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#151

maccatuna
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05 June 2020 09:10 pm

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Heres a pic of the little patch

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#152

JD3
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05 June 2020 09:14 pm

maccatuna wrote:

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Snuck out this morning for another run with the monster ...3.19g...from 2-3 square meters...

Well done mate with any machine! Good on you!

#153

Brandysnap8
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06 June 2020 08:00 pm

That's an awesome video maccatuna!

#154

maccatuna
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07 June 2020 04:15 pm

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Another early morning trip...4g of nuggletts and unknown on the bag of rock....

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#155

Dreadie
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07 June 2020 05:09 pm

G’day Maccatuna, well done on the finds thumbsup .I put my order in for a GM yesterday and lookin forward to the day it arrives so i can finally get out there. Im not sure if they are out of stock everywhere due to being really popular at the moment or if covid is putting a hold up in customs for minelab or something. Anyways, it’s reassuring for me that i’ve made a descent choice on a starter detector when i see nice finds of the good stuff that you’re putting up and using the GM. Have you got any pro’s or cons or a preference of the coils that come with the GM?
Hope you have plenty more good finds.
Cheers dreadie

#156

maccatuna
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08 June 2020 03:01 pm

Dreadie wrote:

G’day Maccatuna, well done on the finds thumbsup .I put my order in for a GM yesterday and lookin forward to the day it arrives so i can finally get out there. Im not sure if they are out of stock everywhere due to being really popular at the moment or if covid is putting a hold up in customs for minelab or something. Anyways, it’s reassuring for me that i’ve made a descent choice on a starter detector when i see nice finds of the good stuff that you’re putting up and using the GM. Have you got any pro’s or cons or a preference of the coils that come with the GM?
Hope you have plenty more good finds.
Cheers dreadie

I tend to favour the smaller coil as it’s easier to get into all those spots most other detector coils won’t fit...
The bigger coil is good to cover ground quicker , it will shoot deeper but if you do find gold make sure you go back over the area with the smaller coil as it will miss smaller more prickly gold....clear off any overburden in creeks and gully’s as this will increase you odds As well....good choice for a detector .. all I use is the monster and the gpz this covers most scenarios...

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#157

Pete E
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08 June 2020 06:26 pm

maccatuna wrote:

A good choice for a detector .. all I use is the monster and the gpz this covers most scenarios...

Given those two machines are pretty much polar opposites of each other in Minelabs lineup, what scenarios would you use one over the other?

Does owning the GPZ not make the GM redundant, or are there circumstances when the GM is better suited?

Regards,

Peter

Last edited by Pete E (08 June 2020 06:31 pm)

#158

maccatuna
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08 June 2020 07:09 pm

I will always enter a new spot with monster....starting in the gully’s,washouts and creek beds....this is how I locate the gold....once I’ve located it will spend time getting what I can With the monster...then I will start to use the zed ...I will use the zed to find deeper targets ..I will spread out With the zed to follow leads and stringers...then once I’ve got an area mapped out I will clean up again with the monster...This way I’m sure I have covered all depths and target sizes....
Instead of pans I use the monster And a rake to locate gold...

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#159

Dreadie
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09 June 2020 04:41 pm

Thanks for the tips Maccatuna, legend. Hopefully down the track i can get a big brother for the monster but for now ive got plenty to learn with what i’ve got before getting too carried away.
Cheers mate thumbsup

#160

Dazzler62
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02 November 2020 12:41 am

Thanks to all. I have read this through and recon I’ve saved 6 months of experimentation and trial and error. I’m hoping to get up to NE Vic in early Dec- Chiltern, Eldorado, Woolshed areas.
Thanks again.
Daz

#161

Yipyip
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05 November 2020 11:57 am

Awesome info,I have just started with the gold monster.
I had watched a few videos on YouTube.
Have been out a few times ,but think of it now I may have missed a few targets because I was always looking for that non ferrous indicator. sad
Had dug few targets that said non ferrous but ended being junk that was a little deeper cry
More practice need I think

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#162

ProspectorPete
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05 November 2020 08:08 pm

Dig everything for the first few outings until you start getting familiar with the subtle differences in sounds between target size and depth, also hot rocks and hot ground can sound like targets until you gain the experience to tell the difference.
Headphones really help pick the subtle differences in target sounds and don't be fooled by the screen indicator, learn to trust your ears.

Keep at it and the good targets will speak to you thumbsup


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#163

Dazzler62
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05 November 2020 09:14 pm

Yep, waiting for this ring of steel around Melbourne to be dismantled, then get out and about to practice, muck around, learn and have some fun.

#164

RM Outback
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05 November 2020 10:44 pm

Dazzler62 wrote:

Yep, waiting for this ring of steel around Melbourne to be dismantled, then get out and about to practice, muck around, learn and have some fun.

Your in luck with the trends thumbsup the ring of Swiss Cheese that's got more holes in it than the entirety of the whole Australian sex industry will disappear next week beer

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#165

VICer
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26 November 2020 07:33 pm

Hi, I am planning to get Gold Monster 1000. I want to know if getting different coils at the same time for extra depth is worth it or should I stay with the GM 10 and 05 that comes with the machine?

#166

aussiefarmer
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26 November 2020 07:44 pm

Put your money into decent headphones if your a headphone kinda person , the stock ones aren't comfortable.
The stock coils will be enough to see if you like the monster , the noises can drive some people bonkers but they are good gold sniffers no doubt. Just listen for the exact noise of a balloon being rubbed and you will have gold..


Wish in one hand and poo in the other , See which one fills up first !

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#167

old hand
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27 November 2020 07:45 am

Vicer just use the standard coils that come with the detector it will take some time to get to be comfortable with the detector and learn the sounds regards john


golden triangle

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#168

Rivarat
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30 November 2020 01:59 pm

Yesterday, I felt a bit frivolous, and lashed out and bought a GM1000.
Well today after the 3rd step I took, yes it was the first hole there was a little 0.06g piece of yellow. I have for many years detected, but mainly for coins and happened across a few pieces of yellow before.
Other finds, shotgun pellets, hot rocks and bits of rust and wire.
Now I have to find the settings that work the best, I've taken note on what others use and when I find a target I tried switching between the to see the differences.
I know this area has been gone over before, I have, and judging by the holes around the place so have a few others.

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#169

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21 December 2020 09:42 pm

I bought a GM1000 and a pin pointer last week and went to Castlemaine Diggings yesterday.

I spent 5 hours around and all I can say it was so frustrating but it was expected since it's my first time.

I'm gonna order a couple of gold nugget pieces off KJC Bullion and practice with it so I can be familiar with the machine, if that's recommended?

What is the ideal place in Victoria do you recommend for a beginner to get start with? Is there a thread for it?

Thanks

Last edited by VICer (21 December 2020 09:43 pm)

#170

davent
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21 December 2020 11:56 pm

maccatuna wrote:

Turkey bush is a give away of shallow ground, makes me wonder how much very small gold Ive walked away from.....maybe I need to save for a monster as well!

Last edited by davent (22 December 2020 12:08 am)

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#171

ProspectorPete
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22 December 2020 10:03 am

VICer wrote:

I bought a GM1000 and a pin pointer last week and went to Castlemaine Diggings yesterday.

I spent 5 hours around and all I can say it was so frustrating but it was expected since it's my first time.

I'm gonna order a couple of gold nugget pieces off KJC Bullion and practice with it so I can be familiar with the machine, if that's recommended?

What is the ideal place in Victoria do you recommend for a beginner to get start with? Is there a thread for it?

Thanks

Hi VICer, the Gold Monster is an easy to use detector but can be frustrating until you understand how to use it to its potential.
Different people will use the GM1000 differently but my advice would be to stick with the Castlemaine diggings, use the 5" round coil, leave the pin pointer at home because the GM is more sensitive than any pinpointed, look for mullock heaps that are white pipe clay as they will be easier to detect, put the settings on manual 10 and all metal mode, use headphones.
Take your time going overy the mullock heap slowly and thoroughly as though you are painting it and need to cover every bit of the ground, hot rocks should be a broader sound and show on the left side (ferrous) along with nails and other iron trash, lead shot will flicker left and right and would sound the closest to gold along with tiny bits of foil.
Forget buying gold for test purposes as tiny lead and tiny bits of aluminium foil will do the job.

If you are in Castlemaine tomorrow or Thursday and and want a demo yell out as I'm working in the area and will be out detecting in the afternoons so happy to pop across for an hour and show you first hand some good tips thumbsup

Last edited by ProspectorPete (22 December 2020 10:06 am)


STUMPY Picks, GPX6000 and a lot of old areas to revisit

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#172

maccatuna
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03 May 2021 06:20 pm

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while out with the GPZ i came across a trashy area...there was long dry grass and drying wet season leaf litter and small scrappy shrubs along with it ..
i slowed up and changes setttings to as deep as i could run , 3rd or 4th target was a deep mellow sound ..with trash each side it was lucky to get..
never could of done it with out slowing right up..
dug down at least 10inches then hit hard pack grey clay ...as all targets so far had been ..moments later was the new proud owner of a 1.47g gold nugglett (biggest in photo)
being only meters from the car i went back to pull out the Goldmonster..as this hole had amongst the grey clay ..had lots of dark red pockets..i dug out another 2 inches and ran the Monster over it .. it was lighting up everywhere..... the photo shows a total of 9.20g of detected nuggletts,,....a 20L bucket with 2.73g of small Panned gold to date and still got all the plus size to crush ..
its never far away the trusty machine....
just outlines the importance of two different platforms while out on the hunt,,
this could of easyly been just a 1.47g hole..

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#173

Jaros
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03 May 2021 06:41 pm

Great result for you--fine hunting practices.


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#174

Hopeful Tania
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24 May 2021 12:12 am

Great info. I am a newbie to this hobby and I am looking to buy a monster and your information helps me to hopefully become a better prospector. Going out with my 76year old dad. Good father daughter time. Hopefully will find some yellow stuff. Would love to get some similar photos to yours. Great finds. Thanks ?

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#175

LORD
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16 July 2021 11:16 pm

Picked up this decent slug with the monster.
Real trashy area, couldn't swing the 7k so put the monster in auto as the ground was very hot and dug the non ferrous only.
Paid off as this was just below the surface about 1" down, went 8.7 grams

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