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  1. Hey All, A partner and I managed to escape this weekend to placer more of the wash we have been working. We didn't do as well as we hoped, but did manage a few nuggets that you can see in the video below. We were using the Minelab GPZ 7000 most of the time, but also had the GPX 5000 and Gold Monster on site. We had several trash targets that were wedged in the bedrock cracks that we though were going to be gold nuggets. Some of those targets were pick tips and pieces of old metal probably used as a tool to open up the bedrock. Hope you enjoy the video. We would love for you
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  2. was good to get out to the golden triangle again after lockdown, picked up these
    12 points
  3. Hi Mike, I'm not really a park hunter, so it's a rarity for me to find gold rings, but I found this at Golden Gate Park on my first outing with an old friend that had found a little area that had been scraped for new landscaping, and I was sure it was going to be a nickle when it banged in with a solid 14 TID 🙂
    5 points
  4. I was hunting at the beach yesterday and did my usual "dial it in" routine...adjusting F2, Recovery and Sensitivity using my test sticks to optimize my EQX 800 performance for that particular beach. As I hunted, I got a strong tone of a high conductor and started to dig and dig and dig. I couldn't see or find the target but I knew it was still there...somewhere...the EQX said it was! I finally narrowed it down to a certain pile of sand from the ever growing hole. Still couldn't see it but it was there among the brown sand...somewhere. Finally resorted to my Pro-Find 35 pinpointer. It ran
    4 points
  5. Woke up late😨. Found a decent place. Found competition at work already💀. Heard from local fisherman's report on last week competition's success right there🤐... Almost 5 hours, dug 5 holes found 5 items...And the sand is yet to come... Can You guess how much I love the summer season?🙄 End of the story for today...
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  6. Looks like they use the same shaft as the AT series so I would guess Steve's Custom Shafts would fit it. Be a cool carbon fiber option.
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  7. Im Rick from Michigan, I'm getting back into detectors after about a 10 year pause.... I had a Minelab Safari that I sold , I just recently purchased a preowned E-trac with some extras . Im waiting on it to hit the door. So needless to say I have to get back into the swing of things.... I still need a pointer deciding on which and some smalls That I will need......I will be reading and asking a lot of questions....Rick
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  8. ..These translations are therefore so good .... because I use my Gaming Laptop for that ....... But now seriously .. I forgot to give a dot for 1 ..., and during this Editing I did not notice that I had already translated English into my Slovak language ... I was in a hurry to work .. It's my fault ... I have to spend enough time correcting the writing of sentences ... and translating them into English ... and correcting the text ... to express exactly what I want ... I hope ... that you will forgive me for inconsistencies from time to time ..
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  9. Thanks for the additional information, that puts it into the clothing category. They may have used a similar button to the shoes, but I doubt it. I will continue to research it a little further for the correct item. The time period is correct for that style button.
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  10. Well done. Nice looking gold. It's a big 'triangle' as I remember it from last year. How the world has changed. Mitchel
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  11. Simon, as Steve stated, you are blessed with having low soil mineralization. In really bad ground, depth loss can exceed 50%. As regards depth loss, years ago, when I was a staffer for "Treasure," magazine, in my soil, to detect a dime in discriminate mode at an honest 4 inches deep was the "Holy Grail" of coin hunting. One day I was given the assignment to field test a new machine. In my test garden it screamed on the 4 incher, likewise the 5 incher. INCREDIBLE. NO detector on the market at that time could do this. Burying another dime to increasingly greater depths, I found it got an "iffy,"
    2 points
  12. Hopefully your F19 has the 10x5” elliptical coil. As others have said being in a gold producing area is step one. Cleaning up big ferrous and non ferrous targets is a good idea too. Learning what a tiny or faint target sounds like and tuning your ears to that sound helps too. Try Steve’s Bic Pen test and also practice on some really small pieces of lead or aluminum like 1/4” to 1/8” size. Running your F19 at 60 to 80 gain is perfectly fine. If you detect a really big target it is a good idea to ground balance again after recovering it or moving on. My plate full of recent targets looks a lot
    2 points
  13. Nothing so special here, just a common 18k wedding band, really usual in Europe. I'm satisfied to see again gold after over two months of Covid Lockdown😷. The amazing thing is from where I pulled it out. I've been totally shocked by the use of a compass today, cause I found too much times myself uncapable to keep straight lines underwater in murky or windy conditions. So today I was testing not only the use of the instrument, but also a new weight harness I maked to relax my poor back and what a relief! I'm now doing snorkeling without fins and a neutral buoyancy trim. The place wa
    1 point
  14. hello! does anyone know if the "apex" was beta tested in trashed parks before it was released!...i don't see any evidence that this was done by garrett's payroll help,or anybody else? i am assuming it was given to "regular folks" to use in everyday settings! i need and want to see there "input!"..non-biased test results!..c/mon garrett you know you did this!..lets see it in print! (h.h.!) j.t.
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  15. On the "Spud Diggers" YouTube channel appears the video "White's GMX and 24K: All 4 coils tested". We did an in-ground performance comparison using an extremely mineralized drywash pile from a black sand-laden auriferous wash. Coils tested: 14x8, 10x6, 6x4, 6.5 concentric. Nuggets tested: 1/4 grain (laminated to a business card), 1/2 grain, (almost) one grain, and one gram, at one inch depth. GAIN settings of 10, 5, and "0". Note especially how well the 6.5" concentric and 14x8 DD coils performed. HH Jim
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  16. Welcome back to the fun Rick. Its just like riding a bike, you never forget. Glad you joined in with us, you won't be disappointed.
    1 point
  17. Welcome to the forum, Rick. This is the best place on the net for detecting! As a pretty new detectorist, I've already learned tons from the nice folks here. Be sure and post pictures of your finds! ~Bash
    1 point
  18. Welcome to the forum Rick. Ask any questions you need to as that’s what we’re all here for. Well maybe the smart ones anyway. Good luck!
    1 point
  19. From my point of view, I actually prefer to have a sort of "Iron audio" setting.Without any kind of filter like FE or FE2, during the test of the Nox800 I was good in the water with a 5 tones profile, a lower tone pitch of 4/5 and volume from -9 to 0, an higher pitch of 14 with max volume 25 from 1 to 20 and again lower pitches like 6 or 7 for the third, the fourth and the fifth signal area... In this way I was able to always hear (in all metal) when, how much and where the iron was... However I don't found the Nox to be a reliable machine to trust on numbers and conductivity... So p
    1 point
  20. I bet its nice to be able to get out and about again after so long being cooped up.🤕😷 Any gold found this year is a triumph AFAIC😎 JP
    1 point
  21. Welcome aboard and you have found the right place to be at. The people here can answer all your questions as many people have found. I use a Garrett pin pointer also and it serves me well.
    1 point
  22. Welcome Rick, Like you, i too took a long break from detecting, and came back in 2015! Still plenty of stuff to find! I mainly use a Treasure products Vibraprobe 585 pinpointer! I also have a Garrett carrot as a backup! But there is a greater selection now! Shop around! Same with digging tools and scoops! Shop the reputable dealers! I'm sure others here will chime in with suggestions! Just ask away! Good luck! And keep us posted!👍👍
    1 point
  23. This is my first post and I'm still relatively new to detecting. Wondering if the size of my nonferrous pieces is indicative that I would miss gold. This was from about 6 hours with a Fisher F19 that I got on sale. The California ground is annoying in that it needs balancing every few steps. Anything above gain 60/100 and >0 threshold would be way too chirpy, I think that indicates decently hot ground. Got a really good feel for negative rocks, though the tones with Iron sound an awful lot like everything else. Discriminate mode blocked a lot of the chatter but it made me worry some about m
    1 point
  24. Join the SPMA, lots of claims from S.D. county to Yuma Az. If you also relic hunt I would like recomennd a book by Chris Wray called The Historic Backcountry. It covers SD and Imperial counties. Loads of information.
    1 point
  25. On the Gmx and 24k the 6" concentric coil is hollow or foam filled and is very light. And it does float. It would be good if White's made some coils that don't float for the Gmx.
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  26. Correct me if I'm wrong but White's coils are either hollow or foam filled. That makes them light compared to something like an epoxy filled Garrett Coil. I remember you used to be able to buy a Surf PI Pro with a weighted coil before they changed it to a Dual Field.
    1 point
  27. It has a lot of similarity to the Nox and Vanquish . But Multi Flex could be a version of the V. Flex tech in the Terra ? The Terra can use 3 different frequencies in its coils , maybe now the Terra patents have run out ?? they have worked a new Multi Freq machine from that ? Anyway at £500 UK it is much cheaper than the Nox and similar capability barring a few settings and the same price as and better settings than the Vanquish . I think Minelab may have either opened Pandora's box or left it open for all to see. Surely this Apex isn't a poach of the Nox Patent or has it run o
    1 point
  28. To add on to what Steve said, it could have been cheaper to use a miniUSB port instead of something else. But more importantly (in my opinion) is that Garrett didn't want to require a proprietary plug/cord to charge the Apex in the field. Just bring a typical battery bank that many people already have (which will almost assuredly come with a micro or mini USB plug, as well as possibly other plugs, such as USB-C).
    1 point
  29. That would probably not only need to be a different forum, but somebody other than a White’s dealer doing the video. Jim is a super nice, fair sort of fellow, but still, that’s a bit much to ask. No way to win in that kind of a situation. As a person who owns both I can say it’s not a slam dunk win for either, which is why I have both. My dime store opinion is the Equinox offers more versatility, the 24K is more focused on and physically better designed for nugget detecting only.
    1 point
  30. Greetings Mr. Carl .... your posts are as accurate and very informative as always .... I always had some idea that the possibilities of Spectra V3 could be much larger ... and that this machine works maybe 70% of its possibilities .. .. I always wanted that ..... the new Spectra V4 also had a 15khz frequency, and the user could choose 2-3 frequencies from 4 frequencies 2.5khz -7.5khz-15khz-22.5khz ... depending on the terrain and what type detection is exactly preferred ... also in terms of better separation on multifrequency and EMI resistance .. The Best data function could also be
    1 point
  31. The weekend was a nice one. Weather was good. Saturday after I got second camp spot set up, I went detecting, no gold. Sunday I got camp broke down before I went detecting and after it was broke down and I was waiting for my 5000 battery to finish charging, some guy came walking out of the woods asking questions and saying he was trying to find claim boundaries. I said the guy who had this claim lost it and there are no signs up anywhere. He said someone keeps taking them down. I said, I haven't seen signs up for a year or more. This guy turned out to be from Gold Rush Expiditions. And he aqui
    1 point
  32. Steve - Your graph makes it much easier for the novice to understand the differences between the two. I've been trying to explain it using words. The graph makes it much clearer.
    1 point
  33. I appreciate Hugh's response as it provided the message I woudl have posted myself. The point of including programs from users around the world ALONG WITH THE REASON THEY MADE THE ADJUSTMENTS THEY DID was to avoid people simply blindly loading programs without understanding the why behind them. By looking at the settings and seeing what was changed from the factory presets, one can adapt them to their area, their preferences and their ground conditions. The book provides an overview of each function and that combined with the programs and explanations provided should help accelerat
    1 point
  34. Relying on God are we Steve? haha (For those of you who wonder about this post, when Steve wrote his post above he inadvertently or overtly said "priest" rather than preset.) I do think some of us have prayed and or pray before each hunt but to think of the God 'preset' was a chuckle.
    1 point
  35. Why do you say that? Whether iron bias is used depends on the nuisance factor of iron at a given site regardless of the target objective.
    1 point
  36. Apex stock coil is smaller than usual 8 1/2x11 stock coil. Size they chose is similar to the Kruzer series which I find really good balance between depth and easy to negotiate around obstructions. By the looks of it they really cherry picked the features on this one.
    1 point
  37. When you are first learning your detector everything you dig is a lesson the more you dig the better you’ll understand the things it is telling you. Are you looking in and area known for finding gold nuggets? I’m guessing you covered a fairly large area where you were detecting too if you got all that big stuff from a small Spot it would be challenging but not impossible. Cleaning out the trash in a known gold location allows you to hear the faint signals and properly setting your detector for the ground conditions you need to really slow down and carefully listening for the faint tones most
    1 point
  38. This single introduction just reaffirmed Garrett’s position not as an industry laggard, but industry leader. You can debate detector technology all you want, but there is no doubt in my mind the stage is set for there to be an expectation that a 21st century detector offer lightweight, ergonomic designs, packed with frequency options, wireless technology, and rechargeable batteries. Any company not producing similar devices risks getting left behind. Garrett Ace Apex metal detector
    1 point
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  40. Some contributors here are just having some good natured fun. That is what is really nice about this forum. We can make a suggestion without taking it too seriously. If you seriously want an upgrade for the Nox 800, you probably should follow Steve's advice and wait and see if one of those 5 new products from Minelab is a Nox 800 upgrade. Personally, I do not know of any detector that is a real upgrade. Currently the Equinox 800 is the absolute only detector with its feature set, period. An Etrac or CTX 3030 would be an upgrade for target ID on higher conductors. On low to mid cond
    1 point
  41. CmonNow, you mention you like bells and whistles and tweaking things: White's V3i. It's old, heavy, complicated, eats batteries— long overdue for an update (which will apparently never happen) — it's like Nox800's grumpy old grampa! A miracle worker in the right hands... a red hot mess to us mere mortals... you will need A LOT more than 150 hours to sort it all out! Go Packers! Apple Pie with Cheese! Eff 'em, Bucky!
    1 point
  42. Hello All I wanted to share another case solution. This is a Plano gun case that I purchased from Amazon Canada. Nice case for $100. It took a little time to pick out all of the plugs but at least all of the parts have a place now. The left over plugs will be good for padding other stuff too so I'm saving them for now. Edit: I just realized that there is not much room for headphones but I don't use them and I'll probably go with ear buds if I ever do. My main concern was providing as much protection as possible to the gear in case I fly with the case. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/pr
    1 point
  43. I don’t know why but Minelab sent me another email to join up again . I would if they be willing to send me a Minelab detector to detect with. Right now I do not own a Minelab detector and don’t plan on owning any anytime soon. I was going to buy a 540 Vanquish but put that on the back burner for now. Just staying home and covered up . Sent my kids a picture of me saying I didn’t want them to forget what I looked like.
    1 point
  44. Sandi, I know Andy (I teach detecting boot camp classes with him). I will reach out to him and have him send you a signed book on me. PM me with your address and I'll have one sent out. And let me know who you want it signed to: you, your husband, Nate, or both of you. Chase
    1 point
  45. I use a tactical backpack from Cabelas with the GPZ sliding harness attached room for 2 camel backs plus pick and a bunch of carabiners to attach anything else I want. Can send a picture later if you want to see. Chris
    1 point
  46. Hap, One other thing I noticed as I was going through your compendium of quotes and advice posted above. You quoted someone as saying: “I found that there isn't a real need to turn up the sensitivity to a high setting to get good depth. To a large part, the sensitivity just amplifies the audio response. The difference in depth between say 18 and 22 sensitivity settings is not noticeable if you're using good headphones. Also, I prefer using 50 tones so the need for tone breaks etc. on the 800 would be a big waste for me” I look at sensitivity a little differently and some testi
    1 point
  47. New Member Signup - Click Here! Lost Password - Click Here! Forum Tips & Tricks Advanced Search Tag List/Index Welcome to the DetectorProspector forums! These forums are normally "on topic" only. This forum is the one exception in that it has no real topic except getting to know other people. That being the case you can discuss pretty much anything here but the overriding rules apply more than ever. There is to be no posting of anything that is going to be disruptive (no trolling). While visiting this forum please act as if you are visiting my home. Treat others
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  48. The Australian Whites distributor still has the 150 coils in stock for $220au, though also advertises them on ebay for $50au plus postage. Might be worth looking up if still keen, converted over to US dollars it is a real bargain (around $38US). Seems we received a fair few of the SPP units after their limited success on the African market, I still own one with a range of Miner John coils.
    1 point
  49. Again, this is just a repackaged White's TDI SL so there will be no surprises on performance. Plenty of field tests and reports already exist. And just like the TDI most Nugget Finder, Minelab, and Coiltek coils will work. But not all! Some non-White's coils required increasing the pulse delay to more than 10uS to work properly, and the SPP is locked into 10uS mode. So if you have the coils already no big deal but I would hate to purchase a non-White's coil specifically to use on the SPP as it may not work.
    1 point
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