by Twink Monrad
Having hunted for meteorites at two meteorite strewn fields in the past, my detecting partner Don Morin and I were anxious to try out our new detectors at the two locations: Gold Basin in northwestern Arizona and Franconia near Lake Havasu.
Both of these locations have yielded gold as well as meteorites. We used meteorites from prior trips to test with our XP DEUS machines and found that the Goldfield setting worked great for both.
While finding gold is never an easy or sure thing, finding meteorites in these two locations is much more difficult than in the past. Gold Basin was discovered in 1995 and Franconia in 2002.
Thousands of hours of hunting have been put in by many hunters and one has to walk farther or dig deeper or just plain get lucky and find some that others have missed.
I was able to find a buried Gold Basin and Don found two Gold Basins with his 11”coil. One was buried and one was on the surface. At the Franconia field I was fortunate to find a beautiful oriented Franconia stone meteorite buried 6 inches as well as a small iron meteorite which are peculiar to the Franconia meteorite field.
At Franconia we both found numerous buried projectiles and 30 and 50 caliber casings and the steel links that held the ammo together. These were used during WWII to train bomber and fighter pilots.
We both appreciated the light weight of the XP DEUS detectors as we seemed to never get tired as we did with the heavier units. The wireless design is very helpful in our Arizona desert terrain as it is easy to swing the coil under bushes or next to large rocks without getting tangled.
We love our XP DEUS detectors and are looking forward to many more hunting trips in the desert.
As far as our frequent trips to local parks in Tucson, Arizona we are finding coins in areas that we have hunted earlier and feel that we are hearing things a bit deeper than before.
This week we were at one of the local swap meets before the vendors arrived and in the dirt I found an 1898 Indian Head penny in very good condition. It may have been dropped recently but I did find it with my DEUS!
Oro Valley, Arizona
Editors note: Twink Monrad is a recognized meteorite hunter. Over the years she has found several notable meteorite finds. She located the “Golden Rule” and the “Golden Mile” meteorites which were classified at the University of Arizona and listed in the Cambridge Encycolpedia or Meteorites. More about Meteorite hunter Twink Monrad. Twink has even had an Asteroid (92297 Monrad) named after her!
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