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Tom Dankowski is looking for input , in performance and design on the next Minelab Flagship detector.
Tom has input with Minelab.
Pop on over to Toms forum and read the thread, and post your ideas.
I started a post about 25 posts down on this thread, about new ideas for the new Equinox.
Not realizing they are looking for ideas.
Reading the post by Tom about being able to add target density into ID is awesome.
Who knows what else the engineers are working on.
Check it out !
Steve , I'm not trying to steer folks away from your awesome forum.
By Steve Herschbach
Back in May we were speculating on the filing of a new Minelab trademark for "MF5" and what kind of detector that might mean. Well, Minelab quietly added the MF5 mine detector to the lineup. What makes this interesting is the MF5 employs the fold up housing originally developed for the F3 Compact mine detector, and later used on the SDC 2300 gold nugget detector. The Minelab MF5 introduces a new coil that features a round transmit coil combined with a EMI canceling figure 8 receive coil. The coil measures 7.5" x 10.6".
Minelab MF5 metal detector
Even more interesting is the MF5 is employing some sort of multifrequency hybrid technology. No doubt the reality is hidden under a layer of advertising catch words:
"combining the advantages of Pulse Induction and Continuous Wave technologies"
"Simultaneous Multi-Frequency Digital Metal Detection"
"Four frequencies in the range 5 kHz to 75 kHz"
This means the MF5 has at least some level of discrimination available:
"DETECTION CAPABILITIES - The MF5 detects metal and conductive targets, including fine wires and carbon rods. It provides indications of ferrous and non-ferrous targets, carbon rods, and fine wires. The MF5 is able to detect targets in all types of soil, regardless of mineralized content, and can operate in environments of high electrical interference."
Minelab MF5 Official Information Page
MF5 Color Brochure
Minelab MF5 User Guide
MF5 TECH SPECIFICATIONS
Key Technologies: Simultaneous Multi-Frequency Digital Metal Detection
Coil: Transmit Coil: 269 x 191 mm (10.6" x 7.5") Monoloop | Receive Coil: Figure 8
Operating Frequencies: Four frequencies in the range 5 kHz to 75 kHz
Output Power: < -30dBm
Sensitivity: 1 to 5
Noise Cancel: Automatic, Operator initiated
Ground Balance: Automatic, Operator initiated, Settings retained after switch off
Target Identification: Ferrous / Non-Ferrous / Carbon Rods — Fine Wires
MF5 GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS
Volume Control: 1 to 9
Collapsed Size: 400 x 99 x 194 mm (15.7" x 3.9" x 7.6")
Extended Size: 1615 x 191 x 237 mm (63.6" x 7.5" x 9.3")
Weight, Operational: 2.8 kg (6.2 lb) with rechargeable NiMH C cell batteries
Audio Output: Internal Speaker / MF5 Earset
Earset: MF5 Earset
Waterproof: Waterproof to 3 m / 10 ft (IP 68)
Software Upgradeable: Yes
Battery Compatibility: Rechargeable NiMH / Alkaline C cells
Battery Life: 10 hours with NiMH batteries
"The proper threshold on hot ground, any ground type for that matter, is a nice and high full sound, stable and rock solid threshold that cannot be wavered on that ground type.. Allowing the highest sensitivity they can muster.
Causing lovely repeatable dropouts in the threshold on deep signals on heavy ground."
I have an old Minelab GT16000, and in the process of searching for Coils, came across a post(above) by "argyle" that suggested a completely different Threshold setup for some of the early VLF detectors including mine.
Just wondering if anyone has used this procedure, as it is different to the manufacturer's instruction?
One year ago My husband and I decided to try our hand at metal detecting.We were total newbies with a steep learning curve. We purchased a used Xterra 705 for our starting machine. We downloaded and printed Randy Horton’s Xterra guide and have read it many times. It is a valuable tool for any Xterra owner. We spent the last year educating ourselves on the basics of metal detecting and getting to know our machine.
We are feeling pretty confident about the Xterra except for one issue. I am looking for advice on any errors we are committing or if we possibly have something wrong with our detector. We have contacted minelab, but they never got back to us about our issue. So here goes...
We are having an issue with TID numbers with in ground silver. We have several old silver coins we use for testing. They air test perfectly per published Xterra TID charts. When we place a coin (dime, quarter or half dollar, doesn’t matter) in a dug plug and cover, the coins register as ferrous (-8, -6 or -4) every time regardless of the coil we have installed. We have the stock 9” 7.5 kHz and the 6” 18.75 kHz Double D coils. We cannot get silver to register as anything but ferrous in the ground. The depth does not matter.
We usually run in all metal or discrim 1 on occasion. We go through a set up each time we arrive at a place to detect that includes noise canceling, threshold, sensitivity and manual ground balance, although we usually detect in auto ground balance. We use 99 tones and silver in the ground has a ferrous “thunking” sound to go along with the TID numbers.
We have reset to factory setting several times in the hope of solving this issue to no avail. We are out of ideas and possibly need service. Thank you for reading this far. Any advice or suggestions are welcome and appreciated.
By Norm S
I am now the proud owner of both the Equinox 800 and 600 and I no longer have any use for my E-Trac, My E-Trac is 2 yrs old and has no extra accessories. I do have a cheap harness I bought for it but found it to be more trouble than it was worth. Does anyone know what a used E-Trac is worth.