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  1. Without getting into the "Global Warming" controversy, I can say with certainty that Eastern Oregon was wetter and cooler this year and especially this fall. Despite that though, three of us were out on Thursday and were able to get one nice picker and the seven small pickers/pieces on a placer we hadn't been able to detect in a few years. (Private land with permission) Next week though the weather man/lady predict nighttime temperatures down as low a 11 degrees. (Onion harvest that is way behind already will essentially stop, leaving many fields to be plowed under.) Hope we can still get a few more days out in the hills.
  2. As I'm struggling through the Equinox 800 learning curve, I'm beginning to realize it's potential for deeper gold. Both the two inch quartz specimen and the one gram piece were down about eight inches. The one gram nugget was pretty loud, but so was the specimen with only about a tenth or less of a gram. Unlike the Gold Bug 2's perfect signal, the noise and the numbers coming out of the 800 are really hard to interpret. I guess it is going to be practice, practice, practice. Rattlesnakes are still out in Oregon and I'm sure most other places as well-so be aware. Gary
  3. Nugglorious, I don't want to beat a dead horse, but I do want to conquer the Eq. 800. My brother and I and friend Mike were up in the hills yesterday and once again I encountered those pesky hot rocks. So I will take your advice and read all the "hot rock" tips in the Equinox page. I did see a YouTube video where a detectorist with a Minelab 4500 (I think), ground balance on a hot rock, thus clearing them and wondered if that would work for the Equinox. Might be worth a try. Anyway, my brother got a couple, but Mike and I got skunked. Thanks, Gary
  4. Nugglorius, Got two with my 800 yesterday using the 6 inch coil-so thanks. The Equinox does not handle the hot rocks at all and maybe because I don't know what to do yet. And it isn't as user friendly as the Gold Bug 2. Very sensitive to gold at depth though. Gary
  5. phrunt, Just received the 6 inch coil for my new Eq. 800 and am anxious to try it out. Here in Eastern Oregon the temperatures are finally dropping below 100 and we can get out more often. Your little nugget proves the Equinox will work and I hope for us too! Gary
  6. I was raised in the town of Brogan, Oregon, thus Brogansown.
  7. While most of us are basically detecting for gold, some of us and me especially, as curator of a Museum, are also intrigued by the artifacts we sometimes find. Those bits of iron, copper, lead and bronze tell a tale and I've collected them along with photographs and genealogy to create a book about one of Eastern Oregon's earliest gold mining camp. Eldorado and the towns nearby have been heavily detected and many of the items have been donated to the Museum thus helping me to write the book. I'm working on a mining display at the Museum and recently received an ore cart from the Sunday Hill Mine in Mormon Basin, Oregon. The book is done and is for sale at $41.00 for paper backs and $75.00 for the hardback - with $5.00 for postage. Took me eight years, so I hope you like it. email at fugates@fmtc.com
  8. phrunt, Thanks, I'll add that to a growing list. Our hobby is a great way to get outdoors and although only a few will keep at it, some will enjoy the thrill of finding a treasure for many years to come. Gary
  9. Thanks to all of you who responded. This will truly help with all the questions at morning coffee and at the Stone House Museum where both locals and travelers stop. This Forum is really helpful. I do appreciate the advice.
  10. The group I detect with here in Eastern Oregon are mostly interested in gold hunting and we own and hunt with Minelabs, Gold Bug 2's and a few others. Many of my friends who are nearing retirement, have asked what I would recommend to hunt parks, schools, etc. for coins and I just don't know what to tell them, realizing that many wouldn't be able to afford some of the new machines. Could some of you familiar with coin hunting give me a list of their favorites, including less pricey older models. Thanks Guys. Gary
  11. I have a collection of 19th century crevicing tools and this impact tool beats them all! Hope you find a bunch of nuggets.
  12. Totally possible Chris. Molten metals like to form spherical shapes as we know from dropped molten lead in the old shot towers. And if cooled fast enough will retain that shape. Yours was unusual as you know. Nice too. Gary
  13. The BB is possibly a spatter ball from a crucible used to check purity of an ore sample. I have found a number of BB's on the walls of these crucibles thrown behind the sampling lab. The crucibles were only used once and then thrown away. Often the lab guy would miss the spatters up on the sides-sometimes hidden by the flux. Good find Chris.
  14. Lunk, Earlier this year I borrowed Mike's Gold Monster and with the small coil was able to pick up those tiny pieces even better than with the Gold Bug 2. The GM 1000's ergonomics are not so good, so I always revert back to the GB2. As you said it is a really sensitive machine. Good job with all those nuggets.
  15. I mirror your thoughts Fred-that is steep rugged country. The old timers who mined there were tough hardy galoots. But I can see why JW detected there.
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