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  1. So all week long I was fantasizing about the new spot I found where I found the 2 deep nickels on bedrock, and after hearing the stories about Prospectors putting a nickel in the ground to replace a nugget I figured I was on to a new hotspot... Well, it was a big bust. The 20 ft of wash I detected was the only part that had anything. Scouting new areas is either hero or zero. It's been zero for me for a while. I gave up on the new spot and decided to hit an old area where we have had some success. I decided to drive in a different way, and hit it from a new direction, to maybe see
    22 points
  2. What do you guys think about these? I made them initially because it’s what I need but... I’ve got a small batch of Carbon shafts for the Minelab Equinox that are perfect for shortening your detector right up for transport or water type detecting, for a fully collapsed detector you’ll have shave down or melt the small plastic locating pin on the handle clamp to let the inner shaft come in and get the last 100mm of retraction. They look superb, have no wobble or slop and are a lot lighter than the stock shaft (110g vs 186g) Even when fully collapsed and the aluminium clamp I
    4 points
  3. Not getting much detecting time in lately.....but managed a few hours at the beach. Found these 5 rings and two silver dimes at the same beach. All the rings were found in the water. The rosie and merc were found around picnic tables. The gold ring is 14K and weighs in at 12.25 grams. The silver ring with the amethyst also has fire opal in it. The three other rings are all 925 silver.
    3 points
  4. I got back out for a couple hrs this morning and verified my NOX 800 settings. I was definitely running with no discrimination in Park 2, with Sens at 23, running in the 5 tone mode. I toggled back and forth on a couple targets with the Gold 2 setting. Park 2 was way better at, for lack of a better term, separation. The Gold 2 audio was really overloaded with the background of "hot rocks/ground noise". The VID in Gold 2 stayed at -8, -9, clear hot rock reading and the target response was very broad. I tried to add some discrimination in Gold 2 to see if I could tame it down. No go. Whe
    3 points
  5. Hi Folks I had a great hunt at the beginning of September with the Equinox. At this site I discovered a nice handful of Native American Kettle Points, Jesuit missionary rings and a tinkler cone or two along with some later 1700's artifacts. One of the rings was an L Heart ring which was worn by the missionary, while the other ring was one that they gave to the Native Americans. Overall a great hunt that will be hard for me to top. I can't wait to get back and try for more. HH
    2 points
  6. I've tried hunting in 50 tone but there's just too much information coming through for my brain to process. However, hunting in 5 tones and then switching to 50 tones when I want to check out a target would probably work well for me. I wish the user profile button were easier to access, though.... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alloy An alloy is a combination of metals or of a metal and another element. Alloys are defined by a metallic bonding character.[1] An alloy may be a solid solution of metal elements (a single phase) or a mixture of metallic phases (two or more solutions).
    2 points
  7. In determining if it's an iron false or a non-ferrous co-locate target the Nox has pushed this ability to new limits. I have seen even broader spreads in the TID, going as high as the mid 30's up averaging, usually on deeper targets and down averaging of coins and coin size non-ferrous.
    2 points
  8. I've seen iron wrap-around hit high digits on my EQ800. Matter of fact, at a very old site (for here) I was getting deep bits of iron wire (bailing wire) and some old hand forged nails that were producing a high tone and TID #. After digging a few of these disappointing finds, I got a beautiful signal. well OK, it actually sounded like the deep iron, and it turned out to be an 1838 seated dime!
    2 points
  9. Hi All, I've been loaned a 12 x 8 Evo coil to compare with my 12" Evo round. I placed 2 pieces of gold in the ground, an 0.6gm nugget at 6" deep and an 0.04gm piece at nearly 3" deep , both targets I could hear with the 12" round. With the 12 x 8 I could hear a very faint signal on the 0.04gm piece. The o.6gm piece I could not hear a peep out of it with the 12 x 8. So I did not buy the 12 x 8. I must say that the 12 x 8 was not the latest production model, it was a prototype model coil, this was done with my GPX 5000 in fine gold in VIctoria, Australia. Cheers, Hermann.
    2 points
  10. I have put up a page to collect new information on the XP Orx as it appears. New XP ORX metal detector
    1 point
  11. When I saw a video showing the Makro Gold Racer recovery speed using two nails and a gold ring, it caused me to reflect on the various internet nail tests. Nearly all employ modern round nails, when these items rarely present issues. The common VDI (visual discrimination scale) puts ferrous items at the low end of the scale, and items with progressively increasing conductivity higher on the scale. The problem is the size of items also matters. Small gold is low on the scale, and the larger the gold, the higher it reads on the scale. A silver quarter reads higher than a silver dime, etc.
    1 point
  12. Once upon a time all metal detectors went beep, and you dug up a metal object. Then a simple form of discrimination was developed based roughly on the conductivity scale. The main feature of this scale is that ferrous (iron or steel) items read lower on the scale than non-ferrous items. In a perfect world all ferrous readings could be set as a negative number, and all non-ferrous items set as a positive number. The reality is not so perfect however. Some steel items, especially items with a hole like a steel washer, will read up in the middle or high end of the scale, and show up right wh
    1 point
  13. Temps here in Sunny Yuma are still unbearable, but I got out for a few hrs early this AM to play with the Equinox 800 and 6" coil. I went back to the same spot as last week, an area of relatively flat drywash tailings. I poked around for half Hr in the Gold II setting but the hot rocks were becoming quite tedious. Even if you apply some discrimination, they blow through the filter with a choppy broken tone. I remembered that our skilled Moderator has said, many months ago, that he was quite confident in finding small gold in the Park II mode. I thought I'd give it a try figuring the hot r
    1 point
  14. The "Bismarck" in action. This was a 36" litz bundle wound monoloop made by Jim Stewart for detecting deep gold. It found plenty, but, unfortunately, never on camera ☹️ With Johnny Morley (on pick) property owner Ken Leach, Jimmy Stewart. Shot at Fortunate Gully, Rheola VIC.
    1 point
  15. Steve, I wish I could say I’ve tried the ML ones to say how they compare but I can’t. I can say that they are a lot louder especially while under water than the Hungarians and that show in newer scuba footage I’ve got on the GoPro as I can now hear the detector in the recording. ? Also the Hungarians have some kind of harmonic bias toward a couple tones making them louder BUT only above water, the new ones I can use in 50 tones underwater very happily.
    1 point
  16. I'm still baffled on how this Park 2 filters the hot rocks and hot ground so much better than Gold 2. I believe this machine could be set up for a rank amateur, wife, girlfriend, kid who want to try detector prospecting but will burn out quick if they spend too much time chasing hot rocks and hot ground. Set this thing in Park 2, Sens 20 and dig anything that gives a high tone and a VID under +12. All my bigger test nuggets come in at +8 to +10.
    1 point
  17. No, New York... But, you may find this interesting..... yes, my host is very kind to share his sites with me. A while back near where I live I found a 3500 to 6000 year old copper adze that my state archaeologists believed may have originated in the Great Lakes Region since there are natural copper deposits in that area... Truly one of my best finds ever.. They are tough to discover here in New York... I will include the email he sent me back. He is the Curator of Archaeology at our state museum.. "Thanks for your email. Judging from your photographs, yes, this doesappear to be a coppe
    1 point
  18. Steve,some tremendous information,think i will stay with my Coiltek,its the only coil that really suits my sites,as the coil is foam filled it really is ultra lightweight,as i dont use it everyday i even use it without the coil cover on like all my coils and suprising how heavy a cover can be especially on a very large coil.....cannot exactly quote the weight as i have never weighed one but my large 20'' Jimmy Sierra coil coil cover weighs alot and i can only swing that setup using a GPX full harness and the amazing hipstick,but i can swing the Coiltek 14x9 mono coil all day. Thanks again
    1 point
  19. Hi Rick, I think you hit on an important item - physical capability. While depth is all fine and dandy, we are not talking double the depth or anything crazy like that. Going to a larger coil at best you usually just get that extra inch. That being the case I like a coil I can swing for 8 hours without killing myself. I personally really like the 14" x 9" form factor as a good compromise between depth, weight, and ground coverage. The 15" x 12" Commander mono was a very good performer back in the day but some of these new coil windings may have an edge that negates the size difference. No
    1 point
  20. gambler I’m sorry I haven’t responded to your post. I have all the coils for the Sport but one and that is the largest. The only coil I have yet to use is the 9.5 concentric. I do have it on my Sport now ready to give it a shot. All the other coils has proved their worth and I think you will find this to be true in time. At a later date I’ll give you my run down on the 9.5 concentric if it ever stop raining. Chuck
    1 point
  21. Click on image for larger version.... White's Goldmaster 24K Color Flyer White's Goldmaster 24K Information Page White's Goldmaster 24K & GMT Compared
    1 point
  22. Yes, covers a broad range of TID's, never seems to settle in a narrow range around the 26 of a typical dime no matter how well you center it and try different sweep angles. Seems to be when very close by to an obvious iron false where pinpointing can not hit the suspect target, always going to that falsing iron location. Probably a case where it is just barely seeing the signal as 2 targets one iron one non-ferrous.
    1 point
  23. The late Jim Stewart near Grays Reef Moliagul, with a 7 0z piece. Mid 90's
    1 point
  24. There is a lot of info coming through via audio in the Equinox, if a person chooses to utilize it. I personally believe using anything other than 50 tones takes away the nuances of the audio. You'll get a cleaner hit in the 2 or 5 tone options but you can't hear those nuances. Somehow I think Minelab has this machine being able to determine that an object is an alloy, and can report the differences in the metal alloys. I could be wrong, as I'm just guessing based on the signal I have gotten and what the object actually turned out being. I have no idea how many hours of use I have on the un
    1 point
  25. Yep, crikey is making me tongue for another WA Mission. Fred if you`ve your ears on, tis time for Doug to have a "memory" WA trip as we are all getting on.
    1 point
  26. I also found some coins in the iron that I had a partial iron signal and ID 16,17 to 21,22 - but I decided to dig it after the first such digged coin - I'm more careful ...., I can find me more this signal from the coin ...- I know definitely need to feel more audio signal Equinox ...
    1 point
  27. You can't keep a conspiracy theorist down. The same guy who suspected Minelab was monitoring GPZs believed the moon landing was faked, and that no plane flew into the Pentagon, but was absolutely convinced that the story of Noah's Ark was totally factual. Very strange the way some peoples minds work.
    1 point
  28. Lots of news here and some good research. Is anyone reading these posts? https://stockhead.com.au/resources/pilbara-gold-nugget-story-sparks-into-life-as-minrex-gets-excellent-results/
    1 point
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  30. The Tennessee state flag has three stars on it surrounded by a circle. Not sure what it is but it looks like our state flag logo.
    1 point
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  32. I can give one reason, at least to my ear -- pure non-ferrous sound, in my experience, means a non-ferrous object is either close to the surface or far from ferrous objects. Iron, being the most common metallic element and being a very useful metal in terms of versatility, particularly strength, has been used for centuries in vast amounts. Virtually every site where a structure (building, fence, etc.) has been located is inundated with buried iron. Having said that, it seems that some here have a way of distinguishing between larger iron (which gives both high conductor signals and low
    1 point
  33. Therein lies the problem with old rusty tin, be it from cans, or as the pioneers and miners loved to utilize it, for building roofing and siding. In some ghost towns and other related sites, this stuff is everywhere in a state of decay, and it tends to sound good on a detector, although I've noticed on the Multi Kruzer that it can (not always) have a rough fuzzy sound, even though it TIDs as a higher conductor. That said, why not just skip all those targets that don't have that pure non-ferrous sound? Good relics made of multiple metals can also mimic this sound. I hope the Equinox has th
    1 point
  34. I haven’t posted of late, been a long Smokey and hot Summer in NorCal which keep me in controlled atmospheric conditions, lol. Now, since it’s cooling off somewhat, I made my first Rye Patch Trip of the season. This solo trip was perfect, only had to worry about myself and how long my cooler ice would last, only had two bags of ice! Arrived and set up camp and hit a Patch for a late afternoon swing to see if I could get the skunk off my back. Skunk was off with a dink nugget to the poke and a good nights sleep with the moon blazing! Well to make a 2 1/2 day hunt short, I had fun and met a
    1 point
  35. Equinox versus Gold Monster is pretty simple. Both machines are extremely capable at finding gold. Lots of prospectors want a nugget machine and nothing more. The Gold Monster is single minded and that's a good thing. The Equinox is for those who want a multipurpose machine with excellent nugget capability. Currently Equinox runs with the best beach hunting detectors AND the best VLF nugget machines - a feat unheard of before now. The Gold Monster is far easier to master. The Equinox on the other hand has some magic settings that I think will allow it to run in some ground where the Monst
    1 point
  36. A good friend of mine who has trouble getting around these days after a bad car accident showed me a bunch of Cellar holes that he knows of. He reminded me of some of the important things that are overlooked or taken for granted, like the simple Act of being able to walk through the woods in search of a Cellar hole. Luckily there were many right next to the road and even brought some hot dogs and buns which we cooked on a fire next to the old home site.
    1 point
  37. Went for an afternoon hunt yesterday to an area that had several music festivals over the years. I didn't expect to find any silver coins, and I didn't. A relatively small area produced a good number of coins, pull tabs and other miscellaneous junk along with a Swiss Army knife that was in three pieces. The handles had become separated from the knife. After getting home and inspecting my finds,I discovered the knife handles are 925 sterling with an engraved name on one of them.I will try to contact that person. A very expensive little knife
    1 point
  38. I wish the Equinox were magic on flat steel but it’s not - just witness the bottle cap complaints. Flat steel will generally ring up in the “teens” but the larger the piece is, the higher it can read. Forget all this more depth stuff. What I want is a detector that can simply and accurately tell ferrous from non-ferrous. Leave off virtually all controls and adjustments, just low tone ferrous and higher tone anything else. You would think that getting clean ferrous versus non-ferrous discrimination would be as basic as it gets, but anyone that hunts low conductors in iron knows how complex
    1 point
  39. I found this great badge in an old barn
    1 point
  40. Hey everyone, I get out on Sundays. Some half days and some full days. Half days you don't get much except a lot of clad, and full days you will work your butt off literally, for a few worth mentioning finds. You really gotta work these parks. You have to find areas where there aren't crowds so driving around finding that right spot takes time from your day. Leaving the house at 6am or earlier is the norm for me. I'm still on a buffalo/V nickel quest and averaging 20 -30 nickels per hunt. Got a buffalo this past Sunday, 2 silver dimes and a few wheats. I come home dirty/sweaty
    1 point
  41. I might not have noticed much difference either if I weren't preparing for a seeded hunt. I wanted to use the Equinox. But out of two handfuls of machines it seemed to do the worst with tilted coins, which can occur quite often during planting. It had trouble modulating them. It began to make sense to me when research suggested it had an issue with coins on edge and some rings. Then the update came out shortly before the hunt. I plugged in and updated without blinking when I saw a fix for that very issue. I brought it out and tested it and it was spot on after that. I was happy I could bring i
    1 point
  42. I can't tell any difference one way or the other so I will leave the newest one on there.
    1 point
  43. I’ve been hitting an old youth center from 1929 the last few weekends. Using the equinox working a small corner I finally found some keepers. The Indian head was a solid 19/20... thinking I had another Zincolin.. dang 4 inches down out she popped! the silver Washington 1954 was 6 inches down near some iron, but gave a nice consistent high tone. happy Hunting!
    1 point
  44. Nothing unusual here, but silver has been hunted for years here Norm
    1 point
  45. Is the new throw away design of the Equinox the new marketing model? Do you think more manufacturers will move to this model for their waterproof designs? If the term 'throw away' troubles you, replace the phrase with "planned obsolescence". It is interesting to think why a company would even think they could get away with something like that. But the market has shown that for Minelab, they can pretty much do what ever they want as people are willing to pay the premium price for their tech. With 'planned obsolescence" they don't need to obsolete it with technological adv
    1 point
  46. Weight qnd ergonomics are 2 biggies. Minelab has finally learned this- Thank God. And I think they learned this from Xp. Waterproof I think will bethe norm for the future. Versatility is another biggie. One trick pony VLF detectors won’t be big sellers anymore. Folks want a different look to a new detector model, not a placard or other real small changes. Garrett should have lesnded this by now hopefully, First Texas too and White’s. I am sort of shocked we have seen no mergers with usa manufacturers. Tesoro, I don’t know. My money is on Xp, Mine
    1 point
  47. Here is a little cleanup sluice I put together to help clean up the sluice cons...... And yes that's gold in those little riffles....
    1 point
  48. That piece is drop-dead gorgeous! My, what a day that must have been. Incredible. All the best, and I'm with you Steve, my gold lives in the bank too for the same reasons, Lanny
    1 point
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