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    Siskiyou Cal., Eastern Oregon, Payette, Idaho
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    Metal Detecting
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    Fisher Gold Bug 2, Minelab Equinox 800, Minelab GP 3000, 3500, Fisher F75, Garrett A/T Gold (sold), Whites GM3 (sold).

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  1. Jzconcepts, IMHO go where gold was found before, lots of research we’ll serve you best in doing this. USGS or state mines bureau’s publications are a good starting place for research. USGS Bulletin’s 1355 Arizona Placer deposits, 1357 Utah Placer deposits, and 1348 New Mexico Placer deposits all by Maureen G. Johnson are pretty good, but remember these are well known by most detectorist, so look for more obsolete mining ⛏ publications to find those areas not so hunted. Wish you the best on your adventures.
  2. The Equinox works really good at finding small gold in low mineralized ground. So if the 6000 can closely match it in highly mineralized ground that would be a huge breakthrough, for me even if it comes somewhat short of matching the Equinox in these harder conditions I’ll be very content. That would be a high bar I’ve never thought could happen with metal detectors. 😃 No ferrous I’d, I can live with this, maybe my Equinox can fill this gap working together with the 6000. As for larger gold I’ll be very happy to see it come in even a little short of 20% depth gain over the 5000 in heavil
  3. Steve, Thank you for the great DIY link for repairing the Equinox battery system, definitely easy to do if ever needed.
  4. Cudamark, I agree the backup battery system sounds like a pretty good option for my circumstance. Have you heard how long the factory Equinox batteries last for? I’ve heard it’s also not recommended to try and replace the factory battery DIY?
  5. GB_Amateur, I agree technological advancement can be a double edged sword. I definitely like the new technology, even though it does feel like it sometimes moves to fast and forgets the older and more reliable features that did not change for the better. One example is that I’m basically dirt farming and camping in the most remote places in the U.S. so having a ruggedized detector with a long lasting battery would work best for these situations. We used to have detectors that could run on 40 plus hours on one set of batteries and now the detector I use most frequently has an internal battery t
  6. Thank for your comment Steve. I agree there are some things that probily are needing left behind as we push forward. By this post I was hoping to get more feedback to companies of what the consumer wants in a detector, and hopefully say it’s been done before, not hard to do, why not bring it back, can it hurt. Kinda of like the 6000 being made lighter with a built in speaker or having a Toyota diesel in the U.S. let’s do what works best.
  7. I know we have had some great advancements in VLF metal detector's over the recent past, but I am hoping that we can keep some of the older design features that seemed to work well. My favorite new technological features being offered in VLF's are Multi-IQ and single frequencies options, fully programmable settings, waterproof, noise cancel, USB chargers, li-ion batteries, Bluetooth headphones, prospecting & coin/relic options, and lightweight. Really a great job by the inventors of these detectors. IMHO I hope we do not lose some of the past designs that worked well, such as th
  8. Steve, Welcome to the forum! The above chart shows the performance of several Minelab Detectors including the ones you mentioned. The smaller 8 inch Commander mono coil or Coiltek Goldstalker mono 6 inch will give more sensitivity on sub-gram gold vs. the larger coils. In low minerized ground the GM 1000 will find smaller gold than the gpx 5000, but will not go as deep on larger gold. Ron
  9. Gerry, I really like the specimen in its natural form. I would be interested to see if it’s disseminated gold or a solid mass by putting a continuity tester to it and seeing if there a connection. I’ve had poor luck etching placer specimens due to the rounding off of the outside gold which gives it a strange look. 🤔 Large specimen are most always worth more in a natural state, especially if from a rare location.
  10. Thanks Gerry and Steve for really narrowing down the best options for gold detectors for myself and hopefully for many other prospectors. Sounds like all a person needs nowadays is a select few detectors, mainly due the great technological advancements made from Minelab. Wow! You can now have one multi frequency VLF detector that can handle relics, coins, shallow gold and disc. trash out fairly well- the Nox and a disc. PI that can handle deeper gold in moderate trash areas if using caution due to false signals- the GPX 5000 and in areas with very little trash one will most likely ge
  11. Thanks all for the recent advice and explanations! I also wanted to mention and thank Steve Herschbach for his metal detector database with reviews which was very helpful in narrowing down the capabilities of the large list of gold detectors available from past to present. I do feel all the detectors I’ve narrowed my research too from this list our very high end detectors and several I would of never considered before reading about them. I only wish I had more opportunities to try all these detectors out (toys for me). It well be most likely I well need quite a few different detectors to
  12. Hello all, My name is Ron and I'm new to the forum and have been learning a lot from it's members and really appreciate all the time everyone puts into this forum, some really great information comes from this forum. I'm in the market for an upgrade from my current detectors and am trying to decide on which would be the best detector for the worst case scenario as I have currently been detecting in the Siskiyou's serpentine gold belt (pretty much to hot for VLF's) and this gold belt also contains a very large amount of trash. The Equinox 800, Gold Bug 2, Garrett AT Gold have not been
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