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    Current: Goldmonster 1000, Equinox 800, SDC 2300, GPZ 7000

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  1. I've noticed that before on more than one detector. I see in your video that you have fixed your coil cable very tightly near the end of the shaft. You likely did this to reduce any cable motion and thus limit any artifactual noise. However, when you rapidly bounce the coil on the end of the shaft, you can feel it causing a subtle flexion of either the shaft or a motion at the coil joint. Oscillation of the (even tightly fixed) cable in the magnetic field might cause this noise artifact. This is just my theory. I'm not an engineer. And, yes, I decided that since that motion wasn't typically used for detecting, I let it slide. Everything has turned out just fine.
  2. As a rather new member on the forum, I'm also sad to hear of his passing. Fred was one of the few who responded to a newcomer's questions and seemed genuinely interested to help. Helping those you don't know is a trait of a giant soul. Thank you for your brief, but thoughtful interactions, Fred. May your legacy live on and be passed to others who find a piece of it resting here.
  3. Fred, thanks for the area specific experience shared. I’ve never seen so much trash as in these piles. From your comment, do we have more iron trash here? Perhaps, more years and inches of rain as elsewhere rust away the smaller bits of iron faster? Rob (or anyone), which shape of magnets do you like best? I wonder if the circular magnets would accommodate a rake tine in the hole and present more of the the magnet’s surface area in the desired plane. I’m curious to hear if those of you using the larger coils have less trash or more tolerance.
  4. Interesting thread as I just came here looking for this very topic, tonight. I spent the last couple of days detecting heavily iron infested tailings piles. I presumed that many nails and flakes of tin cans mean many “I think I’ll pass”-es. I chose a 6 inch coil thinking it would be easier to separate targets and pick up smaller nuggets. Maybe I’m coming at it all wrong. How come some of you are recommending the larger coils? Won’t that just drive you nuts? Is it just to get more depth and have less raking?
  5. Yep. I’ve noticed it when leaning near the unit.
  6. Sounds like good fun. How many of those pieces are nuggets?!
  7. Sounds great. I was waiting for a follow up post. I, too, have been wondering whether not to buy the conversion kit. How well would you say the self-classification system works?
  8. Thanks for all of the entertaining and helpful comments. Spent a half day detecting, today, and got nothing but little bits of lead, iron, and hot rocks. At that point, I usually grab a parting bucket of dirt to bring home and soothe my bruised ego. Here's the product of 4 gallons unclassified dirt.
  9. I wondered about being cleared for easier walking, too. There are some degraded steel flakes scattered about. I also found a couple of solitary antiquey clay bricks, without a home. Its really in the middle of nowhere without water nearby. It's east-southeast of Phoenix on a club claim (top secret html encoding in use here). I've tried as much research as I know how short of getting into the nearest local library, which appears to never be open. Although, I did find 1952 Rosie dime in their front lawn just for kicks. It's an eerie little town. From what I read in USGS material (encoded information here, again), there was some gold found in certain surrounding areas, but it's not clear what was going on at this particular location. One of the sections said So-and-So reported finding some "pannable" gold on his claim, but that's not exactly here. There is plenty of evidence of recent drywashing in the nearby ravines. But, I can't find recent or remote shared info on what people have found on this spot. That said, I've drywashed a couple of those nearby ravines and found both very small flake and small chunks of rough gold. Nothing of detectable size in the concentrates and nothing detected yet, but I've only spent one day. Sure would be nice to know if I'm wasting my time!
  10. That was my very first thought that popped into my mind when they first popped into my view. It's funny how I didn't even see them the first time around when camping nearly right on the spot. The second time around it was almost as if my subconsciousness noticed there was something odd about their organization throughout the surrounding area. I think what caused me to miss them in the first place was that they had weathered to nearly flush with the surrounding dirt. There were about 17 to 20 of them in a 100 sq ft area. I found another area removed about 1/4 mile from them that looked very similar, but only had 5 to 6 rock piles--again, without tailings or digs. So, if they truly happened to be rake piles, all from about the same time period, how would you choose to go about testing the area?
  11. I have wondered that, too. They are just so oddly homogeneous.
  12. I may have to go back and try around a few more of them. They do seem more out of place in person.
  13. Yes. I scanned around with the smallest GM1000 coil followed by the SDC. Nothing yellow. It is sitting right on top of an alluvial fan with gold in it though.
  14. Thanks for your replies. It’s probably a really common question for which detector is “best”. An epiphany I’m having right now is that maybe one of the challenges in prospecting is learning what exactly are your needs. Here’s a theory that I might abandon with time. When your ignorance quotient is high, your needs quotient is low. Then as your ignorance begins to decrease (from learning), your needs grow. And, finally, when your ignorance seems to be at its lowest, then your needs decrease, again. It might even be a cycle. Right now I may be in the second phase, so that makes me both curious and needy.
  15. I’m always trying to learn how to correctly identify evidences of the older workings. These piles caught my attention because they look like old dry washing header piles, but there are no discernible tailings piles. The rock piles are quite flattened, perhaps this means they are old. But, the other mysterious finding is that there are relatively no large rocks found between the piles. This is in contrast to the surrounding terrain, which is homogeneously strewn with rocks of variable size. This makes me wonder if the piles were formed by detectorists trying to get a more level surface. Then, again, I don’t see any recent evidence of recent diggings due to the flatness of the ground. Is anybody with more experience willing to share their take on it?
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