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Fun And Fortune With A Gold Detector
Michael Burk
Michael Burk is an experienced outdoorsman and prospector. You can find more information on gold prospecting and metal detecting at http://www.metaldetectors.metro-max.info  
By Michael Burk
Published on 09/17/2006
Gold hunting always remained the vocation of the mighty emperors or the daring treasure hunters or pirates. It was never estimated as the hobby that can be pursued by a common man like you and me. However, with the help of a simple device called gold detector you can also become the owner of loads of gold like the heroes of the past.

Fun And Fortune With A Gold Detector
An envious career as a gold hunter starts with the investment on a proper gold detector, instead of an ordinary metal detector. Stay away from cheaper or second hand versions while choosing your first gold detector. Some brands to consider are Whites, Garrett, Fisher, and Minelab.

First, you need to do extensive research about the area of operation by consulting the experts or reading journals featuring articles on the well-known gold mine areas. Joining a Prospecting club is a good idea, which will teach you the secrets of where to go and how to dig the sites to your fullest advantage. One popular club is the Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA). Their web address is: http://www.goldprospectors.org.

To get the best possible performance from your gold detector, follow this 7- step guide:

ƒ{ Instead of moving the detectors haphazardly, make an extensive search by marking a small patch and patiently covering it bit by bit. Always keep the search coil at least 1cm from the ground while swinging the detector slowly.

ƒ{ Just ignore lengthy and gradual changes in sound, which are the responses to ground mineralization changes. Do not ignore the short or sharp signals even if they are faint.

ƒ{ A manual ground-balance machine using a Double-D coil is required to be re balanced every now and then. The GP or the SD series machines save this trouble.

ƒ{ When the machine remits very small signals, scoop out some amount of soil from the coil. Now drop a handful at a time over the search coil. Now you will be getting signals whenever it touches any metal.

ƒ{ Practicing in the bushy or beach areas where ground has little mineralization will help you to recognize the signals when you are trying on sites that are more difficult.

You can choose from mainly four categories of detectors according to your preferences and expectations. They are:

ƒ{ Gold prospecting Detectors
ƒ{ Dual purpose detectors
ƒ{ Treasure hunting detectors.
ƒ{ Underwater detectors

Every gold detector has its virtue and vices. For example, with a specialized prospecting detector you get the high efficiency of locating even tiniest nuggets at shallow depth. However, at the same time with its poor discriminating abilities you might end up with digging up lots of trash. Finally, patience is the key for striking a big deal in your search for gold. Do not move impatiently to another spot. Locate a small spot and scan it extensively. Despite your hard work, you might not find anything. Start all over again on a new location applying the same degree of concentration. Remember, with a little effort and the right equipment, you too could find the riches of kings! Michael Burk is an experienced outdoorsman and prospector. You can find more information on gold prospecting and metal detecting at www.metaldetectors.metro-max.info

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