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One of my favourite sayings about metal detection technology is "Anyone can make a detector that detects metal, but not everyone can make a detector that ignores ground mineralisation” This is the ongoing challenge for improving upon detection depth and sensitivity in the various types of grounds that exist in gold bearing areas around the world...
Now I certainly don't recommend going into old abandoned mines because I well know - better than most - how dangerous that can be. Normally it’s best to detect old dumps and ore piles on the surface when working around old mines, and even that requires a close eye on safety. However, I recently had a very special opportunity to do some gold detecting in the Original 16 to 1 mine in Alleghany, California.
In 2014 I was honoured to be invited to help the owners of Oak Island (located in Nova Scotia, Canada) in their quest to solve the mystery of the famous “Money Pit”.
For those who do not know the story, Oak Island is rumoured to have buried pirate treasure hidden in a mine shaft with an elaborate booby-trapped flooding system to prevent people from recovering the treasure.
One of the things I love most about the hobby of metal detecting is the anticipation of what you will find on any given trip. Last week was no exception as I headed out early to one of my favorite parks that has been producing a steady stream of finds for the last four years.
Recently I took a trip up north to spend a few days detecting with a good friend and Minelab dealer Peter Cragg at Gold City Detecting and his detecting mate with the aim to helping them obtain some hands-on field experience and instruction with the amazing new GPZ 7000 with its ZVT technology.
Following on from Part 1 of this blog which covered how I use a GPZ with GPS to cover ground more effectively, I'd like to share some more techniques and detector settings I use for finding gold with my GPZ 7000.
This year has not been going exactly as I imagined it would. My stated goal for the year was to set a new record for days in the field detecting. So far however, it has been anything but that. No complaint - I have been devoting myself to visiting family and other things that took precedence over prospecting.
I was really eager to get my hands on the new GPZ 7000, as a lot of the functionality was borrowed from the CTX 3030, a machine I know well. I was particularly interested to see the improvements made to the CTX 3030 features and related products.
A common question that arises from time-to-time on many of the online forums is:
Will I get more “nulling” when using Combined audio?
Family time at the beach is a lot more fun for the Drayton’s, thanks to the new GO-FIND Series of detectors from Minelab. It was always a little awkward, going to the beach and bringing along my metal detector, treasure hunting alone, while my wife and daughters did their own thing. Finally we have a metal detector that our whole family can use and join in the treasure hunting fun.