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  1. 51 points
    Tis the season for nuggetshooting the great American desert southwest once again, and for the first leg of my annual pilgrimage it’s always mandatory to spend some time at the Rye Patch area in northern Nevada. With the ground being very dry this time of year, the GPZ 7000 performs at its best in this region with minimal interference from the conductive alkali component of the local ground. In areas where there was variable ground however, a quick adjustment of the Ground Smoothing from Off to Locate Patch returned the threshold to a smooth and stable operation again. One of the highlights of the hunt was a decent, broad target that had a hint of a gurgle as the coil was swept completely out of the target zone, which indicated the nugget was going to be a bit larger than the usual dinks I had been finding. After removing 8 to 10 inches of material out of a broad area centered over the target, the signal response was fairly screaming as I swung the coil flat against the bottom of the excavation. Turning the coil up on edge however, and the Zed struggled to get a response from the bottom of the hole; when this scenario happens, it’s telling me there’s a really nice nugget and that I have a lot more digging to do. 🙂 Finally, at a depth of 18 inches, the target was screaming off the edge of the coil, so just using the plastic scoop, I dug into the floor of the mammoth dig hole and retrieved the golden beauty: a lovely 10.6 grammer!😍 This same process was repeated on another occasion, but this time it was a 4.5 gram nugget about 3 inches away from another nugget about half its size, again at around 18 inches deep. Although pretty nippy in the mornings, the sunny weather held out with no wind. So all in all, a super good hunt, with a total of 51 grams of golden goodies.
  2. 32 points
    Well we’ve had some snow and cold temps up at the cabin....here’s my thermometer for my morning walk the other day: Hadn’t made it to my little claim in well over a month, so decided to give it one more visit when it warmed up in the afternoon. Roamed over the handstackings and found a promising spot to clear and detect a bit: Nice little nuggies found both near the surface, and some better ones in some depressions in the bedrock...here they are in the canister cap. Was afraid with my cold hands I’d knock them off the Monster’s coil if I displayed them spread out! : Did a final weigh-in of the gold found on the claim....used the Monster mainly, and some drywashing till it started to crap out on me mid season(a big shout out to Chet for fixing it better than new for next year!) My goal was to just find enough to at least pay for my claim fees and corner posts....ended up with 12.85grams, so did a bit better than that lol! Here’s the pic of it all....looks like a tiny micro version of Lunk’s killer Rye Patch finds that he posted about recently😄 It was great fun to have my own special place to play this summer....looking forward to continuing moving rock etc on the claim next year! I am so grateful that I have my cabin in the hills and pines, and am able to enjoy the wilderness and the critters in it. Here’s a couple recent pics taken while on my walks...not the best quality on my phone, though I think you can make out Mrs Moose(Mr had stepped out of view by the time I took pic), and a huge coyote that hung around for a couple weeks. I’ll be heading to FL for the winter soon....so will be switching to beach hunting....wish me luck! 🙂
  3. 29 points
    Hi folks, I got out with the GPZ for some gold hunting. It has been almost a year since I used it...glad to say it still works. Dick W and Mike G were kind to invite me to their claim...I found four little bits For point 89 of a Gram...about 1/2 a pennyweight
  4. 27 points
    I was excited about getting my Nox 12x15" coil and was hoping it would arrive in time for a trip up to the ski fields to do a detect for some jewellery, I've found the odd bit at the ski fields in the past and end up with a fair collection of coins at the same time so it's an easy day detecting and can be a bit of fun pulling up coins every 20 minutes or so. I'd already planned to do it and then it started raining but because I made the plan, I stuck with it. The drive up to the ski field I saw a weird rainbow, it was a tiny one, it struggled to get up off the ground 🙂 I didn't find anything amazing on the day, which is a bit disappointing as I may as well of been swimming as the rain ended up being heavy the entire day, much worse higher up on the mountain than it was down on ground level, when I drove back down the rain stopped halfway down! Lucky the Nox is waterproof. I did find someones bank card, an old Cardrona Ski Area badge which is a competing ski field and a free Breakfast at Snowy Valley Resort, I had to look up what that was and it's in Australia and the food has a reputation of being awful which is why someone probably threw the free meal away 🙂 I've taken a more dig it all between VDI 5 and 25 approach lately as I'm trying to find more rings, I was originally just digging coin VDI's and the method is working, I did find a ring that was a very solid 18 on the VDI's, I'm not sure it's of any value, it's not magnetic and has some numbers on the inside that don't mean anything to me, it was about 20cm deep so it's been there quite a while. Other than the ring I got my usual coins and something that I think is an ear ring. I'm pretty sure the ring is a junker. Before the next weekend my 12x15" coil arrived for my Nox so I was itching for another ski field detect to compare it to the 11" I usually use. I found it decent, the extra ground coverage was great and sped up the mission, I was able to cover an area in what felt like half the time I took with the 11" I didn't notice any depth advantage and I honestly don't know how I could judge if there was without doing some "testing" burying targets but that doesn't seem viable as I've found coins buried for a long time react differently. It did have a bit more trouble with EMI than the 11", but I guess that's to be expected with a bigger coil. Dropping the sensitivity back two or three notches fixed that up. The ski field is bad for EMI as it has high voltage power for the lifts and Wifi all over the mountain with powerful boosters and a mobile phone tower all right near each other. The other big difference with the new coil is NZ $1 and $2 coins both came up as VDI 21 on the 11", sometimes flicking to 22 on the $2 coins but mostly 21, with the 12x15" the $2 coins are consistently 22 on the VDI's with the $1 being solid 21, I can now tell which coin I'm about to dig with some confidence. My dealer, DredgeNZ threw in a snuffer bottle and gold pan with my purchase, he's a good guy and trustworthy, certainly not a "used car salesman" dealer 🙂 I did the dig it all approach with the 12x15" also, and recovered a number of coins and a reasonable amount of the usual ski field junk After my ski field mission I drove down into town to buy dinner and saw a message from KiwiJW asking if I wanted to go for a detecting mission the next day using his EBIKES!!!!! that of course was an excited YES! I have ordered a Steelphase SP01 audio enhancer and it had arrived at my local post depot but as I got home so late at night and was leaving early the next morning for the gold mission I was unable to get it in time for the trip. It arrived this morning, just too late for this mission 🙂 Can't wait to test this puppy out, although I might let John take it's maiden voyage as he'll be better at testing it and also he'll be able to compare it to his B&Z Booster so that will be interesting. It's on charge right now! I arrived at John's and we threw the Ebikes on the back of his truck and off we went, We went to a place we've done quite a number of times, rarely do we come away with nothing. John mostly does pretty well here, I sometimes get the odd nugget. The Ebikes made the ride up the hillside much easier, it's still a workout for a guy who hasn't ridden a bike in 10 or so years but I think if I wasn't on an Ebike I would of been pushing the bike up the hill rather than riding. Once you get into more level terrain they really show their ability, you can cruise along with almost no effort at all. They even had a little throttle trigger that you can press and it behalves then like an electric motorbike, driving along without you even needing to peddle, but of course this drains the battery more so you only use it when necessary. I often used it to take off, you know how when you ride a bike the initial takeoff requires a powerful peddle, not so with this nifty little trigger. A BIG thanks to Mrs JW for allowing me to use her Ebike!!!!!! I was silly and forgot to get a photo of the Ebikes! We started off detecting by going to some old throw out piles I'd never been to before, I don't think John had been to them either, the beauty of the Ebikes is you can go further than you could ever do walking. These piles had powerlines directly above them, I was thinking this maybe to our advantage as it keeps people with their detectors away, John's GPZ handles powerlines reasonably well, my GPX on the other hand doesn't with my coil configuration so I had my Monster with me just in case, and I was glad I did. The Monster doesn't care about power lines, worst case scenario I had to drop it back to Manual 9 instead of my usual highest setting of Manual 10, but even still that was to make it operate completely quietly, if on Manual 10 I got a bit of broken pulsing noise occasionally from the power lines and wasn't sure if that was causing any harm so I knocked back to Manual 9 just in case, both Auto and Auto+ were completely silent so I assume they were dropping back to Manual 8 and 9. John's GPZ was having a little more trouble than usual with the power lines but it may of been the wind, there was a warm breeze and we've both noticed sometimes wind direction seems to effect the EMI. The Monster performed well for me, I had found a signal, it was a very faint one so I scraped a bit, the signal then went all the way to the ferrous side so I scraped a bit more and it started to get random readings, a much more positive sign, the more I dug the more erratic the signal became until I got right down to the bedrock when then the signal went all the way to non-ferrous and I was now very hopeful of breaking my skunk. I've had about 6 weeks I think it would be with no gold. After a lot of messing around trying to recover the target and dropping it in the separation process I eventually found it, a tiny little bee poo bit of gold. It's to the left of the Minelab Logo on the coil, tiny little thing, you'll also notice a spider took up residence on my coil, not one of the life threatening touch me and you die spiders I'm used to from Australia, a friendly little chap who moved on doing his business when I took my gold off the coil. The depth was pretty amazing, It was at a depth where my scoop changed to it's handle, hard to see in that blurry photo but it's the only one I got. All 0.035 grams of it 🙂 but it's official, my skunk was broken! Another thing we both wanted to do on this mission is find a secret cave, there is one here but it's not easy to find and not marked on any maps or anything, we rode around for a while trying to find it, and then we parked up the Ebikes and went for a walk using John's google maps photo of the area, exploring around trying to find it. There was a cool looking rock formation in the area I call it the hotel rock, the old timer gold miners used to use rocks with hollowed out bits for accommodation, well this one was a multi level hotel, with hollowed out bit's all over the place. We even saw a rock that looked like someone had decided to cut in half with a giant saw I have no idea how that can naturally happen. We were wandering around for some time trying to find this cave, comparing where we thought we were with the google earth satellite photo and the location John thought the cave was but with no luck so we headed back to where we parked the bikes and you wouldn't believe it, the cave was right next to where we parked up, within 30 feet there were two cave entrances. We rode right past them both to park the bikes! unbelievable!!! John's navigational skills were better than he thought, he stopped right at the cave 🙂 The entrance is well hidden, that's it below me, the little dark hole! We didn't go down in there this time, it was a bit muddy from a massive rain storm we had a few days earlier, the most rain I've had at my place in years. A job for another day, maybe detect the walls of it with the GM 1000 🙂 Next we rode off to find somewhere else to detect, and stumbled across some old chinese workings and some nice terraced walls they had made to get their wheelbarrows up and down into a gully We started detecting again and John was trying to break his skunk (at this location), the last time he came here he was skunked and spent most of his day exploring, this time I was ahead with my little bee poo so the competition was on 🙂 We spent an hour or two detecting and found nothing then all the sudden John yells out he got one... uh oh, his is no doubt bigger than mine as the Zed can't find bee poo so I was in trouble, he was going to win again!! I've never won in gold tally, it's usually 10 to 1 if I'm lucky but this day I thought I had it in the bag. John had a forgetful day, it happens to the best of us but his was out of control He forgot to bring his gumboots he usually detects in so he has no metal on his feet, but to make it worse he had steel capped shoes on!!! I often found his shoes laying around where we were detecting as he ended up having to detect in his socks Lucky the ground wasn't wet. He also forgot his phone so I was chief photographer, Not a role I excel at as I always forget to take photos. He also forgot his scoop so he had to separate out his targets the old fashioned way. It wasn't 2 minutes after John yelled out he got his nugget and I was yelling back, I GOT ONE. I was getting desperate to find another one and scanning the ground wasn't working for me so I started kicking over rocks. This has worked in the past and it worked again. I put a red circle around my little nugget so it can be seen, tiny little thing for such a big coil. My biggest of the day, 0.162 grams! Now this brings up a question, this nugget was an absolute screamer, a nice loud "wee woo" even with the coil 10cm above the nugget I get a nice "wee woo" yet this area has bucket loads of shotgun pellets, if I use my Monster I can find one every square meter, yet the GPX wasn't seeing them, yet it screams out loud on this bit of gold which incidently weighs less than a pellet. An example, here is a pellet I found with the GM at the same place It's bigger, and weighs more yet the GPX with NF 14x9" Evo coil completely ignores it, yet it will find a nugget than weighs less and is smaller in size with a loud screaming signal, so loud I thought I had a 22 shell. I completely don't understand this so if anyone has an idea why, please do tell. Now it was game on again, I had two nuggets and John had one, we were walking along finding piles to detect on and our detectors had an argument, his was making noises at mine, mine was making noises back at his, then all the sudden mine makes a police siren noise, scaring his detector off... my detector feels a little intimidated by his superior detector so it faked a police siren to scare his off. It wouldn't even be ten minutes later and John's yelling out he's got another one, 2 for 2... I knew he had won as I had a bee poo, and his would have to be bigger and of course they were. His were .12 & .22 of a gram so he won again 🙂 We called it a day and jumped on the Ebikes and headed back to the car, fastest trip back I've ever had, often we are walking out and it gets dark as it's an hour or so to walk back, we were back in under 10 minutes thanks to the bikes... best time of the day for an easy trip down as we were both pretty exhausted. To top off John's forgetful day he even left his sunglasses in the toilets at KFC at dinner time A big thanks again to Mrs JW for the use of her Ebike! Sure made the day a lot easier and more fun and of course to JW for taking me along 🙂
  5. 26 points
    Snow trying to stick down low and drove thru snow to the gold fields a couple days ago so days are numbered!!!!! Might be able to get in 1-2 more days depending? Here's my total nuggs for my 1st year chasing with a detector. I'm happy with results and thank ALL on here who helped me general info and "secret" info (lol)...they know who they are. The New Zealand boys post up great info and I think we all appreciate the scenic so I thought I'd sprinkle in some scenic for them so they can see my area in particular which is typical in many areas of the western U.S. All the nuggs were got with the Gold Monster in 2 locations in Idaho and 2 in Montana. Sluiced gold came from Montana claim from 2 trips mid winter in butthole deep snow (FS don't allow sluicing in river but they ain't up there mid winter...lol). My other hobby is chasing predators with trail cams so I sprinkled in a couple to show you guys, and the New Zealand boys what you could see at any time out in the western states. Hope you guys enjoy the pics...... Weight wise...this was my best day below
  6. 25 points
    Indeed Simon, but I use a secret weapon in flogged areas: slow and careful gridding; most operators can’t even stand to do it for a half an hour, let alone all day for days on end. But in these kinds of areas, it’s the most effective way to maximize your gold recovery.
  7. 21 points
    Hi guys, After a busy sunday morning around the house I decided to brave it & go for an afternoon detect. The weather was not supposed to be good but the sun was out & despite some dark ominous clouds coming in from the northwest & the mountains disappearing within them, often the clouds get so far & don't get any closer. So I decided to go for it. The batteries for the Zed were all fully charged, loaded up the E-Mountain bike & l was off. I didn't really know where to go so when I parked up & got on the bike I just headed off trying to think of places I haven't been to for a while & places that I hadn't been with the Zed but had found gold with previous detector. Those type spots were few & far between these days. I chose a spot that I had been to with the Zed quite a while ago but didn't think I had used it with Steve's insane hot settings & I am pretty sure I found nothing. I did ok here back with the GP 3000 & 4500. I wasn't holding my breath. I dropped the bike, took off the backpack & rigged up. The area was typical glacial ground smooth schist bedrock with the foliation of the schist at 90 degrees to the horizontal with gaps in between of deeper ground & grass. As soon as I had auto tuned, ground balanced over the ferrite ring & checked all the settings were where I wanted them I went straight to the edge of a run of this schist bedrock where it dropped into deeper ground. Very slowly rubbing the coil across the ground. There was a piece of flat slab schist sitting on the grass that I had to lift the coil up & over as I ran down this edge. I thought I heard a very slight change in the threshold as I did this. But of course with these hot settings any lifting of the coil off the ground can give a different moan from the general noises going on. But something caught my attention. So I paid a bit more attention & had a poke & prod from a few different angles. I was by no means convinced it was a signal other than ground noise moan from lifting the coil. I got the pick & lifted the little slab of schist & put it to the side. Re scanned. Again I thought there was still a bit of a kick in the threshold although it was not always there. With nothing to lose I scraped off 2 inches of topsoil. MMMmmm....that gave a more positive hit. I was on to to something. But was it gold? Laying into the dig I got below the top soil & into gravely schist & then bedrock schist. Signal still there & I was now convinced it was going to be gold when I was opening up a crevice. That slab of schist center right is the piece I moved out of the way. Raking out the crevice with the pointy end of the pick & getting down into it with a bit of depth the signal finally moved. Bingo....a sassy bit of gold. .65 of a gram 👍 Before backfilling the dig, & like I always do I re scanned the pile & the dig hole. Wham....a screamer of a signal from the top end of the opened up crevice. Raking out the crevice again with the pointy end of the pick the signal was still in there. I had to to hack into the crevice more to open it up wider. Raking it again the signal was out. Ye Ha 1.23 grams.👍👍 So two bits out of the one crevice. I had literally just dropped the bike, rigged up & got into it. Not even 5 minutes. Bike, Backpack & dig hole on the edge of a drop off into a tail race. The tail race being where that bush growth & long grass is. Pink flowers on the sweet briar rose bush above the detector. Horrible plant. Introduced by the Chinese gold miners for making rose hip tea & its vitamin C properties. I would have only been there one hour when the rain did come & I had to high tail it out of there. Those were the only two bits I got. By the time I was back to my wagon it was raining pretty hard. Even sleeting. But I was happy to get what I did. The mighty Zed does it again. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  8. 19 points
    Last Thursday/Friday we had some very consistent rain. Two days & two nights of pretty heavy rain. That is very unusual for the Queenstown area. It didnt seem that cold but when it cleared snow was low down in the hills. This from our front door. Still a bit cloudy. By late afternoon it had stopped raining so I decided to get out for a local detect. I ended up going back to the last little spot where I got 3 bits for .76 of a gram . With the wet ground I liked my chances of getting more off the same ground. I E-Biked in there & there was snow on the tops. This looking across to a lateral glacial moraine that has been cut through by that trickle of water over time. This trickle is usually dry & only flows with snow melt or heavy rain. Looking in the opposite direction more snow on the tops & schist bedrock in the foreground that has had gold in it. Despite my confidence the signals were not coming. I finally got a signal over some bedrock that I had detected the time before & had got nothing. This time it was a definite signal. The damp ground had brought it to life. Hacking into the schist bedrock & peeling it out before the signal finally had moved. It still took a bit to isolate it & get it in my hand. But gold it was. .22 of a gram. But that was it. Oh well....at least I beat the skunk. The next day Mrs JW was keen to go out somewhere. She had twisted her ankle badly & has been two weeks on crutches. She was sick of being cooped up inside & not able to get around very easily. She wanted a change of scenery & was content to just head off up into the hills. Even if it still meant just sitting in my truck. So off we went. I hadn't been detecting over this way for quite a while & the last two months has been lambing time so I had not really even considered it. I called in to see the farmer & to ask which paddocks to keep out of. He said the lambs were far enough advanced & I could go anywhere. So that was good. I was amazed to see how much snow they had over this way up in the hills. He told me that they had had 58mm of rain in the last two days. That is close to two & a half inches. The grass had gone mental so that wasn't going to be too good for my detecting. Good for the farmer though as this time of the year it can be pretty dry. I decided to go higher up in the hills where hopefully the grass growth hadn't gone too crazy. I got over to Doug's Gully, as l call it, & dropped down into it. Mrs JW had no phone signal down in the gully so I drove up to the top of the spur for her. Meant I had to walk back down. A few days earlier that snow in the background was all gone. Oh well.....down to the gully & the old turned over gully floor piles. I have detected this gully countless times with all my gold detectors & I usually always still come away with some gold. Albeit small bits these days. What would today hold? I was backing the wet conditions & damp ground to really help me out here. I took down the Zed & the GB2. I still have a soft spot for the GB2. It has found me numerous small bits down there but so to has the Gold Monster. But I chose the GB2 today. In fact I started with the GB2 as I wasn't feeling very confident with the Zed. On getting down to the gully floor & in all the times I have been down here I have never ever seen any water in this gully. Let alone any flowing water. There is a first time for everything. 5 minutes into it I had my very first signal. Could have been a shogun pellet. But it wasn't .03 of a gram. 10 feet away another signal. Purple flowers are wild thyme bush flowers. It is that time of the year. Another small bit of gold. Looking up the gully & the old turned over piles. Looking down gully I decided to detect down the gully. Nothing for an hour & a half but shot gun pellets. I worked my way back up to the Zed with no more gold to show. So I swapped over to the Zed & retired the GB2. It had saved a skunk any way. I wasnt too long in getting a nice mellow signal with the Zed. The photo doesn't do justice to the depth of the dig but it was a bit of gold. I was just detecting the old timer piles as I have done countless times before. The damp conditions were certainly giving me an edge today. Another signal. This looking up the gully & over a few of the old piles. Another bit of the good stuff. But small. .03 of a gram with the Zed & its 14" coil. I was on fire. The signals & gold kept coming off these piles And the signals kept coming As did the gold Looking down gully. The back filled hole to the right of the GB2 was the last piece. This the next piece & ended up being my last before heading out. All up 7 pieces for just .89 of a gram. 2 for the GB2 & 5 for the mighty Zed. The damp conditions helping me out again. The next day was my E-Bike mission with Simon of which you have had that story from Simon, Phrunt. These are the two bits that I ended up with. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  9. 18 points
    I just talked with John on the phone. The fire destroyed John's coil business, all of his detectors, and basically everything he owned except for what he could carry on his back as he fled the fire. Vehicles were stuck on the highway and both he and Digger Bob had to get out of town on quads. John asked me to pass on the word that his coil business will be on hold since all of his molds, winders, and material was destroyed by the flames. Please don't order any coils from his website until he checks in with an update, his internet access is spotty and he is unable to post an update on his site or Ebay store. Digger Bob lost his house and detector business in the fire. I stayed with him last year when we went out to find nuggets in the Sierras. These are two guys who taught me a lot about nugget shooting and I am glad they made it out, especially as the death toll mounts in the Paradise area. The fire was just too fast for everyone to get out in time. White's will be selling the last TDI SL Special Editions while we have stock on the MJD 8x14 folded mono coils, and I will work with the company to provide assistance to both Miner John and Digger Bob however we can.
  10. 15 points
    I got out for a few hours this morning with the Z hooked up to the sPo1 enhancer wired to the WM12 for wireless operation. I spent the first part of the morning rolling big chunks of granite that were giving off faint positive tones hoping that one of the tones would continue once the rock was moved. I was having no luck other than shards of lead bullets. I stepped up on a bench section of an old desert wash and saw that someone had dug a Z coil sized hole about 4 inches down. I waved over the hole and got a faint positive tone, not much different than the 30 or so I had experienced from the granite rocks on the way down the wash. I hit a couple big chunks of granite with the pick and pulled them out of the way. The faint tone was still there, but seemed very broad and not well defined. I dug down another 4 or 5 inches and waved the coil over the hole, still a faint, broad tone not much improved. Thinking it was more hot granite I switched to Difficult. Nothing, not a peep. I was about to give it up as another hot rock but decided to dig a few more inches. Now I'm down 8 or 9 inches and the tone improves in volume, but still seems overly broad. I dug down another 4 or 5 inches and the tone is really crazy. No clear location and it started sounding like crumpled foil with a choppy broken tone. Now I have to widen the hole and go down another few inches. The Z tone is really crazy so I switch to Difficult. Even Difficult is catching the tone now, but it's sounding like a piece of wire. I'm pretty sure I'm down past the trash level and start scooping out the hole with my plastic scoop. As I'm scooping it out I see a layer of rusty red, crumbling clay rock. This stuff is fairly common down here and it's hot enough to really gives the Z machine fits. I get out the pinpointer and stick it down in the hole. The pinpointer goes crazy over the entire hole. I scoop out some of the red stuff and wave the pinpointer over it. It goes crazy, so I wave the scoop over the Z coil, it reacts but not overly so. I'm about to give up for the 3rd time, but I decided to dig out all the red stuff and take some home to pan out. I've had trouble with the Z over this red stuff in the past, but never this deep and Difficult usually cleans it up. Now I'm digging in earnest and using my pocket knife to carve this stuff out of the wall of the hole. I get another scoop of it and wave it over the coil, nothing this time. I am baffled so I stick the Z back down there and bam this thing is sounding like a fist sized chunk of foil. I take the Sens all the way down to 1 and stick it back in the hole, still banging like a gong. I get the scoop and start scraping everything else out down to this red clay layer. I'm piling it away from the hole to try and separate the sounds. As I pick up the Z to check the hole again, it sounds off over the pile. I got you this time you little bugger. I"m thinking it must be a 1/2 oz craggy specimen, see for yourself. I measured the hole off on the handle of my pick. Right at 19.5 inches deep. That's not including the 4 inches the first guy dug and left it thinking it was a hot rock. That's awfully deep for 2.4 grams, even for the Z machine. I'm thinking that hot red clay somehow magnified and distorted the signal. I've dug plenty of deep gold with this machine, but nothing like that. I'd like to say the steelPHASE enhancer did the trick, but that would probably be a stretch. This was just an oddball situation with a crazy sounding nugget. I did recheck the hole and my piles, there was still some reactivity in some of that crumbling red stuff, but not enough to convince me it was golden. I was running the Z machine in HY/Normal/ Sens 16/0 Threshold/Low Smoothing. Beatup- This is the same washes your brother favors past the power lines at Sugarloaf peak. I wonder if he missed this one.
  11. 15 points
    I have been nugget hunting seriously for the past 6 years with some fair success and once in a while I would find a relic the prosecutors left behind. These relics compromised primarily of rusty iron, picks, axe heads and shovels. As usual I set out early morning to detect some nuggets when i got this deep tone on my Minelab. I was using my Coiltek 14" mono and I knew by the sound of it that the target was deep. I dug a foot down, than 2 feet..the sound got loud ...but the dirt was compact and hard..virgin ground I thought..another foot down and perhaps a life changing gold nugget maybe? no gold...damn !! After about a half hour of digging..I pulled out a beautiful piece of a 2 piece Naval buckle. The wreath is sharp, as if it was made yesterday...a gorgeous patina to boot. After research, I am pretty sure its a 1840-1850's Naval belt buckle, I could be wrong...as I only found 2 examples of it on line and they were reproductions. I think I have a real treasure here, in a historic perspective. I would imagine this sailor probably came to the gold fields from San Francisco, probably went AWOL and set his course to the Sierras in his search for gold. California just became a new State and joined the Union...and now I hold this buckle in my hand. For me this is as good as GOLD !
  12. 14 points
    Yep thats another video from the manufacture of the Russian made aftermatket coils for the 7000, fairly impressive I reckon. And here is a picture of the actual specie cleaned up, nice I reckon. cheers dave
  13. 13 points
    Took the 800 NOX out with new 15x12 coil for a quick swing along fresh water beach. And I have to say I was most Happy, this is the same beach I detected when I 1st received my 800 with 11 inch coil in March 2018, then detected again with 6 inch coil. Both of those coils found coins ( 1 1964 nickel ) the rest so far have been newer coins. But when I went over same ground with the 15x12 coils I found 10 more coins ( no silver ) but these coins were deep, I'll say in the 15inch to maybe 20 inches in depth, hard to tell because ground is really wet and water table hasn't dropped much. Was running Park 1 with a little messing with sensitivity. When reading 21 to 32 it was always a coin, to bad I couldn't tell if coins were laying flat or on sides. Now I would like to start digging 13 / 14's to see about finding nickels, I have been cleaning beach up of crap, so maybe a couple of more coins are in my future. Happy Hunting
  14. 13 points
    Usually after a while of owning the next great thing in metal detectors, you kind of settle into the reality of what you purchased and how much of the hype is real or not. The Equinox is no exception. I am speaking strictly about beach hunting here, as I have not played a lot with it in real dirt. Today I hit my favorite gold beach. The tide was awful having a (coefficient of 35), meaning there is not much difference between low and high tide. This beach has terrible EMI from trains that run regularly and are close to you. Chatter city for about 5 minutes when they pass. I do realize that a small beach has to stop producing after a while, especially since there are a LOT of beach hunters in my area. So today the clad count was around 1 dollar. (8AM to 4 PM) I still can not believe a machine can continue to produce good finds under these conditions, but the Equinox does. Today was a stellar hunt after a slow start. 4 Mercury dimes, a buffalo nickel, some wheats and copper pennies and the 2 gold rings pictured. This 10K and Aquamarine beauty surfaced about 2 hours into the hunt. The last target of the day was what I believe is a 14K gold square cut diamond ring that may have been colored either with Silver or most likely Rhodium. It's marked and has the TWC (total carat weight) inscribed in it. It's worn but I think it says .48. Also has very worn numbers in it which may be a registration number in it. I was floored that the Equinox continues to give up the finds on pounded beaches. Hats off to Minelab. That Diamond ring was sitting at 10 inches on packed rock bottom. Rang in a choppy number 6. Out of the hole it was a solid 6 also.
  15. 12 points
  16. 11 points
    At the moment my life is pretty restricted, my wife went back home to Australia to see her family in Brisbane and to attend her brothers Wedding down in Canberra. I didn't want to go, it's far too hot for me there this time of year which is fortunate as I avoided a big dust storm that covered Sydney and Canberra.... My 7yr old daughter has taken after me and cant stand the heat either so she decided to stay home with me. I was eager for a detect, I'm desperate to try out my new SP01 Audio enhancer for my GPX but going gold prospecting wasn't going to happen with my daughter tagging along, she wouldn't have the patience for that so I suggested to her we go up a nearby ski field for an hour or two and get some coins for her money box, to her this was a great plan. We have an agreement if I find coins metal detecting and they're current currency she gets them to put in her money box. So off we went up to the ski field, the area I was hoping to detect was closed off as they're replacing that particular lift with a new Gondola lift and the builders were there doing some work so it looks like I've missed out on detecting that lift, they'd done ground works there already. I was quite annoyed as it was one of the last spots left for me to do, except for the far away lift, and it's just not very popular compared to the others as the route down is very tricky and has very skinny bits through a gully which snowboards struggle to do. I didn't have much hope for this lift, whenever we use it there is never a queue and sometimes you can be the only person coming down. The view down to Queenstown area from the mountain with the lake mostly obscured by the hills in front of it. Ended up having to detect the far away lift I wasn't overly confident on. The weather wasn't ideal and it rained a good portion of the hour or so we were up there, my daughter just sat under the cover of the lift and read a book on her kindle while I got to work. Every lift has a dirty great big red power box with 11,000 volts charging through it, and even though the ski fields are closed for the season these things are juiced up to the max, a loud humming noise coming out of them, quite loud when you're up close to them. These boxes cause havoc for the Equinox, especially with the 12x15" coil, the 6" handles them quite well, and it gets progressively worse the bigger the coil. I really wanted to test out the bigger coil so I left it on and just lowered my sensitivity to 14 which made the detector go back to it's usual quiet self. The usual gold coins were popping up, if you've got a good set of eyeballs you'll see them still in the holes in the photos. Some were still quite deep, 10 or so inches even with my lower sensitivity I'd finished detecting around the gates area that checks your pass before you can go on the lift, this area is often good to detect on lifts as people sometimes have to get the pass out of their pocket if the wireless pass system won't read their pass so they pull it out of their pocket to wave it in front of it, often doing this things can be dropped and they sink straight into the snow. Got about $8 here, nothing too great but still a bit of fun. Then I moved to the point where you first sit down on the lift and it takes off taking you up the hillside, this area is usually the best to detect as when people sit down on the lift and it takes off at speed things can fall out of pockets and people also sometimes pull off their gloves once on the lift so they can use their phone as a camera to film the ride, this is when rings can drop off being hooked onto the gloves. And that's exactly what happened, I found a ring, it appears to be silver with 7 diamonds. I don't know what's with me, the Equinox and silver rings, I just keep finding them, I've only ever found one gold ring. Other than that was just a few more coins in the takeoff area You'll see my daughter in the background sitting under the lift reading her book, very patient to let me detect away 🙂 she was quick to run over and collect everything I found of course knowing all the money was hers. Any my total for the hour and a bit I was there before the rain just got too heavy $11.50 in modern NZ coinage, 2 Australian 5 cents and 2 chinese coins. The Ring and a funny musical thing, you turn the handle and it plays music, At first I thought it was junk and just put it in my junk pocket as I take all junk away so I don't have to detect it next year. When I got home and was going through all the stuff I cleaned it up under the tap and worked out what it is. It's pretty cool, you spin the handle around and it plays you are my sunshine, my only sunshine's music. The other two things the pyramid and round thing are my worst enemies on the ski field when searching for coins, they both come up a solid 21/22 the same as our gold coins, they're little things people attach to their snowboard so they can scrape the snow off their boots, they usually have a clump of 20 or so stuck to the board but they seem to fall off a lot. It cleaned up nice. A fun way to spend a bit of an afternoon 🙂 Happy to get another ring to add to the collection, my wife will probably want this one when she gets home, although she's meant to fly from Canberra to Sydney, then Sydney to Queenstown on Monday, with this dust storm in action that may well not take place.
  17. 11 points
    Last week I went to Bill's outing. I was there mostly to learn (I say that now) but I also picked up the big Nox coil. I didn't use it in the desert but I did use it on the beach. The first hunt was pretty uneventful. Bad beach, bad results as they say. The next time I used it a couple of days later the beach was not that much different but I was ready to test it to the max. I'll have to admit that I didn't walk very slowly. I wanted a big sound to stop me. I also had a specific place in mind. On the way there I got a signal that was mostly 'deep penny' sounding but some of them you have to dig. I kept digging and digging (later measured to be about 15 inches) and I saw something about the color of the sand and it looked like a blade or utensil. When I got it out it was the piece in the center. Sword shaped but used as a pendant? Someone told me it might be from some type of uniform or costume? I've never found anything quite like it. It weighs 1.33 oz and it has a mark of sterling but nowhere does it say .925. After this I continued on down to my beach and I got a signal and looked down and the darker stainless steel ring was on the surface in a footprint. On the way back I gridded an area and came up with the other stainless ring. Here is a previous hunt with the 11 inch coil. You know what detector someone is using when you find this! I have many desert 'tourist' photos I could post but there are no finds to go with them. Mitchel
  18. 10 points
    I'll take one or the other ... thank you. 😁 https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/two-nuggets-are-better-than-one-prospector-s-dual-delight-in-wa-outback-20181121-p50hi3.html
  19. 10 points
    Depending on the terrain, my grid areas are typically squares with sides around 30' to 40' in length. Using line-of-sight, I simply detect between two bright orange soccer cones placed on opposite sides of the square, moving them along the sides until the entire square has been covered. The process is then repeated at 90 degrees.
  20. 10 points
    Not quite sure where to put this Steve. It will probably have some interest for western prospectors and the eastern hunters are going to find it really useful. You decide if it needs to be moved and I'll go with it. Land Matters has begun a new section on their website for new projects in development. The most recent new project is Forest Ownership. This new map tracks Forest Boundaries as well as both surface and subsurface (mineral) ownership on the National Forest System. "Forest Ownership" may sound funny since the common assumption is that all National Forest lands are created equal and are owned by the federal government. Unfortunately it's not really that simple. Land status within the forests varies greatly depending on several factors. We hope by developing this map set individual areas of the forests can be better understood by those who live near, use and research the United States forest reserves. These maps should help you understand why some areas of forest are off limits, why you see houses and farms within a National Forest and who owns the mineral rights in any particular area of a forest. In particular visitors to the eastern states forests can discover why they don't have the free use rights western forest users do. This map is going to be an eye opener for those who believe that all National Forests are the same. Many of the eastern forests are not owned or controlled by the federal government. Often when the U.S. has purchased some rights to surface use the minerals and timber are still owned in whole or in part by private individuals or corporations. When you go to the New Projects Page be sure and click on the "Forest Ownership" tab in the center of the page and read the background I've written for these new map layers. That background can really help you understand what you are seeing on these maps. The purpose of introducing these new projects while they are still in development is to get user feedback. You can have a direct influence on how these maps are developed and used as well as helping Land Matters define which projects should receive priority in their development. Please leave any comments you may have and if a particular project seems worthwhile consider supporting that project to help it along. Here is the link to the New Projects Page. Just click on the "Forest Ownership" tab then choose the Forest Ownership map link on the right to open the new project map in a new tab. Barry
  21. 10 points
    Lunk and I were in Nevada last week training customers on their gold machines and when the class was over, I invited him to an old site I like to swing by...before heading home. This Buick plate is really cool and I still can't believe he did not hit it with his shovel. If anyone knows the history or or the approx date of the plate, please let me know. The porcelain one I dug a few years ago has the exact same script design, but I think Lunk's is older? Please share you knowledge of these finds with your friends, car nuts and or clubs to help us. If you have found anything like it, please post pics as I enjoy seeing old brass plates. BTW, Lunk is so cool he handed the plate to me and said "Thanks for the invite".
  22. 10 points
    Another Awesome Specie! Skip to the end if you're in a Hurry? Enjoy! 😋Ig
  23. 9 points
    If all Equinox brought to the table was multifrequency it would not be selling like it is. It it light weight, waterproof, built in wireless, and yes, multifrequency... all that and more for a killer price. What makes Equinox different is the complete package at an incredible price. The number of frequencies, how they are employed, etc. is all a sideshow. It is as simple as the features for the price, and the fact that the machine actually does perform exceedingly well for the price. The CTX versus Equinox debate for example almost always ignores the elephant in the room - $800 vs $2500. V3i? I have one and think highly of it for some uses, but stick one under saltwater and it does not work so well. What if the Garrett AT Max had offered multifrequency? They would have beat Minelab to the punch. What if the Fisher CZX had actually happened as planned? What if White’s had stuck the V3i in the MX Sport package first? The fact is there was a large pent up demand for a detector like the Equinox that has been clearly expressed on forums for years, and Minelab delivered first and at a price that borders on predatory. It will be very difficult for the competition to compete at that level, even if they can overcome both the technical and patent issues. That all said single frequency detectors will be around as long as I am alive at least. They do many things more than well enough for most people. The danger from a manufacturer standpoint is that anyone can make a good one now, and competition will demand a race to the bottom in retail pricing. Betting your company’s future on how cheaply you can make a single frequency VLF is a tough road to head down. The low cost manufacturer wins and everyone else faces a margin squeeze. Only on forums do people really care about all this under the hood stuff. As a past retailer I can tell you all most people care about is what the detector will do for a price and not how it goes about doing it. The hype and marketing only gets you so far, as in time people do figure out what works and what does not. Like it or not there are some things multifrequency does better than single frequency and so a large segment of the established user base is demanding it. The masses will just follow along. It really is that simple.
  24. 9 points
    I found some photos of the bones I found 5 years ago when Mrs JW & I walked in there to detect. Mrs JW was using the GPX 4000 & I the 4500. Above the white monocoil & just to the left of that bush you will see a white thing in the bank. That is the bones. Hat & glasses for scale. This is part of the leg bone of a giant Moa. You can see that the right bone is broken in the middle. I didn't really want to disturb them & I had no way of protecting them to carry out in my backpack any way. So I left them there. But over the years it nored away at me that they will just deteriorate being exposed like they are. So at the beginning of this year I went back to get them before they were lost forever. My worst fears were realised. The bloody sheep had trampled all over them & they were not in good shape. I was spewing. I did take them but they are not as good as they were in the above photos. When I was there with Simon yesterday I went to have a further look. There were a few bone fragments but nothing worth taking so left them there. I was hoping there would be more of a skeleton or more of a skeleton but it was just those two main bones. Interesting though given the history of the Moa. It's Not everyday you come across this kind of thing. JW PS: Sorry Simon I have since gone back & got what was left of the bones at the beginning of the year. (Just saw your last post )
  25. 9 points
    Hi Simon, A very good account of our day.👍 Nothing more for me to add, more so as I forgot my phone for photos Like you said I had a shocker of a forgetfulness day. Lucky my balls are in a bag. My biggest forget was my detecting gumboots. Those steel toe cap work boots were just pure grief. They were my problem under those power lines. I just couldn't believe there wasn't at least one bit of gold in all those old workings with my name on it. Especially as I had never been there before. That Bee Poo one you got was amazing. I had given up at that stage & was watching Simon scrape away at it while I had a smoko break. Not that I smoke. When we moved on I ended up detecting in my socks. That helped me untold. By the way Simon the ground wasnt that dry. I will add a few pics from some times before to this same area. This one is where we park the wagon & looking up to where we were headed. If you look hard to will see the big power line towers. This is about half way up looking back down to that little lake which is where the wagon is parked. We re visited these workings & it is where I took my boots off & started detecting in my socks. This was a time when Simon was using his Gold monster & getting about 5 thousand million shotgun pellets. The below pics are where I found my two bits & Simon got his 2nd bit. These photos were taken at a time that Mrs JW & I walked up to here. Like Simon said the ride back down on the E-Bikes was no more than 10 minutes. Good luck out there JW
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