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  1. My wife is a drone pilot. Yes these things have come along way and are pretty cool to see in action. My wife works for NDOM which is Nevada Division of Minerals, and they mostly use drones to locate hazards. Each season the dept. takes interns from the college out to address open holes that pose a danger to animals and people and they put a fence around them. It can be a lot of work locating every dangerous opening so the use of drones to fly over an area and map existing hazards has been amazing. They can land on their own, but they do not recharge themselves i can attest to this because we
    4 points
  2. After watching Bill with the Vanquish, I decided to get the 540. I went to an area that I have hit many times trying to find and pinpoint a homestead built in the early 1700's near Sleepy Hollow, NY. Yes, "that" Sleepy Hollow. I LOVE this machine! it compacts enough to backpack it, and telescopes out far enough for a man or woman 6'2" tall. Five tone breaks, Readout -9 to 40, Four modes - coin, jewelry, relic, custom. Auto noise cancel and ground balancing, waterproof 12" DD coil and included rain/salt-spray cover. The pole locks are fantastic, and adjusting the length of the upper arm and low
    2 points
  3. I was down in northern Nevada this week for some nugget hunting. All I found were two large, what appears to be, copper nuggets. But, the interior color is more silvery, or gray, than copper-colored. The nuggets I found last fall down there looked like a bright penny on the interior. These two have a black skin on the outside, and when filed away it shows a metallic gray. No attraction to a super magnet. They were both down about 10", and the small one was under a large rock. They were about 300 yards apart in the same drywash. The exposed metal leaves a coppery streak. The black skin leaves a
    2 points
  4. Yeah Terry, good to hear you got the Vanquish 540. Nice find sounds like you are in a good zone. I love my 540 with the V-8 coil, just pulled a beat up 1930 wheat penny from my neighbors front yard, and she bagged me a 1911 barber dime from my front yard. She handles EMI well and is very using friendly basically just turn her on and swing! happy hunting Terry. ht
    2 points
  5. Hardtimehermit, Very cool! I am almost sure you have checked out the endless possibilities of using drones in prospecting ? I started this subject with Grubstake joking about how we could get out prospecting being that both of use use walkers. Then I remembered an outing down on the border that I have been on several years ago and one of the members had brought his drone with a camera on it to check out a vertical shaft , it worked but just barely had enough power to go down and come back up. He was afraid of losing it. Most people recognize the danger of exploring old mines , some don't whic
    2 points
  6. So fascinating. I would love to learn.
    2 points
  7. If you would have asked me twenty years ago if there was going to be an occupation named drone pilot, I would have laughed. Who would have thunk it??? Pretty cool job. Next thing we'll be seeing are drones that use infrared or some other technology to locate gold nuggets. Just sit in your chair and toogle away..
    2 points
  8. My neighbor had one with a hi dev camera mounted on it. He would sit in a lawn chair in his yard with a headset on and fly his drone up to every window in the neighborhood. He had naked photos of everybody on the hill. He could fly a route to a spot and then tell the drone to fly back on the same route via GPS. So he would figure out routes around and under trees during the day. Then have the drone fly that same route at night. He had every bedroom window, hot tub, and back yard mapped on GPS so he could program that thing to go anywhere. A lady down in the canyon saw his drone
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  9. If Frank can post a can, I can throw this out there (maybe?). Trying to sell home and need to get septic pumped for inspection. Honeydipping buddy of mine is pretty busy so trying to help. I've dug it up 3 times in past 20 years but before had a tractor to help. Today, by hand and with pick dug about 6" farther from tank than ever before. This plopped out. Have dug up and actually found most arrowheads on the surface after a rain in my driveway. Found a 3" black obsidian blade over by my pump house a couple of years ago. No gold tho-
    2 points
  10. I have been getting interested in drones and lately asked one of the new members of this forum about the possibility of using one to investigate horizontal mine tunnels. It turns out that I am far behind on this technology. The Nevada Mining Association not only uses drones but is working on the use of them in mine rescues. Flight in tunnels is one off the problems they are working to solve. There are autonomous drones in use right now that can perform just about any survey and surveillance task you can think off and once it is programed it evens comes back to its launch pad which is a box
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  11. Yes indeed Gilaoro, many options for todays drone pilot. I should have pointed out that my wife is a licensed pilot, not sure that was implied, but there is a difference. If someone wants to get a business started using a drone lets say for photography, then you would need a license. Of course most people don't need a license to fly, but there may come a day. It's great now while my wife works at the division of minerals, and she gets to fly and program some of the best drones out there pretty cool.
    1 point
  12. Clay, I poured over these with a USB microscope and can find zero red crystals. Even looked into tiny pockets in the metal...no crystals, red or otherwise. Really stumped. Jim
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  13. Cuprite streaks metallic red - brown. Although Cuprite is dark red it often looks black or dark brown. Look with good magnification for dark red crystals in the matrix. My guess is Cuprite.
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  14. Cuprite? That looks similar to the cuprite I find with a detector.
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  15. This drone stuff is much more advanced than I ever imagined this link has all the rules and regulations : https://www.identifiedtech.com/blog/monthly-flyover/mining-safe-quick-drone-mapping/ It even has information that the US Army has recalled and forbidden its units from using a particular drone because it was sending the information it found back to the manufacturer! And one of the hottest jobs going is for Certified pilots, you have to have 50 hours to be considered and and they even have a flight school in Scottsdale AZ and pay your coast to attend , D----- age disqualifies me
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  16. Hi and welcome! I’m still new to this forum also, but have found a lot of help and hope to return it to others as well. First off, I commend you for what you are doing for your son, that’s awesome. He will definitely grow up to be a better man for what you are doing for him! Ok, well for a summer prospecting adventure, as much as I love the desert and do summer prospecting out there even in 90+degree heat, I’d save the desert for cooler months and go to the mountains or up north, especially if it’s a first time prospecting trip. A couple ideas come to mind: Jamestown and Sonora, CA
    1 point
  17. Being in Vegas you may want to consider drywashing. You can drive over the Hoover Dam to gold basin and probably come up with some color. Maybe check with local prospector clubs and see about attending an outing.
    1 point
  18. Welcome to the forum ! You are in the right place for info. Someone on here knows something about everything. Give us a little more info about your location. and someone will know .
    1 point
  19. I bought my son a Hatsan 95 a few weeks ago. Right before the virus hit. It looks like a great rifle and it was very inexpensive. It came with a scope that was pretty iffy. But the rifle has an excellent fit and finish and the stock is nice. I don't think he has had a chance to shoot it yet. We were planning to get it tuned in but he is hunkering down at his place with his wife. Things are getting crazy here and we decided it is best to just stay away from each other until things get better. I am anxious to see if it is as good as the reviews say it is. It is basically the Dian
    1 point
  20. Very nice shootin. I have the Beeman QB Chief in .22cal. .. It is a PCP air rifle. Pump it up to 2000 psi and it is deadly accurate and super quiet with the silencer I put on it. I get similar groups 30/40 yds. Droped a dove out to 70yds
    1 point
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