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  1. 9 points
    Well I had a good day today at my usual stomping ground, I persisted with my Gold Bug Pro with the Nel Sharpshooter coil and finally got a nugget, it's only small but it's a keeper, I'll be keeping it forever, most likely i'll be keeping all of my gold forever but anyway, just happy to prove to myself I can do it. I spent the morning digging out gravel and running it through the sluice, my hole must of been 3 meters x 3 meters by about 60cm to 80cm deep in the end in the flowing creek, made for a nice swimming hole as the creek is so shallow it has nowhere you can take a dip which I am glad of as it was so hot today just being in the water was great, without the water I would have overheated. Got about 90 little bits of gold during that time with the sluice, then I decided I'd run the GB Pro in the hole as there is no way anyones detected down there and bang, almost straight away a good signal! A tiny little bit of digging around with my pro pointer AT and then I felt it vibrating like mad and there it was, my first little detected nugget! Very proud. On the scales it tips just under .4 of a gram. It proves my GBPro is more than capable I just wasn't where any gold the size it can detect could be found. The hard work paid off. I may just get off my GBP learners permit and be able to drive the thing like a pro one of these days :) Here is a photo, its a few days shovel and bucket sluicing along with the red circled GB Pro gold nugget, sorry for my poor photo and editing skills :)
  2. 5 points
    What I love about detecting is that the worst thing that happens is you have a great time outdoors... Congratulations on your first find.
  3. 5 points
    JW, Years ago when I first started selling detectors, I realized I needed to have good stories and photos. This was before the internet became popular and way before GoPros. If I shared with customers some of my stories of success it reeled them in much easier. Now I realize it is not the detectors I sell...It is dreams and adventure. Keep it up my friend...the stories, photos and adventures. You are reeling us in with each one and we like it.
  4. 5 points
    small gold is a game of inches your small coil may only see a target at 2 inches or less. so what I suggest and what I do is to pick an area where gold was found before , rake or dig away the overburden down to the bedrock checking with the detector every six inches or so . use a crevice tool and get the tip of the coil as close to the bedrock cracks as possible . good luck
  5. 4 points
    Hi there you lot, Happy Prosperous & Prospecting New Year to you all. Hope you all had a joyess festive season & that 2018 sees you getting your share of the precious yellow metal. My last day of detecting in 2017 was on the 23rd of December where I went to a couple of old timer turned over gully workings. It was a stinking hot day & I was struggling in the heat & dry conditions. Hard ground & lots of shot gun pellets & general junk. I moved on to a run of old prospect pits that now had power lines running down them. I struggled here back in my PI days with EMI but did manage a few bits with small mono coils. Tried DD's & in cancel mode but no joy. So I tended to avoid these workings. When I first got the Zed I hit them & got a few small bits. That was in the conservative settings. This time I was running the hot settings. Sensitivity flicking between 18-20. It was a tad noisy due to the power lines & the hot settings, but nothing I didnt think I could handle now being so use to the hot settings. A signal still leaps out amongst it all. My first signal was not long in coming. A sassy bit of gold. Looking back up towards the power lines. There was of course the usual shot gun pellets but then another sweet signal came in. Another small bit of gold. Yet another wee signal. And a tiny bit of gold for the Zed. Close to the power lines & another signal on the top of a throw out pile. Another tiny bit of gold. I then had a play with the the Gold Monster. Deep All Metal mode & flicking between Auto+ & Manual 10 sensitivity. No head phones, just the detectors internal speaker with volume down a few notches as it is plenty loud enough. Scoop a must so the coil doesn't pick up on your hand. After numerous shot gun pellets I was finally rewarded with a tiny piece of the good stuff. I managed one more small piece with the Monster before calling it quits for 2017. So 2 for the monster. And Four for the Zed. For the grand total of 1.06 grams At least I wasn't skunked & I was happy to end 2017 with a bit of gold to show for my last day of detecting for the year. The next day, Christmas Eve day, Mrs JW & I packed our gear, the jet boat, & headed to the South Westland coast for a few days. Mrs JW had a wedding to video on the Wednesday so we took two cars as I was going to stay on for a few more days as the weather was looking to be good. Which is unusual for the West Coast. While Mrs JW was there we did a jet boat run up the Aarawhata River to my mates bush camp. When we got there he had just returned from further up the river & was tying up his jet boat. He got a hell of a surprise to see us rock up. We went up to his camp & he put the billy on. He was planning on coming out that evening as it was due to rain that night & when it rains on the Coast it can RAIN & the river can become very ugly very quickly. So after our brew we headed on down the river & to a mates place of my friend. Which suited Mr's JW sleeping wise. It rained that night but not too bad. Next day the Arawhata was up quite a bit & the boat launching area was under water. So that was a no go. So we went to the Jackson river & did a run up from there up to Lake Ellery. That was stunning. To be continued........ Good luck out there. JW
  6. 4 points
    I can’t figure it out, but this nugget has to look like something to sombody...any ideas?
  7. 3 points
    Great links David - thanks! Jeff's table of differences covers it - there are really only two MXTs. The others were coil and paint job variants. If the unit has no Ground Grab button it is the newer MXT Pro. Anything without the Ground Grab button is the older MXT.
  8. 3 points
    I'm very pleased with my first find, and I agree, swinging my detector around being outdoors looking up at the mountains and walking along crystal clear creeks is hardly a punishment, this is my metal detector beginners playground, a public fossicking place called 12 Mile Delta marked on the photo and this is the creek I found my nugget!!!! and all of my sluiced gold of course The great thing about detecting in New Zealand is the countryside is stunning, a joy to be in the outdoors.
  9. 3 points
    Thanks everyone for the great replies. I have two takeaways I. I am feeling a bit of site-envy after reading Randy's excellent post and 2. Based on many of the comments I'm thinking we may give Equinox a case of performance anxiety! Hopefully, the long arduous wait will soon be over, and we can move on from speculation to reality based postings
  10. 3 points
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  12. 2 points
    The WM12 is easy to disassemble - four TT10 Torx screws. You can then test the battery or have it tested (I don't know about that part)? Click for larger views... From http://parts.minelab.com/category-s/146.htm
  13. 2 points
    Modded SDC has been field tested and proved itself AOK after these few refinements, have replaced original made up armrest with a GM1000 Monster armrest, much more comfy, also because it was operating with bugger all range have removed the Pro-sonic tranii from inside and placed externally. I suspect internally it was being influenced by the SDCs electronics. As per the photo below it now has, as its power supply the flat pack 2700Mah on the left, rather than the 2x18650s on the right, this allows the simple USB charger (in the fore) to be used and further cuts the weight. With this battery pack a days run time is no drama whereas the 18650s give near 2 days run time and can be easily used should they be needed. I am very happy with this mod, the SDC is much lighter, more stable in operation, more powerful and no longer a beast to swing, if the NF coil that is currently being trialed is a success this will be purchased and fitted, I feel the center mounted coil over the SDCs original will further enhance this mod.
  14. 2 points
    Good to know. Thanks to both David and Steve for responding. The world of metal detectors is rich in traditions, conventions, and naming/renaming practices. For example, there are two Fisher Gold Bugs (1990's and 2010's versions), which are very different detectors. Then again, there is the Fisher F19 -- different name but just the (new) Gold Bug with a few added features. How many White's Goldmaster (and Coinmaster) models have been made, some similar and some quite different? This is another example of knowledge being valuable. The older MXT's on Ebay tend to sell for quite a bit less (typically $100 or more) than the newer ones. Are the few differences worth the added cost? You're probably tired of hearing that I lost 35 years between my early days of detecting and my current stretch. Thankfully I have all of you here to fill in the knowledge gap. Thanks!
  15. 2 points
    Its on a restricted site elsewhere . Paid subscription is needed too . Theres more to the Equinox than most know . Wish i could say but i will be skating on very thin ice i think. Even i am limited on knowledge.
  16. 2 points
    Alright the pic below all finds from one site using the HF coils so far. This site had loads of action by Deus and LF coils and other detector models. Two what I consider prize finds not shown above, Spansih bit and half dime. Yes there are some nails in the pic. Remember a learning curve happened as these finds were being made. I will talk about each coil here separately. The round HF coil is my favorite all arounder for Deus hunting old sites. Whatever Xp did while under the hood Designing/engineering this coil -kudos. User IMO will dig little iron even when pushing the coil to it limits trying to Eek out nonferrous objects. Most of my time has been spent and the finds found above using 28.8khz using both coils. I when running round HF coil have done quite a few head to head not with other detector models, but instead against Deus itself using LF coils as well as comparing round HF coil against itself by changing freqs and other settings. In a nutshell during my locating of all the nonferrous objects. When locating suspect targets with 28.8 khz and keeping all other settings the same just checking targets using 14.4khz, (round HF coil) the following was witnessed. There were no times were actual tone pitch quality improved by selecting 14.4khz. There were times though where tone volume was higher when selecting 14.4khz (stronger tone) yet audio pitch more compromised. On targets where using 14.4khz seemed to mirror for the most part. the signal achieved when using 28.8khz, these targets rounder, disc shaped. This is not to mean 14.4khz gave equal tone on all disc shaped nonferrous. Irregular shaped defintiely 28.8khz odds on favorite for signal quality. Deep iron and nails. This to me is the most remarkable thing this coil does. A person can chase signals and find little iron if they stick to their guns as far as dig no dig decisions for signal signature, quality, length, repeatability. One thing I notice 0 disc, IMO using a person will think a suspect target is indeed ferrous, whereas if they check target with level 3 disc the user might just hear something different although slight to give them the clue(s) to dig. Running zero disc for whatever reason allows some/more iron tinge on edge of signals(nonferrous objects), that little rolly Polly at the edge that in normal instances would make a user think ferrous. On nonferous targets dug prior to digging, many many times when comparing 14.4khz to 28.8 kHz, coil positon, coil swing speed allowed advantage here near 100% advantage to the use of 28.8khz. Using 28.8khz seems is like Deus audio is changing gears when comparing target using 14.4khz. Just a tad higher sounding pitch that keeps the signal moreso out of iron range (so as not to fool a person). I am also noticing more mixed ferrous/nonferous targets dug. Not buttons with steel backs but other things. I have dug overalls buttons (both ferrous/nonferous) And I believe I was passing these up, until I figured out what this coil was telling me tone wise. Alright I said earlier the round coil does well in ferrous as far as giving clues so a person doesn't dig. Usually when a detector sees real well in iron, it can cause bigger relic iron to give off signals to fool a person thus they dig. Take a look at this pic. Quarter in pic for scale. This piece of relic iron orientation unknown dug from 8.5" deep. Why did I dig this? Well. This object yielded a signal knowing what I know now a signal with <10 % chance of being nonferrous. Signal had the smallish rolly Polly extension on the edges of signal. I experimented while,over this target by varying disc level. As I swept while increasing disc at level 8 target all but gone-faint and broken. Now I am bringing this here up here so I can share another experience. I dug a piece of lead medium sized irregular shaped, This target yielded almost the same exact tone, tone signature as the relic iron above. Still the lead object gave a tad less rolly Polly on the edges of signal. But raising disc level to 8, this lead object still yielded what I consider good tone. Could this checking with higher disc be one weapon to help a person in the field? Next the HF elliptical coil. A user imo will no doubt dig more iron going after signals. But this coil can indeed sneak nonferrous out of sites the round HF coil just can't do. Funny thing here. When I was running the 9" and 11" LF coils in this site using 18khz. I found I could get away with loser disc setting (2-2.5) using the 9" LF coil, and would have to use disc setting 3.0 while using 11" LF coil. But going to the smaller elliptical coil I find running disc at 3.5 vs running the disc at 3 using the round HF coil while using full tones. The elliptical is definitely hotter on nails vs round HF coil, the tonal signal, pitch, behavior just isn't here with the elliptical coil, vs the round HF coil. The elliptical coil is quieter running though (chatter) with equivalent sens settings vs the round HF coil. Using both of these coils, IMO ditch the backphones when trying to bear down on hard hunted sites. Both of the HF coils do seem more times than not to provided lower sounding tone on nonferrous vs ferrous. I like that, one clue while sweeping. Here is a pic of 2 of the targets (ferrous and nonferrous). The smaller object is ferrous on both sides but nonferrous in the middle. The other bigger target, the rim is ferrous with the rest nonferrous. Both of these targets (orientation unknown when dug) gave a tough to discern signal yet discernible using round HF coil. Maybe why they were still in this hard hunted site. This will likely conclude my reporting of the XP Deus HF coils here until I get the mighty Equinox. Then you may see me posting some comments comparing.
  17. 2 points
    Coil size is one of my main concerns. Wondering how the larger coil might do in the cloud of nails areas where I usually hunt. Speed is of high importance, but large coil size tends to increase masking on a large scale.
  18. 2 points
    This morning i woke up at the usual time of 5am and got my gear together , this time i used my Explorer 11 and the Pro coil . I got to the beach at around 7am and it was still dark . I looked at the usual beaches and saw that the beaches had started to build up , i was working for the last few days and i have heard that it wasn't bad during that time because of bad weather . But now it was looking poor . So i walked to a few beaches further along and found that the beaches were looking good . Normally i wouldn't search here due to my normal beaches being very productive . So i got started and i started to find coinage in small pockets or scuffed out areas next to groins . I was thinking it would be really nice to find a ring along here as i have only found 1 Gold ring this far along and that was in 2014 for a person who had lost it and asked me to look for it . I found that with my Terra 705 in less that 5 minutes after it had been lost for most of the day and gone through a hide tide. I found that as i was going along that coinage was being found in a long line and then i came up against a target that read on my Explorer 11 ??? (on the ET it reads 12 21) and i dug it thinking 20p piece . By the time i had scooped out 6 inches of sand and shingle from the hole i saw a ring . I had my magnifying glass with me so checked it out and i saw 916 which i know to be 22k . That got me all fired up but i couldn't find any more rings . I did find more coinage and by the end at around 12 midday i had £30.80p and a decimal old Half Penny and the what i now know to be 6.2 g 22 k Gold ring .In amongst the coinage is a lot of the older Pound coins which are not legal tender but can be taken to the bank and paid into an account. I will be out again but not sure when , tides are short and i might have a lack of time till next week.
  19. 2 points
    Update: USING GOLD FIELD Been out today on a old Roman site, very worked out for many years, believe me, finds here are very far and few between..... however I searched using G/Field, lots of iron naturally, struggled initially, with the amount of feedback from iron contamination on this site,,, however this program is relatively new to me, so persevere I did,, as the day went on things started to all click, what was the game changer was when I experimented with the XY Screen,, ( I've never been fan of this before) but it's extremely accurate using G/ Field!! Amazingly accurate information!! My advice to anyone interested in trying G/Field is to have a try using the XY screen! I certainly was amazed with the accuracy! By the end of the day I managed to find several Roman coins including 1silver Denarius! All in all ,,,, very impressive! settings below....( GB of 66 was grabbed early in the day and I never had to adjust for rest of the day, machine ran really stable on this GB number) Elliptical coil Disc...IAR 5 GB.... 66 reactivity ... 4 sens.... 95.... Audio Response.... 4 threshold...0 Frequency...74 KHz XY Screen Hope this helps at least one person!!!! regards Dave.
  20. 2 points
    http://www.detectorprospector.com/gold-prospecting-equipment/whites-electronics-mxt-metal-detector.htm http://www.findmall.com/read.php?25,1900900 http://www.findmall.com/read.php?25,2229859 Excellent link here. http://nevada-outback-gems.com/MXT_files/MXT_basepage.htm http://www.findmall.com/read.php?31,1627602 http://forums.whiteselectronics.com/showthread.php?46888-Question-to-whites-about-mxt-and-mxt-pro http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/white-s/348134-whats-difference-mxt-300mm-mxt-tracker-e-series.html https://www.losttreasure.com/Home/FieldTestDetail/6204
  21. 2 points
    Sounds like you are set for nugget detecting already Rod. The 19 kHz Gold Bug Pro and 705 with 18.75 kHz coil plus the 19 kHz Nokta FORS Gold+ are roughly comparable in performance on nuggets. The earlier 15 kHz Nokta FORS Gold has been discontinued but is still available new from some dealers. If you just want something new to play with, $250 is a smoking deal on a 705 in good condition. It is certainly a more feature rich detector than either the Gold Bug Pro or Nokta Gold. Be aware X-Terra 705 counterfeits exist. https://www.minelab.com/customer-care/stop-counterfeits
  22. 2 points
    Sometimes the bandwagon is the right place to ride!
  23. 2 points
    This is the good stuff I was able to pull out of the ground yesterday and today. I have really been focusing on digging "gold" type targets which is why I have all the nickels. I managed one ring but I think it's junk(no hallmark) 4 silver dimes, two harmonica reeds, marbles, some tokens, lipstick case(I think) and the 611 brass tag. What isn't here is the 67 pop tops and beaver tails that I dug in my quest for gold. I'm trying to keep track of all my trash gold sounding targets this year so I can develop some sort of ratio of how many pop tops I dig to gold. I also dug some mystery coins, bigger than a penny, smaller than a quarter and thin. No idea what they are. This was really made possible due to the rain we finally got on Monday and Tuesday. Instead of dirt cement I had wet dirt which allowed me to dig quickly.
  24. 2 points
    Fantastic Pics JW, its on my bucket list to do a tour of NZ beautiful place, looks like I might have to pack my detector
  25. 2 points
    Chase, I couldn't agree with you more, here. I sure do hope Minelab provides this; nothing worse than having settings on a unit that are "briefly referred to" in the manual, but not explained -- in terms of what the engineer's objective was when designing the mode or setting. On the other hand, if information was provided so as to help users to understand not ONLY what the mode or setting is designed to do, but why/how it's trying to do so, then a user might more easily be able to logically anticipate OTHER scenarios or conditions or objectives where using that mode or setting might be an appropriate choice. Instead, we are left to stumble about in the dark, experimenting blindly with different combinations of settings and modes, and trying to eventually figure out "what works" in a given site, but maybe never really knowing "why," and thus -- not knowing how to determine when those same modes and settings might succeed or fail at a different site, or in a different scenario. In other words, a manual saying "Park mode is designed for hunting in parks or yards. If you wish to detect in a park or yard setting, switch to park mode" is next to useless. I know not everyone cares about such details, but I sure do -- I like to know what the implications are every time I push a button or change a setting, and how that button push or setting change might positively OR negatively affect OTHER settings or modes I might be running at the same time. "Black boxes," so to speak, are my bane. When all the logic is withheld from the user, and instead happens "behind the scenes" -- with the end user simply told "do this," then there's no way for the user to understand in what specific scenarios the "black box" is best utilized, what possible "failure modes" exist (with respect to whatever the "black box' is trying to do), and how to adjust when whatever the black box is designed to do is not working according to plan... I guess that's my long-winded way of saying, "I agree with you, Chase!" Steve
  26. 2 points
    Here is another interesting find, the Dragon Head. You folks are slowing down with the photos of neat gold nuggets...come on..lets see.
  27. 2 points
    Steve has hit the nail fair & square on the head. That is exactly how it is. Well I know it was/is for me & as flakmagnet has said, I am sure most of the people in this forum do as well. To keep being dedicated it helps to have a love & a passion of the great outdoors & ALL it has to offer. For me personally, I just love being "out there" the gold being a bonus. I have more to say but I am off out for a "hunt". Good luck out there JW
  28. 2 points
    I can promise you that most people who are good with a pan, sluice, or dredge have a hard time adjusting to metal detecting. I ALWAYS find gold with that kind of gear if there is gold around to be found. Detectors on the other hand you can wander around in gold bearing ground for days not finding gold. Now why keep doing that, when just grabbing the pan or sluice gets gold every time? Detectors are cherry picking devices, only good on shallow, larger gold. In areas where there is lots of fine flaky gold and no nuggets to speak of, a pan is a better choice. I look at detectors more as big game hunting. Most detectorists are chasing “the big one” and detectors have a proven history of being good at that sort of thing. What they are bad at is consistent results, and many people simply do not have the patience for days on end digging nails and bullets hoping for gold. It is vastly harder yet being new to it. Once a person finds a few nuggets with a detector, the fact it is so hard also makes it really rewarding when success does occur. It can therefore get quite addictive as facing adversity and overcoming it is very satisfying. Up to that point however it can be nothing but frustrating. Most of us have been where you are and feel your pain, and are seriously rooting for you!
  29. 2 points
    Here is the video of the GMT that could help you or anyone else with a few tips/tricks being shown. Now realize, I am not saying the GMT can't find Big Gold...because I have found some good sized pieces with it and some of my customers have found bigger..but the X-705 does it better on big gold and the GMT does it better on small gold.
  30. 1 point
    Is one of these any better than the other for nugget hunting or are they about the same? How do they stack up compared to the GMT? Any input appreciated as always. Thanks
  31. 1 point
    Enjoy DrTones24k Published on Jan 6, 2018 ”Well... I went on a family vacation and I talked the wife into letting me metal detect for part of a day. Let's just say I was having a rough go at it. The machine was performing flawlessly but I lost my GoPro the day before the hunt. I usually clamp it to the detector to free up my hands to make videos. So there I was... trying to film with a smart phone, dig with a sand scoop and swing a detector. It was a real goat rope! To make things worse, the waves were huge and that left me hunting the dry, very shallow sand (where everyone else detects.) I did my best to make a video for ya but ultimately I succombed to the calling of ice cold adult beverages and sunbathing. Thanks for watching!”
  32. 1 point
    Hi everyone, I'm glad to be here and happy to see a forum where people are as excited about the Equinox as I am. I'm mainly a Minelab guy, and inching closer to detecting 50 years. Not quite there yet Mine is on order and I have plans for an exciting spring season with it. Looking forward to seeing what others think of the machine, when theirs arrives. HH
  33. 1 point
    Many companies dress up their "treasure detectors" as "utility detectors". The only difference between the Gemini III and TW-6 is packaged accessory items and the Gemini has a simplified control set. Two box detectors are basically large coils. One box is the transmitter coil, and one the receiver coil. The distance between the two boxes set the size of the "coil". A Gemini III mounted on the connecting rod is basically an induction balance metal detector with a 4 foot coil. Better yet, you can separate the boxes and use in tandem with another person to create what are in effect super large coils. Not sensitive to items much smaller than a softball but lots of depth on large items like fuel tanks, etc. Certainly not obsolete, still standard gear in some surveyor and utility trucks. Gemini III Owner's Manual TW-6 Owner's Manual For Treasure Hunting
  34. 1 point
    The CTX 3030 has both automatic and manual Noise Cancel, and so does the Equinox 800. The Equinox 600 only has automatic. From the CTX Owner's Manual page 20: Here are my first videos - sorry about the quality but it's a start... herschbach-eqx800-noise-cancel-automatic.mp4 (4 MB) herschbach-eqx800-noise-cancel-manual.mp4 (6.5 MB)
  35. 1 point
    True. And it seems to run awhile on an empty battery. LOL.
  36. 1 point
    I do the same thing when it comes to nickels. Over the years, the majority of all gold rings I've found ID at nickel or just below.
  37. 1 point
    I do a lot of relic hunting in Virginia especially in the mineralized fields near Culpeper. I am sure many of you are familiar with the organized hunts conducted in and around that area. Obviously, I have seen a number of vlf detectors struggle under these conditions (AT Pro, F75, MXT, Deus, and even the CTX). Just as with most of those who frequently hunt there, the PI detector is the detector of choice vs. a vlf. I personally use a GPX 4800 and have also used the Garrett ATX with good success. When hunting I carry along my Deus strapped to my daypack, because I can but also because it acts as a pretty good pinpointer on steroids if I get into a pit and can use it to quickly scan the tailings. Being single frequency, it is obviously limited there but under certain circumstances it is usable. But my question isn't about the Deus. It is about the CTX vs. Equinox. I have seen the CTX struggle there just as bad as the Deus or any of the other VLF machines. Sure, we will all get lucky and find a relatively shallow keeper target with our VLFs but not consistently. Target ID is non-existent. I consistently hear about how the Equinox should excel in mineralized ground. I am also hearing about CTX owners who are excited to get their hands on an Equinox because it should do better under similar mineralized ground conditions. Since the CTX is a multifrequency FBS machine that I have seen no fare well in the what can be considered very hot soil, what is it about the Equinox and MultIQ (or othewise) that is raising expectations that it can perform better than the CTX under these conditions. I am not expecting PI like performance under these conditions, but I just want to better understand the differences in the CTX and Equinox designs that will enable the expected improved performance. Thanks.
  38. 1 point
    Nuke.... you are right there. The testers can only do so much. Once that machine is out here people will start getting the BEST out of it for their area/conditions. Neils video putting that coin where he did...... in the oat meal where the water moves IN the sand knows thats promising.
  39. 1 point
    More info here. Unless I am imagining things, when updating to 4.1, seems the process is bypassing both of my HF coils. They are not being recognized. After remote and headphone models are updated they seem to pair well with HF coils....I do have new versions reflected in the window of both remote and headphone module at turn on.
  40. 1 point
    If like mine, after 5 years of neglect & general ware & tare ,, your remote is suffering from scratches on the screen...... here's a quick tip to restore your remote screen back to new! gently rub over the screen with a " Brasso pad wadding" cleaner,,, it takes about 15-20 minutes, after which your screen will be as new!! hope this helps! regards Dave
  41. 1 point
    Thanks, I appreciate the support. Woke up this morning all recharged and ready to go out today and try again! I am certain the area I've been in only has lots of tiny gold, with the odd bigger bit way too far down for a metal detector to find, well my detector anyway, I can't speak for these fancy PI machines, I've never used one. I know once I find my first elusive nugget with the GBP I will start to enjoy it a lot more as I'll have faith in myself and the machine, until you do you seem to doubt everything's ability, including your own when you spend 50+ hours swinging and only find junk. But what is reassuring is some of the junk I have found is as small or smaller than a small nugget and quite deep down. Fortunately we have very mild soils here. I'm finding my a52 sluice, pan and a shovel is a good provider of tiny gold and I get 20+ bits per bucket but it's also proof for me my detector has no hope in the area unless there is a stray nugget somewhere to be found but I imagine being a public prospecting area its been well hunted. I think the most important thing for me now is to find some new ground. Simon
  42. 1 point
    Gee, I sure like it when a question is asked and I see answers already provided! Thanks!! Yes, Equinox has a Noise Cancel function that can be invoked at any time, that scans and chooses between 19 “channels” running from -9 to 0 to +9. You may also choose any of those offsets manually if you have an Equinox 800 - the 600 has automatic cancel only. Finally, choosing specific single frequencies, again with the available channel offsets, is a fallback for the worst situations. In my opinion Equinox handles electrical interference quite well. I work in some areas that have issues, especially in the lower frequency range with some detectors, and have yet to find a place where I can’t get decent operation due to EMI.
  43. 1 point
    Audio response setting What does it do basically? It depending on level allows Deus to modulate signals to varying degrees or not. Levels of 4 or less generally will allow deeper targets to sound fainter, whereas levels 5-7 for all practical purposes make all targets sound the same. What I have said here is in an ideal sense. Closes the gap may be better to say here. I personally recommend a setting of 5 and learn the Deus. Ninety nine percent of my Deus use, my audio response setting has been at level 5. In high wind or noisy environments wearing backphones I have used levels 6 or 7 occassionally. What could lowering this setting of for you, say level 3 setting? Well surface targets will definitely sound out moreso with tone strength volume, with deeper targets sounding fainter. Say a friend has recently lost a ring. Using lower audio response should allow shallower targets to be heard easier. You will if used infact have a form of tonal volume discrimination, the ring won't be deep like things lost months and years ago. A user might even decide to dial their sensitvty down as well. Notch use and what it does. The use of notch is so a user can if they desire knock out certain targets, usually junk targets. Using notch does come with risks though. The notch feature is designed to tonally knock out targets based on the Deus' felt conductivy levels of what it detects. So if an adjacent or colocated lower or higher conductive target exist notch may work to your disadvantage giving no tone or broken tone, meaning it's existence could go unknown to you while sweeping. Notch feature the way it works is tied to Deus ability to I.D targets depth. Remember I keep harping that Deus ID on deeper targets inaccurate. Well, what this means is I can actually notch out a nickel and still detect tonally. Strange sounding right? Yes if I notch out a nickel the shallow and mid depth nickels would be blocked tonally, yet the deeper gets through tonally. So on a site with some modern trash, a person could use notch to notch out all lower and mid conducive junk like pull tabs, and yes you have capability to make finds - deeper.. Deeper nickels, both shallow and deeper higher conductive things like silver, deeper pull tabs if they exist and other deeper junk targets. You should bury some pull tabs and other mid to lower conductive junk targets and experiement with notch. Even consider laying a pull tab near a dime and experimenting. Notch if used, if a target(s) scenario is computed and felt by Deus and it is near the boudaries (either end) of your area of notch very possible for targets to try and leak through with broken tone, static, definitely not whole tonal sounding. A key thing to remember about notch. Deus can on some nonferrous targets depending on the scenario, say for sample a coin mixed with nail. This coin could be detected without incident using no notch, but could with notch employed, this coin could make no tone what so ever. Hence you walk right by. Deus and a lot of other Vlf detectors, whenever a nonferrous target is challenged by ferrous, Deus tendency is to start IDing lower. Remember the tug of war I mentioned earlier. The iron or nail may be trying to win over the Deus, but can't hence Deus engineering can decipher enough giving user the tonal clue/ behavior the nonferrous object exist. Could be pull tab, coin, even gold, piece of jewelry, etc.. Now remember this tug of war going on between iron/nails vs nonferrous targets. The higher conductive targets have to be pulled on more vs a lower conductive like a small gold coin, nickel 3 cent piece, etd. So more wars will be lost generally on the lower conductive targets. But Deus still shines here compared to many other detector models sniffing out the lower conductors mixed with ferrous materials. Deus likely will NOT find all nonferrous targets in a site. My goal here is to guide you so the Deus can do its thing as far as get what is it capable of getting out of a site.
  44. 1 point
    Ground Balance How important is it? Depends on your ground minerals and detector settings as far as how depth of detection is affected. Deus offers multiple ways to ground balance. All methods will work, a user hunting inert super low mineralization ground may have trouble achieving a pumping ground balance though. Notice default level is 90 ground phase. Deus gives 2 readings as far as ground phase. The detector felt ground phase and what a person has manually dialed in or the what detector has dialed in automatically if you did a pumping, or tracking ground balance. Is one method better than the other? In some cases. Would depend on how quick your ground changes as the coil is moved over or how much trash, junk, iron and nails are in the area you are detecting. Open field hunting where ground is cleaner tracking ground balance will work just fine. No matter which method you use, one thing to keep in mind. This is monitoring occassionally how the top number and bottom number coincide. Small deviations here not too concerning but mediocre and large differences here could cause you to miss a target. Users of Deus should not depend on ground phase readings to judge soil mineralizations levels, instead use you minerlization strength meter and do what I suggested ealier above. Also of special note here, don't depend on mineralization strength meter for judging mineral levels while coil is being swept- Bob coil over clean ground!! So what are some things a person may notice as far as their detector associated with ground balance setting? Improper ground balance can cause detector to get noisy. Improper ground balance can cause Deus to start making nails or iron sound like good targets. Particular attention needs to be paid when using tracking ground balance. Deus version 4, the tracking ground balance seems was improved but still using tracking GB in areas with loads of junk, trash, iron and nails can be problematic. User will at times catch Deus tracking down below actual ground phase, and if you are not careful you may think you are digging a good target only to find a ferrous target like a nail. A lot of high tones or noise likely will be heard. Also when digging targets using tracking GB, you lay your detector down, it may take a while for it to track back to the ground. Beach mode uses a different scale with default level 30. Folks can sweep in their yards and watch how the tracking works, also do a pumping ground balance too. What about manual GB. It does have a purpose for advanced use of Deus, and I will discuss later. But in case any Deus Lite users are reading here. Since they don't have a remote hence no pumping GB or tracking GB option, how do they do a proper GB?? Btw even Deus users with remotes may find this helpful, you never know you may have a problem with remote, so if this happens you do have a work around using headphone module only. Proper ground balance of Deus is when the Deus coil as it approaches ground when lowering to give slight feedback, NOT dead quiet. (Not raising coil) This can be proved although not by a Deus lite user, by doing a pumping ground balance using remote. Then listening with 0 disc as coil is lowered to ground slowly. Then go to manual GB on remote dial GB up or down far away from actual GB phase achieved using pumping GB earlier and start listening as you manually adjust GB with remote. Some gee whiz info here, and by me stating this I encourage folks to use a good GB when detecting with Deus. The higher frequency you utilize using any of the low frequency coils with Deus, the more forgiving the ground balance. The lower the frequency used the more critical--- all pertains to depth of detection. And overall the use of low frequency coils are more forgiving GB wise vs both of the HF coils available for Deus. Depth of targets Deus doesn't have a traditional depth meter instead uses a horseshoe icon and there is data supplied on XY screen as well. I like the horseshoe meter, but it will take a Deus user some experience to get accustomed to what it is telling you. Some things to note. Deus horse shoe meter is split into a right and left side. When discrimination is utilized one side will show a target as ferrous and one side will show nonferrous. Users should test over a coin (nonferous) and a small nail. Is this horseshoe data shown foolproof for exposing nonferrous targets, even coins? No User can and will see the horseshoe switching sites left to right and vice versa when sweeping suspect spot. What does this switching of sides mean? No clear answer, could be a ferrous and nonferrous in close proximity, or could be iron falsing causing. Deus tone and Deus behavior tonally are the primary keys in making dig decisions. The actual depth indication is indicated by how much horse shoe shading is shown or how less depending on how you look at it. More shading indictates shallower target, less is deeper. Remember this meter is geared for coin sized objects, not whole cans, even US silver dollars or silver dollar sized targets. This shading will depend on depth, but detector settings can affect. A few examples. A whole aluminum can buried at 10" deep, will likely show more shading in horseshoe vs a 8" deep quarter or even a dime. A bit of can slaw real small at 4" deep will likely show less shading than a copper penny at 4" deep. So the horseshoe shading can be fooled by size of target. Most times coinsized targets detected at or near detectable limits with Deus will show a sliver of horseshoe or possibly none at all. I mentioned detector settings can affect as well, I will discuss this later while talking about other settings. A good tip here. Most times on coin sized targets if a user sees half or more horseshoe shading, actual meter reading for target ID ( conductivity of target) more believable or realistic. Recognition of larger usually junk targets. This being able to do is not hard, will come with Deus experience. Bigger targets like cans, etc can usually be identified by a monster strong tone. Users can also lift their coils say 2-4" and check their targets. Now be careful here the mighty silver dollar may allude you. Big aluminum pieces, cans will ID on meter lots of times like higher conductive coins silver and copper. Use of pinpoint here can help too. I encourage users to experiment and practice over a few at least buried bigger items like cans. Any yes even the best experienced detectorists dig a deeper can every now and then. Better to be safe than sorry. Some thing I failed to mention. Using pinpoint, your Deus is not discriminating nonferrous vs ferrous, the pinpoint function sounds off on ALL metals period. Another thing I need to say here. Could a person be fooled using pinpoint? What am I referring to? Take a coin where the Deus sounds off on tonally, but before a user digs they use pinpoint and the pinpointing yields a larger than coin sized target. It can happen. The Deus in pinpoint may see the coin and yes maybe a bigger piece of ferrous and thus try and fool you.
  45. 1 point
    I will not begin to speculate on FBS vs multi iq etc. What I will add is I too hunt in Tennessee moderate mineralized and I hunt in Culpeper 4 to 5 times a yr with the organizned hunt I am part of. I have tried the ctx, t2 and atpro etc all struggle up there in hot soil as you stated. What I have heard from a dealer who was lucky enough to use the nox abit in hot soil in Culpeper. He stated that they dug a hole placed a cw bullet in the hole and at over 6" the only machine that heard and gave a soild Id was the nox. Now I trust him as he is a good friend but I was not there. Like you I use the gpx 4800 up there but if in fact it will work better then the rest then I can see irony patches, trashy areas and huts as a place this machine could be very useful. I am high on the pre order list and plan to fully test that theory out here and in Culpeper.
  46. 1 point
    I would love a GoFind/Equinox hybrid. Imagine a collapsible carbon fiber stock, with the Equinox control head and search coil. I'm ready to pre-order Minelab!
  47. 1 point
    Well of course Multi-IQ does not exist in other metal detectors, and so can't be had in competitive models. However, multifrequency exists in other models and Minelab says nothing about multifrequency being obsolete. Just the opposite. They are staking their future bet on multifrequency. Regarding that, Minelab states: "How does Multi-IQ compare to BBS/FBS? Multi-IQ uses a different group of fundamental frequencies than BBS/FBS to generate a wide-band multi-frequency transmission signal that is more sensitive to high frequency targets and slightly less sensitive to low frequency targets. Multi-IQ uses the latest high-speed processors and advanced digital filtering techniques for a much faster recovery speed than BBS/FBS technologies. Multi-IQ copes with saltwater and beach conditions almost as well as BBS/FBS, however BBS/FBS still have an advantage for finding high conductive silver coins in all conditions." Now, you can ignore that as Minelab trying to play the middle ground, but you also might just consider for a moment that the statement might be factual. And what it is saying is that Multi-IQ has some advantages "more sensitive to high frequency targets" and "much faster recovery speed" and that BBS/FBS retains some advantages "Multi-IQ copes with saltwater and beach conditions almost as well as BBS/FBS (emphasis added) and "BBS/FBS still have an advantage for finding high conductive silver coins". I will be frank. I word things the way I do for specific reasons. I have seen the damage done in the past by people making machines out to be something they are not. Making the Equinox out to be a magic wand will result in disappointment when it is discovered to be a metal detector. Better to underpromise and overdeliver I say. Therefore while I am involved in and will be commenting heavily on the Equinox one thing I am not going to do is make excessive claims about its absolute performance. It simply is good enough for me that it puts numerous existing technologies in an elegant package at an excellent price. Multi-IQ is of course unique and will bring something to the table other detectors lack, but that is more just icing on the cake as far as I am concerned. I have absolutely no doubt it will outperform BBS/FBS in dense trash, just like a Deus outdoes BBS/FBS in dense trash. That's obviously the main target here; Minelab even mentions the Deus by name in their latest video. Brandon Neice - “It's almost like the Deus and CTX got together and made a baby”! The focus here is mostly on speed and target id accuracy. So, the BBS and FBS machines will punch deeper on silver? Well, again, people are reading things into very carefully crafted statements that are not there. What Minelab states is "still have an advantage" not "goes deeper". That advantage in the case of the CTX could well be claimed to be Target Trace. Target Trace offers excellent visual clues to a target, and the Equinox lacks Target Trace. So a CTX with Target Trace could be said to have an advantage under all conditions over the Equinox due to this. I am not stating this as fact but as just an example of how people interpret things to mean what they want. At the end of the day only Minelab knows how Multi-IQ works. I am sure all this will fuel speculation and internet battles for some time to come. I wish people lots of luck with all that. I have already decided I am all in with the Equinox and my focus will be entirely on getting the best performance I can out of the detector and helping others to do so. I will let others have the fun of battling out this versus that because I have already left that battle behind. Five other detectors sold so far and a couple more to go! Final note - this forum is a Fan Club and people here can be expected to be biased in favor of the Equinox. Anyone getting their hands on one and wanting to do "this versus that" comparisons would be welcome to do so by posting on the Detector Advice & Comparisons Forum. It is the appropriate location for machine to machine comparisons.
  48. 1 point
    I use a Fisher TW-5 which is basically the same as the Gemini 3,they are not your every day detector of course,but i use mine predominantly for pot hoard locating,if i have found say a few coins that have been dragged up by the deep ploughing and these coins are in a tight radius this usually indicates either a purse drop or a scattered hoard. Then once we have located what we feel is the main concentration then that is when you would use a twin box in my case the TW-5,and as mentioned above the target usually needs to be reasonably large like say a orange size target or bigger,the bigger the target the deeper it will go.Of course its a specialist tool but all it takes is just one pot hoard to pay for itself many times over,also one has too remember that in the UK banks and other forms of safe security was not even thought about nearly 2000 years ago,so everything of value was buried for safe keeping in the ground.Hence one can see why a twin box can be a useful tool to have.
  49. 1 point
    Great video on the TM 808 from White's Electronics
  50. 1 point
    I have every generation of Fisher Gemini (I, II, and III). The reason they use a car for reference is because that is a best case scenario (for depth). If a car was buried at ten feet, a GPZ7000 wouldn't see it. Only a Two-Box or a Fluxgate Magnetometer (the mag will see ferrous metals VERY deep, but only ferrous metals hence the name MAGNET-ometer). The reason to use a magnetometer is because even though it won't see gold or silver, it will see the hinges, straps, lock, hasp of the box its in very deeply. Mike
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