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#51

Lesgold
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From: South Coast, NSW
Joined: 12 April 2017
Posts: 744
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15 February 2021 06:35 pm

Hi Folks

Went out today for a play with Nugget Finder attached to the zed. Drove to an area that’s been absolutely flogged over the years. Was hoping for a good, deep slug of gold but was quite happy to come back with what Happy Jack calls “pensioner gold”. They are thin pieces but have a reasonable surface area. The coil picked them up comfortably. They were all quite shallow (up to a couple of inches deep) The poor old SDC doesn’t get much of a run these days as this coil picks up the scraps really well.
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Cheers

Les


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

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#52

Lesgold
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From: South Coast, NSW
Joined: 12 April 2017
Posts: 744
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20 February 2021 05:52 pm

Hi Folks,

I think you will agree that the Zed Search is pretty good on the small targets. What I also want to test is how the coil performs at depth on larger pieces of gold. I was lucky enough to find a better piece today at a depth that was starting to test the limits of the coil. (on the settings that I was using - high yield/ difficult/ sensitivity 12)
Picked up the faintest of signals on inside of an old dig hole. Had to scrape away about a quarter of an inch of soil and remove a couple of small plants to confirm that it was an actual signal and not ground noise. A quiet but repeatable signal was then heard. The piece popped out after one final small scrape at the bottom of the hole which indicated that the hole depth was close to genuine.
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I was able to pinpoint the location of the nugget with the coil just before scraping it out. The pick was then placed in the hole on that spot to indicate the nugget location.
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Sorry about the shadows on the photo but I think there is enough info there to show that it wasn’t bad depth at all. This coil has easily paid for itself in the time that I’ve had it attached to the zed. I reckon that people would say that the standard coil would have found most of those pieces anyway so I’m not really in front. My back and shoulder tell a different story however.

Cheers

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

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#53

A-team
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Posts: 150
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20 February 2021 07:01 pm

Took mine out for a spin yesterday - first time with the Z-Search, no color unfortunately. The EMI kicked in around lunch and was near unusable (same with the wife who had the original 14 inch coil). Add to that constant planes and jets overhead and we were in prospectors hell..... cry

On a positive; I found the coil MUCH more sensitive in every respect with clearer target sounds, easier pinpointing, so much lighter that I am now out of balance with my heavy pick! Hope to be coming across some nicer targets than the 100 or so lead shot I found and lead slag from casting run off.

You do notice the loss of coverage, but in the GT it seems to be a fine trade off as you can get among the scrub easier. Personally I would not be interested in anything smaller, maybe in the future I'd consider a light weight NF 19 inch for open areas.

Will let you know how I go on the whole depth thing, but will say that's a nice find!

Last edited by A-team (20 February 2021 07:08 pm)


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Equinox 600 - 2 x GPZ 7000s Nothing else needed...

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