The Australian Metal Detectorist thread

Discussion in 'Australia' started by sidetrack one, Aug 19, 2019.

  1. DARK-SIDE

    DARK-SIDE Fringe Dweller

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    You inspired me mikey, I just had to get out for a look this arvo after seeing your post. Gotta love a Rams Head shilling :thumb
    Damm near froze to death :vardy but it was worth it...Three Pence's are a favorite find...
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  2. sages

    sages Been here awhile

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    Good stuff. Tuppence find. Now you've got something for the xmas pudding.
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  3. tvan

    tvan Been here awhile

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    G’day Everyone,

    Does anyone here use a Minelab GPX 4500 or 5000, interested in your thoughts. Been spending most of our time looking for relic but would like to start looking for nuggets on river banks. Currently have an Equinox 800

    Appreciate your thoughts
  4. bikeymikey70

    bikeymikey70 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Have you tried the Nox 800? I’ve seen a few people find nuggets with it, on the FB group I’m in
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  5. Ockrocket

    Ockrocket Long timer

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    After doing quite a bit of research, I opted for the QED PL3..
    Half the price, and equally (possibly even more) capable than the Minelab offerings.

    Do some YouTube research on them, and watch some of the testing of their capabilities.

    Message me if you want some links.

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  6. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    What a bargain!

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  7. Suncoaster

    Suncoaster Long timer Supporter

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    Cleaned up a bit of forest with the QED yesterday.
    Contradictory messages on signs about vehicles though, should clear that up.
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    A mate made me a new pick handle from bloodwood, it turned out beautifully:
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    Note that this was in the Durikai GPA, as fossicking in state forests in QLD is normally forbidden.
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  8. LKYPHL

    LKYPHL Been here awhile

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    G'day tvan,

    I have been using a 5000 for ten years, and had a 45 for a while as a backup for trips to W.A., very happy with both models, neither of which has given any problems. They both accept a large range of aftermarket coils, the Nuggetfinder Evo coils being submersible and therefore ideal for your river banks (I'd go for the 12" job)
    I also have a GPZ7000 which is a cumbersome overweight ergonomic disaster which finds good gold.
    The GPX's are tried and proven workhorses, the 5 probably has the edge with it's "Fine Gold" setting, but I'd be just as happy with a 45.
    It's worth adding an SP01 audio enhancer to your kit in my opinion.

    Phil
  9. tvan

    tvan Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info, we are still contemplating but heading towards the GPX 5000,

    Tvan
  10. mrsdnf

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  11. Suncoaster

    Suncoaster Long timer Supporter

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    Her pick, my labour. :lift

    The bullet is deformed but about 7.62mm so one of the .30 cals.
    It was in a rockpool crevice in a gully under about 20cm of water and gravel.
    Good signal on the QED but not really gold bearing area, it was up in the basalt cap.
    The basalt overlays mudstone and ironstone, which is where the gold lies.
    Found another tiny nail from a shoe nearby.
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  12. Bobk0

    Bobk0 MacGyver Minded.

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    G'day all, looks like some beautiful hunting country there in AU. Unfortunately no gold where I am here in the US but here are some finds from the weekend using a Minelab GoFind 40 and Garrett pro pointer.
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    Mostly modern stuff, but must keep digging.
  13. bikeymikey70

    bikeymikey70 Been here awhile Supporter

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    poking around the town goldenfields on the weekend, a few interesting finds, the silver spoon is slowly being cleaned up IMG_1638.jpg
  14. tripodtiger

    tripodtiger Off riding around on bitumen circles.

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    Just in case you've missed it. I expect it's already been mentioned.
    'Detectorists' on Netflix.

    Really amusing. Quite a few laugh out loud scenes. Extremely pleasant and relaxing.

    Of course it's English.
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  15. Ockrocket

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    Have watched the two complete series, now waiting for the next series. :D
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  16. Bobk0

    Bobk0 MacGyver Minded.

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    Loved that one. Great characters and in line with a lot of British detectorists ive followed on youtube. So much ancient stuff there to discover. Its cool to look at what you guys are finding down in AU. I love seeing history dug up even if not precious. I can imagine ppl digging up iphones in 200 years (if applicable) thinking..look at this typewriter! No telepathy engine? Savages...
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  17. DARK-SIDE

    DARK-SIDE Fringe Dweller

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    Now all I need is a knife :dukegirl.

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    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    iPhones? Poor buggers! Leave m buried!
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  19. Ockrocket

    Ockrocket Long timer

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    Well fork me.. that looks like it was used by Yuri Geller (the illusionist who claimed he could bend spoons and forks with the power of his mind :csm :lol3 )
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  20. DARK-SIDE

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    I reckon the poor old thing deserved a shape up & it might even get a shine as I suspect there's silver hiding under there.

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