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  1. 3 points
    some noogies since last post and I also got some coin shootin in last weekend for about 3 hrs. Gold has been slow with a few skunks including today plus I got rained on and soaked....lol. First time I've had the etrac out for coins in over a year...wished the gold was as easy as coin shootin!!!!! Gold was got with the monster.... Coins were 1921s/1935 wheats,1919s Merc, 1899 V nickel,1898 Indian.....
  2. 3 points
    This has got me thinking The 4500 was a dream in this spot by basically ignoring all pellets except flattened ones or the odd bigger one or ones very close to the coil (basically touching it), it found more of them on the Joey than the Nugget Finder 14x9 but still, the Joey missed most pellets, it made for a very suitable detector for this pellet ridden location, but that gets me thinking back to the Gold Bug Pro, it also missed a majority of the pellets but was able to find your Zed detected nugget which was reasonably deep down on that previous mission and also very small. When I switched to the GBP I didn't get many targets at all and it behaved much more like the GPX 4500 but at the time I was comparing it to the Monster which was finding hundreds of pellets and thinking it was useless as it wasn't performing as well as the Monster. It didn't click in my head this is actually a good thing, that brings me back to the Equinox, It was a pellet lover too, but that was in Multi IQ, if the pellets were driving me insane with it I could likely switch to 20khz (similar to the GBP at 19khz) and perhaps the pellets would disappear also making the Equinox a better performer at that location too. Things are all starting to fall in place in my thick pea soup nut. The faint "wee woo's" are now what I dream about ?, I went the first day totally ignoring them, who knows how many nuggets I passed up, but that got me thinking back to the Gold Bug Pro also, I was doing the same thing with it, targeting booming signals and ignoring slight threshold changes, the exact same mistake! I was so used to my Monster with no threshold at all so I didn't really take advantage of the threshold. It makes it sound so silly as the one bit of Gold I got here a previous trip with my Equinox wasn't showing any VDI numbers, it was a small threshold change and by some miracle it was enough to make me scratch away at the surface and then I could see it so my old nut obviously understood the threshold that time. I think my problem is I keep chopping and changing detectors and never really getting experienced at one before moving to another. The Monster doesn't require any time, it's a real pick up and go detector anyone can use. My Gold Bug Pro's have now been pulled out of retirement again as I'm sure they're much more capable than I think and I want to give them more of a chance once I get some experience under my belt. I think with me practice is the key, the more I do it the better I'll understand it all. I can read all I want but getting out there doing it is what seems the make the most difference for me. I wish the Monster was waterproof, it's the perfect creek detector, if it were I'd dedicate it to that and use my Nox and 4500 for everything else. Last weekend was a vital learning experience for me, wee woo, scrape, weeee wooooooo, scrape, weeeeeeeeeeeeee wooooooooooooo, dig, WEEEEEEE WOOOOOOO, nugget! They don't have to start off loud ? Simon
  3. 3 points
    GB_Amateur -- I was running my normal (thus far) Park 1, sensitivity 21, Recovery Speed 5, iron bias 2, horseshoe button pressed (no disc), 50 tones. Yes, they usually come out fairly clean here, though there are some places that the old ones can be pretty bad/crusty/scaly. It IS interesting how different ground affects things. No, nothing exciting. The wheats ranged from 1936 to 1955 (and a 1929-D) on the first night. Nothing of any special value. For me, the most "special" part of it was the learning experience I got -- that little section of that old country club site turned out to be like a little "laboratory," in terms of digging partially masked coins. If you would have told me how many coins I'd recover in that little area, AFTER having pounded it with the Explorer, I'd have told you "no way." Priceless experience, for me, in terms of moving along the learning curve... Steve
  4. 2 points
    Seems none of the local area dealers had a Nox 800 so I saw that Cabelas did , so I ordered one. They said 4 to 7 working days for delivery....We will see. Looking forward to hunting with it.
  5. 2 points
    Hi guys, Well as you probably know now, Phrunt (Simon) is the proud owner of a GPX 4500, & proud he is. Can't wipe the smile off his face. He has been gagging to get out in the hills for a spin with it. He ordered & got a little Coiltek 10 x 5 joey mono coil before the weekend as the two coils that came with his 4500 were both DD's. So Saturday morning my door bell was ringing at 7.10 am. Was supposed to be 7.30. He must have left home at about 6 am & didnt speed as the last weekend he got a speed camera fine. I was just having my breakfast & a coffee, so I made him a coffee as well. I had sorted out an external speaker for him since he is allergic to headphones. Coffee done & we were off. I took him back to the spot where he got his two bits with his Gold Monster as there are heaps of workings up there. It was a hell walk in & not one I look forward to. Only the one old pack track access in & out. The proud 4500 owner standing on the pack track. To the right of his left shoulder the track winds its way up & through that gorge & somewhere up in the clouds beyond the gorge is our destination. Around the corner & into the gorge. We stopped for a breather & a short detect on some very shallow bed rock & some small workings. I thought it might be good for Simon to have a play here with the joey mono & to get our breaths back. I went a wee bit further targeting a bit deeper ground. I had not used the Zed on this spot at all. But had done well with the Gold Monster on tiny gold. I got rigged up & started detecting & I saw Simon somewhat alarmed. He had charged his battery over night & it read 8 volts when he fired it up. He plugged the external speaker into it & all of a sudden the detector died. Down to flat battery & 1.9 volts. WTF.... I had given him another battery of mine incase his one didn't last the day. Tried that one & the exact same thing happened. We were both baffled. More so Simon as he had been playing with the detector over the last few days & all seemed fine. Got all the way up here & no go... He tried factory presets. Turned it off...back on....& just straight to flat battery...on both of them. Pulled the cable out tried plugging it in again. Still no joy. I said to turn the cable around & try. Still nothing. Nothing happening at all. I said we may as well have a coffee, I had brought a thermos, & then head back down to my place & re group & re think our plans. So we had a coffee & were just dumb struck as to what the problem may be. Hopefully not the detector. So after our coffee Simon tried once more & bingo 8 volts & up & running. Whew....game on. Thank goodness for that. Never missed a beat all day & all on the one battery. So we were both off detecting. Simon was getting signals but none were gold. But he was happy at the small stuff the joey was hitting on. Just had to walk over some gold. He was poking & proding in all the right places but the gold wasn't coming his way. Somehow we swapped around & I ended up trying the Zed over the shallow bedrock where I had done well with the GM 1000. Not thinking for A second that the Zed would get anything here. got a very faint signal. That little bit of a scrape between the coil & the scope & out popped this. I couldn't believe it nor could Simon as he combed over this bedrock with his GM 1000 last time up here & I would have gone over it with mine as well. It was down maybe a little bit out of reach of the GM. We did have a lot of rain the night before & I fared the weather would be crap for the whole weekend. But as I have said before & I will say it again, I believe the wet ground helps out in getting better depth & more sensitivity. Note the wetness on the coil. It didn't end there either. I got another signal that had me getting down into this hole in the schist. You will notice that crack dropping down the face of the schist to the bottom of the picture still packed with material. I got a small piece of gold out of that hole & there was another very faint signal coming from that vertical crack. I ended up scrapping that crack as much as I could with the pick but I couldn't get to the signal. I went up to my smoko bag & got out my pocket knife. Where was my screwdriver that I normally have in my backpack? Raked the crack out with the knife. A small piece of gold popped out . But it still wasn't over. It was just crazy. They kept coming Two bits from the one dig. There was a third but once I moved it I lost it & no high frequency VLF to sniff it out. That was my lot from the bedrock so I moved onto an old pile from the old timers where I had got a few bits with my 4500 & the NF 12 x 7. Couldn't believe it but I got a good signal with the Zed. There was a bit of depth to it in just a loamy soil & no bedrock. Well bugger me Before backfilling I got another very faint hit. And another tiny bit of gold. Simon in the meantime was still goldless but getting tiny bits of rubbish. Just has to swing it over some gold. We moved on. I had some more major workings to take him to & let him unleash himself on. Got him up there & left him to it. There was lots of very promising ground for the little coiltek joey mono. I headed back to a spot where I had got quite a few little bits in deeper ground & where Simon had got his two bits with his GM 1000 on our last trip in here. I had not finished detecting the area to my liking so wanted to finish it off. Long story short. I got nothing where I really thought I would. No matter how hard I tried. I headed to a most unlikely looking spot. On the top of a spur with deep loamy soil & no bedrock in sight. Found an old broken spade. An old timers riveted shovelhead. Got a signal that had junk written all over it. Signal out & no bedrock in sight. But gold it was. This pic is taken from the spur I was standing on & similar to that next spur over. Up high from the gully floor. Glacially pushed & deposited gold...has to be. No water worn rocks on this spur. There was higher up where Simon was detecting. I then got a good hit that was right on the edge of a bit of a drop off. Dug down onto it & again it was just this loamy soil. But it was getting deep. So I got the pointy end of my pick & drove into it. Crunch...the pick hit schist. I thought that if the signal carries down to that then I am in with a good chance of a better piece of gold....or not. The schist was to the right of the scoop but then the schist dropped away & I was back into the loamy soil & the signal in that. Again I drove the pick into the soil hoping to here the crunch of schist again. But no joy. Bugger...going to be rubbish. Then the signal was out. The best bit of the day.69 of a gram. I got three more small bits after that one . It was starting to get dark. I got a txt from Simon to say he had got none. I was surprised we had coverage in here. I replied but he wasn't getting all my txts. I was in a bit of a blind gully but I was telling him we needed to make a move. Luckily we had head lamps & we needed them. I got into a better spot & phoned him. Along he came & we were out of there. Pitch black by the time we got back to the wagon. We were both leg sore from that. I couldn't believe Simon got no gold. Later he told me he had not been digging the real faint ones. I said they are the most likely ones. He was just so used to the VLF's screaming out on shot gun pellets. Mrs JW had gone up north for a week so Simon stayed at my place that night & we had an attack on another spot the next day. We went in Simon's car & I left my phone in it so have no photos of that days mission. Simon did & he is going to take over a post on his day. So I will leave it over to him. My result that day was 5 small bits. So on the left of the coil is Saturdays finds & sundays on the right. total of just over 2 grams. Have I ever said how the Zed continues to blow me away on its small gold finding abilities?? Cheers & best of luck out there JW
  6. 2 points
    Hi all! I have been out doing some night hunting the past few nights, as this is the time I have available right now due to my shift schedule! The first picture (of the UGLY war nickel and the wheat) is from my local park that after too many years of hunting it WAY too much, it's become VERY stingy at giving up good finds. The second, is from the following night, from a site that was an old golf course. I've hunted one small part of this site heavily with my Explorer (a sidewalk next to where the pool used to be), as this small section gave up a large number of wheats -- probably about two dozen, but never a silver coin from this part of the site. However, there are a lot of nails in this little area as well, so I thought that maybe with the Equinox I might be able to scare up another wheatie. Well, I underestimated the Equinox's ability to find partially masked targets! Nearly every one of those coins (plus several Memorial pennies not shown) had at LEAST one nail in the hole with them, and the ones that didn't, had nails nearby enough to foul up the signal, to varying degrees. After several of these digs, the Equinox and I got on the same page, and I became really confident in what I was hearing -- and when it was trying to alert me that there was a coin hidden in the iron. Let's just say I'm EXTREMELY impressed. EVERY one of these coins was passed over with the Explorer, multiple times. To say I am a bit shocked, is an understatement... Steve
  7. 2 points
    Sorry to hear about your dad. No dredging here yet. It has been such a late spring. Once it finally warmed up there was so much snow the rivers are full. I probably won't be able to get out for another couple weeks. I am going to take a drive this weekend to check it out though. JW, I really need to get into the manual more and watch some videos. I like following your adventures and now with Simon it's even better!
  8. 2 points
    They're the ones GB. Can't recommend highly enough -and a good price too!
  9. 2 points
    Thanks guys! So far I'm up to a pound of lead in sinkers, bullets and birdshot, a few lures/flys and found a decent size rock that the gm1000 screamed non-ferrous on, so I brought it home, busted it open and found a shiny silver layer in it. first thought was pyrite, but had read in here that its unlikely to detect. Then off to get X-Rays and turned out being 98% iron? I'm guessing its a common type of hot rock here, but the area I found it is normally under about 10ft of water so I won't have to worry about it until next spring since the water was only down for a few days. I did however finally take a quick drive to see how the snow looks out in the northern goldfields. It's melting way too fast but is still a few feet. I found my way to a spot I panned a few times but was really hit or miss and requires hauling pay about 500yds to the creek. In less than 20 minutes I scored my largest flake yet and first with a detector. weighing in at 3.15g and my runner up was .49g. Not another piece to be found after about 3hours of omg I found a nugget and not being patient while swinging.. Looks like the Gold monster has struck GOLD in Alaska!
  10. 2 points
    Hi Ya'll! We're leaving Obion County tomorrow and going to Louisville, KY. My baby girl's getting her Master's Degree on Friday! Then we're finally heading west. The Polaris and the 800 can't wait. Check out my throne on the back. ?
  11. 2 points
    Thanks for the pics and the details of how you pulled those goodies out of the iron. Which mode(s) were you operating in? Your pennies come out of the ground pretty clean (discolored, but not scaly). I wish mine were like that. It's really interesting how much variation there is in soil conditions throughout the US. I couldn't read some of the dates+MM's. Anything exciting? Two silvers is excellent in my book, regardless.
  12. 2 points
    Saturday, although a fun day was put down to a learning experience for me. It was my first prospecting adventure with my GPX 4500 and I was a driver without a license. I purposefully left my Gold Monster and Equinox at home to force myself to use my GPX although I used it mistakenly as a junk detector. If it screamed out loud I dug it with enthusiasm, if it was a slight break in the threshold or a little “wee woo” I put it down to ground noise. John’s talked recently about me expecting too much from my equipment, this was a prime example. Big screamer nuggets are extremely rare here. Saturday night after a good hearty feast at McDonalds we went back to John’s house and he put on a movie about Chinese gold miners in the area in which we prospect, it’s a really good watch and I enjoyed it. You can see a trailer at this link Illustrious Energy (1988) New Zealand Movie Then we watched a couple of DVD’s for my benefit, I’m sure John’s seen those too many times but for me they had a wealth of information. They were partly the work of a good chap in our forum here, JP (Jonathan Porter). They were Arizona outback videos, and there was one specifically on the GPX 4500 which I found particularly useful for information Arizona Outback Videos A big thanks to JP for the videos, I highly recommend them but they kept us up to after 1 in the morning after a big day of prospecting and WALKING and another big day ahead. We whacked everything on charge and hit the hay. The next morning we were up bright and early revving to go, John whipped up a tasty treat for breakfast of bacon, sausages, eggs, and toast, he even got a double yoker! A sign of a good day ahead. A real feast, the man can cook! I tested my GPX before leaving this time as the day before we walked about an hour uphill and then went to fire up our detectors and my GPX said my battery was 1.8 volts and shut down, straight after a charge, we tried John’s battery which he lent me in case mine went flat and it did the same thing, a few attempts at disconnecting and connecting didn’t resolve it so we had a coffee and we ready to head home all disappointed, I unplugged the battery one last time and tried again and suddenly it worked so we were able to go for gold so to speak, dirty contacts maybe? The problem hasn’t repeated. It was a typical Queenstown stunner of a day with a light frost and crystal clear blue skies, so I scraped the ice off the windscreen and off we went, but as we neared our destination there was a thick fog, and it wasn’t going anywhere, it hung around the entire day. We started walking and John realised he didn’t have his phone in his pocket, we both hoped he left it in the car and didn’t lose it on the walk, he was unable to get photos of the journey so that job was left to me, I’m not much of a photographer. We walked to our desired location, 40 or so minutes hike I would guess and started detecting, it was shallow bedrock and normally in this location I would spend my days on my knees with my GM1000 or Equinox picking up endless shotgun pellets, a few every square meter but the 4500 was a dream, picking up very few even with my little Joey coil. I knew this meant I would miss the tiniest of gold, but that is the price you pay for missing the pellets so I didn’t mind one bit as John has proven many times over there is bigger gold to be found around this area. My little Joey was finding tiny little bits of broken off metal scraps and boot tacks and so on but no gold was to be found for myself or John. There were masses of old workings around, this was an old gold miners heaven, the photos aren't overly clear as there was a fog for the day. After an hour or so with neither of us having a good find we moved on, We walked for a bit and found dug out channels coming down the hillside that had been washed out, and they had rock piles in them from the old timers, John indicated this is a good place to hit next so off we went, I fitted John’s Nugget Finder 14x9 and instantly fell in love, this coil was brilliant. He started at the top, I went to the bottom and we worked our way to the middle. John and his GPZ now started to ping on gold and he quickly had a few so I knew it was around, and I also knew not to focus on the loud banging signals as they were always shotgun shells, bullets and various other bits of junk like old square nails but to try find the little “wee woos”. There was nearby giant power lines and they were messing with my GPX far more than they were the GPZ but changing frequencies regularly helped, John also suggested manually adjusting it a few notches which worked quite well also and going into Quiet mode. I had to stay away from them but at least it got me closer to them. They passed over the middle of our “Spot”. It wasn’t long and I had three little wee woo’s right next to each other, It had me a bit confused, but I wasn’t going to dig it as I assumed it was likely ground noise, I was also so close to the power lines I thought they were messing with me. John appeared to show me his latest gold find and check how I was doing, he had a nice little nugget which had me all excited and I said I have some noises going on here but I’m not sure what to do and I excitedly showed him the sounds, he suggested it’s time to dig so I worked on it, battling around the power line interference and got down through the topsoil of about 2 inches and hit schist, and the signal was still there, sounded much more promising now and I assumed there was something tiny on the schist. John said nope, get your pick and smash up the schist so I did, checked again and it was getting louder, he told me to drag the smashed schist and topsoil out each time so I don’t get so confused between rechecking until it is out. Scraped away the stuff and checked again, still there, smashed it up some more and it took a few goes and all the sudden the target moved, it was out!!! My first ever little nugget with my GPX, it looks like a little pyramid. I’m proud, especially being so small, and as John said, the smallest ones are the hardest to find, If I can find that I could find a bigger one if I happen to pass over it. I was unable to get the other two targets out, the high voltage power lines were really making my detector too unstable so we got the GPZ in to do the recovery, they were absolutely tiny little specs of metal, unbelievable really that either detector was able to find them, we are talking stuff I would struggle to find on my GM1000 or Equinox, they were so small we both kept dropping them while trying to filter them out of the dirt, even in the final stages of the scoop clean-up they weren’t visible. The GPX found them with a faint signal, the GPZ was much louder on them but that’s what you get for forking out the extra coin by sacrificing a kidney to the black market. The Schist it came from, I had to smash it away to get to the nugget. My First ever GPX 4500 nugget with John's coil. The rest of the day was pretty uneventful for me, the power lines and I, we just didn’t get along so I journeyed downhill again to try the lower reaches towards the creek but found nothing but trash, John with his GPZ was able to stay in the workings and got a few more which I hope he puts photos up of as he did quite well. I still enjoyed the afternoon exploring around and found an old collapsed miners hut area with what appears to be a fireplace still intact. I detected around here but it was very trash ridden, I dug some screamer targets but they were boot tracks and old square nails, even in the old sluice piles. We wandered back to my car in the dark hoping to find John’s phone and lucky enough it was still in the car. Between the two of us we always forget something on our adventures We did our usual thing and swung by KFC on the way home, John shouted again which was nice of him, I dropped John at his place and now had to drive home which is about 50 minutes zig zagging around the lake then a few long straight valley roads, tiring when you’re exhausted from a big weekend of detecting, but fortunately I can do that drive in auto-pilot I’ve done It so often. A big thanks for John for another awesome detecting adventure. Kiwijw (John) with his big I got gold smile on ?
  13. 1 point
    ..it finally arrived - happy like a little boy Will probably hit the beach with my son for some first tests this evening
  14. 1 point
    Rye Patch Nugget Shoot This years Sixth Annual Nugget Shoot will be held on Saturday September 15, 2018 at the Rye Patch Reservoir State Park in Northern Nevada. This hunt will be put on with the GPAA of Northern Nevada and the Reno Prospecting and Detector Club, with major help from Rye Patch State Park and the much appreciated sponsors (Please consider being a sponsor of this event). “The world’s largest free metal detector hunt”! Plan on a fun filled day of metal detecting with both adult and children hunts. There will be demonstrations and hands-on experiences in gold panning, dry washing, metal detecting and mineral identification, with various educational lectures from local experts and mining professionals. At 2017’s hunt, we awarded over $20,000 in prizes and this year we are hoping to meet or exceed this level! As you can see our event offers something for everyone. Check out the 2016 Video that White’s Electronics did for this event! Can you imagine what 2018 is going to bring? Thanks again to our amazing sponsors! White's Rye Patch thread on forum Camping is available at the State Park (first come first serve, there are overflow areas too, fees paid to state park) Nearest Motel / Inn Lodging is in Lovelock, NV. Call early to make reservations, motels fill up quickly. For More Information visit the Reno Prospecting & Detecting Club website Make sure to READ the Rye Patch Nugget Shoot Rules also under the Rye Patch Tab at the top of the website! LOCATION: Rye Patch State Recreation Area 2505 Rye Patch Reservoir Rd, Lovelock, NV 89419
  15. 1 point
    I detected a couple parks this weekend for a total of about 5 hours. One of the parks I have found a gold men's band at before. This time I found a class ring. While it's not gold (Lustrium), it's still special. It rang up a strong 3-4. I Googled the person's name which was in the inside of the ring and was able to track him down. He lives out of state but has family close by. Glad to be able to get it back to the owner. He could not believe that it was found after so many years. He was a 2009 graduate. Park 1, 50 tone, recovery 7, GB, and tracking on. The earring and other ring are silver.
  16. 1 point
    We just went through a few years on constant releases of new prospecting detectors. And now the flood has subsided, with almost nothing on the horizon. There is the “any moment now” Makro Gold Kruzer, running at 61 kHz and waterproof to 15 feet. After that however it gets pretty thin. First Texas has new detectors in the works, but nothing rumored that is aimed specifically at prospecting this year, but maybe later. Right now a PI beach detector appears to be up next. Garrett - maybe they are working on it but personally I have given up waiting on a lighter weight ATX. Tesoro - nothing going to happen there obviously. Minelab still “owes” us GPZ owners a smaller coil but with Equinox occupying all their efforts....? Nok/Mak outside of the Gold Kruzer has been working on a PI for years, but absolutely no hints on it getting any closer to market. XP I thought might bring a version of the low cost DPR 600 to first world markets but no sign of it happening. And White’s? Who knows. Maybe we will see a repackaged GMT but the shine has worn off of repackaged detectors these days. Long story short is it often takes new detectors to stir up activity on forums. For now at least the future is looking pretty quiet. The good news is we can just focus on using what we already have to best effect without being tempted or distracted by new shiny toys!
  17. 1 point
    Well done on some nice goodies The anchor symbol is the mark for Birmingham Assay Office, England K is the date letter Go to Birmingham Assay date letters (Google search) and match your K with the various font styles listed When you have the exact font style match it will tell you what year that was.
  18. 1 point
    Today i took the Nox out again and only the Nox "mistake" ! I went to the beach at around 12 noon so i could work the tide out then do the tops for the fresh losses and i am sure there would have been some . The machine behaved mostly lower down the beach between the tides where i found all the finds for today . I didn't have any gems this time , considering the conditions of the beach i am surprised . It looked good . But like i said it was a mistake to only take the Nox , normally i would take the Terra and change the machines over on the Anderson shaft. When i tried to use the Nox on the dry tops like the last trip i had nothing but interference from something . Maybe EMI from the clubs again or maybe mobile phones ?? plenty of people using them on the beach today . It got so bad that the headphones kept tripping out and the machines main speaker would go on , then the machine would just go silent like when the ET or Explorer's would nul on a target of Iron or something . I noise cancelled several times but it made no difference at all. So i gave up at around 4pm and headed home . My finds for today were £15.03p and 2 foreign coins . It is an understatement to say how bad the conditions of the beaches i search are , and many think i am being negative . I'm not . From now i will only take the Nox out with the Terra 705 , it will mean more weight in the rucksack but its the only way to make sure i have a machine for all areas of the beaches i do . The Nox works in the water and up to the ridge where it gets level with the tops but on the tops its hopeless . I will have to visit another beach elsewhere at some point . Tomorrow i am thinking using the ET so i can go on the tops and do a little in the tidals too , on that beach that and the Explorer 11 are the only machines i have that can do all areas without trouble . Except for some nulling on Iron and bonfire markings , that will be early in the morning at 5am till 10am if i go . Tuesday is a definite due to 6 days working after that. Very frustrating !
  19. 1 point
    When bigger gold is/was known to be in a location.... along with millions of shotgun pellets.... the best bet on averages is to go for the slightly bigger gold & so miss spending the day on your hands & knees groveling for pellets & maybe one or two bits of tiny gold. Go for a bit more depth on the slightly bigger gold as even just one piece will be many more times the weight of numerous tiny bits & all that wasted time on your hands & knees chasing pellets. I learnt that very early on. There are of course places that do lend themselves to tiny gold for the higher frequency VLF's. Lots of exposed bedrock but not so much in more open country or the deeper areas or turned over gully workings. Sure a vlf can find gold in these locations but if pellets are a problem & you have a GPX that won't get anywhere near as many & you increase your chances 10 fold of getting better gold slightly deeper down away from the pesky pellets. The ground was very open & lent itself to a bigger coil than the joey 10 x 5 for better ground coverage. The 14 x 9 still a very sensitive coil on shallow small gold & bigger bits deeper down if they are there. This ground has been gone over by goodness know how many detectors. But......no one gets it all. I learnt that early on too. The bigger bits are the ones that usually have gone...but the smaller ones can be & are still on offer.... The very faint wee woo's ()..... are the ones that hold the most promise in thrashed gone over many times ground by goodness knows how many detectors. In fact....the faint wee woo's are the most promise in any ground. They are absolutely the most definite ones to dig... The louder scream in your face signals are in this thrashed ground areas usually junk....but not always. It could be a larger bit of gold. Has happened to me many times. So why was it left from past operators???? Their laziness in not digging it can be your god send. My point is... as you have been told before...DIG EVERYTHING, sorry for shouting, but that is the only way you are going to know 100% & it could be the difference in walking away with the biggest smile on you dial or just another bit of junk. Either way you will not die wondering. Plus, if junk it is one less bit of junk you have to contend with if you revisit the area in the future with a more up to date technology detector. like the Zed for example which is what I am now doing, Also, that junk may have been masking a good gold signal. That happens too. You just don't know unless you eliminate it. So...there you go....the result of digging a very faint wee woo. You will be kicking yourself now for all those very faint wee woo's you didn't investigate on saturday that you "thought" were ground noise. We really don't get much ground noise. It doesn't take much to do an exploratory couple of scrapes or wave your magnet to see if the faint wee woo improves to a more solid & definite signal...or not. Again....at least you will know if you investigate. Message again...dig all signals. Even if just a very slight hiccup in the threshold Good luck out there JW
  20. 1 point
    Hi there SJM, Sorry too to hear about your dad . I am pretty sure that when you use Multi IQ on your Nox you will leave it glued in that setting. . Alaska's ground sounds very similar to ours here in New Zealand. Mostly glacial type affected deposits with pretty mild ground conditions. Not a mix of ground mineral rich soup. Best of luck on your gold season. Bear. Thank you for your kind words. We are coming into our winter now so it won't be so inviting to get up into the hills swinging. Simon is very enthusiastic....... I remember those days of being out there in almost every type of weather condition: rain, snow, ice & sleet. Frozen rock hard ground ..... Such is the fever. Very best of luck for when you can get stuck into your dredging season. Cheers JW
  21. 1 point
    Ha ha.... Even the tiniest of tiny pieces get no second chance with me JW
  22. 1 point
    I have not tried tracking yet...I find myself auto ground balancing often which seems to make the machine run more stable. Yesterday I was hunting a beach for a couple hours here in the Delta...full of black sand..I could not get the machine to GB at all. Still found lots of targets as there was lots of erosion present. Small coil needed please Minelab! strick
  23. 1 point
    Oh I quite agree Jeff. Brad’s photos could depict a number of common sulfides / arsenides and there are other possibilities. For example, I have a few ore samples exhibiting native silver ‘horns’ and veinlets protruding from oxidized surface niccolite embedded in a light brown carbonate rock, that look very similar to Brad’s sample. But I seriously doubt this is what Brad has found in his area, as these are quite rare. We make our best guess based on the info provided and what we think we see in the photo. The one photo appears to depict some foliation, but there’s no way to be certain. This is why I included a schist photo for him to do a comparison. It ensures that he’ll know if his sample is schist or something else. Jim.
  24. 1 point
    Hi, I am around 75% certain that Jim Hemmingway has correctly identified your specimen. As he said the photo is fairly blurry so that other 25% lurking in my mind says that this could also be a specimen of one of the Iron/Copper Sulfides like chalcopyrite or bornite. If tiny pieces of the specimen are easily removed by your fingernail and look like tiny thin sheets then it is definitely a phyllite or decomposing muscovite mica schist. If the specimen is harder and more compact with chunky pieces breaking off then my 25% minority guess is probably closer to the correct ID in which case we are looking at a mineral or combination of minerals.
  25. 1 point
    That was no nugget, hell it was a flat thin flake. Really surprised the EQX got it. Found about four more even smaller! All on bedrock and just a slight waiver in the thresh hold, the one pictured actually zipped pretty good! Spring dredging didn't happen for me, Dad passed last month and I missed the low water flow. Hopping to still get in and give it a go this weekend. Looks like the water is dropping to 1000 cfs that's gonna be tough but I did sample my spot two weekends back and it looks promising so we'll see. If not I will move the dredge to a new spot that will be easy to dredge. So far I really like the new EQX, I put my F19 and gold racer up for sell and we'll see about the Ecal. Looks like I may be down to the EQX and my GPX 5000? Really is cool I can use one machine to hit the beach for rings, hunt gold in the hills and hammer the parks for silver coins that by the way do not exist in Anchorage! Just ordered some Grey Ghost phones today for hunting wet locations. So I'll see about that soon. How about you, any dredging yet? Hey JW, No I ran it in 40KH figured the gold I would find was going to be small and I was short on time. But the next time I will. I have used it in gold mode at the park and at the beach and If the trash isn't to bad I really think it would be a killer on micro jewelry! I think I have about 15 hours or so on it but I can see it having the ability to be impressive in many different areas. Best of luck to you! SJM
  26. 1 point
    Nice job Steve! Good write up as usual.
  27. 1 point
    Nice finds....The Bell looks like it could be brass
  28. 1 point
    Finally, they have arrived, now I can put the snorkel back on..... Extra long cable, 41" of straight cable from connector allowing you to Velcro under the arm and still have plenty of cable to the headphones. No cable having to dangle in front of your face! Loudness is good, preliminary garage tests show constant mid 70's decibels on a target with full volume on the machine settings. Fit is typical Koss yellows and can be improved with gel ear pads which will be on order shortly. Cliff
  29. 1 point
    Went to a place that I knew had lots of trash, bits of metal and square nails and I've hunted this place out I thought. I had found a seated quarter and V nickel back in the day but nothing for the last couple years. This is why I got the equinox for places like this. Mostly shallow Target surrounded by iron.
  30. 1 point
    Hi Bado, In the wood chips I use the F75LTD with DST and the little 5x10" DD coil. HH Mike
  31. 1 point
    Very nice , Mike! Were you using your E-TRAC? I did the same thing and only found a small silver ring and a silver crucifix with the 800. No gold. My Nox must be faulty! Dean
  32. 1 point
    GBing is just part of the process for me as well. If the ground is too trashy and I can't find a clean spot to GB I just put it in tracking and let the machine figure it out. It seems to settle down after a short period and all is good. Dean
  33. 1 point
    Fast and Easy Start in the manual actually includes a recommendation (side note) to GB if you are experiencing excessive ground noise that manifests as ferrous range falsing (bouncing -8, -7's) when you invoke the all metal pushbutton. Otherwise, Multi IQ is very forgiving to a less than optimal GB setting. Since Auto GB is relatively easy to accomplish, I routinely Auto GB at sites with any level of mineralization present. Otherwise I just use the default GB setting, especially at a white sand beaches (i.e., beach with non-existent black sand) where there is little for the Auto GB to grab on to, which could actually result in a worse GB setting because the auto circuit is just guessing without a solid mineralization or salt reference. In the surf, I use tracking which is recommended due to the constantly changing salinity levels. HTH
  34. 1 point
    found these little guys and had fun! thanks RT for all the help and info!!!!!!!!!
  35. 1 point
    Hi Brad… your photos are a bit blurred, but your sample appears to be a “schist”. Schist is a generic term for a foliated metamorphic rock. It displays well-developed foliation (leaves or sheaves of leaves), often through inclusion of mica. It represents the ultimate stage of metamorphism. A schist is usually derived from fine-grained sedimentary rock such as shale that has been exposed to some combination of heat / pressure. Individual minerals in schist have grown during metamorphism so that they are easily visible to the naked eye. Foliation takes place when pressure squeezes the flat or elongate minerals within a rock so they become aligned. These rocks develop a platy or sheet-like structure that reflects the direction that pressure was applied. Schists are named for their mineral constituents, for example, mica schist is notably rich in mica such as biotite or muscovite. From what I can see, that is what is depicted in your photo. Below I’ve included a close-up depiction of a mica schist so that you can compare your sample to it as a confirmation. Hope this helps. Jim.
  36. 1 point
    I also think folks are hesitant to dial down on sensitivity as necessary to mitigate EMI related falsing. I haven't done a scientific test to verify the detection depth vs. sensitivity curve, but based on the respectable beach recovery depths I have achieved even with sensitivity at a few clicks lower than 20, I imagine you can achieve significant relief from falsing at sensitivity settings near 15 yet still retain respectable recovery depth. Optimal improvement in signal to noise ratio vice just raw target signal reduction can be achieved with relatively small reductions in sensitivity as the noise sensitivity can, in some cases, fall faster (on a percentage basis) than the target sensitivity. In other words if relative target signal "S" amplitude drops from 10 to 7 while noise "N" drops from 4 to 2 by reducing detector sensitivity, then the signal to noise ratio (S/N) goes from 10/4 (2.5) to 7/2 (3.5) which can result in an actual increase in target detectability because of the greater signal to noise ratio. Of course not all noise situations will respond as favorably to reductions in sensitivity and there is always a point of diminishing returns but its worth a shot before going to what I would consider more extreme measures such as forgoing the advantages of Multi IQ for single frequency operations. I know Steve and co. would only consider single once all other noise reduction options have been exhausted (i.e., auto noise cancel/manual noise cancel [800 only]/reduce sense/try another perhaps less than optimal mode/try single frequency/Use heavy segment notching/disc). Not sure any of the above options would have helped Nuke, however, in the extreme EMI conditions described. Sounded pretty nasty.
  37. 1 point
    Thats fine. Frankly I don't need to spend any more money on detectors...what I have seems to find stuff to my liking any ways... finding the time to detect and getting the coil over gold seems to be the problem... Hopefully I'll get to the high country soon for some fun in the Pine forests. I'd better charge up the GPZ as I have not looked at it in months lol strick
  38. 1 point
    Thanks Steve and Jonathan...nothing I do has been earned. Rather it is the wonderful work of Steve and Jonathan and of course many others that get me running somewhat correctly. If only I had days, weeks and years of continuous experience; rather than the odd week or day... fred
  39. 1 point
    Nice find Joseph....and you found a gold "J" pendant, how neat is that? Neal
  40. 1 point
    Congratulations oneguy… those “little guys” look awfully good to me!!! Moreover, you spent the weekend outdoors enjoying the hobby and obviously having success with your Gold Monster. It doesn’t get any better than that IMO. WTG Jim.
  41. 1 point
    Hey Love2dig, There's a camp on that island called Isola Bella that started in the early 1900's. It's still used as a camp/school for the deaf. Anyways, they have a page on their site with extensive history of the island: https://www.asd-1817.org/about-isola-bella.
  42. 1 point
    Very cool! It would be super to learn the history of that piece! Steve
  43. 1 point
    It's cool because it's so specific to an individual. Hope you can date it and nail down the event.
  44. 1 point
    Nice find. I wonder if it's custom / one-of-a-kind. Makes me think of a scout trip (expedition) where someone was either assigned the job of cook or voluntarily took on the task. I vaguely recall at carnivals and street fairs that you could walk up to a stand which had a machine to stamp out custom tags. Not sure about that, though. Have you searched Google for 'Twin Lakes'? In particular, try and find one in the region where you found the tag. I know of two places in Indiana with this name but I'm sure there are a lot more.
  45. 1 point
    27APR18 approx 15 minutes of sniping with pin pointer at son’s school, and yes this f-pulse works as a stand-alone detector for fresh drops anywhere.. I love this thing. I
  46. 1 point
    Therein lies the truth. The stock 11" is a good all around coil and in one configuration or another that size is used by a lot of manufacturers now days but it can't do it all. The 6" coil due shortly will help for sure however, I would like to see something in the 8 to 9" range in a round coil as well. That "tweener" size could very well be a permanent fixture on the Nox for me. Tom
  47. 1 point
    From my perspective it’s pretty simple. Recovery speed is important in dense trash but coil size trumps all. A detector with a 9” round DD (Deus) is going to outperform a detector with an 11” DD (Equinox) in the densest nails. A Nokta Impact with a 4” x 6” DD will outperform them both at pulling stuff out of the densest trash. This does not surprise me - I expect it. Equinox will not outperform any and all detector / coil combinations on all targets in all locations. Anyone expecting that is unrealistic. On the other hand, in every case I have seen so far the Equinox is going head to head with detectors costing two and three times as much and certainly holding its own. Might a $1500 Deus with 9” HF coil squeak an edge on the Equinox in dense trash? Sure. Might a $2500 CTX get a silver coin a little better in low trash moderate soil? Sure. I have never seen a detector compared so relentlessly to machines costing much more money as if price means nothing. Any other brand and people would scream foul. The fact that Equinox only really compares to detectors costing much more money tells you all you need to know about relative value and performance. The thing is even in an area where something like a Deus with a specialty coil manages to squeak a bare edge it literally is just squeaking a bare edge with a coil size advantage. The Equinox is not getting slaughtered by any means. I look at it and it tells me I can go up against a Deus with 9” HF coil with my Equinox 11” and be doing just fine, thank you very much. Not that I may as well give up and stay home. There is not a VLF machine of any type under any conditions that would leave me feeling significantly outgunned as long as I have an Equinox. Yet let me pick the terms of the hunt and Equinox will significantly outperform the other machine. The Deus with 9” HF coil does well in dense nails. Fine. Now let’s wander down to the saltwater beach and give the Deus 9” HF coil a go in the water versus an Equinox. The CTX does well on silver in low trash moderate turf. Fine. Now let’s take the CTX and go nugget detecting versus the Equinox. For every instance where these videos are comparing an expensive machine under the best circumstances I can flip it around and blow the other detector away. The videos that still need to be done - Deus vs Equinox in saltwater. CTX Versus Equinox on small gold nuggets or small gold jewelry. And so on. Sure, I can make a video of an Equinox versus another detector at what it does best and make it look like a tight race. But is that not showing one machine in the best light possible? It’s not the full picture, just a setup really. I think that for performance on all targets under all circumstances no detector holds a candle to an Equinox. Only specific machine and coil combinations for specific situations might eke out an edge here and there, but nothing is going to match an Equinox for across the board performance for all types of detecting. That machine does not exist. Equinox is in my opinion the best all around detector on the market, bar none.
  48. 1 point
    You can get an aerosol can of rubberised coating from auto shops that is very hard wearing. Used it in the past to coat the underside of the coils that had no skid plate, don't think I ever had the need to recoat them from memory. Initially picked up on the idea when some beach hunters were using it on their coils for increased longevity.
  49. 1 point
    That is so awesome! I know you give a lot of credit to the Nox but you had to choose to dig it. The only problem you have now is topping it. I've been passing up those 2 numbers as they've always been junk. Time to go back.
  50. 1 point
    Talked with a customer yesterday who ordered a Detech 8in DD for Gold Basin, he has been using the 15in Ultimate Spiral DD GPX coil and has been ( killing it ), his words, on nuggets and meteorites. Said he follows after others and picks up missed gold.
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