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  1. So I titled this as such because when it gets especially hot (here in Arizona) I start my hunts at midnight and go thru until the morning until about 8am. For me, this offers multiple benefits. There is more time with the family on weekends, which for me is #1; I cherish this more than gold. And secondly, if it is hot out, I cannot keep my ground balanced, as some put it. When it starts getting hot, I would tend not to look as hard and rush through areas. Anyways, back to the gold. I was in a wash last week when I ran into some pretty good gold. I found 11 small pcs adding
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  2. I agree with JW - dig them all. I did find small lead shot was a consistent, rounded noise whereas tiny gold gave a similar noise but with a crackle to it. Almost always knew when it was a less than 0.25 gram piece as it all sounded similar. But I also got gold that sounded exactly like lead shot. And 2 of my bigger pieces I was 100% that I was digging an old square nail. If you are trying to discriminate with a GPZ my feeling is you will be leaving gold behind. JMHO ?
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  3. Got out with the Equinox again to do a little civil War era hunting. I hunted a fort that was occupied from 1851 thru 1862. I dug a lot of trash but I managed to rescue a few keepers.
    4 points
  4. 10 hours until wheels up for ..... Queensland goldfields...(lol) yeah thats it Queensland or Victoria--not sure which, but i do know thats where the gold is---- laying on the ground in heaps after that last tectonic plate shift !!!! I heard rumors of gold squirting up out of the ground and landing like pillow lava.... be sure and get a good ute or you wont be able to carry the nuggets back... Too bad they also said that tectonic shift causedd a major dip in WA and all the gold there is now 300 met4ers deeper than it was before-- Guess i can get some beach hunting in and then go
    4 points
  5. Hi all! I just returned from a short vacation back home in western PA, and squeezed in a couple of hunts at a few old sites -- an 1872 farmhouse, an 1885 house, an early to mid 1800s foundation, and a 19th century cellar hole...plus a short time at an old church or school house estimated to be late 1800s. I managed a nice variety of finds; here are some of the better ones. The large cent is 1818, the pinkish-looking Indian is an 1863 fattie. There is writing on most of the flat buttons, but the only ones I can make out are the gold-gilded one that says "TREBLE GILT STANDARD COLOR," and one oth
    4 points
  6. The only consistent noise a tiny nugget makes,is the rattle in the keep jar.
    4 points
  7. I hate to distract us from the spirited discussion of ZED aftermarket coils and new gold detectors, but I've been working on a plan to spend a few months downunder detecting WA. I sold some gold to finance the operation and convinced my Baja detecting partner we need to get us some Aussie gold. Just so you know I'm not a idiot and going off half cocked here, I purchased the premium edition of Nurse Paul's primer "Yank's guide to plundering Aussie Gold". Some very helpful information..."when handling sharp digging tools, always wear flip flops". Or the timeless, "When drinking a few cold on
    4 points
  8. “A man who unearthed a £145,000 Anglo-Saxon pendant has found more treasure dating back about 800 years. Tom Lucking's latest find saw him dig up a brooch dating back to between 1200 and 1300 in Wymondham, Norfolk in September. In 2014, the then student found a pendant in Winfarthing, Norfolk dating from circa 630AD. Mr Lucking, 27, said the brooch, which features two lions and is studded with two pink stones, was a "special" find.” Full story and photos here
    3 points
  9. Everyone's input matches and clarifies what I have always done with the GPX and the GPZ - dig (mostly), everything. I have found gold with almost every sound the detector makes as well (except for waltzing Matilda) but decided to ask my kind-of-stupid question to get clarification from the forum inhabitants. Thank you all.
    3 points
  10. Now you'll have started something. JW and Phrunt will be along any minute...?
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  11. Northeast, the lambs were very time demanding, so I ended up giving them to a lady who who was a wool classer and who had sheep of her own. She said they were very well bred and would be wool producers. I did get quite attached to Jackie, as she had real personality.
    3 points
  12. How did you get hold of that phrunt???? Do you want to spoil my image?
    3 points
  13. What an adventure. A lot to tell about the experience but short on time. Dug a lot of trash, nothing good but this. It's hard to put words to the happiness the family members are experiencing. ?
    3 points
  14. Not sure the age on this one. Once I washed it up with some baking soda and toothbrush to get the dirt off it has some nice detail still. My cell phone didn't take a very good pick, the front is shiny brass, could be plated but not sure.
    2 points
  15. The way a signal sounds can have a lot to do with were the GB position ends up relative to the ground your working and the Gold mode and Ground Mode you are working in. A signal response in High Yield Difficult can sound a lot different in High Yield normal or any of the General modes. Generally smaller targets go High/Low in High Yield and bigger more solid bits go Low/High. Shallow Steel objects will often go Low/High but will be a tight signal response due to distance from the coil. This all changes around somewhat if the timings are changed. Quiet often you can also receive a confused
    2 points
  16. At this point in time I think we are decades in to understanding the "dig it all" mantra, and in my opinion there isnt much left to discuss since it's a simple concept that everyone already agrees on. So it kind of surprises me to see how many serious detectorists are content at leaving it there. The more interesting thing to me is when not to dig it all. If anyone thinks there is never a time to pass over targets then I guarantee you are missing more gold by being stuck in old ways than by realizing you can produce more by knowing there is a time to pass some targets up. Consider some ba
    2 points
  17. It's a Massachusetts state seal button. Not sure if these are classified as Mass Volunteer buttons. There are quite a few varieties. Not sure on the dates, but I think some are pre Civil War as well as Civil War. Hopefully someone can help you out better. Possibly could be MS31 in Albert's button book (Record of American Uniform and Historical Buttons)
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  18. My ORX has the round 9" HF Coil. The included headphones are HORRIBLE after about 45 minutes. They cut into my ears something fierce when being used. There is an adapter you can get but have yet to buy it. Although if I'm going to keep running the ORX that would be a necessity. It's a really light machine, swings ultra easy. Wish it had some notching capabilities though on the disc side. I see where you are coming from here on this response. I do enjoy metal detecting a lot and have off and on for many years. It's true what you say, it takes time and practice to learn a machine. The poin
    2 points
  19. After reading that article Reg you can consider your image spoiled, you big softie ? Unless you say “They ended up tasting quite nice” ?
    2 points
  20. I said that from memory but thought I'd better check the numbers. Redbook says "not quite." Here are the order and mintages (for Roosies): 1955 (plain) -- 12.8 million 1949-S -- 13.5 million 1955-D -- 14.0 million 1955-S -- 18.5 million 1954-S -- 22.0 million 1949-D -- 26.0 million 1946-S -- 27.9 million So the 1949-S snuck in there at 2nd place. Note the 1955 (plain) is the only one of the top seven from the Philadelphia mint. That is typical for first half of 20th century US coinage -- more coins minted in Philly than either branch mint. (Starting
    2 points
  21. This is my latest "Nugget Detector Guide", now published for over fifteen years, updated January 2021 with some of the latest model information. Each model has a short description, followed by a very PERSONAL OPINION. Copyright 2002-2021 Herschbach Enterprises - Please do not reuse or repost without my express permission. This is offered as a simple guide for those wanting a comparison of the various nugget detectors available new with warranty, along with some kind of real opinion about them. That's all it is, folks, so take it or leave it for what it is worth. It's just that listing spe
    1 point
  22. Tarsacci MDT-8000 Data & User Reviews
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  23. Haven’t had a lot of free time to detect but did take yesterday off to hit a beach. I had to try out the new aluminum handle on the GPX. Works excellent and does not snap like the stock one does with a heavy coil on it. I found the usual junk, but surprisingly not too much. There were quite a few brass targets to get the heart pumping that looked like gold at first glance. The normal junk jewelry was there along with a spoon handle that may be nickel or silver. No sign of brass/copper. Not magnetic. I’m a little surprised at the number of nickels still to be found. A little bit of clad with so
    1 point
  24. Hi to all, I just signed up on Rick's advice so, I live in France and I mainly explore the beaches and a little land // and soon the nugget // Easier by here to find gold coins than nuggets ? I used many detectors the greater majority were PI of which 9 pulsepowers / the rarest and most powerful was goldquest ssv3 / aquastar / Goldscan 5 / Goldscan 5c I know Alexandre Tartar for a few decades and I test his different machines since whose famous Manta became AQuamanta and finally: Fisher Impluls AQ .... See you soon on the forum And some finds of the last months, with the impulse AQ
    1 point
  25. If you've read some of my posts, you know I hate 9V batteries. I finally finished a working prototype of a 9V voltage booster so I can use a rechargeable LiPo in my Pro-Find 35. Here are a few pics: Based on indoor testing, the performance exceeds the stock 9V battery. If you want to learn more, check out my blog post: https://gadgetsoftheoutdoors.blogspot.com/2019/05/discussion-getting-rid-of-9v-batteries.html I was hoping to use loose AAA cells for this, but it would require permanent modification of the end cap and I'm not ready to do that yet.
    1 point
  26. Great gold and story ?
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  27. That's a great story about your two sources of gold, the Arizona landscape and your wife. I love hunting at night although I have not done it the way you do it...using the whole night. Continued good hunting. I'm sure Mother's Day will be a good one. Best...
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  28. Oooh Drat! I finally got my CTX talking like an Excal and running like a Nox. I runs deep and hits steel cored coins of the salty beach. I’m picking out the leftover coins the Nox guys are hotrodding over. And they go and announce a Vanquish. Life just isn’t fair is it.
    1 point
  29. I use the Tesoro Tejon for trashy areas with the 9" concentric coil but the Rx is fairly small so I can snipe out targets easily. Fisher F75 has a good reputation and with a small coil would do well. Same with the AT Max, Pro or Gold if used with the smaller coil. Key to trashy areas is to have a smaller detection area (where the dd Tx and Rx overlap) Depth is not critical as it probably is not a good idea to dig 12"+ deep or wide holes in a park. Majority of finds will be under 6" unless it's an old park and your looking beyond the typical trash line. Though many squawk over Ga
    1 point
  30. That was about as silly of a thing for Minelab to print as "Up to 40% deeper". As a general rule it my be correct but I have had some very nice gold make about every sound that the 7000 can produce , including the first line of Waltzing Matilda, and I have dug hundreds (Thousands?) of sure thing nuggets that were square and made of iron. I only try to discriminate with the GPX when I get lazy, which is most of the time, but I know better.
    1 point
  31. You have been killing it lately...nice work! strick
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  32. Beautiful country it's a shame some folks just don't give a d- - m how they leave an area but it is the same the world over i clean trash every 8 to 10 days from the spring to late fall on the trail into our high country reservoir only when the snow starts does it stop.
    1 point
  33. If that is the spot I think it is then I have found gold there with the GPZ, the SDC and the Gold Monster. With practice it sounds like the GB2 will be able to find gold too. Steve H had said that he was able to find gold in hot ground in Aus with the GB2 - it is all down to practice. However, I have never used one ? Will PM you.
    1 point
  34. Judging by the first pics I think I know where you are. If it is where I think then there is definitely lots of gold in quartz. Gold Bug might be a bit low in KhZ to find it though? The rubbish is just crap isn't it?
    1 point
  35. Yep, 12V cigarette lighter plug although most new rental cars will also have at least one X 1 amp USB slot as well.
    1 point
  36. Got me some waders last week and been out in the water three times now - so I wouldn't call me experienced... three different beaches - beach1 (!), Sens 22, GB manual at 0, recovery 6, iron bias 3 and the Nox runs quiet as a mouse..pretty impressive for a vlf machine in my book. No falsing due to waves, coil leaving / entering the water what so ever.. Friend of mine went out 3 times with his Nox and got 4 gold rings with nearly identical settings. Maybe you should get a pi machine, if you mainly hunt in those difficult areas...
    1 point
  37. Hi, You did not mention what size coil you are using on your ORX. I have the 10X5" HF elliptical coil which separates extremely well. I have the 6" coil for my Equinox which also is outstanding. You could get the little 5" Greek/Gold Bug Pro round elliptical for your Minuteman for less that $50 if you shop carefully. It would make the Minuteman very handy in tight spaces. All three of these detectors do very well around large metal posts, etc. if you turn the sensitivity down to about 1/3 or less of maximum from my experience, while swinging the coil towards the metal object and listening
    1 point
  38. Mitchel, you should be able to get any adapter you need at the airport.
    1 point
  39. Tuesday I leave for OZ as it turns out now it is a scouting trip for those to follow. I'll still be there when Condor and crew shows up some place in the Triangle. I don't live on gold so I had to take a trip to find it. As a matter of fact I've taken a few in the last couple of months but I've come up 'short' on each of those trips. I've not had anything worth posting either. This time I went to Gold Basin again which is 6 hours for me. This trip started out with a nice conversation with a guy who told me about 'finds' he knew about and he had made. He warned me about a coupl
    1 point
  40. I got the finish panning done and now just letting it dry so I can weigh it.... Looks like 3-4 grain which will put the total just over a gram........ Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.....
    1 point
  41. Its a Gneiss. No nuggety gold in that quartz, look more for the veinlets cutting that rock in the GB area.
    1 point
  42. Great hunting. Congrats!!
    1 point
  43. Good lord!!! Even that link didn't work! Try this? https://www.tickcounter.com/countdown/1172345/serious-prospecting-trip It worked ?
    1 point
  44. I sent this piece home with a fellow that knows what he is doing with HF acid.A quick and dirty SG test showed about 4+ozt.I am sure it was passed over many times as trash.
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  45. Thanks. For some reason this beach has given me 3 of them. I rarely find them anywhere else.
    1 point
  46. We had a friend come by the studio with some opal samples she brought back from a friend of hers who has an opal mine in Australia. The pieces she brought this time over to the studio were small samples of Boulder opal. The mine is a 3 day drive from Melbourne and over 200k of that drive is off road into the bush a very difficult and somewhat risky drive she says requiring careful preperation and notice to the locals to come looking for you if you fail to come back out is also a good idea. This is a chunk of the local boulder opal, The next question on my mind was is there any
    1 point
  47. Well thats good to hear...couple years ago it took them about 3 months to get my CTX back to me. Probably would have taken six months if I had not complained to you and then you called them (kelyco) and got the ball rolling. I got a call the next day from the dude fixing it. Before that I had left at least 4 messages without a return phone call...This is another good reason to buy from a reputable dealer who buys lots of their machines. strick
    1 point
  48. Minelab for sure has great customer service. I can attest to that. Last week I sent my Zed in because the GPS didn’t work. They received Monday and I got a call yesterday saying it was fixed PLUS replaced my faceplate since it was scratched up. How cool was that! I have called in the past because I lost parts to my harness and they just sent me new ones at no charge, due to my own fault! When you call the Minelab office the ladies are great there, they first try to trouble shoot, but not much, they know we mostly know our machines, then give you the repair number to send to the center.
    1 point
  49. This is the little fella
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  50. Yep I agree, The hottest coil for tiny bits is the 5.3 and in mild ground it can rival the 6x10 in terms of depth, On tiny bits what the 4x6 can see at 1 inch the 5.3 can see at 2 to 3 inches, In shallow rocky ground where the mineralization is not very high it will pick out the tiniest of pieces,, Back about 2 or 3 years ago I all but begged Whites to make one for the GMT and then late last year they released one, I think that the small concentrics are what makes the GB II such a great machine on fine Gold, John.
    1 point
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