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Hello all,

With Rob's help I am finally able to post. Thought I would take a minute to introduce myself. I am currently in Lemoore Ca (south of Fresno). I'm in the Navy and will be in this area for the next two years. I am an avid diver (PADI master diver) but there isn't a lot of diving to be had in the desert ;) . I am a Florida native and have always liked the idea of MDing but never got into the hobby. My family and I recently spent a week in Angle's Camp. After seeing the museums, taking a tour of a mine and seeing the activity in the area I have decided to take up the hobby of MDing/prospecting.

Of coarse, my wife isn't exactly thrilled about it. I have at least $2500 invested in my diving. Now I am looking to spend some money on this hobby. One of the interesting things is this hobby has the potential to "pay for itself" :D .

As I said, I am a virgin is all things prospecting (MDing included). I have been trying to determine if there is any potential area within a relatively close drive from me that could be worth while. After reading, and reading, and reading and ......... reading, I have decided on the MineLabs xterra 705 for a MD. I'm interested in crevassing and panning/sluicing as well.

I'm hoping that there will be people willing to help guide a newbie.


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Hey Shawn,

Great to see you on the forums now. Whether you're diving and detecting, or detecting on the surface, they both can be very rewarding. California has a lot of history when it comes to mining for precious metals, so I'm sure the general area where you are has gold not too far away.

The Minelab X-Terra 705 is a great multi-purpose metal detector for coins, relics and gold nuggets. There are a couple of options, if you're going to just hunt gold, then you might consider the Minelab X-Terra 705 "Gold Edition" for $698.95. This unit comes with just one coil, but it's the 10-inch DD elliptical, which is the 18.75khz best for gold nuggets. The standard X-Terra 705 comes with the 8.5-inch round DD, best for coin and relic hunting. However, Minelab offers a "Pro-Package," where you can get the 18.75 gold coil and carry bag for an additional $149.95. Just depends what you're hunting for and if you need just one coil for either gold or coin/relic hunting, or both to do everything. Shoot me an email or call if you have questions about this.

You will pick up a lot of valuable information here on the forums. Great to see you here and hope to see you posting more in the future.

Talk with you later,

Rob Allison

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Thanks Rob. I did read about the gold pack on the 705. That is the one I meant to say. I would be stupid to not get that since the price is the same for the two. I do intend to coin/relic hunt as well. I was torn between the 705 and Teroso Lobo SuperTraq. I like the reviews that I have read on the 705. So that seems like a good place to start.

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