Find of a Lifetime
May 2013 by David ObesterMy metal detecting hobby began about ten years ago when I bought a used metal detector for about $300. I got it specifically to look for meteorites. It was pretty much worthless, not user friendly, and I did not find anything with it.
When we got set up and I started to swing the coil over a small mound, I got a good signal, faint but repeatable.
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They… create negligible fumes and much less fly rock than blasting. Below are some tips on maximizing your effectiveness with these tools.
After a while I got a very nice signal and out came a sweet kidney-shaped bit of gold weighing about three grams.
Problems finding gold with a detector
I was amazed and surprised, and I took a moment to admire how beautiful this coarse chunk of gold was. It later weighed exactly one-half ounce.
It’s not easy to figure out what is best without testing, and so a certain level of confusion has developed about how small the ore ought to be crushed.
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