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#9201

tudogz
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From: Morphett Vale, SA
Joined: 06 August 2019
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03 September 2020 12:26 pm

BigL wrote:
tudogz wrote:

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

Hi everyone. Thanks to al those who chipped in to help me with my book cover. Here's the end result.

If anyone would like a free pre-release copy just PM me with your email and I'll send an EPUB version.

Don't you wish you had a handful like this? I know I do!

PS: Hope the image comes through OK. It doesn't show in preview.

that gold looks fake, its to consistent in size, shape, smoothness.. everything. I've never seen a mining ops crusher output but still, looks fake

Yeah, it's my cover designer's rendering of some nuggets. As someone else said, it's for a fiction book, anyway. So long as it catches the eye, then it's done its job. smile smile smile


"Why do you ask?"

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#9202

husky
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From: The F##ked Road State, SA
Joined: 26 April 2015
Posts: 107
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03 September 2020 07:41 pm

Having just finished reading tudogz novel i thoroughly recommend checking it out, intriguing reading to say the least and i think a talented writer thumbsup
I have no affiliation with tudogz just thought id put it out there, i love a good book involving gold and this is one of them, hats off to you bud beer

Husky

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#9203

RM Outback
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03 September 2020 08:23 pm

husky wrote:

Having just finished reading tudogz novel i thoroughly recommend checking it out, intriguing reading to say the least and i think a talented writer thumbsup
I have no affiliation with tudogz just thought id put it out there, i love a good book involving gold and this is one of them, hats off to you bud beer

Husky

Post a cover picture would ya tongue after all it's the show and tell thread smile beer thanks for the insight perfect

#9204

Teemore
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From: West of the Yarra, east of SA,
Joined: 18 September 2013
Posts: 1,333
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03 September 2020 08:26 pm

RM Outback wrote:
husky wrote:

Having just finished reading tudogz novel i thoroughly recommend checking it out, intriguing reading to say the least and i think a talented writer thumbsup
I have no affiliation with tudogz just thought id put it out there, i love a good book involving gold and this is one of them, hats off to you bud beer

Husky

Post a cover picture would ya tongue after all it's the show and tell thread smile beer thanks for the insight perfect

Check post #9194, looks good.


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#9205

RM Outback
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03 September 2020 08:30 pm

Teemore wrote:
RM Outback wrote:
husky wrote:

Having just finished reading tudogz novel i thoroughly recommend checking it out, intriguing reading to say the least and i think a talented writer thumbsup
I have no affiliation with tudogz just thought id put it out there, i love a good book involving gold and this is one of them, hats off to you bud beer

Husky

Post a cover picture would ya tongue after all it's the show and tell thread smile beer thanks for the insight perfect

Check post #9194, looks good.

Saw that and read it as an example to demonstrate what tudogz was trying to convey in words, I'm looking for something a little bit better playful

#9206

silver
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Joined: 19 December 2013
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04 September 2020 03:39 pm

Lookin great tudogz thumbsup tongue


What a great day ! ,... " I'll see you in the field ".

#9207

Eng888
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Joined: 05 September 2020
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05 September 2020 10:03 pm

Moneybox wrote:

Mrs M and I left in April this year for a birthday party at Shark Bay. We spent the first month fishing and sight seeing with many of our family members from the eastern states. From there we headed northeast to escape the oncoming winter that’s quite cold and wet in WA’s southwest.

Before leaving home we packed all the tools for prospecting. We have a crow bar, shovels, sieves, rakes, picks, detectors, hoes, rope ladder, ropes and chains, maps and GPS and a PLB just in case something serious happens. We’ve shared our months away looking for old bottles, gemstones, rusty relics and gold. We’d planned on three or four months away but I was always hopeful it would still drag out a bit further. The nasty weather down south helped me there cool

This is the result of some serious research and several weeks or really intense detecting in the Pilbara region of WA. We took a break on a couple of occasions collecting colourful rocks, bottles, coins and things and then hit the gold again.

There were some huge gold finds while we were there. Several groups of people were involved prospecting on a pending lease just a few kilometres down the road from Karratha. Over 1000 ounces were reportedly found but as the news spread of each new find the place was crawling with vehicles and detectors. We're not that keen on being seen in the field so for the majority of the time we headed off to more remote locations hoping to pick up the odd bit. We travelled into remote hills and valleys where at times there were no roads or tracks. Fortunately our vehicle only suffered one puncture in the bush and a tyre blow-out on the highway.

The detectors needed some attention while we were in the bush. We purchased and wore out 5 skid plates on the SDC and ended up repairing the last of them to keep going. I started out with a new skid plate and wore out 2 more on the 4500 before repairing the last one of those as well. The coil hinges wore out on the SDC causing the coil to flop about with no way of tightening it. I used the plastic from a yoghurt container to form a replaceable bush in the hinge, something it should have been made with. The battery charger on the SDC was always troublesome but it got to the point where we had to replace it and while we were at it we bought a third set of rechargeable 'C' size batteries. The adaptor cable on the SDC gave trouble again so Mrs M ended up using the original Koss earphones but it looks like the audio plug on the detector is a bit dicky because it still gave her trouble. I had trouble keeping the skid plates on the 4500 until I got Leukoplast from the chemist. It's much more abrasive resistant than the insulation tape I used previously. The batteries on the White's GMT (our pin pointer) went flat as well and they were only about 18 months old smile

We got lucky, very lucky, because we are used to finding quite a bit of small gold but rarely get a decent sized nugget. This time we got several and many of them came from well worked ground that has seen way too many GPZ7000s over it in the last couple of years. Hunting the yellow we used the GPX4500 with a 14" Coiltek Mono Elite and an SDC2300 along with a little blood, sweat and tears hmm

Holy Smokes fella that is impressive . i am 3 years late being in Karratha , dont suppose you could put some back so we can have an even chance ? lol

I welcome any pointers around Karratha if you can message me places that are way down the list for you pro's where you wouldnt bother going because you have nicer spots , i just want to crack the cherry with this SDC with my first bit for this trip even if its a 0.1 gram.

Good luck to you Moneybox.

ps . good user name that !


Camping under starlight Pilbara WA

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#9208

tryhard1968
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Joined: 09 July 2015
Posts: 382
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06 September 2020 11:57 am

Out in Talbot at one of my favorite spots that seems to be still delivering the goods. Running the 7000 in High Yield/Normal, and what a combination its deadly. I have also just uploaded a video showing the difference between the settings for those interested. 1599353687_-7211143773364605682.jpg


Currently running a 2300/Z and 705 for my Son. Love the Talbot/Maryborough area. Low and Slow.

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#9209

Syndyne
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From: Lightning Ridge, NSW
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07 September 2020 10:54 am

Great nuggets and super interesting video, Tryhard!

I had a good old laugh when you told Jack he wasn't a bad luck dog anymore though! lol

Amazing how Normal romps those targets in. In the right ground it's unbeatable for target response. If you have anything more than mild country or, you're in a hot rocks area then it can be an absolute nightmare to get running smoothly. awful

Cheers,
Shauno.


Opal Miner & Gold Detecting Addict. GPZ7000, GPX5000, SDC2300.

#9210

Moneybox
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From: Cue, WA
Joined: 10 October 2014
Posts: 2,076
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15 September 2020 12:24 am

tryhard1968 wrote:

Out in Talbot at one of my favorite spots that seems to be still delivering the goods. Running the 7000 in High Yield/Normal, and what a combination its deadly. I have also just uploaded a video showing the difference between the settings for those interested. https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … 605682.jpg

Interesting nuggets Tryhard and a very good video. It looks a bit better if you hold the phone the other way around wink

I know very little about the GPZ7000 but the result is similar on the GPX4500 however we can rarely run it without the ground noise creating false signals. We nearly always run Enhanced.


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#9211

Moneybox
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From: Cue, WA
Joined: 10 October 2014
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16 September 2020 02:42 pm


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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#9212

Jaros
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From: S.E.Qld., QLD
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16 September 2020 04:54 pm

You are sure having a great time out there. sad


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#9213

Moneybox
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From: Cue, WA
Joined: 10 October 2014
Posts: 2,076
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17 September 2020 12:33 am

Jaros wrote:

You are sure having a great time out there. sad

The big thing for us Jaros is that we're out there away from all the Covid-19 troubles.

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This photo was taken on 13th March 2020....

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This photo was taken on 15th March 2020 and we've hardly been home since. We've not only been away but away from almost all human contact. The result from a prospecting point of view has been quite satisfying smile


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#9214

just starting
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17 September 2020 07:45 am

You must have a big stash of supplies to be there all that time. Living the life out there ,hey ? Good `onya . Looks very peaceful. perfect

#9215

Mackka
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From: Brisbane
Joined: 18 February 2014
Posts: 4,902
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17 September 2020 10:45 am

Glad to see that you are both safe and well plus gold as a bonus.
Mackka

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#9216

Moneybox
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From: Cue, WA
Joined: 10 October 2014
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17 September 2020 04:17 pm

just starting wrote:

You must have a big stash of supplies to be there all that time. Living the life out there ,hey ? Good `onya . Looks very peaceful. perfect

Yes, believe it or not, 1,600 tea bags were at the top of the list. Next was 8 dozen long life milk. We still haven't bought toilet paper and paper towel and we purchased all our stocks before any hint of covid-19. We still have quite a stock of rice, bread mix, soup, backed beans and spaghetti and those nice little tuna/chicken/rice prepacked meals found at Aldi. Use-by dates don't mean much around here.

Mrs M knows what to expect when heading for the goldfields each season. Asking when we'll be back is not likely to prompt a sensible answer lol


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#9217

Muk
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Joined: 19 June 2016
Posts: 510
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17 September 2020 09:54 pm

Good on you wish I could do the same cheers Muk.

#9218

Lesgold
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From: South Coast, NSW
Joined: 12 April 2017
Posts: 716
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19 September 2020 08:31 pm

Hi folks,
Just got back from a few days out in the bush. Was lucky enough to find this nice little specie with about 1.6 grams of gold scattered thoughOut the quartz.
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Quite a pretty piece. The rest of the gold was generally sub gram stuff but it all adds up.
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Cheers

Les


GPZ 7000, GPX 5000, SDC 2300, Equinox 800
Bullet and lead shot specialist.

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#9219

goody2shoes
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19 September 2020 08:36 pm

Wow pretty peace Les

Well done thumbsup

#9220

GreenRiver
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From: , QLD
Joined: 22 August 2017
Posts: 239
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19 September 2020 09:12 pm

Looks "pretty" good to me Les. perfect


X-Terra 705 Gold Pack, Tyger digger, Screwdriver, Land or Sea probe(Forget to use it), Love the 705 pinpointer. Lots of hope.

#9221

RM Outback
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20 September 2020 10:07 am

7.63 for a few days ain't too shabby perfect nice finds beer well and truly covered fuel and tucker I'm thinking.

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#9222

Lesgold
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From: South Coast, NSW
Joined: 12 April 2017
Posts: 716
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21 September 2020 08:29 am

Thanks guys

Was lucky enough to find a few pieces in some country that’s starting to look a picture after the bushfires.
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GPZ 7000, GPX 5000, SDC 2300, Equinox 800
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#9223

Bjay
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Joined: 22 June 2015
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26 September 2020 09:10 pm

Sorry in advance to those still stuck in Melbourne. Broke my lockdown cherry today. As usual first target within 15 minutes then nada for the next 3 hrs but that’s the way it goes. Just grateful to be out.1601114992_c15c0f7c-a522-4bc8-9342-50172921a140.jpg

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#9224

Lesgold
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From: South Coast, NSW
Joined: 12 April 2017
Posts: 716
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27 September 2020 10:48 am

Hi Folks,

Had a few more days camped in the bush. Decided to film a bit on the first day. Was lucky enough to find a few little scraps with the zed. Hope this helps to get you motivated when the shackles are removed.

Cheers

Les


GPZ 7000, GPX 5000, SDC 2300, Equinox 800
Bullet and lead shot specialist.

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#9225

Muk
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Joined: 19 June 2016
Posts: 510
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27 September 2020 11:33 am

Finally got out for a few hours with the young bloke today work has been cramping my style/time but that’s how it goes got 4bits and dug a couple of crevices/cracks in a dry reek we have detected nuggets in before will see how that goes when I put it through my sluice fingers crossed didn’t do any test pans due to lack of water and planing cheers muk1601166677_10da5aa3-1387-4d27-a4db-81c02113dc0c.jpeg
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