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Alaskan gold - Part 2

January 11, 2013 11:11am

The prospecting potential of the mining district where I visited included metal detecting for nuggets, but because there was plenty of water, the possibilities also included sluicing or high banking as well as suction dredging. The ground here was suitable for both pulse induction as well as VLF machines, most being fairly low mineralization, with some smaller areas strongly mineralized because of different underlying rocks. I brought both types of detector technology with me, as I wanted to be fully prepared. Although some larger nuggets have been found here, most of the gold is less than a half gram in weight. The gold deposits were well washed with nearly all the gold found within just the first few inches on top of bedrock. I spent considerable time detecting the bedrock on the bench areas above the creek that the miners had worked by hydraulic methods decades ago.

Posted by Chris Ralph on January 11, 2013 11:11am | 2 Comments

Alaskan gold - Part 1

January 08, 2013 12:22pm

Last year I received an invite to prospect a remote mining property in the interior part of Alaska during the summer of 2012. My companions for the journey were Steve Herschbach, who traveled with me to Australia last year, and George White. Now for those who aren't familiar with Alaska, access to the interior part of Alaska isn’t at all like it is in rest if the US. Alaska has far fewer roads and there are huge portions of the state that you simply can't get even close to by driving a normal automobile. Even the state's capital cannot be accessed by road - it can only be reached by boat or by plane. There are vast mountainous portions of the state with no roads for 100 miles or more. Unlike Western Australia where I visited last year, Alaska is not flat and gigantic mountain ranges block the way. So even if one wanted to drive cross country (as you could in Australia) that is simply not possible in Alaska, because the state is built upon a series of mountain ranges and swamps.

Posted by Chris Ralph on January 08, 2013 12:22pm | 2 Comments

I should have used the PRO-FIND 25

January 02, 2013 11:08am

The day looked like it was going to be hot and the humidity levels even at this time of the morning were already on the rise, I was loading my truck getting ready for an early bird assault on an old surfacing area that has been productive for me over the years and wanted to make sure I hit the ground running with everything ready to go before things got too uncomfortable.

Posted by Jonathan Porter on January 02, 2013 11:08am | 5 Comments

Back to the Golden Triangle

December 19, 2012 03:20pm

The time had finally arrived! I was on the plane flying back to the Victorian Gold Fields all the way from far North Queensland, meeting up with my old man to spend some time hunting down that elusive yellow metal. I had spent a lot of time gold prospecting around the triangle with my father over the years with both of us uncovering many great finds, so I was very excited to be going back to my old stomping grounds. To add to the excitement I would be swinging a brand new GPX 5000 as I recently traded in my GP 3500. I was also very keen to try out the new Fine Gold Timings on the GPX 5000 after hearing so many great things about this new Timing.

Posted by Angus James on December 19, 2012 03:20pm | 1 Comment

CTX 3030 Raising the temperature

December 14, 2012 04:37pm

Well its mid December 2012 and the good old United Kingdom is on the receiving end of a real icy blast. Temperatures at night are dropping to -10-15 and for us here that's cold.

One Wednesday morning mid this icy blast I had a day off work, sadly none of my colleagues did. So I pondered what to do with this day on my own... and within a milli-second had decided to go detecting with the CTX 3030.

Posted by Julian Evan-Hart on December 14, 2012 04:37pm | 0 Comments

CTX 3030 - The prediction fulfiller

December 06, 2012 02:20pm

The other day I received a very kind invitation to detect upon some newly available land in Cambridgeshire from my good detecting buddy Jason. Arriving as always full of anticipation I was delighted to hear that a Roman site was adjacent to our search area. As I unpacked the CTX 3030 I scanned over the flat land surrounded by the ancient Gog Magog hills, it sure looked good.

Posted by Julian Evan-Hart on December 06, 2012 02:20pm | 0 Comments

The benefits of GPS Mapping

November 30, 2012 10:15am

There has been a lot of questions as to the benefits of the GPS Mapping feature of the CTX 3030 and to be honest I was unsure of its usability when it came to practical coin & relic hunting. I can remember sitting down and reading the manual while scrolling through the features of the GPS mapping, thinking to myself, where could I possibly use features like WayPoints, FindPoints, GeoTrails, GeoHunts and the list goes on, I was really struggling with the concept.

Posted by Mark Williams on November 30, 2012 10:15am | 1 Comment

Chasing the little ones and letting the big ones look after themselves

November 23, 2012 11:40am

Gold is a funny thing but more importantly people are even funnier! This might all sound a little cryptic but please bear with me while I elaborate. I often talk with detector operators either in the field as I travel or when they call me on the phone here at our business ‘Aurum Australis’. The biggest common denominator is their burning desire to find some gold, particularly the big ones like I find in my videos, so the general drift of our conversations comes down to what it is I look for in my search for those trophy nuggets I seem to find so regularly.

Posted by Jonathan Porter on November 23, 2012 11:40am | 0 Comments

Three new X-TERRA coils from Coiltek

November 16, 2012 12:01pm

A little over a year ago, Minelab authorized Coiltek Manufacturing to produce the 15-inch All Terrain 7.5 kHz DD coil for the X-TERRA. Since its release, the medium frequency 15-inch X-TERRA coil has been proving its capabilities to coin-shooters and cache hunters across the globe. However, recognizing that there are many other forms of “treasure hunting”, Coiltek continued working with Minelab in an effort to develop additional coils for the X-TERRA lineup. These efforts have paid off in the form of three addition X-TERRA coils. They include a new 15-inch All Terrain Double-D at 3 kHz, a 15-inch All Terrain Double-D at 18.75 kHz and a small 6-inch Double-D at 3 kHz.

Posted by Randy Horton on November 16, 2012 12:01pm | 3 Comments

CTX 3030 - Auto vs. Manual Sensitivity

November 13, 2012 10:52am

Everyone knows how well FBS (and now FBS 2) technology works on the wet sand, and on saltwater beaches, but recently I have noticed a little bit of head scratching among CTX 3030 users in regards to Sensitivity options – Auto and Manual. Some operators swear by running in Auto Sensitivity on the beaches, only to be told by others that Minelab’s advice is to NOT use Auto on salty beaches. Well to set the record straight, yes it’s true that in general Minelab don’t recommend the use of Auto Sensitivity on saltwater beaches and I’ll get to the reason shortly, but before I go on I have to say, if you have tried it and you are happy with the way your CTX 3030 performs, then by all means continue to use Auto.

Posted by Nenad Lonic on November 13, 2012 10:52am | 2 Comments
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