Sunday, October 21, 2012

Gold Coin Find

I was very pleased to receive this aura photograph with the following message: Hello David, I found 13 gold coins at 185cm depth. Thank you so much.

The photo, which led to the find was taken with a Canon DSLR camera with standard lens and infrared filter. The coins, I learned were pre-Roman, weighing 8.4-8.5 grams each so that is equivalent to 110 grams (3.85 ounces Avoirdupois or 3.5 ounces Troy) of gold. This is particularly interesting as it shows the camera is capable of picking up a relatively small amount of gold at 6 feet depth or more.

The finder sold the coins for $20,000!

Friday, August 03, 2012

The Lost Silver Ring

I had a distress call the other day from a guy who had lost his ring in the sea.  Apparently he is a canoeist and was upside down in the water performing an Eskimo roll when his heavy silver ring fell off his finger.  All credit to the man as despite his situation at the time, he did manage to work out where he had lost the ring with some accuracy, it transpired.

I met him the next day at low tide, when he showed me where he thought he had lost the ring.  This was on the sloping part of the beach not far below the high tide line and we thought the ring would have rolled or been washed down on to the flat part of the beach, where stones are dropped and accumulate.  I was using my preferred beach detector, an old Minelab Sovereign XS2A Pro, fitted with a 15 inch WOT coil, which gives good and fast coverage, good discrimination and good depth.  The guy was also searching diligently – eyes only.  We must have spent more than half an hour on this patch before I decided to start again at the loss point, searching up and down the beach from the high tide line, over the pebble patch and a few yards out into the muddy sand.  I figured that if the ring was going to be carried, then this would be in the direction of long-shore drift to the west and spent another half hour searching up and down in that direction.  As I felt I was too far away from the loss spot by then I returned to the loss spot and followed the same procedure in an easterly direction.  After around twenty minutes a sharp signal revealed the ring at two inches deep in the sandy slope, ten yards to the east and five yards above the supposed loss spot.

So I guess the ring had gone more or less straight into the sandy bottom and stayed there.  Had I realised that, I could have found the ring in less than half the time by initially circling the suspected loss spot and once the high tide line had been reached, switching to a ‘U’ pattern sweep from the high tide line, out to sea, under the loss spot and back up to the high tide line on the other side.  Nevertheless, it was one happy bunny who went home with his ring that afternoon.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Treasure Aura Camera and Filter Set-up

I get quite a few questions about filters and camera settings so I have put together a short video on the subject.  You can view it here:

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Accidental Treasure Auras

 Auras can be photographed without even trying it seems.  I am grateful to Rich Labate who has given me permission to publish his photograph above.  Using a Nikon L1 pocket digital camera on automatic, with no filter, Rich was just taking a picture of the view across a valley in New Mexico. The resulting picture shows a bright green flash on the hillside – local knowledge says that there is a copper mine or copper deposit under the hill.

This is not an isolated case of auras accidentally appearing on photographs.  I was sent a photo of the site of an Iron Age village in continental Europe, culled from the Internet, which shows what can best be described as a fog patch immediately above the village site.  Similarly, my friend Dave was investigating a treasure site and turned up Google Earth aerial and street view photos of the site, which both showed a patch of isolated fog.  Unfortunately the site turned out to be a scheduled ancient monument so it cannot be investigated without government permission.

The moral of this story is to take a close look at any photographs of possible treasure sites you have, or come across and if you spot anything that looks as if it might be an aura, you could soon be digging up a fortune.