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  1. 9 points
    Found this with Equinox 800 on a early site..
  2. 8 points
    So the other day my neighbor told me she lost part of her rosary when she was walking her dog. It was a multitude of events where her phone rang, kids ran out and the dog kind of pulled off enough that when she took her hand out of her pocket fast, it broke and flew across the grass near the sidewalk. She was able to find most of it but could not find the a piece that had a little cross on it with part of the chain and beads. This rosary really meant a lot to her. My neighbors know that I metal detect for gold but they did not ask me at first and tried themselves to find it, even going to point of borrowing a metal detector from their relatives. When they came back empty handed and I saw them in the driveway they told me the story. I said you should have just asked me, I would love to help! Plus for me I thought that this would be like leveling up in metal detecting skill set. I only hunt for jewelry when I go to FL to visit my folks, so I only get in maybe a few weeks of that. Plus I rarely detect in the parks, I just don't like all the people. So I wanted to know if I could really do this. So I asked her to show me some of the other parts of her rosary so I could get hear what the signal sounded like, what kind of ID number would show up, and how much sensitivity to use since it should be a surface find (it was only lost for a couple of days). Well I knew this was going to be a challenge cause the little cross came up around 15 and the chain was ferrous, I think it was a -4 all on the Equinox. I was not sure if the cross and the chain were still connected. Well when I got to the area she lost it, there was so much trash and EMI plus I could not discriminate because I was not sure if they were still connected or not, but i persevered. Knowing that I would not have to dig, helped eliminate a lot of targets too. Anyways it only took me about 20 mins and I found it! The cross was still connected to the chain, and when the signal came up it was a double blip of those exact numbers! I looked down and there it was. She was so excited and thankful and I was just as excited for her and knowing that I could do it! It was an absolute great feeling to help her out, I felt on top of the world at that moment. I would even say I felt a bigger high finding that for her vs when I find a nugget! Anyways here the pic.
  3. 6 points
    Yeah, it’s basically heading that way, especially here in the U.S. If gold was still $300 an ounce we’d already be done. People who say they are doing it for fun and adventure, not the value, for some reason are not out looking for things of no value instead. They could be looking for copper nuggets but few seem interested in that for some reason, even though it is as challenging and has just as much fun and adventure as gold detecting. The price does matter, and ever increasing prices have kept this ship afloat. And if gold breaks above $US2000 an ounce I expect we will see another electronic gold rush as people detect for the last remaining dribs and drabs on patches pounded for decades. Yes, there are virgin patches out there, but it’s the rare true prospectors out spending the weeks or months of non-producing detecting needed to find them. Ultimately it is legal access to ground that is the limit, and if gold prices spike everything available will get claimed up to the hilt. Competition will be fierce again. We lose even if we win. I feel like I missed the real heyday 20 years ago being busy running my business. But I am grateful I got to do what I did when I did near the end of it all, and see some virgin patches myself, and lots of large gold. The GPZ really did light things up, but now even the GPZ gold is getting sparse. I’m afraid I’m one of those spoiled old guys finding it hard to get motivated to go out and detect for a few grams. Beach detecting is more pleasant and with better viewing, and more what I’m inclined to do these days.
  4. 6 points
    Either you misunderstood the veteran detector user you talked to or they have a bone to pick with a certain type of detector. Most hobby VLF detectors are single frequency. Depending on their quality they may be able to very slightly change frequencies in order to prevent crosstalk with other detectors. Only a few VLF detectors have the ability to selectively change from one detecting frequency to another like the XP Deus, XP ORX and some of the Nokta Makro detectors. A very few detectors also have the ability to operate with simultaneous multiple frequencies. Depending on if your soil has high mineralization conditions or if you detect saltwater beaches, a simultaneous multiple frequency detector may be the only VLF detector that will work well. In very mild to moderately mild dirt you won't see much difference between a good quality single frequency detector and a good quality simultaneous multi frequency detector for shallow to medium depth targets. On the deeper targets (past 6 to 8") the simultaneous multi frequency detector may out perform the single frequency detector as far as identification of the target is concerned. So, simultaneous multi frequency detectors work very well where many other detectors fail miserably. That is not hype or some kind of marketing ploy, it is a well known fact. Jeff
  5. 5 points
    I have read this response in your posts before and on many detectors with or without displays that strategy works very well. On some simultaneous multi frequency VLF detectors being hype or not, which is the topic of this thread, visual target IDs are very accurately accompanied by very accurate multiple tone ID capabilities. On the Equinox specifically, I hunt first by tone ID and use the numerical target IDs to support what I hear. I don't know anyone who uses an Equinox (that knows what they are doing) that has their eyes glued to the screen. They don't need to especially in 5 or 50 tones. Jeff
  6. 4 points
    Just an example of where multifrequency can still go. Right now you will hear it said that when a detector uses single frequency, all the power is focused on that one frequency, which can give slightly better results on that frequencies preferred target class over multifrequency. This is because multifrequency spreads the power out over the frequency range, with each frequency therefore running slight less than full power. It is the compromise of running all frequencies versus a single frequency. However, with that single frequency you are focused on a single class of targets, and will do less well on the other frequency ranges than the multifrequency unit. But it does not have to be that way. That is mostly a function of battery power and the desire to keep power use within tolerable ranges. With new high power battery technology, the next step will be multifrequency where each frequency is optimized and running at full power equivalent to what you get running at a single frequency only. I expect we will see this development in the relatively near future. I want to emphasize again that Equinox is not the be all end all of multifrequency. In fact CTX has better target id resolution and excellent ferrous handling that is arguably better than the Equinox. From my perspective the Equinox is just a crude proof of concept for Multi-IQ, with more benefits still to come. It should be fairly obvious that everything Minelab knows about FBS and has learned so far about Multi-IQ will be going into the next generation CTX model.
  7. 4 points
    It is a sad day for me today, old pinky my shovel passed away. He'd had a hard life and I've used him a lot, he had a brief holiday when I ordered a Sampson T-Handle however it bent the first week or so using it, the manufacturer said they'd send me a replacement but with this Covid stuff going on that never happened. I replied to them thanking them for offering to send a replacement and never heard back from them after that, this was right at the start of the lock downs around the world, I assume they had to close down for lock down as they're in New Jersey which I believe was hit hard with the virus. 😞 I never finished digging the coin when it broke, it was only going to be a 2 cent piece so I wasn't too bothered. I was having a quick coin hunt as I wanted to test a few things out, I've been experimenting with finding small threepence silver coins, the smallest NZ silver coin. This particular field I knew there would be more as they fall at the exact same ID's as the old pull tabs and there is plenty of pull tabs left here, I can't be bothered digging them all as there is too many. My method I think works well, they come up 15/16 on the ID's however if you circle them a few times they will flick to 19 perhaps only once with many circles but without fail they will do it. The pull tabs won't. As they're often deep another verification is raising the coil, they'll disappear quickly and a pull tab keeps getting detected. These coins are small and normally quite deep, deeper than the pull tabs. First coin of the day was a threepence! Exactly what I was searching for, and my method worked. I was in Park 1, all defaults. The grass is getting a bit long, hopefully they mow it soon, I guess that didn't take place during lock down either. It's so nice to be out of lock down now and life back to relative normal for everyone. The only problem is it meant I had people walking their dogs and so on around me. I prefer to detect with no people around. I was very much cherry picking today, I didn't dig anything unless I was pretty confident it was a coin. I decided I'd try Field 1 out and see if the method works on it as well, I don't use Field modes often as I'm comfortable in Park 1, it gives me good success. Next up I had another suspected threepence, it flicked to 19 again only once after circling it about 5 times but it did do it. Not as deep as the last one. But indeed, another threepence, my confidence has been building on this method for some time, I've been using it for a long time but today really confirmed in my mind it does truly work. Next up was a 9 ID, this is usualy a 5 cent or if I'm lucky a cupro sixpence... And it was the sixpence, cool. It was quite deep too. After a few more pointless coins I stumbled across another 15/16 that flicked to 19. I'd probably checked out about 12 other 15/16's but none flicked to 19, I'm purposefully not digging them today, I normally do and they are almost always a pull tab but for the sake of my experiment I didn't want to dig anything that didn't do the flick to 19. And I had another one, not quite carrot depth this time. This was starting to get pretty cool, normally I'd spend so much time digging pull tabs I leave before I find this many silvers, this method is speeding up my silver recovery. Field 2 seemed to make no difference, they still flicked to 19 occasionally. Walking along I had myself another one! I'm at the point now where I am extremely confident before digging it will be a threepence silver again because it flicked to 19. In an air test these coins are a 16. And it was another one, deep too! That's 4 silvers in about an hour with very minimal digging except for other cherry picked guaranteed coins. My junk tally was tiny. A couple more junker coins and then my shovel broke trying to dig up a 2 cent coin so I had to call it quits, all up just over an hour. My junk, those bits of wire always fool me, they come up as 18/19 more often than not and even though they're quite large they have a faint signal, making me think they're a deep sixpence silver which also comes up 18/19. That rusty nail looking thing came up 21, same as a NZ $1 coin, it was blanking out a lot and I normally wouldn't bother digging it but seeing I'd barely dug anything that wasn't a coin curiosity got to me. And the coins, other than the silvers and the cupro sixpence nothing really special, this mission was solely to test my threepence cherry picking method. The best one is the 1941, a harder day with 1.7 million made. 1941 New Zealand Threepence value VG F VF EF aUnc Unc $4.50 $17 $53 $165 $404 $844+
  8. 3 points
    My hunting buddy, Gary, found this button yesterday at the Seminole Indian War site we've been working. Any assistance in identifying it would be most appreciated. We think we can see CHI and ARMY on the back but we're not sure. Thank you.
  9. 3 points
    For Reg, I was flat out picking this up.🤪 Yes I’m a dealer🤕 The GPZ 19 is heavy but so are the larger X coils, not as bad but still hard on the arm and the ears.😬There’s a lot of wire in all of them.🙉 Years ago Coiltek made a 24” Round DD, it was a monster at 2kg with no lower shaft, many many people swung those coils to very good effect especially in Victoria chasing lumps. Never once saw anyone call them Dog’s.🧐 I did very well with mine with the biggest a 20 ounce piece in the Pilbara. BTW Australia is actually a bigger market than the US for ML gold machines. JP
  10. 3 points
    I am holding off on announcing anything definite because Fisher has yet to send me full details. My unit is now - as I said - being used by a serious and respected beach hunter. He is very busy and his work product will be posted in due course. We intend to produce short, to the point videos, each demonstrating key performance capabilities and characteristics of the AQ. For now, I will give you a couple of snippets from his recent reports...all direct quotes... “I'm in Love...Two hours...submerged...no problems.” “...figured out PP on deep targets also..very easy...I'll explain better once I get a chance to show in a video..works perfect on deeper targets..” “I got one gold ring, one silver, and a war nickel..” “I want to get back out there ASAP..Love it..” The "AQ" is not for every beach but in the right spots it can wake a dead beach up... “...most of the targets I got today were in the range of 16 to 20 plus inchs easy.” “Thank You for the "AQ" ....A Master Piece!” "AQ" was very silent, with 8.5 delay and salt water. “ “The target (US Nickel) was about 20 inchs,” “By days end I was telling myself I need a pull handle on my scoop to help lift out of the deep holes.” ”I've used a just about every water Pi made in the lasted 20 years, one thing I disliked on everyone, noise. .............The "AQ" is a very silent running PI machine... allows one to hear the faint signals in All metal.”
  11. 3 points
    My commentary in emoji and bold italics above.
  12. 3 points
    Yes, single frequency is already at the limits of what more power can offer before it is counterproductive. Multifrequency is not, which is why you see that as a sales pitch for single frequency. I do think we are a long way still from what sophisticated signal processing can achieve with multifrequency.
  13. 3 points
    "future models will be a slow process" "battery not designed to be user replaceable" "eight frequency shifts for each frequency option" "defer on answering how many or what frequencies are used in the multifrequency modes. Maybe when finalized." "much more rainproof and weatherproof than other Aces" "fully submersible? 80% of people don't do that" "testing? I don't do that. Used it, it performs great, but will let others speak to testing" "last minute testing and tweaking still in progress, won't be long... this summer" "target id numbers normalized to read very close to AT series, within a point or two"
  14. 3 points
    Nice Token Calabash! Here's one I found metal detecting from the Leadville, Colorado area dated around late 1800's to 1900's.
  15. 3 points
    Arguing that you see good results with your single frequency detector does not change the facts of this question. Yes, single frequency does well under many circumstances. Continue to use it all you want, nobody is saying you should not. It works well in your ground - great. Nobody is challenging you and how you detect, so no need for a defense. However, your observations change nothing about the reality of the multifrequency versus single frequency question. It is what it is, actual scientific facts versus anecdotal opinions. If somebody asks the question, I’m sticking with the science, not opinion, when answering the question. This discussion says nothing about the Equinox being better than other detectors or not. Equinox is not a perfect implementation of multifrequency, just one implementation, and a first version only with room for improvement. Examples of this and that versus the Equinox still do not change the basic facts that properly implemented multifrequency has the advantage. Single frequency, single domain, has less information to work with, period. Single frequency has been developed to the nth degree over decades, every last drop squeezed from what it is capable of. No new single domain, single frequency machine will ever surprise anyone with what it can do. By comparison multifrequency processing is in its infancy with engineers just now beginning to utilize its full capability via high speed processing power and modern battery technology. The first cell phones were a hard sell versus old rotary land lines also. Believe whatever you wish, but multi frequency / multi domain complex processing is the future of metal detecting, single frequency, simple processing the past when it comes to new detector development.
  16. 3 points
    Free is the right price! Bought one when they first came out, used and tested on a 20 gm nugget , it did detect 30 percent deeper than the 14x13 coil but did not detect as deep as a 20” NF mono on a 4500. So being twice the weight and under performing the 20” mono, sold it immediately. What a disappointment.
  17. 3 points
    I just got an email about a Garrett survey, aside from what the type of hunting is done, you are also asked what are the qualities you would like in a detector and coil types. It seems what they want the opinion of future buyers. https://garrett.com/metal-detector-survey
  18. 3 points
    Looks like Garrett Marketing Team is willing to listen to what detectorists actually want in a detector instead of what they think we want. Maybe they learned something from Nokta/Makro.....................
  19. 3 points
    I was about to say the same thing, the audio just seems to represent the exact ID on the screen so having inaccurate ID's on the screen would also mean your audio is out of whack. If hunting by audio you're still listening for that sweet tone of the target you're chasing and the tone will represent the number of the target. I used to hunt exclusively by screen, as I've aged on my detector I've started to use tones a bit but for me nothing beats ID's on a screen. The tones may pull me up on my lazy wander through a field but in the end for me the screen is what gives me confidence to dig. In fact I'm still blown away my detector can throw up a number and I dig that number and 10 inches down is a little silver coin, the exact coin the number was telling me it is.... what a neat technology.
  20. 3 points
    Yup, what Jeff said. It has nothing to do with the target id information being presented in an audio or visual fashion. It’s is all derived from the same base information, and if one is inaccurate, the other will be also. An aluminum beaver tail that reads like a dime will also sound like a dime, a common occurrence with single frequency in bad ground, but does not happen to me with multi.
  21. 3 points
    Go through all that clad, look for some the transitional years and in particular 83 copper pennies. If you have one of those you may get yourself a nice car rather than an Amazon gift card 🙂 I saved out all my 82 copper pennies as those where the last year they were made. End of the run they changed over to zinc and the following year a few copper 83's snuck through. Other stuff to look for are miss strikes or double strikes, wheaties, war nickels and of course rosies.
  22. 3 points
    A Thermacell works wonders on them "birds"!! (Walmart or online) I'm in South Florida so i can relate! The heat🥵 bothers me more! And "detector legs" should be a medical term! After my biggest one day coin haul ever! ( i think it was 243)! I could hardly walk for days afterward!🤣😂👍👍
  23. 2 points
    Not been out in a while since the lock down but things are starting to ease..A Little. Had some good winds Monday and Tuesday so I got wet both days. Mondays hunt one 1944 Class ring then a small young ladies 10k ring. Tuesday rocked with 4 14k wedding bands and 1 10k and several silvers. Silver needs cleaned .......Year to date totals.... 46 Gold rings and 46 Silvers... Good Luck to everyone and be safe..
  24. 2 points
    Everything is done in US dollars so in essence Australia has not had a price rise on the GPZ even though our dollar has tanked against the greenback!! I’ve got no issue with the US customers getting the coil for free with the detector especially when you consider the scope of where they can actually use it over there. GPZ’s in Australia and most probably NZ are placed in the stores on consignment hence the set pricing, the only place for bargaining is in the accessories supplied for free or discounted by the dealer at time of purchase, this sales method is really the best option because all dealers in Australia need to provide or at least offer comprehensive training either from the dealer themselves or through a competent intermediary, both of which are time consuming and expensive. If discounting was allowed to happen training would be the first thing to suffer. JP
  25. 2 points
    Now all we need is a picture of a decent piece of gold being found with one at 1 meter and this thread will have then achieved a full 2nd circle.🤫🤣 The vast majority of GPZ’s sold through our shop in the last month have had the discounted ($500 off) GPZ19 coil option included (we have had a bit of a rush on locally with the Coal Miners). I advise customers the GPZ19 coil is an arm full and requires dedication and a different approach but people want them anyway rather than go on eBay searching for one of Reg’s bargains, they want the ML warranty and piece of mind. JP
  26. 2 points
    In my mild soils the Gold Bug Pro/F19 and the rest of the alphabet they use for other model numbers of the same detector is very good for target ID's until the targets get very deep then the Multi frequency detectors shine. With the Multi Frequency Equinox and Vanquish they will lock on to an exact number say 21 for a $1 coin, where as the GBP will bounce between 77/78/79/80/81/82 for a $1 coin, how much of this is due to it having 99 ID's instead of 50 I don't know as it's pretty easy to slip a number or two with double the range but it is pretty good with ID's. Once the targets get very deep the GBP starts to expand it's range down into the 60's and up to the 80's for that same target where as the Nox and Vanquish will sit still on 20/21/22 for the target. I assume this is to do with multi frequency providing better target ID's at depth. I am very much looking forward to the Multi-IQ v2 detector, I would guess it's been in development since they released the Equinox..... I still can't help but think they did something slightly different with the Multi-IQ in the Vanquish than they did with the Equinox, I am hoping whatever it was they'll put into an Equinox firmware as for some reason the Vanquish seems to handle EMI better for me and something is special about Jewellery mode.
  27. 2 points
    No argument here as I also found the vanquish 540 to be a lot of fun to use, with both coils, and the 5X8 DD is an excellent general-purpose coil for most places, including those with low-to-modest amounts of annoying Iron debris. And it is powerful, as well, providing very nice audio in the excellent ML-80 headphones. I also preferred it to the EQ-800 and this is a nice complement to my other performance=proven models. Monte
  28. 2 points
    So, to return to the original question, those who do not detect in areas where there is moderate to high mineralization/saltwater conditions may not see any benefit from one of the current simultaneous multi frequency detectors, i.e. the Equinox on shallow to medium depth targets like the example kac gave concerning a 6" large cent co-located with iron. That makes sense to me. However, whenever anyone tells me I just don't know what my single frequency detector is really telling me, I just want to throw up. I wish I had soil conditions like that to hunt in. In my soil conditions that dividing line between a single frequency detector running at high transmit gain versus the Equinox is 3 to 4". Past that depth, absolutely any single frequency detector has zero reliability as far as multiple tone ID or numerical target ID accuracy. Every target past that depth becomes an extremely high conductor or an iron target so the entire low to mid conductor target accuracy is completely gone. So, a single tone beep and dig detector with good ground balance capabilities, no display, an 11" DD or so coil and ample transmit/receive power running above 14kHz would do just as well. So, I have two choices, use and learn my single frequency detector's minute nuances and interrogate the target for several seconds (or more) along with do some mental math (do I add or subtract 20 to 40 target ID numbers to what I think the target is and take a chance????). Or, do I use a more appropriate simultaneous multi frequency detector for my soil conditions, spend less time analyzing targets and dig many more quality targets which are accurately identified with appropriate tones and numbers down to at least 11" or more? I took my G2+ yesterday for a short hunt in an aluminum trash filled local park. I am not a big fan of the discrimination mode on the G2+ because of its tone choices. Basically it is a 2 tone detector in discrimination mode depending on if and where I set the V-Break and iron volume. I basically just wanted to cherry pick copper pennies, dimes and quarters so I set the tone break between low tone and VCO tone pretty high (80), just above zinc pennies and only dug VCO tone targets. I dug so many zinc pennies, 4" deep pull tabs and a couple of US nickels that it was extremely frustrating. I dug plenty of dimes and quarters too but that up averaging is just not fun. I still love the Tek G2+/F19/Time Ranger Pro form factor and since this Tek G2+ was my first really good detector with a display after many years with a Lobo Super Traq, I will never sell it. To be totally truthful, the Garrett AT Gold was my first VLF with a screen but it went bye bye really fast....... (couldn't stand the unadjustable iron audio). The Tek G2+ pistol grip and threshold based all metal mode are just too good. But, I am so thankful that the Equinox with all of its great features and obvious faults, came along and revitalized my desire to keep dirt fishing for coins and jewelry after too many years of target ID accuracy misinformation and frustration. I also look forward to using the Garrett Ace Multi-Flex Apex!!!! Jeff
  29. 2 points
    Good point, Steve,. One might logically ask that if this is the case, then why not just pump more power into the ground in the single frequency detector case. That is because we are talking about more effective power management and multiplexing each of the frequency component transmit signals so that peak power demands can be lowered overall - sort of like a time share arrangment. The other part of the equation is that there is a practical limit (that has already been reached by today's single frequency detectors) that pumping more power in the ground simply results in diminishing returns because of the noise that is generated. You are getting no depth benefit at that point, in fact you are making things worse,. This is especially true in mineralized ground where lowering transmit power is necessary to eliminate noise and ground feedback (some detectors like Nox do this automatically in beach mode, while others, like Deus, enable the user to manually reduce transmit power). This is part of the reason why single frequency detectors have less of a "power" advantages over MF detectors in mineralized soils. So it is no just a matter of "going to 11" as far as power is concerned, but increasing the power capability across the frequency "spectrum" as something that can improve MF performance vs. SF. Most of the gains, however, are best leveraged by taking maximum advantage of processing horsepower through use of more sophisticated signal processing programs that can better identify probable junk targets through the tell tale target signal fingerprints of typical junk items.
  30. 2 points
    That^ The only thing I can add to this is that there are tonal nuances that can provide clues. Yes if you have junk that gives the same ID as a desired target (Steve's dime/beaver tail example) you will get the base tone ID that corresponds to the visual target ID, but on some detectors, especially those that have audio modulation with depth, whether they are multi F or single F, then if the target is irregularly shaped and not perfectly round, can sometimes hear a distortion or tonal sideband nuances in addition to the fundamental ID tone that tell you maybe that is a corroded zinc, bent tab, or slaw even if you get a rock solid ID. I have found that the Deus/Orx, especially in pitch mode gives you this nuanced information better than the Nox (but no target ID), similarly on the Nox, sometimes Gold mode can do this too. I like 50 tones on the Nox because if the target ID is unstable (usually a dead giveaway for junk unless there are multiple targets in the "hole" or more correctly under the coil - like KAC described with his large cent or a coin spill) you can just hear that right off and decide whether you need to circle the target to lock in the ID, move on, or just dig it out to be sure. Bottom line, it is both the audio and visual ID information and how the target responds to coil movement and perhaps a shift in modes/frequency (that is why having that single frequency option on a multiF detector is important to me) that all combine to give you the clues so you can make your best dig decision - I call this interrogating the target. Regarding the Nox, since it has less tone modulation than other detectors, I find the pinpoint to be a useful tool for "sizing up" the target otherwise, Nox's gold mode pseudo VCO audio is also a useful tool, so I usually keep a gold mode program in my Nox's user profile slot to interrogate an iffy target. Bottom line, though, these target interrogation techniques and audio clues work regardless of whether the detector is single or multi frequency, but the language varies from detector to detector due to the detector target ID feature implementation differences.
  31. 2 points
    Garrett is welcome to ship me one, I'd test the snot out of it, and see how it stacks up against the EQ800 🤠
  32. 2 points
    Welcome to the forum Ketch. I use to live in Reno as a kid. Good luck out there!
  33. 2 points
    I think the location your hunt is the single most important part to finding something good followed by knowing your machine and having the right coil for the job. I hunt more by audio than vdi so if the numbers are a bit dodgy it means very little to me but that is just the way I hunt. Others keep their eyes glued to their screens.
  34. 2 points
    No one has surpassed this yet ... cable Sun-ray Probe DX-1 on Whites Spectra V3 ... ,, For a while, I thought ... it would do XP on my wireless MI6 pinpoiter.-but it didn't happen .. But I believe soon with that some Manufacturer will come ....
  35. 2 points
    thank you all for the warm welcome😀
  36. 2 points
    kac -- I agree, I thought so, too. The solid yellow color there, is actually a tube I am experimenting with for a shaft for an MX Sport -- that's the exact color of yellow used on the Sport. I'd need to get the exact color of yellow used with the Apex, if I wanted to precisely match the Apex color scheme. However, like you said, that gold braided one seems like it would look good, with the Apex. Obviously, some waiting (for release of the unit) and some experimenting are in order. However, as I said, I am pretty confident that the shaft system on the Apex is the same as on the Ace/AT, and so I should be able to offer shafts for the Apex, as soon as it is released. Thank you for your interest! Steve
  37. 2 points
    A few points I wanted to make on this topic . . . . . First, I appreciate the positive feedback that has been posted or sent about the book and happy that it has helped people master the Equinox. The purpose of the book - as has been the case with my other brand-specific handbooks - has been to share what I and other seasoned detectorists have learned with time in the field with the model(s) covered. The additional perspective input from others gives the book is what I feel has set them apart from others. It is hard to put out a book right after a new model is released and claim it covers all the details of how to use it yet there seem to be books that do just that. Second, while I would love to say that as soon as any changes are made to a specific model that the handbook will be updated and reprinted but since my wife and I are the ones footing the printing costs and we had just ordered a run when the update was announced (gotta love it when that happens), the handbook does not include the software update that was issued by Minelab. There will always be new ideas, techniques, accessories and yes software updates that come up and releasing a new book every time something changes is not always possible. We did issue a revised handbook on the XP Deus but timing was such that we could do so and get it reprinted shortly after the release of the latest software update. So no, the V2.0 software update is not in the book but it does cover 95%+ of what is on the current unit. Finally, in regards to the link in the handbook that was intended to take you to a "bonus page", we had multiple issues with our internet provider and they kept purging the files making the link useless. We have corrected that and are in the process of rebuilding it and as an addition to that page's original design we will be adding several "how-to guides" including a Ground Balance primer (that will address the questions regarding ground balancing the Equinox and dispel several false rumors despite some claims that I omitted it from the book as I did not understand it . . . untrue!), what V2.0 offers and how to use it for specific conditions, setting up a "cherry pick" program for different types of hunting and more . . . as we get asked questions, we will add guides to address them. The link should be working and we will be getting the content back up into the pages as quickly as we can . . . and if anyone has any accessories that they want to share or find photos to share, be sure to stop by and let us know. Wish I was able to be on all the sites all the time but I am working to get to rhem and answer questions as they arise - feel free to contact me directly if something comes up . . . Andy Sabsich
  38. 2 points
    Perhaps a Nuremberg token, or a 16th 15th hammered copper coin but I could not identify it because too damaged. All the coins of this area date from 16 15th century. Yes the Vanquish is really a "fun to use" machine like Bashin was saying in an other thread , he found the right words actually ... 🙂 Fun to use and powerful . Actually I sold my Equinox 800 yesterday to a friend who will use it for rivers prospecting and beach Hunting. I will just keep 2 detectors , my Deus HF and the Vanquish 540 ., it is enough for what I am doing .. Actually we did some depth tests yesterday he was impressed by the Vanquish , and this guy is very experienced ( 25 years detecting ) ... btw the lithium batteries duration is around 15hours on the Vanquish
  39. 2 points
    You both look happy. Good work and I agree helping someone is one of the best feelings you can have. My parents taught me it is a privilege when you are given the opportunity to help. Lucky you.
  40. 2 points
    Today was nothing special, I did however find a one of my oldest penny's so far and it's brown instead of the usual green? These weren't at the football field, I tried a playground area while now kids aren't allowed there 🙂 Our lock down virtually completely ends on Thursday so I'll be off gold prospecting very soon. JW's already been and had 7 for a gram yesterday, he's allowed to go at the moment as he lives so close to the area. As I have to drive an hour I've had to wait. Glad to see the back end of the lock down though. Fingers crossed the stupid virus is no longer a problem in NZ, we have had no new cases for a week now except some people that were already suspected cases that they retested a week later and got a positive after their previous negative test, held in isolation and a couple of international arrivals of citizens returning home that went into quarantine, around 10 total for the week.. No new cases on the South Island where I live in a couple of weeks. 1934 Silver Shilling, in my new coin slot on the grip enhancer doohickey. I really like it. The silver has a greenish tinge, first one ever to have that, weird. and the brownish 18XX penny... weird it's brown, I can't read the date properly, the 18 is visible but the other bit is almost smooth. It looks like 18?6. Maybe 1896. And the total, not exactly great but a new area I'd never done before, no modern coins which was weird, just semi moderns that are no longer circulated, the 1 and 2 cent coins. I guess that reflects kids not having money in their pockets since the days of buying lollies for 1 or 2 cents like when I was a little tacker. 🙂
  41. 1 point
    100% agree. But to most people if they can save $200 off a brand new Equinox 600 they will take it and then look to YouTube for ‘education’. I think if some people have to be fixed price then all should be.
  42. 1 point
    I know I should like the Equinox better for my coin hunts as it is technically the superior machine but I often reach for the Vanquish instead. I don't know the technical side of it, I just find I often do better with the Vanquish. Maybe it's just coincidence or maybe it's the coil shapes or whatever, I don't know. Maybe it's all in my head but in a way that's a good vote in confidence for the Vanquish being a good machine for the task when I have difficulty picking the far more expensive machine over using the cheaper one. When it comes to other tasks like Gold prospecting the Equinox is king over the Vanquish, without a doubt.
  43. 1 point
    So you wouldn't happen to know anything about said second gen Multi-IQ product would you?
  44. 1 point
    Joe,outstanding finds,alas i am so far inland that i rarely get to beach detect,i admire folks like yourself and how they can read the beaches so well. Very well done and may your finds bag over flow with more yellow finds.
  45. 1 point
    Welcome to the forum! No, that is inaccurate. One simple example is saltwater - multifrequency machines have a clear and indisputable advantage there. Target id accuracy is another area of clear superiority. These are not opinions; there are clear technical reasons why this is so. This article will tell you more about the subject. Selectable & Multiple Frequency Metal Detectors That is not to say you can’t do well with single frequency or that single frequency does not excel at some tasks. There is generally a situation in metal detecting where any one methodology can have some advantage.
  46. 1 point
    Some silver finds... soil was very salty (farmers put minerals) after rain, GB done but there was little noise from the ground on 18 kHz. Still many finds no problem. There was ORX and Deus users on field with less finds in that conditions.
  47. 1 point
    There is no volume control on Bauhn headphones, but when switched on (they will operate as standard headphones when the n/c function is not engaged) a slight increase in volume is noticed. I have not found a booster to be necessary with this unit. I use a short 3mm lead in conjunction with the Quest WiFi system. A conversion plug is used to link the larger female fitting as incorporated in the WM12 and the Quest Rx unit, which does have volume control.
  48. 1 point
    They took us all by complete surprise saying they had a multi frequency machine, no one thought they had it in 'em. It was more likely one of the others that had existing technology to build on would do it I thought. I guess the AT series replacement might be announced a few months after they reap the rewards of the initial Apex sales so they can cash in twice when people buy it as well. Manual ground balance and single frequency modes would be entirely in the firmware, ML could put them into the Vanquish if they wished. A few of the 540 buttons could easily be multi use, single press for one thing, hold down for another. I think they'd be wise to pump out a firmware for ground balance ASAP. I'm sure the competition aren't just going to sit back and take it, somethings going to go down. Detector Wars! 😉
  49. 1 point
    Are you trying to upset me? Because you're upsetting me. 😀 If I could find even ONE of those things I would consider myself Lord and Ruler of all the Earth for at least a couple days. I really need to up the quality of the sites I hunt. To the maps! Find old sites! Pull into driveways and ask for permission! Nothing ventured nothing gained!
  50. 1 point
    A mono coil is one winding that alternates between transmitting and receiving. A DD has two windings, one that transmits, one receives. This separation of the transmitting coil from the receiving coil is what makes a DD coil less reactive to the ground. As far as I know the dual field is all one winding, one coil inside another, that simultaneously transmits, then alternates to receive. So a mono coil. If one coil transmitted and the other received I guess it would be called a concentric rather than a DD just based on the configuration, although concentrics are normally associated more with induction balance (VLF) detectors. The difference there is that with a PI one coil would transmit, shut off, and then the other receive, in an alternating fashion. With an induction balance both coils would be in action continuously, one transmitting and the other receiving. If you are familiar with mono coils you know they are very sensitive close to the winding. A large mono will signal a small item twice as it passes each edge over the small item. There is in effect a hole in the middle less sensitive to small targets. Large items tend to read more in the center. The dual field attempts to fill in the hole by placing a smaller coil inside a large coil. The windings on the smaller inner coil add small item capability to the center of the coil. However, by increasing the total length of windings in direct proximity to the ground the dual field enhances the mono coil sensitivity to hot ground that a DD coil alleviates by separating the transmit and receive coils. The dual field adds to both the strength and the weakness of a mono coil at the same time.... typical trade off we see in everything you try to do with detectors. For a 12” round coil..... Dual Field - best small item sensitivity, most reactive to bad ground Simple Mono - less sensitive to small items in center area than dual field, less reactive to bad ground, excellent depth on larger items under most situations DD Coil - Designed to help deal with bad ground, a 12” DD has a smaller receive coil than a 12” mono and therefore under normal conditions less depth, less sensitivity to small items. In my opinion for most use a simple mono coil is the best solution for a PI detector, with dual field and DD being specialty coils. Dual field for small item sensitivity in milder ground, and DD for dealing with the worst ground.
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