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  1. 4 points
    Scanned the porous surface of a quartz Boulder today only to get a screaming non-ferrous signal. Got pretty excited and after several minutes of chipping away at it, found a sliver of lead in it. Maybe someone had used the boulder as a target once? Later in a wash found an old, old bullet that looks to be a .45 Minie ball.
  2. 4 points
    That is special! Will you take 3 dollars for it? Tom
  3. 3 points
    Had the wife drop me off for an hour at an old park in Yonkers, New York, that I have been looking to get back to since last fall. On that hunt I got two Franklin halves in the same hole. Today I had the Equinox 600, and my Grave Digger Sidekick digger. I started in Park 1, and 5-tones. The silver coins were an average of 7"-9" deep, while the clad was 3"-6" down. I'm getting to the point that I can tell what the target is going to be before I even put digger to soil. I'm digging a lot less trash with the Equinox, and it is so good at unmasking coins in heavy trash! The silver quarters were hitting 31-32; Silver dimes 26-27; War nickel 14-15.
  4. 3 points
    A fair price would be somewhere in the 1,600.00 area
  5. 3 points
    You Gotta Love The Irish The Errand McQuillan walked into a bar and ordered martini after martini, each time removing the olives and placing them in a jar. When the jar was filled with olives and all the drinks consumed, the Irishman started to leave. "S'cuse me", said a customer, who was puzzled over what McQuillan had done, "what was that all about?" "Nothin', said the Irishman, "me wife just sent me out for a jar of olives!" You've Been Drinking Again An Irishman had been drinking at a pub all night. The bartender finally said that the bar was closing. So, the Irishman stood up to leave fell flat on his face. He tried to stand one more time; same result. He figured he'll crawl outside and get some fresh air and maybe that will sober him up. Once outside, he stood up and fell on his face again. So he decided to crawl the four blocks home. Again, he fell flat on his face. He crawled through the door and into his bedroom. When he reached his bed he tried one more time to stand up. This time he managed to pull himself upright, but he quickly fell right into the bed and is sound asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow. He was awakened the next morning to his wife standing over him, shouting, "SO YOU'VE BEEN DRINKING AGAIN!" Putting on an innocent look, and intent on bluffing it out he said, "What makes you say that?" "The pub just called; you left your wheelchair there again."
  6. 2 points
    And it says "what time will you be home? I want to go nugget hunting." I think that now that she has found her 3rd nugget I have a new hunting pard Went out and cleaned some #10 and #12 shot up, but had a blast.
  7. 2 points
  8. 2 points
    Not a meteorite, not worth $3, not worth postage.
  9. 2 points
    More on Modern Romance A married couple in their early 60s was celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic little restaurant Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table saying, "For being such an exemplary married couple and for being loving to each other for all this time, I will grant you each a wish." Oh, I want to travel around the world with my darling husband." The fairy waved her magic wand and - poof two tickets for the Queen Mary II appeared in her hands. The husband thought for a moment: "Well, this is all very romantic, but an opportunity like this will never come again. I'm sorry my love, but my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me." The wife, and the fairy, were deeply disappointed, but a wish is a wish. So the fairy waved her magic wand and - poof The husband became 92 years old. The moral of this story: Men who are ungrateful bastards should remember, Fairies are female.
  10. 2 points
    Yes Frank you have a point there! I just never realized how many shotgun bird pellets are out there until I started using a VLF gold detector. HaHa!
  11. 2 points
    Tom you're messing this up for those of us that wants this as well but only have a couple of bucks!!!
  12. 2 points
    I WANT IT!!!!.......Ill go $3.25...that's my highest. Tom
  13. 2 points
    That's a new look for you Terry, I like it!!
  14. 2 points
    If it's black and gold, it's probably massive pyrite.
  15. 2 points
    Randall, nugget hunters get em all, even the pop tops from long long ago !
  16. 2 points
    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43396008 RIP Stephen Hawking
  17. 1 point
    First gold poured at Moss Mine target production at 150,000 ounces per year. http://www.mohavedailynews.com/news/first-gold-poured-at-moss-mine/article_a19fc1c6-274d-11e8-aa9c-0fda871e7108.html
  18. 1 point
    It's illegal to remove any natural resources on BOR land....it's also illegal to even possess a metal detector unless you're in a vehicle on a public roadway...
  19. 1 point
    Awesome Map. I was at first curious what use it would be since they are a thing of the past, but mining districts are referenced in some of the old books. There's some diggings I find on maps with no info in the area on MRDS and other research. Even after putting eyes on, I don't know what they were after. Maybe knowing the name of the district will give another way to see what the old timers were after.
  20. 1 point
    Try "CFR 423.29" in order to prospect it or use a metal detector, you'll need to get a special use permit...
  21. 1 point
    A sad moment for many when we heard he had passed away. He was a huge contributor to astrophysics, cosmology, quantum mechanics, mathematics and never let his physical disabilities slow him down. Going to miss listening to his lectures and new ideas about space, cosmology and his theories. loved his jokes too, and regardless of his physical disabilities that grin on his face when he was sharing something new was priceless. RIP Stephen Hawking Gone but will never be forgotten. AzNuggetBob
  22. 1 point
    Ok i just looked and all of the Geothermal plants are on BLM ground. BOR doesn't have a whole lot anymore except a big chunk around central Nv in Lahontan Valley.
  23. 1 point
    Not busting this guys chops but this isn't half as bad as 0ldprospector1948 on ebay.... Selling (or trying to) Arizona Meteorites.....
  24. 1 point
    As far as value, I thought copper nuggets had a novelty collectible value, but not much more than the copper in it? Maybe $1 to $2 per pound.... Don't remember the price, but at one of the rock shows the specimens were fairly cheaply priced.
  25. 1 point
    Tom, You shouldn't give him a high bid on the first offer. Otherwise he may get greedy. Now if he throws in that crystal-like base it is definitely worth it. Lunatic sic, Your rock is not even close to being a meteorite. It has no value. Here is my weekly post: Take a look at your rock(s). If it glistens like a crystal structure (ie: quartz) at any point in the rock it can’t be a meteorite. If it has layers, it can’t be a meteorite, it’s sedimentary. If it has small gas bubbles in it, it can’t be a meteorite. It’s basalt. If it is moderately magnetic it is not a meteorite. If there is a thick crust on it, it can’t be a meteorite. File off a corner or cut it. It won’t diminish its value. If there is all bright silvery metal it can’t be a meteorite. If it is all grey metal it can’t be a meteorite. If there is black crust as thin as a fingernail, and crazing on the outside of the rock, it might be a meteorite. If there are small silver specks visible in the filed off section, it might be meteorite. There are billions of magnetic rocks in the US, none of which are meteorites. Anyone can find magnetic earth stones nearly everywhere. Just take a strong magnet and drop into sand and you will see what I mean. Check our O Richard Norton’s, “Rocks from Space” or visit the Arizona State Un. Meteorite Center or other similar facility. billpeters
  26. 1 point
    What do you guys think of my new T-shirt?
  27. 1 point
    More info on the mods... From Detector mods The upgrades / modifications that we perform on the SD/GP/GPX series detectors are designed to get the absolute maximum performance out of your detector. Lets start out by pointing out the differences between the SD, GP and GPX detectors. What are the differences between different models? is the price difference of the GPX compared to the GP series worth the extra money, is it worth going out and spending $10,700 on the GPZ? The actual performance of the GP and GPX on big deep gold is much the same when using “normal mode” normal mode is the standard mode of operation for all the SD GP and GPX detectors, it is the mode that has the greatest depth capability on gold upwards of 1 gram or there about. There are many variables on detection depth and that includes coil size and type DD or Mono coil and the mineral content of the ground. When detecting average mineral type ground, and that is 80% of the goldfields, “normal mode” is what you want to be using if you are after bigger gold that is deep. The “enhance mode” found on the GPX series is aimed at reducing ground noise and is specifically used to find gold of a smaller size in heavy mineral ground. There is a drawback in using enhance and that it will not go as deep as “normal mode” on large gold. The biggest problem when using normal mode on a SD or GP series is that these detectors do not have any way of controlling the amount of ground noise coming into the detector, this is why the ground noise hides or obliterates any target signals. To make these detectors perform like the newest offerings we modify and upgrade the detectors electronics, performance is far better than a standard detector and can be even better than the latest newer detectors. We install our specially designed sub board, this is a low noise variable two channel tracking variable gain amplifier. This addition to the SD,GP,and even the GPX detectors brings the performance of these detectors up to cutting edge standards. Old ground is new again and many prospectors are finding gold nuggets with the new upgrades that have been missed by standard detectors. The GPX 4000 is in a class of its own and a fantastic detector once upgraded with our variable gain sub board and full width variable frequency, the Sensitive extra mode can be tamed down so that it can be used with any size coil and this mode is great on getting those hard to detect type gold nuggets. On a standard detector the sensitive extra mode is near impossible to use with a mono coil. Sensitive smooth mode is great on larger gold but it can be made to go a lot deeper with the upgrades, larger coils have shown far greater depth on big deep gold after the upgrades. The secret is in having the variable front end gain and variable frequency upgrades installed into the detector. The GPX 4500 is probably in my opinion the best of the detectors as it will go deeper on big gold compared to the GPX 5000. This comment is in reference to stock standard detectors. Both these detectors 4500 and 5000 have enhance mode and our variable gain amplifier sub board will allow greater performance to get extra depth on small to medium sized gold. After full upgrades the GPX4500 and GPX5000 have greater depth on any size gold and can detect gold of a small size on par with the SDC2300 as proven in our side by side testing. Depth capability is on par with the GPZ7000 and the GPX coils are cheap and easy to obtain. The GPX5000 detector has another mode “fine gold” this is similar to the enhance mode but is designed for even smaller gold, the fine gold mode can be noisy in very not ground. Fine gold is very adaptable to different ground types when the upgraded variable frequency modification is used. By adjusting the variable frequency and front end variable gain you will be able to detect gold that other prospectors just walk over. As a point of interest, the deepest Minelab detector for big deep gold is the oldest. It is actually the first P.I detector they brought out in 1994, the SD2000. I found hundreds of ounces of gold with this detector years ago when they first came out but mine was upgraded with some extra electronics to make it go extra deep and also increased sensitivity. So if you are not really interested in small gold and only want the big stuff then an old SD2000 with our latest upgrades could be just the right detector for you. A group of seasoned prospectors came together for a round of testing a few years ago and the testing involved being able to detect a 13 ounce nugget at the greatest depth. We used big coils up to 36 inches in diameter and my own SD2000 that was modified was the only detector that could get a clear target response at the 3ft depth level. Yes the old SD2000 beat the GP and GPX detectors. To get the depth performance on GP and GPX detectors we had to carry out extensive circuitry upgrades. The newest upgrades get these detectors to go deep and also be very sensitive to small gold. A modified GP or GPX gives the prospector a lot of capability to get small and large deep gold. Upgraded detector settings I am going to start with the GP series detectors, always run the detector in deep and normal, do not use the switch positions of Sensitive or Salt, these positions are next to useless in the real world and will cost you Gold. On the GP Extreme did you know the switch position named Normal is for DD type coils and the switch position named Enhance is for Mono coils? If you use a DD coil in Enhance only half of the coil is used in a mono mode with the other half of the DD coil doing nothing at all. Note that Minelab used the word “Enhance” on the GP and GPX and it means 2 different things, so make sure you understand this or it will get confusing when operators of GP extremes and GPX detectors get together and talk about settings. When using the upgraded variable gain do not go and crank it to the maximum, the size of coil and the type of ground will dictate how far you can turn up the gain, cranking the gain up on bad ground is like trying to drive a V8 car in the wet with bald tires. Back it off and you will see a big improvement. Gain is not everything, the magic is in the signal to noise ratio, if the signal is weak and the noise is high then the signal is lost in the noise, reducing the noise and still having some signal from a target is the difference between finding gold or walking over it. I cannot stress enough the importance of having a quiet detector. There are mental aspects as well, having your ears bombarded with noise causes hearing fatigue and your brain will start treating all noise as background noise. You can actually walk over the target and you will not notice it. Trust me that all noise is bad, some prospectors will say they listen to the ground noise to work out the ground. They are going to suffer hearing fatigue and miss targets. There are other prospectors that fully turn the threshold down so far as it cannot be heard, sure this will alert you to any noise but some targets cause a inverse signal sound and this signal sometimes does not break the threshold. Big deep targets can give an inverse signal. I really do not recommend using a detector with zero threshold sound. The Variable frequency mod.. Long pulses (low numbers) have some characteristics you need to understand. Big deep Gold of the multi ounce size needs big pulses of energy from the detector to “light it up” as small pulses will not create enough energy to to fully charge a big gold nugget. Obviously one needs a big coil to be able to get these big nuggets and the big winding size of the coil excites a lot of ground with the big pulse from the detector. When you charge up a lot of ground from using a big coil it can cause a large amount of ground noise so back off the gain if you need to quiet things down. When using the low frequencies, the time the detector receiver turns back on is delayed as a ratio of the frequency, this allows the ground noise to decay while the target is still giving a signal. This also allows you to in many circumstances to increase the ‘Front End Gain” not the Minelab gain found on the back menu of a GPX series detector. Front end gain is the the one we add with the 10 turn dial. Accurately setting the input gain in relation to the amount of ground noise is paramount to your gold nugget hunting success. Front End or input gain has to be balanced in regards to amplifying the ground noise and getting enough signal from the target. By adjusting the Variable gain control that we have added to the detector achieves this requirement perfectly. Do not crank up the Minelab gain in the back menu as this will just swamp the circuitry, it will reduce the depth and increase picking up all hot rocks, the Minelab gain should be run at a low number like 3 or 4 some operators run it at 1 and some run it at 5, just keep in mind that noise is your absolute enemy, a quiet setup that is matched to the coil and ground will win you gold. Be aware of using certain coils, there are electrical characteristics inherited by some coils that limit their function in some situations. Some coils cannot operate correctly at high frequencies and high gain, it is not the detectors fault but it is that the coil cannot switch fast enough and this allows residual self generated coil signals to get into the input stage of the detector and cause either noise or total desensitisation.The newer coils made for GPX detectors work quite well, be aware that some old coils are what i classify as NQR, (not quite right), some of the designs are borderline at best. We still do full upgrades to the SD series detectors cost is $750 to $1200 depending if the detector is SD2000 SD2100 SD2200 and what we can do to it. All GP series detectors are $1500 and this gives you the lot. GPX detectors are $1800 and this also gives you the lot. All work on all detectors is covered by a 5 year warranty, if you at one stage want to sell the detector the remainder of the warranty transfers to the new owner. I get a lot of people (mainly dealers) telling customers that ML will not repair modded detectors, this is not an issue as we repair all ML SD GP GPX detectors and have spare parts and even better components to increase the performance. We currently do detectors for Australia , New Zealand, USA , Chile, Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine, UAE, Somalia via South Africa. Have a look at our photo page on detectormods.com there is plenty of customers gold found with upgraded detectors.
  28. 1 point
    I own a modded GP 3500 and like it allot, much more sensitive to small stuff deep as well as large targets..... I got mine already modded by https://detectormods.com/ I guess it would be fair to say that I am impressed with it and it has the full mod package installed.
  29. 1 point
    Here ya go... Cheers, Unc https://dspace.library.colostate.edu/bitstream/handle/11166/88237/cogjm.map_az_mine_1961.pdf?sequence=6&isAllowed=y
  30. 1 point
    Here's a picture of LowPoint on his last outing
  31. 1 point
    Hey Jim, You mean 'er' don't you? Fatter
  32. 1 point
    Rinsed the coil well, I thought. Opened the coil cover and found out I didn't do such a great job! Sand, dirt, dust and mud will get in, so clean it out regularly!
  33. 1 point
    My first hunt with the Equinox 600, took me out to Long Island, and Field #4 at Jones Beach. I popped the machine into “Beach 1,” and used the factory preset program to start in the dry sand. I immediately realized I had no idea what I was doing or how to use all the tools this machine has available to me, so I decided to just relax and try and learn the different tones and VDI numbers.My first high tone (VDI 25) was a clad quarter in the dry sand. The signal was strong, and I was surprised when it took two scoops to get down to it – at least 10”-12” deep. Happy-happy!! Pull tabs were coming in around VDI 15, and a deep nickel (9”) also came in at VDI 15. Once I got down to the water, I switched to “Beach 2” and transitioned into the wet sand and shallow surf. Completely smooth, no falsing, crisp signals. I was able to pass up bobby pins and iron with no problem and got a nice surprise when I got a solid high tone and a VDI 28 IN THE WATER. Three scoops later I had a Silver 1946 Dime!I dug a couple of new pennies deep in the surf as well, and a Wheatie on the way back to the boardwalk! I couldn’t be happier with this new machine on the beach. It is lighter than my Tesoro Sand Shark and seems to be just about as deep as the Excalibur that was following me around. My problem (being a Tesoro guy), is not knowing how to use it yet, but I am sure with a few more hunts under my belt I’ll be able to use it with more precision.So, to sum up, first time out at the beach was a pleasure and surprise. Very good separation and recovery in heavy trash (bottle caps; screw tops; bobby pins; nails; screws; wire), with good high tones next to low tones. Plenty deep, in wet sand and saltwater. I may never use my trusty Sand Shark again.
  34. 0 points
    Raining in Golden Valley , at 10:30am already got .11 of an inch....still raining....not ready to dry wash yet
  35. 0 points
    Did not know about the crayfish Chrisski ...thanks for that information! They are good to eat but you have to be careful to ONLY cook the lives ones and throw the dead ones out before cooking. Here's another one for you...when I lived in Chandler, Az. I saw a wildlife program on TV that was documenting Arizona's problem with another invasive species called the bullfrog. Apparently someone in Arizona back in the 50's/60's wanted to raise bullfrogs for eating and selling and they got out of control. Wildlife biologists set up cameras during the night around cattle watering tanks in Az. trying to study what the frogs were actually eating. Snakes, tarantulas, scorpions were being gobbled up along with whatever else the bullfrog could swallow...they were even seen eating each other whenever possible!
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