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  1. Has anything changed as far as law enforcement is concerned? Or, is this just a newfound loophole? The article isn't very clear.
  2. If anyone already has a hobbyist drone you can get a jump on things - minus the detector - by mounting a FLIR camera. Or, there is the option to just buy an already equipped drone - DJI and a few other brands sell these. This makes it remarkably easy to find adits to mines and cave entrances as they stand out like dark blobs due to air temperature variance on hot days - it works best if you have a really good day-->night temperature swing. Finding undocumented mines sometimes will put you on top of gold. 🚁 https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1742-6596/1368/3/032032/pdf https://www.flir-direct.com/product/flir-436-0020-00-vue-pro-r-radiometric-thermal-camera-with-9-mm-lens-for-drones
  3. I hear that an individual in Northern California recently stumbled upon a nugget weighing over 16oz troy - anyone have any photos or the story of this find yet? This is the largest CA find I am aware of since the Butte nugget.
  4. So anyone else reading "an ease of use technology" as a push towards operation simplification? I mean, names can be misleading but I would have to think they are implying this GeoSense is some new version of automatic ground tracking, possibly combined with automatic tuning for ground conditions? An attempt to "idiot-proof" it similar to the SDC and Monster? A GPX/SDC in one will be great (maybe not to those whom already own both). Given the teasers they have released thus far, and given the good machines in the market, I think this one is going to find a home around that $6,000 mark.
  5. I have a 20cf tank and the harness seen here - https://www.mantusmarine.com/product/scubatank-harness/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA-rj9BRCAARIsANB_4ADODtoEPWV7-Bcemhg0sdGdBioIw0ntDMfemeyhSY3mQkBwG-BLv6MaAh3aEALw_wcB They offer the whole compact package but I use my own regs and other equipment. I have packed all of this equipment in to do some pretty remote mountain diving and it's been great. I can get 25-30 mins bottom time off the 20cf bottle. Great for quick sniping.
  6. 4 C batteries can be charged by solar just as well as any battery powered VLF's unless I am missing something. A solar panel and charger is already extraneous bulk regardless of the detector. You can also get lithium adapters for the small lithium cells that most definitely are easy to charge and you can bank a solid 6-8 hours of detecting off of.
  7. Most hard rock gold isn't going to be free milling or detectable.
  8. SDC 2300 for me hands down. Not that much lighter than your GPX5k but form and function for rough country detecting.
  9. I'm interested in the battery, but more immediately, I need a knuckle protector and don't want to have to wait for one from AU. Does anyone know of where/if these are available stateside yet?
  10. How much does it supplement your income? It doesn't. Even if you were to prospect full time, I highly doubt anyone is making a fortune in the U.S. prospecting full time - I know a few people that do OK. Most can make far more money with their day jobs. Large nuggets are far more rare than most realize. Those I do find I keep as "Trophies". In a pinch I'd sell my nuggets off, they are like a savings account. What about chiggers and ticks, do you have to deal with those pesky critters too out in dry climates? Ticks, yes, I dig a few out of my skin every year Other than your machine and digging stuff, what else does one take along while prospecting for those just in case you need it scenarios? Water, small first aid kit, fire starter, Emergency blanket, etc., - I keep things light, generally under 15-20lbs. equipment total. Do you hunt mostly on a claim or public land? Public lands.
  11. It was incredibly visible to the naked eye on Saturday morning as I drove to the Sierras - right before dawn on the eastern Horizon.
  12. The profit margins on HDPE are good. It seems like everyone in the detector business gets into the pan business eventually. Lol.
  13. The audio on that machine is great. The land version of this will probably be my next detector.
  14. Wow a sad day. Another one lost to the history books. Can't say it wasn't anticipated, after seeing Tesoro go under I had a feeling - as I am sure others did - that Whites was the next in the line of market vulnerability.
  15. I love my SDC. The armrest has actually never bothered me and I addressed the lithium battery and knuckle issue with aftermarket parts. Koss headphones are a weak spot and I'm on my third pair due to the connection. It's still the best investment I ever made for the detecting I do. It is my grab-and-go for 90% of my gold detecting while I've used the GPX or ATX for deeper gold or iron dense workings. The ground I detect is mostly shallow hydraulic workings and bedrock - or very close to it - and I highly doubt that I have missed much gold other than out of operator error. If I were in open country in Nevada, Arizona, etc., I'd probably be running a GPX with a large mono or the GPZ 90% of the time. It is a great tool when applied to the correct job. 👍
  16. Congratulations! I'd rather find one of those beauties than nuggets! 😀🎉
  17. For me: Cons: I like it but I do zero beach detecting. There doesn't appear to be manual ground balancing which is necessary in all areas I like to hunt. I do dive and wouldn't mind taking on underwater in a few places had this been capable. Pros: Form - this looks fantastic. Refined discrimination in a pulse machine? Yes please. Weight - Hooray! All considered - I will be eagerly awaiting news of tests in the gold fields and/or a second iteration of the machine meant for land/gold field use.
  18. I think a lot of the hard rock miners would strongly disagree. Granted there are many high frequency detector options other than the GB2 these days, but there is a reason that the high demand and cult status exist with the GBII. If you have a product that is generating substantial revenue for your company why would you axe it? I wouldn't. Could it use a redesign utilizing modern circuitry and components? That's completely obvious. They should have produced a newer iteration of the higher frequency detector before Minelab and Makro beat them to the punch years ago.
  19. I've thought about getting the machine for the same reason - I do a lot of travel and there have been so many "I wish I had a detector right now" occasions but I hesitate letting a high dollar machine bump around in the truck as break ins aren't exactly an infrequent thing here in California.
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