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  1. Its not an investment. How many other things do you buy that you have to validate as an investment? If it was about the money then 90% of the people should just….invest. Oh and stop buying things that just make you smile. 🤦‍♂️
    9 points
  2. Oh it very much is valuable. Here some finds from last weekend (Sierra County). The 6000 is a superb machine and worth every penny.
    6 points
  3. I totally understand your frustration. And yes, many areas in the Motherlode are so littered with trash that the only option you have is to use a VLF with iron probability meter. I prefer an iron meter over outright discrimination as it is more efficient and gives you more choices for decision making. Unfortunately, digging trash is just part of our game and unfortunately high end gold detecting technologies don't allow for discrimination. It took me a long time to figure out areas in the Motherlode where a PI or ZVT can be used productively. For instance, in most of the river canyons I just use my GM, but in other areas, perhaps a bit more remote, I use all three of my other machines (SDC, 6000, 7000) based on the circumstances and ground conditions. The old saying of "not one detector fits all" remains very true. That being said, you will find the 6000 as a very versatile, almost perfectly designed detector from an ergonomic perspective, that is equipped with smart technology, has broad applicability with 2 mono's and one special DD coil and is just pure fun to use. The signal response for fast timing gold up to good depth is unmatched by any other machine and the light weight and good ground handling makes this detector my to-go detector any day. Of course, it comes with a steep price tag. However, if you are willing to make a good investment for just one high end machine then the 6000 is the only detector I would recommend. And yes, I have a huge drum of trash. I call it the "drum of tears". But I also have a decent amount of gold, and most of all I have incredible memories and adventures in deserts and mountains that are more worth to me than the gold I find.
    4 points
  4. I used to consider a detector an investment. I always bought good used equipment and tried to learn the heck out of it. What I lacked in technology I made up for in sweat and boot leather. State of the art detectors will save a whole lot of sweat and boot leather. And they will shorten the learning curve considerably. Im not into detecting like I was a few years ago. It was an obsession. It has to be to be proficient at it. And I just don't have the time for an obsession right now. But if I did decide to go back into the placers I would buy one of these new hotrod machines that get the tiny stuff. That is where the ounces are at in my neck of the woods. There just isn't a lot of big huge gold in most places here. And a lot of good detectors like the GB2 just can't handle the hot ground. And the ones that can handle the ground won't get the small gold. The more technology you bring to the table the more gold you are going to find. I'm still getting gold out of every patch I have ever found. I know darn well that a more stable machine that searched a little deeper and hit on a little smaller target would make those old hammered spots a bonanza again. It would take six months or more of detecting to offset the price of a new detector though. If you looked at it as an investment you would have to match that with a whole lot of man hours to make it pay off. If you bought it simply because you had gold fever and loved digging up nuggets you wouldn't need to take it so seriously. I think the price would be something you would forget about after a couple good days digging gold.
    4 points
  5. I see nothing that indicates it's anything other than a terrestrial rock. Absolutely no signs of it bring a meteorite.
    3 points
  6. Anyone who says they dont dig trash while detecting is full of it!! And like i said, come detect with me!! You run your discrimination and ill follow you picking up the nuggies you leave behind.
    3 points
  7. I see vesicles, which makes it almost certainly terrestrial.
    2 points
  8. I commend you on your rock hunting. I need to get out and do more of that myself. However, I'm sorry but my opinion of your rock is that it is not a rock from space. I'm far from an expert though.
    2 points
  9. BINGO! "incredible memories and adventures in deserts and mountains that are more worth to me than the gold I find" Whatever the cost of the so-called "investment", the real pay-off is in the experience . . . trash and all! 1
    2 points
  10. I made it out this morning for a couple hours and scored my first 6000 gold out in Arizona, my smallest piece ever found with a detector weighing a massive .05gram. It gave a clear repeatable signal and was down about and inch or two sitting against a small rock... now I need to find the other 1000 of its cousins.
    2 points
  11. Pretty sure that's a hot rock with magnetite, which has a metallic luster when freshly cut; the GB meteorites don’t have large masses of nickel-iron...just small flakes like your smaller specimen.
    2 points
  12. Guys you know if you dig up all theses baby nuggets they will never have the opportunity to grow up to be big nuggets. Here’s what you need to do when you find one and that’s send me the GPS location that’s so I can go water them as needed. Chuck
    2 points
  13. He's coming at us with trash bro. If you are digging gold in a trashy area you just have to learn to go slow and dig it all. If you are digging gold in a clean area you will get more gold than trash. But that has nothing to do with the detector. Maybe some detectors can help you differentiate targets without losing gold. They do that through sound and not so much discrimination. Many detectors have a very articulate signal. You can almost tell the shape of the target from the sound. But you are going to have to dig a few bucketfulls of trash to learn how to do that. You are still going to dig those "ragged" signals that you know is not gold. If you are in a hot patch you will gladly dig every fleck of rust and every follicle of wire. In some patches that is just a fact of life.
    1 point
  14. In all seriousness, i find a butt load of trash when i run my Equinox also! When we are chasing coins and relics, there are so many GREAT SIGNALS that sound good, look good and just plain feel good and you end up digging trash. Unfortunately that is what a metal detector does! It finds metal. I just dont see you not finding ANY trash! The way you are coming at us with every post about trash, you are making it sound like every single target you find is gold!! Maybe explain to us your method of not finding trash??
    1 point
  15. Get a good mineral light with both shortwave and longwave UV. We have one of these 11watt models: https://ultraviolet-tools.com/ultraviolet-lamps-/enhanced-11-watt-shortwave-midwave-longwave-uv-lamp.html these are samples of calcedony (green) and calcite (red) I collected from the Franconia site. No meteorites, but doing this was fun!
    1 point
  16. I agree with all of the above comments. Good rock hunting, but not a meteorite (with near certainty). Good photos, and an interesting rock though. It looks like a mixture of quartzite and some other material that is likely silica as well.
    1 point
  17. Bet you own a fishing boat eh? Have you got your investment back in fish? Bet you are enjoying it though eh? It isn't about the investment as said it is about enjoying what we like to do.... Cheers and good hunting! But I'll bet ya mine pays for itself by this time next year....
    1 point
  18. How long does it take to pay for the bass fishing equipment? haha Just think of the 6000 as a top of the line rod, reel and kayak in your favorite little lake! No catch and release in gold detecting.
    1 point
  19. If I add it all up over the years I have probably paid off all my detectors and then some, If this is what you are concerned about. The 6000 will pay for itself eventually I have no doubt. But of course, I know where to look.
    1 point
  20. Thank you, Ordinary rock. These are much better pictures. I appreciate the follow up. Honestly, I was really expecting that better pics of the top side and the window would lead to disappointment. On the contrary, I can see some surface features that are very encouraging. I still think that it's a very good candidate. Although if it is actually a meteorite, it might be one that would require an oxygen isotope test to produce reasonably convincing evidence of that. I think it would be worth it to have an expert look at it in person. At any rate, I would take care of that little guy, and maybe go look for some more like it where you found that one if possible.
    1 point
  21. Tim’s 2021 North Yuba River Nugget Hunt Click here to view video The tribe has gathered for another year at the Third annual Tim's North Yuba River Nugget Hunt . The Weather was warm and the water was refreshing as the Prospectors searched for that elusive Gold. The River was a bit lower this year so it exposed new areas to work. as Todd aka "Topcat" has often declared "It's not all about the gold." it's the people we share this day with that make it so much fun for everyone. Follow along our journey into the happenings of Saturday July 24th 2021 at Tim's 2021 North Yuba River Nugget Hunt !!! There were many prospectors in attendance and I know I didn't get pictures or Video of everyone as they came and went thoughtout the day. There were plenty of Metal detector's running and Gold Pan's a panning and even a few sluice boxes running and showing that Yuba Gold dancing in the riffles. it was a great time spending the day in the Mother lode with friends old and new, finding Gold and sharing stories it's a shame we only do this once a year !!!!! Guess who found the most Gold this year ???? and the Biggest Nugget ???? This year we Gathered together at the end of the day to see who would Win 3 Grams of Tim's Gold. To see who won you will have to watch Tim's Video @blueleadgoldproductions
    1 point
  22. I realize my comments may be contrary, But I have not yet seen evidence of the Latest greatest spend 6k on me, sliced bread out doing the Gold Monster. At least at the buy in level of a Gold Monster you would only need .5 oz. to pay for your machine. I think all the gold I have seen on the forums so far would not buy a Gold Monster. So I'll wait on the sliced bread and keep my knife.
    1 point
  23. Hi All, I just recently moved to NM from WV where I use to relic hunt with my F44. I’m new to gold prospecting but thanks to Nuggetshooter’s videos and the new Gold Master 1000 I purchased from him, I went out today and found my first ugly nugget that was such a beauty! I’ve got the bug an will be going out again tomorrow. Thanks Bill.
    1 point
  24. I've been detecting since I got out of the Army in 1976. I know a little bit about detecting gold in Arizona, and I know enough about Bill Southern, to listen when he speaks. If Bill says the new 6000 is his go to machine for nuggets, then 'nuff said.
    1 point
  25. Fishing', The 7000, SDC, and now 6000 are all hyper sensitive detectors. You will be digging plenty of trash with any of these choices. Most of us know, If you want to work the heart of the trash pile they were never good choices to begin with. Find yourself the less trashy areas, and they will shine!
    1 point
  26. My results similar to Bills with the 6. 34 bits so far from beat ground and also some small crap at pretty impressive depths......
    1 point
  27. Nice nuggets and I agree the 6000 is amazing...
    1 point
  28. Here’s a few little guys to look at. The ones on the coil were found in an old patch with the 6000 was surprised because I had worked it with a gm 1000,gpx 5000 and a gpz 7000 . Was very happy with the 6000 did pretty good for its first time out. Now all’s I need is an extra battery and my cover to get in from docs. stephen,
    1 point
  29. It did well Mike and the 17 inch coil seems to not have any major EMI issues at least at LSD. Just to much brush and shallow where I hunt so went back to the 11 until in an area I need a big azz coil like gold basin or Quartzsite etc.
    1 point
  30. I was in the hospital for 6 days in Feb 2020 and I havent been the same since-so with all this covid crap going around getting treatment for other things has been slow going-hopefully after next month I might be able to get out and do something once again
    1 point
  31. Hi All, Here is my recent specimen as well as a recent 1.8 gram nugget in closeup shots, they are just to cool not to share...
    1 point
  32. I haven't been out in the hills too often lately, what with working lots of overtime at my summer job, road and area closures due to forest fires and such; in fact, I can still count on one hand the number of outings with the new GPX 6000, and only a few hours each time at that. Pictured above is what I have found so far, just going over spots I have thoroughly gridded with previous ML PIs, the GPZ 7000, Nox, GM 1000, and couldn't find any more targets. 5.2 grams total. It's what I have come to expect from Minelab over the years: new technology + old patch = more gold.
    1 point
  33. Your explanation makes a lot of sense. I noticed that the space taken up by molten sand is less than that of the same amount of dry sand grains. You can see this effect in the Vimeo movie “solar sinter” on the closeups. Maybe this also has something to do with the hollow tube. I knew about how electrons flow over the surface of a wire, but when in a sand substrate, the effects of them flowing down the outsides of their channel makes sense of why the sand would get fused on the sides rather than the middle. Fulgurites are really cool, hope to find some one day!
    1 point
  34. I don't know why they are tubes. I have wondered exactly the same thing. My guess is when that powerful bolt of electrons his the ground it pushes the sand aside. As it flows into the earth it meets resistance and fuses the sand around that stream of electrons. So the void in the tube would be the space that the electrons flowed. The thin fused glass would be the result of the resistance of the material as the electrons flowed into the earth. In a round copper wire carrying a current there are many more electrons at the surface of the wire than at the core. They are repelling against one another. That's what makes them flow. So they are "under pressure" and force themselves apart and to the outer surface of the wire. That is why a wire gets hot if you ring it with your wire stripper. When you scratch the very surface it creates a lot of resistance. When the electrons conduct through the earth you would expect the same thing. They repel outward from the center. So the center of the fulgerite would be where the electron stream no longer is. And the crust would be where the electrons at the edges of the stream went to ground. That elecron stream forces itself into the ground like a stake made of ice. The stake disappears into the ground and just leaves the hole. When that electron stream goes into the ground it leaves a hole just like the stake. But the hole is lined with glass because of the heat. But im just a carpenter and that is just a carpenter talking. I have no idea why they are hollow or how the electrons are behaving. These were just my musings since you brought it up.
    1 point
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