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  1. 36 points
    Well it’s not as good as last year, but here’s a couple pounds from this season.
  2. 31 points
    This is a find (not a crime) of opportunity! Today I got a late start at the beach because of a number of chores but I wanted to make an appearance to see what the wind driven waves had done. I got there on an incoming tide about 2 hours after low tide. It has been a while since we have had conditions like these so better late than never. My previous hunt I had used a new pair of headphones but I felt more confident with the supplied phones so off I went. The last time out I had cleared my settings with the factory specs so now I was setting up Beach 1. That was very little change. Noise cancel, ground balance and check the sensitivity. Part of the beach had a cut and I was in the middle of that area. Many people were out even tho cool and in some wind. I headed for the waterline and pebbles and could tell the waves had not scoured out as much as I liked. I was getting a lot of nothing again but I could hear pretty good in all metal. My first hit was a corroded penny but you gotta dig. I think the next hit was the same 20-21 that a penny gets you. Now I had to make a choice. This is a beach I know well so I headed in a direction to the north where I have found rings in the past. After about 50 yards I decided to head south. (I was reminded by that feeling of a change when I had been hunting for sharks teeth in Venice, Florida in 1978. One morning I went to the right, felt I needed to go back to the left and in less than 100 feet I found a nearly perfect tooth about 4 inches long. It was my best find.) So, this time I went past where I had found the pennies and just behind a little girl standing in the shallow waves and I heard a 13/14. I know what 15s are in this area, nickels. There was no bottle cap chatter. I didn't have time to pump up and down on the target because waves were coming. I gave a scoop and missed the target so I went after it again. I could feel something on the edge of the scoop so I softened my dig in case I would 'hurt' the target. When the wave went out I flipped my scoop and I got a glimmer. I knew it was a chain but didn't know if it was stainless or what. With people around I reached down and picked up the object with some sand and stuck it in my pouch. I didn't need extra eyes at that point. There was time to check the area a bit before moving on, and on and on without many targets. On my way to another beach I rinsed off the chain and felt the weight and I was hopeful. This would be my best gold chain. My wife found a nice gold chain in 2015 so it was my time? I returned a half mile to where I found it and there were very few targets. Time to go back and get my glasses and see if it was real. When I got to the car and I got my glasses on I could see 14k ... yessss! This along with the other couple of gold rings would pay off my wife's 800! It was time to have a little fun. I put it around my son's neck and brought him in to Lu fixing dinner. She likes gold so it didn't take her very long to see it. haha We took a couple of photos with the king of the household and then I measured and weighed what I had found. It is 14k/20in/19.1g. It is my best gold chain to date. It could have been found with other detectors but maybe I wouldn't have been in that part of the surf with my 3030. Maybe another detector would be heavier and not as much fun as the 800 right now and I certainly would not walk out where I was with a wired headphone. The conditions were right. Wind waves are good for chains.
  3. 29 points
    Hi Guys, The weekend before Easter I invited Phrunt (Simon) on a bit of a high country Mountain gold detecting mission. He was keen as mustard despite me telling him it was at least a 1.25 hour uphill hike before we could start detecting. That didn't deter him so he arrived at my place & we headed off in my truck. He with his Gold Monster & me with my Gold Monster & the Zed. I just had the 5" coil on my GM & Simon had brought both the coils for his but starting off with the 5" as I had some very shallow bed rock for him to hit. After a bit of a drive, fording a river crossing & then an uphill grind on an old steep original pack track/wagon road that was formed in yesteryear, we got to where we had to park & start the 1.25 hour uphill hike. This is about the one hour mark looking up trail. The old original packtrack & only access in to these old workings. And this looking down trail We got to the first area of bedrock that I wanted to put Simon on to as I had got gold here before with my GM & thought there was every possibility that there was more. The ground was damp due to a recent snowfall we had had & the moisture had soaked deeply into the ground with the snow melt. I am always a firm believer in better depth penetration & sensitivity with detecting in moist ground conditions. I suggested he start at the bottom end I would go up to the top end & work my way down to him & meet him about half way. It took me a wee while to get my first very faint little signal. I had worked my way down towards Simon, who had not managed to get a positive hit yet. Right in the folds of the schist bedrock A tiny bit of gold. I managed two little bits in this location & as Simon had lucked out & we were out of bedrock to detect, I suggested me move on & up further. It had been a good little interlude after our initial grind up the hill. We had both caught our breaths so I took him on to some further bedrock after a bit more of a walk. Simon got into it & I went a bit further ahead onto some other exposed bedrock. I got a very faint hit. Scraped away at the schist. A tiny bit of gold. I then got another & Simon had still had no luck. I then opted to ditch the GM & crank up the Zed for the deeper ground. My first signal with the Zed was a fairly deepish dig but was just a small bit of rubbish. Simon had come on over to witness the dig & was surprised at how good a hit the signal was at the depth it was & the small size of the target. Despite it being rubbish. No further signals so I decided to work my way up to the top of a spur where I had snagged a little piece with the Zed the last time I was up here. I said to Simon that there was quite a bit of exposed bedrock in this area that may suit his GM. I showed him my little scrape from my last time up here where I got the piece of gold. I had been detecting in the conservative settings, sensitivity on about 4-6, that time & was now in the higher setting of 18 sensitivity & high yield/normal. With the damp ground I was hopeful of scoring more. Simon was detecting not very far away when I got a very faint, but to me, an unmistakable sweet hit. I said to Simon, Did you hear that? I turned the B&Z volume up more so he could hear it but it just distorted the signal. So I turned it back down & Simon came closer. There was a very faint warble in the threshold. It wasn't always there but Simon got wind of it. I knew what I had heard & I said to him, That is the unmistakable sound of gold. I guarantee 100% this will be gold. I hadn't even scraped or disturbed the ground. When I did the signal really livined up. I kept on scraping out the hole & I was then breaking into the solid schist bedrock & getting into a crevice. Simon pinpointed it with his GM as I was having trouble. That bald bit of ground top right was my old scrape from the time before. You may be able to make out the bit of gold on the coil. I think Simon was gobsmacked at the depth for smallish size of the gold. I think he was also gobsmacked at my 100% call of that signal being gold. Sometimes you just know. He then headed off to some bedrock that was just below where I had detected that bit. It looked very promising but still he wasn't getting anything positive. I then got another very faint but positive signal. Again I ended up in the schist bedrock smashing into a crevice. The shape of the gold just lent itself to be deep in the bottom of that crevice. I went & got Simon to show him before backfilling it. At this point we stopped for lunch. I said for Simon to put on his 10 x 6 coil to get better ground sweep & a bit more depth. After lunch & back into it I hit some rocky area that I thought was just slabs of schist the old timers had peeled up & dumped there. I got a good little signal & on digging down on it realised that it was bedrock. Out popped a little bit of gold. Scanned again before moving on & got another little hit & another bit of gold. Simon was getting a great introduction to the power & punch of the Zed. I then got on to a little mini patch. Getting piece after piece. I said for Simon to try over there & he started getting among it. Snagging two little bits with his GM. But that appeared to be it. I suggested we move on to another spot. More bedrock, but no joy for either of us. I hit a steep sided slope that was all alluvial gravels that the old timers had stopped sluicing away. It was fairly precarious detecting & I noticed that Simon had kept away from it. I managed two small bits in one dig that was on the very edge of a drop off. I worked my way around & all over this material, being very careful with my footing. I got a very faint signal that ended up having me dig quite deep. The picture doesn't do justice to how steep & narly to spot was. But it was gold After taking the two above pics I swung to my left & took this pic looking up the turned over gully workings. If you left click once on the pic & let it focus & then left click again it will go full screen if you want to see more detail of the gully workings. My last signal for the day came from a schist bedrock area that Simon had been over with his GM but got nothing. I got a good hit. It took a bit of work to get the target out. Biggest bit of the day. We had a fair hike ahead of us to get out of here & back to the truck so we decided to make a move as dark wasn't far off. I think we both felt the effects of the hike out as we got back to my truck. It was a welcome sight & just on dark. My result was 17 for the Zed at 3.45 grams. And four for my GM & the 5" coil for .16 of a gram . Simon got just the two bits with his GM but I was glad he didn't get skunked. He was happy to have got those & I think he enjoyed his day. If not so much the walk in & out. Cheers Best of luck out there JW
  4. 27 points
    I did a thread recently where I was hunting local park areas and wanting to experiment with "cherry picking" settings that would net me the most coins the fastest without bogging down into overly serious detecting. I normally hunt 50 tones with no items rejected, which works well but which requires me to work slowly analyzing targets sounds. Time is limited so I wanted to get out and cover some area. The settings worked well enough to get a pile of coins out of some trashy modern park settings. Park 1 - Multi-IQ 50 Tones Iron Bias 0 Detect Speed 6 unless in dense trash, then 7 Auto (Pump) Ground Balance Sensitivity 21 or 22 depending on EMI All items from 21 on down rejected except for 13 For nickels I was being really picky, just digging good, solid 13 readings. I do know nickels can also read 12 but I did not want to recover too many pull tabs so kept this very narrow. And I have to note - I am experimenting!! There is nothing magic about these settings, just something I am trying in modern trash. Anyway, it worked halfway well and I was able to readily skim coins out of a modern trashy park area with minimal trash, and nearly all that being square tabs that read 13 like the nickels. Very little high end trash. I was getting quite a bit of ferrous high tone squeaking but only a couple that tempted me enough to dig them anyway, and got a couple nails. This weeked I wanted to try an area I had cherry picked before for copper/silver range targets, but my ear is better tuned now so wanted to give it another go with more open settings than above but still not wide open full tones. I employ different levels of intensity in my hunting that varies by location, time constraints, and my mood. Sometimes I want to recover all non-ferrous targets. Sometimes just copper/silver. And sometimes varying levels of in between. This next round I opened up the discrimination a little. Park 1 - Multi-IQ 50 Tones Iron Bias 0 Detect Speed 6 unless in dense trash, then 7 Auto (Pump) Ground Balance Sensitivity 21 or 22 depending on EMI All items from 16 on down rejected except for 12 & 13 This time however I rejected everything from 16 on down except 12 & 13. The goal here is zinc pennies read 21 and since I hate them it makes for my regular cutoff point in areas from around 1930 and newer. However, in older areas there are two things in particular to pay attention to, assuming you still want to reject some stuff. Indian Head pennies overlap the zinc penny range. New zincs come in at 21 but corroded ones will read lower. Indian Head pennies can read in that same "high teens / low twenties" range. Also, a $5 gold coin will normally read at 18. Ground and age can pull readings lower, and so I decided on 17 on up as being good, but 17 is debatable. I will decide on that later after digging enough 17 targets. But 18 on up has to be open because I am determined to find a $5 gold coin with Equinox. I also wanted to open up the nickel range as older nickels seem to hit around 12 and newer ones more in the 13 region. Again, just experimenting! I also need to note that I am using Park 1 - target id can vary depending on mode and frequency. I told myself I would skip shallow zinc signals but I have a real problem passing on clean sounding targets, and so dug most of these since they are shallow and easy to pop. I did finally make myself stop though as it is a time waster - zinc pennies were the most common "trash" target followed again by some square tabs. Like I noted, I detected this area before, so once I pulled the about 20 zincs aside I ended up with 10 copper pennies, 4 dimes, and 3 nickels, none all that old. However, I got three special signals. The first was as nice a 12 reading as I could hope for, just a nice clean, mellow tone. And down about 8" appears my first ever Liberty or "V" nickel, a 1909. Some time later and maybe 100 feet away another identical, mellow 12 reading - I just knew it had to be another nickel. This one was down under a tree root at about 8" and popped out of the ground dry and green - another V nickel, 1898 this time. My first Liberty nickels, and two in one day! Some time later, with time running out, I got a messy 19 reading. It was trashy sounding but just good enough to get me to dig, and my first Indian Head penny pops up next to some ferrous trash. So after 45 years of detecting, why am I only now finding my first old coins of these types? I was born in Anchorage, Alaska and lived there my entire life up until 5 years ago. Anchorage was founded in 1915 and most of that area is paved over core downtown. Most of the town is far newer. I considered 1930's coins to be the great old finds, with only a couple ever from the 20's, and never anything from the teens or earlier. The bottom line is these types of coins just did not exist where I lived. And then I got into nugget detecting...... So anyway, a couple firsts for me, and that alone made it quite fun. I used some cleaning tips mentioned on this other thread (steel wool) on the 1909 Liberty but left the other alone as cleaning it would probably make it worse. The IHP has a couple weird corrosion blobs on it so have not messed with it. Anyway, opening up the extra notches did not get me into too much trash except for the zincs I did not resist digging. The big lesson is that deep Liberty nickels, or at least these two, were the most wonderful mellow 12 signals one could imagine. So my current working theory is newer nickels will tend towards 13 and older ones 12 while in Park 1 mode.
  5. 24 points
    My first Gold Coin! I was working my way back to the truck today while hunting an early 1900s city park when the unimaginable happened.. I had about 5 minuets left to hunt and got a nice solid, deeper sounding 18-19.. I had pulled Indian Head cents out of this area of the park before, and I’ve had a couple on the Equinox bounce down and touch this VDI region in the past, so I thought I might be on to either an Indian or very early Wheat cent.. Little did I know my Indian would turn out to be a 1910 Indian Half Eagle Gold Coin! When I first opened the plug I went down about 5” and found a small piece of junk.. Its an old snap cover or something unrecognizable.. I put the plug back together and and gave it another sweep figuring the target I pulled didn’t really match the signal.. Back came the solid 18-19 signal, only better. I reopened the plug and started scooping out the dirt when a nice chunk of round gold appears in the hole! It looked good, but without my readers on, and being fooled a million times in the past by gold foil and such, I wasn’t sure.. It looked good enough to get my heart racing.. I don’t normally talk out loud to myself, but I blurt out to who I don’t know.. “You Better Not Be F***ing With Me!!” I put on my glasses, picked it up and instantly felt the weight.. I then knew it was gold! To say I was shell shocked is an understatement.. I don’t consider this area to have great potential for a gold coin, so I never really thought I would find one.. Thankfully, I thought wrong.. Equinox 800 - Park 1 - 50 Tones - Recovery 4 - Iron Bias 3 Approximate depth 7”.. Bryan
  6. 22 points
    I had a good hunt today -- best one yet, with the Equinox. I acquired permission late last fall to hunt a home built in 1904 in town, and have been there several times, with the CTX. During those hunts, I dug a couple of Barber dimes, a Merc, a Rosie, a number of wheats, a few tokens -- plus a few interesting relic-type items and some clad. However, finds had started to taper off, and so I hadn't returned in awhile. Today, armed with the Equinox, I wanted to see if I could pull out another keeper or two. My focus was actually on hoping to find a gold ring -- so my intent was to dig a variety of tones in the sub-nickel to pull-tab range. So, I arrived thinking "gold ring," and my very first target dig was this large men's SILVER ring (not gold, but I'll take it!) A short while later, this showed up (I'm almost sure I must have made a rookie mistake, as I think this was in the same plug as a Barber dime I recovered on an earlier hunt with the CTX -- OOPS)... A 1927-D Merc. Then, I got a rather odd, deep tone, but it sounded good enough to dig... These were in the same hole -- the first one on-edge, I believe, and then the second still in the wall of the plug. While recovering these two coins, the husband and wife who own the home happened to come over to see how I was doing. They got to see me recover the coins, one at a time. When I pulled the first one (1904), I could see it was the most beautiful Indian I'd ever dug, with a gorgeous verdigris pattern -- and also in exceptional condition. The homeowners were really excited to see me recover the coin, and when I told them what year it was, they said "wow, that's the year our house was built!" So, I knew at that point that the owners needed to have that one -- so I offered it up, which they hesitantly but excitedly accepted! They plan to frame/display it, as part of the history of the home! I then recovered the second -- and all three of us were shocked, as it was dated 1864 -- a Civil War-era Indian! After talking with the homeowners for a bit, I continued on. I dug another Indian Head (1900), sandwiched between two V-nickel digs (1897 and a "dateless" one). Finally, to end the day, I got a deep signal amongst some trashy lower tones, that I could coax a rather consistent low 20s ID from. I thought maybe it was another deep Indian Head, but the Indians I had dug were generally upper teens, so I was not sure on this one (especially hearing the other nearby trash/iron). So, I removed a deep plug, and sweeping the side of the plug, I could now hear a good high tone, with 25-26-27 ID numbers. SILVER numbers! From about 7" or so, I ended the day on a silver note! 1912-D Barber Dime! I was REALLY impressed with the Equinox on this hunt. I know for CERTAIN I passed over the hole with the two Indian Heads, as well as the 1900 Indian Head, and also the Barber Dime, with the CTX (because I carefully gridded the rather small area they were found in), and for whatever reason was not convinced to dig. I also missed the nickels, but that doesn't surprise me, as I still have a hard time with nickels on the CTX. NOT SO, with the Equinox. The ring was shallow, and a penny-type signal, so I probably just ignored it, thinking "shallow Memorial." Overall though, a very, very good hunt was facilitated by the Equinox, in an area I thought was "petering out" after being hunted multiple times with the CTX. Since 90 percent of the hunts I've taken with the Equinox have been to my local park that I've cleaned nearly "bare" over the past 7 years, and thus the good coin finds with the Equinox from there rather sparse, getting into a rhythm on this hunt with the machine and digging good targets repeatedly/consistently was a great confidence builder with the still-new-to-me machine. Thanks for reading! Steve
  7. 20 points
    Last week, my son and I went on another “Treasure Coast” trip, this time armed with our new Equinox 800’s. Our last trip to St. Augustine had me finding the only “old coin”, an 8 Reale, that I was sure was authentic, but my 21 yo son had the opposite opinion. For the last 6 months, I have been hearing it from him about my “lead slug”. Fast forward to last week. It’s about 11:30 pm on 3/27, and he comes up from behind me and tells me he found a “fake” coin, and jokingly accuses me of planting it, so he could have the heart attack/heart break of finding a worthless piece of junk… So, Sam pulls the “coin” out of his junk pouch so we can both give it a better look. Upon inspection of the coin, its mint appearance gave the impression of a newly minted souvenir, but the coins details were so fine, and weight so heavy, we really did not know what to think. Back at the hotel we researched, compared pictures of actual coins, and did everything we could at 3 am to prove or disprove its origin. The next morning we went to the West Bay Trading Company in Vero Beach to have the coin seen by folks who know much more than we do. The guys at West Bay were really helpful, determined that the gold content is just under 90%. 21 carat (by all records we found, 87.5 % was what the coin were supposed to be), Both Ron and Scott looked at the coin in disbelief of the condition, and determined that it was indeed genuine, and Scott, with his loop, discovered that the date was an over stamp 1787 over a 6. We were advised to have the coin graded and slabbed, and that is where it sits now. Needless to say, we had a great trip. The Equinox has proved to be a great, fast, deep machine. Small brass/bronze/copper bits at 8 to 12 inches ring up VERY loud and clear on the wet sand (Beach 2), leaving no doubt that you have a non-ferrous item under the coil. Yes, aluminum rings up as well, but as we all know, that is just the cost of doing business… Battery run time is all of 10 hours plus, the wireless headphones worked well, the backlight on its lowest setting is perfect, and the machine preformed very quietly in the dry sand, and even in the surf. Very happy with the Equinox!
  8. 19 points
    I am hitting some already hit park areas but going about it a bit more methodically cleaning up stuff I missed. The areas are not particularly old and so the last couple hunts I have rejected everything from 21 on down except for 13. I am in Park 1 but pushing sensitivity a bit too high probably at 21 or 22 so I am getting quite a bit of very high tone ferrous falsing in the high 30s. Iron bias set at zero. I have been half tempted to either block 39 and 40 or set them as a low tone ferrous. I do like hearing them though as 39 in particular is a “tell” that an item is ferrous so I may have to try the low tone experiment. Or lower my sensitivity. Or maybe even try iron bias! Still I am not getting hardly any ferrous fool me enough to actually dig it. The high tone, high 30s signals are very wishy washy whereas a coin signal tightens up and normally hits in the 20s except for those quarters coming in around 30. I am basically cherry picking the copper penny/dime/quarter results and “hard 13” nickels. I am hitting some not particularly old but quite trashy locations and don’t want to get too ridiculous chasing targets and so far this is working pretty efficiently. If the areas were older I would open it up down to 17 and include 12 for the nickels. What I am using now makes a nice cherry picking mode for newer picnic type areas. Been running recovery speed at 7 or maybe 6. Getting very little trash fooling me at this point, especially in the high end. Probably more square tabs at 13 faking me out due to digging nickels than anything else. Only a few bottle caps. The areas have been hunted but I can tell people have passed on the nickel range due to all the trash, so even going for real hard 13 hits only is still piling up the nickels. When I say "hard 13" I mean a target that hits real hard at 13 and exhibits "roundness". The only other target tends to be newer square tabs, which being thinner and square generally do not sound as solid to me. The ones that trick me are less than an inch deep and at that point just easier to pop them out then spend time trying to figure out if they are good or not. 24 quarters, 35 dimes, 31 nickels, and 46 pennies. Eight were wheatback pennies so silver coins were possible but did not get any this time. I did get a nice little sterling silver and opal ring however so I guess that counts! Interesting these days since copper pennies are no longer dropped that with clad dimes still being dropped dimes have caught up to copper pennies numerically as a find these days. Sure was not that way when I took up coin hunting over 40 years ago! Of course wheaties came out of the ground practically new back in those days. Seems the coins and I are both aging.... Been kind of fun coin hunting again. I normally do gold nuggets and jewelry with coins more a bycatch while jewelry detecting. Right now though I want to take advantage of wetter spring weather to hit park areas that get too dry later to be doing much plugging. Easier digging now and much better chance of the ground recovering well. Once the summer heat starts I will get back to my regular detecting but for now this is a lot of fun as a change of pace for me. Park 1 - Multi-IQ50 TonesIron Bias 0Detect Speed 6 unless in dense trash, then 7Auto (Pump) Ground BalanceSensitivity 21 or 22 depending on EMIAll items from 21 on down rejected except for 13 Follow Up Thread
  9. 19 points
    When I got involved with Equinox I was at the end of a couple years of testing various VLF detectors and I was getting a little frustrated. I kept bumping into what I refer to as “the wall”. This magic limit in my bad ground on any detector getting decent depth and target id accuracy. The mineralized ground here cuts depth to about 50% of the max depths reported back east. Further, any single frequency detector suffers from poor target id, especially regarding “up scaling” of aluminum into the silver coin range. The machines that did best for target id, like my Minelab CTX 3030, lacked the depth of the best single frequency detectors, had poor target separation, and were weak on my favorite target - gold. I discuss this at VLF Detectors & Depth and in particular on this long thread on Euro vs U.S. Style Detectors where I mention I am selling my first CTX. ”I don't need many hours to know a CTX can't get a whisper on targets easily found with other detectors in my ground conditions. Masking is not my problem with the CTX, it is lack of depth on a clear target in the open. Single frequency just packs more punch in my ground, and all the hours in the world won't change that.” I therefore kept coming back to single frequency as having the best depth in my ground and far superior recovery speeds / target separation. Yet try as I might I could never find a single frequency VLF that truly blew me away as being much different than a dozen others. First Texas, Nokta/Makro, and XP had me butting one machine against another for quite some time, all extremely good and yet none really putting the others away as markedly superior. In particular a divide existed between the high frequency units hot on tiny gold and the best silver machines. The ability to play well in saltwater was a major sticking point for me also. I was keeping certain detectors simply because they might see use 10 days out of the year in saltwater. No matter what I seemed forced to own at least three VLF detectors to cover the bases. Long story short, I know my detectors and Equinox came along, and I tossed it in the mix. When I got my hands on Equinox I finally saw something different. The Minelab Equinox has performance characteristics that are unique and observable in the field, and as a result I knew just using it that finally something genuinely different was in my hands. BBS/FBS might be the king of silver, and now I could sense true multifrequency finally coming into its own on a machine both hot on gold and with incredible unmasking capability, the two areas where BBS/FBS are weakest. At the very same time, it matched the best single frequency machines for maximum depth, but while delivering more accurate target id results. My first real Silver Finds Post put it like this: ”I am not trying to prove anything per se here, but what I saw convinced me Equinox has that little bit something extra I have been looking for in a coin detector. It is not purely a depth thing but a combination of depth and speed that seems to pull silver out of places where I had not been having much luck for three years with quite a few VLF detectors.” Despite all the talk about hype I purposefully undersold Equinox since day one except to state I believed it would be a best seller. Pretty safe bet there. Performance though I purposely understated and evaded. My belief was that I would be immediately be discounted as a biased shill. The best way to proceed then, given my faith in the detector, was to just sit back and let others “discover” it. Finally, after some months, that is where we are now. Enough people who really know what they are doing in circumstances similar to mine are seeing the same things I saw, and for the very same reasons. There are those who have not laid hands on an Equinox who continue on telling those who are actually using the detector that they know its “just another same old same old”. This leads to a bit of frustration on the part of those who know better. And with that long introduction, my favorite video so far. Not because Deus is involved in the discussion because that does not matter. Deus is just a stand in for any detector that can only run and process one frequency at a time. The bottom line is Equinox has a technological advantage over those detectors, and anyone that thinks this is just another VLF detector like the last couple dozen to hit the market honestly is pretty clueless at this point in time. Maybe this video will help them take the blinders off. This is the video I would like to have made but figured I was not the right person to do it. Great job Scott!
  10. 18 points
    ...finally happened to me!! I got my Equinox 800 on Saturday that I ordered from Gerry and took it out in my back yard. I've gone over this part of the yard plenty of times and pulled out most high conductors but somehow managed to pull a '41 wheat...from the surface! Not sure how I missed that but I'm thinking I dug it the other day with my Mojave and it fell further away from the plug and I just skipped over it. But that's not the luck I'm talking about. I charged it over night and took it to work with me the next day because I wanted to hit the beach down the street from where I work. It was cold and windy so I just decided to go to a baseball field that I've been detecting near my house. I was listening to the tones, trying out 5 tone and 50 tone on park 1 and 2 and settled on 50 tone park one. I noise canceled and ground balanced and didn't change anything else. I was picking out some coins and digging some foil looking for small gold. I dug a couple nickels at 12 and some at 13. I got a 12 and was expecting another nickel and out popped a 6.1 gram 14K gold band. Sweet, finally some of that beginners luck! Here's a couple pics from the field
  11. 18 points
    Nice weather today for a change- actually spring like. Park 2 speed 7 used to locate all.
  12. 18 points
    Equinox 600 / 800 Full Instruction Manual (English pdf 5.59 MB) Equinox 600 / 800 Getting Started Guide (English pdf 847.71 KB) Equinox Downloads Page (Other language versions of above) Minelab Equinox Parts & Accessories Page Some Equinox Videos Done By Purchasers Can I Be Critical Of The Equinox Here? Equinox 600 Versus Equinox 800 Minelab E-trac, CTX 3030, Excalibur Versus Equinox Minelab Multi-IQ Technology Explained updated Selectable Frequency And Multiple Frequency Tips For Getting Started Loose Rods, Wobbly Rods, Rod Flex new Important Tip - Global Vs Local Settings Minelab Equinox Factory Presets Minelab Equinox Tones & Advanced Tone Options Video - Adjusting Zones, Tones, & Tone Volumes On Equinox External Speaker Not Turning Off When I Plug In Wired Headphones new Short Bursts Of Intense Static Or Interference Equinox Recovery ( Detect Speed ) Settings Recovery Speed & Target Masking new Recovery Speed & The Conveyor Belt Ground Balancing The Minelab Equinox new Equinox High Mineral Tips If The Audio Is Open Gate Or The Snap Shot Type ? Iron Bias - What It Is Why Only 50 Points Of Target ID Resolution? Nickels Versus Tabs Bottlecaps & Equinox Target ID Normalization Some Minelab Equinox VDI Numbers Another Equinox Target ID Chart Canadian Target ID Numbers Australian Target ID Numbers Target ID Numbers Can Vary With Search Profile & Frequency A New Way To Do 50 Tone Audio Is Park 2 The Magic Mode?? Park 2 Compared To Field 1 Or Field 2? Park 1 & Field 1 versus Park 2 & Field 2 Multi-IQ Frequency Weighting Differences Between Park & Field Modes Number Of Saved Profile Slots For Custom Settings User Profile Button So What Is Gold Mode Exactly? Equinox First Gold Nugget Photos My First Equinox Gold Nuggets Equinox, Micro Nuggets Complete Set Of Equinox Physical Measurements Remove Or Reposition Equinox Handle & Pod Assembly? Waterproof Connections & Audio Jack Sizes Equinox, Lithium Batteries, & Air Travel Equinox Battery Life Test Equinox Battery Charging Recommendations And Warnings Minelab ML80 Wireless Headphones Equinox Future Firmware Updates Minelab Discount For U.S. Military 2018 - Year Of The Equinox! Minelab Equinox - The Best All Around Detector I Have Ever Used! The Simple Reason Why Equinox Is Special The Video I Have Most Enjoyed So Far - What Makes Equinox Special Early Minelab Testers Question?? Equinox 800 - My Take, Commentary, And Testing Is The Equinox A Deep Seeking Machine?? Gold Coin Found With Equinox
  13. 17 points
    Minelab will be the death of me yet 😄 3rd beach hunt yesterday and I'm just amazed at this machine. I wasn't ready to drive a couple hours to get to a beach and take a chance at not finding much, so I brought the GPX to hopefully get some silver. That way my hunt was successful and I could go home knowing a had a good day. The GPX delivered about half the silver coins pictured. But when I pulled the Equinox out, it started finding targets right away. First bits of chains, then a 18K gold cross, then silver dimes, then 2 other (junk) chains, although the religious metal attached is sterling, then a beautiful 925 Italy chain. Also hit a small locket which has writing I can't read, but I believe it's gold. Also a 10K Signet ring and finally a 14K marked earring. A total of 4 gold on this hunt and I think 19 silver coins. I didn't want to leave, but after 10 1/2 hours I was spent! Minelab you are killing me ..........with gold 😋
  14. 17 points
    I go to a local beach this afternoon and I head straight away for my normal pattern which is the waterline. This is what I am familiar with as it is new territory on a receding tide. That was the plan and I stuck with it in one direction of about 2 miles. At the end of that walk I had about 3 cents! Nothing, nada at the top or bottom of the beach slope. I'm using beach 1 just about default. Time to switch the pattern. Too many people on the blanket line so it is time to split the difference between blanket and parking lot. Finally a few targets. Coins here and there and I just plod along in the soft sand which I dislike. The wind is picking up and I'm about half way back to my starting spot and I see another detectorist out in front of some houses. He could be on the wet also but today is a day to stay dry. A few hundred yards further I come about a culvert which is directing the wind. One side the sand is holding and the other it is blowing away. That is when I saw my first crumb. I was swinging and had gotten a couple of coins and then I looked down and saw a dime and 2 pennies with all the sand blown away from them! Wow ... no one has been here recently. I continue on in field 1 in this little area and I hear another target (18-19). I can see the edge of a coin, no ... I know what that is because I've found them before in the surf. It is a bus token. I reach down and pick it up without using a scoop. This one is in excellent shape. Now it is time to grid the 20x40 ft area. In less than 3 minutes I get a 9 and I look at my coil and I see the edge of a ring. I see the portion of the cross. I wish now that I had a camera to take a picture as I first saw it. I don't so I quickly grab it. It's 4.5g and feels good. I finish gridding the area and work another trashy area nearby. I pull out a few coins from the muck and I'm on my way back. These coins, token and ring could have been found with ANY detector but I was swinging an 800. It 'challenged' me to find that trashy spot and use it and instead I went near and found a spot I might not have gone to with my CTX. Coincidence? Luck? I found some clues and acted upon them. Sometimes the detector doesn't matter. Mitchel
  15. 17 points
    I have mentioned this park before. I use it as my testing grounds. Mainly because it is one of the oldest parks in the town where I work, but also because it has been detected hard over the years, including by me during my lunchtime as often as I can get out there. Over the past 2 years, I have probably logged 60 or 70 hours at this park. Last summer, I thought I had eeked out the last wheatie by running my Vaquero in All Metal (after spending the prior year and a half hunting it with an AT Pro, ETrac, CTX, Explorer SE Pro, and even a few times with the ATX). Last fall, I hunted this location 3 or 4 times during lunch and came away with goose eggs. So of course, when I received my Equinox E600, I couldn't wait to see if the hype about Equinox and pounded locations was at all true. To all on this forum, my story will come to no surprise. And even thought I trust the members of this site implicitly, and the results your all were sharing since the release... I am still gobsmacked with my own results. I played a little with the different modes, but for the most part, I ran Park 1, Noise Cancel, Ground Balance (not tracking), Recovery 3 (max on the 600), Iron Bias 0, 50 tones (a bit in 2 tone), Multi-Frequency. Over the past 3 weeks, 30 minutes here, 45 minutes there, an odd 1 hour hunt... I have spent about 5.5 hours swing time. My 45 minute hunt today rewarded me with the oldest of all - 1917-S, and when I dropped the carrot into the hole to measure the depth, the top was below ground level... similar to the tax token I dug last week. In addition to these oldies, I also found 35 Lincoln memorials (most copper), 7 nickels (all Jeffersons), 5 clad dimes, and a clad quarter. All I can say about the Equinox is... wow. Tim
  16. 16 points
    Hi guys, On Saturday I asked Simon (through the forum) what he was doing Sunday & were you keen for another mission. I got no answer until 9pm Saturday night as he had gone Back to Coronet Peak ski field detecting coins under the ski lifts with his EQ 800. I think he said he got $16.50 & a silver ring. But yes he was keen for a mission on Sunday so it was arranged for him to come to my place & we would head off in my wagon. I told him to bring his EQ 800 as there was a lot of flat sheet bedrock & wide open spaces. Sunday arrived & I did a weather check on my chosen location. MMMMM... -1c during the day up on the hill top with possible snow & -6 that night. Oh...bugger. I checked a lower in altitude location & it was 9c during the day but with a 90% chance of rain. Another bugger but we went for it any way. The day turned out pretty good & no rain. Was coolish but I like that & dressed for it. Simon just went for it in shorts & bloody T shirt. I couldn't believe it. I told Simon to try full max sensitivity 25 & Multi IQ & leave the rest in factory pre set. If a bit ratty then try 40 Khz & if still ratty to knock down the sensitivity. Play around with full all metal or one push of the horse shoe button & it will knock out the negative number signals. He was able to run full max sensitivity & Multi IQ all day & he stuck with all metal. He soon learnt that shot gun pellets & tiny gold both read 1-2 & he got a pocket full of pellets & 5 bits of tiny gold. He had christened his EQ 800 on gold on his first days attempt. I had every bit of confidence that he would as I had done pretty well here in the past & knew there would be tiny gold that would suit the GM 1000 & the EQ 800. He left his GM 1000 in his backpack all day. I just took the Zed. Simon got the first bit of gold for the day & it took me a wee while to get my first little hit. I was running high yield/normal with sensitivity on 18. The signal was on the bottom edge of an old timers throw out pile from a little ditch in the bedrock they had dug down on. The signal lived on right down to solid bedrock. When it was finally out. .16 of a gram I then hopped across the little ditch they had dug out & was detecting the upper opposite bank of what looked like virgin material. I got a good hit. Ended up being my biggest bit of the day. .34 of a gram I got my share of shotgun pellets but Simon by far exceeded in that department. One double blip signal I got, which usually is a pellet, turned into a pellet size & shape piece of gold. .11 of a gram I then heard Simon had got his 5th piece just as I was digging a signal that was a .16 of a gram bit. I wandered over see Simons bit & showed him my bit. It was a while before I got another. One scrape & I was on the schist bedrock. Just to the left of the coil. The smallest of the day for me. .06 of a gram. Not long after this we called an end to the day. We both got 5 pieces each & Simon was off to a positive start on gold with his EQ 800. My total was just .86 of a gram. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  17. 16 points
    A little background on this particular "test" site that I take every machine to that I've owned over the past 12 years since I got my first detector. The site has both mineralized soil, and mild EMI, which some machines handle a LOT better than others. First I tried a Fisher C$ and Minelab Sovereign, and maybe got one wheat penny (C$ was shut down from the EMI). I figured there had to be more there, but it wasn’t until I got the CZ70 that it opened up. Someone had cleaned out the top 6” of targets, so anything left there was either deep, masked or both. First trip with the CZ was like Christmas! After 5-6 trips the CZ played out. Then every new machine I got I’d take there, and see what it could find. The first few trips there with the F75 did well, took my Etrac there and only got one wheat and a maverick bakery token. Then for about three years it petered out, it would take everything I had busting my butt to eek out one IHP or wheat, but silver dried up for about three years. I still figured there had to be more. When I got my Red Racer, I did a shoot-out between it and my (at that time) beloved F75. I first detected it with my F75 LTD2, and got nothing, only iron grunts, zero conductors. Then I switched to the Red Racer and pulled two silvers, an IHP and wheatie. It was an eye opener, first silver in three years, and not one, but two AND it was on basically my first hunt with the Red Racer. Then each subsequent trip with the Racers the site was back on, and not all the old coins were deep, several were masked with iron that prevented other detectors from getting them, but thanks to Makro's world class unmasking capabilities my site was back on. Matter of fact I had my best day there with my Racer2, something like 12 period coins in one hunt including four silvers, it was simply unbelievable to me that my pounded site, that I'd practically gave up on, produced this many coins in a 3 hour hunt. As you all know these sites don’t exactly replenish themselves with period coins, so for the Equinox to do what it did this weekend is beyond impressive, eight DEEP period coins in a three hour hunt is fantastic! For this site I used Park2, and ran it hot with the gain between 22-24, even was able to run it at 25, but found it started to like deep nails at 25. By the way, this site is loaded with old square nails. The original building that was there burned down in the mid 1800's, and I suspect that they razed the burned remnants around this site, and dumped fill dirt over the razed burnt remains when the built the replacement building went up, as once you get down to around 10" - 12" you seem to hit a sea of square nails. Never have found a seated at this site, it's certainly old enough to have them, but I suspect they are beneath this sea of nails. This was a deep mid conductor signal tangled in heavy tree roots. Little did I know how deep this would turn out to be! Between my Lesche shovel and digger, and a lot of patience (and a few curse words thrown in for good measure!) I finally pulled brought this sucker back to life, it was a dateless buffalo nickel! This is what was in that monstrous 10" deep hole! Total take for this hunt (3 hours) was five teens wheaties, a dateless buffalo nickel, 1902-S Barber dime (yeah!!!), 1936-S Mercury dime, some kind of silver button (that sucker was DEEEEEP), a poppers wedding ring, DEEP civil ware era (?) two piece Navy cuff button (this thing is going to LOVE buttons), and two suspender buckles/clips. Now I will say that the non-modulated audio on shallow stiff is a major PITA for deep turf hunting, so I did dig some zincolns, and shallow clad This was my second hunt, which I did in Field2. It's a little fresh water beach area that I've pounded over the years. Haven't found a ton there, few wheats, mercs, some rings in the water, and some 1800's relics, but I love the history of the site, and figure detecting it will eventually pay off with something really good (that hasn't happened yet, but I know something really good has to be hiding out there, probably in the water though!). I've never dug this many wheaties there in one hunt, and I love the wheatie with the iron fused to it! Also got a nice antique looking sterling silver ring and a 43' silver war nickle: As I was heading back to the car, I ran into another guy detecting there with a White's MX Sport. Was a pretty friendly guy, and we started chatting. He knew about the EQ800 and said that would be his next machine. He was hunting in the turf, not the beach. I told him I was hunting the beach and he told me that I wouldn't find anything there because he'd already cleaned it out Now truth be told, I was a bit impressed with his MX Sport as he'd just dug a 9" deep merc when I came up on him. He said he's mainly a prospector and had done a lot of dredging in California but when they shut it down, he moved to Alaska. Interesting guy to chat with for sure. HH, Cal PS - I did encounter an odd issue. About an hour or so after one hunt, I powered down my detector and headphones to take a health break. When I went to power everything back up, the headphones refused to power up. I'd charged them up the previous day, so unless when I did a quick hunt little hunt the evening before, the headphones didn't get powered off and drained down, then I can't quite understand what happened. I'd get no response at all from the headphones when trying to power it back up. I plugged them in to my charger (iPad charger) for a while and they came back to life. Odd
  18. 16 points
    Hi Folks Hope everyone is well out there. I was using the Equinox the other day at lunch time and working my way through a mess of bottle caps. This is one of those places that has been detected over and over again for years (local hotspot for detectorists). In fact as I was detecting a guy stopped his car and said to me "Don't waste your time, we have been over this field a thousand times" ( or something like that, I was taking my headphones off when he first started talking). If he hadn't of said that I probably wouldn't have shown him what I found. But, it was too tempting. Ha, maybe that was his logic all along. His eyes bugged out when I showed him the coins. Anyway we had a good talk, and know mutual other Detectorists. Nice guy. The coins rang in real nice around 27 and were about eight inches deep. I was running park 2 with high sensitivity. Recovery speed was at 6 and Iron Bias at 2. I am seeing screw caps coming in as high as 24 even a couple iffy 25s. The coins I have been digging have been above that so far (besides a buffalo nickel at another older less trashy site). Update I found a Barber dime at that park yesterday which rang up 25. That is the same ID as some of those bottle caps. So I will be digging those deeper 25s for sure.. HH
  19. 15 points
    Cabin fever forced me out to south facing park hill today. Could not believe how chattery the 600 Nox was. After finding lots of aluminum fence parts and rusted crown caps, came upon a smooth 4ish surface target. It popped right out of the ground with the tip of my digger.
  20. 15 points
    My brother and i have been waiting all winter to find a spot to see what the mighty Nox 800 can do. I have to set the stage for this site because i have to keep us both happy. A spot for my brother to detect for coins and relics and a place for me to go after i get bored with coin hunting and can go look for gold. We left it last winter on one of the last days we could get in. Trash pouches full many times over with assortments of relics. This place produced very little in the way of coins but i think they are there. The F75 (fantastic detector) has been over the whole place and some good finds have been made. But the best was made on the first day with the 800. An 1870 s mint seated liberty half ! Well I know this has been gone over and probably should have been found but the fact is the 800 is the finder. We really did not know how to use this detector. I read up on it and we set to Park 2, auto ground balance, connected the awesome wireless headphones and off we went. Still not sure of Iron Bias or much of anything else. We both agree that this detector has depth. I only found an old button and was getting bored like i usually do so off to the gold I went after being inspired by the posts from MR JW . I went looking for little gold with the GPZ. The silver round piece is off an 1893 police whistle. Many good things to come in the way of silver i think.....
  21. 15 points
    On Sunday 25th March I returned to one of my permissions where I have found Roman bronze coins in the past few weeks using my Equinox and on this occasion I ended up with 24 and one of them was a large silver but badly mangled most of the bronzies are 10mm - 14mm across. The Roman bronze coins are on the small size and are difficult to locate even though this field is low in mineralization it has quite a lot of small iron about which is typical of sites of past Roman occupation and this was my 4th 8 hour session on my Roman fields using my Equinox since I got it almost 6 weeks ago. As I always do I "Noise Cancel" and use "Manual Ground Balance" with "Recovery Speed 3" and "Iron Bias 3" and if the field is quiet I try to keep the "Sensitivity at 20 - 22", over the previous weeks I have used different settings but found these to be most beneficial for getting the maximum depth and more Roman coins.
  22. 15 points
    Lots of great commentary here, and I apologize for being late to the game since I was addressed specifically. What we have at work here is something Minelab is never going to discuss in great detail. There really is some magic at work in a Minelab multifrequency detector, and for a very long time almost everyone has been missing what is really going on. The focus is always on frequencies, and more specifically transmitted frequencies. Minelab has catered to all this with their marketing touting the number of frequencies. Good marketing but also misdirection to protect proprietary information. The fact is transmitted frequencies is only a small part of the big picture, and some competitors have called Minelab out on this by pointing out that detectors can transmit all kinds of frequencies. In a poke at Minelab Garrett was quoting the Garrett Infinium as transmitting 96 frequencies, which is sort of true as a PI detector is like a transmitting shotgun. Anyone can scope detectors to determine what they transmit, and if that is all there was to it the Chinese etc. would have ripped Minelab off ages ago. As it is they can only make detectors that look like a Minelab. The real secret is in what frequencies the detector is receiving and even more importantly yet, what sort of signal comparison and algorithms are being applied to the received signals. All the real magic occurs on the receiving end and very specifically in the signal processing. Now for those that don't know it Minelab founder Bruce Candy* actually is an expert in audio processing and holds patents in that field as well as having founded another company, Halcro, that specializes in distortion free audio amplifiers. And that my friends is the Minelab secret. Distortion free audio amplification. Using signal processing technology to eliminate as much unwanted signal (distortion) as possible and then amplifying the desired signal. It is very telling that the Minelab BBS patent expired long ago and yet we have not yet seen a third party BBS machine. Why? Because the patent does not reveal the exact processing methodology and so it is not a matter of just reading the patent and making a BBS detector. So what's going on in there? Single frequency detectors really do treat ground balance as another sort of discrimination method. Ground signals are part of the full target id spread or phase chart (see below). Basically the ground signal is determined by some method, like bouncing the coil over the ground (ground grab), and then this ground signal simply subtracted from all other signals. The best explanation and diagram I have ever seen of this was done by Carl Moreland on pages 1-3 and 1-4 of the V3i Advanced User's Guide. Pretty simple really. The problem is that a single frequency can only set one ground balance point at a time. It can balance to minerals for instance, or it can balance to saltwater. As can be seen in the chart above from the link above, soil and salt normally read in completely different parts of the phase chart. Fisher and Minelab both solved this problem at nearly the same time so I will pass on who was first. The Fisher CZ-6 and Minelab Sovereign both came out in 1991 and both employ multifrequency to solve the ground versus salt problem that foiled single frequency detectors on saltwater beaches up until then. Multiple frequencies can have multiple ground balance points and this is one of the major advantages of multifrequency, and why multifrequency rules in saltwater detecting. For a detailed explanation of how this is done see the three videos below where White's engineer Mark Rowan explains all this - really fabulous stuff. The real meat starts in video 8 at the 4 minute mark but video 7 does have some parts worth seeing. FYI the DFX employed multifrequency technology licensed by White’s from Minelab. My belief is Minelab had already come up with better stuff in BBS and so had no problem licensing a more basic version to White’s. Therefore studying the DFX does have bearing on Minelab’s thought processes regarding multifrequency. What all this means is that Minelab is using frequency comparison and signal analysis to do most of the heavy lifting of ground rejection/ground balance. It just happens automatically as part of the signal processing. This is why when the Minelab Explorer came out there was no ground balance control. In most ground there is no need to ground balance because the processing already removes the ground signal. However, it is not enough for the worst ground. This great article by Nenad Lonic explains the differences of the BBS/FBS detectors on bad ground. Later models added the ability to ground balance for extreme ground conditions. After all that you all should be seeing the picture. Minelab is not discouraging people from ground balancing per se. It's just that in mild to moderate ground there is no need - the signal processing already does the trick. Yet in more mineralized ground you absolutely should be doing at least a ground grab. I always ground balance my Equinox because I am almost always on bad ground it seems. No matter what always ground balance anytime you go to a single frequency mode because you no longer have the advantage of the multifrequency processing. I have made mention several times that every search profile has its own ground balance and so it is critical in bad ground to ground balance each search profile separately. Again, in milder ground just leave it be. How to know when to ground balance? In any mode, hit the horseshoe button and detect over metal free ground. If you get lots of puttering in the -9 and -8 and possibly -7 area that is the ground signal as is shown in the phase chart above. This is another reason why running full tones (no items rejected) can be beneficial as you do hear the ground signal. You might eliminate that signal by dropping the sensitivity a notch or two. But if it is persistent it does indicate you probably should be ground balancing the detector. Even when you notch out this region the ground signal is still there and so trying to get that negative range to settle down is the best bet for most people to help eliminate ground masking effects. For shallower targets you might also ground balance, then jack the sensitivity up and block out the negative numbers. This will make shallow targets like perhaps small gold nuggets pop but does risk deeper items going missed due to ground masking. Ground balance numbers in single frequency detectors are normally related directly to the phase chart above but it is critical that people know that a ground balance number does not tell you how mineralized the ground is. I have written a very detailed article on this subject. The reality there is that the phase chart and ground balance numbers only really equate for a single frequency detector because it should be obvious that if a multifrequency detector is balancing to the ground and to saltwater there are actually two ground balance points. How do you represent that in a meaningful way with one number? This goes back to the fact that Minelab is not really working directly with each frequency but instead with post processed "channels" that represent the information streams from multiple frequencies. The latest Treasure Talk blog on Multi-IQ makes this quite clear. This means that the various search profiles and even the various frequency selections all can produce quite different ground balance numbers on the same square foot of dirt. The numbers are tied more to the underlying signal processing and there is no attempt being made to "normalize" the ground balance numbers. This is why in bad ground you must ground balance each profile separately. The numbers to some degree are an arbitrary construct by Minelab and people trying to compare them as an indication of ground conditions are at a minimum going to have to relate the exact modes/settings in use for any such comparison to have any validity at all. And frankly I don't think even then there is any real point in comparing ground balance numbers. Again, just checking ground feedback with all target id numbers set to accept (all metal horseshoe in effect) will tell you more about ground or salt mineralization than ground balance numbers. For more on detector frequency use see my article on Selectable Frequency And Multiple Frequency * by Bruce Candy:• Co-founder of Minelab.• Pre-Minelab: designed advanced communication electronics (linear HF transmitters, VHF radar transmitters and receivers, ultra fast-frequency hopping etc), ultrasonic cleaners, fast photon counters, light detection.• Designed concepts, analogue electronics and discriminator algorithms of Minelab detector (e.g. GS15000, GT/FT/XT. Eureka Gold series, Musketeer, Sovereign, PI units, Explorer series, Excalibur).• Designed Halcro audio amplifiers.• Holds patents in metal detecting and audio fields.
  23. 14 points
    Well relic season in the Mid-Atlantic is winding down as temperatures start increasing and fields are planted. Hitting a favorite farm I periodically get invited to today and the Equinox came through big time. This is a small farm with soybeans and corn crops. This farm is located on a hill and based on finds to date holds Colonial, Civil War, and 20th century silver. It is basically an amusement park for relic detectorists, but its heyday is starting to wind down. I have come to this place three times previously and always come away with some great keepers. This is the last visit until fall because spring planting has begun. I was coming to this field for the first time with the Equinox. There was apparently a tractor explosion at some point which scattered molten aluminum over a large area of the field, so naturally, I decided to hit that area. The soil is mild and other than the aluminum, trash is light and iron is not too thick, so I decided to run Park 2 without modification (other than running All Metal) since I was looking for everything from brass to silver and like 50 tones. I also had Field 2 saved in the User Profile Slot which had been my "Go To" relic program in the more highly mineralized fields of central Virginia. After I had the aluminum and hot rock signatures dialed in I started looking for sneaky signals hiding in the aluminum slag. It was a difficult slog, with large globs of melted aluminum sounding off like silver (but softer, more about that later). I kept moving through the aluminum field anyway until I got clear and then started getting some interesting targets. A well worn early 19th century/late 18th century copper (nice and a first for me), a CW knapsack J-Hook, a 3 ring minie ball, a nondescript piece of brass . Things were looking good with three or four keepers in about 5 to 10 minutes. This was also interesting because on this side of the field, only early 20th century finds (mainly silver coins) were typical finds and not much 19th century or CW stuff had been found in the area. Now I was in a cluster and had a good feeling right up until I got a screaming 22-23 signal. This could have been an aluminum can but it sounded more solid and the numbers were not bouncing wildly, like I have observed with most crushed cans. I pulled and flipped the plug and saw a large circular object mostly buried amongst the clods. Things happened pretty fast. I flipped the object and low and behold the Eagle Had Landed! My first CW plate, an Eagle Breast Plate. Happy Dance Time! Nothing much happened after that flurry and moved to another distant part of the farm that had been known to give up 19th century silver and IHPs as well as CW stuff like minie balls and brass. At this point the hunt was just gravy and I was happy with what I got, but I knew that I also had a great chance at my first piece of early 19th century silver so I kept at it. I had been hitting high tones with the aluminum globs, crushed cans, screw tops and even with iron wraparound and falsing. But I am really becoming familiar with the Equinox tonal quality. Non-coin high tone audio sounds hollow and soft and/or distorted. I have hit clad but no silver with the Equinox yet. Even clad jumps out at you. I kept swinging. Grabbed another solid 16-17 signal out of the iron muck, which was my second dropped minie ball, yay! Then it happened. It sounded like a pure golf shot on the sweet spot of the club, ping! I knew what it was. It just jumps at you. Sure enough, scored my third "first" of the day, a well worn 1853 Seated Quarter. Mission Accomplished! That should hold me over until the fall. Thanks for reading. I think the Equinox will stick around a least till then, too.
  24. 14 points
    Nice shape for a field coin.
  25. 14 points
    I've only had my 800 for about a week, so I made some simple ID cards using Steve's graphic, to get familiar with the machine. I have extras, and with Steve's permission, I'm offering 1 to the first 50 interested. These are simple, pocket size, laminated cards, with large bold font. Target IDs on the front, detector settings menu on the back. If you want 1, send me a PM with your mailing address. USA addresses only, please. I promise it won't take as long to get as it did your Equinox.
  26. 14 points
    I greatly enjoyed the day, and it was a great learning experience. I am glad my Monster got a couple but I was struggling with needing to use my headphones due to my Monsters broken speaker but not wanting to use my headphones as I hate the cord. My Monster is away at the Service Center now so hopefully I get it back soon. I probably should have taken my Equinox out of my bag and used that for a while, after all I carried it all the way with me John and his Zed amazed me, a deadly combination those two. it felt like a nugget every 10 minutes for John as my estimate for his day of 25 was very close. I have no complaints about the walk, I need the exercise Although my legs were rubber the rest of the day, especially my right one, it took one extra step over my left leg so I guess that took its toll but they were all good the next morning. All in all a great day out.
  27. 14 points
    Ash I've deliberately avoided this thread because of it being contentious and yet my name got dragged into the discussion anyway. Not really sure where your angling with your comments but I will now give my opinion so there can be no confusion on where I stand on the subject of mods. The SD 2000 benefited from two mods, one was an increase in battery voltage which helped increase somewhat the coil field strength and the other was a crystal change which improved the sensitivity to small targets. The crystal mod was not so useful on the SD2100, but both the SD2100 and SD2200D did get some benefit from running a higher voltage. The higher voltages on the SD units did improve target response however they also increased ground noise so then forced operators to use DD coils in variable ground which then had a corresponding reduction in depth compared to a Monoloop. Battery voltage increases on GP and GPX machines is no advantage due to the dual voltage technology, in essence the voltages of DVT are adjusted internally regardless of the input voltage however there is some evidence the audio is "brightened" by running a higher voltage on the GP series (highly speculative, and only really noticeable if the Minelab battery is low on charge). I am unfamiliar with the current mods other than experience with customers in our shop and Minelab's stance on modded units when it comes to repair work etc. If a detector comes into Minelab with mods the repair center just closes up the unit and returns it to the sender. Last year I had a customer who I've known for many years come into our shop to say Hi and talk gold, in the discussion he very enthusiastically told me about his modded GPX 4500 and how he felt it could beat a GPZ 7000 on all target sizes which was supposedly demonstrated to him on a test bed in Victoria, we had an interesting discussion where I put forward my case on mods and the differences in the different technologies etc (I had to do this very tactfully because he is a friend and a customer so I did not want to offend). This was not a heated debate, he is also not broke so could in this case afford to take the risk if the unit failed etc. Two days later he came back into the shop and bought a brand new GPX 4500, his modded unit although brilliant in his opinion on the test bed where he had seen it perform on known targets was next to useless in the real world where you don't know if a target is actually present or not. This is the sum total of my experiences with modified Minelab metal detectors, I have expressed my opinion in the past to try and put balance to discussions to help inform people like my friend above, especially those who cannot afford to have a detector become unusable, in almost all cases the discussions became personal to the extreme with suggestions about my Minelab bias etc. These days I just can't be bothered getting into all the debates. I won't be responding further on this discussion. JP
  28. 13 points
    First Class trip w/ my Mate' Tony! Enjoy! Ig
  29. 13 points
    I finally had a chance to hit the beach with the Equinox 800. My first hunt was at a cellar hole. It did fairly well considering I did not study up on it. This past week was it's maiden voyage at a beach. I was a little more up to speed at programming it. The machine exceeded what I thought I would get on this hunt. The is a moderate to heavy EMI location with not a lot of shoreline to escape away from it. It handled the EMI a little bit better than the CTX or the GPX. My very first target was a junk earring stud. Nice, sort of micro jewelry. A little while later a part of a silver chain. Hmmm. Then another tiny chain and heart. Hmmm again. Next a silver chain and small ID bracelet. OK what gives? Three chains from a beach I hit a lot and I never found one chain. But the Equinox had more surprises in store. 2 Buffalo nickels right in a row, and then a thin gold heart. Probably attached to something bigger originally. And at last call, it gave me a beautiful .583 gold earring w/ice. Probably fake ice, but ice just the same Next week I'm splitting the day with the GPX and Equinox at a beach I have found close to 70 silvers in a relatively small area of about 120 x 20 foot section. All around 14" deep. I will cleanse it again with the GPX and then see what small things I missed. I am anxiously awaiting beach day !!
  30. 13 points
    I went on an easter camping trip to try prospect for some gold, there was a lot of unexpected overnight rain so the creeks I was going to detect with the GM1000 were a bit flooded so I didn't bother creek detecting, I went up into the hills for a day and found one tiny spec in an old tailings pile with my Monster so I decided I'd head down to the post office and send it away for the repair as its speaker has an issue. This forced me to use the Equinox 800 for the rest of my trip, I hadn't really used it since I got it, other than playing around for 5 minutes or so here and there as I was just doing so well with my Monster. I detected around the area a bit with the Equinox and found no gold so I decided I'd give it a try coin hunting after seeing a couple of tourists in the playground the night before using their phones as torches trying to find something they'd obviously dropped in the gravel and were unable to find, I went down to the lakeside the next morning at 5am before the crowds of tourists arrived and run the Equinox over the playground and the lakeside beach trying to find good targets. There was just an unacceptable amount of junk there, I was terribly disappointed, not so much I couldn't find any good targets, but just how many bottle caps and pull tabs and screwed up tin foil wrappers were scattered in the beach gravel in what should be a pristine beach, damn litter bugs. I spent a couple of hours in the area trying to work out how to block out all the bad targets by lowering the sensitivity and notching out bad targets as I was finding them but I just had no luck so I decided the area was too difficult for me to detect with a detector I'm not overly familiar with using. I wasn't going to give up as I was staying in the area another day so I used that next day to go coin hunting again, thinking of where to go was the problem but my wife suggested I go to one of the Ski fields and detect under the ski lifts, surely people drop a lot of stuff from their pockets on the ski lifts. Seemed a good idea so off I go. In only two hours of hunting I managed to get a good haul, $13.65 and a silver ring. There was virtually no junk except a solid 33 on the Equinox which ended up being one of the blades off a snow maker gun which snapped off, I wouldn't want to be around when that went flying off the thing, probably shot itself into the ground Myself and my daughter detecting for coins, she's only 7 and she got stuck into it before I'd had time to adjust the length on the GBP. The Equinox just slammed hard on $1 and $2 coins, a solid 22 every time in Park 1, the only mode I used, I was able to max out the sensitivity up there the entire time, one coin was at least 25cm deep, I was ready to give up digging and then it popped out. I didn't remember to take my Garrett Carrot so I had to rely on the pinpointing of the Equinox, it seemed to work extremely well, usually always directly in the center of the coil. I need to work out how to use it better in trashy areas but in nice clean areas it's brilliant at finding coins. I also need to get better at using it to find gold, but at this stage I'd have trouble picking it up over my Monster if I was going out prospecting. All of this was only in a small area, I only spent about 2 hours up there and it was all within about a 35 meter by 10 meter area under a ski lift. I can imagine if I spent the entire day I could come home with quite good collection of goodies. I also tested the Equinox on the Arrow River, A place that seems only suitable for PI detectors, the riverbank is absolutely full of black sand, all my other detectors struggle to work there, the GBP and GM1000 are useless there. The Equinox on the other hand worked quite well, it handled the black sand no troubles at all. I was very surprised by this but happy just the same.
  31. 13 points
    Solid white gold ring 18k found in 2 foot of water today a bit before low tide near a local jetty. Has Birmingham UK hallmarks, 7.4 grams. Rang a stable, loud and clear 17 DIG ME ... in Beach 2, sens 20, GB Tracking. Also found a few coins.
  32. 13 points
    I was invited to a permission by my hunting partner and friend Flysar yesterday... a turn of the century Rodeo Grounds and Picnic area. He has hunted this location a few times previously, and has found a Barber Quarter, a Barber Dime and a Buffalo, but warned me that the targets are sparse and the ground is loaded with iron. We were both very curious about what the Equinox could do in this environment. There were three of us hunting, I had the E600, he had his Deus and the third was swinging an AT Max. We started by marking a few targets.. I set out in Park 1, 50 tone, Recovery 3 and Iron Bias 0. I marked 6 targets and he marked about the same with his deus. As I mentioned in another thread, the Equinox was deadly on deep rusty iron. In a few cases, it was even giving me id's in the high 20's-low 30's and never bouncing up to high 30's. The Deus on the other hand, marked 6 or 7 old rusty bottle caps (a few of which the Equinox showed in the zinc range... 18-21). I will say, when comparing the marked targets between the three machines... we usually ended up with 1 "I would dig it" (and usually from the machine that marked the target), and 2 "I wouldn't dig it" by the other two machines. So, with the testing results ending inconclusive, we decided to break off and hunt. Over all we spent a solid 3 hours around the entrance and stadium of the rodeo grounds and other than Flysar finding a wheat, no old coins were found, only a few pennies, a clad dime and a clad quarter between the three of us. We decided to call it a day... mostly discouraged. As my friends drove away, I decided to take one more pass on the outside edge of the grounds, near the horse trailer entrance next to a large pasture. My first target was the penny with a cross stamped out in the middle. I thought to myself... "well that is a good sign". Within 30 minutes, in an area about 20 yards square... the other 5 targets in the picture along with the cross penny were in my pocket. I had spent all morning chasing iffy and sometimes repeatable high tones, digging all manner of iron bits (one square nail, which I was happy to find), working hard to try and make good targets out of the clicks and wheezes... and boom! these targets came in with roundness of tone and clarity. No doubt they were diggable. The three silver dimes all presented at 26-28, the war nickel was 13-14, the wheat was 24-26 and was the deepest at about 5". The other targets were 3-4". Interestingly enough, the ground in this area was dense and hard packed, but not dry... it had plenty of moisture, but it nearly took a digger to break the plug. All three dimes hid inside the plug from my Carrot on '3' with not response. I had to break open the plugs to find them with the pinpointer, and only after standing up to re-sweep the hole and plug with the 600 to find out where the target had gone. My takeaway is to never give up on a site, especially that has old ground. The targets are out there. Thanks to Flysar for inviting me along and giving me my best silver day to date. Tim.
  33. 12 points
    First thing today after work, put it together, charging and waiting.. too long.. LOL. Anyway I got the headphones paired and out to my front yard I go. First the history. My house was built in the 1850'S and had a bar right next to it. I have pounded this very small section ( maybe 45 feet by 30 feet) with many explorers, Etracs, Deus's and CTX. Mainly the Deus and Etrac. I have pulled dozens of indians, largies, 2 centers, v nickels, buffalo's, wheats but mostly indians. I have cleaned this ground so dry that the non-ferrous targets are gone or at least I thought. Alright I had no more than 10 minutes to spend today swinging in this iron infested ground. Very first target, one way jumped out at me.. dig me! The other direction it sounded bad but consistent. So I dig, 4 to 5 inches. Bam! I guess you guys weren't kidding after all!! It's gonna be a good year!!
  34. 12 points
    Wanted to thank everyone on the forum as I've learned quite a bit here over the last couple of months. I was recently able to "skip the line" almost everywhere in the world and had a friend buy me a Nox 800 in another country and bring to me in a Latin American country. I went to 3 different sites this past week, all with substantial colonial Spanish history as well as history into the late 1800s. Although I watched a lot of videos and perused this forum, I felt a bit overwhelmed with all of the options and settings that first day. I wasn't convinced that any of the generic Park 1/2 or Field 1/2 settings would suffice for the environment I was working in (I.e., high rusty iron concentration, sometimes mineralized soil, deep cobs and relics, etc.). To make it more challenging is that the thick jungle foliage doesn't work well with larger coils like the 11" Nox standard and all 3 of my spots have been pounded over the years by dozens of other detectorists (including myself a few times). All that said, I learned a lot over the 3 days of detecting and I had some success. I frequently experimented with all of the Park and Field settings to try to determine which would work best the first 2 days. By the 3rd day, however, I pretty much settled on Field 2 with the following modifications: I ground balanced manually often, sensitivity to 22, recovery speed down to 5, and iron bias up to 6. That seemed to work the best for me. Anyway, my best finds were a couple of Spanish real cobs, a 1/2 real and another cut cob that had probably been a 2 real before the cut. The 1/2 real rang up as a solid 12 while the cut cob rang up as an 15. My other find was this Nueva Granada army brass button that rang up a solid 18. Photos below.
  35. 12 points
    Stopped at a park yesterday because I saw they had removed some grass from an area. First target within 3 minutes was a 56 rosie, the only coin in the spot. I went to the zoo today where they had dug up an old dead tree, only target within 5 minutes was a ugly old Merc. I was running Park 1, 2-tone, tone break set at 23, recovery 7 and iron bias 1 It was great to swing faster than I ever could with the CTX, I had to cover ground fast because my time on both days was very limited. Both dimes were hitting at 26-27 and were very shallow.
  36. 12 points
    I hit a beach with the Equinox 800 to see if last week's hunt was a fluke. This is a beach that has produced a lot of silver with the GPX but no gold. So it was up to the Equinox to help me get some gold. I used the GPX for half the day and ended up with 7 silver coins and 2 silver rings and a lot of copper pennies. The Equinox produced a silver dime and quarter, but also gave me not one, but three pieces of gold! I really must admit, this machine finds that tiny gold. Unbelievable MINELAB!!! Thank You!!!
  37. 12 points
    Got my machine last week threw it on the charger and went for a quick 1.5 hour hunt before dark. Did not even wait for it to fully charge. Went to one of my relic spots...a sort of baptism of fire spot due to it being loaded with iron... I used field 1 did a noise cancel and started swinging..thats it. Found some goodies in a pounded out spot that the CTX and Deus has been over countless times. Also dug a bunch of nails lol something I don't usually do with the CTX and Deus. I was pleased with the machine however. Second hunt was the same.... had an hour and a half before dark after work so I hit a not so trashy park that I've been over a lot with the CTX...Got a nice 14K gold ring! 2 grams and a solid 10 on the ID. I'm thinking I'm off to a great start. I'm impressed with the machines ability to find deep low conductors...this thing is going to good for gold rings. Dug some deep nickels as well. I'm very busy this time of year with work so the hunts have to be short but we are heading to the beach next week for 3 days of R&R so hopefully some rings will reveal themselves. HH strick
  38. 12 points
    Club hunt yesterday ... still learning my machine but pulled this CT copper at about 10" down...
  39. 12 points
    Gerry in Idaho made this comment in my previous Monster Gold Post. "Those Monster bits are very impressive. Just think of how small you can detect with the little 5" round coil? Reality is, the small coil does not even need to be used, unless in extreme rough terrain. Both machines are way better at small gold than what we expected." (Referring to the EQ 800) I replied: Hi Gerry, I have used the 5" on the monster & like you say it doesn't really need to be used. There seems to be no measurable difference in size of gold finds with either coil, it does just come down to the terrain & where one is wanting to poke the coil. Both machines are deadly on small gold, that is for sure. The real surprise to me has been the EQ with that 11" DD coil. Especially in Multi IQ. Staggering. People out there need to realise that I am able to run both, & the GB2, in maxed out settings due to our insanely mild ground. This is helping no end in me getting these tiny bits. I realise that many of you wont have a hope of running these hot settings & hence you are unlikely to be getting gold as small as I am showing what I am getting. But it just shows the capability of both these machines. Naturally the tiny gold isn't very deep. Thanks. Not having used the little 5" coil for quite a long time and then thinking about what Gerry & I commented on I decided to go back to an area where I have been finding this small gold with the EQ 800 & the Gold Monster with the 10 x 6 coil. As in my last few gold finds posts. On Saturday I went back with the EQ 800 & the Monster with the 5" coil as I had pretty much done my dash on finds in this area. I got straight into it with the GM & the 5" coil. Manual 10 was a bit ratty, as was Auto + so I settled on Auto for my general detecting but always flicking into Auto + & manual 10 on the hint of a signal just to cross reference. With the 5" coil I was able to get into places that I couldn't with the 10 x 6 coil on the Monster & definitely couldn't with the EQ 800 & its 11" DD. Gosh...first signal came in seconds. In that hole in the schist on the right of the detector. I tried the EQ 800 before digging. Not a peep. But the ground was quite uneven right on that bottom edge of the schist & the EQ's coil couldn't get right down on the ground. As you will notice there is a lot of ground not suitable for the EQ's coil. Different angle of the same spot. Small piece of gold The dirt area top right was more suitable for the EQ & is where I got 17 tiny bits with it. The rest...not so good for that 11" coil. I then got another signal with the GM & again I tried the EQ as the ground was reasonable for the EQ's coil but another zero response. Small gold it was This little spot ended up with 6 bits of gold as I dug into it. I tried the EQ on another signal that I got with the GM. It was on the edge of a protruding bit of schist bedrock. It actually got a hit on this & was reading 2 consistently on the VDI. Full max 25 sensitivity & Multi IQ, prospect mode 1 Bloody shotgun pellet. I ended here trying the EQ on further signals as the ground was not favourable for its coil. But the 5" on the Monster was doing a grand job. Down into this schist crevice. A nice little slug. One the 10 x 6 missed. And another Different angle of the above dig. Notice the briar rose bush straight up from the end of the pick handle in between those schist outcrops. This was the spot of my next signal. I had dug a signal in there on my last trip with the GM & the 10 x 6 coil. It was rubbish, but I had attacked that briar rose bush a little. The red berries are the rose hips that the miners used in the early days for making rose hip tea for its vitamin C properties. They are almost ready for picking. Just needing the first heavy frost, then it is harvest time. I did that last year but it was a real pain processing the berries for making the tea. So...got a signal & Had to lay into that briar rose bush a bit more & was getting down into a crevice in the schist Bingo I took a pic of the finds at this stage thinking I would be needing to head off. 11 little blighters. But no...it wasnt over yet. On my way out I got another signal. You will notice the green scoop standing up in the crevice dig of the last find beside that briar rose bush. This find down a bit & into the schist bedrock. Again, not a suitable place for the EQ's coil. Even the GM 10 x 6 missed this one. Well that was it so 12 bits all up. I was out of there as it was getting dark. Here are a few pics of the detected area. The earthy flat areas are where the EQ did well. The GM the rest. I was using the EQ's headphones with cable into the Monster. Gold Monster & 5" coils gold finds. So yes the 5" just gets into more spots that the 10 x 6 cant & still gets good depth on the small ones. I was happy with the result & wasn't really expecting it to be honest. Cheers Good luck out there JW
  40. 11 points
    Book Excerpt: "Iron Bias" (Settings X 6 + long press, “+” or “-“ to adjust, “Detect” to exit).The need for an Iron Bias setting on the Equinox derives from the operating characteristic of a high gain detector. While the Equinox’s sophisticated electronics act to inhibit inconsistent responses like iron, at the same time because there is so much Sensitivity going down into the ground there is still the possibility of iron falseing taking place. This involves iron objects that have very unusual properties such as a spike nail upended, or something large enough to mimic a non-ferrous response by overwhelming the machine’s circuits and coming in at the top of the discriminate range (termed “wraparound”) While these are usually recognisable by target testing (cross sweep for one), at the same time there is a need for a control that regulates the level of consistency in a target which is assigned the audio (rougher or broken tone) of iron. This feature is also useful to relic hunters or anyone wanting to hunt for coins in dense iron. You have the choice of trying to knock the iron out by way of the Equinox’s software, or opening up the machine to get cleaner, fuller responses on iron in order to hear what’s mixed in with it. In effect, “Iron Bias” is a filter. Whereas the ground’s signal represents a large, unstable, response, a good target can be seen as a small, narrow and consistent response. “Iron Bias acts to mediate the “line” where this distinction is made. This doesn’t just include iron—but any object which contains multiple metals. So “Iron Bias” can be used to change responses from bottlecaps, corroded coins—anything that’s not “clean” metal such as silver, copper aluminum or gold. It’s worth noting though that with some targets that are comprised of both iron and non-ferrous metal, “Iron Bias” may act to “clean up” the signal—making it sound better. This is similar to the way that many rusted targets will sound better after several passes of a BBS detector (Sovereign / Excalibur) coil. The machine’s built-in bias is removing the inconsistent parts of the signal. Conversely, a lower setting can emphasise the alloying of an unwanted target--effectively “breaking it up.” It’s worth noting though that because all metal in the ground “mixes” with it’s signal (corroded or not), using high levels of “Iron Bias” acts to reduce detection of all targets. Understanding how “Iron Bias” works is an important lesson in how detectors work. In effect, they don’t just “punch down” though the ground to detect a metal target. Instead, what a detector does is to assess both the ground and any metal that’s in it and then separate the two—based upon this consistent / inconsistent scale. This is the scale that an “Iron Bias” control operates on. “Iron Bias” can also be used a tool to moderate the effects of “black sand” by changing the machine’s response to the large, scattered inconsistent response it produces and promoting any “clean” metal targets that are mixed in with it. It also has the potential to stabilize the detector in “black sand” by reducing the Sensitivity to this erratic signal. This may require a higher or lower setting depending on the conditions.When many hunters want to get the maximum depth with the Equinox, they take the “Iron Bias” right down to “1” or “2.” With this setting it’s generally agreed that frequent “Ground Balancing” of the machine helps to reduce the response to iron. The “trade-off” here though is that you will still be “fooled” by more iron false signals. From: "The Minelab Equinox: From Beginner to Advanced" by Clive James Clynick Thanks for a great forum Steve! cjc
  41. 11 points
    Thought I would show the Wheat Penny a little respect today and post my finds.. The lowly Wheat Penny is usually only givin credit to be an indicator of possible silver in the area, so we are happy to dig them.. Today was a no silver kind of day but a couple of Wheat Pennies helped save my otherwise lackluster hunt.. I had a moment of excitement when I saw a 1914 on one of my Wheats with a little mint mark on it..I was hoping I had finally found the rare 1914 D.. After I pulled out my magnifying glass I realized it was a San Francisco Mint version which is still a respectable semi key date coin at just over 4 million mintage.. I also found semi key date 13 S Wheat at just over 6 million mintage.. Other Wheats found today were 1911, 1925 S, 1928 S and three Wheats from the mid 40s.. The two Semi key date Wheats are probably worth far more then any silver I might have found today so I thought I would show them off.. The Equinox did a great job finding these today.. A couple of them were real close to iron or had iron in the hole with them.. This area has been hit multiple times with my CTX, E-Trac and friends V3i.. Only thing left is the tough signals.. Bryan
  42. 11 points
    I'll be darned - my first Indian Head penny and it is a key date! Yes, it is a 1908S Indian Head Cent. I am quite skeptical of the grading values most people assign to dug coins. The detail on the penny is quite sharp but it has some nasty corrosion blobs. Still, at even a third the listed "Good" value of $92 this penny is the most valuable of the finds I made. I still like the dime better!
  43. 11 points
    Thanks folks! It got more interesting today. I have not found a silver now that I am detecting again this spring. I went to an area where I got a lot of the silvers from my Equinox silver report. I had hunted the area halfway well but I am getting a better hang of Equinox every time I use it, and so decided the area needed some gridding to see what I missed wandering around. Since I was looking for silver and the area is both really trashy and not all that old (my oldest coins in this spot have been 30's and mostly 40's) I got more aggressive than ever with notching. I even notched out 39 and 40 to reduce noise from ferrous falsing, figuring I can use the horseshoe button to check questionable targets. I stayed at Recovery Speed 7 due to trash density. The machine ran crazy quiet like this, even in this dense modern trash. Park 1 - Multi-IQ50 TonesIron Bias 0Detect Speed 7Auto (Pump) Ground BalanceSensitivity 22All items from 21 on down rejected plus 39 & 40 No zincs, no nickels, and almost no trash at all. I gridded away for three hours and got 8 dimes, seven copper memorial cents (no wheatbacks) and a couple quarters. No silver. I am ready to quit but take one last row on my grid and get a 25ish signal, a little weak but good. I dig a pretty deep plug but the lower portion was left in the hole, pinpointer signaling a coin in the middle of the bottom. I stuck my digging tool down in and pried the hard soil apart and the bottom kind of popped apart as the dirt levered to one side. I spotted a silver dime. A first it would not register however as I did not know what I was looking at, until my brain finally recognized a Seated Dime! Another first, and at 1887 the oldest coin I have ever found in the U.S. I figure it was right at about 6" deep. The dime has good sharp detail and I am thinking it will grade better than most. Then I turn it over AND SEE THE SCRATCH! I know I did not hit it with my Lesche digging tool, and its edges are too worn to make a scratch this sharp and fine. I think when I levered/popped that hard dirt apart a sharp little rock edge must have scraped along the coin. Don't know, but it does look like a fresh scratch so I am owning up to it. The good news I guess is an 1877S is not a super high value coin and so all I did was reduce the value of what might have been a $20-$25 coin. Still, I hate it when that happens! The only mystery to me is what a coin so old was doing in that location, but I am not complaining.
  44. 11 points
    Just another way of discriminating junk before you dig it!
  45. 11 points
    Most forums have rules against linking to other forums and so they will not allow their members to link here. Another reason why I started this forum. Forums should be about sharing information and prohibiting relevant links is censoring useful information. On this forum I want people to provide links anytime information elsewhere is mentioned, and no matter if that is another forum or not.
  46. 11 points
    Alright, First of all disclaimer. I don't claim to be a Nox expert. Next, the only way you are going to learn Nox is too use it. Grabbing another detector you feel comfortable with will only stunt your learning. Now, I will say I when I got my Nox went for the juggler. Meaning I went to the worst place I know of (oldest and loads of iron) to start using. And have been back many times. I sure did 't learn Nox in this site in one hunt or 2. Many more and I still have lots to learn. So I will offer up what I know based purely on my first hand experiences. A person using Nox in a setting you describe needs to use the Nox total package of tools. What am I referring to? Things like pinpoint, AM, coil height adjustments over suspect targets, coil rotation when sweeping suspect targets, quality and behavior of tone, repeatability of tone. Even doing everything correct,will a Nox user get fooled ? Yes I have yet to use a detecfor where I don't get fooled. Granted some more than other models. But the percentage of fooling (here I'm talking less) may be directly associated with a specific model detecfor just won't seek nonferrous out of ferrous as good. So yes I can make even a Deus run quieter in iron at the expense of missing targets, and this goes for many other detector models. Will Nox run totally quiet in ferrous ever? Truthfully likely not. Now depending on the size and shape of the iron Nox may run quieter in some sites vs others. An so folks reading here understand I am not referring to instability caused by EMi, but iron wrap and falsing. Remember anytime you take any new to you detector model into a challenging site, you must crawl before you can run. Don't expect to go and and find everything the detecfor is capable of, you likely won't. So what to do? My recommendation is to use park 2 with Sens at 20, iron bias 2 setting. Adjust speed to 7 if using 800 model, if using 600 model adjust speed to highest setting. Tone selection- I recommend 50 tones to start out with. Use factory park 2 disc. First thing you'll need to learn is what does iron false sound like. To learn this always remember likely more iron false signals in a site than there is actual nonferrous targets. Control your coil sweep speed, not too fast. When you eventually hit some nonferrous targets, Nox behavior with tone, when you start to realize this, the sound of iron and its behavior will become more apparent to you. Big iron- It will sound off lots of times. Will be a strong signal, almost like Nox is yelling at you. Believe it or not, this is probably the best tip in this piece here. Iron when Nox sounds off (when using factory disc), the iron is not as mellow sounding in reporting. Louder and more harsh sounding. Nonferrous will be smooth and have a little echo sound to it if you are wearing headphones. Pinpoint- use it, and when you do use, don't use it for sweeping coil for size of find but rather listen to the audio and learn to tell big target (iron). Now the reason I don''t recommend dismissing a target due to a person moving coil while in pinpoint, is because adjacent ferrous could indeed be by a nonferrous target and a user will be fooled thinking big iron and walking. (Makes your target bigger than it really is) Folks need to practice using pinpoint by getting a horseshoe, big cans, etc. and Pinpoint these at various coil heights and note pinpoint audio sound. When a user get a good tone in a polluted site, it may be a nonferrous target, it could be iron. Check with AM and see what suspect target sounds like. And rotate 90 degrees and check. If you turn 90 degrees and using AM and slowing move coil a tad listen. Now when using AM to check suspect targets. It is not exactly likely what folks may be thinking here. Meaning some folks may be thinking, oh sounds easy, if a get a good tone, switch to AM and check target, if no iron sound good nonferrous target, if I hear iron tone, walk, ferrous target. This is FAULTY logic when using Nox. For 2 reasons. Number one a nonferrous target can indeed be tangled in close with ferrous, hence the reason you hear the iron tone when checking in AM. Number 2 reason. Nox detector is one real bird dog of a detecfor, but depending on a targets' size, shape, orientation, conductive, detect mode used, etc. A user may indeed hear iron tone when checking a target with AM, and this iron tone heard NOT tied to ferrous materials being adjacent or near a nonferrous target, but instead the Nox is sorta confused. What the detecfor is seeing is the mineral. As the detector detects the nonferrous, the conductivity is dropping off or is being melded with mineral (so as coil passes, processing inside detector is saying mineral is overshadowing nonferrous signal) so fast when sweeping iron tone starts being heard in headphones. Now, really what a user wants to hear is iron tone on the edge of signal. (This doesn't mean a user won't get clean edge sounding targets (( no iron tone)) when checking using AM- you will at times) Key here, listen to the extreme middle of signal when using AM. Btw it is possible to hear iron tone on the edges of a nonferrous signal when using say factory disc settings when using detect mode and not be in AM. Depth of target based on detecfor settings and ground minerals can cause this. When you use AM, when over big iron, you'll hear a drum beat in the background. Now, here is where it gets tricky. There are 4 way hits when sweeping targets, and there a 2 way hits. The 2 way hits likely more challenged nonferrous, and challenged here means possible adjacent ferrous materials, or like Imsaid above target size, shape, orientation is playing on Nox , making it harder for Nox to detect. Yet Nox is still detecting. Lifting coil. A user can lift coil using Nox and can weed out some bigger junk nonferrous and iron. A word of caution here. A lower conducive relic shallow, you may raise coil several inches and it will still be giving fairly robust tone. A person can experiment using a button or a nickel and witness this. Nox has tendency to give a zinging sound when coming off of iron when swept. Nox seems not to do this while sweeping nonferrous objects. I should mention, it is possible to get trailing tone on nonferrous object when sweeping coil, this usually denotes higher challenged nonferrous target. So don't confuse this with this high tone zinging Nox does when coil comes off of some iron and nails. Couple things to notice to get hints if you are on the right track using Nox. Hunting in sites loaded with ferrous. Digging nails with 90 degree approximate bends in them. Digging targets that contain both ferrous and nonferrous. Like a ferrous screw with nonferrous washer attached or joined by corrosion process. Digging nonferrous out of holes and finding ferrous in the recovery process. Where can iron read on Nox? There is no set area exactly. Nails usually read 15-17 give or take. Bigger iron usually will run into higher 20 to 30s on the meter. Now, a user can start cranking on iron bias, and yes iron false a will be reduced. But remember this comes with a price, meaning separation/unmasking of Nox is being held back with higher and higher iron bias settings. A person once they spend lots of time in polluted sites with ferrous, they will start to see trends with Nox audio, behavior, etc. I can promise all who choose to venture into these polluted sites using Nox, with time you will be REWARDED. Now the smaller coil offering for Nox, if used might indeed be easier and can be a better choice depending. Use of Field 2 detect mode will be harder for a beginner to learn in iron, yet field 2 will indeed find things park 1/2 and field 1 won't see or see as good.
  47. 11 points
    Since i started using my Equinox i had found it to be a bit weak and couldn't get it to work right for the first couple of trips . But i have got the beach 1 mode sorted now and even though it could do with a single frequency option say 10 khts i have got to understand it better . And feel it is definitely the X.Terra replacement i was looking for or at least mostly . This morning i took the Nox to the beach at 5am hoping for something nice , all the trips out so far have yielded Silver and so i must have been doing something right . I have had 4 Silver rings in the last 2 trips along with a Silver Pendent , a Silver Bangle and a Silver Bracelet and around £65 in coinage . But today i was hoping for 1st prize and thats what happened . I started at 5am in the dark and stayed out till around 10.30am after walking 2 miles on the sand and shingle trying to find anything about , i did find the odd scattering of coinage as usual and some where around 6 to 8 inches in depth . Nothing deeper except large Aluminium "Aluminum" LOL . At around 7.30am i came across a target that was 14 TID and thought 10p or 50p which would have been fine and as i used my 3 pronged fork to dig out the target i saw what i thought was a junk dress ring , but in fact was a nice 3.3 g 18k Gold ring with a yellow stone in it . No idea on the stone but i will check it out later sometime . After finding that i kept up the pace but didn't find much more and so at 10.30am i left the beach . My total finds for today were £10.58p , 3 knackered Foreign coins and the Gold ring . So now i have found a Gold ring which i felt wasn't an easy find i have ordered my second Equinox 800 . The Equinox isn't all i had hoped in every way but it is 9 / 10 . The only things that could have been a bit better are software issues really . Maybe updates can be done ? They are a 10 khts frequency option on beach 1 mode so you can do dry tops without changing modes , And the other which cant be done through software is the poor battery endurance , charging every trip is awkward unlike the RNB charge on the Explorer. But anyway i like the Equinox . Its a little less capable than the Explorer and E.Trac in neutral ground but better in some trashy ground and better on some targets . Still dont rate the depth but then i still have to check other programs so the verdict is still out on that one . 9 / 10 .
  48. 10 points
    OK... so we are all aware of the non-stop complaints about how Minelab didn't include a printed manual with the Equinox series. Personally, I am used to online manuals, and generally don't need to have a printed reference handy for using most products. The Equinox is a bit different, and I found that I needed to go back to the manual repeatedly as I learn. I ended up printing a full sized copy with two-sided printing. That took 34 sheets of letter-sized paper, and in a loose-leaf binder, it was not exactly handy to take with me into the field. Hmmm...need another solution! Eureka! I ended up with a smaller booklet sized manual for only the cost of 17 sheets of paper and ink, and it is easy. Here's what this process will produce... It is relatively simple and if you have a duplex (Prints both sides automatically) printer, it is even simpler. If you don't have a full duplex printer, you will print one side of the 17 sheets, then reload them for the second side. What you get is a booklet that will fit in a finds bag pocket, and is easily referenced in the field. If you don't have a powerful or big enough stapler, UPS Stores or other office places will have one that can staple the middle of the booklet as shown below. And when you're done, here is a pic that will give you a visual... OK.. here's the ticket... Doesn't matter if you have a Windows or Mac computer. If you currently have Adobe PDF Reader on your computer, you are already set. If not, it's FREE and you can download it here...https://get.adobe.com/reader/ The site will automatically determine which operating system you are using and will download the correct version. Next, open the downloaded Equinox PDF Manual using Adobe reader, then FILE | PRINT. You will see the following screen: The first thing to do is to select "BOOKLET" where the top circle is. Then make sure that Portrait is selected, and then check the box for "Auto-rotate Pages...." Next click the Page Setup button on the lower left to get this window: Select the printer from the dropdown that you are printing to, then make SURE that the Scale is set to 100%. Then click OK Upon return to the original screen, press PRINT and you're on your way! If you want to insure that everything is set up right and test without wasting paper, go up the page to where it says "PAGES TO PRINT" and select the PAGES option and enter 1 - 1. That will only print the first page, and you should end up with the back page on the left, and the cover page on the right. WIth a duplex printer, on the flip side, you should have the WELCOME PAGE on the left, and page 67 on the right. It should not be upside down on the back. If using a single side printer, you should get instructions after the 17 pages print to reinsert the pages for back side printing. This manual is now very handy, and useful. Some of us older folks may need reading glasses for the smaller print, but it's readable and not extreme. Cheers!
  49. 10 points
    Okay guys, here is a quick run down on being behind the Nox for a few weeks now. Pictures are worth a thousand words so I will make each one brief as I can. First picture is of a box I just emptied my pouch out into. I actually had not emptied my trash pouch from all my hunts with the Nox. So there you see just what I've been digging the most of. You will see there ain't no can slaw or micro tiny pieces of aluminum in there. What you see are the good finds and bad mixed together. There are a few pull tabs, several aluminum screw caps and some other odds and ends. 20180323_222234 by Daniel Teague, on Flickr Site 1 - My yard. I put a description of it on the picture in red letters. The jest of my yard is this...it once had an 1850s house that sat on it, and several out buildings. By the time the 1980s rolled around, nobody was living in it any more and without any upkeep, things go down hill. The place was pretty much dilapidated, so they took a dozer and had some fun. We bought the place in the 1990s and I started detecting some time in the mid 90s. Since then, every detector I've ever owned has been over it and over it and over it. With each new model that came out, I would have to see if it brought anything new to the surface. Some times it did. Most times it didn't. It is loaded with iron and tin from the roof of the house and outbuildings, nails, door hinges, etc. This place was picked clean of high conductors by the CTX and eTrac and a plethora of coils for them. I was so desperate for signals that I eventually got to where I would dig anything that was above the 32 Fe line on the CTX, and had it worked down to where I could go out set up like that, and not hear or dig anything. Enter the Nox. I wasn't expecting it to do much HERE....maybe in other places but not here for some reason. That has not been the case. I've found things every time I take it across the yard. Starting with a pocket watch case that isn't pictured (its in my display case...forgot to get it out). Then a Spencer shell casing, then it just kept going. I'm still not done! The majority of this is found with digging only the 15 and up signals. There are so many in the 0 to 14 range that it will take a while to see what all they are. 20180323_222509 by Daniel Teague, on Flickr Site 2 is also on my property. I am clueless to what it really was, but in the early going I believed it was an old home site. However, lack of any home items like spoons, forks, etc has me rethinking it. All we've really found there are buttons and a few coins. There is evidence that something with a coal burning stove or furnace was there. But we've dug buttons by the boo coos and MOST of them with the shanks still attached. There was a mill that sat on the creek beside my house, and this place is within 200 yards of that. I have seen videos and hunts where guys are sifting and finding lots of buttons like this in areas for mills...something about them taking the clothes and using that material, and discarding the buttons. That might explain why so many buttons are here. No way that one family had THAT many clothes back then. I'm up to around 20ish with the Nox, and at least 100 over the years. Last machine to do any good in there was the MX Sport and Deus. It's a good test with the coal cinders and iron that are here. 20180323_222658 by Daniel Teague, on Flickr Site 3 is my bullet fields. If you've known me over the years on the forums, I talk about this place a lot. HIGHLY mineralized soil. The only VLFs to work in it are the ones with all metal modes. It generally takes a pulse machine to pull anything out of here any more. I have several videos of detectors at this place failing to produce signals on bullets we've located and then live dug. Some HEAVY hitting machines too. The Nox was a surprise here. It was best to run it in Field 2 or Park 2 mode with iron disc turned off...these bullets were deeper because we've hammered it with pulse machines and anything shallower or mid range has been picked over. Just to be able to pick up a bullet there past 6 inches is really saying something. These were coming in down to 11 inches in disc mode. I was super happy after this hunt. 20180323_222821 by Daniel Teague, on Flickr nox by Daniel Teague, on Flickr Site 4 is a local site in my town. We stumbled on it several years ago and its on of the places that actually has mild soil around here. Other VLF machines really put a hurting on it...I remember a buddy of ours hunting it with a 10x12 SEF coil on his V3i and digging 3 ringers crazy deep with it. I did the same with an MXT Pro and Ultimate coil. I actually only had about 20 minutes of day light left in the evening to hunt. There is one specific spot where coke slag is everywhere and most detectors have fits around it, except the pulse machines...and then they run into the problem of there being lots of iron in that area. I specifically wanted to see how the Nox fared in that spot. I need to go back there for sure. 20180323_222928 by Daniel Teague, on Flickr So what do you notice about the finds in the pics? Lots of low and mid conductors!! And not a lot of can slaw and slivers like people are thinking they are going to dig with the Nox. Actually my biggest trash item is probably the aluminum bottle caps at this point. They sound really nice...especially those yellow ones in the junk box with Mayfield on them. Those are milk container lids. I am more than happy and impressed with my machine and I know a lot more goodies are going to come. The thing to keep in mind here is these are places I and hunting buddies have hunted for years. I mean hunted into submission. The kind of place where when they ask "where are you going..." and you say where, they are like "Oh...well I gotta go count 4 leaf clovers in the yard, have fun". lol
  50. 10 points
    All the Gold Modes behave differently to each other on targets, this is due to the 2 channels having cross over points where the target response is a blend of High/Low and Low/High all at the same time. This "confused" type signal can make the audio sound muted compared to a dedicated one way signal in another mode, tricking the operator into thinking the target was louder in one mode over another. This is why it pays to go over patches in a range of modes to allow for each mode to respond best on any targets that were not so obvious in the mode used previously. The GPZ has a larger "range" of information available compared to previous PI machines, call it resolution if you like, which means each and every target is more individual in the way ZVT responds. JP
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