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    Gold Prospecting, metal detecting, geology, maps
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    4 inch gold dredge, GPX 4800, GM1000, Equinox 800, LiDAR maps, various sluices highbankers and pans.

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  1. PG-Prospecting

    Nox 800 Help / Mentor

    Ezrider2 - Ill have mine with the 6 inch coil on whenever you me and Joey get out on the rivers for dredging. I want to try and use it to snipe some bedrock cracks in the river. I may even try and do a lightweight trip to the river for a day or weekend for just metal detecting, sniping and panning. Ill let you know when i plan to do either. The best place ive found to learn the detector so far has been at the beach, where it is nice and easy to quickly dig targets and learn its vdi numbers and sounds. So dont forget the equinox if you have any family beach vacations planned.
  2. Finally got around to finishing a video of Dredging In Virginia back in the Spring of 2018. Got two nice little nuggets, picked one off of bedrock but the larger one snuck by me and was found in the box. Let me know what you guys think, and would love to hear any advice, as im always learning. And as always Thumbs up for GOLD!!
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    End Of The Year Dredging

    Bear - We still have not found the exact source, i crushed about 20lbs of quartz from the vein i encountered and got pretty much nothing, so that vein was merely a good catch zone for the gold. I have dredged up stream from the source area and character of the gold changes to rounded. See the pic below. There are definitely multiple sources of gold throughout the creek valley. Thanks for the comments!!
  4. Had a great day out last weekend. Temps got close to 60, but still had to use the wet suit heater. Definitely a worth while trip, with some nice coarse chunky gold. Most of the gold was found caught up in a quartz vein. Hard to tell if it actually came from that vein or just got caught there. Will be crushing some of the vein to see if anything comes out of it. Either way the gold did not travel far at all which has been typical of all the gold found in this stretch of creek. Hopefully ill be able to dredge there one more time before the end of the year. Currently sitting at 0.90 oz for the year would love to get that last 0.1 to make an ounce for this year. We will see.
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    Dredge Questions

    Brian the hose proline uses is spiralite 195. Ive ordered it from a local hose supplier and it was about $170 for 20 feet far cheaper then prolines prices, and it mates right up with prolines hose connection system. But i agree keenes are far more widely available.
  6. Thanks Steve! I currently have the box pictured above which is 20"x72", and i also have a newer keene three stage box which is 20"x60". Im trying to decide which box would be the best for my 5 inch river dredge build. Weight is somewhat of a factor so i still have to figure out how to weigh both of the boxes to see which is lighter.
  7. Steve - I know this is an old thread but i cant help but notice that the sluice on your 6 inch in these pictures looks a lot like a sluice i picked up with an old 5 inch dredge in Kentucky lol. I havent been able to find out anything about this box on any of the other forums. What can you tell me about it and do you have any pictures on how is is supposed to be set up right where the flare and sluice mate up. Any info and more pictures are appreciated! Thank you,
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    Odd Gold

    Yep some of the gold i get is iron stained like that. The black grains are probably just black sands (magnatite and hematite) that is caught in the pores in the gold, but it could be matrix.
  9. Ive used Whitebox GAT with limited success. It took almost 2 days for it convert one tile. If they come in DEM already or once you figure out how to convert them, ive found that SAGA GIS is the best for overlaying DEMs on Google earth, thats if the embedded coordinates are correct.
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    Help Identifying Mystery Rock / Metal

    Look up the mohs hardness scale and run some of those tests to determine its hardness, then look up streak testing and perform that (for streak testing you will need a white un glazed piece of ceramic, or black depending on the color of the streak). With its hardness and streak known as well as some of its other attributes you should be able to narrow it down.
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    Coil Recommendation

    Steve - Thanks for the input! I have the platypus DD but i have been very disappointed in its performance. Below are some pictures of what my main stream looks like. It is basically boulder free, but still has big gold in it, Virginia seems to be a different animal for nugget hunting lol. I do have a detech 21X17 butterfly DD coil that is waterproof that i need to mess around with in the creek here. I was impressed that in air testing (for what its worth) it was picking up a 1.7 gram nugget at about 10 inches.
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    Gold Monster 1000 Vs Equinox 800

    My nox seems to have worse knock sensitivity then my gm1000, but could be due to the mineralization. I will try lifting it in the air and tapping on the coil. Ill be out this weekend messing with all three detectors, so we will see what happens. THanks for the input.
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    Gold Monster 1000 Vs Equinox 800

    I wonder why my nox seems to have a lot more knock sensitivity, with both coils generally running with a sensitivity of about 18.
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    Gold Monster 1000 Vs Equinox 800

    phrunt - What sensitivity are you running the nox at? If I go above 20 with mine with the 6 inch coil on it gets very chattery and knock sensitive. My ground is mild to hot, I cant run the gm1000 in auto + only auto, and I cant run anywhere near manual 10, Maybe 6 to 8 manual. My phone was off when I did this and I was in the middle of the woods so there should have been minimal emi.
  15. Ive done a few basic air tests and it seems to be a little less sensitive to small gold when compared with the gm1000. Gm1000 was in auto 1 all metal. nox800 was gold mode 1, sensitivity at 16, since thats what ive been having to run it at in my area. May be able to increase it since the smaller coil should see less ground. Surprisingly i didn't see much of difference in depth when toggling between all metal and discriminate. The nox was seeing at 2 grain piece of gold about a half inch to an inch behind the the gm1000 with its 5 inch coil. I plan on doing more testing this weekend. Could be a different story out in the field.