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About Aureous

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    Victoria, Australia
  • Interests:
    Gold Prospecting, detecting in general, Ghost towns, ghosts and history!
  • Gear Used:
    Minelab GPX4500 (modded), Whites Goldmaster 24K, Teknetics T2.

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  1. My understanding of retail meteorite prices is: Ni/Fe types US$1 per gram. Ordinary H & L type Chondrites US$2-3 per gram. Rarer types can fetch over US$20 per gram and Stony-Irons and Carbonaceous Chondrites can often fetch over US$50 per gram. The Troiite irons are VERY rare and would surely be in the US$20+ range.....so the AU$200K 'finders fee' is super cheap.
  2. Reasonable price they received but I cant help wondering if they would have gotten $50 per gram on the open market. Very rare Ni/Fe meteorite.... They barely got $8.70 per gram. At least they allowed it to be studied in a scientific environment and thought that $100K ea was a good enuff payday 👍
  3. 'Conductive soils' = Ground noise.... so I would guess you're right Vic, but salty ground is 'conductive' too and the resultant noise is more the symptoms of the field being disrupted. The elimination of EMI would be a secondary (but very useful) adjunct. Time will tell just how well the DD coil works for both environments I guess. The wait is just painful.....
  4. I owned 3 GS15000's (std, hipmount and a 16khz version) and all found me gold. The 16khz one was the best for me. Traded it in when the Eureka Ace became available. I also had a GT16000, then a FT16000. The 'good old days'
  5. Out of the last 10,000 pieces of gold Ive dug, maybe 8,000 have been with a VLF. Lions share with the Gold Bug 2, then various Whites Gold masters including the 24K (which I absolutely love). Oh, and maybe 20 with the GM1000. Seriously thinking about a Nox 800 now and retiring my old T2 after seeing Gerry's post LOL
  6. We can all see that the various critical components are now code and software driven, negating any need for white masking paint. I would hope that ML has far better cyber security than it was several years ago when the Chinese hacked them so easily. Coz the codes are now the crucial factor, not the hardware. Currently published info doesn't mention MPS as being part of the operating system which is ML's multi channel PI patent. But, it simply HAS to be part and parcel of the Geo-sense system, otherwise it cannot be able to simultaneously detect both small and large targets. Previo
  7. I believe it has a wired headphone option, so yes. Provided your booster is independently powered (like a 9V battery).
  8. The GM1000 struggles in most Oz goldfield conditions and needs to be used only in very mild ground. The digital audio overcompensates and produces way too many clicks and pops which resemble a target....the GB2, Gold Kruzer and the 24K all have analogue type audio with a smooth threshold tone and mineralization noise is far easier to discern. When you have to dumb a detector down to below 50% gain to cope with even moderate mineralization, I figure its not for me. Gerry is right, I know my detectors enuff to know what to expect from a unit and if it aint right for me, I move on and choose anot
  9. Yeah, I got carried away in the 90's 😉. 2/3 of those were in that one decade. Looking for an 'edge' and experimenting with a lot of coin/relic machines.
  10. If you're covering large, open areas, use the 14" DD or 10"DD first. Then switch to the 6" CC or 6"DD if you find a spot thats producing. If you're working creeks or gullies or old workings, use the small coils 1st.
  11. yeah, pegs dont like rock/s lol. But one spray can will last you many days of use. If the discs work for you, keep using them. Its all about what makes you comfortable and successful in the end 👍
  12. A recent post here got me thinking, how many detectors have I bought? In April this year, I will have been detecting for 40 years. In those 40 years Ive owned 39 detectors lol. Borrowed or hired another 12. Wondering if anyone can beat this?
  13. This is precisely how modded GPX's like my 4500 can find gold on thrashed ground. Wind up the TX gain, lower the RX gain and the noise vanishes, allowing smaller or deeper signals though.
  14. As Geof suggests, Ground survey paint is the best and easiest. Spray a circle around your target but if you're moving away from an area and cant see the paint for bush, scrub, sticks etc then a plastic orange tent peg helps too
  15. In totally mild conditions, it was OK....but in almost ALL my regional goldfields, it was noisy as hell and the GB2 and 24K beat it easily coz they didn't need to be dumbed down like the GM1000 to make the noise bearable. Im sure if ML made the audio analogue instead of digital, it would have been way easier to pick actual signals instead of ground noise and hot rocks. Honestly, I found the old Eureka Gold to be a far better ML VLF machine.
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