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Post  DFalls01 Mon May 25, 2020 8:49 pm

Hi Everyone! I am shiny new and haven't even purchased a detector yet. I go hunting during the winter in the middle of Aus and would love to try my hand at prospecting with a detector for a bit of fun. Of course Id love to find gold as everyone does but I would also be happy with finding the odd old timers trinket from times gone bye, and get some of that rubbish out of the bush while I'm at it. I'm so confused with where to start lol but I expect it will be looking for a recommendation for a detector for the outback red dirt. Can anyone please point me in the right direction. I'm looking at under $1000 bucks to start. I'm so excited to be here and look forward to the advice of one and all.

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Post  moredeep Mon May 25, 2020 9:56 pm

welcome to the forum D falls01, plenty of info here,if detecting junky/trashy areas go for some thing that will discriminate trash from treasure.
Do your homework and you should be right,just keep asking questions if in doubt,good luck out there.

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Post  Wombat Tue May 26, 2020 9:43 am

Hi Forum D
Welcome to the site mate. OK for what you are going out and planning on looking for. A new detector for around the $1,000 mark. I would recommend 2 detectors, Both made by Minelab. The 1st one, I fully recommend if you can put a little more towards your budget is a detector that a mate of mine is using and swears by it for relics and coins. He has also found a 3.3 gr nugget as well. This is the Minelab Equinox 800 for $1,245.00.
The 2nd one is it's baby brother. The Minelab Vanquish 540 Pro-Pack. Comes with an 8" & 12" DD coils Costs $699.00
Both great machines for the price.

Both of these machines are lightweight and easy to use. Also these prices aren't set in stone. You may be able to get them cheaper if you shop around.
I hope this helps
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Post  tassie gold Tue May 26, 2020 11:36 pm

the Equinox 800 is a great detector,easy to use and lightweight plus a great battery life
Good all round detector for coins ,relics and gold
Goldmonster also highly rated for gold prospecting,although ive just sold mine as i use the Equinox more now
hope this helps you in selecting a good entry level machine in a reasonable price range..............mark

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