Electroscope - anybody ever use one of these?

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Model 20 Electroscope - "locating unknown targets such as gold, silver, coins and various relics. Although used by many professionals, it is also an excellent choice for the novice treasure hunter. Featured with a one mode switch for All Metals/Gold and Silver, the Model 20 has a maximum range of one mile, and a depth of six feet."

Well I'll admit that was not my experience after purchasing one of these things. I was searching for $50,000 in gold coins in saddle bags from a known tale from Revolutionary War period. It was smack dab in the middle of where I lived for 20 years. Many colonial houses and farms dating back to 1700's. I am sad to say that I located no gold and no silver. I had someone seed the property with gold coin and silver coins to test the equipment. The results of many tri-locations were dry holes. I tried out in the middle of nowhere in large fields where there would be no interference from anything. Same results. So I concluded that this was not going to work for me.

I've kept this for many years since those days. Now I ponder - should I try to sell it to someone, telling them that I found nothing with it or
just take a sledge hammer to it, and call it a expensive lesson learned? I see these LONG RANGE LOCATORS are still being sold for $695 or more. I'm sure they have all the answers for why people don't find anything using them. Good snake oil salesmen usually do too.

Without starting a free for all - what do you think about these devices if you purchased one or knew someone who did? Did you or they find Eldorado, or The Dutchman's Lost Mine, or anything gold or silver in any amount using this LRL? Would you sell or sledge hammer?
 

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I seen them, some ppl sware by them and some ppl swear at them. I never used one, it seems much more would be found if these truly work as advertised. I would like to try one just to see what happens.
 

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Model 20 Electroscope - "locating unknown targets such as gold, silver, coins and various relics. Although used by many professionals, it is also an excellent choice for the novice treasure hunter. Featured with a one mode switch for All Metals/Gold and Silver, the Model 20 has a maximum range of one mile, and a depth of six feet."

Well I'll admit that was not my experience after purchasing one of these things. I was searching for $50,000 in gold coins in saddle bags from a known tale from Revolutionary War period. It was smack dab in the middle of where I lived for 20 years. Many colonial houses and farms dating back to 1700's. I am sad to say that I located no gold and no silver. I had someone seed the property with gold coin and silver coins to test the equipment. The results of many tri-locations were dry holes. I tried out in the middle of nowhere in large fields where there would be no interference from anything. Same results. So I concluded that this was not going to work for me.

I've kept this for many years since those days. Now I ponder - should I try to sell it to someone, telling them that I found nothing with it or
just take a sledge hammer to it, and call it a expensive lesson learned? I see these LONG RANGE LOCATORS are still being sold for $695 or more. I'm sure they have all the answers for why people don't find anything using them. Good snake oil salesmen usually do too.

Without starting a free for all - what do you think about these devices if you purchased one or knew someone who did? Did you or they find Eldorado, or The Dutchman's Lost Mine, or anything gold or silver in any amount using this LRL? Would you sell or sledge hammer?
I THINK there FAKE !!!!
 

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Bought on 30 or 40 years ago never could get it to work, slightest wind moved it. Took it apart to find it only had a few resistors, pots, and wires. Sold it on ebay in the early 2000's
 

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Bought on 30 or 40 years ago never could get it to work, slightest wind moved it. Took it apart to find it only had a few resistors, pots, and wires. Sold it on ebay in the early 2000's
In my OPINION you would of had better luck with PLASTIC COAT HANGERS !!! LOL
 

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If they truly worked, the gang on Oak Island would have found the treasure by now. Also, if they truly worked, when you turned it on, it would pick up Gold no matter what direction you pointed it because almost every household in America has Gold jewelry.
 
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Bought on 30 or 40 years ago never could get it to work, slightest wind moved it. Took it apart to find it only had a few resistors, pots, and wires. Sold it on ebay in the early 2000's
yep forgot that one about slightest wind. L
 
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I liked the part about seeding the area with gold and silver coins. Could I get that someone to seed my lawn?
I'm afraid they are deceased now but funny.
 

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Model 20 Electroscope - "locating unknown targets such as gold, silver, coins and various relics. Although used by many professionals, it is also an excellent choice for the novice treasure hunter. Featured with a one mode switch for All Metals/Gold and Silver, the Model 20 has a maximum range of one mile, and a depth of six feet."

Well I'll admit that was not my experience after purchasing one of these things. I was searching for $50,000 in gold coins in saddle bags from a known tale from Revolutionary War period. It was smack dab in the middle of where I lived for 20 years. Many colonial houses and farms dating back to 1700's. I am sad to say that I located no gold and no silver. I had someone seed the property with gold coin and silver coins to test the equipment. The results of many tri-locations were dry holes. I tried out in the middle of nowhere in large fields where there would be no interference from anything. Same results. So I concluded that this was not going to work for me.

I've kept this for many years since those days. Now I ponder - should I try to sell it to someone, telling them that I found nothing with it or
just take a sledge hammer to it, and call it a expensive lesson learned? I see these LONG RANGE LOCATORS are still being sold for $695 or more. I'm sure they have all the answers for why people don't find anything using them. Good snake oil salesmen usually do too.

Without starting a free for all - what do you think about these devices if you purchased one or knew someone who did? Did you or they find Eldorado, or The Dutchman's Lost Mine, or anything gold or silver in any amount using this LRL? Would you sell or sledge hammer?
Just like fortune tellers, if someone actually developed one and they actually worked why would they sell them instead of just using them to recover all the treasures.

You know the old saying about a fool and his money. (Not referring to you)
 
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Just like fortune tellers, if someone actually developed one and they actually worked why would they sell them instead of just using them to recover all the treasures.

You know the old saying about a fool and his money. (Not referring to you)
yeah pretty much true. They sold a hell of a lot of them too! Amazing any gold or silver left in the ground since the 1986 release of this thing. Too bad they never hit Hoax Island with one! :)
 

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this is golden - I think I've seen similar in past. This person did a great reverse engineer of so called TH'ing tool.

Glad you liked it, I'm the guy who wrote that report. Here's a bunch more that I wrote:

https://www.geotech1.com/cgi-bin/pages/common/index.pl?page=lrl&file=reports.dat

The Model 20 has found treasure for Thomas Afilani, the guy who makes and sells them. I suspect he's made a few million selling LRLs. The folks who buy them don't seem to find anything.
If you decide on the hammer route consider sending it to me. I'll dissect it and append the findings to my report. I've seen other Electroscopes dissected and the garbage that's put inside seems to change over the years.
 
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Glad you liked it, I'm the guy who wrote that report. Here's a bunch more that I wrote:

https://www.geotech1.com/cgi-bin/pages/common/index.pl?page=lrl&file=reports.dat

The Model 20 has found treasure for Thomas Afilani, the guy who makes and sells them. I suspect he's made a few million selling LRLs. The folks who buy them don't seem to find anything.
If you decide on the hammer route consider sending it to me. I'll dissect it and append the findings to my report. I've seen other Electroscopes dissected and the garbage that's put inside seems to change over the years.
That report is on the exact same version that I purchased. I was an early adopter of the garbage machine. I had 3 years of electronics in H.S., so I recognize what a joke it is on the inside. I think they told me the plug-in was seeded with gold to be on same frequency wavelength or some such - to be able to find gold better. I didn't see any gold in your reverse engineer of same. Big surprise. I think that I might get great satisfaction taking a sledge hammer to this thing but if I don't will consider sending to you. :)
 

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I would be happy just to own that device as it reminds me of the P.K.E. meter Dr. Egon uses in the original Ghost Busters.
 

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Glad you liked it, I'm the guy who wrote that report. Here's a bunch more that I wrote:

https://www.geotech1.com/cgi-bin/pages/common/index.pl?page=lrl&file=reports.dat

The Model 20 has found treasure for Thomas Afilani, the guy who makes and sells them. I suspect he's made a few million selling LRLs. The folks who buy them don't seem to find anything.
If you decide on the hammer route consider sending it to me. I'll dissect it and append the findings to my report. I've seen other Electroscopes dissected and the garbage that's put inside seems to change over the years.
Pretty much how I remember the inside, I think I also had the gizmo that plugged into the bottom, also worthless
 

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Give it the sledge hammer treatment, then send it back to Afilani and tell him it still works just as good as brand new.
 

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