Not sure if I should classify this machine as an antique, perhaps classic analogue fits best.
It seems to have some following in the USA, but in Australia it is a rare beast. My first Whites was a blue box 6000 series that swallowed a lot of batteries and was more than heavy. For better or worse I ran in on GEB MAX most of the time. It punched deep and performed well. Built to last, the 6000 series still show up here and there. The MInelab Pi revolution was well on its way when the XL Pro appeared and so it never gained many followers downunder. Years after getting an MXT I noticed the XL Pro online and researched it. After a few years I managed to buy one and found it an excellent all rounder to compliment the MXT. It's reputation seemed well founded and in my experience it performs very well. Not my first choice on the goldfields, but it can be made to work and the older blue box machines found a lot of gold in the early years. Excellent balance like all White's machines, good depth and stable performance make it a winner. I enjoy swinging this old classic and will continue to do so for many years to come. Love that meter, fantastic audio and good looks... Karelian
By Jeff McClendon
I got several major laughs looking at a "New" metal detector listing on Ebay. The listing is at MD-88 Deep Ground Metal Detector Gold Detector Pressure Stone Diamond Detector. It was incredible. I love the Minelab knock-off manual and coils.
It uses 8 AAs and weighs 3.5 kg ?????? over 7 lbs. Must be really confusing to assemble. Is that coil on backwards........🤔
I'm attaching the manual (downloaded from Fisher's site). (Edit: see Steve's link in his response below.) On page 9, bullet point 4. it says: Still holding the GEMINI-3 parallel to the ground, slowly turn the balance knob (with arrow) on the three-piece handle counterclockwise until you get silence (null) and zero meter reading.
My question is this: is the knob actually doing an electronic adjustment (such as being attached to a variable resistor or capacitor) or is it just re-aligning / repositioning the transmitter/receiver/attachment rod to optimal location?
By Mike Hillis
Getting ready to buy another Omega 8500. I love the feature set on this detector.
I field tested prototypes of it and got a 1st production run model for compensation of my time, which I sold last year to fund some other detector purchases. Looking at the market there really isn't anything to compete with its feature set when you need something more than simple phase shift target id in its price range....when you get the chance take look at the operating manual.
I especially like the Multiple Target Category System:
This feature is available only in Discrimination Mode. For each target, the Omega 8500 calculates four independent numerical Target-ID’s on each pass of the coil; one primary and three secondary. Each one of the Target-ID’s will correlate to a target category on the LCD. There will be one solid primary category lighting up and up to three additional secondary target categories. All are different readings of the same target, with the primary category being the one with most reliable signal. If the Target-ID’s vary, they will show up as multiple illuminated categories, and this could indicate the detector is picking up noise, a faint/weak signal or that the target is irregularly shaped.
It has its warts but I have found some good gold jewelry with it, attaching a little 18K eye candy...
Now just to figure out where to buy it from.