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  2. I'm quoting this from another thread because, why not. I already wrote it once and I'm lazy. Next time start in park 2, scan for a couple minutes, then switch to park 1 (remember to noise cancel etc, have to do the startup routine after each mode switch) and you will instantly see the difference. Park 1 is specifically designed to ignore all the tiny bits of foil etc, park 2 is designed to include it (cause hey, maybe somebody wants to search for stuff like that). Its actually a good lesson/demonstration on how much the different modes/settings change the machine. I was impressed. Same applies to freshwater beaches. I was having a rough time with tons of phantomish targets everywhere, every few square feet, none of which stayed in the scoop. I finally realized I had accidentally switched it into park 2 after a half hour of searching. Switched back and knocked out 90% of the signals and almost all were recoverable.
  3. I have found if you get within 2 feet of the swings, slides or their frames it will give false signals, so I steer clear of them as much as possible. When going around the swings I hold the chains away from where I have the detector and it seems to do just fine. Some of the hardware that they use to support the playground equipment may not always be in the area you think it is, as the legs are always further than you think. Also I turn the sensitivity down to about 15 and my 800 gives good targets, whether it be trash or coin it is still a constant target. Valen
  4. I've had the same problem before, it was little bits of tin foil all through the playground from chocolate packaging and bubble gum and so on. I just had to notch out up to about 7 on the VDI's, that got rid of most of the annoying iffy little signals for me and I wasn't too worried about missing too much below 7... sure some fine gold will be there but most will be over 7 and it was all I could do to detect the area without going insane. The Equinox is very sensitive to small targets, which is why it's so good for gold prospecting, even in Park 1 it can find tiny gold nuggets. You could even drop back to single frequency and see if it helps with the EMI / Signals, try 5 first as it will be less sensitive to small stuff like bits of foil but maybe worse for EMI so maybe 10 will be best but it's worth trying them all. I'd be in Park 1 in that situation too, it will find jewellery no problems if it's there. Some more experienced Playground hunters / Nox users may have more and better advice for you.
  5. Thanks everyone, I wish they made a 20" coil for the Equinox, this sort of situation it would be perfect, almost no junk, no mineralisation πŸ™‚ I hope I can do as well tomorrow!
  6. Has anyone used these detector for loaming slopes in virgin area near gold bearing areas.
  7. Phrunt I though the RABBITS might of got your CARROT but it good to know you have now got a spare. I don't use a pin pointer but I might if I got a small signal in cemented bed rock.
  8. What a great hunt. Sheesh, that's getting rare to do these days in my neck of the woods. Well done mate.
  9. Excellent find mate. πŸ‘
  10. Today I visited my second playground Since getting the NOX 600. I’m getting comfortable with the machine. After reading quite a bit of the Minelab Essentials gaining new knowledge about the machine I was excited to jump back out today. I decided to hit a playground with the 1 hour that I had. This is the second play ground I have hit as of recently, both were similar, had the wood chips everywhere. The first time, it was extremely difficult! This second time has been just as difficult even after all the new tips I’ve learned. What happened is there were so many weak and choppy signals, practically every where. I assume this is due to trash being littered everywhere since you know, kids are there a lot and kids tend to litter more often. It was strange that I checked half of the playground in an hour and I got not 1 good signal though. I was on Park 2 since assuming it’s more dense with trash and I wanted to be stronger for gold jewelry, Sensitivity had to be at about 16 due to bad EMI. I made sure to auto balance and ground balance. Is there anything else I should have done to help myself? The signals I would get would be extremely weak or it sounded as if there were targets everywhere so when I’d find one that I thought was decent I would try to pinpoint the target however when I was in pinpoint mode, it would give me 100% strong signals on an half of a sweep like 2 feet long. This made pin pointing very difficult so I wasn’t sure if it was falsing or if this is just the nature of wood chipped playgrounds. This happened in my first playground a couple weeks ago as well. I just chalked it up as a very trashy area. also I would lose signals after finding them. A 13 4” down would pop up for a moment then I am no longer finding that signal and instead am finding a 26 2” deep, nearby, and then that would be gone and nothing appears which was a bit confusing. This is an example of what has happened non stop with different target IDs and depths fairly consistently. i assume this is what it’s like to run into a difficult spot for newbs such as myself so I wanted to ask, is this a common occurrence for a playground? Are they more difficult due to extremely tough signals? Are there any tips for detecting in playgrounds that I may find useful and others that are having the same trouble? Also I’m extremely sorry if there is another topic that covers the information that I’m asking for.
  11. I kinda hate you even though I want to be you...it's a weird feeling. Nice finds!
  12. haha yea, I filled them all in, I couldn't even tell where I'd been... the soil was very soft being winter, it was frozen first thing in the morning but defrosted quickly, it was quite a warm day today for this time of year. You'll notice once I swapped to the Equinox my hole sizes grew as I got a shovel to do the work πŸ˜‰ This field doesn't seem to get used anymore, the council just keep it mowed I guess in case some kids go on it to play and to keep the place tidy. I have trouble working out exactly where the Target is with the 15x12 coil, it seems to always end up behind where I think it will be, even when I try dig further back it's still behind my hole if I do a small hole πŸ™‚
  13. My Lord.... Steve is right this place has not seen a detector...or maybe someone that that does not know how to use one ...start digging those low tones that the Nox is so good at...gotta be some gold in there phrunt! strick
  14. Yes Strick the cost can add up. We're at $3000 already that includes him and the cost to replace a library book he chewed yesterday. No doubt more damage will follow. As long as its not my car or detectors I wont be too upset.
  15. Rarer yet, your digging saucer size holes and no one is running you off! I know you filled them in and I can't even see where you've been. Good amount of coins there for your outing. GaryC/Oregon Coast
  16. Hi my name is Boomer! I'm 3yrs old and my owner thinks i'm a american staff./sharpei. I want to go prospecting really bad with my owner, he likes to dig rocks and i like to smell them. I don't think he'll let me go because he thinks i will smell this plant called a cactus and my mouth will end up looking like a angry porcupine. I've begged to go... Occasionally I sneak inside this motorized human buggy. I also got crazy and found my own buggy.
  17. I'm pretty happy about it πŸ™‚ I've barely dented it yet, Not even one tenth of it has been detected.
  18. Simon, I dare say you found something rarer than any coin these days... a place that for some reason has never been detected for coins! That is quite literally what it used to be like in β€œthe good old days” when any park or sports field gave up handfuls of good coins in short order! Good on you, great finds!!
  19. My new T2 arrived this week so I decided I'd take it out for a test run today, I haven't bothered detecting football fields before, it never really crossed my mind to do so especially small town football fields that barely ever get used. I think the last time I even saw people on this thing was about a year ago and they were riding a horse πŸ™‚ I guess back in time it was probably a popular place and my results today show this. This is going to be more of a picture story as the pictures tell 1000 words! I started using the T2 with Mars Tiger coil and within two minutes of arriving I had my first coin, then another, then another..... it was nuts, coins everywhere and very little junk, I was finding nice old coins, possibly one of my oldest in a while too Silver πŸ™‚ 1938 British Penny The T2 was getting good depth, easily hitting on coins with good ID's, another silver! 1948 Penny - Now NZ currency, not British like the older Pennies, we used some British currency until 1967. Prior to 1933 United Kingdom currency was the official legal tender of New Zealand, although Australian coins and notes were also generally accepted. The first New Zealand penny was minted in 1940. The penny ran until 1965, when New Zealand stopped minting pre-decimal coins in preparation for decimilisation in 1967. I have no idea what this thing is This is the football field I was detecting, under the goal posts and along the end of the field had a good collection of coins, I guess from all the diving with the ball and coins in the players pockets, I don't know much about football, probably the only NZ male who has no clue about the game πŸ™‚ My oldest find of the day, a British 1912 One Penny It was quite deep down but the T2 banged on it real hard with a solid ID. At this point I decided I'd go home and gear up better as this place obviously has a lot of good old coins. I was only using my T2 with Carrot and Lesche digging tool which was hard work with all the coins being so deep. I wanted a bigger coil to cover more ground but there was no way I was going to strap on the 15" Teknetics coil to continue using the T2 as it weighs a tonne. I opted for the Equinox with it's 15" coil and almost straight away after turning it on, another coin 1950 NZ One Penny. I left the bit of dirt on the coil up the top it came out of, I love when you get the impression of the coin in the soil. Another silver, 1934 Shilling This is the hole it came from, I always recheck my holes and I'm glad I did, another target in the hole, then another... this was crazy 3 Silvers in the hole so far, 1934 Shilling, 1934 Shilling and a 1946 Sixpence, I was sure this was it but I did another check and off to the side of the hole, ANOTHER SILVER Another 1934 Shilling, 4 silvers in one hole, incredible! Someone had a bad day. 1964 Sixpence... the coins just kept coming, all old ones. No longer are they made of silver in 1964... Nice and deep though +++++ My first modern coin, a $2 But look how deep it was, it was deeper than a lot of far older coins.... weird! Another two in one hole, just one cent coins from back when NZ had one cent coins. Another coin leaving a cool impression of itself in the soil, just a one cent I think It sure a lot of ground to cover, I'll be at this place for weeks... plenty more coins to find I'm sure. Time to head back to the car, with my coil to the soil. Another for the road πŸ™‚ Double sided impression on the soil with this one. I couldn't possibly put up a photo of every coin find as there were just too many, all in about 3 hours detecting. The good stuff The bad stuff... not a bad ratio, good stuff far outweighed bad stuff, unusual for me.... I'll be back there tomorrow.... and the next day.... and the next day πŸ™‚
  20. Jin- the wife and I started adding up the costs that our dog Buddy was acquiring us the first year and it was around $2500 that included eating shoes..prescription glasses, a couch, a fractured leg, his adoption fees etc...He is 7 years old now and I think we are getting close to 7K but I would not have it any other way...cheaper then my two kids thats for sure lol Cute puppy you have there my friend...Enjoy strick
  21. This is my new prospecting buddy. (English Staffy) Probably too much of a pain in the neck to take out with me yet but hopefully in 6 months time. Wife decided to do a Instagram page to document his life and share stuff with friends. So far all he does is eat, sleep, poop and chew everything in sight.
  22. Looks like an Aztec calendar or maybe Mayan glyphs right? Pretty neat and good advice with the iron volume, thanks!
  23. We killed it today at the honey hole... I tagged the plate on the first signal..
  24. Hi Steve. Yes have tried single freq and its the same. Its a great machine and I certainly am keeping it. I have tried everything, it is what it is (actually hate that saying but best describes it). Not having, for me, that actual Auto tracking ability doesn't seem to hinder it. Id love it to have an on its own track button/pad though. Funny, in real tame ground, pipe clay tame, it will track some hot rocks diminishing their signal. Some still ping like a metal target but some do track out. So I know in some cases it does track, but the majority of times in bad ground it doesn't. It's saving grace to me is how forgiving it is when it's out. I've had others in the past that are not forgiving, if the EQ was like them I'd be pretty bugged off but it's not so that's ok. Is that "forgiving" when being out of balance part of the issue for not tracking in my situation? A big part of me thinks yes. But anyway, he he, it is what it is. 😁
  25. It turns out that there is a White's service technician that lives 20 minutes from my house. I've made an appointment with him on Friday. He's going to check the unit out and give me a few lessons and tips on how to use. How cool is that?
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