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    GPX-5, Royal, Pick, Pan, and Shovel

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  1. Heck finding a scoop in the field may be a bit more of a significant discovery than any nugget in a beaten patch, if ya know what I mean!
  2. ABSOLUTELY. My scoop is an all-purpose scraper, scratcher, raker, flinger, prier, and rehabilitator all in one! I would not be the prospector I am without it. I feel my Marine esprit stirring. "This is my [scoop], There are many like it, But this one is mine."
  3. So that is in a sense "black sand," but what you have there is a quartz rock containing a high concentration of iron minerals. Sounds like it's magnetite, a very "hot" iron mineral and a very common one in the goldfields. It is also true that gold may be found nearby as it is an indicator of mineralized rock bodies in the area that gold may have hitched a ride up with. There is a saying that goes, "gold rides an iron horse." Meaning essentially that gold occurs often in setting where iron occurs. They are both heavy minerals, and heavy minerals in general are an indicator of possible gold conc
  4. Well I would agree with you on the 90 degree X pattern, seeing as the X you speak of above is about a 120/60 degree X 🤣
  5. Ah! It seems my lack of attention to detail brackets me into a: No sunbaker! As I did not see the gold before I disturbed it, but the specimen tells the story of presenting the opportunity to have. ...at the end of the day, it's gold! 😏
  6. I nabbed a pretty neat find the other day and I think it was sunbaker... Is it only a sunbaker if you saw it before you disturbed it or is it still a sunbaker if the rock that it's lodged in tells a sunbaker tale? Every dirt dog can tell what half of a float rock was in the ground and what half was face up. This is a rock with a nugget lodged in it that tells one of those sunbaker tales. Is it a sunbaker? -OR- Was it a sunbaker? -...OR- Is it not a sunbaker? It's wedged in there really good! I haven't tried to yank it out because it's so unique a
  7. While awaiting my plexiglass that I ordered off Amazon, I found an alternative for my idea since I was chomping at the bit to get out and mark some targets! I found an old plastic cutting board/sheet and cut it into little 1.5" x 6" strips. The one I had happened to be a bright green color and it worked fairly well. I started at the site of the last nugget I found on a previous trip and bound them up in the branches of nearby creosote bushes to line out an area to thoroughly detect. I only got two signals while I examined this area and neither of them ended up being within the area I marked of
  8. I just interpret the strong gusts that seem to point me in a new direction as mother nature giving me the pointy finger at some gold I would have otherwise walked right past and I keep on going, wondering all the while if she was actually protectively turning me away from some nuggets! 🤔😂
  9. Totally relate with you on that! Different detecting techniques=different detecting moods. I've been pretty curious lately about marking targets before I dig them in a patch clean up experiment. Thinking it will also force me to take the time to track off gps squares on the map of the area I just examined.
  10. I'm imagining this device to produce for the user something like a highly interactive VR type of GPR video in time with metal detection but almost in a way that those super fancy stabilizing binoculars work to smooth out the shake that I can imagine would be inevitable in a hand held device. By interactive, I mean that you can very comfortably, reasonably, and with much ease, be able to visually search the depths of the ground beneath the [search coil?] in the display when a target response is located. Maybe the display is passive as well! A VR headset that you put on for target recovery???
  11. I ended up blowing something in my 5k. Pep Boys got me back in business. In my experience, the GPX is real touchy when it comes to keeping up on the fluids.
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