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  1. Some Cutesy Pie Nuggs

    Yesterday 1-15-18 I celebrated the holiday by snagging these two cutesy pie nuggets. Nailed them with my 7000 out of an old tailing pile around 4" deep.
  2. Some Cutesy Pie Nuggs

    I'm not certain it was a tailing pile in the usual sense of the term. Someone obviously dug a hole a few years earlier -- maybe a lot of years earlier --and threw the material all around it to form a sort of doughnut of tossed material approx 8' in diameter and a foot high all around. Just what their plan was I have no idea. But whenever I come across someone else's old efforts I always scan the material to see if something nice is inside. In this case I also recovered two birdshot and an old, rusted "pin-tip" of some sort -- maybe the remains of a carpenter's awl or some such item. I soaked the nuggets overnight in CLR as I usually do and lightly brushed them with an old toothbrush the next morning to remove any lingering film or crud.
  3. Here is a Crystalline Nugget I Wish I Had!

    Wow, Mitchel. These super-stud nuggets took me so high into their exclusive and rarified atmosphere that I got dizzy just drooling...
  4. Placer operation in southern Oregon

    Kinda interesting that Glenn Wadstein got his early experience in Sawyers Bar on the North Fork of the Salmon River, then quit the area due to frustration with FS bureaucracy and moved his operations to Oregon around the turn of the century. In the score of years since then the FS bureaucracy has multiplied exponentially. I'm glad his story was at least recorded for posterity as those days are pretty much gone forever in California and, more recently, in Oregon.
  5. New Years Nuggets

    Mmmmm, sweet!
  6. GPZ Observations

    DSMITH: Help in the field is nice, but it is not necessary. There is a way to teach yourself. Especially if, like you, a person has spent several years coinshooting or relic hunting at beaches or parks. This is so because the beach and park type hunting virtually NEVER involves experience with soft, whispery signals that barely break the threshold. The vast experience is with crisp, almost booming responses. Shifting gears to nugget shooting requires attention to the subtle tones. Best way to do this on your own is to prepare some "lodestar" practice chips -- literally plastic poker chips that each have a carefully pre-weighed gold nugget epoxied to it with the weight etched onto the chip for ease of reference. Make sure at least one of these is so small it is barely audible to your detector. Run this drill many times by first clearing a patch of all junk and then burying the poker chips an inch to two deep. Keep re-burying the chips a little deeper each time. Don't worry about losing your chips. they are big, colored items that you easily can rake up if you don't detect them all. Soon your ear will begin to perk at the scratchy outer limits of what your detectors enable you to "hear". I'm not saying to ignore the big boomers. They mostly will consist of bottle tops or bullets and only once in a long while will they reveal a large nugget. But the meat and potatoes of a consistent nugget shooter requires an ability to recognize and dig the subtlest of signals. If you only dig the boomers you are missing the lion's share of the nuggets that either are too small or too deep -- just at the edge of your detector's response range. Good luck. Let us know how you do after trying this. After finally losing your "nugget virginity" in the field without anyone else's assistance you likely will find that suddenly you are finding more and more with a righteous feeling of self-earned respect.
  7. Confidence Gold

    Good on ya Moody. You are feeling the "force."
  8. Christmas Gold

    Or maybe the "Organ" Cactus Nugget???
  9. Christmas Gold

    Wow! Coolest shaped nuggets is an understatement. Good job!

    Rather embodies an intersection between nugget shooting and trace mining. I love it. Keep it up.
  11. Gold is NOT where you find it!

    These occasional, well thought out, well expressed nuggets such as Doc's in this case are sooooo satisfying to read and follow. Not everyone may agree with each point made, but just having someone actually take the time and patience to put together a well argued and supported point of view is one of the things that makes me keep returning to this forum. Thanks Doc, even though I'm a believer that sometimes gold just IS where one finds it.
  12. GPZ Observations

    Many good points have been shared on this thread. I will contribute a few beginning with two regarding what NOT to do -- EVER: 1. Never absentmindedly lay your GPZ across your tailgate while the unit is still "ON" (or on any solid metal surface for more than just a brief moment). I accidentally did this once for a span of maybe 5 minutes or so and it skewed the ground balance functions so badly that it took close to a half hour to regain the desired quiet threshold despite using the ferrite ring and every other trick I knew. I was spitting square nails at my absentminded stupidity for hours. 2. Never transport your Zed with the battery still inserted where any other object (backpack, another detector, etc.) can inadvertently tumble or vibrate against the On-Off control button. A brief "DO" list: 1. Remove absolutely every metal object from roughly your crotch on down (although, if your watch or truck keys are small enough, slipping them into a rear pocket or inside a backpack seems to work reasonably well). 2. Consider using a "hipstick" or some comparable device to transfer the strain of your Zed from your arm and rotator cuff to your pelvic structure. Simply suspending the Zed from the "D" ring on your harness, backpack or suspenders (particularly when employing the 19" coil) may seem sufficient -- especially if you are not very old yet -- but over time the repetitive grinding of bone against soft tissue will take a serious toll. 3. Utilize the auto frequency search function from time to time whenever you suspect EMI related issues. And don't be hesitant to repeat the drill if after the first auto-scan you still are not satisfied. This is particularly true especially if you are within 20 or 30 miles of any known military installation, training area or activity. Military aircraft and radar installations -- both permanent and mobile field units -- (as well as NASA deep space research facilities) put out powerful, far reaching electronic signals.
  13. That beauty is rich in natural desert gold nugget character and has a lusty metallic gleam. Great composition as well. Good job Luke! I bagged a couple last Friday and will try to get some photos posted.
  14. Doc's reference to a "2 scoop" isolation technique bears some expansion. Two scoops are handy not only when using a higher frequency VLF such as the Gold Bug 2 or the Gold Monster. I've been using a 2 scoop strategy for 3 or 4 years but primarily in conjunction with my GPX5000 and GPZ7000. I use a stiff plastic ice cube scoop (available at Smart & Final and a few big box stores) and the familiar green scoop shown in Doc's accompanying photo. The ice cube scoop enables me to move quantity. I typically capture the signal-emitting target on the first or second scoop. Final isolation thereafter takes under 30 seconds.
  15. 24 hour Gold

    I love it!!! Can't wait for the next chapter...
  16. Specimen from last week.

    What a BEAUTY!! As for lenses and settings I'm only familiar with my iPhone 6S. I purchased a few after market macro and telescopic lenses. That helps with some of the depth of focus problems. But the camera you are using is a much better unit and I'm not sure which extra lenses would achieve your objectives. Seems like you are doing a great job with what you've got.

    That type of exercise sure beats a 24Hr Fitness membership!! Nice gold.
  18. My oh my, how time flies. It doesn't seem like four years ago at all!!!
  19. Cool find at the outing

    Yup, those tobacco tin stars crop up in all the SoCal gold fields -- especially in places where bronze boot tacks are found.
  20. Another Friday, Another 5-nuggets

    By my lights that was a very nice return in exchange for the amount of labor invested. The line between prospecting and mining activities is blurry. A willingness to dig, probe and sample often can make the difference between wearing a smile or skunk stripes at the end of the day. Good job!
  21. lesson in trash (and gold!)

    Great moral to this story and a GREAT find! Thanks for sharing.
  22. That is a beautiful photo Gary. Here is a shot of my finds during the last two weeks (some shown in a prior photo). The chubby nugget is 5.42g. It (and two others near it) were coated in a heavy claylike layer -- so heavy that at first I thought these to be lead shrapnel. The two photos below were taken from different angles so that the shadow lengths give some proportion to the sizes.
  23. Arizona Gold Tour

    Thanks for the motivating moments. It always is good procedure to have (and sometimes follow) a "Plan B".
  24. Scored a nice specie...

    Very nice find. The exceptional clarity of the photo helped make my day.
  25. GM 1000 Sweet spot.

    Efficient access to the sweet spot is just as important as knowing where it is. Fortunately, the design of the small coil allows it to be "bent backwards" without stressing the wires or connections. Thus, to access the sweet spot most effectively (and comfortably for me) I first lay my GM down in the "upright position" at my right side (I'm right handed) while kneeling on my right knee (this enables my body to provide stability to the "top heavy" GM). Then I tilt the forward edge of the coil backwards until the bottom of the coil is facing upwards at about a 45 degree angle. Then I take a scoop of material and settle the material against the left side of the scoop. Passing the left part of the scoop back and forth across the dead center of the upward facing bottom of the coil is ergonomically comfortable for me and yields excellent signal feedback. I'm generally able to recover the target within no more than six or seven passes.