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  1. 5 points
    Hey Guys! Remember this thing that I found on Florida’s Treasure Coast a couple weeks ago and posted about? I was so disappointed there were no visible markings to link it to the1715 Spanish Fleet that sunk during a hurricane. Well, I decided to carefully try to separate the silver sandwich with a paring knife, and was successful with minimal damage. The inside surfaces were dark and thick with corrosion but I kept working on them(rubbing on wet aluminum foil did the best...very time consuming. I don’t have an electrolysis setup yet). So glad I did it! I’ve definitely found my 1st Pieces of Eight finally (1/2 Reales likely)! Minted in Mexico between 1700-1715 during Philip V’s reign in Spain, if my research is correct. They may be little, but I’m tickled pink with them! 🙂
  2. 4 points
    Reading through this thread, the consensus is towards an ergonomics, lightweight, cheaper discriminating gold detector. I am hoping that ML can produce such but for me I hope they continue to produce a flagship gold detector that continues in the direction that has made ML the worlds leader in gold detection. The GPZ"8000" for me can be in the same box/shaft as it currently is, ( a lighter/ergonomic one of course if possible) the weight/ergonomics as is, is not a big issue for me, no need for incorporating a GPS unless done with say an android color sunlight screen with popular moving map software that allows downloading/uploading/saving of existing/new data offline. I have no need for discrimination, main need is for more power and GB to penetrate deeper in noisy variable ground. In the coil department I go with the consensus, a range from say 8" round/elliptical up to whatever, and ML if you can`t give us those coils let the aftermarket fellows do it, that is the one concession I ask for. The 8000 priced as ML has been tops at, to allow for R & D financing of future flagship gold detectors, a producer as all previous MLs have been. I just hope there are enough potential GPZ8000 buyers who seek the above to ensure ML produce a more powerful refined gold flagship detector as is their tradition since the mid 80s.
  3. 3 points
    I'm the 73 year old kid on the Oregon Coast who in no way in h-ll will ever pay for this thing by finding enough gold in ten years but still wants one to play with! Like Skate says, I'm the only one who's going to know if it works for me or not. If I don't like the damn thing I'll sell it. GaryC/Oregon Coast
  4. 3 points
    Most of you are aware of gold being found with detectors in NV, CA, AZ, AK and even OR or WA on occasion. But the majority (including many who live here in this geological wonder of a state) do not know much about or detect for the elusive Au in Idaho. So I've decided to share a Holiday Special with you, as it is Golden as glee can be. This little glimmer of Au comes in on my postal shipping scale at 1 pound 5.7 ounces = approx 22 oz which is then turned (if my math is correct) to 20 ozt. I did not get a specific gravity test done, but can assure you this astonishing mosaic is about 97% Au. History of this discovery. I'll not provide the name of the finder or site for security purposes. It was found with the Eureka Gold and I know many good pockets of wire gold came from the area. it was unearthed at a location already mined and was missed by the old timers. It is one of the biggest pieces of Idaho gold I myself has ever seen, but I have heard of larger pieces coming from the area. To put a twist on it and to add some beauty to this post, I'd love seeing some of your Idaho Au diggings. No worries about size, value or other as I would (and I am sure many others) enjoy seeing some more Idaho gold.
  5. 3 points
    It’s all missing the point. It’s not about what can’t be detected. It is about how well the small gold that can be detected will signal, and there is good reason to believe Impulse will improve in that area. On any small gold that the Impulse can detect in saltwater, it should do so better than other existing products. In theory, subject to independent testing. We have had detectors that can easily detect thin gold chains since at least 1995. We don’t use a Gold Bug 2 in saltwater. Why? It’s not rocket science. A decent nugget detector is so sensitive to a conductive salt signal they will detect your hand, let alone an ocean. Any detector that is tuned such that it gets a bare salt signal is tuned as well as is possible for small gold in saltwater. That is the limit and we have been there for at least a couple decades. Saying anything will do better in that regard reflects a lack of understanding about the issue. When I hear claims about improved ability to find thin gold chains in saltwater I just ignore it as nonsense. I did hope the Impulse on dry land could run full out at 7uS but being locked into salt mode negates that possibility. It may be a practical limitation of what can be done at the analog level, something to hope for in a future digital version. Or it may be a marketing move to differentiate the AQ from the prospecting version, which by nature has to remove that limitation. Whatever, it is what it is. Once we eliminate salt though there is still small gold we can detect. The question is “at what depth?” For the small gold that the Impulse can detect in saltwater, how well will an Impulse detect it by comparison to the competition? That is the real question. Personally I don’t care much about finding the smallest gold in saltwater. I will be hunting the largest gold I can find, not the smallest. Micro jewelry detecting has always been a thing people talk about more than do. I don’t see troops of people on the towel line with Gold Bug 2s or Goldmaster 24Ks or even Equinox with small coils. If hunting micro jewelry is so great why is everyone not doing it? Answer - micro aluminum. Micro jewelry detecting is actually aluminum detecting and gets old pretty quick for most people. Those 1 carat diamonds on a post are a lot rarer than you think. If you want to hunt thin gold chains in the water get a rake. and another.... https://youtu.be/zbXNcUqLAM8
  6. 2 points
    It has probably been over a year since I've used my 3030. Tonight I used it for a bit over 2 hours and I got the hang of it again. It is a much different sound than the 800 and now I remember why I had a learning curve about hearing targets. One of the things that came back very quickly is the ability of the 3030 to be 'played' like a violin. By that I mean you can get a target and swing on it and make the detector 'sing' really loud. This was what was happening with the many tent stakes I found. You could tell that it was a mostly iron target because it was down in the lower right of the screen. I still dug most of them and some of the other iron pieces were just the same. The 3030 has clear identification of the target and that lets me choose to dig it or not. If I was getting better targets then I may not have dug so many of those stakes. When I get tent stakes with the 800 it kinda blanks out rather than sings out. The depth was good with the 17. One of the quarters was 13-14 inches. I use it with the Minelab harness because it is a bit bulky and heavy. When I first got the 17 years ago I used it without a harness for the first 3 weeks and I got something akin to tennis elbow. That took about 6 weeks to heal and I've never swung the 17 for more than 20 minutes without the harness since. The screen now has a flaw down the right side where it doesn't show data but I can live with it as a backup. The battery didn't last too long. We'll see what happens after this charge up. It was a real pleasure being able to turn on the GPS and see where I had found rings in the past. Many I had transferred but a few are still there and that made me slow down in those areas. This was an end of the weekend, end of the day hunt and I saw where several detectorists had been out before me. I'm ok with the results.
  7. 2 points
    I agree Alain about a chart, and I have a good start on one, but without actually having a detector it's only educated guesswork on my part based on what Alexandre and LE.JAG have posted so far. The one I posted was just a quick and dirty illustration. Hopefully they or Fisher will do something official before release, otherwise you can be sure people will eventually construct some at a later date. I was hoping for one detector that would do both land and sea, something I liked about my ATX. To be honest I think Fisher will have a hard time making a detector more powerful than a GPX 4500 or GPX 5000 let alone a GPZ 7000, and few people who already own those are willing to give up any power, even if the detector is lighter and costs less. Minelab means gold prospecting to a lot of people so Fisher has a tough road ahead there, and they have let Minelab have lots of advance notice what to expect.... I doubt the engineers down under are asleep at the wheel. The AQ model however has only a couple detectors, the Garrett ATX and Beachhunter TDI, that are truly equivalent product. For me at least, having none of the three at the moment, the choice is pretty clear. I am fed up with 7 lb detectors that have $500 coils, and the Impulse, using the TDI as a starting point, simply has to be better, or Fisher has wasted a lot of time and money. I sent Dave Johnson a TDI (big box version) years ago and Carl worked at White's so they know what they need to beat to succeed. Fisher Impulse AQ vs Garrett ATX vs White's TDI Beachhunter
  8. 2 points
    Steve, thanks for posting the video of Jimmy Sierra and Digger Bob. In which they introduced the TDI SL. Seeing them both brought back many good memories of the times that I shared with both of them. Mahalo, Terry
  9. 2 points
    As Reg said "Galena" that is a combination of lead and silver and usually it occurs in crystal format.
  10. 2 points
    Dug this hair barrette from a very old home site.
  11. 2 points
    Steve I find you absolutely right! The other big question is when will it go on sale?
  12. 2 points
    I've been thinking about it for a while, however to reach low prices it would only be ALL METAL. No magnetic ground effect compensation. I also drew it completely. It would of course have all the settings ... delay, freq, volume, threshold etc ... a waterproof version 60 meters
  13. 2 points
    For information Manta was 4 years ago. There have been a lot of things done since ! 😉 The biggest technological advances were made in 2019, if I look back on the past 10 years for me and for Le.Jag when we dicuss together.
  14. 2 points
    Well, since I wrote those words about a year and a half ago, I guess I get an opinion on what I meant. I meant simply salt water - sand wet with it, wading in it and coil submerged to some reasonable depth. I stated that the ability to find small gold would surpass any existing detector in said salt water - due to it having the capability to operate at shorter pulse delay settings in this environment. Since I wrote that - based on what I have read, I have used AQ prototypes breafly in salt water - including with the coil submerged in running salt water. I found no need to adjust the pulse delay from the setting I was using - 8 microseconds of I recall rightly. Also however, I have tested the AQ against tiny gold targets such as small posts and earring backs. I found it to be less sensitive to these than something like a Minelab SDC which is targeted at tiny low conductors like gold nuggets. In discussing this with Alexandre and in subsequent posts he has made, he made it clear that a degree of insensitivity to tiny low conductor trash like foil bits and tiny melted AL fragments from beach bonfires. This of course means that hunting for tiny 10k crucifixes is pretty well out. It is well documented that as the quantity of salt a detector sees increases, the ability to operate at very short pulse delays is lost. Diving PI detectors have quite long minimum pulse delays I believe. When Alexandre was questioned why no pulse delay longer than 12 microseconds was available, he answered, as best I recall, that within its submergence limits, the design of the circuitry and coil made that unnecessary. The proof of the pudding is in the eating thereof. You stated that “So it now appears that “in the water” this detector will provide little additional benefit against existing products.” Time will tell if you are right.
  15. 2 points
    Dew..... if you are implying I don’t have experience at this you are mistaken. I am a scuba diver with dry suit, night, zero visibility, ice diving, and instructor ratings. I’m fairly proficient at breath hold work and have recovered a lot of jewelry while doing so. I have been water detecting for 40 years; started in Alaska as a freshwater lake diver and graduated to saltwater 20 years ago. I have done so in zero visibility conditions as well as in heavy surf using 40 plus lbs of lead weight. Water so rough that simply staying on the target with 40 lbs takes great effort. I have been knocked off my feet plenty of times. Chest deep? I often work to tip-toe depth using mask and snorkel and breath dive to recover targets in water that deep. If chest deep I am often in surf so heavy I can’t see the bottom. I almost never use a scoop in those conditions as I have to recover targets by hugging the bottom to stay under the waves. I then recover the targets by hand, digging and fanning. I have plenty of time on scoops though, often in zero visibility conditions. Suffice it to say I have had a hell of a time recovering some targets! In retrospect probably at more risk to life and limb than was really warranted... but I lived to tell the tale. My first water machine was a 1280X when they were new to the market. Main water machines have been the 1280X, Surf PI in various versions, Garrett Infinium, ATX, and CTX 3030 plus minor use of CZ-20 and Excalibur. I am quite familiar with what a DD coil is and how to use one. The Infinium had a 14” DD stock and I have probably got close to 100 hours running the CTX 17” coil in the water. So I’ll repeat. From my perspective a 12.5” mono is not all that large so I’m not too worried about it. The 8” mono will be a piece of cake. Geared up for surf with Garrett Infinium - note dual weight belts (not recommended, dangerous) My scoops - heavy duty stainless on left my favorite by far Infinium finds from one Hawaii trip Two weeks in Hawaii with ATX - 28 rings, 11 of which are gold or platinum, gold bracelet Closer view of better finds from trip above
  16. 1 point
    Show simple targets you swore were gold. These were 12" inches plus in depth (all lead)....... Found with a borrowed GPX 4500
  17. 1 point
    I purchased my Tarsacci in February of 2019. It is # 000029 R1. Does anyone else care to share their information? If you are a salt water hunter I recommend this detector to all. It’s negative side for me is no additional coils are available and the 8” x 11” just seems small out of the water. This is only my opinion.
  18. 1 point
    I've had this coil for quite some time, but it was packed away and forgotten. It was purchased for A$60 because I was intrigued. It is the anti-interference version. Measures 12 x 4 and uses the MInelab lower rod. Weight is decent, build quality is good. Performance in the field still remains a mystery as I've yet to use it. I gave it a quick air test just to see how it behaved on the Tdi Pro. This version has a hot spot in the centre of the coil which appears very sensitive to small targets at shallow depth. Seems to hit fairly well at shallow depths but doesn't have much punch for the deeper targets. Test garden results on coins would give real world depth on coins between a solid hit around 15cm or 6 inches and fading fast past 20cm or 8 inches. Useless air test with ground balance off, gain at max, in ALL, frequency in the middle, pulse delay at 10. 1 grain was 7cm .5 gram gold coin 16cm 1/2 Sovereign 23cm Us Quarter 23cm Aussie Penny 25cm Whites Buckle 33cm So in summary it hits hard on small and shallow targets, the centre of the coil is a hot spot for sure.. Fades fast as depth increases, the big Whites buckle just managed 13 inches. Since I managed max gain on the Tdi Pro in an EMI hot zone, the Anti-interference feature seems to work ok.. One of the things I like about the Tdi machines is the ability to plug in all sorts of coils, never know if you don't have a go.. My Tdi SL is highly resistance to EMI and the Pro less so but still very good. This coil could make more sense mounted on a Minelab around electric fences and mobile phone towers.. etc. All the best, Karelian
  19. 1 point
    Sometimes there is something better than a detector.... Another one (won’t embed)... https://youtu.be/zbXNcUqLAM8
  20. 1 point
    I agree totally with you Flak, let us hope ML are considering this threads posts and can make the GPZ8000 the lightweight, ergonomic, cheaper, discriminating detector this threads consensus want with the power and refinements I and I believe many others want. Alternatively if they cannot make a single gold detector that can satisfy all, they make two detectors and satisfy us both. I`ve had a boo peek at the innards of the GPZ7000 with the aim of modding it to be more lightweight as I did my SDC2300, but I could not see how I could do such as the Zs case is much more lightweight then the SDC, thus putting its electronics in another case would achieve naught.
  21. 1 point
    Every one was a gold nugget.... until it was not!
  22. 1 point
    Ok Steve but I think that your initial idea is good , such a detailed chart is very interesting because it is very simple to understand so I think that fisher labs should provide one in the AQ user manual , so that people know exactly what the AQ can do ( or not do ) . This will avoid a lot of misunderstandings and frustations . Also from what I read here the AQ is a new generation machine that works differently from the previous ones and everything must be very well explained. BTW unfortunately for me , it looks like the AQ is not adapted for moderated mineralization ground prospecting ( I am a coin shooter, inland ) , so I will have to wait the future Fisher RELIC machine , I hope it will come soon because the VLF machines do not evolve any more in terms of depth performance since several years and I need some extra depth :-) ... Thanks for everything , Alain
  23. 1 point
    Isn't there a GPX 7000 on the way.......
  24. 1 point
    too late that my screen saver on my PC and the screen is huuuuuuuge RR
  25. 1 point
    I think they would be a large step ahead if they solved their silly ergonomics. Even though it is not a problem for you, a rather sizable majority have been outspoken about the design weight among other things, and if they want to sell lots of units, this should be one of the key areas of change.
  26. 1 point
    Forgot to mention PM Coils also produced a limited number of coils for the Whites GMT, possibly other brands and models such as the Infinium , Scorpion Stinger etc. They were happy to experiment, that willingness to 'have a go' is sorely missed, since no current coil manufacturers have yet stepped into the possibly very profitable gap left by the Bigfoot. We can all dream can't we? Karelian
  27. 1 point
  28. 1 point
    If someone from Fisher wants to send me a detector and I'm going to try Tenerife! I make video to see how it works in black sand
  29. 1 point
    That sure looks like one, and I must say that you have some very nice finds there. Keep up the good work.
  30. 1 point
    Great find. Wish it could talk. I would definitely listen. Congrats.
  31. 1 point
    Great find that you found today, now what is it going to be tomorrow? I hope that you get something bigger and better.
  32. 1 point
    White's is fabulous on parts and best contacted by phone. I'd call and would be very surprised if they won't sell you one for a nominal fee. https://www.whiteselectronics.com/contact-us/ It's a female 5 pin connector but I don't have a part number. This is from one of my V3i coils, which are interchangeable with the MXT.
  33. 1 point
    Now what I really wanted from this style of coil is something like a 'bigfoot' for the beach. My current beach coil is the Jimmy Sierra Digger 14 x 8 mono coil made for him by Miner John. Well balance and light with a good footprint it is a winner. I've given up trying to find a bigfoot coil for either my MXT or XL PRO machines, too old and rare plus the prices are a bit high.. A nice Razorback Beach Hog would be great but again too rare and hard to find in Australia whilst perfect for my Tdi machines. As luck would have it I am waiting for a Nuggeteer 18 x 6 mono to arrive. Not my first choice but for this style of coil we have few options and opportunities are not to be missed.. Coverage is the key goal, decent depth but not too much... if nothing else it should just eat up large areas fast.. Full review to follow.. Karelian
  34. 1 point
    heres 2 very small nugglets i just found with the coiltek its a hot coil
  35. 1 point
    Another ring at Alma Bay! could this be a diamond? didn't have much luck in the stinger nets at low tide.. just a few coins.. seems the jewellery is on those beaches with a bit of surf where people get tossed about, as opposed to those where people just stand around like water buffalo.. this is no hard and fast theory yet, just an observation.. been out with a head torch the last few mornings at 2:30 am, 3:00 am and today at 3:30 am to make the most of the very low tides (full moon)..
  36. 1 point
    Actually they were all black with the hard coating inside, couldn’t see any markings...but several hours of rubbing on wet aluminum foil safely took it off and showed the awesomeness! I felt like the kid in Karate Kid...”wax on, wax off”....HOURS of rubbing them on foil lol! Surprised I’m not sore! 😄
  37. 1 point
    Unfortunately PI technology as it currently exists does not lend itself to accurate discrimination. The physics just don't support it. I'm sure some form of hybrid technology will come along and eventually solve the issue. Maybe a combination of PI and magnetometer could help with ferrous discrimination.
  38. 1 point
    Now that’s some serious honest to God treasure hunting well undertaken and executed. Good for you and your team! I was going to ask but you pretty much answered the research part. To me that is the key to real treasure hunting.... having something real that can be researched with some degree of certainty. I see way too many people chasing pipe dream treasures that don’t even exist. Probably the vast majority of treasure hunting is somebody going after some story made up by a writer for a treasure magazine. Or being the zillionth person looking for the fabulous legendary whiz bang legend. And let’s not forget to use LRLs while at it. Anyway, it’s very nice to see you do something real and do it successfully. Congratulations!
  39. 1 point
    Apparently they dredge sand from Canaveral Shoals to barges 5 miles off the Cape, then truck it to different areas. I would assume it’s been surveyed etc to make sure no wrecks there lol. In some prior years they used crappy inland sand but people complained. This year’s project along my particular treasure hunting beach sites will make it especially bad for detecting...they are super building up the dunes along with the beach as I type this. It’ll take a huge storm to open it up...I’m so happy and grateful I found my little Spanish treasures before they dumped on them!
  40. 1 point
    The SDC is a great machine and has found me a lot of gold over the years. I mostly use it in washes and to screen vertical walls (breccia, etc..). The signal response is decent once you get used to the noisiness. I run sensitivity usually at 2, sometimes at 3, rarely higher. I also use Nenad's Steelphase which works great for the SDC and gives me about 20-30% more target ID's. Pinpointing is easy, thanks to the 8 in round coil (just lift up and tilt). I also like to hike a lot to remote places, so having a detector that folds and fits into my backpack is great. The weight balance is not ideal and I end up using a bungee fairly quickly. Regarding the Zed, I still love this machine, even with the 14 inch that everybody seems to hate. I think more coil options would be beneficial, but I hesitate to believe that just switching coils (like on the GPX) is always leading to the same optimal ZVT performance overall. I am aware that ML is heavily criticized here, and I don't want to comment on that. However, I do believe they do have great engineers and I would hesitate to trust aftermarket solutions that may or may not be aligned with the overall engineering concept of the machine. Once ML comes up with something I will buy into it, not before. That is just my personal preference. Like I would never trust aftermarket tuning of a car to get 100 more HP if that would not be balanced with the rest of the engineering. The Zed still finds me gold after all.
  41. 1 point
    Platinum can be marked many different ways. PLAT, 800, 850, 900, 950 and 1000. My best year, I got 18 platinum rings and a platinum cross loaded with diamonds with the platinum chain. But we are not finding platinum rings like we used too here in Honolulu, Hawaii. So many people now wearing titanium and tungsten carbide rings. I miss the old days where you could dig up 10 rings and 9 would be either gold or platinum. Now you are lucky if 1 ring out of 10 rings is gold or platinum.
  42. 1 point
    I only paid money for my first (GT16000) after that, I traded gold for all my later detectors. The only exception was a Garret Infinium. I never found anything with that and quickly traded it for an SD2100. This (attached to Jim Stewart's 36" Bismarck") found an awful lot of big gold. Haven't bought a detector for years now, mainly testing new QED prototypes for Howard. These always earn their keep very quickly.
  43. 1 point
    I use both the sdc and the Zed. In high yield/normal/smothing off the Zed is an amazing machine that will find gold so small that even the sdc will hardly find ,especially in difficult ground. Note: you will need metal free boots!! Both machines have a different target profile with respect to the ground your hunting. In the open field the Zed is King by a large margin and superior over any other Gold Detector that's out there
  44. 1 point
    Found a Union gun pit and went to work with the Deus..
  45. 1 point
    Hit the Camp with my buddy....Equinox 800 was the detectors we used.
  46. 1 point
    You’ve all seen my pics of the tiny gold I get from the Boise Basin area up by my cabin....imagine my surprise when I unearthed this! For sure thought it was going to be a bullet lol!
  47. 1 point
    That is a real beautiful lump of wire gold, a big congrats to the finder
  48. 1 point
  49. 1 point
    Ask, and ye shall receive: ctmenquiry@coiltek.com.au
  50. 1 point
    You got some powerful stuff. Careful not to take a deep breath. Seriously, in an academic or industrial lab you would be required to use this stuff under a fume hood. But how many of us could afford that? I assume you do this outside.... I can see from your results that this is a good solution (double meaning??). I know some use that 1% hydrofluoric that can be bought at hardware stores (forget the brand name) and apparently such a dilute solution is safe, but HF is one of the most dangerous chemicals known, so anything more concentrated than that 1% and I'd rather have the nugget still looking ugly. You mean Wikipedia is wrong???!!! The devil is in the details. The Wikipedia article is referring to the concentration of of anhydrous HCl which can be disolved in water, making the ('aqueous') solution. It appears from your label (the fine print) that the HCl concentration is 31.45%. I think the 45% refers to further dilution in their manufacturing/bottling process. Confusing labeling, IMO. Bottom line is that it's still powerful (and dangerous) and works well. Good tip.
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