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  1. I use locate patch when being thorough. Like you posted the keywords are “patient” and “methodical.” Two anyone can practice even when not detecting.
  2. That is super helpful to know! Thanks for sharing this knowledge and experiences!
  3. We need more Mitchels! 🤣. Just teasing. I think you might need to do more research and computation of that research. Just to give an idea, i probably have 10-15 references for one small area, put them together, delineate the information, pre mark my maps (GPS) and then pound out the area. I worked one area all summer. Probably no bigger than a 1/4 section. If you take Gerry’s lessons you learn that pretty quickly. I watched and learned. People were wandering all over the place. The folks who stayed low and went slow found the gold in areas that were surely hit before, even bulldozed.
  4. Any of you actually move tailing piles to explore the ground underneath? I think i need to do this. I got one spot that i have been hitting off and on all summer, slow, different machines, gridded. Nuggets have been found. Only ground left is under those bowling ball and bigger sized tailings.
  5. Its Russia, Minelab is not going to go after him. He could offer it for free and jack up the cost of the coil 😆 Minelab is not going to put anything out or it would have done so already. Time to just make it.
  6. What this guy should focus on is replicating the chip so no cordIng cut is needed.
  7. Here’s a tip on these claims. Follow the drywashers. Going to where gold was dug before and you will find more that was left behind.
  8. Depends on the terrain in your area. In the brush and forest, Its easier to use 2300. Love my Z but i find i only use it most in the desert, although i have identified some spots in the woods to use it. 2300 was my first “good” detector and I have found my best and most gold with it. I have thought of going with the coiltek coils and dropping the Z but only based on what I have read I currently don’t think it is the route for me. Today I’m heading out with all 3. Nox, SDC and Z and after dinking around will pick the best to use. I have been in garbage lately so the Nox has helped me cherry pick.
  9. Size, weight? Some scale? Looks big but can’t tell. Awesome find though!
  10. I also have enough square nails to build myself an authentic 1800’s miner’s cabin 😂 🤣
  11. What cabins did you stay in? I stayed in Lovelock last time, not sure if I want to do that again. 😆
  12. Thank you for the advice and tips guys! I always learn something new when I ask questions! ☺️
  13. So I am mainly a prospector and on vacations or when staying with my folks in FL a beach detectorist. I have gone out a few times to my local parks but I really get nervous digging plugs all over the place when most of the time it is pull tab garbage. The last couple times instead of using a Lesche shovel, I used a hand Lesche which made it a little less conspicuous but still pulling plugs. I thought that maybe I would reduce sensitivity and go after surface finds, or maybe pinpoint as best as possible and just try to cut a slit and probe. I am just apprehensive about digging in parks or soccer/football/baseball fields and would like to know techniques or strategies that folks use to make the least impact but go for the best finds. Then maybe I can get out more after work instead of waiting for the weekends or vacations to go in the woods or on the beach where I can dig to my hearts content. I just don't like people coming around harassing me especially if I am pulling a plug in there precious park or manicured sports field. If you have techniques that work with the Equinox specifically, I would be interested in that too (or references or videos), which is why I posted this in the Nox forum.
  14. I have compared it page by page. I did not see 30-40 new pages of information. Edit: 15 is accurate. The new info I found was a couple picture pages of buddies that he detected with over the ages and mainly websites. I did not find any new geology interpretations, detector tips, search strats, etc. Plus the 8th ed is Spiral bound with a lamented cover. The 7th is more like a book binding, no hard cover though. I will have to recheck Magnificent Quest but if I remember right it was more about surviving in the desert. Still a good read. I am not saying that Jim’s read are bad or anything its one of the best! I put Chris Ralph’s Fists Full of Gold at the top though.
  15. So I have done this research before and to save everyone time, what you want is the 7th or 8th edition. They are basically the same. Jim put pictures in the eighth edition of a lot of prospecting friends that he had and a few websites that we all know about for buying detectors. So the seventh and the eighth additions are basically the same. Actually the seventh edition is a much better binded book and I would prefer the seventh or the eighth. If you get any of the lower additions they will not have the new information that was put in the seventh edition. Each addition built on itself just a little bit not much but a little bit more information. So if you’re looking for everything that Jim put in his “follow the dry washers book” look for the seventh or eighth edition. There is no volume one or two that was just edition one and two. The other two books he wrote “hard rock prospecting with a metal detector” and “three hours from gold” have different information in them. You really only need his three books. The field guides he wrote too are part of all three of these books as well.
  16. Did you notice the two prospect pits west on the hillside from most of your pickers? Might want to detect that too.
  17. I would love to use one. Please add me to the hat! Thank you!
  18. Gold Seachers of Southern Nevada (GSSN). That is a good club go join.
  19. The pinpointer problem seems to be across the board. I have had the same problems with the 35 as well as the old 25. I think it picks up the detector you are using even though it is 5 or so feet away. I always have to screw around with it a little bit while I’m searching for a target. Reduce sensitivity and then bring it back up or sometimes just turn it off and on. I have heard that other pinpointers have similar problems but I’ve never really researched into it. After I wrote this I got thinking that it could be a battery issue. I have noticed that when I put new batteries in it I have less problems than if I’ve had old batteries in it for a while
  20. Wow finding gold in dirt like that is even more interesting
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