREATLY limiting depth. Why do you say those settings are giving you the best results? Can you describe the targets you ARE recovering at with those settings and their depth? All that being said, I will take you word for it that your soil is highly mineralized and has higher than usual amounts of salt content as you seem very knowledgeable about your soil makeup. So based on the information you provided, primarily the unusual combination of salty black sand like soil, I am going to make an unusual recommendation for inland hunting. Specifically, the Equinox has a mode that is set up to "make the best" of the soil situation you describe. You were almost there by trying Beach 1. But as you noticed, you needed to run with lower sensitivity for stability. If your have properly noise cancelled and ground balanced your machine and removed other sources of EMI (e.g., cell phones) then the issue can be the nasty combination of salt and mineralized soil. The mode best set up to handle that is actually Beach 2. See if you can run Beach 2 stable at a normal level of sensitivity (i.e., 18 to 22). What Beach 2 brings to the table is stability under black sand + salinity conditions, but it is not magic and there is no free lunch. The Beach modes are set up to handle the salinity using the multifrequency signal processing component of Multi IQ (that is why you cannot run beach mode in single frequency). But unlike Beach 1, Beach 2 provides stability in salt + black sand conditions by sensing the mineralization level (even though it does not display it on a meter) and then dialing back TRANSMIT power accordingly. The impact is somewhat of a depth hit but you gain a lot of stability which lowers the noise floor enough that the resulting weaker detect signals at least can be heard above the reduced level of chatter. When the Equinox goes into this reduce transmit power mode, it flashes up a warning symbol on the screen. Typically, when that warning does appear, it will not disappear unless you are completely away from the source of mineralization. I wouldn't worry about it though. Especially if you find it has a beneficial effect on your performance. The other thing you should do if the mineralization level or Ground Phase reading is highly variable at your sites is to use TRACKING Ground Balance vice periodic manual or auto ground balancing. This prevents you from having to constantly rebalance and can help smooth out ground phase variations. So give that a shot in your test garden and on some of your hunts. and see what happens. Another suggestion, is to use Gold Mode. Gold Mode does not have tone ID but uses a variable pitch and threshold tone, the combination of which allows it to be very sensitive to small mid conductive targets (I know, not your target of interest), but it tends to punch through mineralization better than the lower frequency weighted modes. You can use either Gold Mode, not much difference between them except for recovery speed. I would suggest using Gold 1 with the higher recovery speed and then see if you need to adjust lower or higher to trade off depth for ground noise (MORE DEPTH with a LOWER recovery speed, but the resulting lower sweep speed results in MORE GROUND NOISE, resulting in diminishing returns. Increase the recovery speed if ground noise is an issue and also try TRACKING ground balance with this mode (which is the default GB mode). Finally, I would experiment with single frequency. If EMI is NOT a problem, see what you can do with 5 or 10 khz in your test garden (use Park 1) and see how it compares to Park 1 multi. Park 1 multi (preferred) or 5 or 10 khz are what you want to use if you are going after DEEP silver. You can try to go to higher frequencies to punch through the mineralization (at the expense of raw depth on all targets) but frankly I don't think mineralization, per se is your problem, at least not in your test garden based on the depth you are seeing. Try varying recovery speed too, to see how that affects your test garden signals. Other less likely possibilities: Are you sure EMI vice mineralization is NOT the issue or perhaps you might have a faulty Equinox coil/head unit? Perhaps EMI is low near your test garden resulting in less noise chatter and false signals. Do you get chatter with your coil in the air AFTER noise cancelling and with default sensitivity, especially in the field. If so, then either you have an EMI problem or perhaps and equipment problem with the Equinox or Coil, especially if it is intermittent or only happens after you have the Equinox powered on for some time (indicating a possible internal component thermal issue which usually results from a bad component or solder connection). Your sites are played out. Silver is one of the easiest targets to cherry pick under ANY conditions and just about any detector, like your capable, but entry level BH 3300 will find silver. I suppose you were using the stock concentric coil on your 3300 also, which is also not a coil type that is know for having good depth under mineralized conditions (which along with your test garden results also makes me wonder if your soil is truly highly mineralized). You recovered A LOT of silver for one year. I do not believe any area can be truly ever be totally played out (either the targets are deeper than technology can reach today or they are shallow but hiding amongst iron or non-ferrous junk). Are you still finding silvers with your BH 3300 but not with the Equinox at the same sites? As I asked previously, what types of targets are you recovering with your Equinox. You say you can find "anything" with the Equinox, yet you arrive at the settings that give you the "best results" supposedly because you have manged to recover SOMETHING with the Equinox, plus I cannot explain your good test garden results and your poor field results. So let us know what type of targets you are managing to recover and at what depth. Anyway, hope I gave you some food for thought that you might be able to use to diagnose the issue or improve performance with your soil conditions.
  27. 12 points
    Reg W, Phrunt and Steve; I am certainly very real.
  28. 12 points
    It was quite an afternoon. After school I planted some shrubs, painted some chairs, and replaced our central air filters. I was waiting for the bulldozers to leave one of the last cornfields in town so I could save some history before it was lost forever to another housing development. The workers were still there so I fished the river for a while and caught my biggest walleye ever on my fly rod. I then headed back to dig with only a half an hour of light left and I started finding treasures right away. I metal detected in the dark for an hour or two and came away with four coins and 6 buttons. It is important to try to make everyday count. If anybody knows what type of coins they are I would much appreciate to know 🙂
  29. 12 points
    Got out again today with my Equinox 800. Did not find a lot of coins, but did pull 1942s wheat penny and 14k gold ring. Stones in ring tested as diamonds at least according to my diamond tester. I used my usual Park 1, with recovery speed lowered to 4. Ring came in at solid 12 at about 5-6 inches. Excellent day.
  30. 12 points
    I had a high speed blowout on one of my detecting boots yesterday but due to my amazing physical abilities and fast thinking I was able to maintain course and continue detecting. I'm a pretty even tempered, mellow kind of prospector and I keep my cool ,even when the world is collapsing down around my ears. So back to the subject at hand------------ WHY ^%(&#@^!!* CAN'T SOME ^&%+)$&@& COME OUT WITH A ^%_)$!* PARE OF %&$#(#@ DETECTING BOOTS THAT WILL LAST FOR ONE &%$(%#!@ SEASON!? Thank you Dr. Herschbach for the therapy session. I feel much better now.
  31. 12 points
    We then drove around and look for different spot and end up the day with a FANTASTIC Diner prepared by Pete s wife. I found no gold on day one but i spend a very good day despite the heat , thanks God Peter had a fridge in the car and chilled drinks were a blessing. Another bit of Gold for Peter heavy weight this time 0.015 gram.......Equinox i unreal HOT!!!!!!!! Day one lead Peter day 1 gold My new friend!!!!!
  32. 12 points
    As most of you know, I have these new coils on Order and will be getting them in soon. Many of you have asked to see a video on how to Assemble and here it is. If you have not contacted me to get your name on the list (not collecting $$ until I have the coils), then please do so. A recent 4 gram was found at a reported 12". I was and still am pretty excited to see more gres gold discoveries as folks get them and start making posts. Gerry's Metal Detectors in Boise, Idaho at www.gerrysdetectors to get on the list. Or just call/email me.
  33. 11 points
    One of my Field Staff Experts stopped by an old site yesterday with his Equinox. In the Bottle Setting (Advanced Option) he finds this little purple beauty. POMPEIAN MASSAGE CREAM. My question is. Was this made for guys or girls? Also found these 2 old buttons and a cool Colgate shaving cover.
  34. 11 points
    This year is starting off pretty good for me. Nine v- nickels, only one buffalo. 25 Indians, one 1866 2 cent piece. That war nickel is the high number one(I'm proud of it.. lol) I'm feeling pretty good about the silver. Three rings and quite a few coins. Still hunting pk1 iron bias 3 recovery 7 and 5 tones. My user profile is set up for trashy areas the same way in pk1 but it's got stuff notched out and depending on the location it may get tweaked (more notched out) lol.
  35. 10 points
    No worries JP. I am fully on board with built in GPS and XChange being a waste of money and resources if that is how you see it and will no longer advocate for the system. Silly really if even Minelab does not care about it, as is rather apparent. They broke it for a year so it's obviously not something to get invested in as it could be abandoned at any time. Back to Garmin for me. It's unfortunate though as it is a system unique to Minelab and could have been leveraged for competitive advantage. The fix I propose has nothing to do with hardware and would take a 14 year old coder a day to implement. Too much to expect I guess so I give up. The good news there is I don't have to bother writing part 3 of the series I started and then put on hold when Minelab broke it. I'll possibly do a different thread instead on how to export out of XChange to move on to something else. Which is why there is no need for me to participate in the thread. I wanted a small coil for the GPZ and I won't get a SDC to have one. I also am not interested in the aftermarket stuff. Like Jason I kind of thought the GPZ would have more legs as a developing ecosystem but it sounds like Minelab is already abandoning it to work on whatever comes next. As I have stated elsewhere I am not in the market for a replacement until next year anyway so it really just does not matter to me all that much at the moment. I was kind of assuming that I would be getting another GPZ but the reality is I don't have to even think about it until next winter. By then GPZ will be getting pretty long in the tooth and I may just wait on whatever comes next. Honestly, I could not be happier with what we already have for options. It's just my nature to always push for more. That and I am a spoiled brat. All I ever wanted was a small coil for the GPZ and the import/export for XChange. Since not even one of the two things I wanted are forthcoming after 4 years I am throwing a temper tantrum and holding my breath until I turn blue and pass out. That'll show Minelab!!
  36. 10 points
    Recovery speed allows one to swing faster but for some reason people are interpreting this to mean they should swing faster. There is absolutely nothing that says because you increase recovery speed you should increase your swing speed. Personally my recovery speed setting and how fast I swing my detector have almost no connection. I am almost always going to slow down as trash gets denser, no matter what the setting. Again, from my perspective and how I operate it is ground mineralization and target density/depth that makes me slow down or speed up the coil. I never ask myself “but what is my recovery speed setting” as I make those decisions. It’s all about how the machine is reacting. Hard to say really as it is all such ingrained automatic behavior on my part. Long story short in my case when I hit dense trash I am probably going to increase recovery speed and keep my swing the same or slow it down, not increase it. Fast sweeps are for wide open spaces and sparse targets.... ground coverage.
  37. 10 points
    I've been selling Minelab detectors for 20+ years and most of the major brands as well. One of my biggest gripes was their Customer Service and how crappy it actually was. I do not expect miracles, but when other manufactures can have a detector fixed and returned within 2 weeks, why did Minelab need a month and sometimes 2 or even 3 months? At the last Minelab Conference I was promised things would change and the new man in charge would get things going in the right direction. Phil Beck was the name given to take over. I can honestly say that this promise has been met with all smiles. I sent a clients GPZ-7000 in for repair and was notified by my shipping supplier the day it arrived. That afternoon I received an email from the Service Center in PA. Later that afternoon I got a call from John (the service tech) who informed me of the fix and that he wanted to speak with me to double check if there were any other issues before he sent it back. I was quite shocked at their speed, desire to make it right and professionalism. The next business day my detector was headed back to me with an email showing Tracking info and a few days later I had it in my hands. Folks this was Same Day Customer Service from a REPAIR FACILITY..... Heck, if this is what I have to get accustomed to, then it is now up to the other manufactures to get even better. Actually I realize it is not possible to get much better than what they do and I am ok with 1 or 2 weeks. But for Minelab to go from shitty ass last (and they were for many years) to fighter jet FIRST FAST and even take the time to call me? I'm speechless (me... never), and very impressed and happy. Thanks Peter for selecting Phil Beck to be the one to tackle such a huge thorn. Thanks John at the Service Center in PA for being a Professional.
  38. 10 points
    I went back to the parking lot that gave up 13 silvers and 27 wheats yesterday to save some more history. I was hoping that they would scrape a little more dirt off, instead they had already laid down basecoat over most of the lot. 😞 There was a small area still exposed so I decided to hunt it for the last time. In just over 2 hours I took out 3 more mercs and a barber along with 7 more wheats. Ended up with 17 silver coins and 34 wheats, 2 tokens, a silver ring, 3 Mexican coins and a handful of clad in about 8 hours of hunting. I was told that they will be scraping the rest of the lot sometime this month, you know where I'll be hanging around 🙂
  39. 10 points
    Had a pretty good day using the Equinox 800 and the 6-inch coil at a fort that was occupied from 1851 to 1862. My settings were ...Park 2 and Field 2.... Recovery speed 5....Iron bias 0....2 tones....no disc....22 sens... Tone break from-9 to +8.
  40. 10 points
    Seeing I'd need an Excavator to find gold like that I collaborated with Minelab to make the Minelab GPT 8000 It should be on the market before Christmas This is a photo of it being tested on a 20 ounce nugget. Working a treat. 🙂
  41. 10 points
    This is only my opinion. I can' back it up with any facts but my opinions are always right. I have never used or heard of any detector that depth and sensitivity didn't operate, at least to some degree, inversely to each other. The 7000 is set up to make setting changes almost without stopping so it greatly reduces the compromise between depth and sensitivity. Mostly I use "difficult" with with high sensitivity. I normally have the audio smoothing in whatever it takes to keep the threshold smooth.Often I will cover the same ground twice first in difficult then in normal, again setting audio smoothing and sensitivity for a quiet threshold. In the areas that I detect, rarely do I have audio smoothing off. No settings will eliminate the need for careful operation of the detector and intense concentration.
  42. 9 points
    I`m still not getting out for a great deal of hours and it is ages since I got a nice piece at depth but I went out for about 1½ hours yesterday and got one similar to the last one I got. The bottom one is yesterdays piece. It was only 1" down and a very iffy signal with the 7000. These two came from 2 different spots maybe 5 miles apart.
  43. 9 points
    At a time when the trend is clearly towards having less detectors and one machine that does the job of a few detectors at once, that is a surprising statement to hear since I felt Minelab were actually the ones sort of pioneering this one detector fits all approach better than anyone else with the Equinox release. And I assumed the GPZ was the same way, one machine to combine performance of older PI's, SDC, and newer ZVT all in one package for those willing to pay for it. Grab one machine and go. Or at least it seemed that was the future promise. Buying an SDC doesn't do anything to solve the weight issue with the existing ML coils either, which as we've seen with the X Coils is a problem which is possible to be addressed if desired. An SDC also doesn't have nearly the configurability with settings as the GPZ does so why would we want to give that up? I mean, if Ford told people who just bought a new F250 that they couldn't put a offroad suspension or a supercharger in and had to buy a brand new Ford Raptor built for that purpose from the factory instead, yet couldn't tow a backhoe, couldn't take a yard of dirt in the bed, or carry a bunk of lumber, they would probably be laughed out of the truck market. No one wants two or more trucks when the one they have could work better than both combined and they already spent a song to get it. Am I wrong or is there really a compelling reason that it's better for the customer to go buy a new SDC instead of a new coil that effectively makes their GPZ do the same task? If Minelab made the coil themselves the IP issue wouldn't exist either, especially if they made a better product, for cheaper and killed the competition through capitalism and not jurisprudence. I just don't see any actual reason buying an SDC would be a better choice, especially when ML could be making lighter 14x13's and 19's on top of it if they came out with a new line of coils. I do see how it's better for Minelab though, especially if SDC sales are faltering. Am I off base? If so, why not just make a coil? I feel like there is some piece of the puzzle missing here...
  44. 9 points
    Salt of the earth, gerry and i have never met nor have we ever even spoke until today, he and i done some horse trading today and i have to tell everyone about gerry. We corresponded back and forth threw emails for a couple days, he called me today and we talked for about an hour and i have to tell everyone here that he is a wealth of knowledge, and we talked like weve known each other for years.. what a wonderful man and the knowledge he has in this wonderful world of metal detecting is amazing.. hes prolly forgotten more then i will ever know, guys if anyone here is looking to buy anything in this hobby call gerry in idaho. I can honestly say ive spoken to the man one time and i have a friend forever..his passion for all things detecting is contagious and i believe you will feel the same, im lucky to have met this fella even though it was just threw emails and a phone call im excited to talk with him again. I just wanted to let everyone here know about my experience with gerry from idaho. Sometimes someone will come into yer life even briefly that truly leaves a mark, a positive mark and gerry done that for me.. check him out guys if u havent.
  45. 9 points
    People always talk about recovery speed and theoretical max depth, as if max depth is all that matters. Recovery speed is primarily a way of getting good target separation in dense trash. Higher recovery speeds may decrease max depth but get more finds in dense trash. Is not the goal to make more finds? All this focus on max depth is overdone and generally misunderstands why the control exists and how to apply it properly. The simple “increased recovery speed reduces depth” idea has lead many people astray. The faster available recovery speed is perhaps the biggest performance advantage of the Equinox over other Minelab detectors.
  46. 9 points
    Finally got everything cleaned up from this week's amazing hunt. Ended up putting in a little over 10 hours in three separate hunts. Unfortunately after the first 6 hour hunt that netted the most, by the time I could get there the following day they had already spread a layer of base coat over the vast majority of the lot. But I was able to pull a few more keepers out of the area that they had not covered up to that point. I may go back in a day or so and chase every iffy deep signal to see if there's anything left in that small area. Turned out to be one of my best hunts ever. I was able to double my silver count for the year which brought me to 38 silver coins year-to-date.
  47. 9 points
    The pipe was approx 36 inches and the coins were placed in it in groups. The first 12 inches were all morgan silver dollars. Many were dated in the 1880's. The next 12 inches had walker and franklin halves and the top 12 inches were all barber, merc's and rosie dimes. It was such a cool feeling to see the coins pouring out. Lot's of mixed emotions amongst us. For the gentleman's daughter(grandma) it was getting to reconnect with her dad again, to realize that even though he was gone and passed away he was still looking out for his child. The adult great grand kids were amazed that all those stories about grandpa turned out to be true and as for me, I got a chance to help return what was lost and possibly lost forever as the house and property is for sale. Finding someone's ring is great especially when they're thinking all is lost but this was another level of great.
  48. 9 points
  49. 9 points
    Very nice gold nugget jewelry Bob...and it would look good around anyone's neck. I did the same thing and had one made for my dad. He is the guy who got me started into metal detecting in the early 70's. Here is one of my Ganes Creek, AK finds.
  50. 9 points
    Hi Gerry… I don’t own an Equinox but I think that you’re also asking what sort of items we normally expect to find if we dig signals that target ID generally in the screwcap range. That is to say the target ID range that lies between upper pulltab and zinc penny range. I dig all targets in the screwcap range because there are many unpredictable, interesting or unusual items within that conductive range. That’s not to say that we don’t find our share of trash such as aluminum junk and discarded screwcaps, costume jewelry including cheap plated rings, infrequent broken watches, knives and utensils, all damaged to some extent from years of exposure to ground moisture in concert with various soil chemistries. On the other hand, this target ID range produces commemorative tokens, the large Victoria, Edward VII and George V Canada One Cent coins, and our silver half-dimes. It also produces a variety of generally smaller sterling silver jewelry such as small silver rings, pendants and charms. We occasionally detect larger silver rings that fall into screwcap range because they have become disconnected where originally sized to one’s finger. Of course other valuables such as gold rings do occasionally surface, but these are a far more rare occurrence in that particular target ID range. I’ve doubtless not mentioned many other items that fit into the screwcap range. Thanks for a nifty, interesting thread Gerry.
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