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  1. Hit the river bank for an hour, just caught low tide. Bit of clad, game token and snagged this 1903 barber dime (1 year older than GB's Iffy one).
    17 points
  2. XRF's hold sort a mysterious place on the shelf of semi-unobtainable prospecting equipment. 99% of prospectors don't need one. Maybe this post will help clear up some of mystery around these devices, and show where they can actually be worth the outlay of capital. And why for almost all recreational/hobby prospectors, they are not worth the money. What does an XRF do? In very simple terms you point it at an object and it will tell you what elements are in that object. More on this, and why it isn't this simple, momentarily... After sometime over 5 years of searching, I was finally ab
    12 points
  3. This morning I found a silver Queen Victoria six-pence (1900) in the same hole as this little beauty! I thought at first it might be a pull-tap but Foxy Noxy kept reading a solid 13 instead of flicking between 12/13/14.. am glad I had another dig..
    10 points
  4. And I think this is it. The area is only 20 feet x 40 feet that has been giving targets and its like there is a line that you cross and all goes quiet. I detected in all directions and with this being soft sand I was able to scrub the sand so could see where I had detected and not missed much. I will just have to keep an eye on it for now for any more changes. This little area has treated me well!! Good Luck to All
    6 points
  5. I haven't had a lot of time to post lately because work has been picking up, so I added some pictures of my favorite of my better finds. So in my town there was a water main break last Friday and it shut down one of the main thoroughfare through town. I took the detour Saturday, and realized it took me past a park I had only detected once with the simplex. I hated this park because of intense emi, and few signals. There is no baseball backstop, no playground, no soccer goal, but every time I've driven past or stopped to watch, there has been someone throwing a ball for their dog.
    4 points
  6. When I had a low sodium level the doctor found that I had a blocked artery in my brain. The good news! Saw my doctor today and he thinks it's been there a long time. Maybe from a surgery I had 40 years ago caused it. He doesn't think the Neurologist will even see me. Yesterday I was thinking brain surgery and today it's good news! I thank God for that news! Rick
    4 points
  7. I found a ring just like yours a couple of years ago. It was 14k, small, just fit my pinkie and wide like yours. It also rang up a solid, smooth sounding 17 and weighed 5.65 grams. Congrats on some nice finds!
    4 points
  8. These work pretty well for keeping track of pinpointers, $10. It auto retracts 4ft so keeps the pinpointer up high at the top of the backpack shoulder strap for running bigger coils, but long enough to get into 2+ft deep holes when kneeling down and digging. Strap is kevlar, hasn't broken on me after 3 years of field use, I just bought another one last week to put on a new pinpointer. Janitor tech for the win.
    4 points
  9. Another forum member and I decided to explore some new ground about 80 miles from home in Sunny Yuma. We were working off some of the old USGS pubs for ideas on new areas or at least new areas to us. We set off yesterday exploring offroad in the RZR for these extinct placer works. The first 2 locations really did not look like gold producing areas and we couldn't find any evidence of old workings. Abandoning that area we just started driving some of the old tracks looking for evidence of placer works. By early afternoon we had about decided to give up when I spotted a new, bright yellow c
    3 points
  10. I played with a app called spectrum (for iPhones) to look at detector speaker output from a pi machine, it would probably work better with the signal discrimination of a Nox. Using a phone or mini-pad attached to a Nox would be a great way for a hearing impaired person to detect and be able to see what type of tones are being output from the detector. The image below is a screenshot of the output from Spectrum. It is pretty basic, but it displays real-time frequency, timing and amplitude (dB). It could do this with input from the detector to the phone of target and threshold signals (y
    3 points
  11. Here is the scoop that never found wet sand that it can't handle. If targets are deep this will go after them more easily than the pull scoop but for shallow targets it is too much.
    3 points
  12. Where can I order one of those spots for my beach ?🤔
    3 points
  13. Not sure what coil you are using most these days, but with the 17" I have to have my pointer at shoulder height with the pinpointer hanging over my shoulder and behind my back to not interfere. So the way it works is I grab the pinpointer from behind my armpit basically, then just let go when I'm done and it retracts back. It's attached to the top d-ring on my shoulder strap and naturally hangs on my shoulder blade/back more or less. I tried the Minelab Pro Find - which is supposed to not interfere with the GPZ when off by disconnecting the loop to avoid inductive responses on the G
    3 points
  14. Dam Aussies wont let me in yet......... bugger all... Starting from Big Spring TX (dust storm central today) and heading west on I-20 to I-10 then thru New Mexico and im pretty sure I will be slowing down as I go thru AZ----- then either on to LA via Rand quad or sweep up thru Vegas and on to, tri-tip Luckys Cold Springs Hideout---- then take a left over the pass and on in to Porta-toilet where Sourdough Scott hangs out so i can pick up a jar of relish!!!!!---- next would be a refreshment stop in Quincy area to see a few old mates---- then on the Redding area, and over the hill to
    2 points
  15. I was one of the first to get an 800 in the United States. I got on Bill's waiting list several months before the release. Since then I've had to replace the control unit because of a broken switch. Everything has worked well and I've found lots of good targets. Along the way I bought a pair of Avantree headphones and they work fine but I prefer the Minelabs. Today I put them on the USB charger. I've had to fiddle with several different power cords the last few months but eventually I get the red charging lights to come on and that was the same today. When I picked them and the char
    2 points
  16. Hi, yes Victoria 1900 six pence will be .925 silver. The British silver coins dropped to .500 in 1920 then no silver in 1947 - both dates significant as a couple years after the end of the respective World Wars and the same reason - to help pay the war debt.
    2 points
  17. A very handy tool for prospecting. Arsenic is the main indicator element in our area. To save money on assays I zap every soil sample then only send the ones away with elevated As. They are a great toy to play with, my mate and I end up zapping everything in sight. Would never eat fish again if you seen some of the hits we got on them! Another interesting one, Caterpillar wanted $8k for some head bolts, being tight arses we got the $600 after market ones. Once we zapped both the composition of them was identical!
    2 points
  18. Reset never hurts, though it may not work in this case. Still, here it is. Owners manual page 56-57: ML 80 Factory Reset Factory Reset will return the headphones to factory presets, and will unpair all paired wireless devices. 1. Turn the headphones off. 2. Press and hold the Multi-Function button for approximately 10 seconds, until the headphones beep twice and the Status LED flashes pink. 3. Release the button. The headphones will now be in pairing mode with the LED indicator flashing blue and red.
    2 points
  19. I don't argue with barber dimes.
    2 points
  20. As a diagnostic, can you plug the ML headphones into the WM08 module to see if that part works? Someone said the ML phones are same parts as the SR71 headphones so you might find some battery replacement video or instructions for those. (The new ones have a BT problem with ML but I have not followed that thread, may be OK now)
    2 points
  21. Hi Jasong Our company owns an olimpus vanta. I have also used the Nitton gold3+ too. It costs $50 000 aud + extras so it a bit out of reach of the hobby prospector. For gold exploration you need the Rhodium xray tube as the accuracy with the other tubes (tungsten or silver) is very low on Au and PGM's. And a lot of the gold areas we are chasing have mostly free gold and little of the pathfinder elements accociated with them. Although the pathfinders are always elevated near the deposit in relation to the backgound norm for the areas, they may only have a small halo and this may only
    2 points
  22. The first one that Joe showed is great I have used mine for years when bushwalking. It was more than great for digging holes for toilet use in all ground type. The titanium is super.
    2 points
  23. I will try one of the detachable heads and walking staff for handle thanks!
    2 points
  24. Maybe the battery died? Will it turn on with an external power cord attached (I have no way to test mine like that as the battery is new). If you are going to replace it, see if uou can open it up and put in a new LiPo battery.
    2 points
  25. Thanks Popeye. After a a few hours I realize I have "a lot of learnin' to do" on beach detecting. I will be re-reading all the beach detecting posts with a little more context. My finds today look like I would have expected for first time out... clad and trash. I was lucky enough to find a '64 Rosie.. that was unexpected! I definitely need to study up on how to read the sand, and whether to hunt the wet sand or the water (waders). This beach is pretty flat, and no visible cuts today. Trying to figure out how to work the "washboard" sand, as those areas seem to be the m
    2 points
  26. That's cool, I saw a similar one except it was on a forum back in 2003 or so that dealt with building coilguns and railguns and a guy posted a SEM DIY tutorial. These newer ones look like better designs, and easier. I actually have most the stuff in the SEM guide other than the HV Arduino shield, I even have that finite element analysis program they are using, it's not really needed though. I've been thinking about making videos again except not prospecting/detecting since so many people are making those nowadays. I thought it'd be fun to build amazing stuff like this that few have heard
    2 points
  27. Silver and gold.... You can't beat that! Great hunt and a good return of good vs bad targets.
    2 points
  28. Great introduction, Jason. I was familiar with using microprobe analysis with electron microscopes to identify elements in microscopic targets such as plankton shells for research back in the 80’s, (it was basically the same as XRF, but not a very portable version), and am amazed at seeing how portable the technology has become! I don’t need a hand held XRF gun, but when those GPXRF 8000 mono coils are finally released to the public for doing lead discrimination, I will be one of the first wanting to pre-order it! 😁
    2 points
  29. Well after reading all the post I went and put my lady pants on it made me very sad hearing all how thing are and I am very mad watch out mindlab why why are we treated this way i just came me that we are just going to face it that mindlab not a metal detector company anymore they are in the exercise company they make use go out in the mountains to get a work outs swing metal dect make our buns look very nice now I am in love with mindlab my lady pants are off now and the world is great
    2 points
  30. I recommend a powerful Fiskars Army folding shovel..
    2 points
  31. 2 points
  32. And here I was expecting the water main break washed out some silver and gold! You got me!!😂 Great finds nonetheless!! Keep it up!👍👍
    2 points
  33. Depending on the type of shovel you prefer, a titainum shovel is the lightest weight vs strength metal preferred by hikers! Like the high grade aluminum, it also another option! Though it may be more expensive, it is lighter and more durable than aluminum! Here are a few examples from a quick search! When I hike, I always have a walking stick for stability and defense! You could adapt one end of a walking stick to accept a shovel head when you get to your location! That way, only the shovel head will need to be on or in your pack! A couple stainless screws will secure it reliably! Goo
    2 points
  34. King, I would 'quote' you but it won't let me do that. To answer your question, I've been through lots of scoops. This one is from a guy in Van Nuys. I've been using it for over 3 years and it looks like the day I bought it. There is no give in the basket. This scoop doesn't let me get into too much trouble with a larger amount of wet sand in the scoop. I have a left shoulder strain that doesn't want to go away. This doesn't aggravate too much. I have a Lithuanian scoop (actually 2) that I can step on like a shovel but it requires a crane to lift it out of a hole. If I was di
    2 points
  35. Mr. VAPaul; Please wear your mask when you pass through. I'm not concerned about a virus but your mug scares my horses. keep me posted on your journey.
    2 points
  36. On my way to Rye Patch last Thursday morning about 1:17 AM I was on 395 and observed a meteor or 'fireball event' that was just incredible. I now see that there is a video that does not do it justice. Before I put a link to that video and those reports let me tell you what I saw and how I reported it. This is what I saw: About 20 minutes north of Ridgecrest on 395 I had just gotten out of my car. As soon as I opened the door I could see it coming. It was several objects burning in the sky with 6-7 separate streaks. It was a dark night and no moon. It was perfectly clear where I
    1 point
  37. So I wasn't able to find a university or lab produced x ray spectra of a Gold Basin meteorite, I was hoping I could to use as a control measurement since it's possible my XRF could be miscalibrated or not in the best mode. So, I'll wing this one and take my best guesses based on the data, and anyone with such a report can correct me later. What I did find was a report stating the University of Arizona has classified the meteorite as an L4 Stone Olivine Hypersthene Chondrite containing Olivine, Pyroxene, Kamacite, and 0.09% weight Cobalt. So, my initial guess about olivine being a lik
    1 point
  38. Since I don't have any gold ore here at home and there is 6ft+ of snow in the mountains here, I was trying to think of something sitting around the house with a fairly complex composition that would still have relevance to prospectors. So I decided to take a look at Gold Basin meteorites. I'm not a meteorite guy and honestly other than iron and nickel I was pretty unclear about what exactly a stony meteorite is made out of since I've never read into it so I thought this might be interesting. On a side note, I just realized another thing stolen out of my RV during the theft out there - a b
    1 point
  39. Thanks! I had to look them up, at first I thought it meant gold filled. Lol never heard of the guy till now
    1 point
  40. Thanks for all the comments everyone, I'm glad there is some interest in this! The LIBS are interesting units, they are starting to appear on Ebay now used too, but more expensive than XRF. I'm waiting for that tech to develop some more. I was looking at a trying to build LIBS type system at home for lighter stuff like lithium and beryllium a few years back. Specifically lithium because of the big electronic vehicle battery rush. But I think I found a way to detect it with optical spectroscopy that is cheaper so I haven't paid much attention lately. Yep, the measurement is only a sma
    1 point
  41. I found the top one you have at a old boy scout camp camp and it's made in Canada.
    1 point
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  43. As my current sites get hunted (by me), the clean hits become fewer. I've been working quite a bit this 2021 trying to squeeze out good (non-ferrous) targets which are far from perfect signals. Yesterday in a schoolyard I've been searching for the past 3 years and have 'covered' at the 80+% level I went to an area that has produced multiple old coins, including at least one of each of the following: Mercury Dime, silver Wartime Nickel, and Buffalo Nickel. I've also found multiple Wheat pennies. I don't know if I had been over this target before. Minelab Equinox 800 w/11" coil, Park 1
    1 point
  44. Nothing that is enough that anyone has noticed or found it. The update gives you 4 kHz. The previous one added F2. The one before that repaired some silver disc mapping. That’s it really. https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/13347-equinox-software-update-30/
    1 point
  45. Well done. My last 10k gold ring was an FG!
    1 point
  46. Found this about 2-4 inches deep in my front yard. It was in an area recently churned up from a storm water pipe install. Found a circa 1890-1904 aluminum token in this area too. Bet there's more silver and 100+ year old stuff buried in my yard, but they'll be deep...
    1 point
  47. The Merc is the prettiest and coolest coin I've ever seen, in person or online.
    1 point
  48. Ouch I do see all of the points, but DO NOT fully agree with most of them (that’s the fully part not some of the perfectly understandable aspects of the arguments) but realise that’s how it must seem and because there is NEVER any sort of communication being delivered back through regular channels find myself feeling like I have to defend the ‘dummies’ I have interactions with on a nearly daily basis. ML is a big corporate and the Minions who I consider friends tend to disappear inside the corporate machinery, so I will accept the frustrations written here because they are perfectly legitimate
    1 point
  49. I think Garrett still has a decent shot, if they can digest the White's acquisition and use the tech infusion to help catch up. Apex + V3i = ???? ATX + TDI = ??? At least they have a coherent product line, with both Multi and PI products. First Texas? I called the old Fisher going away, then Tesoro, then White's. Sorry to say FT is next on my "weak player" list. Not so much lack of resources, as lack of vision. Half the product line is literally last century. They made some big bets on multi that failed, and are now making big bets on PI in a way that baffles me. Chasing the beach market
    1 point
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