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  2. I’m actually not worried about any of this personally, just tossing ideas out to maybe get the ball rolling with others. Alternative connectors, Garrett clones, good to 200 feet. https://www.aliexpress.com/i/4000585349244.html
  3. The cable connections are the depth limiting factor on the 1 meter rating. Steve, how about you turn your battery holder around 180º and the cables can come out the front, use right angle connectors at each end of the battery cable.
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  5. The electronic circuits in the enclosure are also well protected by EPOXY filling.
  6. Question answered on the other thread dealing with waterproofing issues. This picture sums it up.
  7. Many thanks for your great inputs guys! Nice to meet you everyone here, and Chase, really glad to see you here too!) Back to the subject, in fact I was forcing myself to NOT think of the single freq solution, since that will eliminate Equinox' main strength and divergence from other machines like Deus (multi freq operation) so I hear you Chase...BUT I have a really hard time with these tiny micro aluminum melted nuggets, especially in my local pebble beaches where target recovery and "diging" through the pebbles is already a nightmare.... Anyway, I'm seeking for the best solution to eliminate all micro staff but 5 khz maybe isn't the answer...and the Nox seems extremmely sensitive even in low weighted modes! Now, regarding your thoughts: - Steve, I'm located in Greece...I don't know if it's a European thing but these tiny nuggets of (melted?) aluminum are everywhere especially in our beaches. And yes, even they are tiny ones, their VDI is unusual high in the teens range so I can't reject them by ID cause I'll miss the gold staff...if they were at 0-5 vdi I would be happy! Thankfully, in farm fields aluminum tiny nuggets are not that common, but there I have another nightmare wich is tiny aluminum can slaw. However, here in Greece and especially in my usual hunting farm fields, finding some 2.500+ year old little silver coins are very possible so I have to be extra carefull when eliminating targets... With the Deus @8khz I could still find these little 10mm+ little treasures (silver most) and still could eliminate the super tiny aluminum in either case (tiny nuggets or tiny can slaw)..that's why I thought the use of 5 khz as a solution with the Nox... - Chase, I tried using the pinpoint mode to identify the targets as you suggested, but this tiny bits of aluminum nuggets where giving me the immpression of a very deep coin when pinpointing: veeery short response and veeery low pitch and low volume too from every direction....so I still can't distinguish tiny solid aluminum from maybe a deep coin...however I do need more practice with pinpoint...is the first time I use such a mode (Deus lite experience only since now) and maybe should try the gold mode also for sizing. Unfortunatelly, the scoop solution to let this tiny bits fall and ignore is a no-no in pebbles.... So what's left: - Steve's idea on Beach 2 Mode: will definetelly try this in the beach....With Beach 1 I could definetelly hit the hardpack depth (+/- 1 ft depth) under the pebbles for coin/ring size targets (weak & low volume response but clear enough to make me stop), so I will give a go to Beach 2 mode to see if it can help with these tiny aluminum nuggets but still be able to hit a coin/ring size target at hardpack 1 ft depth such as beach 1 does - Chase's idea to reduse sensitivity: In the beach I mentioned, I was indeed running Beach 1 too hot with sensitivity @22...so maybe I'll force myself to lower it some to get rid of tiny aluminum but need to verify if I can still hit the hardpack level-depth under the pebbles - Chase's idea to leave whatever my handheld pointer can't hit should also be a solution to my problem and save some digging, and hopefully I won't ignore a thin chain instead that pointer also doesn't hit! - Joe, thanks also mate! I'm already air tested these tiny aluminum nuggets but tone wise, I can't distinguish them vs a ring or coin yet...they do sound weaker in volume but a deep ring/coin will also sound that way..:/ and yes...these tiny staff, beach or inland, are such a pain for me also.... Thank you all!
  8. Hello, I have only one question, if everything is epoxy-coated hard, why only 1 meter? I imagine it would be for the electronic part outside the battery?
  9. That's to bad the Bill & Linda's page is gone. It documented a lot of interesting prospectors.
  10. you are on the right side of the USA : The western states. Study the "southern emigrant trail (aka Gila trail) that came through AZ. Find the stop spots where they would have tended to "rally the wagons" and bedded down for the night. Eg.: water holes, etc.... Then isolate that that have no modern influence (eg.: a town or modern ranch houses didn't sprout up on the spot, etc.... ) These would be spots where those persons who had packed up their life to head west, might have been packing some gold coins with them. For that matter, simply stage stops. Also military camp locations that cover mid 1850s years of usage.
  11. According to Willy the problem is not the pod or battery case themselves: "When you put your hands on this unit, you should not attempt any opening of the enclosure nor the battery pod, they are completely sealed with hard EPOXY. This guarantees their water-tightness. If anyone would insist doing it, there are very good chances that some non repairable damage will occur." (Emphasis added) So the battery and pod are epoxy filled, pretty much bullet proof. The Impulse however employs M8 connectors (see link above) for the battery (4 pin) and headphones (3 pin). M8 connectors are rated at IP67 or IP68 at best. IP67 means the unit can be dropped into a body of water up to a meter deep for half an hour, while IP68 guarantees protection in water up to 1.5m deep for the same period of time. Both are resistant to dust. So there is the problem. Fisher is testing for and stretching that to 4 hours. I guess a battery good for 4 - 5 hours is a not a bad idea... better get your ass out of the water by then! Even a 6 hour day at three feet will exceed what Fisher is testing for. It appears Minelab is employing 8 pin M12 connectors on its coils, also IP67/IP68 rated, and claiming the Equinox is good to ten feet. White’s also appears to be using the 8 pin M12 connector on their 10 foot rated models. So these connectors probably have a large safety factor built in that Fisher and even more so Minelab/White's are taking advantage of. The big difference here - coils versus power cables. If water gets into that Equinox or White’s coil connector, it is unlikely anything will happen. Maybe some pin corrosion at worst. The Impulse power cable is carrying a lot more current. A lot more. Leakage there would be a much larger issue, and in saltwater in particular could create an immediate short and damage. I am not suggesting M12 connectors are any better than M8 connectors. They have the same IP rating. I’m just pointing out that Minelab and White’s are utilizing them. I’d rather see something like the Garrett PI connectors, which are good to 200 feet, but unfortunately they are proprietary and almost impossible to source by themselves. Long story short, be super extra careful about properly seating and snugging that battery cable, and protecting it from damage. I’m a little less worried about it personally as mine will be in fresh water way before it ever sees saltwater and will therefore get tested at length in a less risky environment before ever proceeding to saltwater. It is too bad there is no way to charge the battery without disconnecting the cable. For saltwater use it might be worth considering sealing the detector end of the cable semipermanently to the detector. This would reduce the risk of a battery connector leak by 50%. The headphone connector, like coil connectors, would be of less concern. A possible solution to this issue exists in the form of a DIY battery and cable replacement project.
  12. Welcome, Welcome! Argyris, I've found generally, that at the beach, you can discern the micro targets by the sound profile! I personally like them, so i dig them! You might try some air tests at home with the objects you are trying to bypass! While not ideal, it's a controlled environment where you can train your ears, without distraction! It works pretty well! I recently did this with 39 of my wife's rings, and some chains! I was able to classify the rings into nine groups! They were anywhere from 33 to 8, in Park 1! While this is far from conclusive in actual soil conditions! It did open my eyes to some commonalities; and marked differences, in signals, and metal composition! I'm right there with you man; the parks are my Achilles Heal with the 800, at the moment! It's a process! Good luck!👍👍
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  14. Why no mention of Beach 2? It is salt compensated, and therefore will automatically eliminate low conductivity targets. But yeah, Park 1, 5 kHz is another option. Generally tiny targets that read high are relatively rare. When I hunted in the UK I was knocking out target id 6 and lower to eliminate small targets, but still got little copper and brass bits that read up in the teens. Again however, they were not so common as to be more than an annoyance.
  15. I bought some Avantree over the ear Headphones to use with my Nox 800. They are excellent. No noticeable lag, comfortable, and hold a charge quite awhile so I'd guess their earbuds will work very well. My earbuds for the Nox are AceKool BT-519 (on sale at Amazon for $11.99 right now). I liked them so much I bought a second pair to have as a spare, just in case. I've been using them since 2018, they also have volume control.
  16. I also marked the 6.5x9 concentric. That's good that Garrett is asking what people want.
  17. Welcome to the forum Argyris. You may know me also as vferrari from other forums. Some notes on single frequency: When you go to single frequency, the mode's Multi IQ personality pretty much disappears. Iron Bias becomes non-operational, ground balance, compensation, and tracking are more "traditional" single-frequency-based, losing some of the advantage of Multi IQ, multi-frequency compensation for salt, for example which is why beach mode does not "allow" single frequency. The only vestige of the original mode are the manual settings for discrimination/notch, tone customizations, and recovery speed settings. This means that no matter what mode you initiate single frequency from, all you have to worry about are the manual user settings (recovery speed and tone customizations), tone bin breakpoints, and discrimination settings you desire. Therefore, consider using single frequency more as a target interrogation tool rather than as a mode you would normally search with unless EMI issues are forcing you there or you are targeting specific target types, Your are not really going to lose much in the way of TID stability if the target is a keeper (i.e., gold or hammered silver), but you may lose stability on the aluminum which would be a dead giveaway. That is why I recommend that you use single frequency primarily as a target interrogation tool better characterize aluminum targets. Your other "tool" for characterizing micro targets is to use the built-in pinpoint moder which is very good at giving you a mental picture of the target footprint. You can practice using the pinpoint mode to differentiate between micro targets vs. rings and coins. You will notice a difference and can make your decision whether to dig for the target. On the beach, I just scoop the target regardless. In dry sand, I let the scoop "filter" the target. Micro targets will spill out and if I am not in a mood to look for earring backs or studs, just let it go if it manages to filter through the scoop but will flatten the dump out with my foot just to make sure I don't pick up a visual on bright metal. In wet sand, similarly, I dump the scoop on the surface and flatten it out and run the coil over the dump and see if I am getting a target of significant diameter, otherwise move on. Gold mode is another useful tool off the beach to give you an idea of whether you are going after a micro target because it has motion-based VCO-like pitch audio. So the intensity and "duration" of the target audio signal gives you clues as well. Can't use gold mode in wet salt sand, though, too unstable. Finally, you can also try to "filter" and interrogate using sensitivity, which is theoretically possible if the target is in-situ because the deeper micro targets should disappear fairly quickly. I have not really tried doing this. For land hunting, I would go ahead and use either Park 1 or Field 1 which should filter most micro jewelry and use single frequency to interrogate suspect micro targets. For the beach, use the beach modes for stability and the pinpoint mode. Single frequency might be too unstable on wet salt sand for interrogation. Finally, if you are on land/beach, have taken a plug/scoop because the interrogation techniques have , and are using your handheld pinpointer but cannot readily locate the target, then you have your answer. Move on, you don't have to get a visual on it to know for sure. Hope this helps.
  18. Absolutely beautiful coin! Still waiting for my first after 45 years detecting. 😟
  19. I would not call it the strongest but it does seem to be holding well. I think in part for two reasons. I use the big noodle (which takes the blunt of force of the scoop hitting it) and I have another matting under to support. I've been using it for about 3 or 4 months now, no issues... https://www.ebay.com/itm/Japanese-Plastic-Drainage-Mesh-Sheet-1m-x-50cm-Cuttable-Pot-Bottom-Net-Roll/273294773156?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
  20. A great memory for all, and you have pictures to share many years from now.. Also...........Congratulations on the gold, beautiful save!
  21. From a specs perspective, since they are APTX-LL you should be good to go.
  22. Im adding Bluetooth to my E-trac I found these earbuds. I want some that had volume control https://avantree.com/dual-driver-bluetooth-earbuds-avantree-as20l What do you think? And Yes I picked out the this TX https://www.taotronics.com/products/tt-ba07-bluetooth-transmitter-receiver
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