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  1. 9 points
    Most of us Prospectors are avid outdoorsman! You can find us with the same smile on our faces be it fishing or hunting. This Deer Season my old Buddy NuggetSlayer (Jeff), headed up to the hills to hunt some Deer. Well early into the hunt on opening day, he took carful aim at a 2x2 Blacktail Buck. One well placed shot, Jeff let the Deer run over the top of the ridge to bleed out as he hike to find the blood trail to track it down. It ran a little further than he expected, but the woods opened up and was easy hiking following the Deers trail. Called his hunting partner on the radio for some help, he had it field dressed ready for the hump back to the truck, when he arrived. With all the excitement of the hunt, he was dreading dodging all the pine trees and brush on the other side of the hill and down to the truck. Then it hit him, he was smack in the middle of and old Hydraulic Pit. He quickly changed from his hunting hat (even though it’s the same dirty one) to his prospecting hat! Deer hanging at camp and rested up he hiked back to the Hydro Pit and scouted it, he sent me pictures of both Deer and Hydro Pit. I told him it looks like a no-brainer, just a matter of getting it under the coil and dig it! We waited well after hunting season to finally get there with our GPZ’s. Chilly start with the trucks temperature gauge saying 25 degrees. But the little hike over the ridge made it feel a few degrees warmer, lol. As any Hydro Pit, plenty of trash...Relics to some, but the wrong color for today’s hunt. I finally, found a dink and called Jeff on the radio. Didn’t take him long to find one several yards from me. Jeff, made a big circle and came back to his spot and heard another possible target at the edge of his dig hole...yep another nugget! Well to make a long story short, he found a little spot that didn’t get washed away back in the day. We messed around making his hole bigger and 14 of them 15 nuggets came out of that pay material. Well this spot is to far for a day trip and it’s way to chilly, until after next Springs snow melt to finish this spot off and to explore the entire Hydraulic Pit. Now, Jeff can afford some Potato Salad with his Deer Steaks! Until the next hunt LuckyLundy
  2. 5 points
    The key to remember on any deep target is the signal you are trying to capture is from the target itself and that can be incredibly weak. The deeper the target is the wider the signal can be which makes sense when you consider the target is now in effect a coil itself. Therefore the Tx of the target has to get wider and broader the further away the Rx of your coil is. You also need to imagine the targets field as being sphere like not 2 dimensional, at the very center the field is at its strongest, the further away you get the weaker it is, therefore the receive coil has to be almost dead center over the strongest part of the field (where the Coils Rx is at its most sensitive) to get the strongest response. If you then allow for the way a Super D coil manifests its signal it makes sense that a Slow Motion filter and a wide accurate sweep is required to generate a recognizable response, the key here is repeat-ability and accurate movement of the coil through the targets field. Can you get the response to repeat when careful controls are in place to prevent Saturation and Salt signals? Having a VERY low noise floor in combination with minimal self inflicted noise input is vital in this process. JP
  3. 3 points
    I am getting questions via PM instead of the forum.... “Why did they put an external speaker on the Equinox? Is there anyone that even uses them now days? I know a few that have had trouble with the speaker leaking on the CTX” and “I saw a post saying the Equinox may well have a true AM mode like the Xterra does for prospecting. Would this bring it to an equalizing depth against the Xcal and CTX in the salt water? Have you tried the all metal mode and IF you have, could you do a post on it (true all metal, threshold based, does it lock on when the button is pushed or do you have to hold the button). Curious as to if it is something that could be used like an Excal in Pinpoint or if it is just a quick push of the button to go to a non-notched mode of discrimination.” My perception of Equinox is that it is a general purpose all terrain detector intended to take market share from Garrett AT and Deus. It is waterproof to ten feet and does have a multifrequency beach mode. I think it will do well in salt water. I question whether it will replace a true diving detector like the Excalibur with the hardcore water crowd. For people like me who get in the water maybe three weeks out of the year it’s just great however. Whether it proves sufficient for the hardcore water hunters, only time will tell. The all terrain, all purpose intent of the Equinox pretty much demands it include a speaker. It is just a fact that people expect detectors to have an external speaker. The Fisher CZ-7 was an early attempt to make a detector without a speaker (it had a plug in accessory speaker). It was not a well received idea. The Minelab SD, GP, and GPX detectors have no external speaker, and people have been selling external speaker kits ever since. The vast majority of people think a detector should have an external speaker.. Again, we are talking an all terrain detector here that will see more use out if water than in it, not a dedicated diving machine like the Excalibur. The Equinox has four Detect Modes. Park, Field, Beach, and Gold. The Park, Field, and Beach modes are discrimination modes. Everything is discriminated visually by target id and/or tones. You can block or notch out specific target id numbers or ranges. You can also, at any time, by hitting the “Horseshoe” button, go to a wide open “All Metal” mode where all items are accepted, similar as to the way it is done on X-Terra and CTX. This is not a true non-discriminating all metal mode, but a discrimination mode set to accept all items. The discrimination filter is engaged. You can at any time engage the pinpoint mode, which activates when you press the pinpoint button, and turns off when you press it again. It might serve like the all metal pinpoint on the Excalibur but I am a bit doubtful of that. The pinpoint of the Equinox currently “ratchets” automatically to focus on and pinpoint targets. This is still being tweaked so I can’t say for sure, but I personally would not buy an Equinox thinking it will duplicate how the Excalibur acts as far as pinpoint mode goes. It might in the final version, but I would not want to bet on it. The Gold Mode on the Equinox 800 is like the Prospecting Mode on the X-Terra 705, a true threshold based all metal mode. It operates at 20 kHz and 40 kHz and is too hot for salt water or wet salt sand. It might be good on dry sand for micro jewelry, but that’s it. For wet salt sand or in salt water, the Beach Mode, which only operates in multifrequency, will be the go to mode for most people.
  4. 3 points
    Hi and my first current post here. Guess my detecting passions lean towards gold nugget hunting, but mostly Caribbean shallow water treasure hunting. For years I have travelled with a group in search of such Caribbean Adventure, sharing comradery and expenses. I and others in our group have pretty much tried every water detector available, including customized land machines in waterproof boxes/bags, in search of the best Caribbean gold jewelry finder. There have been some Winners and mostly Losers for our style of hunting. On a 1 to 2 week treasure hunting vacation one needs an efficient detector that finds the most gold in the least time. I'll come right out and say the Top Dog for us has been the Minelab Excalibur- Period! The Excalibur consistently finds the most gold for us in the least time and so much so, all in our group use them. (our trips could almost be ML infomercials with a pile of Excaliburs in the back of our rental van!) I call the Excalibur a Caribbean Gold Magnet! (as many others already know). The Excalibur has a good balance for shallow water vacation travel. By that I mean, good in salt, loves gold, takes the abuse, long battery life and packable... The CTX 3030 has done well, but needs to be handled more gently, the battery does not last as long- with potential leak problems and is not easy to securely pack. The Garrett Infinium was the only PI that could give the Excal a run for the money and clearly outperform it in black sand. But listening to Infinium Hi-Lo and Lo-Hi tones some 8 hours a day becomes buggy! The ATX was interesting, but a heavy beast to pack. For quite some time I have suggested to ML that they come out with a new, smaller and lighter Excalibur... because the technology to do so is here! (I've been told an Excalibur can be stuffed into just headphones today!) A waterproof simplified BBS machine for beach/shallow water. Easy to pack so I can travel with 2 (one as back-up) and hot on gold jewelry. It does not even need an all metal mode, nor discrimination. With an Excalibur none in our group use discrimination- we hunt by ear/tone and rarely do we use pin-point. What I dreamed of was a lightweight Excalibur package and it looks like I will finally have to settle for something potentially even better- the Equinox! I want the new Equinox to work as I imagine so bad I can taste it! The ultimate Caribbean shallow water travel machine! Will it be? I sure hope so because just 1 or 2 gold/platinum finds will pay for this detector easy! I've decided to go out and join on the Equinox limb with others by ordering an 800. All it needs to do is find gold jewelry in the sea similar to an Excalibur. But can it? I suspect yes, because of what one can read between the lines. Like... Steve sold all his other similar machines! What doesn't that say about Equinox capability? Plus it would be very surprising ML would build a new technology multi-frequency waterproof detector, that didn't work well in saltwater? Then ML writes in plain English, talking about their Multi-IQ Technology "This enables maximum target sensitivity across all target types and sizes, while minimizing ground noise (especially in saltwater)". No, ML did not say their Equinox is a Killer saltwater machine here, but it sure is implied! I sure hope the Equinox release is soon, as I would love to take an Equinox on my next scheduled Caribbean trip this mid January! So Santa do you hear me now?
  5. 3 points
    It's been very hard to believe in my detector and I really got discourage at times finding nothing but junk on every target. Finally after a week of detecting every day for 3 or 4 hours or more I found something. It's not much but I no it works now. My GM 1000 will not be paid off any time soon at this rate but it sure beats sitting on my butt everyday waiting for the seasons to change.
  6. 3 points
    What England has beats the hell out of our Antiquities Act.
  7. 3 points
    "I will have faith in my gear" This should be no. 2 on the list of 10 Commandments for Electronic Prospectors. No. 1 is - I will love doing this even on days when I find no gold Well done, the next bits will come a lot easier I think.
  8. 2 points
    He was referring to the salt signal, once a coil size reaches the tipping point salt dominates the signal negating the depth advantage. JP
  9. 2 points
  10. 2 points
    Now that I've got your attention ... One interesting alternative I've seen to traditional walkin' 'n swingin' metal detecting is called the Hot Foot Rug. I'm sure many reading this have heard of it. Basically, from the looks of it it's a search coil apparently embedded into a flexible, rectangular carpet-like piece of material measuring from 18" to 6'. The carpet must, of course, be attached to a box, which the user can keep by their side or clip to a belt. The carpet itself can either be attached to a harness and pulled while walking or dragged behind a vehicle, enabling detectorists to cover a lot more ground -- and with less walking required -- than traditional "stick" detecting. The only thing that makes me not even consider buying one is what I consider to be the excessively-high price (then again, in my opinion MOST metal detectors and search coils are way overpriced.) Especially when dragging the carpet behind a vehicle I would assume the user absolutely must use a good set of noise-canceling headphones. I'm very surprised that the device mentioned above is about the only one of its type I've seen for sale. In my opinion -- and especially with so many detectorists being middle-aged and/or retired folks who aren't as mobile as they used to be -- you'd think there'd be quite a variety of such carpet-like search coils available. Does anyone here prospect with such metal-detecting rugs? My main interest is in prospecting for large, deep nuggets and this technique -- especially with my bad knee -- really appeals to me, as the rug search coil can be several feet wide, which dwarfs even the largest traditional round/oval coils. Any feedback or information on such carpet-type detectors would be appreciated.
  11. 2 points
    They are a variation on drag coils / tow coils. I bumped a recent thread on the subject to the top. I won't comment on the blanket style coil since I have never used one personally. The fact the Aussies have not lined up to buy them is all I need to know.
  12. 2 points
    I have good information that tells me the Equinox will handle mineralized salt water beaches just fine for a non-PI detector. I am confident enough that is the case I sold my CTX. Is it “better” than the CTX? I am sure that will be a subject of debate over the next year. The problem you face is that this is an early announcement, and the main focus has not been beach but coin and relics. Right now you only have three groups (four people) who are testers who have said much if anything. Remember, testers may or may not say anything at all. There is Brandon Neice, who appeared in the Detectival announcement videos, and who is based in Idaho. Brandon goes by Dr. Tones on YouTube There are Derek & Sharon McLennan of the DUG THAT OFFICIAL MINELAB EQUINOX 800-600 GROUP who are based in the U.K. And there is me in Reno, Nevada. Notice none of us is on the ocean. The Equinox has undergone salt water testing of course, but the fact is nobody has produced any solid information regarding that subject yet. I hate to say it, but people for whom those reports are of key importance - you are going to have to be patient and wait for the reports to appear. I know before most about any official reports and most new information appears on this forum with 24 hours of it appearing anywhere, and often times this is the first place you will hear about it. I would also keep a close eye on Brandon’s YouTube page and the Facebook group mentioned above. Previous thread on wet sand beach performance.
  13. 2 points
    So here are some of my finds with the 705. It is kinda hard to comment on the strengths of the 705 if no questions are asked but I will give it a try. I am experiencing problems with my computer so I will post these and switch to my phone for the info.
  14. 2 points
    I always "believe" the gold is there, but I NEVER dwell on the the thoughts that I MUST find some. So I don't get all bent out of shape if I come up empty handed. My thoughts are more like, How lucky am I to be out here doing this. Gold or no gold I enjoy all that is around me. I don't know if it is that thought pattern or not but my success rate is damn high. Ok....not on bigger bits of gold....as you would have seen. I also have the utmost faith in my equipment....& always have. Enjoy the hunt for all that it offers. I'm heading out there. Good luck out there JW
  15. 2 points
    Did Annie Oakley ever travel to Alaska? She would have been 32 when this coin was minted (died in 1926 at age 66). From Wikipedia: The Encyclopædia Britannica notes that: Oakley never failed to delight her audiences, and her feats of marksmanship were truly incredible. At 30 paces she could split a playing card held edge-on, she hit dimes tossed into the air, she shot cigarettes from her husband's lips, and, a playing card being thrown into the air, she riddled it before it touched the ground.
  16. 2 points
    I can even guess it happened on the Fourth of July. There is no more important holiday in the Alaska mining camps, with mines often closing and miners getting together for miner's meetings and such. The Fortymile Mining District 4th of July event is still very big, with miners coming out of the woods from creeks all around to attend. So I am seeing this as a possible 4th of July competition. That's the fun of detecting. What is it? Who held it last? Why did it get lost? We enjoy a direct connection to history few others enjoy.
  17. 1 point
    Last few years I have been working a nice stretch of land with many small creeks and tribs feeding them. The primary large ones apparently are the ones that the early miners worked and the ones I have focused on. I would work the banks, tailing piles and pretty much clear any targets out of the way. Over the years I have cleared sections of trash and gold that stretch up to a half a mile long along the creeks. I have basically cleaned it up pretty good. I still have miles of creeks to clean up downstream of these creeks that are littered with tailing piles. But before i do that I wanted to purchase a larger coil to hit some spots that I cleaned up. Thanks to Luke I am now a proud owner of the 18" Elite that I am taking out his morning to hit some of those areas I cleaned up. Hopefully there are some deep ones lurking ... Friday Morning : Today was the day....was working a bench way above the present creek and after an hour in a spot I been with other coils multiple times , the 18" elite groaned with a nice sharp deep tone...digging down about 15 inches out came this nice little 4.27 gram placer nugget. Outside of it being a bit heavy...the coil is extremely stable in medium ground, I was running it hot 14 gain, stab 8, enhanced mode, the 4500 purrred like a kitty. I've dug some deep targets ...the key with these large coils is to go very, very slow and use a bungee support system...found I could swing this 5 hours without to much discomfort. Overall I am very happy with the Elite! Thanks again Luke!
  18. 1 point
    Thanks Al for the welcome. Best of luck!
  19. 1 point
    Much has to do with location.. And by that I mean older established communities that remain quite the way they were 60 years ago as opposed to geographical locations.. Towns like that are just, well, friendlier -- even in the deep south.. However, regardless of location, the #1 and most important thing that gets you on to other people's lawns / property is initial impression.. You have anywhere from zero to maybeee 10 seconds after 'they' open their door to present yourself as: friendly, non-threatening, not selling anything, not wanting money either as a donation or for a service to be performed, 'fitting-in' both appearance-wise and language-wise, etc. and so forth.. Ezy-pzy, right..? Uh, no.. Welll, if it isn't an easy matter being able to affect an easy manner, what's the best way to begin the process of getting the pendulem of access success swinging in your favor..? Research.. There is simply no easy way around not knowing.. Not knowing what..? Not knowing why you're knocking on that person's door.. Knowledge of why you're knocking on this door, beyond the general catch-all of requesting permission to metal detect a person's property, is the best way to meet the initial impression requirements.. And guess what..? It's contageous.. In a good way.. If you're excited about wanting to detect a particular location because of what might await based on historical references, this excitement transfers to him-from-whom-you-seek-permission.. Disarming, isn't it..? Knowledge trumps BS every time.. So, if you want to come off as disarmingly charming every time, all you need to do is know what you're talking about.. This alone will get you through and beyond those all-important first ten seconds.. How things go from there is up to you.. Usually a fair percentage offer and a promise of leaving the property in at least the same if not better shape than initially found will result in access.. GL & HH.. Swamp
  20. 1 point
    Yes, I have meant Blake. He sold me my GM 1000. I will be joining their club shortly though the 6 mining claims they have, have been pretty well picked over. Their club events and knowledgeable people are worth the $20.00 membership.
  21. 1 point
    I can only guess that to get it certified for Human use would cost a heap of dollars and apparently the stuff sells like hotcakes now without doing all sorts of clinical trials. Again I say, try it or don`t try it, completely up to the individual. Here is a article I found about the stuff before I first bought it. cheers https://www.todaytonightadelaide.com.au/stories/horse-gel
  22. 1 point
  23. 1 point
    Are you gonna drag a backhoe along with you?
  24. 1 point
    Awesome! I finally got a tracking update for the new HF Coil. It should be here tomorrow. I just get s little edgy when things aren’t delivered when the tracking indicates it should be. very excited to try the 9”round HF coil out at the beach. Thanks everyone for letting me get a little stressed online.
  25. 1 point
    Also like Ridge Runner mentioned, there is a sticker in battery compartment with the serial number. The ones that also include a smiley face on that sticker are current upgraded units. I owned an MXS earlier this year and that was the case.
  26. 1 point
    I open this thread each morning expecting to find it gone astray, and instead find good discussion. I want just want to say thank you all for that!
  27. 1 point
    So the outside wires are the Tx and the inside wires are the Rx? Was reading up on concentric coils and found this one. 41" and almost $4700 when converted to Aus dollars. Wonder if it could be made to fit the Gpx. Quote: Nexus Standard MP V2 equipped with the 41" (1.04 m) Carbon Fiber concentric search coil forms the deepest induction balance metal detector set on the market today. Many companies claims their detectors are the deepest, but when it comes to depth only one factor counts - absolute size of the search coil. Our 41” Carbon Fiber concentric search coil is by far the largest of all coils meant for use with hand held metal detectors.The 41” Carbon Fiber concentric search coil is extraordinarily light, in fact the lightest for its size –at only 1070 grams.
  28. 1 point
    They were 4 or 5 inched deep about 10 feet apart. I went back this morning and circled the area and never found another one. Theres always tomorrow.
  29. 1 point
    Unless you are doing this as a for profit thing, I agree with Fred. You simply have to see enough gold to get your interest. That varies depending on the person, but for me any decent showing of gold is worth following up on. There will usually be better concentrations of gold in the creek bottom than on the banks, but nothing is 100% in gold prospecting until you prove it. If you have not done it yet, a hand fed sluice box is the cheapest volume sampling device you can get. Before going to a dredge I would recommend shoveling a few yards through a sluice. A lot of this book is overly technical but it is free and describes how the professionals go about it. Some good tidbits in there. Placer Examination - Principles and Practice by John H. Wells
  30. 1 point
    The amount of gold would depend on your expectations...how much is enough to justify the work? If there is good bedrock I would sample the cracks and hardpack...sniping is a simple way to do that in shallow water...some pics of the area might produce more informed responses. Nuggets of any picker size would certainly get my attention! fred
  31. 1 point
    Actually just found this video test between a GPZ and GPX on an undug target using larger coils. Hopefully Nenad does not mind me posting his test here on this forum and subject. There appears to be very little difference between both the GPX and GPZ on this target.
  32. 1 point
    1892-O quarter in pretty good shape. I was pretty happy.
  33. 1 point
    I was at Ganes Creek, Alaska in 2002 on a gold nugget hunt using my White’s MXT. It was early days before they bulldozed for people and so there was a lot of non-ferrous trash found each day while looking for gold. One day I decided to take a picture of the junk from one day of detecting to show people how many holes got dug for trash. And this is only the non-ferrous. Any bolts, nuts, cans, etc. get dumped in the nearest pond throughout the day. So I take this picture and before I go to toss it in the trash a broken grommet in the upper right catches my eye. It is not a grommet at all, but an 1892 Barber Quarter with a hole shot though it! Large caliber at that, which split the coin. Any normal days I would have just dumped that stuff in the trash bin without looking at it, so my taking the photo was fortuitous indeed. This coin really is one that did almost get away! I like to imagine that it was all about. Why is there a hole shot in this coin? A bet or just somebody showing off? The edges of the coin are pounded also, prior to the coin being shot. Just a really interesting find with a White's MXT. My only Barber quarter find and it has a hole blown through it!
  34. 1 point
    Hi there billdean. To answer your question about not knowing what a bench is. Here is some footage & info. The first one is a bit slow but the picture will tell you a thousand words. http://www.mygoldpanning.com/ancientriverbedsandhighbenches.html Hope that explains it for you & now you will have a heap more spots to check out. Good luck out there JW
  35. 1 point
    I'd bet its a bullet hole for sure..Tossed in the air and shot right through the middle by a sharp shooter...Maybe thats taking it a bit too far but treasure hunters have to dream big you know... strick
  36. 1 point
    My Sovereign GT is the one I won't part with. My Deus with the HF coils is awesome on our SoCal beaches wet or dry, is lightweight and is as good as the GT at finding targets.
  37. 1 point
    Most of my stellar finds have been in the front and backyards of private homes in my area. My thinking was, all of our societies "going ons" is/was in the backyards of America. From Birthdays to graduations to the yearly 4th of July get togethers. It's all there. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the gardners who lose their jewelry.
  38. 1 point
    Except for a small hand full of people most of you don't know exactly who I am. On these forums I go by goldseeker4000 but my name is Reese Townes and I have been detecting for gold nuggets and coins since 1980. I write articles on gold detecting for ICMJ Prospecting & Mining Journal. I have an ebook out called "Last Chance The Prospectors Field Guide To Finding More Gold". I am currently writing my second book that is strictly on gold detecting. I have a new article in the mining journal that will be out in a few days for December's issue. I bought my 705 in 2009 as a detector to compliment my Gpx4000 to get the tiny gold that the 4000 misses. I sold my 4000 in 2012 and from the time I bought my 705 to the time I sold my 4000, I had only found one nugget with the 4000. I had found many with the 4000 before this period of time but just the one while owning the 705. I sold the 4000 because since buying the 705 all the nuggets I was finding were found with the 705. It is light weight extremely sensitive and is an over all very enjoyable detector to hunt with. A lot of people do not give this detector the respect and credit it is due. When I sold the 4000 I was forced to really get to know how to operate and find gold with the 705. This detector is capable of finding gold as small as the monster and goldbug 2 but will find it deeper than the goldbug 2. It is far more sensitive than most people think and as a result most people will hunt it a little hot but I have found the tiniest piece of gold with it on a sensitivity of 5 at a depth of 3 inches. There is a lot I have to say to all who want to learn the secrets the 705 is harboring. I will add to this thread this weekend when I am able to do so with my laptop which is where all my photos are regarding nuggets I have found with the 705. I will be doing some educational videos on detecting for gold nuggets in the spring and one of them will be on finding gold with the 705. So if any of you have questions about this unsung hero in the world of gold detecting , by all means present your questions regarding the 705.
  39. 1 point
    I think you may have it on that guess.....
  40. 1 point
    looks like a decorative cap to a curtain rod or lamp...
  41. 1 point
    Targeting shallow low mineralised areas with the Xterra 705 was the key to having a bit of fun on gold with that machine. I get a little frustrated with the continual manufacturer bias towards DD coils on VLF detectors to try and tame mineralisation, don't get me wrong they are needed but they do limit things a lot when you need to whip the coil to get into the tiny surface gold. I like to run a VLF hot and prefer a concentric coil for the Zip Zip response they produce, then its just a matter of targeting shallow less mineralised areas where tiny nuggets are prolific and then go have some fun. If the detector is too noisy turn the volume down a bit first before you back off on the sensitivity, sensitivity reduction on a VLF blows the target signal really quickly. The key is to clearly hear the Zip Zip signals over the ground feedback. JP
  42. 1 point
    Thats not far from Pismo...plenty to look for over there. The great thing about a metal detector is you can take them just about anywhere and entertain your self. Thanks for the nice photos... strick
  43. 1 point
    Thank you for the lovely welcome wishes! Yes and Ridge Runner You are right you can not take anything with you on the last trip except the many experiences the soul has made. Many greetings, Legolas!
  44. 1 point
    Looks like a great ride anyway, even without detecting!
  45. 1 point
    - - plus you can have some juvenile fun when not detecting
  46. 1 point
    Hijack is fine Paul. I see it's now a separate thread anyway. Here's Reg's early model detecting sled again: He now uses a sheet of conveyer belting - much simpler! The streamers are thrown out when a signal is heard and followed up with a hand detector.
  47. 1 point
    Well that speed test is nothing new, even with the Iron. Here is Deus Fast stock program.
  48. 1 point
    Discontinued like 7 years ago, I think. I don't care to purchase used electronics, generally, so I never thought I'd own a legendary discontinued unit. Then I found a new unit on Ebay and pounced... with my fingers crossed. I wasn't even looking for a Sovereign, was looking at Tesoros...lol. It was listed in an odd catagory but was actually a suggestion I saw from Ebay. Just luck, really, but I paid the full original retail price to have it because I was like, "Sovereign GT new in box? Pshhht....buy it NOW"! A too good to be true impulse buy, more or less. I suffered buyers remorse until I hunted with it a few days. It is the only machine I baby in use. I'm happy with mine.
  49. 1 point
    When I posted the video showing the Makro Gold Racer recovery speed using two nails and a gold ring, it caused me to reflect on the various internet nail tests. Nearly all employ modern round nails, when these items rarely present issues. The common VDI (visual discrimination scale) puts ferrous items at the low end of the scale, and items with progressively increasing conductivity higher on the scale. The problem is the size of items also matters. Small gold is low on the scale, and the larger the gold, the higher it reads on the scale. A silver quarter reads higher than a silver dime, etc. All manner of ferrous trash including medium and smaller nails fall where they should when using discrimination and are easily tuned out. The problem is large iron and steel items, and ferrous but non-magnetic materials like stainless steel. Steel plates, large bolts, broken large square nails, axe heads, hammer heads, broken pry bar and pick tips, etc. all tend to read as high conductive targets. Usually it is just the sheer size pushing it higher up the scale. Detectors also love things with holes, which makes for a perfect target by enabling and enhancing near perfect eddy currents, making items appear larger than they really are. Steel washers and nuts are a big problem in this regard, often reading as non-ferrous targets. Oddball shapes cause problems, particularly in flat sheet steel. Old rusted cans often separate into irregular shaped flat pieces, and roofing tin (plated steel) and other sheet steel items are my number one nemesis around old camp sites. Bottle caps present a similar issue in modern areas. These items produce complex "sparky" eddy currents with both ferrous and non-ferrous indications. Many thin flat steel items produce remarkably good gold nugget type signals in old camp areas. Two general tips. Concentric coils often handle ferrous trash better than DD coils. A DD coil is often the culprit when dealing with bottle caps where a concentric coil often makes them easy to identify. Another thing is to use full tones. Many ferrous items are producing both ferrous and non-ferrous tones. Blocking ferrous tones allows only the non-ferrous tone to be heard, giving a clear "dig me" signal. This was the real bane of single tone machines with a simple disc knob to eliminate ferrous objects. You still heard the non-ferrous portion of the signal. Multi tones allows you to hear the dual ferrous/non-ferrous reports from these troublesome items, helping eliminate most of them. Certain detectors can also show multiple target responses on screen at once, like the White's models featuring the SignaGraph (XLT, DFX, etc.) and CTX with target trace. These displays show target "smearing" that stands out differently from the clean VDI responses produced by most good items. A machine with a simple VDI numeric readout can only show you one number at a time and the only indication you might get is "dancing" numbers that refuse to lock on. Usually though the predominate response overrides and fakes you out. This is where a good high end visual display capable of putting all VDI response on screen simultaneously can really help out. I have been collecting these odd iron and steel items to practice with and to help me evaluate which machines might do best in ferrous trash. The main thing I wanted to note here is contrived internet videos with common round nails often present a misleading picture. Many machines do very well on nails yet fail miserably on flat steel.
  50. 1 point
    Ahhh yes, tin is a pain in the arse. On both deus and gb pro/f19, I find as far as vdi, if numbers change much while turning 90 degrees, its tin. But audio tells better story. Often the tin will sound ragged at edge of detection, rather than good, clean tone. And/or size aint right. The worst though, are those small, coin size pieces. I still dig a majority of the hits I get that Im pretty sure will be tin, especially when using a pick , at least while I have the energy.
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