Metal Detector Used: M-Series (800-0308-1)
My name is Justin and I live in Australia. I live about 2 hours away from the nearest goldfield but near lots of old farm homesteads so I wanted a detector that could find gold and coins. Reading the reviews on the White's MXT user's forum, I got a fair idea of what the machine could do. The White's MXT fitted the bill and the price tag so I purchased one.
Over the next 12 months I alternated spending one detecting trip on the goldfields and one hunting coins and relics. Once I got used to my machine and tried a few new areas I began finding coins and relics in the heavy trash areas on the gold fields that the other detectorists avoided. My best treasure so far has been a Cricket Belt Buckle from the goldrush days between 1850 and 1910. My learning curve never stopped and all the tips from other users were invaluable. I understanding of the noises my MXT was making just grew and grew and I was getting smaller, deeper targets all the time. I knew I just had to keep going before I found some gold.
The ground at my local goldfield is extremely mineralised. I got a lot of ground noise but with the VSAT control I was able to crank it up so that any real target gave a much sharper zip signal than any of the hot rocks or mineralisation. I found the VDI display numbers were very accurate. One day after about 5 mins at my spot using the Eclipse 5.3 mono, I got one of the small signals that sounded like buckshot from a shotgun. The only difference was that the display showed 10% iron and a solid VDI of 18. I scraped off the leaf litter and about an inch of dirt and the signal was much stronger.
Then at about 3.5 inches it was out of the hole. The first handful had the target in it and I could feel the weight. I picked out the heavy lump and saw 3 points of gold sticking out from different sides of the dirt. My hair stood up and I got that tingling feeling. I couldn't believe it. This was a big bit compared to what I'd seen others find in that area previously. I gave a great "Woo Hoo" and then sat quietly wiping off my first nugget feeling very satisfied. It turned out to weigh in at 6 grams even once the dirt was washed off.
15 months after purchasing my MXT I got my first nugget. I decided to leave the ironstone on it because it looks nice like that. No more that weekend but I ended up with 5 nuggets for 13.9 grams from that spot.