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  1. My First Cw Relics With The Nox 800

    Finally got a 2 hr trip to a cw site its slim pickins,I've put in 12 plus hrs on a football field size area and a buddy everytime.anyway I was running field 1,sensitivity 20-22,recovery 6,iron bias 1,everything else factory the bullets or lead pretty solid 18,buttons 17-18 which I didn't expect I dug a lot of junk anywhere from 12to16,17 looking for a button didn't expect same number as a bullet but that's what they were and solid.im really getting the feel of the machine and learning the chirps and beeps that grass make,a actual target definitely jumps out more than just swing noise I feel pretty confident with the nox and shes super comfy for me to swing I've heard tail of folks saying shes nose heavy but to me shes swings real nice.happy hunting,Alabama finds btw near huntsville
  2. Hit up the same site as last week. Started with the Tejon and big coil, got the Reale. Switched back to the Deus and ellptical cool, to work the heavy iron. Video coming soon.
  3. A little background on this particular "test" site that I take every machine to that I've owned over the past 12 years since I got my first detector. The site has both mineralized soil, and mild EMI, which some machines handle a LOT better than others. First I tried a Fisher C$ and Minelab Sovereign, and maybe got one wheat penny (C$ was shut down from the EMI). I figured there had to be more there, but it wasn’t until I got the CZ70 that it opened up. Someone had cleaned out the top 6” of targets, so anything left there was either deep, masked or both. First trip with the CZ was like Christmas! After 5-6 trips the CZ played out. Then every new machine I got I’d take there, and see what it could find. The first few trips there with the F75 did well, took my Etrac there and only got one wheat and a maverick bakery token. Then for about three years it petered out, it would take everything I had busting my butt to eek out one IHP or wheat, but silver dried up for about three years. I still figured there had to be more. When I got my Red Racer, I did a shoot-out between it and my (at that time) beloved F75. I first detected it with my F75 LTD2, and got nothing, only iron grunts, zero conductors. Then I switched to the Red Racer and pulled two silvers, an IHP and wheatie. It was an eye opener, first silver in three years, and not one, but two AND it was on basically my first hunt with the Red Racer. Then each subsequent trip with the Racers the site was back on, and not all the old coins were deep, several were masked with iron that prevented other detectors from getting them, but thanks to Makro's world class unmasking capabilities my site was back on. Matter of fact I had my best day there with my Racer2, something like 12 period coins in one hunt including four silvers, it was simply unbelievable to me that my pounded site, that I'd practically gave up on, produced this many coins in a 3 hour hunt. As you all know these sites don’t exactly replenish themselves with period coins, so for the Equinox to do what it did this weekend is beyond impressive, eight DEEP period coins in a three hour hunt is fantastic! For this site I used Park2, and ran it hot with the gain between 22-24, even was able to run it at 25, but found it started to like deep nails at 25. By the way, this site is loaded with old square nails. The original building that was there burned down in the mid 1800's, and I suspect that they razed the burned remnants around this site, and dumped fill dirt over the razed burnt remains when the built the replacement building went up, as once you get down to around 10" - 12" you seem to hit a sea of square nails. Never have found a seated at this site, it's certainly old enough to have them, but I suspect they are beneath this sea of nails. This was a deep mid conductor signal tangled in heavy tree roots. Little did I know how deep this would turn out to be! Between my Lesche shovel and digger, and a lot of patience (and a few curse words thrown in for good measure!) I finally pulled brought this sucker back to life, it was a dateless buffalo nickel! This is what was in that monstrous 10" deep hole! Total take for this hunt (3 hours) was five teens wheaties, a dateless buffalo nickel, 1902-S Barber dime (yeah!!!), 1936-S Mercury dime, some kind of silver button (that sucker was DEEEEEP), a poppers wedding ring, DEEP civil ware era (?) two piece Navy cuff button (this thing is going to LOVE buttons), and two suspender buckles/clips. Now I will say that the non-modulated audio on shallow stiff is a major PITA for deep turf hunting, so I did dig some zincolns, and shallow clad This was my second hunt, which I did in Field2. It's a little fresh water beach area that I've pounded over the years. Haven't found a ton there, few wheats, mercs, some rings in the water, and some 1800's relics, but I love the history of the site, and figure detecting it will eventually pay off with something really good (that hasn't happened yet, but I know something really good has to be hiding out there, probably in the water though!). I've never dug this many wheaties there in one hunt, and I love the wheatie with the iron fused to it! Also got a nice antique looking sterling silver ring and a 43' silver war nickle: As I was heading back to the car, I ran into another guy detecting there with a White's MX Sport. Was a pretty friendly guy, and we started chatting. He knew about the EQ800 and said that would be his next machine. He was hunting in the turf, not the beach. I told him I was hunting the beach and he told me that I wouldn't find anything there because he'd already cleaned it out Now truth be told, I was a bit impressed with his MX Sport as he'd just dug a 9" deep merc when I came up on him. He said he's mainly a prospector and had done a lot of dredging in California but when they shut it down, he moved to Alaska. Interesting guy to chat with for sure. HH, Cal PS - I did encounter an odd issue. About an hour or so after one hunt, I powered down my detector and headphones to take a health break. When I went to power everything back up, the headphones refused to power up. I'd charged them up the previous day, so unless when I did a quick hunt little hunt the evening before, the headphones didn't get powered off and drained down, then I can't quite understand what happened. I'd get no response at all from the headphones when trying to power it back up. I plugged them in to my charger (iPad charger) for a while and they came back to life. Odd
  4. OK so I went out this past weekend with the Nox at first, to an old townsite, lots of older trash and big iron. I started the day with the Equinox and got pretty frustrated after a few hours, granted I am still in learning mode for this machine but I finally gave in and took out the Deus for awhile and then the CTX. I tried a few settings I found online to see if it could help but it just got overwhelming trying to pull good targets out of the trash, kept getting rusty nails with a high tone even after adjusting the iron bias...Im sure im missing something and will eventually learn but Im curious to see what settings some of our US relic hunters are having success with... I appreciate any of you than can offer advice and/or settings that may give me some clarity. Thanks in advance
  5. Finally got a break in the rain in not so sunny Sunnyvale, and got an invite from some detecting buddies to go explore some outback sites. First site they'd already located an old homestead but were searching for two more. After a brutal (for me) hike up a mountain, we didn't find the homestead that was supposed to be up there, but the view was spectacular, so still worth the effort. Did a total of a solid 8 hours of detecting at various spots, and lots of hiking around. I had to dig all of this: To get this: We hiked back down to the site that they'd already found and after hours of finding nothing but bullets, and shotgun butts, I finally got my coil over some keepers. First was a well worn 1886 V nickle, it was so worn that I initially thought it was a token, then a shield nickle, but then in the sun I could see the V. Just a few feet away from that I got the badge looking thing, no idea what it is, looks like a Navy or Marines insignia, anyone have any ideas? Also got a Southern Pacific RR seal: And a couple of buckles: We went to a second site, it was purportedly an old picnic grove. The day before a 1907 $10 gold eagle was dug there, and numerous other coins over the years have been dug there, from reales, seateds to barbers, one guy got a V nickle, the other guy got a toasty IHP and I got the buckle above there, it's marked PAT. MAY 2,1990. The oddball looking buckle looking thingy above it is marked PAT DEC 21, 86. I've never dug so many beer cans, I stopped counting at a case I ran the EQ800 in Field2, noise cancel, GB, SENS between 21-23, everything else default. Didn't seem like I dug any more iron then any other machine, got a couple of nails, and a couple of BIG pieces of iron. If anyone has any idea what that badge looking item with the anchor on it is, I'd appreciate it. HH, Brian
  6. Few Finds With The 800

    Heres a few I found with 800...
  7. New Site

    Went down to local park today, across the street the city is clearing off a wooded lot to build a dog park, the park is old so i knew this property is to, its tough to detect because of equipment rutts and roots, so i get back in it and started seeing tell tell signs of old house site, plants blooming in the middle of the woods, broken glass, its beside a creek aswell. Only had bout an hour but its def a old 1800s homesite found very old brick also. Also i found a spoon that just seems to be very old, and what looks like melted lead. Also there is a good size deppression in the ground that i wonder maybe a cellar. Very rocky under the dirt but im gonna hit this place as much as i can before the dog park is built, best part is i work for the city so i will be on the property doing some work from time to time.
  8. I went back to Ohio for a week to show off our new little boy and see family. I begged and pleaded until Steph finally gave in and allowed a day of metal detecting. I took back the Nokta Impact and Fisher F22.. I'm not going to go into the F22 yet as I haven't written up an article but I will say the Nokta Impact did absolutely perfect. When I lived in Ohio I was mostly a relic hunter. Overlaying old maps and hunting in fields where old houses and other things once stood. I was really excited to see how the Impact would do. Well, it did better than I could even imagine! These sites are tough to hunt. Although little to no modern trash you have to fight the heavy iron debris to get to the good finds. Where the house or structure stood is where you will just find a ton of nails and iron, I call this ground zero. When I am hunting ground zero I have always used smaller coils with any other detector I've ever hunted with these sites. With the Impact I was able to run my 11 inch coil in even the heaviest of iron with no issues! I've talked about it a lot but worth mentioning again. The Iron volume setting is amazing! I was able to hunt with the iron volume turned way down or off. I preferred it on to know when I was in the thickest of iron but it was nice not to have to listen to it at full volume. As far as finds - I only managed a few buttons, musket balls and my friend managed a nice button and large cent. I found lots of small copper,brass and lead scrap. I have pounded the two sites I was at in the past. This past fall when I went back they were the only two fields around that the crops had been taken out of and this time they were the only two I could find that weren't flooded! I feel like I'm destined to be stuck in these two sites every time I go back!
  9. New permission finds with my vaquero
  10. First, a special thanks go out to Steve for sharing his tips and knowledge on the forums! I followed his suggestion to use Field1 vs Field2 for relic hunting, and it did in fact seem I was digging less tiny bits and bobs, and I only got fooled by a few old nails. The next time I have more time to hunt, I will likely detect in Field2 and cross-check targets with Field1 to see first hand the differences. This is a site that my hunt partner and I have been wanting to try for a long time and we were able to sync up yesterday for a few hours to give it a whirl. He used his trusty Exp2 and me the EQ800. I used Field1, changed it to 50 tones, did a noise cancel, ground balance, bumped up the sens to 21, and I was off the the races. I'm amazed at how quiet this detector is. A few times I ran it over the eyelets in my boot to make sure it was working To be honest, one of my favorite features on this machine is the incredibly accurate pinpointing. Not sure if the depth meter is accurate, but I'm not a depth meter watcher, as I mostly hunt relic sites, so I'll figure out the depth when I dig the target, but the pinpointing is exceedingly accurate, and easy to use, don't have to look at the screen, just zero in on the BLAST and dig, I absolutely love it! No time for videos yesterday, just a quick hunt to check a long awaited spot to determine if it's worthy of further research, and spending a future weekend detecting it. I'd say from just the few hours we spent there, I am eager to return! Tom found the best find, an 1849 French 1 Franc, no doubt a gold rush era loss, and it's in beautiful shape, so likely brought here right after it was minted. Here's an example from online as I didn't get a photo of his coin, but this is what it looks like: Surface eyeball finds: Here's what I found, and right out of the gate I dug five oldies in a row, so I knew this was going to be a good site if we put the time into it. Bits of green copper, we find these kind of old, hand worked copper losses at Spanish/Mission era sites, but this is not one of those sites, it's something entirely different. I like that little shield shaped thing, it had an iron pin through it at the top that rotted away, so was likely a little latch on a lid of a box, or something like that I would guess: This was my first target: Rimfire shells and a "Davies" four hole button: Here's that little latch type thing again. Does anyone have any idea what that interesting looking item next to it is? OK, I don't normally get excited about digging nails, but these (the first two) are incredible, hand made bronze nails!! Does anyone have any idea what the bronze item on the far right is? It's not a nail, the top is flat'ish, I have no clue, but it's interesting and dripping with age IMO: I thought this gold disc was, well, gold when I first dug it, but I'm thinking it is actually modern, as it's not heavy and appears to be plated, the disc in the center may be newer too? Nothing earth shattering, but I think this site has the potential to have something special, perhaps a gold coin or other interesting old historical relics if we put the time into it. Thanks for looking and HH, Cal
  11. I followed TNSS's lead and did a hunt entirely in Field 2 today. The site is a late 1800s rail road spur that serviced a large mining town. The mine produced large amounts of copper and silver. They smelted the ore and then shipped it by rail to a refinery. They spilled a lot of the "raw" smelted metals while adding cars to the line at this spur. The site is very polluted. We have hunted it with various machines. The Nokta Relic, Impact, and AT-Gold did pretty good here sifting through the trash BUT only if they were wearing small coils and hunted slow. The Equinox excelled here with the stock 11" coil and I found that it performed better hunting fairly fast. Settings were Field 2, Speed 6, 50 tones, Iron Bias 2. The 6" coil will be killer on a site like this one! I found my first Indian Head Penny (1905)! That probably sounds funny to you guys that hunt back East and find IHPs all the time. The trade off... I can drive 20 minutes from my house and find gold nuggets. It's a cross I will have to bear I guess. A few lead box car seals, part of a baggage tag that says Prescott on it, a brass or copper piece that looks like the hinged top from a drawing compass or the base of a hand held fan (?), suspender buckle, and some really odd shell casings....303 British (with bullet), .56 Spencer, and oddest of all a .38-55. The large chunk of smelted metal in the upper right corner acid tests as silver. It IDs in the mid 30s on the Equinox. I've found some other nice chunks of smelted silver here. The black rock-like object (looks natural) comes in at a solid 12 on the Equinox. Not sure what it is. When I hit it on the grinder it is solid metal of some sort (very heavy) with a bluish hue kinda like the color steel becomes when over heated with a torch. Anyway, Field 2 seems to like the low conductors best and is very immune to the hot rocks from the track ballast (which gave the AT-Gold and the Impact fits). Nice and sparky with Iron bias set to zero but tames down when set on 2 as TNSS mentioned. Dean
  12. Three Amigo's

    From a high hill overlooking a colonial road. Early convex Eagle A buttons.
  13. The Army that never was. Used as Trade Items. Two were found near my home.
  14. From a colonial field.
  15. They call me The Buttondigger in Virginia.
  16. Todays Finds Of Interest

    Brass Musket Barrel Band, Flat buttons and an Indian Head Penny. Lucky VDI number for me is 19. Brass buttons and Indian heads.
  17. First trip out testing the Minelab Equinox.
  18. Been a while since I posted anything. I've been detecting only a little as I've been busy doing things with my property. When my buddy Merton aka "The Deus Man" says he going to be in the area I usually drop what I'm doing so we can go find some treasure. It's always fun hunting with Merton.... competing for the best finds...Merton loves to "rub it in" when he's winning and this trip there was a lot of that going on. Below are several finds from 2-3 different places. Merton scored the only coins and the nice eagle button. His Deus with the HF ellipitcal was an eye opener as he scored the German silver dime in a nail infested area I had previously been over with my Deus and CTX. Any way looking forward to my next hunt Merton so come back! strick
  19. 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.