Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
steveg

The Past Couple Of Hunts...

Recommended Posts

Hi all!

I have been out doing some night hunting the past few nights, as this is the time I have available right now due to my shift schedule!

The first picture (of the UGLY war nickel and the wheat) is from my local park that after too many years of hunting it WAY too much, it's become VERY stingy at giving up good finds.

The second, is from the following night, from a site that was an old golf course.  I've hunted one small part of this site heavily with my Explorer (a sidewalk next to where the pool used to be), as this small section gave up a large number of wheats -- probably about two dozen, but never a silver coin from this part of the site.  However, there are a lot of nails in this little area as well, so I thought that maybe with the Equinox I might be able to scare up another wheatie.  Well, I underestimated the Equinox's ability to find partially masked targets!  Nearly every one of those coins (plus several Memorial pennies not shown) had at LEAST one nail in the hole with them, and the ones that didn't, had nails nearby enough to foul up the signal, to varying degrees.  After several of these digs, the Equinox and I got on the same page, and I became really confident in what I was hearing -- and when it was trying to alert me that there was a coin hidden in the iron.  Let's just say I'm EXTREMELY impressed.  EVERY one of these coins was passed over with the Explorer, multiple times.  To say I am a bit shocked, is an understatement...

 

Steve

5-13-18Finds.JPG

5-14-18Finds.JPG

  • Like 8

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Steve, I switched from an Explorer also. I assume the explorer nulled out, or chattered too much in these areas? I am interested in what the tell tale sign on the Nox is with coins in nails. Did you also slow down your swing or keep it fast? 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Geoff --

YES, a lot of nulling with the Explorer (I ran with iron mask set at 22).  The Explorer was able to pull a bunch of wheats out, but it missed ones that were in the more nail-infested part of the area, within a few feet of the sidewalk.

And YES, I slowed my swing speed, even though running a moderate (5) recovery speed on the 800.  I was trying to listen carefully, and a decent-sounding chirp of a high tone, I'd investigate.  If I could isolate something semi-repeatable (especially if I could coax a good two-way hit from even one angle), it was something worth thinking about.  One telltale sign is this -- if you get a high-tone chirp, and you start working it, and you can get decently repeatable 20s numbers, but then as you gradually rotate, those 20s numbers start rising in a small sector, and now you are getting, from a small sector, really high-pitched, high 30s IDs (and then you rotate your body JUST A TAD, and those high 30s go away), those have been iron 100% of the time, for me.  

Anyway, a bunch of these coin digs, after I'd pop the plug, I'd lose them, either in the plug, or in the ground.  Changing the orientation of the coins and the nails, relative to each other, often resulted in complete masking of the coin.  Recoveries were taking much longer than normal, as a result...

Steve

  • Like 9

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the pics and the details of how you pulled those goodies out of the iron.  Which mode(s) were you operating in?

Your pennies come out of the ground pretty clean (discolored, but not scaly).  I wish mine were like that.  It's really interesting how much variation there is in soil conditions throughout the US.  I couldn't read some of the dates+MM's.  Anything exciting?  Two silvers is excellent in my book, regardless.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

GB_Amateur --

I was running my normal (thus far) Park 1, sensitivity 21, Recovery Speed 5, iron bias 2, horseshoe button pressed (no disc), 50 tones.

Yes, they usually come out fairly clean here, though there are some places that the old ones can be pretty bad/crusty/scaly.  It IS interesting how different ground affects things.  

No, nothing exciting.  The wheats ranged from 1936 to 1955 (and a 1929-D) on the first night.  Nothing of any special value.  For me, the most "special" part of it was the learning experience I got -- that little section of that old country club site turned out to be like a little "laboratory," in terms of digging partially masked coins.  If you would have told me how many coins I'd recover in that little area, AFTER having pounded it with the Explorer, I'd have told you "no way."  Priceless experience, for me, in terms of moving along the learning curve...

Steve

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice job Steve! Good write up as usual. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you, sir!

Steve

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Similar Content

    • By phrunt
      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 football fields that barely ever get used.  I think the last time I even saw people on this thing was about a year ago and they were riding a horse 🙂
      I guess back in time it was probably a popular place and my results today show this.  This is going to be more of a picture story as the pictures tell 1000 words! 
      I started using the T2 with Mars Tiger coil and within two minutes of arriving I had my first coin, then another, then another..... it was nuts, coins everywhere and very little junk, I was finding nice old coins, possibly one of my oldest in a while too

      Silver 🙂

      1938 British Penny

      The T2 was getting good depth, easily hitting on coins with good ID's, another silver!


      1948 Penny -  Now NZ currency, not British like the older Pennies, we used some British currency until 1967. 
      Prior to 1933 United Kingdom currency was the official legal tender of New Zealand, although Australian coins and notes were also generally accepted.
      The first New Zealand penny was minted in 1940. The penny ran until 1965, when New Zealand stopped minting pre-decimal coins in preparation for decimilisation in 1967.


      I have no idea what this thing is

      This is the football field I was detecting, under the goal posts and along the end of the field had a good collection of coins,  I guess from all the diving with the ball and coins in the players pockets, I don't know much about football, probably the only NZ male who has no clue about the game 🙂

      My oldest find of the day, a British 1912 One Penny

      It was quite deep down but the T2 banged on it real hard with a solid ID.  At this point I decided I'd go home and gear up better as this place obviously has a lot of good old coins.  I was only using my T2 with Carrot and Lesche digging tool which was hard work with all the coins being so deep.    I wanted a bigger coil to cover more ground but there was no way I was going to strap on the 15" Teknetics coil to continue using the T2 as it weighs a tonne.  I opted for the Equinox with it's 15" coil  and almost straight away after turning it on, another coin

      1950 NZ One Penny.  I left the bit of dirt on the coil up the top it came out of, I love when you get the impression of the coin in the soil.

      Another silver, 1934 Shilling

      This is the hole it came from, I always recheck my holes and I'm glad I did, another target in the hole, then another... this was crazy


      3 Silvers in the hole so far, 1934 Shilling, 1934 Shilling and a 1946 Sixpence, I was sure this was it but I did another check and off to the side of the hole, ANOTHER SILVER

      Another 1934 Shilling, 4 silvers in one hole, incredible!   Someone had a bad day.

      1964 Sixpence... the coins just kept coming, all old ones.  No longer are they made of silver in 1964...

      Nice and deep though
      +++++
      My first modern coin, a $2

      But look how deep it was, it was deeper than a lot of far older coins.... weird!

      Another two in one hole, just one cent coins from back when NZ had one cent coins.

      Another coin leaving a cool impression of itself in the soil, just a one cent I think

      It sure a lot of ground to cover, I'll be at this place for weeks... plenty more coins to find I'm sure.  Time to head back to the car, with my coil to the soil.

      Another for the road 🙂 Double sided impression on the soil with this one.  I couldn't possibly put up a photo of every coin find as there were just too many, all in about 3 hours detecting.

      The good stuff

      The bad stuff... not a bad ratio, good stuff far outweighed bad stuff, unusual for me.... I'll be back there tomorrow.... and the next day.... and the next day 🙂
       
    • By devilsrenegade
      Was nice day with the t2 going over some sidewalk strips. 

    • By PUHH
      Hello all. 
      I found this picture: 
       
      Does anyone have more info?
    • By RobNC
      I went out today for a couple hours to a school not visited previously. The old wood chip tot lot was the target area. All I ended up finding were 4 quarters, 2 nickels, 7 pennies, a small button off something, a rivet off some clothing or a shoe, and a strange metal piece that showed up in the foil range. There were indeed some junk items today but not in the picture (can slaw, a zipper, foil, a few pencil tops). I had the feeling someone else had been at this spot before because it was really quiet. Well they didn't get these! It's getting more and more difficult in these places and the finds are more difficult to pull. All the other counties around us where there are probably good things located within school grounds have a strict "KEEP OUT" policy and don't allow any kind of public activity on school grounds.
       

    • By Tnsharpshooter
      https://www.minelab.com/__files/f/339677/EQUINOX SOFTWARE UPDATE A4 EN
      How To Rollback Equinox To Previous Software Version
      Minimum System requirements:
      USB 2.0 port
      EQUINOX USB Charging Cable with Magnetic Connector
      Windows 7, 8, 10
      50 MB of hard drive space
      20 MB of RAM
      MAC OS
      Greater than 10.10 Yosemite
      50 MB of hard drive space
      30 MB of RAM
      Note:
      Only one EQUINOX can be connected to the computer during an update operation. The EQUINOX must be ON during the software update. Any custom detector settings will be preserved while performing the update. An internet connection is required to download the Minelab Update Utility to the computer, however, an internet connection is not required to update the EQUINOX and this can be done offline. The EQUINOX coil must be connected to perform the update. Important: Do not turn off or disconnect the EQUINOX during the update process.
      Download the MINELAB Update Utility here.
      Click for larger images....

×
×
  • Create New...