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  1. I kind of hesitate to bring some of my ring finds for customers because I know some folks think that it's not hard to find a ring when someone tells you where they lost it and ringfinders like me are glorified hustlers. I wanted to share this one because it was truly a quest and the ending was worth every step and every swing of the detector in the 95 degree heat and dust. I got a call from Michael last night saying he had been helping coach his young daughters cross country team at Rancho Santa Susana park in Simi Valley. He went home without his platinum wedding ring. As fate would have it t
    11 points
  2. Hi All, Had a quick hunt today at an old home site. Currently a grassed park, there was a house on the site in the 1950's. I targeted the area that looked like a couple of clotheslines in the aerial. The aerial isn't of great quality so difficult to confirm. I ended up finding a couple of old lipstick tubes in the area which makes me think there may have been a couple of upturned pockets in the area (i.e. a clothesline or two). Unfortunately no coins or anything else of value... I'll be heading back there when I have grown my confidence with the machine. Cheers all Rob
    7 points
  3. Hi All, I'm new to detecting and this group. Have only been out a few times myself looking for coins/relics/jewellery etc. I'm a bit of a shed tinkerer and decided to knock up some picks from old leaf springs from a LandCruiser. Made two different sizes. One for my older son and one for my girl. Thought I would share them with you guys. I was pretty stocked with them! Cheers PS. They do not look like this anymore... I didn't want to get them dirty at first. They were almost mounted on the wall! hahaha
    6 points
  4. Hi All, I have been trawling this site for a number of months and figured it was about time I started contributing what I can! (which is not much at this stage). I have equipped myself with an Equinox 800 and hope to be able to make the most of it! Focus will be on relics/coins/jewellery for now with a goal of heading into some gold country. Not sure the equinox will handle the hot earth of the Goldfields so there may be further acquisitions before a trip to the Goldfields. I'm enjoying hunting the parks at the moment so i'll stick with that. Thanks for all the information
    4 points
  5. Those magazine illustrators really were skillful at their task, getting us to fantasize over the possibilities. Just another lost art in today's internet/social-media/cellphone/selfie photo-dominated age. Here's a slightly later issue (vol. 3, #3) from 1971. Remind anyone of Northern Nevada desert (or Southern Nevada, Northern Arizona, SE California,....? And the back cover: From the accompanying article (written by the infamous Bill Mahan, founder of D-Tex): The total count was 202x silver dollars, 79x $20 gold pieces, 53x $10 gold pieces, 43x $5 gold pieces, 2x
    4 points
  6. So many touching stories and memories of your 4 legged companions and even a few 2 fisted roos.. It just goes to show how attached we are to our loved ones and sometimes more than we realize. My 4 legged partner is Hero. He gets excited every time I put on my detecting cloths as he knows I'm about to head out into the field. Most times he stays home to guard the place. I do take him to Eastern Oregon so he can see his girlfriend (part wolf) on occasion. he is a medium long coat full bred German Shepherd, so he does not care for hot days much. Likes to stay in or around water.
    4 points
  7. Found this one in between some tree roots, surprised it has the detail it has. The rough edge I was hoping it was a pine tree but still cool find.
    3 points
  8. I think I am starting to get the hang of this metal detecting thing, and I am still learning from everyone here on what to expect out of this 800 unit. Thanks to everyone who has been helping guide me through this and yes I want to find gold everyday with it! This is where I posted Saturdays find and how long it took me. https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/10613-suggestion-for-construction-site/ Valen
    3 points
  9. The 12x15" Semi Ellip MONO by Commander will go deeper on larger gold than the stock 11" round MONO as I have done many side by side testing. Now to be honest, I have not done a side by side with the new flat winding ELITE series against the 12x15 Commander, but I did notice more depth with the ELITE when compared to the standard 11" round MONO. As Lundy mentioned, back in the day, the 12x15" MONO Commander was my favorite coil as with many of my Field Staff Experts and we dug some really deep nuggets at Rye Patch with them. The 11" ELITE is better on the smaller nuggets though and
    3 points
  10. The pristine nails have typically Chuck - in that case those pristine nails have typically been annealed by fire (not intentionally though). They look great because the annealing inhibits the corrosion process, but are too soft to actually be used and will bend easily under a hammer. When recovering the corroded nails at archeological sites we call the severely corroded nails "cheetos". The type of nail (hand forged, machine cut (starting in the late 1700's to late 1800's), or the modern wire nail) and the type of head on the nail provides clues as to when the nail was made, what it
    3 points
  11. The AT Pro, AT Gold and AT Max all have Iron Audio on/off. That's the main problem for me. It should be incrementally adjustable for the detecting conditions. That is not hard to do in this day and age. Neither is overall master volume control for the AT Pro and AT Gold. Jeff
    2 points
  12. GB, I actually have that DeTex model (see attached photos). Your magazine mentions "Nevada's Largest Gold Nugget", what exactly does it weigh and where was it found? Just love these old Treasure Magazines and their article. Busho, I have one too, but mine works like a dream. I can easily go to the mall parking lot on a Saturday afternoon and turn that baby on, guaranteed it will point to a big metal car every time. You have to believe my friend...just believe.
    2 points
  13. Welcome to the forum! Rest assured a properly tuned metal detector will “handle” any ground. It simply requires reducing the sensitivity until the detector is stable, and then working within whatever limits that imposes. Gold can be found with most any detector if on good ground and with a skillful operator behind the machine. I am not saying all detectors are equal, but the truth is it’s the operators that vary far more than the detectors themselves. Enjoy!
    2 points
  14. Splitting hairs dude. The 8" commander mono is an exceptional coil...No need for another one of nearly the exact size.
    2 points
  15. Westy 27 Yes the ID could change from air test to being in the ground. You really don’t know what’s next to your target and the minerals in the ground could effect your ID . Now this is just me ! If I was you I’d dig everything until you really knew your detector. Sometimes that trash can be a treasure . Remember if one person has been there they may have lost something . Chuck
    2 points
  16. FASCINATING. Thanks for sharing, Chase. This information is very interesting, and it confirms the reason I almost NEVER find square nails in Oklahoma. Oklahoma, long the land of Native Americans resettled here in the 1830s, was not opened for "white" settlement in much of the state until 1889 to 1891. So, the "dating" of the use of nail types explains my observations quite well. Meanwhile, when hunting back home in western PA, I very frequently find the type-B "cut nail" (which I have always referred to as a "square nail.") One time here in Oklahoma however, detecting an old U.
    2 points
  17. Bloke I know got one of these things a number of years ago. He tries to deny it if you tell people 😁 Piece of junk.
    2 points
  18. Well the family attempt was a bit different to a day on my own, we only spent about 2 hours there and they got a bit tired of it, my daughter lasted about 20 minutes on the Go-Find and was overwhelmed with targets so she decided to become my wifes Carrot operator and just help with recovery. She refused to let me have the Go-Find discriminate out anything as she didn't want to miss anything yet that meant it had beeps every few steps. I would of preferred her use the Garrett Ace as I'd discriminate out virtually everything on it except for the main coins I am finding at the spot to give her
    2 points
  19. This is what I have found in just 3 hours today after I mowed the yard. I just got back and ran some water over this batch of finds and patted them dry. I found so many rusted nuts and bolts I lost count. Those rang up as a solid 12 so I dug them thinking of a nickel. The chain that I found is Silver and has Mother of Pearl in a tear drop shape and that was the first thing that I hit. Who would have thought that it was sitting right on top of the soil and not in bad shape. I did place it in my ultrasonic jewelry cleaner and I think it came out fairly nice. The coins w
    2 points
  20. From back in May when i first found my little nugget patch. Some of the smaller pieces of gold in this spot would ring up to the iron side, but since almost every target in this spot is gold, it shows you that on small gold the probability indicator should be ignored. Some nice gold for only an hour or so spent detecting. Will have more videos to come, im slowly working through my backlog. Thanks for watching!
    1 point
  21. Wow. I don't want to dampen your enthusiasm for your newfound passion, but, frankly, I would slow down on the coil acquisition and focus on learning your new detectors with a minimal of variables at this point (i.e. different coils). It seems you are just starting out with PI prospecting detecting (if not detecting in general) but it is not clear to me your background as a prospecting detectorist is with your VHF 800 and Gold Monster detectors so ignore the following if it is stuff you already know and I will just put it out there for anyone else new to the hobby in general. Remember St
    1 point
  22. Excellent conclusion. Two (old) lipstick tubes close to each other is a good indication of a clothesline, although not a guarantee. I've done well under clotheslines. Most of my old coin and relic finds have been from parks which were formed in the last 50 years but were homesteads prior to that. This includes one Mexican War button (mid 1840's), one Civil War button and a CW cartridge box plate. I've just recently been searching another park which had an 1892 built home torn down in 1969. Still haven't found the sweet spot on that one but I'm not discouraged.
    1 point
  23. That may be true of concentric coils, but that's not how a DD coil works (which is what the Equinox uses). On a DD coil, the active detect region is beneath the center spine area where the two "D" coils intersect. Although you may have some edge sensitivity effects that can affect overall sensitivity and coil overload in thick target situations with larger DD coils, the target recovery time is determined by the detector solely, and the center spine strip thickness (the overlap region) and sweep speed determine how long the target remains in the thin overlap region which is basically the
    1 point
  24. Westy27 Don’t give up on anyplace until you hunt it . If you live in a city that has buses then you want to hunt the bus stops. They can produce more than most think they would. You said the house dates back to the 50’s. Then you should find silver there. Don’t give up and keep telling yourself that. Chuck
    1 point
  25. Home sites can be ok, but I prefer spots where large amounts of people gathered, showgrounds, horse racing tracks, sports grounds, places with outdoor concerts, old churches... things like that. It's a numbers game for me... more people = more lost goodies. Welcome to the hobby and the forum 🙂
    1 point
  26. Well, I've ordered a Detect-Ed Nox Shaft and some of these coil saver washers now. My Nox deserves a treat, it's been used and abused lately.
    1 point
  27. The hardness is 70 if that means anything haha, as for the drainage hole, it is just on the other side of the yoke 👍
    1 point
  28. Those are some nice chunky gold nuggets you saved. Very nice photos and story to add. Thanks for sharing and wishing you the best with the new one coming.
    1 point
  29. Totally agree, Jeff regarding audio and iron performance. Very capable detectors. And the AT Pro was a groundbreaking detector in its day. Glad Garrett improved the visual interface somewhat on the Max. Garrett bumped up the gain (which frankly has caused it to be more chatty than deeper, necessitating a gain reduction back to Pro levels so what was actually gained?) and claims of 50% depth increase (especially without specifics) should be taken with a grain of salt considering that there was no compelling technological breakthrough going on other than the gain increase. The frequency
    1 point
  30. This site has a pretty powerful yet easy to use advanced search feature which is needed because of the troves of valuable info stashed here and there. Hope this link helps answer your question. But what it boils down to is that the 5000 has a couple of additional timings for salt and mineralized soils and a couple of extra custom presets. Other than that, performance-wise they are about the same.
    1 point
  31. Funny you should mention that. There was some evidence of a campfire or some other type of fire at the site including some pieces of melted glass. As always, thanks to everyone for the added information about square cut nails and comments. Good hunting!
    1 point
  32. Good stuff. I think all the ones I've found are Type B. I assume the terminal dates of use are only approximate. My uncle (a home builder) not only reused wood from demolitions but also nails, having lived through the great depression when almost nothing of any usefulness was thrown away. I wish I had asked him if he ever (re)used square nails. Also, if he had somehow come upon a keg of virgin square nails I have a feeling he would have found a way to use them. I found revealing these two similar statements from the two articles: Cut nails are still made today, however, with the
    1 point
  33. Most square nails I find here in Indiana are severly rusted (globs of rust stuck to them) but recogizable. Sometimes, though, they are pristine other than their dark color. I suspect different nails have different treatments and also different alloy compositions. Interesting find.
    1 point
  34. Did a fair bit of time, here in Oz, on the 17 and 15 round on a 5000. 15 round. Amazing coil. Will easily get bits down to 1/20th of a gram. The other day got a beuatiful dipping signal, everything about it indicating a larger, 1/4 oz upwards, bit. Dug down 6 inches. Yep looking good. Bit more and a half gram bit. Near there a wobbler, just audible, almost a ground noise. Scrape off a few inches. Starts to define. Few more 100% positive signal. Few more and a specie with 2 grams of prickly gold spread through it. Great coil, spends 80% of the time on the shaft, the other 20% the 12".
    1 point
  35. It is not a filter, it is selecting the quietest multi IQ operating channel at the time. Since there are so many variables, no guarantees it will work next time as power line load/time of day and even humidity all play a part in how well the noise propagates. But, hey, it’s worth a shot, especially if you don’t mind also being locked into whatever mode (e.g., Park 1) is associated with that channel setting as each mode has its own unique set of operating channels the noise cancel algorithm scans (which is why each mode needs to be individually noise cancelled). So if you switch modes, you a
    1 point
  36. Chuck- I'm trying not to buy any detectors this year and so far I'm right on track...The Gem stone book I already had but that ship wreck book looks interesting so put my name in the hat for it please. PS if I do fall of the wagon it will be most likely for a back up Nox lol Strick
    1 point
  37. Steve, you would typically have to use a field mixer to do this before feeding it into the camera audio input or mike jack, unless you had a video camera with on board audio mixing and two audio inputs or a microphone with a built-in line level mixer. Otherwise you could separately record the live voice over narration audio (with another camera or digital recorder) and lay it on top of the video and detector audio in post production using a video editing program (since the canera is not trained on you while you are doing live narration, getting the audio to line up exactly is not critical).
    1 point
  38. Since I posted this it has rained and the whole area is under about 4 inches of water and the mud makes it impossible to walk. The construction is at a standstill for now and I am looking for my old rubber boots. Don't know if I will be able to sift the mud and water to get to anything yet but I am sure going to try it. Yesterday all the coins I had found were from the late 30's to early 50's so I know it is going to be fun! I will give everyone updates on what I find, Valen
    1 point
  39. I seem to have messed up and bought another coil 🙂 Nugget Finder 17x13 spoked I might be stretching the boy scout motto a bit far. Be prepared
    1 point
  40. Eventually, when you come across and understand what iron bias does, you'll see a similar thing. 4 settings for the 600 vs 10 for the 800, but the max setting of 4 on the 600 equals 6 on the 800. Other differences you will notice include limitations on non-ferrous tone settings, limitations on single frequency selections, lack of the user profile button, lack of backlight adjustment, lack of included wireless audio accessories (but the 600 is wireless ready), etc. These are all nice, but not necessarily essential "missing" features on the 600. The 600 is a very capable detector in its own
    1 point
  41. I will honestly say I had a Vaquero for over a year and could actually hear and know pencils eraser ends before digging. I've always thought Tesoro's had one of the best if not the very best audio in the detector industry.
    1 point
  42. After having bought and used a Minelab Equinox 800 for more than 80 hours/ 1 year, I bought a Garrett AT Max as well. The AT Max is my favourite detector now. Don't get me wrong, the Equinox is a very very good detector in my opinion and I'm keeping it for sure. However I can not really get used to the "tight" vdi scale of -9 to 40. I prefer a vdi scale of 0 to 99. And the handle/straight-stem combination causes my arm (elbow/shoulder) to hurt some after even half an hour. No problems with the S-stems of my other two detectors. But most importantly (for me personally) the AT Max ha
    1 point
  43. Yeah, I have a brass probe, but not a Garrett one. Mine is half that. Its a brass rod stuck in plastic, hard to get wrong I figured, bought the cheapest version on Amazon.
    1 point
  44. Damn right I will, thanks a bit of fun... might get my daughter involved.
    1 point
  45. I don't remember that specific ad but there were multiple 'build your own' articles you could start from scratch, as well as a few kits. See this thread where I pictured my (broken) Heathkit GD-48. (See this Findmall thread where someone posted a tantalizing but incomplete schematic. Phrunt will be building one, now. 😁 Link deleted since Findmall Forum update broke all old links . Those come up on Ebay frequently. Apparently injection molded plastics were still in their infancy(?) since the housings (control unit and searchcoil) were flimsy and broke easily.
    1 point
  46. I have one as holes are not allowed in the parks in my city, just popping with a screwdriver. I use the probe to find the object first. I'm not talented at it AT ALL yet. Honestly unless I cheat and cut the turf with a pocketknife first it hurts my hands. I've mostly gone other places.
    1 point
  47. I Googled it to see what I could find out about it as it seemed interesting, all I ended up finding was the Garret Treasure Probe. Someone must have one in a collection somewhere. Love the old ads. https://prospectingworld.com/products/treasure-probe-garrett I can't believe they sell these, a worn out phillips head screwdriver for $15 USD! I guess the brass makes it damage coins less with contact? Probably handy if you don't want to dig holes in a perfect lawn.
    1 point
  48. Welcome to the forum Joe If the machine is going to be used 99% of the time doing other things, why do you need it? The machines you have are fine for such minimal use. Your Equinox 600 with 6” coil in Field Mode 2 and all metal/horseshoe engaged will be very close to the Gold Bug Pro in performance. Both are just slightly better than a properly tuned T2 with small coil. Basically you have three detectors that are very close in performance and you are just splitting hairs as to which may be the best. Everyone has favorites and you can collect opinions all week long, but the truth is
    1 point
  49. The two prominent Trails into the Klondike interior were originated thru Skagway and Valdez Alaska, I guess I had been inadvertently studying these trails for many years, as I was very interested in this Gold Rush, the antics of some of the characters involved and of course the many waypoints they established...After some thought I decided the Chilcoot trail was to far away for me to ever spend much time looking, but the Valdez trail basically came thru my own back yard...I poured over books written by these characters and it was quite an interesting education....I'm not going to get into that
    1 point
  50. There is a prelude to this story. In mid-May my wife and I flew down to Reno for our youngest daughter's college graduation. Her older sister was also there, and the last night of our visit we went out for dinner. The place had Asian food, and we all got fortune cookies. My fortune: ''You will have gold pieces by the bushel.'' I put it in my wallet. My friends Jeff, Brian and I made a spur of the moment trip to Ganes Creek near McGrath, Alaska to metal detect for gold over the three day Memorial Day weekend. We made a similar trip last year in July, and had good luck finding gol
    1 point
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