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  1. Dealing with some family issues me, my wife and a group of friends finally made a trip to the central Colorado mountain’s to search for gold specimens on tailing piles that have been productive in the past. Part of the group this was their first time using a detector searching for gold specimens. After a brief overview of the history and different areas to search, we spent some time setting up the different types of detectors to achieve the best results. We then took off in different directions with some partnering up with others for additional instruction. It didn’t take long for the 10,000+
    9 points
  2. The host rock was dissolve by hydrofluoric acid, unfortunately I didn't keep an eye on it while cleaning or I would have left a little rock to help stabilize the specimen. There was a smaller piece and a few wires that did not remain intact and may or may not held all together if I would have left some of the host rock. It can be handled but it’s somewhat delicate. Some of the wire gold specimens I found are more rigid and can be handled without a problem. Leaving some host rock in my opinion makes the wire gold specimen a little more interesting to look at. The gold specimens pictured
    7 points
  3. Found this little guy on my second hunt with the nox. Just barely registers at .01g on the scale. It rang clear at 2 inches deep. I'm hunting in trashy hydraulic pits that have been hit hard with PI's and VLF's but I think I'm the first equinox user. I never thought I could remain sane hunting these areas but this machine changes everything. Only iron I dug was the old burro shoe.......pretty cool!! Im in gold 2, sensitivity 18-20 the rest all stock settings. Thanks
    4 points
  4. I was downhill from Glenn when I found this small Nugget. Haven't weighed it yet but put in on my watch to take the photo for size comparison. In the past, I've used my White's MXT and GMT but this was my first outing with the Nox 800 and standard coil. It was 2" deep and I was using Gold 1, Sensitivity 22, and the factory settings for everything else. It rang up between 2 and 4 with a very solid signal. It's tough hunting those steep tailings piles. I am now scheduled for Hernia Surgery next week!
    4 points
  5. Couple years ago I hit one of the swim holes not too far away and in a 10-15 sq ft area hit nickel after nickel......... Was thinking someone was trying to drown their kid by stuffing coins in their pocket and telling them to go for a swim.
    3 points
  6. 1. In metal detecting, there are no absolutes because there are so many variables to account for and that are not under your control. So take all advice with a grain of salt, including what is to follow. 2. Location, Location, Location. A good site, research, detective work, understanding how people lose things, and experience trump good equipment. If the targets are not there, no machine can help you. 3. Depth is not everything. 4. Getting a detector that has the ability to impart target information via nuanced audio is more advantageous than super precise target ID numb
    3 points
  7. The thing about the Equinox is that you can do the very thing you mentioned regarding hitting the site with a variety of detectors as each of the modes behaves very differently plus you have five single frequencies too. Most other detectors, including the AT series, not so much, that is your ability to do with those vs. what you can do with Equinox is limited. The key to succes is patience and never assumung you have cleaned a site out.
    3 points
  8. Ferrite generated a flux magnetic hyper-tuned field polarized the rust into a tightly focused wave of pure energy, it’s a Jeep thing. Good you kept it under 80... not that you’d have a choice😀.
    3 points
  9. Driving cross country 2000 miles to Florida panhandle. Have a job at the small Outpatient VA Clinic next to Eglin AFB. Living on the bay!!! Salt Life.... Had to sneak out of Australia... Trent was working me too hard😜
    3 points
  10. I just couldn't figure it out. The old Jeep mysteriously started running much smoother and quieter and became much more stable. I would also say that it's performance somehow increased by 30% or perhaps even 40%. In fact i was so impressed i decided I would invest some time into cleaning it up a bit. As I was mucking out the interior ( forgotten rock samples, sticks and leaves, old sandwich wrappers with sandwiches, dropped nuggets and such) I found Sourdough Scott's missing ferrite ring. I took it out and put it where Scott could pick it up and now the Jeep is back to it's usual squeaky, whin
    2 points
  11. Yep, I hear ya, I've told my family (wife and 4 daughters) for years that if they somehow disappeared I would just live in a van and be fine. I'm just saying I would think the find has historical significance. I would try an auction with a good story before anything else. That might turn out to be lucrative if you catch the right bidders. Or if lucky the farmer will value it more than you. I'm much like you though, the only "things" I value are ones I can directly convert into future adventures, touring bikes, metal detectors, hunting/fishing gear etc.
    2 points
  12. The jewelry I find is neat but has no sentimental value so at 1500 an oz. I cashed in and plan to use the proceeds to fund new adventures and some new equipment to enjoy. I will say take a lot of pictures of your finds for future reference, just never know.
    2 points
  13. I went out again for a couple of hours today (Saturday) and out of nowhere I get a good solid signal and dug up a silver charm pendant about the size of a quarter. I walked over to my wife that had to go with me as she thinks when I get out I have someone else with me, and I showed the piece to her. She thought it was a quarter at first until I cleaned it a little. The absolute crazy part of it was what it said. Peace was on one side and the back side said "Good Luck Tim" . The real kicker is the fact that my name is Tim. See the attached pictures.
    2 points
  14. Great info, thanks for sharing. I started doing some testing but got bored quickly and just started hunting. Best day yet with a 1955D wheat penny and a 1943S nickel. My first silver! Don’t mean to hijack the thread though.
    2 points
  15. Hi Idanox. I have done similar testing as Chase in the past in sand and recently in pea gravel. Both times I noticed a fairly steady .25 inch difference in each sensitivity increment in default Park 1 except for sensitivity 25, with the stock 11" coil on a clad dime, maximum depth was 11.5". So the difference between 25 and 21 was 1 inch. 21 to 17 was also 1". Same with 17 to 13, etc. So from sensitivity setting of 1 to 25 was about 6" difference.......... I do have a lot of EMI in my area and very mineralized soil. Jeff
    2 points
  16. Was at the above spot for labor day weekend. Didnt really detect much as most of the pieces worth recovering with a detector have been found, so now is the time to dredge the area. So i pulled out my homemade 2.5 inch dredge so that i could have clear water while dredging. I probably would have got more gold if i used the 4 inch, but then the water would have recirced and its more fun to be able to pick gold off of the bedrock. The homemade 2.5 inch set up. 10 inch wide box and riffles are from a side sluice of an old keene 5 inch triple. The first days haul. Bi
    2 points
  17. All of us travel to and fro to find gold. Sometimes we find it and sometimes we don't. If we are 'lucky' and look around us on the way to the goldfields we are surrounded by beautiful nature and geology. One of my most surprising trips was taking Hwy 93 north out of Las Vegas, Nevada towards Ely, Nevada. I was headed to the total eclipse in Wyoming. There was quite a lot of water and wetlands around the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge which was a great surprise. I'm wondering what are the great drives that other prospectors feel are their favorites. This could become a long thre
    1 point
  18. I hunt almost every day year round for 2 to 3 hours when the weather isn't below 25F or above 100F. It's good exercise, my dog gets to go too, and I get to detect!!!! I change up the pattern sometimes but 90% of the time I am hunting for coins and jewelry with my Equinox 600 with 11" coil or my Fisher F19 with Detech Ultimate 13" coil. Usually my Nox is in Park 1 or Park 2 discriminating -9 to +4 and my F19 is in disc mode, iron volume 11, tone break at 55, discrimination 35. Today, like most days I was concentrating on the pull tab, ring tab/beaver tail, zinc penny range looking for gol
    1 point
  19. On Friday had about an hour and a 1/2 to kill between calls. The heat has been unbearable so I went to a local swimming hole And using my Excalibur with 8" coil had one of my best and shortest hunts ever. The bracelet and ring are 14K the little ring with this pink stone is silver the men's wedding band is junk.. Strick
    1 point
  20. Harvest them from a non-functional laptop battery. There are some good articles online with instructions. In my experience ~50% of "dead" laptop lithium ion cells are still a-okay.
    1 point
  21. That’s a tuff target there. Do a factory reset and start over to find the best settings to recover. Many question if a new detector is working, especially if new to the game, I’m sure it is.
    1 point
  22. Looks familiar! It is tough hunting, I dislocated my shoulder and tore my rotator cuff falling down what looked like a hydraulic cut there on my first day and had to leave. All I ever found were square nails with my 4500, I was digging them out of solid shale down 8 to 12 inches deep, no idea how they got there but decided the 4500 was pointless there. Went back two years later with a Fors Core (no backup), and it quit 2 hours into detecting and had to cancel the trip. Ran into another guy detecting there who I saw off in the distance on a big tailing pile, and which turned out to be my b
    1 point
  23. Adding a couple more twists to an unidentified 2000 year old object so it fits on your finger should not hurt the value...If you get it back I vote ring... strick
    1 point
  24. You are not not imagining things. Rubber tire mulch in playgrounds is a thing and is controversial from a health perspective. That being said, the steel wire belt material is supposed to be removed from the rubber used for playground mulch, but the process appears to be only 99.9% effective at removing the metal. This means that in tire rubber mulch playgrounds you may encounter some random bits of wire. Here is an article on the topic: https://www.playgroundprofessionals.com/surfaces/rubber/rubber-tire-mulch-hazard-or-harmless203
    1 point
  25. When I get time (it might be a while) I will post some photos of a Hike/Bush-walk to an old gold mine in Papua New Guinea during the mid 1970's. Here are some teasers of the AREA.
    1 point
  26. Came yesterday via FedEx.
    1 point
  27. Get the Whites. The fewer Equinox users I run into out there the better, at least that is what my Equinox 800 tells me in my wireless headphones.
    1 point
  28. The garret carrot will work great. I use the Deus model and there is also Fisher's. Best of luck to you and don't give up or mow the lawn yet.
    1 point
  29. Too many variables to answer that question...one possible is iron near or some other target. You will learn with experience! nice dime fred
    1 point
  30. phrunt, Just received the 6 inch coil for my new Eq. 800 and am anxious to try it out. Here in Eastern Oregon the temperatures are finally dropping below 100 and we can get out more often. Your little nugget proves the Equinox will work and I hope for us too! Gary
    1 point
  31. Forget the obsessing over detector models and “depth”. The real game is to have a detector appropriate for the task, know it inside and out, put yourself on good locations, and put in LOTS of hours. Don’t look for reasons not to dig, look for reasons to dig. To be successful you need to be metal digging, not metal detecting. Most of all, enjoy what you are doing, or find something else to do!
    1 point
  32. Really beautiful pieces! How did you clean the gangue off the wire gold? How delicate (vulnerable) is that wire gold now? Can you give a bit more detail on what detectors found which pieces?
    1 point
  33. Very Nice ! Thank you for sharing ..
    1 point
  34. You really don't want to be running the nox below 10. I would run it in the low teens if you are looking for a lost surface target or are "sifting" through thick iron for shallow non-ferrous keepers. The sensitivity setting is likely non-linear, so usable depth would likely drop off precipitously beliw 10 or so. In dry sand. I have seen a 3 to 6" depth loss just going from 20 to 15. So if you want to try that approach (most detectorists are't that patient), I would start at 10, minimum.
    1 point
  35. Like Steve said your detector is going to struggle with something that small. However if you are patient and willing to take the time, get a propointer and sweep the ground with it like a windshield wiper does to your car and just scoot along as you grid the area. I can attest to this as I have recovered diamond studded gold earrings in just this manner. It takes time but as long as you have the time it works. I've run my 800 over these type of earrings and never got a signal/tone but my propointer will pick it up. Best of luck and I hope you find it.
    1 point
  36. These discontinued Minelab products are really cool to look at and read about. I was amazed. The Golden Hawk looked cool! Wonder what the Klondike looked like. https://www.minelab.com/usa/support/knowledge-base/discontinued-products
    1 point
  37. I was at the Treasure Coast on Wednesday 4 September...right after Dorian left our area. All along A1A many, if not most of the small access points were locked and some actually had police cars blocking entry. Surfers were parking along the road side and making their way to the beach through heavy thicket! We were able to get to Bonsteel and it was a bust. Mushy sand throughout. The expected erosion was just not there. Numerous detectors were there however. Comparing results, only one that I met found anything of note. A small silver Reale about thumbnail size and paper thin. Obviousl
    1 point
  38. Was a rough week at work and needed to unwind. Have been metal detecting when I could since my vehicle accident in April. Today me and my wife went to a place I secured permission to earlier this year. Not been able to get there until today. The grass was grown up about 3 inches here and I broke out my Tekentics T2 factory coil. It SUCKED. Skipped right over the 1963 quarter in the photo below. I could not believe it when I dug this one. That silver was beautiful. The Cors Shrew is no joke. This little coil has made me very happy. Went on to find a 1939 mercury dime and 1951 rosie silver
    1 point
  39. I don’t think the Golden Mask rod would be a good candidate for in water use. It is basically the leg off a camera tripod, with fairly snug oring type shaft cams. I would hate to get fine sand and grit into those cams or the rod assembly itself. I am guessing a high probability of cam issues and shaft locking. The lower most rod section has a very minimal amount of flex when fully extended. Not really an issue for above water use but flexing might become more an issue pushing a coil through the water.
    1 point
  40. you’re right, I took the bottom cover off and wiggled the wires and returned function for switching modes PV/SV except PV (present value) is just displaying a negative number suggesting a poor connection to the thermocouple, the thermocouple could be bad as they burn out but this hasn't been fired enough for that so I think you hit it right on the money.
    1 point
  41. Yeah, my wife keeps the economy ticking along just fine too.
    1 point
  42. Whatever this ultimately turns out to be, if it uses Multi-IQ and cost $500 or less, it should annihilate the AT line, and the Simplex the ACE and AT line.
    1 point
  43. Coin AND RELIC.....hmmm....if that face plate photo is accurate, gone is gold mode, so it's an EQ600? Does it share coins with the Equinox? Interesting times ahead!
    1 point
  44. I don't know where you live but here in Colorado the wood chip playgrounds have 6" to 1' of wood chips with a thick fabric weed barrier below that. The weed barrier is stapled into the ground along seams where the fabric overlaps. The staples are targets as are many targets below the weed barrier. I always turn my sensitivity down to 10 or less in these wood chip playgrounds, watch the depth meter carefully and only dig shallow, 6" or less, two way repeatable targets. I always hunt these tot lots in Park 1 because of the tiny pieces of aluminum foil that will come in from 2 to 12 on the Nox de
    1 point
  45. Version KBA 04-1 2010

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    Metal Detecting Terminology (Minelab) 2010 Knowledge Base Article KBA 04-1, 1.65 MB pdf file, 17 pages Metal detecting terminology and definitions, with an emphasis on Minelab technology wording and descriptions. Minelab Metal Detector Forum
    1 point
  46. Posted here already but another can’t hurt! Stuff like that slips back a few pages over time and people miss it. 90% of what you need to know is there. The full manual will just flesh out the details Here is a stripped down version of the guide I put together.... Minelab Equinox 800 / 600 Simple Quick Start Guide
    1 point
  47. Rail Dawg, I was in Rye Patch last week. I did extensive research before I went. I took the time to walk to many of the section markers (corners) on section 17, 19, 9 and a few others. I saw claim markers in some areas and did not go into your section 18. There is a lot of unclaimed ground out there. I might want to file a claim! I for one think that if you pay for a claim you should have the right of enjoyment. (I think you should also display signage which many do.) I try to make sure of the quarter section of any claim so that I am not jumping. My phone GPS now has the sec
    1 point
  48. Wow!!!!!!!!! It arrived today at about 12:30 noon. I've learned how to replace the batteries; that is done. And, I now know how to turn my "New" MXT White Metal Detector on/off. I have a manual, so now I'm going to learn how to operate my MXT. I like the sound of that "My MXT," thanks to the generosity, of Paul Vanurse, a man that went out of his way to help his fellowman. Thank you again Paul for giving me an extra Christmas this year. I may have a lot of faults, at least my wife and kids think so, but ingratitude is not one of my faults. I will forever be grateful for what Paul has
    1 point
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