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  1. 8 points
    This year is starting off pretty good for me. Nine v- nickels, only one buffalo. 25 Indians, one 1866 2 cent piece. That war nickel is the high number one(I'm proud of it.. lol) I'm feeling pretty good about the silver. Three rings and quite a few coins. Still hunting pk1 iron bias 3 recovery 7 and 5 tones. My user profile is set up for trashy areas the same way in pk1 but it's got stuff notched out and depending on the location it may get tweaked (more notched out) lol.
  2. 5 points
    Here ya go...... 1.52 gram. Not bad for the material I actually moved.
  3. 4 points
    Klunker, I got your metal free shoes on order. The beaver is almost finished with them. Size 17 correct? I'll drop them by soon.
  4. 4 points
    Day 3 i yes i managed to find gold with the guidance of Neil with his SDC,Peter had everything in his car so the heat was bearable and a selection of hot drinks was offered while in the bush on the menu: -CAPPUCIANO -FRAPPUCIANO -EXPRESSO -LATTE -HOT CHOCOLATE But no Afugato has the vanilla ice cream was sold out.........? Later that day we went to a spot were i could see mine shaft by the dozen,and we did a metal detecting session on an hypothetical Ghost town (name will be kept secret).And it was time for me to head back to Melbourne,stopping a last time in Dunolly and taking a shot of the famous anvil. I would to thanks again Peter and his wife for the very very warm welcome i received ,amazing food,amazing mentor,a GREAT man!!!! and Steve for the forum as nothing will have been possible without. I will cherish those moments for ever. And i will be back RR aka Regis STARBUSH Break not really always on the look out for a new spot Chinese shaft The famous Anvil in Dunolly Another shaft My Oz gold 0.11gram On my way home Following Peter L200
  5. 3 points
    As Steve say you better do it yourself has I compare the deus/ORX(or any othertop end machine) as a sport bike ,same bike same lap distance and different rider=different time/lap. The round coil is on my opinion less sensitive to big rusty bits.The elliptical coil need to be restricted(lots of discri ) to excel in high trash (Ferrous) area.But I guess it will be more sentive to small gold bits.the 9" is I think the best coil ever made for the Deus. I am testing it at the moment in full blast with success.Same settings different scoils differents targets I wont even start to talk about the frequencies it is another subject Hope that help RR
  6. 3 points
    Simon did a good report on his afternoons hunt at this paticular spot. It was an area I took him to after I had taken him to a creek where I put him onto some spots where he got his first ever detected gold with his GM 1000. On getting up to this 2nd spot, back then, he got some more gold with his GM 1000. I had actually never got any gold here myself with either my GP 3000 or 4500 or on that first day with Simon, with my GB2. So he got 2 bits I think with his GM & I was skunked. Simon had tried a couple of times to go to this spot by himself but just couldn't find it. On his last attempt he was very close but just went up too high & totally missed seeing the old workings. They are impossible to see from any where. You just have to know they are there. I am one of these people that will always go off the beaten track to "discover" areas & that is how I stumbled on these old workings. As Simon has said it was bed rock detecting & on quite steep slopes so I didn't think it would be easy detecting with the Zed so I was going to take my Nox 800 & little 6" coil. On seeing Simon grab his Nox & 6" coil I opted to take the GM 1000 & 5" coil. Was easier to carry up the creek & through the bush. The old timers moved mountains of rock to get to their pay. Very high up from the creek wayyyy down below. I dont know if these are old high terrace workings or glacial deposits. I favor more glacial as there were some huge quartz boulders that were extremely smooth & "water" worn looking. But a lot of the rock was still quite rough & not of a stream worn appearance. The rocks were stacked to high levels & would have been all done by hand. Here is a pathway going up the stacked piles. Just to the right of that tree is a tailings race between the stacked rocks. Looking down into the tailing race. It just amazes me to see the depth of these stacked rock piles, all moved by hand. Notice the lichen growing over the rocks. Above the rock piles is the bedrock slopes we detected. Notice left of center a hole that someone has been throwing the rocks out of to get deeper down. Notice too the clean appearance of the thrown out rocks. I pointed that out to Simon & he was totally oblivious to it. I said to him, Observation & imagination are your key assets in gold prospecting. In other words always be aware of where you are & whats around you, what looks out of place. Even in a rock strewn area like this. After taking the above pic I snapped one of Simon detecting the bedrock slope. I went straight down into that hole. Going by the gravels down in it the old timers may not have gone that far down. The spot I ended up in was top right. Simon disappeared further to the right. Those cracks & crevices looked damn good. But l came up empty. I got a faint hit with the GM 1000 in some gingery coloured gravels. Lovely looking ground. Not even on bedrock & the signal had moved. My first little piece of sassy gold. This was followed by a second signal just a bit lower Another small piece of the good stuff. Because of the nature of the steep slope & the difficulty in the changing ground surface I couldn't stay in full max sensitivity with the bump falsing. I just couldn't keep the control of the coil good enough without bumping the ground so I was forced to back off to about manual 8 sensitivity. So I was sacrificing depth & sensitivity from what I would normally run. So any really tiny bits were going to escape me. Always detecting in all metal mode, as you cant get hotter than that outside of full max sensitivity. So most of the signals were just a crackle in the headphones. Yes I was wearing head phones. Mostly no reading on the Gold Chance Indicator & if there was it often was into the iron side & occasionally flicking between iron & gold. On getting the signal closer to the coil it would favour the gold side. Because the ground looked so juicy & horny I just did a bit of scraping & detecting & that paid off as it brought more signals to light. And it was gold I went up to the top edge of this slope where it dropped awaaaayyyyy..... down to the river below. The kind of place that Simon fares to tread. I have forgotten to say that I was getting quite a few cold rocks, non magnetic. They sort of had their own sound but I always investigate all signals. If not just to get rid of them in case they are masking a faint gold signal. At the top of this slope I was getting quite a few of these cold rocks. One signal, after removing a few of these cold rocks, sounded a bit different. My biggest bit of the day. I was up to five when Simon wandered over. How you doing, he asked. 5, I replied. Me to he said. He was determined to get a 6th & did. I went off looking for more bedrock. Crashing through the bush, but the growth was driving me nuts. Came across an old shovel head that I had found years back with my GP 3000. Simon had seen it too. After Simon finding his 6th piece & then losing it again, thinking he might never re find it. But he did about 15 minutes later. We called it quits, quite happy to have beaten the skunk & get what we did. I think Simon was chuffed to have found more than me. ? Shows just how good the Nox 800 & 6" coil is. His gold was all way smaller than mine. Like Simon said, It is very hard to pick between the GM 1000 & the Nox 800. They both trade off between each other very evenly. My result was 5 for .44 of a gram. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  7. 3 points
    "They probably caught some birds in the bush and cooked them up as their attempt at KFC. " HA! Brings back memories of working in the mountains 25 - 30 years ago when I would pack in, sleeping on the ground every night, waking up in downpour of rain or covered in snow some mornings. A couple of times I had my "KFC" grouse as Simon mentions cooked over the fire after getting them with a rock because didn't carry a sidearm generally. Last time I recall was in the Florence area in fall '95. Now I have a desk job and read these posts- ha! We used to see many places with the stacked rock walls/piles like in Kiwijw's photos way back in the middle of nowhere - i just wish i could remember the easier ones to get to now.
  8. 3 points
    UPDATE: Got the little 3 piece earring thru the ultrasonic cleaner today and it popped up 925!!!!! Silva baby!!! Went to the beach with Mitchel, Lu and The BIG BOY......Curtis After a little class on beach hunting we headed out--- First hour I got a corroded penny....?---but hey we were at the beach on a beautiful day----there were some other sights to enjoy also...? Anyway i digress,,, next stop somewhere near Venice Beach----- we attacked again,,, I finally locked in to a quarter and then started gridding, picked up some jewelry stuff and then a dime.... then i found the big one!!!! 1 ouncer and a half ouncer and a 3/8 ouncer!!! Fishing weights that is!!!? But those weights slowed me down and got me gridding even slower... and i got a faint weird hit that was deep....but it was junky sounding Off and on with numbers going this way and that way every time the waves came in and filled up the hole. grrrrr So the next time i got a break from the waves I dug like Trent King after a gurgler!!!!! hahhaha Turned out to be my first ring of the season! Yes... And I definitely got the heaviest poke today!!!!! Go Team USA !! https://photos.app.goo.gl/vK1knmSm1cjLczL8A
  9. 3 points
    Daniel not only does cow urine mess up a site for detecting, it also heavily corrodes a lot of metal objects, including silver coins. I've observed this phenomenon several times. I just detected a site that has heavy alkali soil. I've done well there in the past with my Racers and Impact, but they struggle, you have to try to coax a signal out of any little tick of audio you get from the detector to try to bring up a signal. Last week I was able to detect there with the Equinox. For about the first half of the hunt, I fiddled around trying to get my go to Field2 to work, but it wasn't cutting it. Finally I switched to Beach1 and what a difference, it started lighting up targets with clean clear audio whereas Field2 was getting tons of falsing, audible ground mineral feedback, and unless an object was practically on top of the ground it wasn't finding much.
  10. 2 points
    It doesn't matter how it was found, the fact it was found is good enough, and you can watch them find it on screen.... it's not everyday I can watch someone find a nugget that big or a nugget at all, not many people capture the moment on video. Sure the show is hyped up and possibly a few scenes here and there very exaggerated but I'd rather be watching that than some heavys trying to lose weight on a walking machine or girls trying to find a farmer for a husband or something, it's a very different type of reality tv ?
  11. 2 points
    Reality, for those that can't stand drugs... They still found it and none of us did...that is something! fred
  12. 2 points
    The only way to get good, accurate metal detector comparison videos is to do them yourself. The Orx just came out so expecting tons of videos delivering the exact kind of content you desire is probably premature. And nobody has ever considered the Orx to be a “beach detector” anyway so that’s about the last video I would expect to see. My own opinion is the saltwater beach, if you are halfway serious about it, is the place for a multifrequency machine or a pulse induction detector. The Orx will be just as poor on a saltwater beach as any detector running at a single frequency. It is inherent in the technology.
  13. 2 points
    I had a chance for a beach hunt this afternoon. Conditions are not ideal but a bit of energy did move the sand a bit. I didn't see many clues so I just hunted the expected and unexpected spots. The quantity of targets was low but they turned out to be very interesting. The first ring (16g) has a hand on it and an opal?/plastic stone. It has no markings but appears to be stainless. The second ring sounded like a quarter and a little higher 31-32 and it is 9 grams of silver and stone. It is uncleaned. The final good target was barely audible even tho it was more shallow than the rings. It was a garbled sound that was a chain I thought. Its a dagger with some rust on it. The top is broken off but the detail and the feel of the plastic is above average. It almost looks like carved ivory but it is not. The good finds had all been in the water at high tide.
  14. 2 points
    Tarsacci unit will give ID using AM. Salt beach/sand hunters are probably watching for any positive numbers going for the gold. Yet they may be dismissing some targets based on AM provided tone, depending on what they hear. So they are not necessarily glued to watching a screen for ID numbers while sweeping.
  15. 2 points
    To the next generation we will be the "old timers" who went through with magic sticks trying to find gold, who know's what technology they'll be using ? I'd move about 30 rocks and be done for the day with a sore back and a bruised toe from a rock drop... I have no idea how they did it and they didn't even have KFC as fuel like we do! They probably caught some birds in the bush and cooked them up as their attempt at KFC.
  16. 2 points
    phrunt, you could have found it with a pointy stick mate. The EXCAVATOR found it. If you like those sort of programs (totally staged) then you are easily entertained. I can't watch them. REALITY TV!!! Yeah, right. Just embarrassing.
  17. 2 points
    We then drove around and look for different spot and end up the day with a FANTASTIC Diner prepared by Pete s wife. I found no gold on day one but i spend a very good day despite the heat , thanks God Peter had a fridge in the car and chilled drinks were a blessing. Another bit of Gold for Peter heavy weight this time 0.015 gram.......Equinox i unreal HOT!!!!!!!! Day one lead Peter day 1 gold My new friend!!!!!
  18. 1 point
    I am primarily a gold prospector but I do enjoy all things metal detecting. The thing is I really like finding gold (or platinum, silver, etc.) so my focus is always on precious metals. That being the case relic hunting has not particularly appealed to me, especially given the laws surrounding finding true artifacts in this country. Many relic hunters are at least technically in violation of federal law if they are recovering items 100 years or older and in many places 50 years or older can get you in trouble. I don't need that kind of trouble in my life and so even though the actual risks involved tend to be overblown, it is not something that excites me. I have the law firmly on my side when prospecting for gold on land open to mineral entry. Eight years ago some friends suggested I might enjoy hunting ancient artifacts and gold in England. The UK has laws regarding the recovery of antiquities that are far superior to ours. They actually support metal detecting and have proven so successful that museums are being overwhelmed by the numbers of exciting finds being made. I always wanted to find a gold coin anyway. My friends suggested the operation that centers around Colchester, England. Colchester is the site of the earliest Roman occupation in England and has history extending far earlier. The Celtic tribes in particular were active in the area, with many Celtic gold coins found by detectorists. The gold coins found span the millenia though including hammered gold coins and milled gold coins of more recent vintage. Just browse the website finds page for an idea of the types of finds made every day in this area. All photos in this story may be clicked or double clicked on for larger versions. Just one field of several at this one location. I could have spent the whole trip here. The hunts are limited to a couple times per year when the farm fields have just been harvested or planted, so Feb-March in the spring and Sept-Oct in the fall. The limited timeframe and limited openings means it is hard to get your foot in the door with this club unless you apply a year or more in advance. 2019 is already filling up and people are booking 2020 now. Long story short I made the trip for two weeks back in 2010 as told at Metal Detecting Ancient Coins at Colchester, UK. I refer you there for more details especially photos of all my finds. The hunt was amazing with finds ranging over a 2000 year span. Finds that would be world class in the U.S. are not only common but considered "new" by comparison to the finds I made almost every day I was in England. Yet I did not score that gold coin. There are many found, but when you consider the number of people hunting 12 hours a day the reality is that you have to be very lucky to get your coil over one, even given a full two weeks. I came away better educated on that reality. It was a fabulous trip but I was in no great rush to return knowing what I learned, plus it rained half the trip, and UK farm field mud is as sticky as it gets. It is far easier to find gold nearer to home and I went back to prospecting and jewelry detecting as my main focus for finding precious metals. Nostalgia does creep up however, and as time passed I thought I should give it another go. I booked a slot with two of the hunt managers, Minnesota Mindy and Chicago Ron, figuring that I had a shot at maybe at least one of them. I had never met Mindy but we knew of each other from Ganes Creek days, and Ron I took a photo of making his first Morini Celtic gold coin (see story above). A year went by and then suddenly Mindy had an opening, which I jumped on immediately. Just a few days later Ron had an opening. I was going to decline, then saw by some miracle his week started when Mindy's ten days ended. I really hate making trips of any magnitude for less than two weeks. This is low odds stuff and the costs also do not justify short hunts in my mind. I booked with Ron also and suddenly had seventeen days in England on my calendar for October 2018. By sheer coincidence it turned out that a forum member unearth (hi Gary!) was booked for Mindy's portion. Field with view of the River Stour I got a ticket with United for $1250 round trip to Heathrow from Reno, NV. It is a pretty easy flight really. Afternoon flight out of Reno to Los Angeles, and then 11 hour overnight flight from LA to London. Overseas flights coach class is more like domestic first class, and if you can sleep on planes you can sleep most of the journey away and wake up in England. My return was the reverse but routed through San Francisco with a longer layover in order to deal with customs on re-entering the U.S. No real issues for those used to navigating large airports. It could be exciting for novices however but just relax and ask for help the minute you have any problems. The trips to a certain degree are like an all inclusive vacation with most everything covered, but may include nights out at English pubs for dinner. I did none of that my first trip so looked forward to seeing a little more local flavor this time around. I must be mellowing with age because it is not all about the hunt these days - I am making more effort to smell the flowers along the way and just enjoy. Accommodations on the trip are in barns that have been converted to apartments, which is why these types of hunts are referred to as "barn hunts" but there are other options. Rooms are normally shared - my room for the first ten days. Art was a great roommate. I got far more lucky with weather this time much to my relief. It makes everything more pleasant for all involved. Groups consist of seven or eight people including the host, who busses the group to different fields each day or twice a day. All morning hunting takes place on one farmers fields. The hunt may continue on that farmers land in the afternoon, or switch to another famers land. The farmers are paid by the number of people on their land each day so for logistical purposes it is one or two landowners per day. The amount of land available is mind-boggling vast. There are fields that have been hunted for the 16 years the club has been in existence, and good finds are still being made. This is part due to the sheer size but also the fact that the famers deep plow and turn the land. Targets that were too deep or on edge get brought up or reoriented, and so areas thought dead come back to life on a regular basis. I proved that myself this trip. New fields are also added on a regular basis for those who like that feeling of being on less hunted ground. I took two Equinox 800s on the trip, one outfitted with the new 15" x 12" coil that arrived just before my departure. This is a fantastic coil, very light for its size, and just the ticket for covering huge areas. There is a depth bonus also on most targets but to me that is just a bonus. That extra 4" coverage per swing is far more important in improving the odds for finds than another inch of depth. I will get more into my settings and how they evolved during the trip as a follow up post. United wants $100 for a second bag, and I was able to bring two complete Equinox and everything I needed for three weeks on the road in a single 40 lb bag plus small satchel carry on. Nice! I could drag this out as a blow by blow accounting of each day but let's cut to the chase. Just a couple days into the hunt one of our group found a Celtic gold coin, always a good sign. Five days into the hunt Gary (unearth) scores part of a medieval gold ring with a red stone, possibly a ruby. A great find and Gary was very pleased to find gold - who would not be? Congratulations Gary! I and the others were finding various old coins and artifacts similar to what you would see in my story from 2010 - lead seals, hammered silver coins, watch winders, buttons galore, musket balls, etc. Gary scores gold and a gemstone - jewelry finds are very rare October 16 dawned nice and sunny, and we went to hunt some of the older ground in the club and so few people want to hunt there. Yet I was immediately busy digging "gold range" targets with my focus being on target id numbers from 7 on up. I will explain the reasoning there later. I made a few passes back and forth digging all manner of small lead bits when I got a nice little 7-8 reading no different from hundreds already dug in the last few days. I turned over a spade full of dirt, and out popped an oddly shaped piece of gold! Celtic "Votive Offering" fresh out of the ground! I knew it was gold but I was not sure what it was. It looked like a small torc, normally a band worn around the arm or neck. This was too small, maybe 5-6 inches long, so it would barely loop around a wrist enough to stay put. More like the size of a ring really. Whatever it was I knew it was great and my emotions soared sky high. I reached in my pocket for my iPhone to take a picture.... and had an emotional crash. My phone was gone! I went from elation to panic almost instantly. I left the find and detector where they were, and proceeded to backtrack my trail. I had not gone far and the ground was rolled flat, so I determined I must have left the phone in the van with Mindy. So I got on the radio and announced my find of a "mini-torc" and explained I had lost my phone. New Minelab Equinox 15" x 12" coil helps make once in a lifetime find Mindy was excited and said she would be right there. She did indeed have my phone, so we rushed back and took photos of the find. Everyone gets excited when gold is found and this time was no different. Now that I had my phone I got excited all over again, quite the rollercoaster! Happy guy! Photo courtesy of Mindy Desens Celtic gold, the find of a lifetime for sure. Many of the Celtic gold coins found here date from around 50 BC to 25 BC and so it is reasonable to think this find is of similar age, though that cannot be determined for sure without further testing. Gold dropped around 2100 years ago - simply amazing! Equinox and Celtic gold! The find has since been labeled as a gold "votive offering". The ancients lived for the harvest, and offerings were made to the gods in the form of gold tossed into the field to insure a good harvest. At least that is the theory that tries to explain why nearly all the farming land seems to have at least a few Celtic gold items found in them eventually. The truth is nobody really knows for sure as there are no written records from that time. For all we really know this might be an ancient gold hoop earring! That's half the fun, imagining what this stuff is and why it is where it is. The club has been hunting these fields for around 16 years, and while many Celtic gold coins have been found this is the first item of it's type, making it a particularly rare and satisfying find. It is really hard to get my head around the fact that somebody last held this gold over 2000 years ago. Celtic gold "votive offering" closeup All gold or silver that is not a coin is immediately declared as treasure to the museums. I actually got to handle the find very little before it was whisked away to a safe. The museums will evaluate it, and possibly bid on it. High bidding museum gets the find, and the money would be split between me and the property owner. If the museums decline, I will pay the property owner one half the value and eventually get it back. This normally takes about a year but can take two or more years depending on the backlog. Every item found that the finder wishes to keep must go through this process, and there are only so many experts who can identify and catalog all this stuff. I live for the hunt and the photos. It's not like I haul gold around to show off to people - it all resides in a safe deposit box. So for me the only real value is in making that adrenaline rush happen and then having photos I can easily share with others. I won't mind therefore if it sells at auction and I get half the cash. Clean and easy. If I get the opportunity to get it back however I may very well have my find fashioned into a ring. There are not many people in the world who can claim to be wearing jewelry fashioned before Christ was born. I could sell it myself no doubt for over twice whatever I pay for it, but I don't need the bucks that bad to part with such a find. Celtic gold details - actual age unknown but BC, around 25 to 50 BC if in range of coins found in area The Equinox with 15" x 12" coil did a good job making this discovery. As a classic open ended "broken ring" type signal it was reading 7-8 and was detectable to only about 4-5 inches in air tests. I am guessing it was about 4 inches deep. The Equinox is exceptionally hot on gold and while you can never say for sure it is very possible that this gold item was left in this heavily hunted area because it is such a poor signal on most detectors. Needless to say I am very happy with both my Equinox and the new 15" x 12" coil. It is the perfect coil for this type of large field detecting. Speaking of Equinox I was surprised at how many were already in use with this random cross section of hunters from around the U.S. About three-quarters of the hunters were swinging the Equinox, most having switched from the Deus or CTX 3030. Other than the typical minor quibbles people were unanimous in liking the machine and there was constant talk about how well it was performing. The Equinox really loves round items in particular, and people were reporting noticeable increases both in depth and target id accuracy at depth. Ferrous identification is almost 100% accurate under these conditions. I dug only one ferrous item in nearly three weeks that just clearly fooled me, a very deeply corroded steel spike of some sort. There were a handful of other ferrous targets I dug that I figured were ferrous but were borderline enough I figured "just dig it". Better safe than sorry, but in each case they were the expected ferrous items. Lots of Minelab Equinox plus a Deus and CTX The next day we were back in the same general area. There was one small plot Mindy wanted to hunt and nobody else was interested, so I decided to hunt with her. I was at one end of the field and Mindy the other. I was hunting fast, trying to cover area, when I got one of those showstopper signals and dug a nice 1737 George II milled silver sixpence. I had no idea what it was - kind of looked like a Roman emperor to me and so Mindy had to take a look. I found I was best off not speculating on finds as I was usually wrong though I am learning. The "George" I know now is a dead giveaway that this is a "recent" vintage coin. A real beauty though and I was quite pleased with it. 1737 George II milled silver sixpence It was only 15 minutes later that Mindy calls out on the radio that she found a full Celtic stater, the larger of the Celtic gold coins. It was her twelfth gold coin find on these hunts over the years, and a real beauty at that. I am one of those people who get nearly as excited as the finder when a great find is made - I love seeing people do well detecting - and this was very thrilling to witness. Although I was in no position to complain this was exactly the sort of find I had hoped to make myself, and it is nice to know these targets still remain. I had walked maybe ten feet past the coin as I headed for the far end of the field. Just a stunning coin, and looked almost brand new even though it had been in the ground for around 2100 years. Gold is just amazing in that regard, whether nuggets, jewelry, or coins, they pop out of the ground like they were dropped yesterday. Mindy scores a Celtic gold stater - her 12th gold coin 45 BC to 25 BC Addedomarus - Trinovantian tribe 5.58 g.16.90 mm Can you imagine, twelve gold coin finds, including a hammered gold noble, some sovereigns, and Celtic gold? Mindy is amazing. Here I am looking for my first gold coin and she gets her twelfth - now you know why this hunt attracts people. The next day we were hunting some of the newer, less hunted ground, but after some high speed scanning I wandered off to an area that has been hunted a lot before because two gold sovereigns had been found there recently. There are areas where there are lots of targets, and also vast stretches of fields where targets are few and far between. People tend to like the idea of new fields, but they often have very few targets to dig. I kind of prefer older target rich zones that have prior gold history because even after years of hunting I have no problem digging lots of gold range targets in these locations. This does usually mean lead but I am happy to dig lead targets all day as opposed to being in an area where there are only targets once every 15 minutes or more. This was one of those locations, and I was in gold hunt mode digging lots of tiny signals in the 7-10 range with 9 being particularly prevalent. This almost always is an oblong little bit of lead, but I dug another nice 9 signal and up popped a large gold flake! It was not much different than something I might find gold prospecting, but is either a fragment of a hammered gold coin that has been worn to oblivion or maybe a portion of a blank gold sheet. I don't know but it was my second gold find in three days and so very nice to see. Just making one gold find is exceptional, and two in a week is harder yet. The flake only weighs 1.03 grams and is 15.05 mm long and 0.80 mm thick. Truly just a flake of gold, and another testament to the gold ability of the Equinox even when running the larger coil. I was pleased with the find as much from a technical aspect as anything else, since I have already found countless similar flakes of gold while prospecting. I went all the way to England to find a flake of gold! It finally came time to say goodbye to Mindy and the group and get handed off to the new group incoming with Chicago Ron. Ron is an incredible hunter with a real nose for making finds. I really enjoyed watching him - an artist at work. In fact there are many people on these hunts that are amazing detectorists (Scott and Scott, and Mike, I'm looking at you) and there is always something to learn by observing good detectorists in action. What makes Ron special is he just wanders around in an apparently random fashion, yet consistently wanders into some really great finds. He has one of the best noses for detecting I have ever seen. My luck dropped off in this final week but no complaining here - nobody would sympathize anyway! I had my trip in the bag and was more relaxed and I was admittedly cherry picking a lot more now, focusing on the gold range and round targets. Most people are hunting hard for hammered silver coins, but for me those were more accidental bycatch. I just hunt for gold and let the rest happen. I had the chance to eat out a few times with Ron's group and enjoyed seeing more of the local flavor than I did on my first trip to the U.K. There was a dinner night out with Mindy's group (I bought dinner and drinks for all celebrating my find) that was a good time. I just love the English people and these nights out gave me more chance to interact with them. I even took time out from a hunt to go shopping in town with Mindy just to see the town of Manningtree close up. Again, one of the benefits of making a great find - the pressure was off and I did not get so crazy about just detecting. Manningtree, England One pub in particular out with Ron and company was directly across the street from where the captain of the Mayflower lived. The history everywhere you look is just stunning. Ron like nearly everyone in his group is was swinging an Equinox, and early on one day of the hunt he made a find that is rarer than the gold coins - a huge 1653 Commonwealth hammered silver half crown (30 pence). This is one of the few English coins with no king on the front because England was a Commonwealth without a king for a brief period of years. How this 14.39 gram silver coin was still sitting in the middle of a hunted area is a mystery, but as we all know if you do not get the coil right over the spot finds get missed. The coin is 34.66 mm or 1.36 inches in diameter and 2.0 mm thick. I got a great photo of Ron with his first Morini Celtic gold on my last trip, and here he is again doing his magic. What fun! Chicago Ron and 1653 Commonwealth hammered silver half crown Ron's 1653 Commonwealth hammered silver half crown I added to my collection of hammered silver, 1700 and 1800 copper coins, and milled silver coins with the remaining time I had. I tended to wander off in oddball directions away from the group, doing the "go big or go home" thing by hoping to get into some little corner or hotspot overlooked by others. Given the size of these fields there are limitless opportunities for this sort of wandering, and it often means fewer finds. It is however how spectacular finds like a horde happen so I do enjoy giving it a go. It ultimately is my favorite type of detecting, being alone in some place wandering around doing my own thing. Gridding target rich zones is probably more productive, but it has a mechanical work aspect to it. Wandering is more freestyle and also more conducive to the sort of meditative mental state I achieve while metal detecting. I am one of those types that lives in my head and some of my best thinking is done while wandering around detecting. I get so into "the zone" that hours flash by in apparent minutes. Whether I make finds or not I find metal detecting to be wonderfully refreshing. For me at least there are few things more relaxing than metal detecting. The trip ended with a spectacular bang by another new Equinox owner who recently joined the forum. Tim was kind of frustrated with the Equinox when I met him, but I did what I could to help him gain confidence in his detector, and the finds started coming. The very last day he made a find that exceeded my own in some ways, but that is his tale to tell so I will leave it for now. It was so awesome again to be around when a major find was made, and come to find I had walked about 30 feet away from it the previous week. Miss it by a foot or a mile, and you miss it. Usually you never know what you miss, but in this case I got to find out. It may be hard for people to believe but I am happier that Tim made the find than me. I am getting a bit jaded these days whereas Tim nearly fainted from the excitement. I get a real charge out of seeing that in people and Tim is just a really nice fellow. He really worked hard for that find and it was an awesome way to have the adventure come to a close. I am sure we will hear the details about Tim's amazing find very soon. I could not be happier with my 2018 UK adventure. The weather this time was really great. I actually got a farmers tan while in England! Mindy and Ron and his wife Gretchen are all great, doing everything they can to insure people have a good time. The folks I got to visit with in both groups came from all over the country, and I could not ask to meet a nicer and more upbeat bunch of people. I really am going to have to give this another go because I finally came home without that gold coin. Even that is ok because what I did find is even rarer, and I made two gold finds on the trip. Eight years ago I went home with a pouch full of great stuff, but I think my pride was a bit wounded that I had found no gold. I am supposed to be the "gold guy"! I am constantly competing with myself at some level, and this trip really left a warm glow. Again, my thanks to all involved for making this one of the best experiences in my now very long detecting career. Just awesome!! ~ Steve Herschbach Copyright © 2018 Herschbach Enterprises Many more details and pictures later in this thread plus the settings I used so do follow along ! Here is a partial selection of some of the finds I made on this trip. I won't be able to post a complete listing until I get the museum documents back - may be a year or more from now! A few finds made by Steve Herschbach in England, 2018
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    KiwiJW and I had a busy weekend, he'd just flown to Christchurch (The South Islands biggest city) to pick up his new Toyota Landcruiser or as I call it the monster truck and he had to drive it back down to Queenstown to pick up his caravan to tow it up to Christchurch to swap it over for his new Caravan. I went on the journey up to swap it over, it's about a 6 hour drive each way through some stunning countryside and a very nice drive. We were going to spend the night up there but decided it's best to take the drive up and back in one day so then we had the next day free for some gold detecting! Great idea! John now has two big new toys to enjoy, the Monster truck tows a caravan like it's not even there ? The spot we decided to detect is a place John had taken me on my first ever successful day detecting for Gold, I had tried to go back there a couple of times and got lost trying to find it. I was sure there was more gold there but it's in a difficult to find place in wild bush. My last attempt at finding the place I only just got out of the bush before dark and I had no light with me, I almost had to stay the night. John found the spot with ease and off we went detecting. He was using his Gold Monster 1000 and I used the Equinox 800 with 6" coil. There is a lesson in this post for Equinox users on finding tiny gold. The thing I like about this location is being as remote as it is there is no junk except that left behind by the old gold miners, and that junk doesn't bother me at all. Shotgun pellets are my enemy and fortunately these aren't a problem in this spot. If you get a good target in this spot, it's more than likely going to be gold, although my first target was mostly reading VDI 1, 2 on the Nox but jumping regularly down to -7, -8 then back up to 1, 2, a bit of an all over the place reading. It was down in a crack in the bedrock and I spent about half an hour smashing away at the bedrock to get it out, I wasn't sure what to do so asked JW who said just keep smashing away and he came over to help, we eventually got it out, much faster with JW's help and it turned out to be a tiny little bit of metal, possibly lead or zinc or something, but tiny. How it got so far down in the bedrock I don't know. This was my only junk find of the day. Next up was another target, this one was constantly in the -5 , -6 range but I knew this spot had small gold and I also knew there was virtually no junk here, the only targets in this location I ignore is ones that go a solid -8, -9 on the VDI's which is what the hot rocks in the area do, rocks bigger than a car or even a house can show a -8, -9 over the entire rock surface in this area, anything else could possibly and likely is gold. This little scraped out area to the left of my coil is where this target was located, in this photo I'd done a scrape to get to the bedrock to improve the signal before recovering the target. You'll see we are high up on a creek side, probably about 50 meters (164 feet) above the creek. Gold can be in the most unlikely places. That edge there has a big drop down to the creek and it's just rock with a thin later of soil and some grass growth of it. Now that I'd done my scrape with about 5cm of soil the target ID had improved drastically from the -5, -6 it was getting to a very repeatable 1, 2, I knew this was unlikely to be a shot gun pellet here so I was confident I had my first bit of gold. I scraped the leftover soil into my scoop and narrowed it down and here is the little sucker. You'll see the little spec in the middle of the scoop. and here it is next to the EQX06 on the coil. All 0.011 grams of it. John was digging away with his GM1000 beeping like mad and he was digging for quite a while in one spot so I knew he was on the gold. I figured I'd go explore further away and leave this area for him and passed a number of old rock piles and an old shovel head. The new location paid off and I quickly got another signal bouncing between -6 and -3 and knew it was going to be gold again If you look closely once I'd cleared the leaf litter away there was a crack in the bedrock, still detecting as -5 or so but I knew it was gold It's almost identical to the last piece and the same weight I next walked up to the cliff edge again where it drops off to the creek and started detecting the rock along the drop off, It wasn't even 10 minutes and I had another hit, again in the -6 to -3 range never once flicking into the positive numbers but my confidence was high it was also gold until there appeared to be two targets. It was in a crevice in the rock again but seeing there seemed to be two targets right near each other I was worried it was a hot rock spot. I cleared away the leaf litter and recovered the targets from the crevice, still never once reporting positive Target ID numbers Out popped this nugget, my biggest so far. Next to the EQX06 again as usual And now to recover the second target. Still stuck in the negative numbers on VDI due to the crevice not letting me get the coil close enough to get accurate ID's Another little tiddler ? The consistent thing happening was all nuggets were coming up in the negative VDI numbers until I was able to get the coil very close to them, you can't rely on positive numbers like the usual 1 and 2 VDI's on this tiny gold. Anything -7 or higher can be small gold. I experimented and checked out -8 and -9 targets but they always ended up just being rock, even small portions of a large rock were coming up as hot rock at -8 and -9 but the -7 and up numbers were consistently gold. For those wondering my settings were Gold 1, sensitivity 25 (max), Horse shoe pressed for all metal mode, I had manually ground balanced although in this location there was extremely mild soils. The other thing I had changed was the iron bias, I'd set that at 0. Detecting around more I got another hit, this one was on more flat ground and was coming up the usual 1 and 2 on the VDIs Another little tiddler. I was confident now I had learnt the secret to the Nox and small gold. Never ignore those negative numbers. I was lucky in this location there was next to no junk so it made this lesson easy, in other locations this method could lead to digging tonnes of junk. I went back to John's area to show him my finds and he was still at this same spot digging away in the same hole he was in when I left. We were both sitting on 5 nuggets each although his were bigger! It's extremely rare for me to have as many nuggets as John with his mighty GPZ, near impossible so I had a chance to beat him this time I just had to find one more!!! I was going to walk back to my spot and keep trying in that area but I walked past a nice crevice, I checked it and nothing, no signal at all but I knew the Nox coil can't get down in crevices well which later I learnt isn't exactly correct, it's coil edges just aren't sensitive all the way around like a concentric coil so I started clearing out the crevice, I got a large part of the dirt and leaf litter out of it and checked it again and I had a hit, another -4 to 1 signal bouncing around a lot. Here's my winner! I knew I had gold. John hollered out what's all that noise, I said I'm onto something I had cleaned out the crevice pretty good and had a signal in there somewhere but It had me stumped, it wasn't in the crevice, it was in the rock itself in the crevice next to it which seemed to come to an end. I smashed away at the rock and a big chunk broke off and inside it was some really fine plant roots from the little bit of grass that you'll see in the broken off bit of rock below.. The coil is sitting in the first cleaned out crevice, the gold wasn't in this one, it was in the one below, that big bit of rock with grass on it was the one I broke out. The grass roots were where the bit of gold was to be found. This piece of gold was deep, at least 3 inches, I am shocked I was able to detect it, I thought it was going to be pretty big as it was one of my best signals of the day and it was deeper than anything else I'd detected, but no, it was tiny. The embarrassing thing about this recovery is I sat the piece on my coil in my usual spot next to the EQX06 branding and stood up to get my phone out of my pocket to take the photo and knocked the detector over, the gold went flying. John heard me say something, I don't recall what I said but I sure was angry! It took me a good 15 minutes or more to recover the bit again, I was thinking it had fallen down in the crevice deeper than it was before and with the Nox coil not being overly sensitive around the edges I was struggling to find it, I had no target signal at all anywhere, I wasn't even sure it dropped in the crevice. I now see why people talk favorably about concentric coils with their sensitive edges. John pointed out I should have tried to use the tip of the coil rather than the sides, that's it's sensitive spot so I wasted a lot of time as it didn't cross my mind to try the tip/tail of the coil and used the sides, silly mistake on my part, the tip of the Equinox coil is indeed very sensitive. I just gradually cleaned all the soil out of the crevice with my fingers and scoop and eventually found the nugget. And my total for the day I also found a tiny spec in my gold jar, it must have broken off one of the "bigger" ones so if I was desperate and JW got 6 also I'd have a secret number 7 to win the day The Equinox can easily find Gold you would only ever expect to find with a gold pan. The little spec is on the scales, too small to give a reading, but I'm 100% certain it's gold and it was a new jar, I'd never used it before. The Equinox is an absolutely crazy sensitive machine to small gold, It's hard to believe how well it can do on the tiny stuff. I'm sure Multi IQ is the secret. Next we were off to KFC for dinner and back to JW's for a nap ready for another day prospecting We did a lot of exploring new places on this day, had a look around gold areas I'd never been to before and John was giving me a good history lesson of local gold mining. John took me to this old this trommel he knew about so I could see one on our exploring, we weren't detecting here, just having a look around at the old mining history of the area. We were thinking of using this to start up our own Kiwi Gold Rush show, John named the trommel Mini Me, and if you look closely you'll see our shiny new digger in the background. Jw next to "mini me" We went to a new location I'd never been to before later in the day detecting, I ended up with a skunk using the Equinox at this spot getting just an insane number of shotgun pellets and 22 shells as the gold just seemed to be too deep for a VLF. JW showed me how it's done with his GPZ, doing extremely well with it of course but that's his story. All I will say is the GPZ is an amazing machine, in fact it's insane how well it works and the tiny gold it can find at massive depth is just mental, I continue to be amazed how good the GPZ 7000 is, one day I will swing one.... one day.... as long as it doesn't lead to a divorce ?
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    I finally did something with this ugly specimen that I found during a 2004 trip to Ganes Creek. Thought I would put a bail on it and sell cheap. Then I thought about my ultrasonic cleaner. WOW price just went up!! Been wearing it myself at times. Weight 18 dwt, can't find a before photo
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    Got out again today with my Equinox 800. Did not find a lot of coins, but did pull 1942s wheat penny and 14k gold ring. Stones in ring tested as diamonds at least according to my diamond tester. I used my usual Park 1, with recovery speed lowered to 4. Ring came in at solid 12 at about 5-6 inches. Excellent day.
  22. 1 point
    I purchased the Pro-Find 35; can't wait to see how it does.
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    I had a high speed blowout on one of my detecting boots yesterday but due to my amazing physical abilities and fast thinking I was able to maintain course and continue detecting. I'm a pretty even tempered, mellow kind of prospector and I keep my cool ,even when the world is collapsing down around my ears. So back to the subject at hand------------ WHY ^%(&#@^!!* CAN'T SOME ^&%+)$&@& COME OUT WITH A ^%_)$!* PARE OF %&$#(#@ DETECTING BOOTS THAT WILL LAST FOR ONE &%$(%#!@ SEASON!? Thank you Dr. Herschbach for the therapy session. I feel much better now.
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    Gol Dangit Sourdough!! The last pair of those that I tried were made out of Iron Wood. Size 17 is ok if they're extra wide.
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    I really like the 35. It is slightly more sensitive than the 25 and is considerably more sensative than any of the garretts. I use mine every time I go nugget detecting. I have even found a tiny dink of a nugget with it all on it's own in a tight hole on bedrock without using the metal detector to locate it before hand. I will be using it in this manner time and time again.
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    You’re having a great year so far! Congrats!
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    These were my finds with Paul today. There is a silver earring and two cheap rings. More diligent gridding is needed for better finds! This is a really good beach right now with 5 rings found in 2 sessions. Phrunt's gold observations and mine about digging negative numbers is holding true. It seems to be the way of the Nox with deep, fringe detecting.
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    Not finding much on beach performance on the orx, only bit I saw was some videos was some guy in the UK on a gravel beach and some deus videos with poor performance and god knows what khz they were using (guessing the highest they could based off the falsing and inability to gb them. Very frustrating to get honest comparisons and tests on any machine. Are people just complete twits or they always show a bias on machines? What ever happened to apples to apples?
  29. 1 point
    Great finds! Thanks for sharing.
  30. 1 point
    It looks the most innovative pinpointer on the market, well done Nokta. I like the idea of a replaceable pinpointer search head being that's the part that wears out. One of these might be on my wish list by the looks of it.
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    Yeah....seeing the old hand stackings around from back in the day always makes my back hurt and I start sweating just thinking about how hard they worked. I would not have made a very good "old timer".....lol Nice gold guys!!!!!
  32. 1 point
    Having an excavator helps. You need to find gold when running expensive equipment.
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    This was an 800/11 hunt today. I've had to turn down the sensitivity down a bit to 21 with a bit of black sand on the beach. There is a slough/sandbar set up and until it goes away the finds will be affected.
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    Its been all over the local tv here in the Golden Triangle, it was found just out of Dunolly on the old lead, also called the German diggings, that were extensively worked during the rush years.
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    Well I finally got the preliminary cleanup done... just letting it dry so I can weigh it later, also there is still more but it is extremely fine so I will probably just do a borax firing in the furnace.
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    I used to have the tejon also with the small coil. I found my first silver with the ORX today. A 1853 half dime.
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    Three days and you found gold, good on you! fred
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    Wow, that being the case a person should check any huge pieces of bed rock when every they are hunting. Wonderful story.
  39. 1 point
    For those of you that don't know me I recently had a severe volume spike in my tinnitus due to my 50% bilateral hearing loss. I've had the ringing for the last 10 years at a very very low tone that was only noticed if I listened for it, now it's on a whole other level. To explain the ringing, it pretty much sounds like the threshold of a GPX on full blast in your head. This weekend I tried to go swinging the Monster and GPX 5000 and found it to be very difficult to concentrate on listening to the machines as my brain was affixed to the ringing in my ears. Im hoping new hearing aids this week with a better masking tone will help. Any suggestions from anybody else who has tinnitus on what they do to enhance there detecting time to make it more enjoyable? -Mike
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    Hey Yes, thanks Rivers rat! It was nice to follow you along for the trip! Good photos too. Thanks for doing the post. It's good you got some gold to show for it, nice chunky looking stuff too. Pretty good effort for a first time gold prospecting, well done. If you think it's hot down there wait until you head north and have to deal with the humidity as well ?
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    Indeed, I was just starting to attempt to measure the output from my 800. The analyzer I was using didn't go up to 40KHz, which negated the validity of the test in the first place. The 800 was also in 15KHz mode, therefore the 1 freq. on Park 1. I thought I'd publish this as an April 1st measurement as I figured it might freak some out ? Anyway, I did get a reasonable test configuration setup and measured the transmit field. In Multi-IQ, it does put out multiple frequencies in ALL modes. Obviously, the magic and "weighting" takes place in the SW of the receiver. The graph included is the output for all the detecting modes.
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    Day 2 and i decided to metal detect with my faulty Xterra 705( was a dodgy gift i guess) which i brought from the UK managed a few bits,which i gave to Neil (bnb owner) to be framed for his collection.No gold for me on day 2 but pellets and the usual gold fields junk.Managed to get lost after heading to Maryborough to refuel and went around for an hour and half in the Australian countryside,managed to spot 30 "roos" in a field and later 1 managed to jump 30 yards from the car but in 2 hops he was gone. Day 2 started early and metal detecting as a warm up Vue from my room SDC2300 the heavy beast Poser..........
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    I got tired of putting my pinpointer in my pocket so I snagged a piece of Velcro 12" long x 2" wide, stuck them back to back and made a quick strap for the holster. Even holds my digging gloves.
  44. 1 point
    I thought you meant this kinda of renourishment.. I guess I was thinking replenish lol!
  45. 1 point
    Bethany, There is not a lot I can offer, that Chase has not already said. Two things that confuse me are, 1. you say you are getting very good depth with a coin buried in your test garden, and 2. you say you had good luck digging many silver coins with a Bounty Hunter 3300, but not with your Equinox. These two things seem confusing. While you may have "hot soil," and you sound pretty certain that you do, if you were digging silver coins in large numbers at 6" deep with your BH 3300, you should be easily able to equal that, at least, with your Equinox. YES, it's a more sensitive detector, and thus can be more "noisy," but you should be able to run your sensitivity down to a lower level (mid teens), and still equal or exceed the depth capability of your 3300 -- while at the same time, reducing falsing/noise that you are receiving. I would think that these "solid high tones" you are getting are chunks of iron -- and iron will, of course, often report as high tone several inches away (off to the side) from the actual location of the target. I suspect that you are hearing nails, etc., that are probably 3-4 inches offset from where you are digging your holes, and that's my guess as to why you are "digging to China" and not finding the target -- it's off to the SIDE of the hole, not deeper down into the hole. I would suggest this -- take a silver coin (or your penny) along with you, to one of those sites where you are struggling with high tones that seem to be "ghost" or "phantom" tones. Then, dig a hole IN THAT DIRT, and bury the coin about 8" deep. I suspect you will be able to detect this coin. If so, perhaps this will give you some confidence that even in these sites where you are getting high tones that you can't seem to locate when digging, you will still be able to hear a coin, if there's one there. Also, I'm curious what you mean, when you say "repeatable" tones. Do you mean "repeatable" when you swing left-to-right over a target? OR, do you mean "repeatable" as you rotate your body 360 degrees around the target, sweeping the coil over the target from ALL angles, and listening to how the target reports/changes as you rotate around it? One big "telltale" sign of iron, is a target that may "sound good" with left and right sweeps from ONE angle, but then the target's tone begins to sound degraded/poor (and often changes in location) when you turn your body 90 degrees and sweep over it. If you are rotating all the way around the target, while sweeping the coil over it, and you are STILL getting solid, consistent high tones, then there may be something else going on. But, I suspect that the soil issues you are mentioning are at least somewhat of a "red herring," right now, and that what you are mainly dealing with is ferrous trash, that is "falsing" -- giving you a high tone -- especially when running fairly high sensitivity... Not sure if this helps any, but that's what I suspect you are dealing with. If you are getting good depth in your test garden, and had no trouble digging silver with your Bounty Hunter, there is NO REASON that you can't accomplish the same with your Equinox (unless there is something wrong with the unit itself -- which I tend to doubt given the good results from your test garden). Steve
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    Allow me to think out loud here because there are alot of things going on with your post that are unusual, perhaps contradictory, yet very interesting. First of all, the Ground Balance reading on the Equinox cannot tell you anything definitive about how "hot" or mineralized your soil is. You need a separate reading of magnetite levels in your soil (usually called a mineralization or Fe3O4 meter) which only certain detectors (not Equinox) have built into their displays. The GB number on Equinox is just a RELATIVE ground phase reading to the internal baseline reference and that reference can change depending on what mode you are using because it varies with frequency and how the detector processes target signal phase changes. That is why you can get a ground phase reading in one mode (e.g., Park 1) that is completely different than the ground phase reading in another mode (e.g., Field 2) - on the SAME patch of ground and why you should always ground balance each mode you use, separately. Second, I am not a soil expert, but it IS unusual to see significant salinity levels and high mineralization AWAY from salt beach areas. Obviously, not impossible since much of the ancient US was covered by ocean (with the great lakes being a remnant of that inundation). And that unusual soil combination you describe certainly can play into the high crop yield you describe. Third, your test garden results have me scratching my head. If your soil content is relatively constant in the region you detect, including your home test garden, then there is no reason you should not be able to replicate your test garden depth results in the field. The test garden results are actually what I WOULD expect when comparing Park 1 to Beach 1, but your depth detection capability is MUCH MORE than I would expect in super hot/mineralized soil. Do you get a reliable Target ID at those depths, or just a repeatable signal that you discern as your penny because you know it is there? I detect in regions where magnetite levels peg the mineralization meter, and your ability to punch to much more than 6 to 8 inches to get a repeatable signal is really limited using a VLF machine. In addition, getting a reliable TID beyond 4 inches is also iffy. So basically, where I usually hunt for CW relics, you are lucky to get a signal at depth on a VLF, and if you do, you typically have no idea what it is until you dig it. You also might want to try to see how it does on a higher conductive silver coin vice a penny, since that seems to be your main target of interest as copper is slightly less conductive than silver. But, like I said, if your test garden soil is the same as your hunt site, then depth should not be an issue, especially Park 1, which should be the go to silver slayer mode. Fourth, you say you often get a repeatable signal, but you find nothing in the hole in the field. That is typically something you also see on salt sand + mineralized sand beaches. It can also be due to individual hot rocks. If you are not even finding falsing ferrous junk, like flat iron or bent corroded nails, then something else must be at play. BTW - does the repeatable signal typically come up with the same Target ID or does it vary across the range? Is the repeatable signal choppy (indicating that it might be clipped by discrimination or recovery speed setting)? Fifth, one aspect of your settings also has me scratching my head. Specifically, you have recovery speed cranked to 8, which greatly limits depth but it also results in the least ground feedback noise primarily because of the sweep speed it forces you to use to acquire a target signal. What happens when you lower recovery speed? Are you hearing more ground noise, forcing you to lower sensitivity? That combination of sensitivity 16 and high recovery speed means you are GREATLY limiting depth. Why do you say those settings are giving you the best results? Can you describe the targets you ARE recovering at with those settings and their depth? All that being said, I will take you word for it that your soil is highly mineralized and has higher than usual amounts of salt content as you seem very knowledgeable about your soil makeup. So based on the information you provided, primarily the unusual combination of salty black sand like soil, I am going to make an unusual recommendation for inland hunting. Specifically, the Equinox has a mode that is set up to "make the best" of the soil situation you describe. You were almost there by trying Beach 1. But as you noticed, you needed to run with lower sensitivity for stability. If your have properly noise cancelled and ground balanced your machine and removed other sources of EMI (e.g., cell phones) then the issue can be the nasty combination of salt and mineralized soil. The mode best set up to handle that is actually Beach 2. See if you can run Beach 2 stable at a normal level of sensitivity (i.e., 18 to 22). What Beach 2 brings to the table is stability under black sand + salinity conditions, but it is not magic and there is no free lunch. The Beach modes are set up to handle the salinity using the multifrequency signal processing component of Multi IQ (that is why you cannot run beach mode in single frequency). But unlike Beach 1, Beach 2 provides stability in salt + black sand conditions by sensing the mineralization level (even though it does not display it on a meter) and then dialing back TRANSMIT power accordingly. The impact is somewhat of a depth hit but you gain a lot of stability which lowers the noise floor enough that the resulting weaker detect signals at least can be heard above the reduced level of chatter. When the Equinox goes into this reduce transmit power mode, it flashes up a warning symbol on the screen. Typically, when that warning does appear, it will not disappear unless you are completely away from the source of mineralization. I wouldn't worry about it though. Especially if you find it has a beneficial effect on your performance. The other thing you should do if the mineralization level or Ground Phase reading is highly variable at your sites is to use TRACKING Ground Balance vice periodic manual or auto ground balancing. This prevents you from having to constantly rebalance and can help smooth out ground phase variations. So give that a shot in your test garden and on some of your hunts. and see what happens. Another suggestion, is to use Gold Mode. Gold Mode does not have tone ID but uses a variable pitch and threshold tone, the combination of which allows it to be very sensitive to small mid conductive targets (I know, not your target of interest), but it tends to punch through mineralization better than the lower frequency weighted modes. You can use either Gold Mode, not much difference between them except for recovery speed. I would suggest using Gold 1 with the higher recovery speed and then see if you need to adjust lower or higher to trade off depth for ground noise (MORE DEPTH with a LOWER recovery speed, but the resulting lower sweep speed results in MORE GROUND NOISE, resulting in diminishing returns. Increase the recovery speed if ground noise is an issue and also try TRACKING ground balance with this mode (which is the default GB mode). Finally, I would experiment with single frequency. If EMI is NOT a problem, see what you can do with 5 or 10 khz in your test garden (use Park 1) and see how it compares to Park 1 multi. Park 1 multi (preferred) or 5 or 10 khz are what you want to use if you are going after DEEP silver. You can try to go to higher frequencies to punch through the mineralization (at the expense of raw depth on all targets) but frankly I don't think mineralization, per se is your problem, at least not in your test garden based on the depth you are seeing. Try varying recovery speed too, to see how that affects your test garden signals. Other less likely possibilities: Are you sure EMI vice mineralization is NOT the issue or perhaps you might have a faulty Equinox coil/head unit? Perhaps EMI is low near your test garden resulting in less noise chatter and false signals. Do you get chatter with your coil in the air AFTER noise cancelling and with default sensitivity, especially in the field. If so, then either you have an EMI problem or perhaps and equipment problem with the Equinox or Coil, especially if it is intermittent or only happens after you have the Equinox powered on for some time (indicating a possible internal component thermal issue which usually results from a bad component or solder connection). Your sites are played out. Silver is one of the easiest targets to cherry pick under ANY conditions and just about any detector, like your capable, but entry level BH 3300 will find silver. I suppose you were using the stock concentric coil on your 3300 also, which is also not a coil type that is know for having good depth under mineralized conditions (which along with your test garden results also makes me wonder if your soil is truly highly mineralized). You recovered A LOT of silver for one year. I do not believe any area can be truly ever be totally played out (either the targets are deeper than technology can reach today or they are shallow but hiding amongst iron or non-ferrous junk). Are you still finding silvers with your BH 3300 but not with the Equinox at the same sites? As I asked previously, what types of targets are you recovering with your Equinox. You say you can find "anything" with the Equinox, yet you arrive at the settings that give you the "best results" supposedly because you have manged to recover SOMETHING with the Equinox, plus I cannot explain your good test garden results and your poor field results. So let us know what type of targets you are managing to recover and at what depth. Anyway, hope I gave you some food for thought that you might be able to use to diagnose the issue or improve performance with your soil conditions.
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    I'm thinking Steve's find was an ancient Roman earring, or a piece of one anyway. Here are some examples Looks about right to me! Sorry to overload your thread with pictures Steve but it's puzzled me the past hour what it could possibly be, and an earring was the most likely object.
  48. 1 point
    Bertha Creek Gold Panning Area An early prospector named Bertha Creek after his daughter. Hand placer and hydraulic mining began in 1902 and may have yielded up to 600 troy ounces of gold. Most gold came from the alluvial fan below the canyon. Bertha Creek crosses the Seward Highway 2.6 miles south of Turnagain Pass. Lower Bertha Creek lies within a withdrawal that extends for 1,300 feet on either side of the Seward Highway from Turnagain Pass south to Pete’s Creek. Bertha Creek is available for recreational panning from its junction with Granite Creek upstream to the powerline crossing (Map). Granite Creek, however, is closed to recreational mining because of its salmon spawning habitat. Bertha Creek south of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula Bertha Creek’s upper portion flows through a glacier-carved valley. Slate bedrock is exposed for 850 feet along the creek, beginning 150 feet above the Seward Highway’s Bertha Creek bridge. A rough trail leads up the east side of the creek. The tan-colored clay layer on bedrock is a good bet for gold that ranges from flaky to nuggety. Single pans have produced gold pieces up to 1/4 inch long. The rust-colored quartz float in the stream bed occasionally contains pyrite cubes and may be the placer gold source. Another trail leaves the highway 250 feet north of the bridge, leading up the northwest side of the creek. At mile 0.2, it passes a bluff overlooking the site where Bertha Creek exits from a narrow steep walled canyon. You can get good colors from stream gravel and fractured bedrock in this area. You can also get gold from nearby Spokane Creek (Map) and Lyon, and Tincan creeks north of Bertha Creek. The withdrawal includes the lower creek portions that are open to recreational panning. An informal pull-off where the Seward Highway crosses Spokane Creek provides parking for 1-2 vehicles. Access Lyon and Tincan creeks from the Turnagain Pass rest area. Parking, camping, and picnic sites are available at Bertha Creek Campground. No motorized vehicles off established roadways in this area. Bertha Creek Public Mining Site Here are a few simple rules and guidelines that all recreational gold panners must know: Recreational gold panning on the Chugach National Forest consists of the use of hand tools, panning, sluicing, and suction dredging with a 4-inch or smaller intake hose. You must follow all National Forest rules, such as camping limits, discharge of firearms, and use of trails. You can find regulations in Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), with general prohibitions in part 261. Review these regulations before you go gold panning. You can find copies of these regulations on the Internet and at Chugach National Forest offices in Anchorage, Girdwood, Seward, and Moose Pass. You can use gold pans and hand tools-fed sluice boxes year round in the streams listed in this booklet. No hydraulic mining or use of earth-moving equipment is allowed. Work only the active stream channel or unvegetated gravel bars. Do not dig in stream banks! You are not allowed to build structures, cut trees or dig up archaeological, historical, or paleontological objects, nor are you allowed to obstruct others in their recreational pursuits. If you find those objects, please report them to the Chugach National Forest. Suction dredges (4-inch nozzles or smaller) are permitted from May 15 to July 15 only. Remember that permits are required. The Kenai Peninsula is home to brown and black bears. Stay alert and avoid bears whenever possible. For more information, get Bear Facts from the U.S. Forest Service or Alaska Public Lands Information Centers. The water is cold and you can expect to get wet— after all, the gold is in the water. Wear insulated waterproof boots and gloves. Wool clothing can keep you warm even when wet. Bring extra clothing and dress in layers. Keep Alaska green, do not trash or litter. Many places have a $1,000 fine for littering. Follow Leave No Trace principles. Good luck and good prospecting! Bertha Creek, Alaska in 2014 Most of the information above was derived from GOLD PANNING, Guide to Recreational Gold Panning on the Kenai Peninsula, Chugach National Forest, Alaska (2018) found here - See the full text for more information and details.
  49. 1 point
    The phone replaces the user interface. the detector is in the coil, just like the Deus. I think a cell phone would make a lousy interface for metal detecting. Dirty or wet hands, gloves, hard to see in full sunshine, thermal overload if exposed to full sun for hours in hot climate, flaky Bluetooth mating, the lis could be extended. Unless all the signal processing is done in the phone, it seems a poor trade-off.
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    Agree. Soft kneepads (cost $5 a pair at my local big box lumber/hardware) make a huge difference. Another thing my hard head found out the hard way. How about everyone, newbie or seasoned expert? I'm to the point where I don't want to watch comparison videos anymore. An expert uses a detector for 6 hours, compares it to one he's used for hundreds of hours, and we're supposed to trust the comparison? True, someone who has done this a lot with multiple detectors will pick things up faster, but also run the risk of missing subtleties based upon trusting that experience too much. A year from now I expect many (including me) will look back and say "wow, how naive I was...".
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