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  1. Which is not much different then any other day, they are used to digging coal. Happy holidays to all you Minelab goofs.
  2. To all of the Happy Equinox users I wish you all A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year from the UK. I hope you all get the Christmas Presents which you all are hoping for. Good Hunting Randy Dee
  3. Hi all, I have read many a great article on this forum so thought it time to join up and say g'day. I exclusively target gold and consider myself as a somewhat seasoned detectorist but by no means an expert. One of the great things about this hobby and lifestyle is that there is always something more to learn about. The learning curve never ends and I wouldn't have it any other way. Another great part of the hobby is all the down to earth people you meet from all around the world, weather it be out bush or online. Cheers
  4. Hi folks been lurking around a couple of these forums for a few years decided to start getting off my rear. and try it instead of reading about it. Bought a new Polaris ranger and been going out rockhounding abit. Now think wanna buy a detector and see what is out here. Been looking at the Nokta gold Kruzer and either the gold monster or the equinox 800.. seems the gold Kruzer you get the best bang for your buck ?? but comparing to others is it close to the same or would I be losing ? when the ml5000 just came out I wanted to get it but never did. And can't justify the expense yet for 1 .. Would love for someone who does know area and what they are doing to go out with anytime . I'm retired so time is free lol well mostly
  5. New member from North Idaho, I've been checking out the information on this forum and it is great. All the information, reviews and the way it is presented couldn't be better. I started out in the late 60's with Whites Coinmaster IV and 66T - kind of on again and off again with being drafted, married, kids ,etc. now it is my time to spend as I wish, (long as I have permission). I have met several folks on this forum, and looking forward to meeting many more, thanks for the opportunity.
  6. Hello To all, My Name is Rudy I go by Crustycoinfinder I'm in the Valencia / Santa Clarita area in California, looking for anyone that would like to Metal Detect just send me a reply. Thank You.
  7. Hello all, I am Michael and I am a new member. I have really been enjoying the forum. I mainly relic and coin hunt old farm fields. I currently have an At Pro and a Fisher F70, but I have a Minelab Equinox 800 on order.
  8. Lunk has inspired me to start a thread about the Twelve Days of Detecting (it is the season as he says)! So, to start off the 'contest' we need suggestions for the lyrics that go with: On the first day of nugget shooting my detector gave to me ... ???? (On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree ... got it?) Let's pick out the best one and then a couple of days later we'll move on to day 2. I think we should leave day 5 lyrics just as they are ... 5 Golden Rings!
  9. Warning! Annual Prospecting Poetry!!Old Santy Crashed His Sleigh One NightOn Christmas eve of ‘62,Well, things was lookin’ mighty blue.There’d been a crash, a wreck all rightA prairie mishap one dark night.But let me backtrack just a bitSo you can ponder all of it.One special night so long agoFound Santy Claus all set to go.Away up North one winter’s night,The sky was filled with stars all bright.And on that Eve, old Santy flewHis magic reindeer sleigh, it’s true!But later on a storm arose,The worst one ever I suppose,The wind commenced an awful blowThat filled the air with ice and snow.Old Santy couldn’t see at all,And then his sleigh began to fall.His reindeer froze, then couldn’t flyNo matter how they fought to try.So down it went, the sleigh and deer . . .This filled old Nick with dread and fear‘Cause in his sleigh were all the toysFor countless wishful girls and boys.A dreadful drop, a jarring crash,All Christmas hopes it seemed to dash.Old Nick was groggy, light of headAnd mighty lucky he wern’t dead.The racket woke a skinner oldA muleteer if truth be told.Snug in the fort he’d heard the soundOf something crashing to the ground.Jake left his bed all safe and warm,In Benton’s fort assailed by storm,Then grabbed a lantern off the hook,Threw on his boots to take a look.No other souls awoke that nightThe soldiers, freighters, slept right tight.So Jake took off to look aroundFor what had crashed into the ground.The snow had drifted rather deepSince he’d retired for his sleep.So through the gate he left to seeThe site of such calamity.Outside the fort, an awful sightRevealed itself by lantern light,A busted sleigh and reindeer too!Old Santy Claus was turnin’ blue.Montanny winters sure are cold,They favor steely men and bold.So Jake the skinner acted quickTo save those reindeer and Saint Nick.The deer he quickly tucked awayInside a stable filled with hay.And by his fire he propped Saint Nick.But things were lookin’ mighty sick‘Cause Santy Claus was out of it.His reindeer too, the whole durn kit!Who now to take the gifts and toysTo all those wishful girls and boys.Yes, Jake was in an awful fix!He needed stuff like magic tricksTo find a way to save the nightAnd get old Santy’s sleigh in flight.A thinkin’ some, he shook Saint NickTo see if Santy had a trickTo help him on his new-found quest.Yet, Santy didn’t look his best.But all at once, in Santy’s hand,Appeared a bag of northern brand.And on it words, “Pure magic dust”,Jake knew right then this was a must.For in the back, a stable stout,Held eight old mules. They’d help him out!Those mules could fly, with magic dust,And Jake had earned their life-long trust.So in a flash, out back he flewTo coax his mules that job to do.No purdy names his mules they had‘Cause Jakey’s mules was mostly bad.As Patch, and Bob the oldest two,Why any livin’ thing they’d chew.They’d tear a chunk from hide or hairAnd once they whupped a grizzly bear!While Mike and ornery, nasty BingWould kick their hooves at anything.A dance girl once had flitted pastAnd caught herself a hammered blast.And Patch who had a taste for beerHad once romanced a long-horned steer.Old Sam possessed a nasty moodHe’d use to pitch off any dude.But Jack was just an ornery sortA little wide, and awful short.Now Jenny, she was sort of cuteTo skinner Jack, that old galoot.So Jack approached his fractious crewAnd let them know just what he’d doBy cussin’ loud, with swears and such,If troubled times they brung him much. Then findin’ harness, tack and kitJake started singin’ songs a bit.‘Cause every skinner oughter knowSome songs to sing to start the show.His mules perked up, their ears they cockedAnd on their heels they gently rockedFor singin’ soothes the savage beastOr calms it down, a bit, at least.So Jake commenced to sing a song,It wasn’t loud nor awful long,But just a shorter sort of thingThat Jake dreamt up that night to sing.“Yippy ki-yi-yippee, ki-yippee ki-yewMy home’s in Montanny, the gold is here too,Yippy ki-yi-yippy, ki-yippy ki-yayMy home’s in Montanny but Santy I’ll play.Yippy ki-yi-yippee, ki-yippee ki-yeeMy home’s in Montanny, but Santy I’ll be.Yippy ki yi yippee, ki yippee ki yewMy home’s in Montanny, but this job I’ll do.”Then Jake began to sprinkle dustA needful thing, a surest must!Them mules, their eyes grew mighty wideAs wings they sprouted on each side.Like Pegasus they rose right quick.That magic dust worked mighty slick.Alarmed, Jake staked them to the treesTo stop them flyin’ off like bees.Yet on the ground lay Santy’s sled,All bent and lookin’ awful dead.But magic dust is sure strong stuff.A pinch or two was just enoughTo perk that sleigh and make it shine.Now Santys ride was lookin’ fine!The toys were scattered in the woods,But Jake corralled them children’s goods.He set them back in Santys pack,That Christmas Eve all dark and black.Off to his shack Jake softly trodWhere Santy gave his head a nodTo give permission to old JakeOn Christmas Eve those toys to take.A buff’ler robe Jake swiftly foundAnd wrapped it tightly all around.Then up he climbed into that sleighWith mules hitched up to fly away.Those brutes of his looked mighty calmThat magic dust, a healin’ balm.The storm abated at that time,And to the sky that sleigh did climb.Without a hitch of any sort,Jake cleared the walls of Benton’s fort.Well Jakey made old Santy’s runOn Christmas Eve, and it was funA slidin’ down those chimleys blackWith Santy’s loaded goody pack.He stuffed the socks and left the toysFor all the little girls and boys.He snarfed the milk and cookies too.And sometimes sampled stiffer brewLeft out for him by kinder soulsWith Cheery Christmas warm-up goals.A snort or two, but nothin’ long,With Jake his fear was mighty strongIf Forty Rod too much he sipped,Old Santys sleigh might just get flipped!And that would prove an awful thingOn Christmas Eve with gifts to bring.At last—no more—his job was done.Jake finished off his Christmas runBy touching down old Santy’s sleigh.Of course, he put his mules away.Back to his cabin Jakey creptWhere by the fire old Santy slept.So off to bed went skinner Jake‘Til Christmas morn he came awake.But Nick was gone, his reindeer too!So Jake got feelin’ mighty blue.Yet, on his wall he found a note,And if I may, I’ll share a quote:“To skinner Jake, my truest friend,Old Santy Claus some help will lend.When Winter snows melt fast awayHead out to Alder Gulch to play.The rush won’t start ‘till ‘63The first to stake you’ll surely be.The map I’ve drawn will get you there.I figure that should make us square.”Jake found the spot without a hitch.The strike he made was filthy rich,And his good fortune was becauseHe’d helped out dear old Santy Claus.All the best of the season to everyone,Lanny
  10. Hello All - I’m an aspiring detectorist, i.e. I don’t yet own a detector. I have been investigating detectors, how to use them, where I can use them and how to use them responsibly. My search led me to DetectorProspector.com and I feel like I have (please forgive me) hit the mother lode of information. I have poked around the forum for a couple of days and love the friendly and positive tone of the forum and it’s members. I have lots of questions but will continue exploring the wealth of information you good folks have already provided with your posts, reviews, and articles. I’ll try not to ask questions that have already been answered. I’m really looking forward to diving deeper into detecting and thank all members for contributing to such a great source of information and enjoyment! Happy Hunting!
  11. I hope all has had a great year and today we give thanks for that. Let’s give thanks for family and friends be far are near. We only here for a short time so let them remember the love you had for all and you too will be remembered. Chuck
  12. Hi everyone! I’ve been reading and benefitting from the advice in this forum for the last 3 months. I finally got around to joining. I spent 5 years finding lots of great relics using a V3i, then I took a 5 years break. I started reading this forum and it inspired me to sell my beloved V3i and buy an Equinox 800. I’ve been using the Nox for 2 months now and I love it! I’m finding lots of relics and coins at my old hunted out spots. Thanks to Steve and everyone else for the great info you post here. Joe ”Ringtail” (Formerly “Three Ringer”)
  13. Hi Ladies and Gentlemen, Name is David. I work for 3M (music, magic and metal detecting). I’ve been detecting for 42 years. Grew up in Massachusetts and found plenty of old coins and relics. Moved to California 24 years ago and have plenty of gold rings from water hunting too. The search continues...... Good luck everyone to the greatest hobby! Dave
  14. I got an old 4x4, and one of the follows with a similar 4wdr was prattling on (in a good way) about prospecting. it sounds intriguing, and I figured I should probably go slow and get the recommended book, which I ordered from Amazon and get my head around the various detectors, So the concept would be: 1) to do some local prospecting on the occasional free weekend, 2) do some on extended trips for a couple of hours/day. 3) maybe go on some trips with the others like the gentleman mentioned above. There are a few mining sites in the area, and I suspect that they have been picked over, so that might make choice of a detector and sensitivity more of an issue. And then there is the legendary "Lasseter's reef"... Until I have questions I'll just do a 'Chancy the Gardner' and watch.
  15. I am new to this forum have been around detecting for 20 years at 78 and still detector hunting.With 5 major operations lucky i am still moving.I am from south Texas and enjoying this cooler weather.Thank you.---william
  16. New Member of the Nox 800 users. So Far, So Good, the Forum looks Friendly. New Machine Should Show Up This Week and Maybe I'll Have Time try it Out Before the Snow Flies here in SD.
  17. Hello all! I'm a long time forumer, but new to this forum. I just returned from a 7 day metal detecting trip to the UK and met the greatest guy on this earth. Very knowledgeable in detecting and the most down to earth man you will ever meet. I was blessed to meet and hunt hunt with Steve Hershbach!! He invited me to come join in. So here I am! Looking forward to seeing some of the great stuff everyone is finding! Tim AKA. Ill Digger or WisTim
  18. Looking into making a complimentary website to all the others out there but not compete with them. I will be operating completely free of advertising, spam, membership fees, and everything similar. I would like to make the website more about resources such as historical maps, geography references, geological information, relic information, and things such as that. This will be a young Marine veteran owned and operated website. The beta is currently up with complete mobile integration. My passion is metal detecting and I am looking to make something which the younger generation (myself included) can use and be interested in. Like I said, zero advertising and zero sales. This is a brass and tacks knowledge based website that will not scrutinize you for cursing or speaking your mind as long as you maintain respect for others. PM if interested in becoming a beta tester.
  19. New member from the foot of the mother load ,not new to detecting but new to gold detecting.any one from the area want to hook up. I belong to delta gold diggers.we hook up once a month.great group of guys.
  20. Anyone detecting on the Canadian side of the border. I would love to hear about it, I'm not looking for locations specifically, I get that just wondering about the plausibility and your successes stories and failures. For example they did a show here a few years back, I think it was called Devils Canyon. Anyhow they dropped these contestants off in the woods for a month to find some gold. So some of these characters did find a bit of gold, decent gold, that is neither here nor there, what struck me is I am pretty sure I could have found more gold then they did if I had metal detector at those sites. I'm in Ontario so I kinda have to do my research online as much as possible. Our gold is essentially locked up in hard rock. We have a the odd river a few hours north that could potentially yield a bit of flour with a pan, but that doesn't really interest me at this point, I can find a lot more weight in gold alloys locally. The plan is to get my old man out there in a RV for a bit of prospecting. He has always wanted to take a prospecting trip somewhere, but frankly I don't really want to leave the country to do it (Unless I KNEW I was getting gold lol) and his health isn't the best so if we could just drive a RV out there to have all the comforts and amenities I think it would be doable.
  21. Howdy folks, I'm very happy to be here and always looking to meet new like-minded folks who enjoy the outdoors and in this case, metal detecting! I've only been detecting with any true effort since Feb this year ( 7 months). I bought an Garrett Ace 250 about four years ago...dug up a few nails and some bottle caps and sold it a few days later over Craigslist. I just didn't have the dedication at the time. Fast forward to this year, I started watching Youtube videos on metal detecting and started to get the bug again. I went out to Amazon and bought a horrible machine called a GC-1028 detector....basically a Chinese remolded Ace 250 from what I was able to tell. I did find some modern change and TONS of garbage. Not wanting to give it up this time, I managed to talk my wife into allowing me to get a Garrett Ace 400 for my birthday. Within two months I had pretty much mastered the tones and was collecting good amounts of change, tokens and some jewelry here around town and a few easy permissions I got. The Ace 400 works well and I don't have any problems with the machine being what it is. I bought a 5x8 coil for it and about three days after that I found my first silver coin on a permission, a 1904 Barber Quarter in pretty decent shape. My bother in law about fell down when he saw that (He runs a Whites MX Sport). no more than five feet away, I dug out a nice 1941 Mercury Dime. Good times and fond memories of my first silver coins) Fast forward a little, I'm still watching Youtube videos and thinking about upgrading to a nice waterproof machine that also supports wireless (I was getting sick of wired headphones) I figured I was going to stick with Garrett and was looking at the AT Pro or maybe the AT Max if I could come up with the cash...but all that changed when I started researching Minelab and started looking at the 600 and 800 ? Multi-IQ Freq, waterproof to around 10ft, full Bluetooth and proprietary wireless support and some pre-set search modes...add in light weight construction and easy to use controls and I was sold. I sold my AR riffle and ordered the Equinox 800. I've been using it for just under a month and have fallen in love with it! I'm still learning, but I have watched some great Youtube videos and have modified Park 1 and Field 1 to better suit my needs. Just the other day I found a very nice pure silver spoon about six inches down and it came out beautiful (gotta love silver!) Anyway, I'm sorry for the long winded intro. I'll post a few pics of the two silver coins I recently found and the silver spoon from just the other day. I'm working on my door knocking skills and need to really dive into that at some point. I'm pretty sure that's where the last of the old coins are located in this town, it's all been hit hard by detectors over the years. Many thanks to Steve Herschback for his incredible articles and links to videos on how to set up the Equinox and for providing us all with his years of detecting knowledge. See you in the forums! -Bill
  22. Been swinging a detector since early 70's got my first one from the Man himself Jimmy Sierra when he had a store in San Rafael in California. I worked in the Sierras from 1970 till about 1982 had a lot of fun checking out old tailings and mining camps and found lots of places where miners left their tools behind. I live in New Mexico and belong to GPAA and New Mexico Gold Miners Assoc. I use both ATX Max and Gold and am Looking at a min lab which I will ask about in that section John
  23. Greetings again everyone! I am sorry to say I have been away from the forum and detecting for the last several months... and I have missed both tremendously. I am gearing up to embark on a breakneck re-immersion into detecting with my 800 and 600... it has been a long dry summer (literally and figuratively). I just discovered today that Minelab has come out with an update (to tell you how far removed I have been... :( ), and I have been reading through the posts.. I am anxious to load the update and see how the changes feel, though it has been so long, I may have to teach myself how to detect again LOL. Looking forward to reconnecting with you all as I catch up on a couple months of forum posts, and hopefully sharing some nice finds in the process. \ Tim
  24. Hi folks! Thanks for having me - my name is Jay and I'm based in Tasmania, Australia. Been detecting for a number of years now, I manage a YouTube channel called Just Jay Detecting- it's dedicated to metal detecting, exploring, bottle hunting, mudlarking and magnet fishing. You can check me out here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcHV9I1q8KCDlbNVBO2f-HA Looking forward to discussing this awesome hobby with you all!
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