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karelian

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karelian last won the day on December 6 2020

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    Melbourne, Australia
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    Photography, Metal Detecting. Camping and Outdoor Activities.
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    Whites TdI Pro, Tdi Sl, MXT, XL Pro, GMX Sport, Minelab Explorer Se Pro, Musky Advantage. Garrett A2B.

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  1. Not sure if it is the balance, quality black paint or intuitive dials and switches but the XL PRO is a pleasure to swing. There are lighter multifrequency alternatives, but when I'm in the mood the older White's hits the spot and brings home the goodies.. Old school yes, but that meter is accurate and she still hits deep.
  2. I still use the XL Pro, having used a 6000 series 2 in the past. The XL Pro is lighter, uses a better battery system and I suspect has more gain, more than GEB MAX mode which is not missed. The SAT mode allows better performance in mineralised ground and runs a smooth audio. I like to use SAT with a slow to medium sweep and the meter to disc. The option of disc with faster sweep speed and good depth is there when needed. The Pro has auto ground balance and runs smoothly under most conditions if you are an experienced user. Many folks prefer the older models manual ground balance. Lots of options which make for a very versatile machine. Ideal of sports grounds and open fields, in disc it loves a snappy swing and covers ground fast. You can also set it up for low and slow, again lots of control for different circumstances. Depth is very good, most of the mentioned machines match each other for depth. Ergonomics, balance and weight favour the XL Pro as does the battery tray for AA cells. That big meter is a joy to use and look at. Again performance or depth with the machines mentioned is near identical, swing what gives you the most pleasure or fun. That smooth audio hum is a thing of beauty, makes for a pleasant hunt. All the best.
  3. The last drone video was over Ballarat Hill next to Vaughan township. Wedgetail Eagles are locals, spotted a while ago so I know they live in the area. All jokes aside they are local wildlife and they do not like drones. They are protected and numbers have been increasing, I do check before flying and have had to abort flights because they are hovering about. I just keep the drone on the ground and reach for the DSLR with a telephoto lens and enjoy having them around. Beautiful big birds with a bit of attitude..
  4. Just including an updated version of an older drone video, flying over another goldfield trying to identify private and public land boundaries before swinging the detector. The hole in the hillside were on private land, so I flew over for a closer look whilst staying on the public side of the fence.. no livestock, farm house or farmer with 12g..
  5. I'm using a DJI Mavic Air, video set at Auto at 1080P 60fps with an ND filter fitted most of the time. I use an Ipad Mini mated to the controller, the Ipad serves as a digital map and satnav when out on foot away from the car. Usually in the car is a pelican style case for the drone with everything I need. Compact and versatile with decent video output it perfroms well for me. I have four battery packs for the drone and can recharge in the car, but four is plenty for a normal weekend away. Got to the stage I even do a quick fly over when picking out a spot to pitch my tent, it has found me a very nice camping location complete with a great fishing and prospecting. The day will come when these gadgets deliver pizza..
  6. GotAU I am lucky that in Victoria a lot of historical maps and information has been digitized, so is fully available to the public. Lots of information to research areas, perhaps too much at times. My method is to identify an area of interest, locate and reseach reports and maps etc. I print out a topographic map, identify private and public land. Make sure I am not on a working or active mining claim. Make sure I am permitted to prospect in the area and go from there. Google Earth research to identify points of interest within the area, followed by drone flights and putting on a pair of good boots. At all times I update my printed map using an old school pencil. Many times on my walks I spot broken pottery or glass, bricks or other bits and pieces that tell me there has been a camp, test holes and other indicators that I should start detecting. The old map I included with the Google Earth image highlights areas with reefs and shafts, granite and alluvium. Just part of a detailed process involved in narrowing down areas of interest. Finding 'shallow ground' with nuggetty gold is one thing but narrowing the search from 'excavator shallow' to 'small coil shallow' is for me the real challenge. A complex but enjoyable process, I suspect many more experienced prospectors instinctively know what ground is of interest. By instintively I mean hundreds of hours of research and hundreds more of real world experience..
  7. A lot of good information Reg, thanks. I was first drawn to the area because of the names used, Nuggetty Hills, Nuggetty Rd, Nuggetty School Rd, Nuggetty Winery... More research and I was curious to explore the area and have a look at the ground. Had a good drive around the area, including Nuggetty School Rd, flew past the small bush reserve and missed the signs. Just spent some time on Google Earth and looking at the area along the road I can see that the farmers have ploughed over worked areas but there are small patches of workings hidden to the casual observer. Not visible from the road but a lot clearer from the air. Private property mostly with the smallest patches available to the public. The glory days of gold in the ounces, I'm excited by gold by the gram, although I do like to dream of the big one. Any excuse to get me out of Melbourne for a few days. All the best.
  8. Reg, spot on as there is a patchwork of private property. Lucky we live in the digital age which means it is easy to know where the boundaries are, so no excuses for being on the wrong side of the line.. Should mention I'm more concerned about eagles than any 12g. Plan is to detect a gully from the head down into the lower parts. A drones view is great but at the end of the day I'm going to have to work my way down and huff and puff my way back up that hill.
  9. Nuggetty Hills is home to Moonlight Reef, Victoria Reef, Cumberland Reef, Mosquito Reef and Nuggetty Reef. There are open cut workings, mullock heaps, plus on the hillside loam and gravel areas of interest. Nuggetty reef at it's peak once gave 500 oz to the ton... Down hill from the reefs the gullies and hillsides were the focus of my attention. The area is steep but there are areas on the slopes that could have potential for detecting.
  10. Yep, the Newcastle hat is well made and fit for purpose. Mine has arrived and so far so good. Very happy with the fit and the design is excellent. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwif85zcuov0AhURxzgGHQoeDDgQFnoECAMQAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.newcastlehats.com.au%2F&usg=AOvVaw0lISMUf6Pj5Img9TILnljk
  11. My first day out of Melbourne Australia for a long time was spent exploring Nuggetty Hills near Maldon in Victoria. Felt good to get some fresh country air. Rocky hilly terrain meant I used a drone to get a better view. The drone has proven itself a very useful tool, for prospecting and more. All the best.
  12. The sun in Australia is an all year challenge, not just in summer. Our choice in hats is evolving as it has become a health and safety issue at work. The market for hats that allow headphones has got to the stage that Newcastle Hats has a few models that allow choice of brim size, venting hole or micromesh etc You can even order custom.. Up until recently in Australia, the postage was more expensive than the hat. Luckily a few Australian local manufacturers have stepped up. This is the model I'll have on my head when I venture out. I ordered the larger brim size with the flap for the neck. Again we are spoilt for choice.
  13. I remember reading about it when the kids found the nugget. Also remember that the Skylab bits and pieces in Western Australia started the electronic gold rush for many of us. Just reminds me I'm getting old. When I read about large gold finds I tend to research the area and look at the type of ground it was found in, helps me focus on the geology and improve my odds of finding the yellow. People have learnt to keep the location of the finds to themselves these days, who can blame them?
  14. Depending on what you are swinging. Size does matter.. for extra penetration of hard ground.
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