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  1. A short window of luck has given me another gold coin . Eleven days ago while on an organized field day with many prospectors i came across an old miners camp site . Being a relic focused detectorist i worked the site hard . The other coins from the site point to occupation between 1870 - 1890 so finding a 1798 gold Spade Guinea created quite a stir ! Minting of this coin stopped in 1799 . In 1798 my state was not populated by the English and was only just being found to be a separate land mass from mainland Australia . I still get a smile on my face when i think of finding this coin ! 2
    31 points
  2. One of my customers recently found a stunning: near 4 pound quartz boulder with just under 11 ozt of gold with his GPX-5000. Just goes to show you those multi thousand dollar treasures are still out there being dug up. Yes this came from the lower 48 states. Good luck everyone.
    31 points
  3. Not that I wanted to see if it could be done, it’s only 130 miles! My Wife Robin, needed to dig a nugget...she hasn’t been out since our move to Reno. Now, you always have a mental note of stuff to pack. We loaded her Grand Cherokee, for this adventure off we go! Arrived to a location, I figured she’d have some luck at with her SDC 2300. Gearing up, I’m looking for both of our new Doc’s Scoops...What the Heck! Left them both at home! Well, I know I’ve used my hand as a scoop a few times! But, onetime I forgot my scoop and as I was recovering a nugget I opened my hand to see the target
    31 points
  4. Hey Guys/Gals, It's been a bit since I posted anything. The forums are very slow, at least mine here. I have to get all you guys/gals more fired up to post more stuff so we all can learn from each other and share experiences. That being said, the COVID-19 really changed how we do stuff, let alone set out mass FEAR to the World. There is no doubt it's real, but I will just leave it there and talk about gold nuggets! I managed to get out recently and had a nice run of luck with the Minelab GPZ 7000. I rounded up over an ounce in one day working any old channel. All the go
    27 points
  5. As a few of you may know October in the High Desert is the time to be there! This October, I hardly seen another prospector! Seen, more folks scouting for hunting season than anything. I gave a few Chuckar & Antelope Hunters a pointy finger. But, the Goldfields pretty much empty and to myself. Well, with the Sun setting earlier and 7 pm, just a little early to rack out. I bought a big Black Light Flashlight, to hunt some glow in the dark rocks for our new rock garden area of our backyard. It was fun, riding the RZR around the desert at night shining that light off to the side. Seen
    21 points
  6. Hi everyone 😎 Hope y’all are doing well, This wasn't the best year personally and as such, I only got to hunt a couple weeks( one hour in early morning and sometime one hour in night) Here’s pics and thank you for reading and looking at my post🙂 Well, many scientists are confused about the secret and source of geomagnetism. there're many planets much larger than the earth, but they have no magnetic field at all. So, what's the secret behind geomagnetism? about 300 years ago, the queen of England's physician; William Gilbert, said something out of mere geussing, he s
    17 points
  7. The early jug is one of my best finds ever. Started out as a slow day and I had a ear ache all day in the water. At the end of the day the ear pain was way down low on the list....2 jugs and some early glass....
    17 points
  8. https://garrett.com/noticesupdates Garrett Announces Acquisition Garland, TX, October 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Garrett Electronics, a design and manufacturing company specializing in sport and security metal detectors, announced the acquisition of certain assets of White’s Electronics. White’s, who had been in business since 1950 as a premier manufacturer of metal detection products, announced the suspension of operations on June 18, 2020 in a memo to its dealers. White’s founders, Kenneth and Olive White, built their business the same way Garrett’s founders, Cha
    16 points
  9. It's been a long dry spell since doing well this spring on the gold. Today I was out with the Nox 15" coil at a local park. This rang up a solid 11-12 in Park 1. Can't find one like it with a movable head.
    15 points
  10. It was election day in NZ yesterday and it was already well known we were going to have a landslide victory to the current government due to their Covid handling more than anything, it was the Covid election rather than a political one so rather than staying home seeing that on TV all day I decided to go for an afternoon hunt. Mitchel drove the other day 4 hours for one nugget, while I can't match that I was going to drive an hour for similar results only if I found a nugget it would likely be smaller than his 🙂 I was going back to a place right near JW's house mainly because it's the s
    15 points
  11. Yes I’m so green that this 1977 nickel is special to me since it’s my first non-trash find! Nuggets here I come! Only a matter of time. and no, I’m not willing to sell the Batman keychain I dug. I’ve got to post it in the paper so I don’t get popped for theft.
    14 points
  12. Tides were decent this past week, so I took 2 days to hunt 2 different beaches with the AQ. While the tide was high, I would detect with the GPX 5000 or the Equinox 800, so I could conserve battery time for the AQ. These finds pictured are all found with the AQ. First beach was disappointing, as the low tide did not expose any rocks or clay. This beach just doesn't want me to hunt the good areas 😄 Beach two was better hunt with all day rain to keep the gawkers away. This hunt was interesting, and I was able to shed some light on how the AQ will perform for my style of beach hunting. Both day'
    13 points
  13. https://garrett.com/noticesupdates Garrett Announces Acquisition Garland, TX, October 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Garrett Electronics, a design and manufacturing company specializing in sport and security metal detectors, announced the acquisition of certain assets of White’s Electronics. White’s, who had been in business since 1950 as a premier manufacturer of metal detection products, announced the suspension of operations on June 18, 2020 in a memo to its dealers. White’s founders, Kenneth and Olive White, built their business the same way Garrett’s founders, Cha
    12 points
  14. Expanding my gold horizons During the last few months, I’ve been looking for gold beyond the horizons of Magnetic Island. It’s not that the island’s gold diggings have failed to live up to expectation (far from it, the pleasure of exploring them is worth its weight in gold), but rather my son has now really caught the prospecting bug and he’s got his heart set on finding a gold nugget (no matter what size). He laughs at me mucking about on beaches looking for coins or rings, he’s after the real thing. So much so that we’ve invested in a couple of sluices, pans, sieves and an Equinox 800 (
    11 points
  15. I am one person who has owned and used a Deus, ORX, Multi Kruzer, Nox 600 and Nox 800 enough to know which ones I have confidence in for the places I hunt which have hot rocks, moderate to high mineralization, and some coal/forest fire burned areas which can cause issues, along with high amount of aluminum and iron trash. For me, there is no relatively lightweight, full featured, waterproof detector that can give me the accuracy for tone and numerical target ID throughout its detection range like the Equinox 600 and 800. After thousands of hours and targets I generally have a very good i
    11 points
  16. In my last thread I posted about finding half of a Cartier bracelet. I searched and searched on multiple hunts for the matching half but couldn't find it. However, in my efforts to find the rest of the bracelet I did stumble upon a few other good finds. The top/middle ring really had me thinking that I had hit the jackpot. It looked so beautiful and had markings on the inside of it. About an hour after I found it I took a closer look and saw the "ALE" stamp which I learned here means it was a Pandora- still a hundred dollar ring but not the incredible find I thought it was. The 2 silver
    10 points
  17. Head to head shootout ..... Ace Apex 499.00 Basic ..Wireless 579.00. Vanquish pro pack 2 coils, batteries, and wireless headphones 499.00. Which is the best bang for the buck in todays market???
    10 points
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  19. Very exciting news! Coming on the heels of Apex, it is obvious we are about to see a reinvigorated and newly aggressive Garrett. Very smart move on Garrett's part, and a good fit I think.
    10 points
  20. Yesterday morning about 1 AM I took a break from the exciting 'Dumping SDC 2300 Detectors' thread to go find a nugget. I had big gold in mind so I didn't take my 2300. I was headed to Arizona. It is a 4 hour drive but pretty simple. Leave Los Angeles (I live at the #1 Exit on I-10) in the middle of the night with no traffic and get off on Exit 5 from the I-10 freeway in Arizona. I've never done this as a one day trip but I had to try it. When going to Arizona this time of year there is a 1 hour time difference so when I arrived it was still dark but 6:30 AM. I had left the $3.00 per
    10 points
  21. Yes Reg. John gave up the gold not long after the belated release of the Minelab SD2000. He was the principal Minelab prototype tester here for many years. Took to teaching detecting lessons for awhile, but soon moved on to farming tourists on Victoria's "shipwreck" coast. He once mentioned to me his greatest prospecting regret was ignoring a 250 oz piece, calling it a junk signal. He has never returned to prospecting. His "sort" of gold was now rapidly disappearing and chasing flysh*t had no appeal at all. John with his kind of gold. Tertiary piece found not far from Longbu
    10 points
  22. Hi there, My latest video is online. It's about one of the most experienced and successful gold prospectors of Switzerland. He talks about how he discovered a new gold region in the 90ties and of course about the awesome Nuggets, he found there. Some of them with extraordinary beautiful crystalline structures. I hope you enjoy it...
    9 points
  23. Pretty ugly.... I'd throw it back! Congratulations to the finder!! Should clean up nice.
    9 points
  24. I agree with LuckyLundy (Rick) about the RZR 570. It's small, fits in my truck, hauls all my gear and wife and goes anywhere I dare to go. Saves a lot wear and tear on my truck.
    8 points
  25. YAY YAY YAY! That means NZ now has a White's distributor! YAY YAY! I really hope they continue with the 24k line, I'm sure they will they didn't have a good high frequency gold VLF!
    8 points
  26. I don't disagree about that Jason, and frankly I'm glad you brought it up. I also avoid doing business with anyone that sells LRL devices. We are not alone, and Kellyco would do well to swear off doing this. It might make a few bucks, but it is also costing them sales. I won't say I've never done business with Kellyco, but all things being equal I'll go elsewhere when possible over this one thing. Just an FYI for everyone... any dealer presence on this forum does not mean I support said dealers. I try to stay neutral. I generally avoid the subject when people ask me to recommend a dealer,
    8 points
  27. Well, it’s a good video John, I’m not knocking your effort. Nice work! The Apex is an Ace series detector. It delivers Ace series performance, but at a slightly higher price to accommodate a beach mode, a rechargeable battery, and built in wireless. I think that about sums it up. Anyone expecting anything more.... well, nothing wrong with wishful thinking, but that is all it is. Just like Apex versus Vanquish. Does anyone expect a Garrett first effort at multifrequency is going to crush Minelab’s third generation effort? Really? You have to walk before you can run, and I think Garre
    8 points
  28. I watch a lot of adventure shows on cable TV and this past Sunday evening Discovery Channel had a 2 hour long one titled "Everest's Greatest Mystery". To set the background for this post, in 1924 two British climbers (one quite experienced -- George Mallory, and a novice climber -- Andrew Irvine) disappeared from the view of others (below) within a few hundred meters of the summit, never to be heard from again. It took 29 years until Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay accomplished and documented the supposed first human conquest of the summit, but questions remained. Did Mallory and
    8 points
  29. I'm out of surgery and home. Feeling no pain. Good drugs for pain. In addition to fixing tendon my surgeon took part of a long muscle or tendon going to the big toe and he moved it and attached it to heel bone and calf muscle to increase strength of Achilles tendon. Amazing what they can do. Apparently I am not very adept and graceful at walking with Crutches. Lol
    8 points
  30. Last week my battery conked out. The Nox ran on the charger..... but not the battery. I called Keith Leppert my dealer out of Fort Bedford Metal Detectors, where by the way ML repair is, and asked him what i needed to do. He gave me a phone number and they gave me an RMA to send the machine in. When i took the machine apart ... i noticed stress cracks in the plastic mounts that holds the bolts in on the pod. She added that to my battery issue. They received it on Friday and i got a message from John who said they would get right on it, but because of the Virus there could be a delay bu
    7 points
  31. I use both the "AQ" and the Excalibur (VLF) in combo as a team....I like taking the Excalibur in to a beach to do a evaluation.. Overall and spots I think the AQ will do well and area's I should stay away from. Like a Team working together we decide who goes where.. Right now I know the beach's I hunt very well ...So based on the incoming conditions I choose which beach I am going to..(Weather, Winds, Tides..Waves, etc.) Then my decision on who goes where is based on the reconn and which will be the best. Very Simple. One thing to remember also. I hunt in the water...which is a great clas
    7 points
  32. Well that is some great news. Great to hear we can keep the machines in use with their coil on the ground. Just this morning got a great pic featuring the grandkids whilst exploring the beach. How do you beat that 😉
    7 points
  33. Very exciting news! Coming on the heels of Apex, it is obvious we are about to see a reinvigorated and newly aggressive Garrett. Very smart move on Garrett's part, and a good fit I think.
    7 points
  34. Agree and I would say selectable single frequency at this price point also justifies the premium over the Ace 400, and that feature alone is quite a value in itself at this price point. [I know that I sound like a broken record, but NO ONE has brought that feature to market at this price point and it does bring some advantages to the table and in some cases can be applied more effectively than multi]. Of course that feature can only bring so much to the table when it is hampered by so so iron performance and recovery speed, but in comparison to what you get with an Ace 400, it is significant.
    7 points
  35. I must confess, I'm a tinkerer. So when I got my GPZ I had to decide what cable type I prefer, the standard X-coil adapter where you cut the cord right up near the control box to make your adapter, or Chet's long style adapter that he came up with. I liked Chet's idea a lot as it made changing coils far easier. The thing that concerned me was the adapter wobbling around inside the shaft causing falsing with the movement of the metal plug on the adapter. The adapter seems reasonably far away from the coil and in my case the start of the metal plug is 62 centimeters (24.5 inches) and when y
    7 points
  36. Having only recently started water hunting, I only recently had some success. My my first experience was at the beach at Monterey Bay. It was a low tide at about 10:30 P.M. The waves were crashing on the shore and the noise was so bad that I gave up and started detecting the dry sand. There were several people on the beach and I was separated from my friend and not comfortable with my surroundings. I did manage a nice silver Indian Chief. The Head dress is inlaid with mother of pearl. The next attempt was at a beach North of San Francisco, on the way there I looked at the National Weathe
    7 points
  37. Phrunt, That Little Coiltek is the McDaddy! I’m the type of person, that has to see equipment preform in the gold fields. One of our group members went ahead and purchased it and he was finding nuggets on a Patch that we pounded with the stock round. Plus, believe, it or not! Makes the awkward 2300 nicer to swing with a straight coil, verses it being kicked off to the side. But, it’s just My Humble Opinion. I will tell you I like Ribeye 🥩 Steaks, lol. Rick
    7 points
  38. Why did Garrett buy Whites? ..... Americans have realized that if they are to maintain their position in the global detector market ... they must simply "Globalize" ... and thereby keep the cost of manufacturing and the difficulty of developing and distributing detectors to markets at an acceptable level ... Whites owns a sufficient number of patents at PI and Multi VLF..= Garrett to save a lot of time and money on developing similar and proven technologies ... and thus gain time, for example, for possible innovation of these technologies. Whites and Garret have a strong tradition
    6 points
  39. Yes from what I saw during my tests , I dont think that the Apex will make any seriours waves or be a revolution in the metal detecting world ... 🤔 I would just have expected a little more from this machine after all the advertising done about it ...Especially it was supposed to be excellent in high iron trash areas as indicated in the Garrett marketing specs , and it is not really the case for me ... The last 5 detectors that I have tested are the Equinox , Orx , Simplex , Vanquish and the Apex. I have been happy with the 4 first ones . Only the Apex is a little disappointment f
    6 points
  40. I once transcribed the journal of a 21 year old farmer from Quincy MA who sailed from Boston in January 1849 for the gold mines of California. It's called James White's Journal. It's free on Apple iBooks and $2.99 on Kindle. It's the real deal. No romanticism. Just what it was like.
    6 points
  41. I have tested the Nox with the 6” coil, Vanquish 10 x 6” coil against the Deus/ORX 9” coil and Multi Kruzer 11x7 DD, 7” concentric, and 9x5 DD and the Simplex with the 11” coil vs the Nox with 11” coil. Nox has the best target ID accuracy at full depth of detection, 11” for 11” coil and 8” on the 6” coil on wild US coin targets in my area and the Vanquish is right there with the Nox. The Deus comes in second. The Multi Kruzer was a distant third for target ID accuracy on ALL targets, shallow to deep in my area. The Nox vs Simplex was a toss up for overall depth. The Nox had far bet
    6 points
  42. My twin brother Rolfe Oostra has summited twice on Mt. Everest out of 4 attempts.. he's been a high altitude guide for the last few decades all over the Himalaya.. i'll get him to bring up my nox 800 next time he's up there.. he's also been at the spot where Mallory and Irvine disappeared..
    6 points
  43. I too seen the multiple posts of used SDC-2300's. My crystal ball tells me many things are coming and some better than others. One could only suspect the SDC-2400 to be released soon, but I doubt before Thanksgiving. Heck Steve, If I knew there was a new version SDC coming out, I'd most certainly not be taking units back in trade. I do feel honored that you think I might know something, but in reality it is you who we all watch, listen and admire. When you sold the last big gold detector (I think it was a year ago), everyone started dumping theirs and the rumors started. A
    6 points
  44. Yes it is never a good idea to hide the reality. It wont be long before the Apex new users realize that the machine is not the fantastic machine promoted in the videos . This is already the case over here in France , my seller told me that he already has a lot of negative feedbacks on it . Probably because European users often detect in high iron trashed areas where it is the most difficult for the detectors . Garrett should spend more time on the product itself than on the marketing , I think that they released the Apex too early, they should have done more testing , this by experience
    5 points
  45. The California Gold Rush is, forgive the pun, the gold standard of gold rushes in the United States. Indeed, California is known as the “Golden State” both because of its beautiful natural scenery, but also because of this gold rush that absolutely changed the face of American history in a short period of time. A great way to explain the changes is to compare California before the gold rush — a sparsely populated area inhabited mostly by Indians and Mexicans — to a state important enough that the first Republican Presidential candidate, John C. Fremont, hailed from the state. It all began
    5 points
  46. Gonna call it for the season. These are the last little bits I could work out on a location cleanup before the rain came today. Already driven through a dusting of snow and it's getting cold with short days....that time of year. Ended up with 8ozt. and count was 484 pieces for the season. Had a blast. Thanks to everybody for the comments and likes, etc.!!!!!
    5 points
  47. This is an excerpt from one of my previous posts; It is reasonable to be concerned about interference from the two connectors being located so close to the coil. This is not a problem since the detector only detects motion change relative to the coil. A simple experiment will demonstrate how the detector nulls out metal that is not changing position relative to the coil. Place a small test target (0.06g) on the ground with an aluminum soda or beer can about 2 feet from it. Swing the detector over the small test target. You will only hear the response from the large can.
    5 points
  48. Well this is a lively Conference....Thank you Joe for posting the dual piezo transducers....I finally ate some spinach And managed to Pop mine open to take a peek and mine is like Mr. Carolina..... which is similar to the gray ghost phones if you use two of the smaller piezo’s.....I guess Joe won the Lotto and got four Grande Drivers that is why his head was starting to swell Good thing he modded a kill switch .....now he Is almost back to normal.....me I am hard of hearing and had a hearing aid since I was nine even though I was born with perfect hearing at an early age I stepped on a stump I
    5 points
  49. Hurricane Marie generated some good swells and moved sand at several southern California beaches. I got gold at 2 of the 4 beaches I hunted but not as many targets as I would have expected from the size of some of the cuts. I see that a couple of other forum members also did well from Marie which was an unexpected but welcome surprise. After finding a few dollars in clad and a small, 1.8 gram 14K gold ring at the first beach I hunted, I tried a couple other beaches that didn't yield much before driving to beach #4. This beach had a nice deep cut but, again, not nearly as many targets as a
    5 points
  50. I exchanged a few emails with Richard early on and my impression was that he was the sole designer. The TNet "associates" gave input on desired features/performance and were to eventually field test the design, but it doesn't appear to have reached that stage. I don't think anyone was ever asked to pony-up any money. Some of the associates were adamant that this was going to be a game-changer. I never understood if they actually saw anything demonstrated or if it was all based on verbal promises. At this point I assume next-of-kin will figure out what to do with the thing, assuming they a
    5 points
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