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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 footb

Ok, so lets start this post off with a happy dance I arrived at Pennytopia at my usual time, just after 9 and nobody was about, finally! I wasn't going to bother digging a lot today, it

Day 3 started like every other, a few steps after arriving I had my first coin.  The forecast for rain today was rain to start about 3pm so I wanted to get as much done as I could.  I started right wh

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I seem pretty consistent, 50 or so coins a day when I spend a good part of a day here.  Today was no different.  I took my Nox along to test it out after it spent the night in the Spa pool.... still working a treat, no issues.


The older the coin the deeper they seem to be....


The old pennies are regularly Carrot depth.



I got quite a few pennies today, this one had a bit of wire it's hole as you'll see to the left of the coin.   It rules out my theory I missed a coin with the Nox and got it with the T2 due to masking caused by wire, I just missed it because I missed it I guess 🙂


A nice silver, depth shown on the carrot.


Someone dropped this $2 coin right near the goal post....  I hope they got a goal as they obviously lost their lunch money doing the dive for it 🙂


This little silver had a solid ID even at the depth of the Carrot.  Very impressive, the Nox seems to love silvers.


I found this dog collar, shortly after I found the latch thing for it's lead.  I hope it didn't escape... I first thought maybe it was a doggy grave site 😞



I was having a good silver day.  I like getting these shillings, they come up the exact same 21 target ID as modern $1 coins, impossible to miss.


I found an Aussie $2 coin, I'm no follower of football but I believe an Aussie doesn't belong on a NZ Rugby field..... :laugh:  I heard something on the news the other night about it.... I had to google it but this is what they were talking about

The Wallabies' (Australia) victory over the All Blacks (New Zealand) at Eden Park in 1986 is etched into rugby folklore, for no Australian team has managed to replicate the feat in 33 disheartening years, nor any side since France in 1994.

Eden Park is NZ's main rugby field in the biggest city Auckland where most these games seem to go on.


I'm going to have to detect the area outside of the football field too, almost every time I go back to my car I leave the detector on, rarely do I not find another coin in the process.


These little threepence silvers are really small and light but the Nox loves them.  They land right at 14/15 where pull tabs sit, the only way I have any idea if it's going to be one is to judge by the depth meter...  The pull tabs seem to be closer to the surface while the coins are ALWAYS deep.


The depth I get these little silvers never ceases to amaze me.  Such good ID's too


This 1942 penny has a bit of a bend in it.


These coins were odd, they were completely stuck together, I had to pry them apart, they came up an ID of 20, the little 1 cent is a 20 ID, the 2 cent it was stuck to should be a 23/24 so it's very odd the little coins ID is the one the Nox locked onto.


I haven't found too many of these, they come up a 13 on the ID's, they're a more modern shilling once they stopped making them of silver, it's a shame they stopped with the silvers, these 1960's ones don't stay nice in the ground.

Now the two lots of junk... one from this morning and the other from after lunch 🙂


Morning junk


Afternoon junk.  I would have never dug that big can lid looking thing with the T2, it would of overloaded and I'd know to avoid it.  I know there are ways to work it out with the Nox, they're just not as convenient as it overloading.

And the total for day 6


I put the little fishing thing in there I found as it was a very odd thing to find on a football field..... although it's only about 100 meters from the river I guess.


And the silvers and 1960's shillings up top.

Also, I told Lacky I'd take a video of my weird pinpoint issue with my Nox where about every 2nd time I use it the volume on the pinpoint is very muffled and weird sounding.... after a bit of time and swinging over ground it comes right or I can turn pinpoint off and on again and it comes right straight away..... It's very annoying but I'm not sure it's a fault.  I emailed Minelab asking and they never replied...... odd as normally their service has been great.  Maybe they don't want to open a can of worms 🙂

In this second video it was refusing to come right so I waved the coil a long way from the target and then when I went back it came right.  Such a weird problem.


Here's another photo of just how close that bit of wire was to the coin yet the coin had a good ID, In day 5 I thought the T2 got a target the Nox missed by being masked by a nearby bit of wire, this really proves otherwise.  Missing it was my fault, not the detectors.

I look forward to day 7, I think I'm going to use the T2.  I wish prospecting was this easy. :laugh:

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Now that's just WEIRD.  I sent Minelab the email a few days ago now, shortly after this post above I received an email reply from Minelab about it.  I am sure it's not EMI or ground balance though.  It happens everywhere I go.

Hello Simon,

Thank you for your enquiry, sometimes the pinpoint feature on the detector can act similar to this when it picks up noise either from the soil or electrical interference in the air.

Please try doing a noise cancel and a ground balance on your detector. I have attached the Equinox instruction manual for your convenience.

Ground balance procedure is on page 40 (run the ground balance in Tracking mode)

Noise cancel procedure is on page 39

Please feel free to contact your local service centre to send your detector to be checked for any faults.

You can find a list of all of our service centres by clicking on the below link to our website.


Kind Regards,

Minelab Service Australia

I replied and gave them my Youtube links, they've said I should send it in to be checked.  I think I'll just buy another one at some point and have it as my backup unit and send it in once I've got a new one.  Parting with my Equinox is just too much 😞

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I'd like to know if anyone else gets this same audio issue with their Equinox, or if it even is an issue before I consider sending it in for a health check.

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8 hours ago, phrunt said:

Also, I told Lacky I'd take a video of my weird pinpoint issue with my Nox where about every 2nd time I use it the volume on the pinpoint is very muffled and weird sounding.... after a bit of time and swinging over ground it comes right or I can turn pinpoint off and on again and it comes right straight away..... It's very annoying but I'm not sure it's a fault.  I emailed Minelab asking and they never replied...... odd as normally their service has been great.  Maybe they don't want to open a can of worms 🙂

Too late.

3 hours ago, phrunt said:

I'd like to know if anyone else gets this same audio issue with their Equinox, or if it even is an issue before I consider sending it in for a health check.

I'd like to hear from an Equinox user who doesn't experience this.  It's been happening on mine since day 1.  Many had hoped that the 1.7.5 software upgrade would fix this and some (if I recall) even claimed it helped.  I never noticed a difference either way.  In my case it doesn't happen half the time, though.  My WAG is ~20%.  I just toggle the pinpoint off-on and that usually clears it up.  My suspicion (and even I wouldn't put much stock in this) is that it has something to do with target(s) under/near the coil when pinpoint is activiated.


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The pinpoint thing is normal in my opinion...both my Nox and my ctx do this. I  don't let it bother me but  for some reason it annoys other folks lol 

Simon I'm really loving your thred here...Its as if you have stumbled onto a lost city or something...I  see you are getting lots of old style pull tabs so a big gold ring should be coming your way soon...


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8 hours ago, strick said:

Simon I'm really loving your thred here...Its as if you have stumbled onto a lost city or something...I  see you are getting lots of old style pull tabs so a big gold ring should be coming your way soon...

Thanks strick, if it's normal I won't worry about it, it just gets annoying.  I love the pinpoint on my T2, I pull the trigger back and off it goes, I'm quite the master with it and pinpoint targets well.  I guess when you've got something you're comparing it to that you feel is so much better you're more critical on it. Sometimes the pinpoint volume corrects itself quickly, other times it's stuck like that and my only solution is to turn pinpoint off and on again.  Maybe by chance there is some iron target I've got discriminated out under the coil when I turn pinpoint on when it happens.  I'll have to experiment.

I'm really loving the spot, I've never found anything like it... and the funny bit is it's in a town of 400 or so people.  The least likely place I'd think would be a very productive football field for coins....   I only walked across the field and back 3 times yesterday and got 55 coins.  It's amazing people lost so many coins.  All the first bit of the field I detected I wasn't digging 15's as they were always pull tabs, now I've found the little silver threepence and no doubt rings fall into that area so I'm going to have to go back over it.  I planned to anyway.

I like the old style pull tabs, I wish they still used them, nice and big to get your finger into, the new ones I struggle to open as I keep my finger nails short to stop detecting dirt going under them, it also means cans are harder to open.  I hope I can come across a ring, that would just top this spot off.

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I had to watch them a couple times to figure out what you were talking about.  Mine probably does that too. I just figure I triggered it over the target and move it off to the side and retrigger. Honestly I dont use pinpoint much. I almost always just scan from two directions to pinpoint. 

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I think a lot depends on the depth of the target...deeper targets pinpoint low at first then get louder...shallow targets will pinpoint loud right off the get go. I wonder if the town was more populated back in the day?  Once you clean out the coins then you can go back and concentrate on the gold... most people don't have the patience to dig all those real low conductors so you should be safe should another detectorist find your spot...  search and destroy on the coins till then :biggrin:


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