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  1. I did like the way he used his legs as props for his detector and shovel as he bent over with his pinpointer. Perhaps some sort of hardpoints on the cargo pants could facilitate.
  2. A topic close to my heart. What I do is collect representative gold specimens from the area (via sluicing or panning - your methods may vary), then placing them in vials or baggies and salting in amongst the target area. Test various Deus programs and tweak the settings to find what works for you. I like the 9.5" elliptical for poking around boulders and cobble.
  3. Oh wow. How many gasping breaths of rarefied air would the bearer have saved with a half a kilo lighter Deus instead? For this ultra-specialized, expensive, once in a lifetime, low temperature application, whatever detector you choose - ditch the stock batteries and custom fit them with lithium thionyl chloride primary cells, and have plenty of power till -55C.
  4. Good eye :) That classifier gave its life for the cause lol. You want to cut up buckets that are slightly smaller than your typical 5 gallon so they will sit deeper in a 5 gal full of water. I often stack 3 sizes at a time and "jig" them with a shovel or two of bank run in the top. Another tip is you might want to put a small "collar" under the bottom lip of each screen pail so they don't nest tightly into each other.
  5. I like the nested pan idea for it's compactness; good for quick testing. As for other solutions when I'm somewhere in between test-panning and highbanking, I made a set of bucket classifiers. Mesh sizes of #1.4, #4, #10, #20. The bottom one in this pic #40 and proves to be impractical out in the field, even though I opened it up drastically around the sides as well:
  6. Genius. The 12" Jobe et al classifiers work great in 5 gallon pails, but leave a nasty scar in any pan large enough to accommodate them. This arrangement will compact nicely for transport as well. You could even nest more of these these, doubling the mesh size until you're in the zone.
  7. Great to hear it Jim. In case I miss it, will you shoot me a link to your plans when they are dialled in? I hope you still have my email. Jon
  8. Hey Jim, great work! Looking forward to the assays of what you've found. And of course those Wilfley table plans while you are waiting for cooler weather 😉
  9. Surprised the "Uncommon Wisdom" piece didn't even suggest weighing your coins, although it included the word "weight" exactly once, with no context. Knowing the dimensions and the weight of a pure gold coin you are home free. Common sense seems somewhat uncommon among bloggers. Anyone remember Archimedes and the king's crown? This scam has been around for time immemorial. https://sciencing.com/ways-determine-density-2508.html
  10. Chris' book Fists Full of Gold is also loaded with info on running an economical operation. Highly recommended.
  11. I might have to take you up on a set of those plans when they're available, Jim. Tradition and all :) On a tangentially related note, I've often wondered if the magic that is the Wilfley 'saction could be emulated using a programmable logic controller, drivers, and a linear actuator. Best,
  12. James Kwantes is a reputable source IMO, however YMMV. What he reports above is an extract of an annual trip sponsored by the Yukon Mining Alliance for select analysts. In my personal opinion only, I find the VIT stock dilution of ~900M shares too much to swallow. Here is another angle on the same Yukon tour exposing other plays, but without specific details of VIT.V https://ceo.ca/@goldfinger/what-i-learned-in-the-yukon
  13. A de-tuned garage door opener would have no trouble finding a lump that size lol.
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