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  1. Hi guys! Well, I just this couple minutes ago on Facebook! Looks awesome!
    14 points
  2. 2021 is starting out to be Not to bad (fingers crossed). Yesterday started out kinda cold and damp, but warmed up to around 54 at 11:30am. I told my wife I'd be back by 3 for Sunday roast chicken and mashed potatoes. I decided to hunt a patch of woods that had an early house that was razed in 1973. (second run at this place). The ground here is infested with iron, aluminum and copper flashing. I entered in and saw what seemed to be the skull of the Devil, a little off putting to say the least. It was the oddest deer skull I've ever encountered. Thinking this might be a bad omen I proceeded on.
    10 points
  3. Took my Gold Racer out for just over an hour to an area I had picked up the barber earlier this year. There is a lot of brush and the GR solid coil works well for poking around. Along the shore of the lake I noticed a stretch of bog iron, the lake bottom is usually a light gray. Ran my coil over the area and hit some coin sized objects but numbers bit low which I expect and just under the bog iron was these coins, 1883 IH, trashed IH and an 1873 seated dime. The pond is pretty hard pack gravel so old stuff isn't that deep. Oddly that stupid sinker was about 6" down in the rocks below and tough
    6 points
  4. OK, 4.6 lbs or 2.1 kgs with battery per the brochure shared above. Just for reference, the SDC 2300 weighs 5.7 lbs The GPX 5000 without external battery weighs 5.3 lbs on arm. I tend to measure on arm weight, but the battery alone is another 1.7 lbs, and if we add a couple pounds for the harness and battery cable, a person is hauling about 9 lbs of gear around when using a GPX 5000. And of course the GPZ 7000 at 7.32 lbs This page fully updated constantly at this point..... Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews
    5 points
  5. Thanks for all of the nice comments and best wishes. I got discharged yesterday and now I having to deal with my very own "nurse Ratchet" she will not let me skate on anything! There are a lot of you that know my wife Heather and know that she far from being nurse Ratchet. I am happy to report that my hands have regained some strength and my fingers haven't been spastic and that is almost a miracle. A pain in the neck has taken on a whole new meaning for me. Both legs are starting to work better. It is going to take a lot of therapy to get some strength back. I am confident that will happen.
    4 points
  6. The GPX 6000 is a new gold prospecting metal detector from Minelab. The Minelab GPX 6000 is a pulse induction (PI) gold nugget detector, featuring a lightweight, well-balanced, rainproof package, coil options, built in wireless headphone capability, and quick release Li-Ion rechargeable batteries. See the specifications below for details. The Minelab GPX 6000 is powered by the all new GeoSense-PITM technology, which analyzes and responds to ground signals with great clarity and precision. Now you can detect difficult environments once thought undetectable. GeoSense-PITM technology rapidly
    3 points
  7. My understanding is the USA marketing meeting with Minelab is next week and it'll still be a month before 6000's go on sale here. Take with as many grains of salt as necessary... Also: the knob literally goes to "11". Nigel Tufnel approves. 😄 This appears to be a machine designed directly for the African/Middle East markets. Easy to use and learn without English menus, the manual appears to be tiny, and basically a turn on and go machine? Like the GM, I assume it will have uses here though too.
    3 points
  8. Outwardly looks like a GPZ - Gold Monster cross. Going to be interesting 👍
    3 points
  9. I think it's less than 99%. Whenever I get a sound I don't understand I dig. At least I'll learn something. BTW, how close are you to New Jersey? That skull may be the result of one of their devils. Nice double-IH day. I'm surprised you got such warm weather since we haven't been. I guess it came up from the South.
    3 points
  10. Quote: "IMPORTANT INFORMATION for all dealers and VISTA X users ! Starting in JANUARY all NEW VISTA X metal detectors will be supplied to you with 6-pin connectors instead of the ones used so far 5-pin connectors. ALL USERS who already own VIsta X or these who will order in the future, if and when decide to purchase additional search coils, must inform us or the dealer with what connector is his Vista X and will receive coil with the same connector. Or to give the serial number of the unit. I have to explain our decision. There are no problems with 5-pin connectors. This is categori
    3 points
  11. Looks like slag, leftover product from smelting operations. Very common anywhere mining and smelting takes place, plus along railroads transporting smelter waste product. https://www.ohiohistory.org/learn/collections/natural-history/natural-history-blog/2015/february-2015/fow-33-answer In theory the stuff is worthless, but I found this guy trying to get the big bucks for some on eBay.... https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Green-Iron-Ore-Slag-Glass-7-pounds-/252951710637
    3 points
  12. Dear Valued Members,We are very happy to announce that we are adding 2 new accessories to our line up!MULTI-PURPOSE BACKPACK (Accomodates all our models including Simplex, Kruzer, Anfibio as well as accessories)PINPOINT LEG HOLSTERPlease find the link to the introduction video we have made below: Regards, Dilek
    2 points
  13. I'm not overly impressed to part with my gpx5000. I like detectors to have ability to fine tune for various conditions, not overly simplistic such as the monster. Don't get me wrong, I love my monster but I do wish it was more adjustable for different conditions. As for me, I will take the versatility of the 5000 with this beast.lol
    2 points
  14. Found it on Youtube. Hard to tell if that connector is bigger than the old style or not. Caution: I have no idea who posted this or where these phone numbers go to or if that logo is a legit business, it appears to be a legit Minelab produced video which someone has overlayed their personal information onto. Screen shots:
    2 points
  15. In the thread about possible design improvements for the Equinox series, I said the breakdown of the three-piece shaft could be improved. It currently has two reasonably short upper parts, and one excessively long lower rod. To improve packing, the upper rods need to be a bit longer, and the lower rod shortened. Having done this exercise on my Fisher F75 shaft, I turned my design ideas to the Eqx. The upper rod obviously has the 'height', due to the control pod and lower stand, and this limits the compactness to 28cm / 11" in that direction. This is slightly larger than the coil, which
    2 points
  16. Looks nice. Weight? Price? I list such things at the link below as soon as I can find them. Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews Minelab GPX 6000 Accessories and Spare Parts
    2 points
  17. If it can't cross over as a beach or relic detector I'm not interested. But I hope it can! If the user has any control over the settings it can probably be adapted to hunt relics, coins and rings. I also hope it has iron reject. There just aren't enough gold nugget hunting areas close enough to me to make it feasible to buy for nuggets alone. Notice the cable is on the outside of the rod, I thought I read somewhere it was going up the rod.
    2 points
  18. Ever take that skull back and hang it on the front door? I would :)
    2 points
  19. When I was a kid in the 70's, we walked the old railroad tracks and found loads of those glass looking moon rocks. I wish I had kept some, But mom thought it was clutter. Sorry to say, but it looks just like slag. Keep on looking and asking You just might find the real thing.
    2 points
  20. First things first, The ring is awesome. As for the aluminium tokens. The DeSoto Square token is from a Mall in Manatee County Florida built in 1973. The Venus token (Krewe of Venus) is from a cultural awareness organization founded in 1965. They are based in Tampa, and as far as I can tell still operating on very little funds. Hope this can help solve the mystery
    2 points
  21. There are some pretty good resources online regarding meteorites. Do you know any professors over at Milsaps? Or maybe up at Oxford? Somebody who studies this stuff might grind off a corner to have a peep inside. (I'm no expert, but that looks a bit like slag in these pix.) Good luck! Pretty cool find.
    2 points
  22. After seeing a new post from others and NM about some new accessories, I started to ponder the old naming contest about a new multi freq. detector. We all have posted our thoughts and hopes on this new multi and a PI. First question, Did anyone win the contest? The date of start for said contest was September 21, 2018. That's 1014 days since its start. I'm not the smartest, But you would think you had the product developed and ready for the winning name, To give you some time for marketing. Lets say a year for printing, adds and a selling platform. (Frustrated) I know we all have said it just
    1 point
  23. Damn it....I want one! NOT Reeses' garbage can lid, one of those 6000's.........
    1 point
  24. Good load Resse, does that coil come with a track ball mounted on bottom to roll it along the ground instead of lifting it? 🥴
    1 point
  25. Thanks Joe, My luck they only carry plastic. I'll look for pieces of Louis Vuitton on the trail, but I would probably just run into my wife. She said my new Nel coil looks just like her $750 Christian Louboutin shoes, I asked you don't actually wear those outside? She just rolled her eyes and said you just wouldn't understand. I'm going to try that with my next detector purchase, I'm thinking that won't work out the same way.
    1 point
  26. I do not see a weight unless I’m missing it. As far as price, they are including two coils, and two batteries. And wireless headphones also. That is going to drive the price up, but it adds lots of value also. So in considering price we will have to compensate for the extra items when comparing to detectors that come with one coil or battery and no wireless phones. First time I’ve seen Minelab advertise GPX type coils as waterproof. Minelab GPX 6000 Data & Reviews
    1 point
  27. I can always send you a customized Kinder Suprise Egg with couple of hammered coins and some gold!😂
    1 point
  28. Indeed!!! Seems the plethora of coils from the SD, GP, and previous GPXs will still be able to rock on!
    1 point
  29. I'm told there is an unboxing video in Arabic too. I don't have a Facebook account to check.
    1 point
  30. RvPopeye I keep a small inverter in my car are truck because you just don’t know when you may need that little power house. I’ve got one a friend gave me years back and it’s I believe 800 watts. I used it in a home made camping trailer. I had a cable ran back off my truck to the trailer to charge the two batteries to run the inverter while driving. . Your light weight generator is nothing more than a inverter . You can buy a regular generator lots cheaper but hurt your back moving it around. I’ve yet to have trouble with one. Chuck
    1 point
  31. Hunting in Trash thread is a good idea. One for Iron and one for Aluminum. I have been re reading some old posts gathered in my notebooks on the subject and got a few additional ideas to try.
    1 point
  32. Maybe this will help. This is a piece of California high grade gold quartz ore. Note the color of the gold, how rich it is. Notice the tendency of the gold to form rounded lumps instead of sharp crystals. The specimen is about half the size of a clenched fist. Click for larger version.
    1 point
  33. You probably recognized that knife -- quite common. I have one (not found with a detector) that looks quite similar. Here's a photo I downloaded from Google Images. Note the striations on the handle grip. Apparently these brand knives go back centuries but the plastic grips likely date it to the 20th Century, maybe mid-century. That lighter sure is toasted, but always fun to find, IMO. It's history for sure.
    1 point
  34. It does not look like a meteorite to me, you can try a couple of easy tests like try to see if a magnet will stick to your rock, most meteorites will attract a magnet. Next take your rock and try to scratch the inside of your toilet bowl lid. You can use unfinished piece of porcelain tile if you have some, but see if a streak of color appears or not. Meteorites don't usually leave any streak. Good luck hope you find one! ht
    1 point
  35. I was swinging Equinox 800 with 11" coil, for almost a year straight. Started in park 1 factory settings i left alone for a couple of months and then started exploring park 2 with custom settings, usually with 20-23 sensitivity, and 6-7 recovery, 0 iron bias.
    1 point
  36. I guess that depends on how far away the tool box is! You could just throw the whole thing in your backpack!🤣
    1 point
  37. Thank you so much for your replies, I have just purchased the 17"x13 NF Spoked, from a genuine NF dealer, soon, l will be taking it to (Zimbabwe) Africa, will post my results. Again thanks for your replies. Nigel M.
    1 point
  38. I just read the whole thread. Lots of interesting comments ! Some pretty funny and some practical... BUT HotSauce said he went from grams to pounds !!! Oh Waiter ! I'll have the same dish as him ! I'm a two of everything kinda guy myself... Only have one scoop though,,,but I have a shovel in the back next to that scoop even if I'm not carrying a detector... I usually hunt with a backpack on so one detector in there with the other extras and one hanging off my arm is pretty typical unless I'm gonna stay close to the vehicle. I'm not to
    1 point
  39. Send it in they should fix it for free.
    1 point
  40. I'm pretty sure the boss would have a fit if we just unboxed any detector that we like and started hunting in our free time. But we definitely try out every detector that passes through our door ... and maybe "misplace" one if it's especially nice. I've said we ought to just keep our whole inventory, fan out, and pool all the treasure we find together, but I'm admittedly not a business expert.
    1 point
  41. Welcome!! Great advice has been posted by Chase and other members. Research, location, and of course having access to un-hunted grounds, are all key to finding silver, and everything else. MD'ing 101 Having stated that, I have just purchased a 800 and will soon return to sites that i believe were untouched before i began detecting on them years ago. The silver finds on those sites have declined over the years, naturally, but I'm hoping that the 800 will find what the other detectors (and primarily me) have missed. Good luck to all!!!
    1 point
  42. Well, here I am, another year older, and 48 years of metal detecting and gold prospecting under my belt! 2020 has been an odd year for many reasons, the main being the pandemic that has wrecked havoc on life around the planet. The resulting shutdowns and social distancing requirements made this a challenging year for everyone, whether they caught the virus or not. Once I saw where things were headed, I decided to gracefully accept that 2020 would be a good year to just kick back and relax. I did get in some metal detecting during the year, but it has been more about trying out some new de
    1 point
  43. My proposed scale(s) actually are logarithmic, there is a fixed ratio between every value on the scale, so a mathematical formula absolutely exists that converts from one to the other. And it's surprisingly simple. Notice how I chose '40' to represent 10000 ? Well log (base 10) of 10000 = 4. Multiply that by 10 and that's the displayed value. So a susceptibility value of 40 (x 10-6) displays as 10 log (40) = '16'. And to convert back: Susceptibility = 10 ^ ( display_value/10 ) hence a display of '34' = 10 ^ 3.4 = 2512 ( x 10-6 ) units (cgs metric) And with a bit of pra
    1 point
  44. I have not used an RNB pack in a Vanquish yet. I have used RNB rechargeable battery packs in other detectors and found them to be good to excellent as far as being well balanced and for being dependable for the amount of running time advertised for each detector they are custom made for. As far as other rechargeables, I do not have the supplied Minelab rechargeables. I have been using Tenergy 2500 mAh Ni-MH rechargeables and they have lasted no more than 6 hours which is disappointing in my opinion. I have tried a couple of other brands with the same results. At least after the recent upd
    1 point
  45. Well, in my case it's more about my future than the future of detecting. The old body is going to wear out before I run out of gold nuggets, coins, and jewelry to dig. I do think we have hit a sort of "peak detecting" phase, but I am sure there will be no lack of detecting opportunities in the future. It will probably be a smaller, more hard core group than we have now, however, as easy finds will deplete to the point that only the truly dedicated will stick with it.
    1 point
  46. I just had a look on this RNB pack on internet and I watched one or 2 related videos ... Very nice product which increases the Vanquish power from 12Wh ( 4nimh AA 1.2V 2500mAh ) to 36Wh ( rnb pack 6V 6000mAh ). Which means 33hours duration with the rnb instead of 11hours with the 4nimh , quite good ... The rnb pack is just a little heavier than the 4 nimh batteries ( rnb pack 150grams , 4 nimh + cover 120grams ). I hope that rnb will propose an other option with a smaller capacity Vanquish rnb pack like 3000mAh ( 16hours autonomy ). It would be lighter while still providing a good
    1 point
  47. This is the RNB pack: https://www.crawfordsmd.com/rnb-vanquish-powerpack and: http://www.paulcee.co.uk/blog/?new-minelab-vanquish-battery I think there's little need for this, myself, as the benefit of 4 x AA cells is that they give you the option of which cell type to use ( primary, rechargeable, a variety of different types ), and they are easily replaced with a fresh set when needed. Mr. Bayard would be OK with a set of low-self-discharge NiMH's from an established brand, with a set of non-rechargeable alkaline cells kept as a backup.
    1 point
  48. I'm pretty much a blind squirrel when it comes to the beach hunting thing. This trip totaled about 6 hours over the course of 3 days. Thanks to all you beach members, I've managed to pick up on a few things. I was in the dig it all mode, being not that confident in my sand skills. Did I mention that I hate bottle caps? They sound even better in the sand!!! I was mostly hunting the wet/dry edge and was just enjoying the early morning sunrise. This day I was on a tear of sinkers and caps. Still having fun being away from work though. At 9:00 am my wife came down and joined me for a before break
    1 point
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