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  1. Thanks guys for your comments and recommendations. After reading the thread/post by Steve I decided on the Equinox 800. Have just placed an order for one so looking forward to a different type of detecting from which I normally do. (Gold)
  2. Lately, I've been experiencing the coil overload problem. Its hard to say whats causing it but it happens often. Probably not the best thing to do but I tend to slightly lean on the detector as I'm digging a target with the coil firmly against the ground. I've done this for a while with no problems before. It only shows the overload signal or shuts down when the coil is pressed against the ground. I've noticed it happens when using different coils as well. The only thing that has changed recently is the settings I use. I often have the rx gain flat out at 15 (gpx 4500) and other setting quite high also. Is it possible that the more extreme settings (when the coil is in contact with the ground) are the cause or is likely a problem with the machine?
  3. Sorry if this thread has been discussed before. (I did have a look around the forum but couldn't find a comparison between machines) I've decided to have ago at coin/relic hunting. When talking to a dealer that regularly detects I got the impression that the 3030 was still an all-round better machine than the equinox. The purchase price is not part of the decision, more so id like to purchase something I'm going to be happy to keep as i learn more about relic hunting. My wife and I regularly head off on short trips and would like to go to other areas other than the gold fields all the time. I'm thinking the ability to detect beaches/parks and old historic sites would be nice. Although I've often thought id love to have something that could go over old-timers gold camps and discriminate out the iron better than the gpx4500. So the question is what would most people get? The 3030 or the Equinox 800. Or would there be some other machine that would be worthy of consideration?
  4. Many good points to consider Reg, thanks. Northeast, No only 5gms this trip. I was referring to the patch and some of the sizes of gold found in it. Yes, it was great to get back to detecting and find my back was ok afterward. (bulged disc - lower back)
  5. Just got back from 2 days detecting at one of my old patches. Wanted to try out my new earbuds and see if the flogged to death ground had anything left. This was the spot that originally questioned whether larger gold is found higher or lower on a slope. I was able to find 3 more bits ranging from 0.07gms - 0.40gms all towards the top of the slope. So far the gold has ranged from 0.07 higher up and around 2gms midway down and 5gms towards the bottom of the slope. I did find a 16gm bit about 50m away but it wasn't in line where all the other gold was found. The gold found here is from a reef but the smaller bit was more worn than any of the other bits. Normally digging down just under the surface you get into a quartz wash but higher up where these bits were found the gold is sitting in clay. Leading me to believe the ground may have changed its shape after the gold was deposited. On another patch nearby I was also able to find a 4.25gm bit id missed before. After being restricted to light duties because of a bulged disc for the last 2 months it was great to be back detecting.
  6. "Either from land upheaval/tilting after the gold had shed & so reversing what the ground is showing today." That's something else I've always thought about. I probably need to know more about the period of gold deposits (300 - 400 million years ago - Victoria) and see if there were periods of upheaval afterward which could have changed the way the ground rises/falls. ....A quick search says that the break up of the Gondwana was around 184 million years ago. I'm not sure if that was part of the mountain-building process that formed the mountains we see here in Australia today. But if it was then this may be after gold has formed/shed. So reading your comments Kiwijw I would take it that a reef may have shed gold down a slope and then sometime later the ground may have been upheaved, buckled, or faulted causing the ground to look completely different. Cheers Rick
  7. I've got the detech 6". Found a few bits with it but most of the time forget I've got it. As a matter of fact, I was planning on using it next week if I manage to get away detecting. I have a couple of spots I want to test to see if there's tiny gold present so was planning on using the 6". I previously used it in creeks and rivers and its great to use because its lite and waterproof but I always seem to have a particular rock that signals a response and I lost patience so didn't pursue the river detecting. Heres a video of the 6" Detech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJcnpm6EmVk
  8. Not sure if this helps but a Gold Gem and Treasure magazine from 12 months ago had an article by Peter Woodland about the difference in the internals of the 4500. He mentioned that when doing a mod to a newer 4500 it didn't seem to punch as deep compared to the older 4500. So he went about trying to find out why. I cant remember the name if the parts but he said he scratched off the white paint and found (serial numbers or some other identification) that a couple of components had a lesser capacity or strength (not sure how to explain it - sorry) than the ones used in the older 4500. He said they were also the same components used in the 5000. He said the particular parts used were to make the newer 4500 and 5000 more stable but it was at a trade-off for a little depth compared to the old 4500.
  9. Ok, this is going to give away my lack of real-life gold hunting experience. I've heard two different responses to this question so I'm left a little confused and hoping someone can clear this up. My question is: In most cases would the larger pieces of gold travel less and be closer to the source and the smaller pieces travel further away? (this is what I would think would happen) On the few occasions if found patches I've found the larger bits were closer to the shedding reef but have sometimes experienced the complete opposite with some of my bigger finds a lot further down the slope. (maybe two different sheddings? ... they say that a reef at one time may have been a lot higher, so gold shed at different intervals may be in different spots) For those that have found patches what has been your observations? Cheers Jin
  10. I did sort of enjoy my self. The beach was absolutely magnificent. Just digging 3-foot holes when your so weak from not eating enough was why I gave up so quickly. Plus i felt i was wasting my time because of not being able to discriminate properly with the GPX. Also, i would imagine if your digging 3-foot holes in the sand then a shovel would be better. My small size pick didn't really scrape out much so it felt like I was digging forever. I managed to find a thin strand of wire at reasonable depth so I was pretty happy knowing that I wouldn't miss much if it was there. As we try to get away with the caravan every 4 weeks I'm going to be alternating between the beach and gold-bearing country so ill have another crack at beach detecting another day. I would have loved to detect around the swings/toilet block and bbq area there but didn't bother because of EMI. I'm guessing the equinox would be good for that. Something I haven't done yet is actually read any of the forum posts about beach detecting so know very little about it. Time to read up I guess.
  11. Yes, probably why I didn't enjoy it that much. Digging in the sand with a pick that's designed for digging hard ground didn't help. After 3 or 4 (3 foot) holes id had enough. Plus was on a diet for the last month and energy levels were nearly non-existent, so got really tired after digging a few deep holes. (lost 7kg in 3 weeks so far) Won't give up on the idea though and will try again when I have more energy and have a detector that has a proper way to discriminate rubbish.
  12. Tried out beach detecting and didn't like it. The beach was pretty clean so not many targets. Found a few metal bottle tops down around 650mm and a can that was pretty deep. Decided to do the water line when the tide was out but the sand kept caving in and filling with water which drove me mad so I walked away not retrieving anything. Only spent about 3 hours at it then packed the detector away for the rest of the trip. Maybe a proper detector with discrimination would be better but for the moment I think gold hunting is what I prefer. Can't wait to get back to digging in real ground, not sand. Next time ill take fishing rods as there was plenty being caught off the beach.
  13. Decided to offload all my gold. I've never sold gold before and not sure if you just approach a gold buyer and sell it for whatever they're prepared to pay. Obviously, it will be less than the gold price and also less to account for impurities. Now I don't have any wopper nuggets to sell but just curious if my two 16gram bits would be worth more if I sold them privately, say on eBay or on a gold prospecting facebook page? If so how do price them?
  14. Gold Depth is always relative to Ground Noise - Minelab Treasure Talk- by JP https://www.minelab.com/anz/go-minelabbing/treasure-talk/gold-depth-is-always-relative-to-ground-noise
  15. Thanks Mitchel, Not expecting anything great out of the gpx as its really built for gold but at least I know now that it works on sand.