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  1. 30 points
    Hi all, It’s been awhile since my last post, but I’ll be sharing some knowledge and anecdotes more often, now that my summer job is a thing of the past and I’m free to once again roam the desert southwest, wielding the power of the mighty Zed to unearth nature’s golden treasures. I was carefully gridding (or - in deference to Gerry in Idaho - crawling) an old nugget patch during a recent trip to the far flung reaches of Nevada’s golden triangle, when the hypnotic drone of the threshold was suddenly broken by a sharp, double “wee-ooh, wee-ooh”. This type of response typically heralds a small and shallow target, usually within six inches of the surface. “Most likely a boot tack or bird shot”, I thought to myself as I crouched down and scraped an inch or two of the dry and dusty desert soil away from the target zone with my pick. Another swing of the detector coil indicated that I had moved the target, and a quick sifting of the material with the hand scoop revealed a small yellow nugget...the first catch of the day! A few more of these shallow pickers were dug during the the next couple of hours, and then I heard a faint, single “wee-ooh”. Knowing that this meant a bit larger target at depth, I went to work hacking into the densely packed soil with my pick until...well, I’ll let this short video tell the rest of the story: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zzmm1pgdrpaswe7/Nugget dig.mov?dl=0 The actual weight of the nugget turned out to be 5.6 grams, bringing the total for the day to over a quarter of an ounce of the good stuff!
  2. 25 points
    I recently detected an area close to some prospect holes, all of the usual finds, pieces of old tin cans, the broken end of a pick, shell casings, bullets, logging wire and finally a nugget. After finding the first nugget, I really slowed down and very carefully covered the area. The nuggets seemed to be in almost a straight line below a prospect hole. I thought I covered the line carefully, but returned for a second try and found one more piece, the one in the middle. Always detect around the rims of the holes and the adjacent areas.
  3. 9 points
    PI - it will come... it is just that some projects took over priority.
  4. 8 points
    From Wikipedia: "A long-range locator is a class of fraudulent devices purported to be a type of metal detector, supposedly able to detect a variety of substances, including gold, drugs and explosives; most are said to operate on a principle of resonance with the material being detected." There is more at the link, but "a class of fraudulent devices" says it all as far as I am concerned. I just wanted to post this so people can find it in the search results in case they are looking. For me these devices have always failed the most basic test... the experience of hundreds of thousands of prospectors and treasure hunters around the world. Treasure hunters and gold prospectors will give anything a try that might work, no matter how crazy it seems. If it works, the use soon spreads to other prospectors. You can Google genuine successful results for regular metal detectors all day long. The internet is full of successful people using normal metal detectors to make great finds. Except for a few obvious promotionals, the success stories of people using LRL devices are glaringly absent. All excuses for why this is so flies in the face of the simple common sense answer - they don't work. In almost 50 years of metal detecting and prospecting I have met a lot of successful people, and none of them got that way by relying on a long range locator. Part two of the common sense test is if they did work, there would be at least a few users of these devices that would be fabulously rich. The few I have met are anything but... just the opposite. Again, excuses made about why these rich LRL users are invisible fly in the face of common sense. As if we are not a country that brags about every tiny thing we can think of! The only people getting rich are the people selling these devices. I personally refuse to purchase anything from a company selling long range locators. It says something about the management of the company that makes me prefer to do business elsewhere. More at Geotech
  5. 7 points
    Mitch, Testing your machine on different setting on a natural nugget (not planted) is the best! When you hunt with a Buddy or a group, have them call you over to a likely nugget before they disturb the ground over it. You’ll need to, do this several times to feel you have the right settings for your Ears to hear. Now you talk about a slow level coil swing! This is important too, lots of times you will not hear a tone of a nugget if your swinging to fast. Now, that slow swing is only for known patches...if your out and about Patch hunting your only looking for one nugget to get you dialed in to and area then slow down a little, but not a crawl...get them Ducks. When all the easy nuggets are gone then the crawl swing. Rick
  6. 6 points
    I love clever ideas like this Sure Grip that makes detecting life easier. This is what I did before I saw the Sure Grip. I cut a swimming noodle to a convenient thickness, cut a slit in it so I could simply slip it around the top of the handle. It buffers the control box from weighing on my hand and stays on with no problem. It's nice and comfy but easily removed when cleaning my EQX. The Sure Grip however would be better when submerged in water.
  7. 6 points
    Good 'ol Fred's not grumpy, Simon, just envious. But so are the rest of us. Me included. Sniff... Thanks for this whole thread, especially the pics. HH Jim
  8. 5 points
  9. 5 points
    I thought I'd mix it up again today and this time I went to a new location, another football field of course I think football players had holes in their pockets. It's got two football fields and a large grassed area as well that I don't know what it was used for in previous years, I just wanted to do a bit of test drilling to see what I'd come up with as I'd not tried at this spot before. The town it's in has about 100 people, so I wasn't expecting too much but the field had been there for over a hundred years so maybe the coins built up. My first coin was a good indicator, an 1894 half penny, I rarely find half pennys so a great score, and very old for NZ. It was deep too, deeper than my new Sampson shovel digs, I dig my plug then had to dig more out which you can see to the right of the photo to get down to the coin. The soil in this field was very soft and appears to have very few rocks unlike the other field which is only about 200 feet from a river so has a lot of river rocks buried in it. Next up was another penny Then a silver! A good sign I decided seeing I'm exploring I'll not dig anymore 14/15's as that's where a majority of the pull tabs come up, but it means I won't find anymore of these silver threepence coins. I'll get them another time. I was popping out Penny after Penny, I didn't bother putting up photos as there was just so many. I then hit a 31/32 and got really excited, could this be another silver half crown! all signs looked like it would be, the pinpoint indicated a small deep target..... but no, something really unusual, two pennys stuck together One of which is an Australian Penny, the one to the right, I can't read the date on it due to that green growth that happens sometimes on Pennys, I wish I knew how to clean that off. I guess having the two stuck together raised up the Target ID to 32 as they should be around 21 to 26 (it varies so much as the more corroded they are the lower the number gets) Next up was another coin I don't get that often, a NZ Half Penny, 1959. 19 on the Target ID's. Another Penny! A Silver sixpence, I expected to find one of these sooner, they come up 19, rarely a number with junk so I always dig it, but this was my first and only one. This field seems to be Pennytopia but certainly not loaded with silvers like the other one, maybe I've just not found them yet. It was quite deep. Another old British Half Penny, the depth of the Carrot. I was almost expecting every target I dug to be a penny by this point, so many of them. 1917, in good condition too. I rarely found half pennys at the other field so it was a treat to get a few here. And another Penny 🙂 This place really is Pennytopia. Then I hit another 31/32/33, This has to be it, come on... give me a half crown! Unbelievable, another two pennys stuck together! Damn deep too. Something weird was happening with my coil, the grass was forming on it taking the shape of the windings. I decided to head home for lunch and a Spa as I'd been at it just over two hours, it was starting to get to hot for me.... I'll be back! The regular semi moderns to the right, to the left is the current $1 and $2 coins for my daughter, not a bad haul, $10 for her. The bottle caps mostly, I wasn't digging pull tab numbers much as I just wanted to see what's about. It's a huge area to cover, it will take months. The good stuff, mostly all pennys with a florin and a couple of the 10c transition shillings. A close up of my favourites of the day, not sure what that thing to the left is, a badge of some sort I guess.
  10. 4 points
    Thanks for your report on the QED Smithobx, I found the exact same thing with my QED. You should put your impressions of the QED in a it's own thread so more people get to read it as it's good information to get out to people who are considering a cheaper lightweight detector. You must be one of the first in the USA with one.
  11. 4 points
    With Nokta/Makro reconfirming a PI is in the works I am confident we will finally see this segment of the detector market get readjusted, much in the same way Equinox and Simplex are readjusting the VLF market. The GPZ 7000 was introduced in 2015, what’s up next for Minelab? QED is looking good and more advances being hinted at there. The Fisher Impulse is almost bound to happen in 2020. Nokta/Makro in particular is exciting due to their history of listening to and working directly with customers to deliver what they want. And you just know whatever the do will be affordable.
  12. 4 points
    I paid good money to get those setting (and a lot more) and now he's giving it away! I wouldn't have missed it. I've had better days in Rye Patch since the training than before the training. I think I've already paid for it with my finds over the last couple of trips. Mitchel
  13. 4 points
    That all sounds excellent, especially the small gold results. I am in total agreement that any discrimination system has trade offs, even in the best VLF detectors. Those trades are perfectly acceptable as long as we know what they are so we can apply proper judgement on where to employ discrimination and where to dig everything. The big downfall for PI has always been its affinity for ferrous targets making it simply impractical for use in some locations. Impulse AQ addresses that issue and I expect the best places to use one initially will be exactly those locations that PI users have avoided until now. I personally have no doubt this detector will be very productive in the right locations and look forward to using one myself. I have not owned a waterproof PI since I sold my ATX and have been waiting patiently for something better to come along. For me the waterproof TDI was too little too late. I wanted one from the very first day I used a TDI but after years of being ignored in my lobby efforts I found by the time White’s finally made one better things like the Impulse were on the horizon. Very kind of you to post that information LE.JAG..... thank you! It’s especially good to hear the Terra version is in beta testing, that bodes well for a dual machine introduction.
  14. 3 points
    Hi Norm… very attractive “character” nuggets, excellent recoveries. In his above post, Simon notes that an earlier detectorist certainly missed an opportunity. Fortunately your more thorough fieldcraft techniques did not allow that same opportunity to slip away. Thanks for the reminder to recheck our coil coverage, and always to scan around the rims of holes and adjacent areas as well. It pays to be thorough in all aspects of our fieldwork, to carefully examine all abandoned digsite areas, and identify all target signals. Congratulations Norm and thank you for sharing your adventure with us. I think that instructive, well-illustrated forum posts are a key element to attracting newcomers to the hobby, so kudos to you, and WTG!!! Jim.
  15. 3 points
    I have now modified my 18650 pack to incorporate a 1g silica gel pack now as I was getting slight condensation. I’ve not been out with it yet be it may help.
  16. 3 points
    Told you they listen to their customers. 🏆 🏅
  17. 3 points
    Simon, The "used to be a coin" to the left is a rolled penny of some sort! I don't know about NZ, but here in the US, when on "holiday", there are machines that you can pay to roll a coin for a souvenir! The line of dots around the perimeter, and/or oblong shape, are a dead givaway! Places like Disney, Universal, etc... It totally destroys the coin though! But we hate our pennies enough to waste 50 cents to roll them into oblivion! LOL🤣 Great finds again!! Keep up the good work! If you call rolling in old coins, work!!💰💰
  18. 3 points
    Get it off your chest folks ? It'll make you feel better. I would hope Minelab learnt a bit of a lesson with the Equinox, price does matter especially for hobbyists. It was a massive hit not just for it's performance but it's price. If they charged CTX pricing for it, it'd just be another detector some people have. At the moment it's within reach of a bulk of people and they've no doubt got more people in the hobby because of that. The Nokta Simplex is another example of this trend. I hope it continues.
  19. 2 points
    Great, it's a F19 - wow! I need to brush up on my Czech. Great find El NINO77, thanks for posting. I can't wait to see the price. I have to bet we will see other new Bounty Hunter versions soon also. Bounty Hunter Time Ranger Pro / Fisher F19 / Teknetics G2+
  20. 2 points
    Yeah, there are a ton of good finds being masked. Aluminum masking is far more an issue in parks than iron masking.
  21. 2 points
    It won't be made waterproof, it's already in production and it would eat into the Equinox market, it's cheap alternative to the Nox for people who don't want to spend that much and it's there to destroy the low end detectors like the Ace series and other dated high end models like the T2/F75 and some of the Whites lineup and so on may just become casualties of competition. It's not meant to be competition to the Nox so it's not targeting Nox users. What will be interesting is how the 8x5" coil goes on small gold in all metal mode on the Vanquish. How will it compare to the 6" Nox coil.
  22. 2 points
    Yes, a sand scoop is essential and a finds pouch is a "very nice to have" item. I've yet to detect in Hawaii but here are some general thoughts regarding beach hunting: Before you go, do the update 2.0 and use the F2 Iron Bias feature and then test a few targets you're most likely to find so you're familiar with what your EQX is telling you regarding a variety of those targets--coins, gold and silver jewelry. When you get to the beach, select Beach 1 mode and do a noise cancel first then ground balance. You'll most likely run into some very unfriendly sand conditions so you'll have to "dial in" the EQX to run as stable as possible. The relationship between recovery speed, the F2 setting and sensitivity will be key. Start by using Beach 1 on the dry and damp sand and Beach 2 on the wet sand and surf. Observe where the most people are on the beach...towel line, walk line, activity centers and about knee deep in the surf at low tide. Look for cuts in the sand where the surf has eroded the beach, low areas and ripples. Hit those areas with your coil low, level and slow. Grid the area to cover the area as thoroughly as possible. When you hit a target, I suggest you spiral around it to see if you have a coin line or other valuable targets in that same area. Good targets like gold tend to sink to similar depths. If you hit lead sinkers, stay in that area...its a good sign that gold is lurking nearby. I'm sure others, especially those who have hunted Hawaii, will add their thoughts, The folks on this forum are very friendly and eagerly willing to help! Good luck
  23. 2 points
    Ok, the look is 'good' with the bit of reddishness but you mentioned something that probably just makes it a hot rock. You said it 'stick like glue' to the magnet. Meteorites that we find other than the irons in Franconia typically have about half the pull of 'stick like glue.' The other thing you mentioned is Pahrump and probably on the GSSN claims. That is not really known for any meteorites. I could be wrong an you could look at metbull and see a map of known meteorites but Gold Basin and Franconia are the best bets to target unless you go to dry lake beds. That is a different subject but now that you are in Vegas I'm sure you'll be able to get in on some hunts where gold is not the primary target and meteorites are. I'll let you know when I hear about one of those hunts. We might be visited by Dolan Dave on the forum here and he would be a great one to hunt with. Mitchel
  24. 2 points
    This was not Gold Bug Pro versus Go Find 44, but new detectorist versus experienced detectorist. It beautifully illustrates why I always bet on experience and not the machine. Thanks for posting!
  25. 1 point
    Hi JP, I'm sure a lot of people are probably in my situation. I bought a replacement shaft for my Nox (Detect ED Shaft) when I had the dreaded shaft wobble problem, I bought a new arm cuff for it as I didn't like the weak one that came with it. I have all three coils for it. So if I could get my hands on just another pod I'd have a second Nox 800 without having to buy the full package which I don't need or want. I don't want more headphones or the wireless module, I don't even use the ones I've got. I certainly don't want to be paying for another coil I don't need. All I need is the control pod.
  26. 1 point
    I know a lot of people like diamonds and nothing else but the amethyst and cz ring looks nice. A little color makes a ring pop
  27. 1 point
    Dean Ricker has screen covers available for the Simplex. I've been using his covers for quite some time, excellent quality. I paid $25 shipped. Here is Dean's e-mail addy where he can be contacted..... rickerskpd@cableone.net
  28. 1 point
    I would be in cruise mode around the edges of that area.
  29. 1 point
    What Fred said. Think if they were dry washing piles were might be more piles of smaller tailings…but only guessing.
  30. 1 point
    Let us know if you notice much difference Joe. If you do I might stick a wrist strap on it to accomplish the same thing. I'm with Simon and haven't really noticed a need but my arm does get tired so maybe it is from gripping and I just dont realize.
  31. 1 point
    That is a British Trigger Guard off a gun...
  32. 1 point
    Steve, A very valid point. Funny how we have two opposing scenarios here with anticipated new machines: The Vanquish, which has been teased to the max, and the Fisher Manta/Impulse AQ that has gone ridiculously dark after some now ancient teasing. How about just actually making a new product and then having it available to purchase? Guess that's just old school thinking, eh?
  33. 1 point
    Well done, dredge tailings are tough, thats for sure...
  34. 1 point
    Well done, and thatbiss hard work for sure...
  35. 1 point
    Thanks a lot for your thoughts everyone,, Yes, this post was written tongue in cheek and as Steve says it very much shows the difference between someone who knows what they are doing and someone who doesn't.. This hasn't put me off though.. its only made me keener to learn about detector prospecting (and as i mentioned it really is no great hardship detecting on tropical beaches).. Phrunt, i did buy the GBP on ebay.. am just reading the horror stories about fakes on this forum.. crikey! I'd be very pissed off if i've fallen for a scam.. is there a huge difference in performance between a fake and the real thing? could that mean that my detector is not set at 19 kHz? maybe its a lower frequency? but shouldn't that be better for shooting coins?
  36. 1 point
    Look at it again Simon. It's not a guy!
  37. 1 point
    By the way, i just wanted to know if you are in the meet and greet from when you joined! I would still love to see your detector collection and learn a little about your detecting background! It seems that you are a seasoned detectorist; and/or extremely gifted and lucky in using your equipment! Is detecting a job, or just a hobby? Etc... Thanks! No pressure, just curious!!👍👌
  38. 1 point
    Try get that sensitivity as high as you can when conditions allow, don't go pre thinking what sensitivity you'll run at and just by the conditions, even during the day try get higher at various times as conditions change. On sensitivity 20 a 1.2 gram gold nugget at 8 inches was barely detectable often reading ferrous, upped the sensitivity to 25 and the nugget ID's correctly no longer detecting as ferrous, hitting on the 12 to 14 ID it should. That's an extreme example but it does show the difference in sensitivity is quite large between 20 and 25. Sometimes if I'm stuck running in a lower sensitivity due to EMI and I get an iffy target I'm investigating I turn the sensitivity right up to help decide if I will dig.
  39. 1 point
    10" is a big ask and about 12" is the deepest I've found a coin, obviously possible but soil conditions have to be right. If your soil is more difficult for the detector than someone else's the depth will be less. Not all soils are equal. Very mild soil achieves the best depth. If you're getting super results on coins at 7" I'd guess there is nothing wrong with your detector.
  40. 1 point
    Great topic. If I am in an area where gold has been found before (within 1/4 mile) and there are my typical indicators, I will go as Lunk describes. I will pretend my shoe laces are tied together and pretend I am a master painter covering 90% of that wash. The more indicators I see and the more my intuition sets in, the slower I go. But this is only for washes. If I am scanning hillsides (not knowing if there is a gold in the washes below) I will go much faster. I will not walk along the hillsides, however, without my coil to the ground. I have stumbled on great gold with this small rule ...hillsides you would swear on your relatives grave there could not be gold there. But there was. 😬 I started learning gold hunting on claims and for that, I did the slow hunting everywhere. And that taught me the style of gold hunting that gets the bits others miss in their rush. I believe this is really important to learn starting out. But as I began hunting with others, there was a distinct advantage to really covering ground and covering only half of a prospective gold wash. So many more gold areas can be found this way. But I think you need to be able to go back and clean out those washes the slow way, once they are identified. Some people can flip that switch and in my opinion, they are the most successful. So I see it as you need to be good at both methods and even better at deciding when to apply these methods.
  41. 1 point
    I lobbied for a solid elliptical early on to no result unfortunately. It seemed like a no-brainer to me since the housing already existed and it is a shame it’s never happened. ThIs coil feels great on the arm, and the solid design slides smoothly over stubble that hangs up the other coils. It would be great both for gold prospectors and U.K. style hunting of fields in stubble. 😥
  42. 1 point
    San Gabriel (East Fork) or San Bernardino (Holcombe Valley, Big Bear)? Great find! BTW, I was born in Santa Monica. It's still one of my favorite beaches to hunt. Thanks! Walt
  43. 1 point
    “Not doubting the posters credibility just unable to duplicate his experience. “. As per original post.
  44. 1 point
    I returned to that same beach again for what was going to be a decent low tide. I must admit I was kind of tired that morning and it showed in my not so smart strategy. Basically I used the wrong detector, with the wrong coil, during the wrong part of the tide recession. That's it in a nut shell😆 The beach was starting to sand in and my use of a 14" coil for the GPX on a very wet, black sand area, littered with iron was a bad choice. I should have let the sand dry a bit and used the 5x10" coil. Also used the Equinox with the sand too saturated (11" coil), and it performed marginally. For my area, it is better to let the surface of the sand dry a bit and let the saturated part be below and not surface, for the coil to see. All of the silver was found in the dry sand with the GPX early on. Also by shifting to a lower area, you can see the ratio of zinc to copper pennies was way different than the other two hunts. So even after 50 years of detecting, I am still able to make some rookie mistakes 🙄 But I did get a great silver spoon at 20". It was a ghost signal that I chased and it ended up being that spoon. I think it reads-1HAS.W.Kennard&Co 925. I'm heading out to another beach tomorrow to see what it holds. I need to give that beach a rest for a bit. The fun continues.........
  45. 1 point
    I’ve looked at them closer and ground windows into them just for a better look at the structure and no doubt in my mind I’ve found a couple of very fine extremely common earth rocks. I’m learning ... slowly. Thanks for the help and tips and until my next great find may it be more of a challenge, really they should be getting closer with each try right, lol???
  46. 1 point
    RobNC I’ve sold silver two times over the years when the price was up . I don’t have a lot of silver anymore but I have the memory of finding it. I may been detecting longer than you are old . That being over fifty years. I guess you could say I cheated being I didn’t wait on you. The year I started detecting was the first year they stopped the silver coins. The Indian Head penny I like and I’ve found a fair amount but here is some. The Flying cent I’ve yet to find.
  47. 1 point
    OP - that’s how we get $10k toilet seats. No company can afford to spend that kind of money testing every unit of a sub $1k detector. You have to just design it right to start with, then qualify a production process which yields six sigma quality units.
  48. 1 point
    Looks like all NZ silvers differ from here in Oz being either 50% silver content (up to 1946), or cupro/nickel from 1947 onwards. Australian silvers are 92.5% silver up to and including 1945, then changed to 50% from 1946 onwards. Seems you also have the same curse of the prolific 1c & 2c coins as we have in Oz. Pictured is an example of a mix of 92.5% & 50% Australian silvers from an old racecourse I detected recently. Keep up the good work Phrunt, good to see some coins from a different part of the world on what looks to be some virgin ground.
  49. 1 point
    No, they're all knockoff's, every single one of them on Aliexpress is a knock off. They are not and never have been manufactured in China and China has been making clones for the African market for a number of years which were sold in shops over there, but they sell them worldwide from sites like DHGate and Aliexpress, they work to an extent which has kept people buying them but they're not as good as the real deal. The problem is First Texas and Minelab and all the other cloned manufacturers can't do a thing about it. If you were to send one of these clones in for repair thinking you'll get warranty you can kiss it goodbye, they confiscate clones. China has very relaxed laws on this sort of thing and even when they shut one down there is 50 more waiting. Basically they can't stop them. I guess it's no different to music and movie piracy, they can try all they like to stop it but they never will. Who as a kid didn't record songs off the radio onto tapes ? It's been going on forever. I think that fake T2 video is about as fake as the detector they're trying to prevent you from buying ? I wouldn't be surprised if First Texas made that video but it does warn people of the problem and it's a very real problem. I would guess there are more fake T2's and GBP's in the world than real ones.
  50. 1 point
    Yes its 100% finding plenty in the Thames were they used to scrap ships RR
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