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#1

DetectingSA
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From: Mount Barker, SA
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18 December 2017 08:22 pm

Hello forum,

I went on my first solo hunt today, I just went to my local park to test out the machine for a few hours.

As many of you may already know, I am brand new to the hobby and I've set my self some metal detecting goals which are as follows:

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Id love for everyone to follow me on this journey, I will update here after every single hunt even if the finds are poor. And we can see what we can accomplish thumbsup

Hunt #1

The main of my junk found:

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This looks like a part of a toy revolver:

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My second best find, though I can't help but feel sorry for the poor tacka that lost it:

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And so far my best find, 1940 British 3 pence. I don't know how this got to a park in adelaide but there you go. Though I just feel like it's too good to be true and maybe is play money or something, it feels really really light and is quite thin:

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Now while the 3 pence is technically a silver, I did mean Australian silvers. So I won't be ticking that one off just yet mad

Thanks everyone for your time, I shall see you again in the next hunt thumbsup

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#2

DetectingSA
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18 December 2017 08:27 pm

What I didn't anticipate is the ground being so hard about 10cm down, my little edge digger was worthless there and I had to leave quite a few signals behind because I was exhausting myself and not getting anywhere lol

Maybe the purchase of a pick is in order

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#3

dam it
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18 December 2017 08:39 pm

DetectingSA wrote:

What I didn't anticipate is the ground being so hard about 10cm down, my little edge digger was worthless there and I had to leave quite a few signals behind because I was exhausting myself and not getting anywhere lol

Maybe the purchase of a pick is in order

lol lol Welcome to the Jungle lol
Youre gonna need a bigger Pick lol


We have Lumps of it out the back ................

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Goldpick
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18 December 2017 09:59 pm

Great to see you've set out some objectives to tick off for the foreseeable future, most usually crop up when you least expect it. wink

As for using a pick in an urban park, forget about it, that will be probably the easiest way to get run out of the park by local council rangers and usually results in a very visible mess. Unfortunately at this time of the year, making recoveries can be rather difficult due to ground conditions, that's just a fact of life. Better off waiting till an area has been hit by rain, trying a different area altogether, or alternatively the ground can have more moisture at night or in the early morning (probably one for the more experienced). If I can't make a clean and neat recovery due to ultra hard ground, then I simply walk away and leave it for the new year, there are usually plenty of other areas to explore, especially if you can latch onto an area with sandy soil. Good luck & happy hunting. smile


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#5

DetectingSA
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18 December 2017 10:12 pm

Goldpick wrote:

Great to see you've set out some objectives to tick off for the foreseeable future, most usually crop up when you least expect it. wink

As for using a pick in an urban park, forget about it, that will be probably the easiest way to get run out of the park by local council rangers and usually results in a very visible mess. Unfortunately at this time of the year, making recoveries can be rather difficult due to ground conditions, that's just a fact of life. Better off waiting till an area has been hit by rain, trying a different area altogether, or alternatively the ground can have more moisture at night or in the early morning (probably one for the more experienced). If I can't make a clean and neat recovery due to ultra hard ground, then I simply walk away and leave it for the new year, there are usually plenty of other areas to explore, especially if you can latch onto an area with sandy soil. Good luck & happy hunting. smile

Thanks for the advice goldpick, last thing I want to do is commit a diggers faux pas tongue

I've got my eye on a few parks that dates back to 1800s, I'll pray for softer soil there when I go over the Christmas break!

Failing that, the beach is looking okay this summer thumbsup


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#6

Biggest Kev
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18 December 2017 10:13 pm

Welcome to the forum DSA, I to am new at this hobby and enjoy every hunt, like you I'm finding lots of junk with the odd bit of treasure. Its all good fun, good hunting and I will look forward to reading your future adventures. thumbsup

Cheers
Kev

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DetectingSA
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18 December 2017 10:20 pm

Biggest Kev wrote:

Welcome to the forum DSA, I to am new at this hobby and enjoy every hunt, like you I'm finding lots of junk with the odd bit of treasure. Its all good fun, good hunting and I will look forward to reading your future adventures. thumbsup

Cheers
Kev

Thanks kev!

I'm still learning my machine and the pin-pointer, so even when I was pulling out nails and pieces of aluminum I has having fun finding what made the signals tongue

I did almost have a heart attack when I saw the silver though and realized it wasn't a 5c. I'm still not sure about that one though


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19 December 2017 05:24 pm

only ever use a screw driver in parks and nothing else other wise someone may kick you off Screw driver onley air rates the soil

DetectingSA wrote:
Goldpick wrote:

Great to see you've set out some objectives to tick off for the foreseeable future, most usually crop up when you least expect it. wink

As for using a pick in an urban park, forget about it, that will be probably the easiest way to get run out of the park by local council rangers and usually results in a very visible mess. Unfortunately at this time of the year, making recoveries can be rather difficult due to ground conditions, that's just a fact of life. Better off waiting till an area has been hit by rain, trying a different area altogether, or alternatively the ground can have more moisture at night or in the early morning (probably one for the more experienced). If I can't make a clean and neat recovery due to ultra hard ground, then I simply walk away and leave it for the new year, there are usually plenty of other areas to explore, especially if you can latch onto an area with sandy soil. Good luck & happy hunting. smile

Thanks for the advice goldpick, last thing I want to do is commit a diggers faux pas tongue

I've got my eye on a few parks that dates back to 1800s, I'll pray for softer soil there when I go over the Christmas break!

Failing that, the beach is looking okay this summer thumbsup

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DetectingSA
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19 December 2017 05:44 pm

Thanks for the tip! I don't want to be run off the land or ruin it for anyone else.

I just YouTube'd the screw driver method, seems abit difficult but shouldn't be hard to get the hang of it!

Cheers thumbsup


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#10

DetectingSA
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21 December 2017 05:36 pm

Hunt 2# has been an absolute bust, I've been at this park for 5 hours and no decent finds at all.

There is so much brick, concrete, tile, quartz and other rock in the ground here. Literally every hole of the 50+ I've dig today had one of the above in it!

And quite a few were too deep, and the soil to hard for me to even find, had to leave a few high 80-90s signals behind.

It had potential, it's one of adelaides oldest suburbs, and this park used to be a stables in the 1850s.

Abit disappointed to be honest, I thought for sure I'd find my first Australian silver here, but alas it was not to be! I know that's the game, I'll be back at it next time. I have my eye on another park in the local area that hopefully has a better bounty for me!

Until next time thumbsup


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#11

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21 December 2017 05:59 pm

DetectingSA wrote:

Hunt 2# has been an absolute bust, I've been at this park for 5 hours and no decent finds at all.

There is so much brick, concrete, tile, quartz and other rock in the ground here. Literally every hole of the 50+ I've dig today had one of the above in it!

And quite a few were too deep, and the soil to hard for me to even find, had to leave a few high 80-90s signals behind.

It had potential, it's one of adelaides oldest suburbs, and this park used to be a stables in the 1850s.

Abit disappointed to be honest, I thought for sure I'd find my first Australian silver here, but alas it was not to be! I know that's the game, I'll be back at it next time. I have my eye on another park in the local area that hopefully has a better bounty for me!

Until next time thumbsup

horse stables might have more than a few horse shoe nails and horse shoes....

but persevere learning the places that can be productive.

anywhere that drunk people would have coins in their hands or their pockets ?


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DetectingSA
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21 December 2017 06:08 pm

Unless the drunk people were from 1966 or prior I'm not really interested in their coins tongue

But you live and you learn, I was out today in the nice weather getting some exercise. That's gotta be worth something wink

I'll be back at it as soon as I can, new place next time, hopefully better big_smile


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21 December 2017 09:53 pm

I know the feeling DSA, but keep going back pick a new area each visit and you might jag some loot.

Cheers
Kev

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22 December 2017 12:45 am

Keep going . Do not get upset if nothing is found as it is all part of the learning process.

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DetectingSA
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22 December 2017 09:13 am

Thanks for the encouragement lads thumbsup

I'll be back at it, can't scare me off that easily tongue

I've come up so sore this morning, aching muscles and I'm pretty badly sunburnt aha but I'll be back at it tongue

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DetectingSA
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29 December 2017 05:59 pm

I was back out today with hunt 3#

I went to my local beach in adelaide, glenelg for about 2 hours today.
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After abit of messing around with discrimination and sensitivity I got my 400i working fairly decently on the wet sand and in the water, though I was fairly consistently getting signals of 52. After the first few I dug and couldn't find anything with the pinpointer I gave up on those and chalked them up as false signals even though they were repeatable signals

I didn't manage to find anything other than trash today but I was out there having fun and finding targets, one of theses days I'm going to get into something nice tongue

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I assume at this time of year the beach is very thoroughly cleaned out daily by some old hats at the game.

But I had a nice relaxing morning, I'll be back at it soon thumbsup

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29 December 2017 06:23 pm

Early to bed, early to rise!
Keep going mate ,it will happen.
Mackka smile

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DetectingSA
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01 January 2018 08:46 am

Back again with hunt #4,

I managed to make it down to the beach today for around 5:30am but still I was beaten to the punch by some locals tongue

I was hoping today would be the day I scored a piece of jewelry given it was New Years even last night, the beach was packed with drunkards lol

And the only "jewelry I found was this wooden bracelet and a squishy ring that flashes big_smile

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my only noteworthy find today was this coin/token which I haven't identified yet, need to take it home and clean it, writing possibly Russian?

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And the rest of the junk: tent pegs, bottle tops, sparklers, part of a firework, a huge bolt and $2.20 tongue

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I had fun, maybe hunt #5 will be when I get my first good find thumbsup

Happy new year everyone

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01 January 2018 05:29 pm

Mate i did Brighton Beach 40 mins after midnite last nite 2hrs for 5 bottle tops 2 ring pulls and $1.65 which most had been there for couple of weeks before. I was the first one there The beach was absolutely clean so they took all their rubbish and money with them.But earlier in the week i took the 3030 to a local park i had done 7 times over the last year with a 705 and found over $50 bucks so figured id find very little but lo n behold i ended up with $16.95 of which most had been there a long time so i had missed it so doesnt mean you havnt found it yet you just missed it so keep going back

DetectingSA wrote:

Back again with hunt #4,

I managed to make it down to the beach today for around 5:30am but still I was beaten to the punch by some locals tongue

I was hoping today would be the day I scored a piece of jewelry given it was New Years even last night, the beach was packed with drunkards lol

And the only "jewelry I found was this wooden bracelet and a squishy ring that flashes big_smile

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … g_3264.jpg

my only noteworthy find today was this coin/token which I haven't identified yet, need to take it home and clean it, writing possibly Russian?

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … g_3262.jpg

And the rest of the junk: tent pegs, bottle tops, sparklers, part of a firework, a huge bolt and $2.20 tongue >Happy New Year Hunting lol

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … g_3265.jpg

I had fun, maybe hunt #5 will be when I get my first good find thumbsup

Happy new year everyone

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DetectingSA
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01 January 2018 11:36 pm

Patience and persistence is the name of the game tongue

I'm going to try to sneak back out tomorrow to a new spot for a few hours, if I can get it passed the missus that is lol

Ps. That coin was Russian. 10 rubles tongue

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#21

pete165
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02 January 2018 06:56 am

Keep going mate and keep updating us. I for one like to see your posts.

#22

DetectingSA
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02 January 2018 04:52 pm

I managed to sneak out for hunt #5 today, the spot I chose was actually filled with a ton of iron signals so I had to discriminate out a lot and be more selective than I have been with signals that I choose to dig

Today's junk, scissors, fence wire, bottle tops, electrical earth clamp and a few moderns:

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I'm thinking this is a kangaroo penny, it's in a pretty bad state though:

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Back to work tomorrow thumbsdown big_smile
I'll try to get out a few times a week after work/weekends still! I'm to stubborn to give up now tongue

Cheers

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DetectingSA
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02 January 2018 04:54 pm

pete165 wrote:

Keep going mate and keep updating us. I for one like to see your posts.

Thanks bud, I'm giving it a solid crack. Hopefully ones of these days I'll snag something worthwhile to post tongue


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#24

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02 January 2018 07:10 pm

It's all worthwhile posting, it gives all of us the history from a starting point onward's and we all get to share in the progression. Can't wait to see what else comes out of the ground for you. smile thumbsup


Never give up on your dreams.... They are all worthy of your focus.....

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DetectingSA
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02 January 2018 07:14 pm

golddiggerart wrote:

It's all worthwhile posting, it gives all of us the history from a starting point onward's and we all get to share in the progression. Can't wait to see what else comes out of the ground for you. smile thumbsup

Thanks mate, that's what I kind of thought.

It's going to be an interesting long journey tongue


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