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About Steve Herschbach

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    Reno, NV
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    Prospecting, metal detecting, building websites
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    Fisher Gold Bug 2; Minelab GPZ 7000, CTX 3030, GM1000; White's V3i/BigFoot; Garrett ATX; Nokta Impact; Makro Gold Racer; XP Deus; Teknetics G2; Garrett Carrot

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  1. Comparing Some Detectors In Trash & Hot Rocks

    The Gold Monster has its flaws also. I don't think I ever acted more aggressively to downplay expectations in a new detector but people really do read into things what they want to hear. Those wanting it to be the best thing since sliced bread overlook the comments about weaknesses, and those determined to dislike it find evidence to support that opinion also. All without ever laying hands on one! Those who get overly excited get disappointed, and those who say something is worthless get proven wrong. Over and over it goes with every new machine that hits the market. My very first posts on the Gold Monster mention the non-adjustable rod, the fact the lower rod can loosen up and spin, lack of 12V cigarette style charger plug, coil sensitivity, 1/8" headphone jack, lack of threshold, and the fact that both higher and lower frequency machines might outperform it, to name a few. Yet nobody remembers any of that if they are looking to like the machine. There are good points also, but those looking to not like the machine ignore those. The wonderful world of confirmation bias!
  2. Garrett AT Max Owners Manual Download

    Reminds me of my old HP calculator back in the day. Every key had a "shift" double function. Same as my ATX.
  3. That Safety Wire That Holds The GM1000 Battery Door In Place

    Well, to be honest, in addition to clamps there is some baling wire, duct tape, and in one carefully hidden location, a wad of gum, all involved in this
  4. Comparing Some Detectors In Trash & Hot Rocks

    And to quote myself "I will finish up again by pointing out I am not trying to prove anything to anybody". My posting my thoughts about detectors is not an attack on other people or their choice of detectors. Why would I, a person who has a Gold Monster, care what anyone else thinks about it? I have one and can make my own decisions about whether it serves my own purposes or not. I am certain the same holds true for you and if the Impact is the machine for you and what you do, I would never think to argue with you about your choice in that matter. I could use a harness with the Impact, but in all honesty it's not that heavy. Yet why would I choose to use a heavier machine with a harness when a lighter machine will serve my purposes just as well? The ground I hunt varies, and there is some ground here in California every bit as bad or worse than anything I saw in my month around Meekatharra. When I run into bad ground I do not use a Gold Monster, or a Gold Racer, or the Impact. I use my GPZ 7000 or in rare circumstances my Garrett ATX. Most ground here is much milder however and some so much so it can almost be called non-mineralized, and VLF detectors work well in that sort of ground. Ironically I get called out from some quarters as being a shill for Nokta/Makro (they are the same company) and now I am getting called out for saying something just mildly critical about one of their products. The whole point of the post is that I should sort out what is best for me and you should sort out what is best for you. There is no reason at all why we should have to agree on our respective choices. I post and walk through my rationale for my decisions in case my thoughts may prove helpful to somebody. That's all it is, nothing more. In no way should my choices in detectors be taken as a criticism of any other person's choice in a detector. The Impact is an excellent detector and quite capable of getting the job done for you. Nokta Impact Threads On This Forum
  5. You can now download the Owners Manual for the AT Max at http://www.garrett.com/hobbysite/hbby-manuals/1534410_ATMax_INTL_manual_en.pdf
  6. For Sale Like New Bare Nex Gen Drysuit

    Price reduced to $499 shipped.
  7. The battery door of the Minelab Gold Monster 1000 has a loop of steel wire that acts as a safety to keep the door from getting lost. I needed a temporary fix for another problem and stole the loop off my GM1000. The wire loop looked like it might be handy for many things, and I vaguely remembered seeing them someplace. Finally tracked it down as a keychain or luggage tag loop. Picked up a pack of 20 on Amazon for just $7.49 including shipping. For 0.37 each it just seemed like something I could use in my tool box.
  8. Comparing Some Detectors In Trash & Hot Rocks

    I can console myself with the fact that I am nowhere near, not even in the ballpark, of some detector collectors. Here is a photo Carl Moreland posted of his collection back in 2008. Thanks Carl, I feel better now....
  9. Comparing Some Detectors In Trash & Hot Rocks

    Hi strick, I doubt the CTX is going anywhere. It's just too good at what it does. My thinking flips between my desire to be realistic about what I really do day in and day out when metal detecting (prospecting for gold) and the things I enjoy but do not do as often because if I get the time, I go prospecting! Coin detecting parks for coins is one of those things that happens in my mind more than reality. My problem is I actually hate owning "stuff". I am the anti-hoarder. So I get to thinking maybe I should just weed the collection down to those machines I use most often. Which I do periodically, and then I end up regretting it. Then I get the very same machine again, admittedly in the process wasting time and money. This is like my fourth V3i and second CTX and I have had quite a few Gold Bug Pro variants. The good news is I am aware of all that and in no big rush to do anything at all. I still learn things going though the exercise. So when I say: Less certain futures: Minelab CTX 3030 Fisher Gold Bug 2 Nokta Impact XP Deus it simply reflects the fact that these are all top notch detectors that I would love to use more than I do. Yet I can only do so much and can only use one detector at a time. So I get frustrated seeing machines sit and my "clean out the closet" brain kicks in and I wonder if maybe I should not just get rid of them. Yet I do not need the money or space so why worry? I could go in circles forever about it. I just want one detector that does everything, but when push comes to shove I hate not having "the best" on hand for whatever I might be doing. And that changes going from nugget patch to park to beach to burned down cabin. Which leads to more detectors. Which leads to too much "stuff". Which makes me want to clean house. Whatever. I don't claim to always make sense.
  10. Comparing Some Detectors In Trash & Hot Rocks

    The Deus is perfectly capable of finding gold nuggets and pretty much anything else a person wants it to find. It's all the detector many people would ever want, just like the MXT.
  11. Comparing Some Detectors In Trash & Hot Rocks

    The Coiltek covers more ground per sweep and has a smooth, enclosed bottom so as to not hang up on sticks and such. The 6" round does a bit better in dense trash. I can't say I favor one coil over the other. I just try to use the appropriate coil for various tasks and this coil was an attempt to even things up for the CTX as compared to the other units.
  12. Comparing Some Detectors In Trash & Hot Rocks

    Hello Nenad, The whole setup is on top of fired brick material that in itself is a "medium high" background. I ground balanced over it and did my thing. The machines except the GM were in fixed. I did not test tracking efficiencies. The Tek G2 (Gold Bug Pro) readings were Ground Phase (Type) 85.0 and Fe3O4 (Amount) 6 bars. Fisher Gold Bug Pro / Teknetics G2 This detector displays two kinds of ground data: 1. The type of mineralization, which affects where the ground phase (ground balance) should be set. This is designated as GND PHASE on the meter. The goal of ground balancing is to equate the GND BAL number to the PHASE number. 2. The amount of mineralization. The greater the amount of mineralization, the greater the loss of detection depth & ID accuracy; this loss is more pronounced in Discrimination Mode. This is designated as Fe3O4 on the meter. The two-digit GND PHASE number displayed on the screen indicates the type of ground mineralization. Some typical ground mineralization types are: GND PHASE (Ground Phase) 0 – 10 Wet salt and alkali 5 – 25 Metallic iron. Very few soils in this range. You are probably over metal. 26–39 Very few soils in this range -- occasionally some saltwater beaches 40–75 Red, yellow and brown iron-bearing clay minerals 75–95 Magnetite and other black iron minerals Fe3O4 Bargraph. The Fe3O4 7-segment bargraph indicates the amount of ground mineralization, independent of type, expressed as an equivalent volume concentration of magnetite (Fe3O4). It updates every second. It is sensitive to motion and will give the most accurate readings if you pump the searchcoil up and down several times over the ground. INDICATION RELATIVE % Fe3O4 SUSCEPTIBILITY MINERALIZATION 7 Bars High over 1 over 2500 2 to 6 Bars Medium .026 - 1.0 61 - 2,500 1 Bar Very Low 0.006 - .025 15 – 60 None -- less than .006 less than 15 Magnetic susceptibility is expressed in micro-cgs units. In a saltwater environment in the absence of iron minerals, the bargraph indicates relative electrical conductivity. In soils with greater than 10,000 micro-cgs units magnetic susceptibility, the signal from the soil may saturate, or overload, the circuitry. This will not harm the detector but the machine will not be usable in that condition. The solution is to hold the searchcoil several inches above the soil surface so it is not “seeing as much dirt.” By listening and watching you will know how high you need to hold the searchcoil in order to avoid overload. The highest magnetic susceptibilities are usually found in soils developed over igneous rocks, in alluvial black sand streaks on beaches, and in red clay soils of humid climates. The lowest magnetic susceptibilities are usually found in white beach sands of tropical and subtropical regions, and soils developed over limestone.
  13. Comparing Some Detectors In Trash & Hot Rocks

    Screwing around with detectors is a definite subset of the hobby and some people make an entire "thing" out of it. I am reaching one of those points where I want to ditch all that and just go detecting! It kind of seesaws back and forth for me in that regard.
  14. Comparing Some Detectors In Trash & Hot Rocks

    The BIG advantage I see in the CTX (E-Trac, Explorer, etc.) is that nearly all these hot single frequency detectors love to call deep modern aluminum as coins. You get this sweet high tone / high VDI number in my ground with most of these machines and up comes a rolled up aluminum beaver tail. It is very hard to beat a Minelab BBS/FBS machine for pure target id accuracy. This can be very important for certain parks, school grounds, etc. where every dig matters and keeping them to a minimum is important. I pay no attention to results from people back east. Unfortunately the depths seen in white Florida sand or rich loamy far dirt does not translate into results at west coast magnetite laden soils. Except that you can take a lot of east coast results and basically cut the depth in half and be in the ballpark for what I see. The V3i does do very well also for me at least. I should do more coin hunting with it. But then I always am saying I should coin hunt more and then the gold beckons. I dig tons of coins but it is nearly all accidental by-product to jewelry detecting.