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  2. Sorry if this should be two different posts. Both these issues popped up yesterday at the same site. In fact, the front of the property had a section with overhead electrical wires, a sewer drain in the street past the sidewalk, constant chatter in all-metal, and chatter in both Park 1 and Park 2 despite noise reduction and attempts to ground balance (may have been EMF, as chatter reduced away from the lines). I'll return with the 6" coil, but this seems like something proper knowledge of settings could ameliorate. I'm less than 6 months with the Nox. Ground Balance I do better when I ground balance, but what do I do when I can't find a signal free area in all-metal to perform the auto ground balance routine? Should I attempt to manual ground balance? Or set to zero? Working around sidewalks Loud response from sidewalks - sometimes from a foot and a half away all along, or in intervals. I've tried swinging parallel as well as perpendicular. Sometimes the effect is reduced with the 6" coil, but not always enough. Should I be reducing sensitivity? Any general tip for the Nox around sidewalks? Thanks In Advance!
  3. Italians love their gold...I'm half Sicilian and my grandfather brought lots of gold jewelry over...I'd love to go for a hunt over there some day..Nice finds strick
  4. Nice photo journal! those kids look like they could be related...My kids are grown and gone now so I let my dog lead me around and it pays off sometimes...Nice Find! strick
  5. Welcome to the forum Xabi. Design engineer is a highly rewarding career. Good luck over there and shows us what you find.
  6. I have since added the wonderful Stealth Titanium with carbon Fiber travel handle. Hands down the ultimate lightweight scoop that helps me stay out hunting for an extra hour. Normally, I would do 2 hour hunts but first time out with the titanium scoop I lasted 3 hours. Lol! In the last few minutes of that hunt I was lucky enough to run my coil over a Tiffany & Co PT950 ring. That find paid for my scoop and part of my detector.
  7. It sure makes all that digging worth while that for sure...congrtas! strick
  8. So the Vanquish will run off a USB wall wart, but not a power bank?
  9. Too big how? If I made my own battery and cables I don’t have any size constraints.
  10. I have written all this elsewhere, but at the risk of boring everybody.... Eric Foster introduced his Aquastar for $2000 or so nearly 20 years ago. Here’s Clive Clynick in 2015 selling his in one day for $1800. The original US price for the Aquastar was $1699 from Mr. Bill who was the US dealer. That was in 2000 - in 2020 dollars, that would be $2529. I doubt that full production AQ’s will be cheaper than that since the AQ is the result of many years careful design and evolution of the PI beach machine state of the art. The AQ beats the Aquastar in every way - For Sale: Eric Foster Aquastar
  11. I wanted an ear bud with volume control so I purchased these Avantree earbuds, https://avantree.com/e171-over-the-ear-earbuds however, they only adjust the volume from the source so I returned them, even though they were very comfortable. I wanted ear buds that have volume control for the speakers. How do you know if the volume control works for the speakers or the source? Thanks, Brian
  12. 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
  13. 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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  15. Question answered on the other thread dealing with waterproofing issues. This picture sums it up.
  16. The electronic circuits in the enclosure are also well protected by EPOXY filling.
  17. 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!
  18. 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?
  19. That's to bad the Bill & Linda's page is gone. It documented a lot of interesting prospectors.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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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