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  1. 12 points
    This thread starts out slow but gets into some good tips later about hunting “carpet of nails” situations. Tom does not mention until late in the thread that the tips are for low mineral soil - not applicable to medium and higher mineralized ground. I just want to highlight that because his tips about using low recovery speeds don’t work well in most ground I hunt. Some of the comments about higher frequency attenuation in bad soil obviously don’t apply in nugget hunting situations either. We both agree about Park 1 though for a lot of hunting. Sort of a mixed bag from my perspective so be cautious always about taking online tips as applying to everyone everywhere. That includes mine!! The real secret is knowing how your machine works not by reading posts but by using it enough to truly understand the detector and adjust it yourself for different situations. But do check it out as food for thought is always good and may help certain people in ground similar to what Tom has. http://www.dankowskidetectors.com/discussions/read.php?2,166825
  2. 12 points
    I went out detecting this morning at a couple of local beaches I had not been at for a few months. I ended up with just a few coins and a couple of silver rings which I have not pictured yet. It was an enjoyable hunt for 3 hours or so. It was a leisurely hunt and not an aerobic one for several reasons. One reason was lack of targets. You can hunt fast and cover lots of area to a shallow depth or you can slow down and let the coil speed catch some deeper targets. During the swinging I was remembering my research for the day about the high tide and the low tide and the wave size and the time of these waves relative to the tides. I also looked at the black sand line and tried to imagine what stage of the tide/time had produced that and the thought occurred to me that my metal detector was going back in time a few hours. When you start to think about a few hours then you have to think back longer. (Maybe even to the last time I hunted that beach.) On a beach maybe you can think back to the last big energy event, let's say a storm or big surfing conditions. When you are a relic hunter on a beach then you look at old pictures to see where there may have been an old bath house. If you live in that town you start to look for old stores and gathering places like parks and you do research (look back in time) at what may have been lost or deposited there. When and how something got there becomes the story. Sometimes you can slow down and look farther back in time on these sites or locations and that will produce more. Other times on the beach you have to walk quickly to capture a time before it is washed away. Stick with me here ... haha When it comes to gold detecting time is still a key factor. An active wash will have recent gold. All placers are affected by the recent and distant past. A placer that has been worked or pushed 100 years ago will have other 'time of deposit' factors involved. Research and finds will determine how far back and which geological occurrences need to be targeted. Glacial deposits and all other types of gold deposits are related to time and energy. You get the idea. How far back we look in time depends on how slow we go as one great factor. It is not the only one but in many places a greater depth can mean a more distant time. Slowing down may also make smaller targets visible if that is what you want. (As Jasong has pointed out, small gold and going slow is not always beneficial in paying the bills.) Looking back at this it all seems rather 'obvious' and I feel like deleting all of it but maybe this will trigger something in someone out there and allow you to relate to the 'time machine' concept of metal detecting. Now it is time to take my son to the beach. I can see time when I look at him. Mitchel
  3. 12 points
    About 100 yards from the piece I got yesterday I came across a raked area about 30x30 ft and just about every raked area in Victoria tells you somebody got gold there. This piece was about 10 ft from the raked area. Still not a great deal of weight but it looks nice and about twice the size of yesterdays piece ☺️
  4. 12 points
    A couple of pictures from the drone (Mavic Air) just out of town, Leinster Western Australia, Veronica has only just got the drone and still a big learning curve, but it's fun. cheers dave
  5. 11 points
    Hi guys, Last Sunday Simon & I headed back to the area where we were at a month ago where I had a some success with the Zed & X coil 10 x 9 We just carried on from where we left off last time all be it over ground I have hammered over the years & even with Simon we have been over it numerous times. Simon with different detectors & me with the Zed & ML 14" coil but not the X coils this far over. Simon was back on his 4500 & NF Evo coil but he knocked his sensitivity down to 13 to try to eliminate getting so many shot gun pellets. Seemed to work well for him, so on this rare occasion I got more than him. My first signal wasn't too long in coming. I was targeting the cracks & drop off shelf areas where there is usually a crack that gold could have dropped into. First signal was at the base of just such a little ledge drop off & schist fracture in the bed rock. note the grass growth. This isn't usually like this but I don't think the sheep are are allowed to graze in here any more. I said to Simon that if this is the case then detecting in here will get impossible as the grass really takes hold & makes it impossible to get the coil on to the ground & of course the grass loves the cracks & crevices where the roots can take hold in the deeper ground. The signal had moved & was in that crack. Small though. But no catch & release. Carried on & a 2nd signal came in exactly the same type situation. A little schist drop off ledge. I actually wish I took a picture from when I first got the signal before disturbing the ground. So you could have worked out the depth. But I scraped away the dirt until I was down to the lower ledge of the schist bedrock before taking a picture. You can see where the height of the dirt was. Virtually right up to the top of that bedrock where the moss & lichen is growing. Note too the little crevice coming to light. The signal was booming but still down in that crack. I had the pointy end of the pick as far as it would get into that crack & the signal was still down in there. I just knew it was going to be gold. I looked around for a long thin stick but no joy there. In a last ditch effort I positioned the pick with the handle 90 degrees to that rock face, which gave me the narrowest part of the pick to drag sideways along the crack to try to move the target. It wasn't easy but I finally managed to move it & get it out. It made me work for it but bingo. Out it was. I could have sworn for the depth of the original signal that it was going to be bigger than that. Again on the edge of a schist drop off I got another signal. Note how the grass favors those schist crevice areas of deeper ground. Again in the corner edge at the bottom of that drop off. Another sassy bit of gold. No record breakers. I then hit a shot gun pellet grave yard which was driving me nuts. Pellet after damn pellet. One scrape & they had moved. I should have known better than to persevere with those type signals. Another signal, one scrape & it had moved. I hesitated about retrieving this one, but I did. And was rewarded for doing so. Smaller than a pellet even. At this point Simon came up to have a look & to swap over to his Nox 800. He lasted about 10 minutes with that as the pellets drove him crazy. He went back to the 4500 & manged to snag a bit of gold. I wandered away & had a bit of a dry spell. I was hoping for another piece before I stopped for a coffee break & a bite to eat. It took a while to come & we were having the old sleety/rain showers coming through. When I got a nice little signal. It was down a wee bit & ended up being in a little hollow in the schist bed rock. It didn't take long for the little hollow to fill with water as it was in a natural small gutter run off. Hence why I detected down this little depression in the ground. Small bit of gold it was. Well...not the smallest of the day. I then stopped for my well earned coffee. While having my coffee I checked my phone, which was very iffy with its signal. Blow me down, a message from Steve H. So I gave a quick reply stating what Simon & I were up to. I had 5 bits at this stage & Simon one. Simon at this point wandered up for a coffee & a bite to eat as well. After our break I headed down to where Simon had started detecting. I saw a lot of over turned rocks & slabs of schist. Just below one of his area I got a good little signal. You will notice up the right edge of the photo turned over slabs of schist from Simon. I was detecting those two cracks you can see with the grass growing in them. No surprise to me that I got a signal at the start of that one where the detector is. It wasn't a bad piece either. My biggest for the day. Simon saw me taking photos & asked if I got one there. I replied that I had & he came down to see if it was an area he had been over & hadn't got. I think he was satisfied he hadn't detected that spot. My reply was, Why not? Considering those cracks were right there. Any way. That was the last one for along spell. I did get one more but no pic of that. We called it quits as we had a bit of a walk to get back to Simon's vehicle. Due to the damp conditions, Simon's vehicle wasnt ideal to have brought in here. We had to park up further back from where we would normally. The wet conditions had made the glacial silt like grease & we had actually pushed his vehicles limits getting to where we did. Despite being 4 wheel drive his tires weren't up to it. On the way out we slipped of the track into the gutter. with me pushing we managed to get back on the track & it was a very slow slippery drive back to the main road & getting dark. We made it. Whew..... So all up for the Zed & X coil 10 x 9 was 7 little bits for not even one gram. This is my total of all detected gold from this area over the years. Just over two ounces & hundreds if not thousands of little pieces. The bigger bits seemed to have swum to the top. My pellet total that I brought home. There were many that I threw away down into no mans land that would never see a detector. Cheers. Good luck out there JW ?
  6. 10 points
    I got out this past Sunday to hunt a place we hunted a couple weeks back to give it another pounding. It's a WW1/WW2 dump site out in the desert, it looks to have been burned somewhere and dumped here and spread out. Just under the surface is powdered ash, some things look burnt, others don't. It's littered with every type of metal you can think of, copper, alum, brass, lead and iron everywhere. I was running park 1, using the 6" coil, recovery speed 6, sens 18, 0 disc, 0 iron bias, 2 tones with my tone break at 17 and ground balance at 0 I decided to go over the same area that me and another guy had hit previously only from a different direction, ? man we both suck lol, it was like we never hunted it before. I spent close to 9 hours going slowly thru all the crap, I was amazed at how much we had missed !! I finally had to call it a day when it hit 104 ? As you can see, it pays to hit a spot from different directions multiple times. My favorite finds are the large rosettes, the 2 WW1 dog tags, the heart rosette and the collar buttons.
  7. 9 points
    Nokta/Makro has flat out said multifrequency is next and that it will be in the Simplex housing. So far they have been doing single frequency and doing it well, but it will take the leap to multifrequency and PI to take them to the next level. At that point lots of people who are still ignoring them will have to perk up and pay attention. To a certain extent they have simply been doing what I expected the Chinese to do for a long time. Ground balancing PI and multifrequency are higher level product though. Garrett has no multifrequency and First Texas has been years without any PI at all. That is what makes White's more disappointing from my perspective - they have had both TDI and V3i for a long time but instead of doing the OBVIOUS and taking the existing tech and making it into the smaller 21st type units we crave, they stood pat with their big box design far past the time when those designs have gone by the wayside. There are sound reasons why the big box White's makes sense from a certain perspective. I mean heck, I liked my old rotary dial phone because I always knew where it was! But times change and expectations with them, and the fact is those big box designs are starting to really look like dinosaurs compared to something like an Equinox or Simplex. I cannot imagine a younger person used to a cell phone wanting to show his friends a new MXT. The part many people miss is that these new detector in a sealed pod designs are easy to crank out at low cost in a modern production facility. White's is still essentially hand building detectors in a very old facility. That one thing alone means they are in a real bind right now compared to outfits leveraging 21st century designs and manufacturing processes. I've got a real soft spot for White's so people may mistake my words as criticism... it really is frustration on my part for wanting U.S. companies to succeed and feeling like they are clueless. Typical arrogance more likely; they have always thought they have known better than their customers what their customers want. Fisher and CZ is another example of sitting pat with an ancient analog design instead of translating to a new digital version. I very much like DigsAlot comment as regards Minelab and their arrogance for the same reason. They have had the tech lead for so long it has let them build some amazingly clunky product and basically just expect people to not only suck it up but praise them for it. There is not a serious water user out there that does not almost completely rebuild an Excalibur into what it needs to be instead of what it is out of the box. That's just one example in a long list of ergonomic nightmares from down under. But Equinox at least shows that maybe that tide has turned. We will see.
  8. 9 points
    Andy, that's all true. But, I didn't say the 10" is not worth the money. It definitely might be for some people, as you and JW are showing. The kind of gold it excels on is stuff that you and him spend way more time on than I do, so I'm not really commenting much there since you guys can speak more to it than I can. Don't forget that when I go prospecting I have a 2000 mile round trip, it's a significant expenditure for me and requires a lot of time off which means I'm not getting a paycheck at work during that time either. The only way I can go detecting is if I make it pay for me. So, I might approach prospecting differently than a lot of other people here. The 12" and 17" coils are coils I can see paying for me or a person with an approach like mine. Here's why: I look at each coil I use relative to another coil. If I plot depths vs weights for the same nuggets on different coils, I end up with something (very roughly) like the following graph. Units are arbitrary. Generally there is a crossover point where one coil starts getting less or more depth on similar nuggets than the other does, and this is the point where one coil becomes more or less useful than the other coil to me. You saw, as I did too, that the crossover point between the Z14 and X10 is somewhere around 1/2 gram on typical gold. This changes with nugget geometry and composition. So, any nuggets falling in the white (unshaded) portion of the graph represents nuggets missed by both coils. Nuggets in the red shaded portion represent nuggets found only by Coil 2. Nuggets in the gray shaded portion represent nuggets found by Coil 1, and in the gray shaded portion under the red line are nuggets found by Coils 1 and 2. This is a rough approximation of how I observed the X10 performing relative to the Z14. So, it's easy to see all the nuggets in the red shaded area that the Z14 is missing entirely. However, the X12S comapred to the Z14 is different, the X12S line would be almost all above the Z14 at all points in the graph, and only misses a very small number of nuggets that the X10 gets ("missed" on the graph), mostly at the very smallest end of the scale (stuff that is much harder to get to pay as it take a lot of them to add up). This number is somewhere around 0.12-0.15 grams if I were to take a guess, emphasis on guess since I don't have enough tiny stuff in that range to actually test it. It takes a ton of that stuff to add up to a paying trip. Think of the X12S as "Coil 3" here, and that small bit of black as the missed nuggets. Yet, it also seems to get a lot of stuff deeper than the Z14, I never found a true cross over yet, though it starts to perform quite similar around 5 grams and 16" deep, I didn't test deeper or bigger gold. That's why the 12" and 17" spirals, to me anyways, seem like coils that will pay. I could easily find 2 or 3 ounces of stuff with them that the Z14 missed and use them every single day during regular exploration. With the X10 I think I'll struggle to get a half oz of stuff I missed and they'd only go on in specific instances of very rocky washes or very dense brush or potentially salt. Again, just relevant to the places I detect personally and the type of prospecting I do. Other thing for me is that it's not a whole lot smaller than the 12" so those applications find limits for the 10" too.. Better, IMO, is to go with a 6x10. or 6x8. If a coil is going to be small, might as well be really small and manueverable. 10" is just too close to 12" while losing too much performance on deeper stuff to interest me personally. Especially since they can put the spiral windings in the 12" and above. The spiral windings seem to make an observable difference to me. Lastly, on that segment of missed nuggets where the X10 excel over all other coils, my GB2 excels even better than the X10. And the GB2 costs $350 used. This is obviously not a solution in hot ground like yours, but I am very rarely in ground I can't run a VLF in. If I could choose any sizes and shapes I would choose a 6x10, 17x12, and 18" round. That provides the least overlap when thinking in terms of graphs, and the largest amount of versatility to me as far as being able to detect all conditions and terrain. I don't personally find much use for round coils below 18" if I have a choice in the matter. 17" is close enough though, I'm pretty happy with the performance of that coil, it's hitting stuff smaller than the Z14 and hitting 5 grammers 2-4 inches deeper. That's performance that I can make pay - I need to average 2 grams a day when I'm out. That means I occasionally need 1/2 oz days to make up for the skunk days, and I can't do that with the 10". So, there is more than you ever wanted to read about me explaining the meaning behind one sentence I wrote.
  9. 9 points
    Big difference between forums and other social media. On social media it is generally all about being famous and so you want to use your real name. On forums people much more prefer to protect their privacy. I always used my given name since I did so many detector reviews, and thought it the right thing to do to reveal exactly who I am. I used to think people identifying themselves would make people more polite on the internet, but that theory has long since been proven wrong!
  10. 8 points
    Managed to christen the 10" coil with a few nice bits. Was detecting for almost 4 days and found nothing until one hour before having to leave to go home👎 I went to an area my mate found 4 bits a few years ago with his zed. Id been back with my 4500 and the zed but never found anymore. This time i had the 10" x-coil on and was running very conservative settings (sensitivity 3) and easily picked up a murmur in the threshold. At around 3 inches i got a 0.10 gram bit. The past few days id been testing how deep i could get a 0.06 gram piece of gold with the 10" and found some settings that were still usable in the surrounding ground but punched deeper than factory settings or those that id been using. So after finding the first bit i went over the same ground again using these more aggressive settings and soon heard a nice clear signal that was repeatable. Digging quite deep out popped a nice 1.53 gram piece of gold. The first two days i had been using semi auto and trying to balance the ferrite the best i could but got many signals that ended up as nothing. Im presuming these were x signals due to the fact the coil wasnt balancing out the ferrite properly. Anyway the rest of the time i decided to ditch the semi auto ground balance and went with auto. I felt things were better in auto and spent less time investigating phantom targets and more time digging those pain in the rear shotgun pellets. My overall impression is im happy with the 10" and found it awesome at getting into areas the 14" just dosnt fit. I weaved it in and around thick clumps of grass/weeds. I can see this coil as being my everyday go to coil due to the lightness and ease of use around thick bush. I did spend a lot of time with the 20" coil and haven't come to a proper conclusion whether i like it all that much yet. I need to do some more testing to come to a correct conclusion on that one. I did find that i had to lower the threshold a fair bit to make it manageable. But the ground was wet from showers every night which might of upset the larger coil. It picked up plenty of small deep targets so i know it works well but id like to see how it compares to the gpz19 (my mate has one). The coil didnt feel too heavy and i swung it over hills that i could barely walk on due to steepness and walked for around 10 km - 12 km that day looking for a patch. Like i said not really enough time on the zed and the 20" to form a correct opinion, more about what i found from a few days of using both coils. so far thumbs up for the little 10".
  11. 7 points
    Skate, The Impulse is on the whole slightly less “fussy” than the TDI (I have had two of those). The controls are similar, but there are differences. One big difference is that there is no huge depth penalty like is found in the TDI when the TDI is in GB on mode vs. GB off. Below is a photo which was released after Fisher brought a proto to the Huge Outdoor Expo in Germany. Here is my best shot at explaining how it works. Please note that l have only used a prototype and that only for a few hours per day over three days. Volume and Threshold are pretty self-explanatory. Likewise Sensitivity operates pretty much like on any other detector. The two smaller knobs at the bottom are - on the left, the on/off, Batt test, noise cancel, all metal and two discrim modes - mute and tone. The right hand one sets the noise cancel position when in noise cancel and the pulse delay when operating in all metal or one of the two discrim positions. The start up routine is turn on to noise cancel, then rotate the right hand bottom knob till you get the quietest audio - there is no stop, it’s just a rotary encoder. Turn to all metal and set comfortable level of sensitivity, threshold and volume. The Sat Speed works much like the SAT or recovery speed setting on a VLF, longer signals with more depth perhaps or shorter ones to enhance the discrim function if you are using it. The Iron Mask Knob increases the effect of discrimination in the Multitone or mute iron ID modes (selected with the lower left knob). The Pulse Delay control is generally used at the minimum which conditions allow. Some circumstances may require a longer pulse delay to compensate for salinity, running salt water or other factors. The shorter the delay, the more sensitivity to ALL targets, not just to small ones. The SAT and Pulse delay interact to some degree so adjusting the delay may make you want to tweak the SAT. Unless ferrous junk is a serious problem, all metal is the quietest mode and the most straightforward to use. It also has the max depth (although the sensitivity difference between it and the ID positions has been steadily reduced as the successive prototype revisions were developed). LeJag, who has been the chief development tester, hunts in all metal and finds that he seldom needs to cross-check in discrim. - but he has been using PI’s for a decade and is an ace. In my limited use of a prototype last October in San Diego, I found the all metal or the iron mute discrim mode to be the most comfortable for me. None of the settings are super critical. The
  12. 7 points
    Looking at some usernames on this forum i sometimes wonder how they came up with their name. Obviously some have user names that are their real name but others are a little more bizarre. When i decided to join prospecting forums i didn't know what to have, so googled how you say Gold in different languages. I came across "Jin" which is the Chinese term for gold.
  13. 6 points
    Lower frequency weighting in Field 1 is less sensitive to coke. Also less sensitive to weak gold targets than Field 2. Notching out target id numbers 1 & 2 will eliminate most thin gold chains.
  14. 6 points
    I did a little contrived experimenting, and I have to comment that going to a lower recovery speed in dense ferrous did not hurt things as I would expect. Though I can't honestly say it made it better either. But based on theory at least going to a low recovery speed like 2 should make an Equinox near blind in dense ferrous and it does nothing of the sort. It still picks targets. I'm guessing it's part of what is going on with Multi-IQ but don't know. That said when I do experiments like this I hate seeing coins in plain sight get blinded by a nail under one end of the coil. All detectors do it. A coin in plain sight can be made invisible by a single nail 6" away if the nail is positioned right. Kind of like the old bury a dime at 6" and a staple directly over it at two inches and coin is gone. There is no doubt in my mind that no matter the detector ferrous is hiding a huge number of good items out there. You can't see through ferrous, you can only see between or around it. And it highlights how you have to hit ferrous beds with small coils and from 12 different directions to even have a chance. Yeah, we all pat ourselves on the back about what our detectors do find in ferrous, but nobody has any idea really what they are missing unless you remove every signal from the ground until no signals remain. The truth really is painful. Dankowski Classics: Beneath The Mask The Painful Truth I am definitely interested in hearing from others who may try low recovery speeds in dense ferrous, especially here out west or the Appalachian mineral belt. Like I said, did not hurt like I thought it would but with my limited work so far I saw no real reason to go lower either. Depth really does not matter much because nobody gets much depth in a true ferrous bed. It’s all about extracting any non-ferrous at all.
  15. 6 points
    Between Equinox coming from above and Simplex from below the U.S. manufacturers are now caught in a vise-grip. I'd be more sympathetic were it not their own complacency that put them there. Basically this is just a 12 kHz single frequency detector so off the shelf circuit for First Texas, Garrett, and White's. Put pricing aside and it's the innovation in design and ergonomics that is setting these folks apart. Price this the same as the $749 MX Sport and I would still buy this. That's how bad it has gotten in my opinion. Not great news for people with used detectors - prices are going down fast.
  16. 6 points
    Funny post, I thought you were called Jin because you were rather partial to Gin ? phrunt was an old 80s and early 90's now defunct skateboard brand and I was quite into skateboarding in my day and was an early adopter of the internet having my first connection in 1990 through a University so used the name ever since.
  17. 6 points
    Yes I brought this one back to the Taskmaster after a day on my own.... and he thumped me head?
  18. 5 points
    I've used my Tejon on dry sand with great results, but it's useless over wet salt sand. My Mojave does a lot better on wet salt sand with the 7" stock coil and the High Mineralization setting. It does start to chatter if you put a larger coil on it, though. But the 7" is really stable and has found me some nice targets. The Simplex does sound like a promising option, but we'll have to wait and see if it continues Nokta/Makro's track record of producing good machines. Despite Tesoro closing up shop, I admit I'm still really tempted to pick up a Sand Shark for water hunting. It may not be the most rational choice but... Tesoros are like potato chips: it's hard to stop at just one! -Ken
  19. 5 points
    Personally I am willing to bet there will eventually be a small coil you can buy for the GPZ that just plugs in and works, no cutting cables, etc. Minelab is surely hearing all the squawking and for all we know had one in development already. I've got no inside info folks, just speculating, but after 4 years a little more patience might be the best idea for most people.
  20. 5 points
    I will add I spoke to an engineer at a Metal Detector manufacturer some time ago, we discussed what I was talking about above. He confirmed to me what I said in my statement above is also the case where he works. I obviously won't name names as I'm sure his employer wouldn't be too happy with that. It's time we gathered the troops and marched on Minelab's headquarters ?
  21. 5 points
    I returned to the patch (to mow more of the beach) this morning and mostly re gridded what I had done before but added on to the ends to see if it continued. It can be tedious as I just want to go wander and walk long distances but that is not the type of energy supplied to the beaches in the last few days. I need to lock in to what I've found. Just as an aside story, one night last week I was near this same area in the middle of the night and a guy kept coming towards me and I could see he was swinging. He was hitting some areas I wanted to go back on but he just kept on his way through my area. I didn't want to talk but he stopped and asked me how it was going and I said just coins and he said he had just found this chain with a cross! I saw it with my light and I immediately thought it came from his last dig hole near me but I don't know. His pattern had been to walk quickly with his Gold Bug for miles. Lots of detecting patterns work. His 'style' beat me that night. I must note that a couple of the quarters and the star ring were not from that area. It was in an area I walked through to get to the patch. One of the first targets I got was the gold ring with the little diamond. It shows up as a 10 but a little hard to read but I think it is 14k. Much later on I found the pendant which is 22g with a .925 sliver back to it. I don't know what the stone surface is on the front but it is kind of a nice pendant. The bobby pins are a must to dig if you find them. They stay about -4 but some deep targets start negative also when listening for the subtle beach sounds. On more than one occasion I've heard more than one target before I start digging. We'll see when I get the urge to go again.
  22. 4 points
  23. 4 points
    Yes, that would be a good next step having someone else manufacture the QED. Would allow much more of his time to go towards R&D.
  24. 4 points
    From the Minelab Knowledge Base Article at https://www.minelab.com/__files/f/254884/KBA_26-1 GPZ 7000 Tips for Better Ground Balance.pdf "A ‘dust iron’ toroid suitable for the HF frequency band (e.g.1–30MHz with an initial permeability of between 6 and 10) has been carefully selected. It is recommended to use this specific Minelab accessory, only. Alternate ferrites may significantly degrade ground balance quality." Note the words "recommended" and "may". Not trying to knock Doc but I would only use the Minelab ferrite personally.
  25. 4 points
    Get it off your chest folks ? It'll make you feel better. I would hope Minelab learnt a bit of a lesson with the Equinox, price does matter especially for hobbyists. It was a massive hit not just for it's performance but it's price. If they charged CTX pricing for it, it'd just be another detector some people have. At the moment it's within reach of a bulk of people and they've no doubt got more people in the hobby because of that. The Nokta Simplex is another example of this trend. I hope it continues.
  26. 4 points
    Steve - I'd like an autographed copy of your website please. Thanks. ?
  27. 4 points
    Just like to say what started it all for me back in May was watching Bill Southern and his videos. :)
  28. 4 points
    Simply amazing. Thanks for the clarification Dilek. It’s nice at least one company answers questions directly with no fuss. You set the “Gold Standard” in that regard!
  29. 4 points
    Scott the never skunk sdc is the best creek hunting bedrock detector out there. I used to use the 8x6 NF coil and 5000 combo, but the sdc cleans up on flat small, low conductive gold we find in creeks. The 5000 just didnt hear a lot of these targets for whatever reason. The factory sdc coil is hard to beat and very waterproof. Ive had mine in the creeks the last 3 years snipe- detecting and no ill effects.
  30. 4 points
    Looking at that for a moment I thought it might be a hoax due to the high degree of ellipticity and the thinness of the coil, both things I thought were not possible with the DOD construction. But looking closer, and maybe what CoBill meant - that coil has a Minelab GPZ cable on both ends (chipped connector on top), as well as a stock ML cable, ie the whole thing is ML. Not possible without ML contribution. Unless I guess, they just used an entire cable from a Z coil...? Very interesting.
  31. 4 points
    Klunker refers to 1. The vehicles I drive or 2. The nuggets I find I aint sayin'.
  32. 4 points
    The HBO series Deadwood. The way Mr Wu called Al Swearengen.. Swegin.
  33. 4 points
    Thanks Chet. In my mind you are like having an American JP around the forum, except unbound by non-disclosure agreements. I appreciate your contributions and the technical explainations, I love that stuff. Also appreciate the original JP too! Nice to have both of you contributing technical stuff. ?
  34. 3 points
    Few relics from the hunt yesterday. My buddy pulled all the bullets. I got the 1700s jewelry though!
  35. 3 points
    Your post hit the nail on the head Lackey. The “more depth” hook has been a red herring for ages. Single frequency detectors get no more depth now than my old Compass Gold Scanner Pro did back in the 80s and that’s a fact. I’ve seen a lot of neat features and ease of use added since then, but more depth in single frequency VLF... not really. People who genuinely need real depth do not use VLF detectors, they use a high power PI or a GPZ. Single frequency VLF is old, mature tech and any company with even minor engineering chops can make a good one. The ONLY thing that can be offered in single frequency VLF now is VALUE in the form of better packaging and lower prices. The high end future belongs to multifrequency/hybrid detectors now. And with that I really am getting off my soapbox!
  36. 3 points
    Well, maybe. Does hanging out with you (and your motley crew of instructors) in the Nevada desert count??
  37. 3 points
    Just a thought on the fried motherboard topic. Has anyone had a look to see if they can be repaired?? A few guys out there do mods on detectors, possibly they could repair the blown components.
  38. 3 points
    Fred; These coils discriminate the same as DD's on the GPX's
  39. 3 points
    Today I went to a different beach and the 'time' to get a few targets was very short because the targets would move with each wave. That is where I found the butter knife and the interlocking rings and a few coins. It was also the silver ring at the top which had the ID numbers of a penny even tho it is silver. The other two rings are from yesterday.
  40. 3 points
    All great information above, I would have very little to add except for this. Watch videos of other peoples hunts on youtube. It could be as simple as searching for " Equinox 800 old church" or "Equinox 800 old farm" or something similar to what and where you want to hunt. Seeing and hearing someone else is like taking a lesson for free. I watch beach hunts specifically those using the 15" coil in wet sand because it helps confirm what I hear when I'm hearing it. If you were to spend an hour a night for the next couple of weeks watching people's hunts I'd bet your understanding would grow by leaps and bounds. Can you imagine if Steve or Chase or TNSS filmed a bunch of their hunts and you via youtube got to look over their shoulder and learn from them? Good luck, HH and don't give up. Frustration is temporary in this business until you decide to fiddle with your settings. ?
  41. 3 points
    If you can pick it up without tweezers, it's a nugget ? Great photos geof, thanks, that looks a great creek.
  42. 3 points
    That site looks awesome! I dug an identical heart "rosette" earlier this year at an old home site, and found all kinds of conflicting information online about its age and use. Then I flipped open my 1929 Montgomery Ward catalog and lo and behold I found the answer (see photo). It's actually a buckle cover, not a rosette. Mystery solved!
  43. 3 points
    All I can say is WOW!! Nokta/Makro just reset the lower end metal detector market in a big way. Congratulations to Dilek and the rest of the hard working crew!! Nokta/Makro Simplex Waterproof metal detector LCD display and controls - Nokta/Makro Simplex Nokta/Makro Simplex Specifications Nokta/Makro Simplex Rear Pod Detail Showing LED Flashlight Optional underwater headphones available:
  44. 3 points
    19-20 on the ole Nox stamped 14k
  45. 3 points
    Gerry, here is a video posted with the nugget being found (at approximately 18:20). Just before that in the video from approx. 16:25 to 18:20 he makes comments about the first group, made me laugh - thought we were a little selfish. Ha! That's what it's all about, some days you find some, but most of the time it's bullet lead, copper jacket fragments, a tiny brass spring - heck, i dug for 20 mins. through 4 inches of ice layer then another couple inches of frozen tundra soil with my rock pick for a find that was only a metal button used in bundling stuff with twist wire ties. Went another 15 feet up the hill in the brush and found my first 6.5 grammer at the same depth (earlier nugget pictured by penny). Then another 10 feet up the hill a spoon.
  46. 3 points
    I used the cheap cans of gas that campers use and a blow torch attachment. It took a while in a fire brick that I had made a bowl indentation in it with an angle grinder. Providing I kept the weight below 4 ounces it worked OK. The photo below shows 16+ ounces I did once, not bars like you can do with the unit above
  47. 3 points
    My first online poker account on party poker was lackingaces. When I signed up for twoplustwo (poker forum) I didn't know if I was going to have to type my name each time so I shortened it to lacky. I played poker full time for 9 years and part time for more, and am known as lacky by lots of poker friends so I just use it for everything now. It is always available.
  48. 3 points
    My first 21st Century detector was the Gold Bug Pro. I was no pro, so Gold Bug Amateur (GB_Amateur for short) seemed to fit. I've m/l retired my GB Pro but it will always remain part of my arsenal for sentimental reasons if nothing else. Great story by one of its developers, Jorge Saad, starting on page 11 here: http://www.fisherlab.com/wtn-2014/ chronicalling how they initially hesitiated to provide all-around capabilities for fear of scaring off their intended target market as a gold detector. Ironically it may be a better all-around detector than a gold detector, while being good at both.
  49. 3 points
    Damn phrunt good on you! Congrats on getting out of the rat race early!
  50. 3 points
    Thanks JW, yes I had to give it a bit of a clean up to see a bit more gold, I knew the SG says 22 grams but I wanted to be able to see a bit of it. This 17x12 spiral X-Coil is going good, seems like it might be welded on. ? Good your getting some as well with the 10x9, Veronica is using the 10" round on her 7000 so between the two of us with a bigger coil and a small coil, it just works like magic. cheers dave
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