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#26

Goldpick
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20 February 2020 02:50 pm

Sandta wrote:

Yes ... that more favourable time of year is approaching
Unfortunately (in context) the recent rains have caused an explosive growth in paddocks
Any detecting here will require a damn good whipper snipping first sad
Oh the woes .... wink

Luckily the owner had his sheep out doing the lawnmowing for me! There was actually another guy staying there in his motor home, he is into gold detecting and only lasted a few minutes on the site before giving up due to the amount of junk. tongue

Still resisting the urge to pull the Nox out for a detect, especially when the Deus is still cleaning up on the targets. big_smile


Prospecting gear: Used - Whites GM3, GM2, GMT, ML XT17000, ML X-Terra 305, Garrett Gold Stinger, Tesoro Vaquero, Nokta RS pinpointer, Minelab Explorer SE Pro/Etrac, Ace 250
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#27

Goldpick
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20 February 2020 02:52 pm

Clodmaster wrote:

Nice finds there, Goldpick. Great to get a whole watch and I like all those old buckles. I often wonder what happens to the actual belt. I guess it just disintegrates underground over a century or so and leaves the buckle.

There are actually some leather belt sections in the top of the finds photo, they were picked up on due to the copper rivets that you usually find lying around older sites. big_smile


Prospecting gear: Used - Whites GM3, GM2, GMT, ML XT17000, ML X-Terra 305, Garrett Gold Stinger, Tesoro Vaquero, Nokta RS pinpointer, Minelab Explorer SE Pro/Etrac, Ace 250
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#28

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20 February 2020 03:02 pm

Goldpick wrote:

copper rivets that you usually find lying around older sites

Oh god these are the worst. I don't have much in the way of 1c & 2c coins littering my sites but they make up for it in these damn rivets.


Equinox 600 / White's GMT / Go Find 40 . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~20,545 years (188)

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#29

Goldpick
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03 March 2020 12:58 am

Today I took a chance on quite an old site that I have detected several times in the past, though this time running the Deus solely on pitch program to help isolate some of those harder/deeper targets. To say it did well was an understatement, I really couldn't believe how many targets surfaced, and many of them were quite deep - well over pinpointer depth in some cases.

Two reasonably corroded Victorian coppers surfaced in a spot with a lot of iron contamination, and further on in the same location was the real surprise being the 1886 Jubilee Methodist medallion. Not much further on came yet another coin target, a 1920 shilling - really don't know how I missed that previously. Also had a good selection of local buttons, broach, spring loaded cufflink, minature spoon (broken), pocket knife parts, and a ton of lead and shotgun shells. The intact thimble was a pretty rare find, they usually get excavated in various bits and pieces.

After today's run over what was really a pretty small area, there looks like there will be plenty to do in the future utilising the pitch program -- very happy with the results. wink

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Prospecting gear: Used - Whites GM3, GM2, GMT, ML XT17000, ML X-Terra 305, Garrett Gold Stinger, Tesoro Vaquero, Nokta RS pinpointer, Minelab Explorer SE Pro/Etrac, Ace 250
Current - XP Deus, Equinox 600, Makro Racer 2, Fisher F75, Tesoro Tejon, Teknetics G2, Whites SPP, Garrett Infinium, XP MI-6, Whites Bullseye TRX, Deteknix X-pointer, Garrett AT Pointer

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#30

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03 March 2020 07:32 pm

Some great finds there, Goldpick. The Methodist commemorative medallion is a cracker of a find. Looks like that site has a lot more to give.

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#31

Goldpick
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07 March 2020 08:05 pm

Was out today for a short follow up hunt at the same location as previous, still getting some interesting finds though had a close call with a tiger snake that spooked me a bit.

Highlights included part of a cricket buckle, 1885-86 SA dog rego tag, an 1887 sixpence and figurine of what think is an eagle attacking a snake. The sixpence was a faint target in what appears to be a household dumping area due to the amount of glass and crockerh shards buried there.

The dog rego tag from 1885/6 was the first year of issue in SA after the Dog Act was amended in 1884 to supply stamped discs. big_smile

Deus ready to go!
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Gold gilt Victorian jewellery
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Boot spurs
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Eagle attacking snake
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Part cricket buckle (mentions "England's)
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1885/6 dog tag
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Silver?
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Finally some silver
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Big Tiger Snake
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Prospecting gear: Used - Whites GM3, GM2, GMT, ML XT17000, ML X-Terra 305, Garrett Gold Stinger, Tesoro Vaquero, Nokta RS pinpointer, Minelab Explorer SE Pro/Etrac, Ace 250
Current - XP Deus, Equinox 600, Makro Racer 2, Fisher F75, Tesoro Tejon, Teknetics G2, Whites SPP, Garrett Infinium, XP MI-6, Whites Bullseye TRX, Deteknix X-pointer, Garrett AT Pointer

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#32

Clodmaster
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07 March 2020 08:13 pm

Some really nice finds, Goldpick. What's the find that looks like a whole lot of snakes/worms coiled together around a cylinder?

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#33

just starting
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07 March 2020 08:18 pm

Is that half of a cricket badge or buckle or is that complete ?

#34

Goldpick
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07 March 2020 08:23 pm

Clodmaster wrote:

Some really nice finds, Goldpick. What's the find that looks like a whole lot of snakes/worms coiled together around a cylinder?

Just a piece of gold gilt jewllery, maybe off a broach or something. I have found a fair bit of Victorian era jewellery around this site in the past, though you have to be prepared to dig everything due to being relatively low conductivity item (ie digging lots of shotgun shells).


Prospecting gear: Used - Whites GM3, GM2, GMT, ML XT17000, ML X-Terra 305, Garrett Gold Stinger, Tesoro Vaquero, Nokta RS pinpointer, Minelab Explorer SE Pro/Etrac, Ace 250
Current - XP Deus, Equinox 600, Makro Racer 2, Fisher F75, Tesoro Tejon, Teknetics G2, Whites SPP, Garrett Infinium, XP MI-6, Whites Bullseye TRX, Deteknix X-pointer, Garrett AT Pointer

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#35

Goldpick
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07 March 2020 08:25 pm

just starting wrote:

Is that half of a cricket badge or buckle or is that complete ?

Half of one unfortunately, probably used to be mounted on the front of a larger flat buckle piece.


Prospecting gear: Used - Whites GM3, GM2, GMT, ML XT17000, ML X-Terra 305, Garrett Gold Stinger, Tesoro Vaquero, Nokta RS pinpointer, Minelab Explorer SE Pro/Etrac, Ace 250
Current - XP Deus, Equinox 600, Makro Racer 2, Fisher F75, Tesoro Tejon, Teknetics G2, Whites SPP, Garrett Infinium, XP MI-6, Whites Bullseye TRX, Deteknix X-pointer, Garrett AT Pointer

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#36

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07 March 2020 11:12 pm

A great start to 2020 Goldpick smile

Chris we have a lot of old mining settlements over here that are way out in the bush. There are a lot of buckles and watch bits scattered about so most likely coins as well. There are so many targets that the Equinox 800 just goes off at everything to the point where I just shove it back in the bus and forget it until next time I'm in the mood. I've had it for about a year and it's been used for perhaps an hour. Do you use the 11" coil? I'm told I'd be better off with the 6" coil but I have to find another chunk of gold before the accountant will approve the purchase. If I lived a bit closer I'd pop in for a few tips on how to recognize a decent signal amongst the constant noise.


Phil, Sandra & Taz - GPX4500's, SDC2300's, White's Goldmaster GMT, Equinox 800, pans, sieves and more in a 4WD motorhome.

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#37

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08 March 2020 09:55 am

Moneybox wrote:

A great start to 2020 Goldpick smile

Chris we have a lot of old mining settlements over here that are way out in the bush. There are a lot of buckles and watch bits scattered about so most likely coins as well. There are so many targets that the Equinox 800 just goes off at everything to the point where I just shove it back in the bus and forget it until next time I'm in the mood. I've had it for about a year and it's been used for perhaps an hour. Do you use the 11" coil? I'm told I'd be better off with the 6" coil but I have to find another chunk of gold before the accountant will approve the purchase. If I lived a bit closer I'd pop in for a few tips on how to recognize a decent signal amongst the constant noise.

I think in those situations you will have no choice other than to utilise a heavy amount of discrimination to help isolate the type of targets you are chasing (ie.high conductors), and to retain some form of sanity. I'd dig out all the shallower targets first up before trying for anything deeper, running reduced sensitivity so as not to saturate the coil with too many targets responses.

Maybe mark out a specific area of interest to work rather than be tempted to try and cover the whole site in one hit, I usually detect the ground in layers to help reveal more masked targets at depth, It also depends on how much time you have to dedicate towards a particular site, whether you can afford multiple visits to systematically clean out a site, or only enough time to scan over some shallower targets. The Nox 11" coil should do ok, a faster recovery speed might help and slowing your swing speed to a crawl will help isolate targets of interest better.


Prospecting gear: Used - Whites GM3, GM2, GMT, ML XT17000, ML X-Terra 305, Garrett Gold Stinger, Tesoro Vaquero, Nokta RS pinpointer, Minelab Explorer SE Pro/Etrac, Ace 250
Current - XP Deus, Equinox 600, Makro Racer 2, Fisher F75, Tesoro Tejon, Teknetics G2, Whites SPP, Garrett Infinium, XP MI-6, Whites Bullseye TRX, Deteknix X-pointer, Garrett AT Pointer

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#38

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08 March 2020 11:23 am

The find of the day for me is that beautiful tiger snake you have got love and respect such a small animal that punches far above his weight extra cool

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#39

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08 March 2020 11:39 am

Goldpick wrote:
Moneybox wrote:

A great start to 2020 Goldpick smile

Chris we have a lot of old mining settlements over here that are way out in the bush. There are a lot of buckles and watch bits scattered about so most likely coins as well. There are so many targets that the Equinox 800 just goes off at everything to the point where I just shove it back in the bus and forget it until next time I'm in the mood. I've had it for about a year and it's been used for perhaps an hour. Do you use the 11" coil? I'm told I'd be better off with the 6" coil but I have to find another chunk of gold before the accountant will approve the purchase. If I lived a bit closer I'd pop in for a few tips on how to recognize a decent signal amongst the constant noise.

I think in those situations you will have no choice other than to utilise a heavy amount of discrimination to help isolate the type of targets you are chasing (ie.high conductors), and to retain some form of sanity. I'd dig out all the shallower targets first up before trying for anything deeper, running reduced sensitivity so as not to saturate the coil with too many targets responses.

Maybe mark out a specific area of interest to work rather than be tempted to try and cover the whole site in one hit, I usually detect the ground in layers to help reveal more masked targets at depth, It also depends on how much time you have to dedicate towards a particular site, whether you can afford multiple visits to systematically clean out a site, or only enough time to scan over some shallower targets. The Nox 11" coil should do ok, a faster recovery speed might help and slowing your swing speed to a crawl will help isolate targets of interest better.

Ok, I like the idea of clearing the top first. That makes sense because a lot if just rusty old cans, wire from the top of the old beer or wine bottles, buttons,buckles, rivets etc. We might not get many coins anyway because there was most likely no reason to carry money. Thanks


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#40

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08 March 2020 06:21 pm

Spectacular finds mate, that eagle and snake is cool, do you think it maybe the top of a letter opener? thumbsup


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

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#41

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11 March 2020 01:11 am

golddiggerart wrote:

Spectacular finds mate, that eagle and snake is cool, do you think it maybe the top of a letter opener? thumbsup

Possibly, I found another character a while back that was of a similar size - it was a squirrel holding an acorn. Got to love the variety of Victorian era sites.


Prospecting gear: Used - Whites GM3, GM2, GMT, ML XT17000, ML X-Terra 305, Garrett Gold Stinger, Tesoro Vaquero, Nokta RS pinpointer, Minelab Explorer SE Pro/Etrac, Ace 250
Current - XP Deus, Equinox 600, Makro Racer 2, Fisher F75, Tesoro Tejon, Teknetics G2, Whites SPP, Garrett Infinium, XP MI-6, Whites Bullseye TRX, Deteknix X-pointer, Garrett AT Pointer

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#42

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05 April 2020 12:08 am

Can't say I have been too active over the last couple of weeks for obvious reasons, though I did get out to two locations a couple of weeks back -- just been a bit lazy posting.

Yet another 1800's cottage locality, picked up some jewellery pieces including half of a silver bracelet and a more modern marcasite broach. Best find was the excellent condition 1895-96 dog registration tag, one of many that have come from this site over the last few years. The age of the site is evident from the percussion caps, musket balls and brass body shotgun cartridges.

I had two coins come from the same hole, though were only a pair of corroded ww2 era coppers. Might have to detect the back yard in desperation! argh

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Prospecting gear: Used - Whites GM3, GM2, GMT, ML XT17000, ML X-Terra 305, Garrett Gold Stinger, Tesoro Vaquero, Nokta RS pinpointer, Minelab Explorer SE Pro/Etrac, Ace 250
Current - XP Deus, Equinox 600, Makro Racer 2, Fisher F75, Tesoro Tejon, Teknetics G2, Whites SPP, Garrett Infinium, XP MI-6, Whites Bullseye TRX, Deteknix X-pointer, Garrett AT Pointer

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#43

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05 April 2020 09:27 am

That twisted bizo with the ball on the end looks like some old silver or am I wrong

Sweet

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silver
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05 April 2020 10:26 am

happyenough wrote:

That twisted bizo with the ball on the end looks like some old silver or am I wrong

Sweet

Yeah.... looks like it came straight from some kings ransom dunnit. yikes
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very intricate indeed cool
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What a great day ! ,... " I'll see you in the field ".

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#45

Goldpick
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05 April 2020 10:40 am

happyenough wrote:

That twisted bizo with the ball on the end looks like some old silver or am I wrong

Sweet

Yes it is part of a silver bracelet, the other end is hinged.


Prospecting gear: Used - Whites GM3, GM2, GMT, ML XT17000, ML X-Terra 305, Garrett Gold Stinger, Tesoro Vaquero, Nokta RS pinpointer, Minelab Explorer SE Pro/Etrac, Ace 250
Current - XP Deus, Equinox 600, Makro Racer 2, Fisher F75, Tesoro Tejon, Teknetics G2, Whites SPP, Garrett Infinium, XP MI-6, Whites Bullseye TRX, Deteknix X-pointer, Garrett AT Pointer

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#46

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08 May 2020 09:59 pm

Feels like forever since I've been out, this is a little detect I did a while back on burnt down 1800's house site - a very difficult to detect site thanks to plenty of fallen trees to navigate around. Good targets were predictably thin on the ground, with the saviour being an 1894-95 SA dog rego tag, and a Paris type buckle. Not sure what the chain is from, probably too short for anything to do with a fob watch. big_smile

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Prospecting gear: Used - Whites GM3, GM2, GMT, ML XT17000, ML X-Terra 305, Garrett Gold Stinger, Tesoro Vaquero, Nokta RS pinpointer, Minelab Explorer SE Pro/Etrac, Ace 250
Current - XP Deus, Equinox 600, Makro Racer 2, Fisher F75, Tesoro Tejon, Teknetics G2, Whites SPP, Garrett Infinium, XP MI-6, Whites Bullseye TRX, Deteknix X-pointer, Garrett AT Pointer

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#47

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14 May 2020 07:17 pm

Another great archeological dig Goldpick , your pool room must be huge playful


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#48

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14 May 2020 10:01 pm

Hey Goldpick - I found almost exactly the same chain about 4 months ago before lockdown. I thought it could be from a fob watch but it looks a bit short for that. Any idea folks?

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