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  1. “As proven today, the finding of military ordnance from the Civil War is not uncommon in Maryland, and these devices pose the same threat as the day they were initially manufactured,” the fire marshal’s office said. People are encouraged to report such discoveries to the authorities and remember that even vintage artifacts can be deadly. In 2008, a man who collected Civil War relics died after a cannonball he was attempting to restore exploded.” https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/bomb-squad-detonates-civil-war-cannonball-found-maryland-n1262276
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  2. I normally don't dig for bottles but when my Brother-In-Law told me about all the glass they were seeing at this site, I decided to go take a look. The site dates from and the bottle we were digging are from 1850's to about 1900. Nothing real valuable came out but there were some real heartbreakers (broken bottles) like log cabin bitters, California bitters and a few others. We also recovered marbles, coins and tokens, but nothing real exciting to mention specifically. We used a trenching method to recover the bottles. There was about 8-10 inches of topsoil then a layer of trash that exte
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  3. PART SIX: Here are the results of another round of soaking in the Whink solution and using baking soda and steam cleaner. Specimen A still has a lot of the host rock to remove, Specimen B has some host rock embedded in between the wires of gold, Specimen C has a tiny amount which the photograph does not show and Specimen D needs no further cleaning. At this point going forward using the Whink solution is not going to have the results I like to achieve. Next step I will use Muriatic acid with another round of baking soda and steam cleaner. I will post photographs of the fina
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  4. "this year, do not know exactly when, hopefully sooner than later" "close to testing stage" "confident this will be a good machine" "simultaneous multifrequency, but also many single frequencies" "in the Simplex housing, but this is not a multi Simplex, but something new" "coil will be completely different from Simplex" "some upper shaft differences" "lower shaft will be carbon fiber" "user replaceable, changeable battery; field swappable" "not going to be priced as low as Simplex, but will be competitively priced versus the competition (Equinox)"
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  5. This is serious stuff for sure, I didn't know Sam White(the man who died in 2008) personally but I do know several of his friends, and as stated in the article about his death he was a pro at disarming and restoring these CW cannonballs and was the man in the N.E. USA to go too if you found one, it just goes to show even the experts can make a mistake. When these cannon balls were new it was still dangerous to disarm one but it was much easier, all you had to do was carefully remove the fuse with a special tool and then remove the black powder. But after these cannon balls have been
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  6. Me and Flagman hit a new spot and looked what turned up.
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  7. For beginning users, this video will help you learn navigation of your MDT instrument panel quick. HH! Aaron
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  8. Used a few handheld pinpointers over the years, above one for last few years is the best by far for me. Shown in backpack mounted where tis out of way for most digs but when required for deep digs is handy and saves a lot of digging big wide holes for the big coil digs.
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  9. Welcome to this forum Sapper091!!!. Minelab has three coils for the Equinox. Coiltek has also released three coils for the Equinox that were produced with Minelab's permission. No other currently existing coils will work with the Equinox. I seriously doubt that Minelab would sanction any other third party coils and would sue the heck out of anyone that tried to release one.
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  10. Always remember to bring plenty of water when the ground is dry as a bone. Once you have the item out of the ground and hole filled in add a little water to help everything seal properly. That way it is less likely to kill the grass in a nice area of the park. Good luck and happy hunting
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  11. Thanks for any help or direction you can give. The knife is wood on one side and celluloid (maybe) on the other. The spike is from the same field as the other iron piece I found. I couldn't help but hear Gary D.'s voice say something about a decking spike off a Spanish galleon.😁 I am now digging the deep iron in the area these came from. The other signals are either masked or most are gone due to being dug. Thanks again for your wisdom.
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  12. I do not mess with shells... I know guys who do and more power to them..
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  13. Agree X 2 VicR. I think it is a quality control issue as I have a Pro-Find 35, use it often with the Equinox and have also used it with friends' GPZs and don't have an issue with it. It works perfectly pretty much every time. And to be honest, I don't actually even know how to change the sensitivity or use the discrimination feature - just turn it on, beep/beep and it works. I've even used it multiple times underwater in the river - no issues. I think others are getting units that have manufacturing faults with them. "It works perfectly pretty much every time". The one cave
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  14. No complaints about either the Garrett Pro-Pointer AT or Fisher F-Pulse. Both are great, but the Garrett is probably the easier for most people. The F-Pulse is easier to get lost in the menu settings, but also tougher, less tip wear. I tend to grab the F-Pulse as it also handles high mineral ground better, plus I like that it uses AA batteries instead of 9V. In either case I rarely use a pinpointer while nugget detecting. I always have one around though, as they can be useful for deep trash targets more than gold. Off center nails are my most recovered target, not nuggets. I’m only pullin
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  15. Ok my first post....go easy on me Is it possible to use other brands/makes of coils on my Equinox 800?
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  16. We got permission to hunt a park that use to be a Girl Scout camp from the 1920's to the 1990's when it closed down.The head caretaker of the park is a great guy and gave us the green light to detect there.We gave him a few scout relics which he would put in the park museum and he was very grateful for are finds.He told us that one capsule was found but a old farmer said a other one was still missing and gave us the area it could be in.It is probably from the 30's or 40's.I think the one is in a museum around here and we hope to see what it is made of.Have any of you heard
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  17. That's $1,000,000 worth of good luck! Found this unusual token at a park this week. Can't find a lot of information on this token.
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  18. Good news, I have eventually received my Apex back from the European Garrett support ... 🙂 My seller ( Bruno at Lutece detection in Paris ) told me that the pb ( false signals etc see above ) came from a faulty coil . So I received my Apex with a brand new Viper coil , plus a 5X8 Ripper coil that Bruno asked me to test. I decided to restart the tests from the beginning with the static tests on my tests boxes / different targets at different depths. The results were good for both coils , but I decided to try first the Ripper in the field , because I have been very impressed by its
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  19. Same here Cuda, Sorry to hear.. and maybe the first I've heard with this issue. Maybe the headphones? ..the power cable?..or a leak? Leaks seem to work like that... "it was fine the last time but now...it no longer works" . Anyway, they have a great machine if it's working correct .... Quality control .... is the issue. Keep us informed,, Thanks
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  20. Welcome to the forum - nice little nugget If I was going to Southeast Alaska, I would take the Gold Monster before the GPX 5000. The gold in the region is generally very small, and in general it’s hard rock country, not placer. Glacial terrain, high mineral coastal belt. The mineralization calls for a PI, but a GPX 5000, no matter what coil, will never match a good VLF on small gold. A GPX 5000, I would get either an 8” Commander Mono, or Nugget Finder 6x8 Sadie Coil, and try to run Sensitive Extra The problem with small gold is you need a hot detector. But a hot detector strugg
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  21. All unexploded ordinance (UXO) disarming operations I’ve seen used a automatic or remotely controlled saw, drill, or a disruptor device to disarm shells, in addition to sandbagging. They can be quite simple devices too- one team used a standard miter saw with a cable and overhead pulley to lift and lower the blade remotely. I am surprised to read that guy didn’t do this correctly with the civil war shells he was disarming. How sad! Steve’s warning is definitely one to be heeded! One issue in our area are the scrappers that trespass onto the desert proving grounds to collect old brass- sever
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  22. To me, the most important part of Dilek's video was her clearly stating that the new Nokta Makro simultaneous multi frequency detector is being built to be a direct competitor of the Equinox. She also made it clear without naming names that Nokta Makro does not consider the unnamed Garrett APEX as a viable competitor for the new Nokta Makro SMF detector. I hope Nokta Makro is right in their assessment of their new SMF detector. That would be great for a more competitive market and for us most of all. I have always been extremely impressed with Nokta Makro's detectors. I don't curre
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  23. Here ya go on the railroad spike: https://www.sizes.com/tools/spikes_railroad.htm It's a 3 1/2 inch. Not sure about the knife, could have been repaired.
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  24. Also, it seems that simply looking for increasing concentrations of silver in nuggets is the XRF equivalent of panning up a hill until you find the source. If you start finding a line where every nugget is increasing in silver concentration, then it may be a good bet that the source is or was at one time located somewhere up that line/direction.
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  25. I am careful to look after our rights, and so prefer not to detect grassy areas when bone dry. Too much risk of turf damage. So I actually like the rare rains in my area, and hit the parks hard when the turf is moist. Easier digs, and less likely to leave dead spots. As far as time, I am rabid about avoiding people, so a rain storm helps me more than hurts. Early, late, whenever.... my main goal is to avoid eyeballs, and I generally leave when more than a few show up. I do not like at all being watched when I'm doing any kind of urban metal detecting.
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  26. Even though there are obvious limitations with anayzing audio signals from detectors, there are definitely implications that could benefit the hearing impared in this hobby. I'm about chest deep into this now and working on some possible useable solutions. As I make initial builds and testing, I will post my observations. I will also post all of the instructions and list of parts and where to find them so that anyone can make it or help in the progression of this idea. I'm also trying to keep the builds as simple and cost effective as possible so everyone can to do this if they want to.
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  27. Try the Commander 11” DD coil with the Coil/RX switch set to Mono, in conjunction with the Fine Gold timing; you will effectively have an 11” x 6” pseudo-monoloop, where the left half of the coil is hot, and will be even more sensitive than the Commander 11” mono or the 12” x 8” Goldstalker, with the added benefit of being able to handle mineralized ground better than a straight mono coil. Better yet, try it with a Commander 10” x 5” DD coil.
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  28. Not sure where to post this but Steve can move it if necessary: I've been wandering central Victoria for the last two weeks with this proto 22" Z X Coil concentric and results are impressive, to say the least. I've picked up deep bits missed by all the current detectors including GPX's, GPZ's (with standard coils) SDC's and QED's. I have personally walked over some of these bits: Some of the above were under 3KV power lines, which were worked two years ago for 1.5 ounces with QED's by Reg and myself. The Z concentric handled this well using full audio smoothing and pic
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  30. Whoa! That is some great glass there Abenson!! They look to be in perfect condition for the age. The Great Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root is my fav!! Of course, my last name is Root, so that may be why 😉.
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  31. Could it be a surface selection effect? Are there chemical leaching processes that selectively remove the copper from the surface? It would be interesting if you could cut a nugget and zap the resulting inside surfaces (but of course that would devalue your nugget, I realize). I suspect at least platinum would alloy with gold since mercury does, but I really don't know, either. However, I think Pt will be hard to distinguish even with the high resolution of the gun's detector. Note that atomic numbers of Pt, Au, and Pb are respectively 78, 79, and 82. Your original post had
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  32. Welcome aboard Sapper ! The Equinox is a lot of detector in one unit , start out with the great presets and learn to adjust it as you follow along here. What types of things do you want to look for and where are you hoping to look ? That will give us something to narrow in on . Ask any specific questions too. And join in on anything you would like to comment on. There is a LOT of accumulated knowledge here (you already hit the jackpot when you signed up)! While you wait for more responses there are lots of good info here already. Steve's Guides is a good place to
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  33. Pots inside the housing on the board are for tuning the detectors frequency, discrim, rough ground balance, amplitude, and then there are the volume, fine ground balance, external discrim, sensitivity and threshold on the panel. The ST has a momentary push button on the handle a think for resetting the GB. I think it can be used in auto or manual GB by setting a switch on the panel too. If the photo posted of the circuit board is of a ST, I see 9 pots, and no one has a schematic of that detector or has found one and posted it that I know of, so I can't say exactly what each one does. The phot
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  34. Here's another that has a different reverse, it doesn't say it gives a $1,000,000 worth of luck but "take me for luck", I think this one maybe an original one from the depression era as it does look to be older to me. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1930S-Great-Depression-Aint-Hell-To-Be-Poor-Good-Luck-Token/384031502150?_trkparms=aid%3D1110018%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.COMPLISTINGS%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20200818142838%26meid%3D8b1b76c454ec43ca83e9a84672b44ded%26pid%3D101197%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dpf%26sd%3D303791383481%26itm%3D384031502150%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DItemStripV101Hi
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  35. The gold modes have saved me when the EMI was too much for the EQ. But not having them is not a deal breaker. The machine set up with the stock settings is the way to go for a while, until you get used to digging deep targets. Dig, dig and dig even if the target says it's junk. That is how you learn. The random holes were just that, random.... sort of. 😄 I knew there were a lot of targets in this small section and I knew that they were deep and I knew that the machines were struggling to hear them, so I just dug a 15"x15" hole about 10"deep. Then used the pinpointer to see if anything registe
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  36. When I hunted a local park I would go there on Sunday in the morning or afternoon.
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  37. P.... we tested mixed and AM the other day at the beach in wet sand with the 12" coil. We wanted to take advantage of both and AM and disc.... but we also want to ensure it was as deep as AM in mixed mode. It was... for the depth and targets we were testing. I dont use disc except to reverse disc. Its just to solid of a tone.... i like a more drawed out tone that AM gives me.... that bang and more pops than false tones. It depending on if your headphones are using speakers or pizzos as to how much modulation you may get. AM in most machines gives a better size and depth modulation.....
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  38. If I were you, I'd cash in on that 😄 Ask for silver, gold and military relics 😉 Never seen one like that before. Looks rather new from the patina. maybe a game piece?
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  39. If you hit a large virgin patch you will find most worthwhile nuggets you will get are in the 0.1 to 1.0gms range. in most of the area you cover this will be the case, but you may get a few bit ranging from double number gm to multi ounce bits but they are easily heard till you hit deeper ground. At this stage a bigger coil is the way to go. As Lunk said using a double DD coil in pseudo-monoloop will really help in cleaning up tiny bits. I have used this method many times when I was too lazy to go back to the 4WD for a smaller coil. Note when pinpointing in this mode the centre of the signal w
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  40. I’m seeing the same with using the 12” coil, better stability. Can run full sensitivity with 12” in open inland areas, Before with stock couldn’t operate at max. Mix mod is deeper than all-metal mode, have a shield nickel buried at 14.5” inches at a test bed in an actual 1850 relic site. Tarsacci with 12” coil gets it both directions using mix mode and I’m not talking iron audio only it’s both conducive and iron audio, switch to all-metal it’s very faint to almost not there. I don’t care for discrimination mode, it’ll detect the 12.5 buried shield nickel but really don’t care for t
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  41. The 12x8" Nugget Finder Evo coil running in Fine Gold will get you closest to the sensitivity of the Gold Monster, but will punch deeper and handle the ground a lot better.
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  42. We have been given a provisional date of 26 Apr for travel within Scotland to be permitted. So I'm hopeful, weather permitting, of getting onto my sites to give this coil a chance of showing me what it's capable of. Really looking forward to swinging it! Will keep readers updated.
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  43. These work pretty well for keeping track of pinpointers, $10. It auto retracts 4ft so keeps the pinpointer up high at the top of the backpack shoulder strap for running bigger coils, but long enough to get into 2+ft deep holes when kneeling down and digging. Strap is kevlar, hasn't broken on me after 3 years of field use, I just bought another one last week to put on a new pinpointer. Janitor tech for the win.
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  44. It's a really nice video work of a 15 "X concentric coil in detection .. by Simon .. and the results of such detection are really satisfying ...👍
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  45. I’m not sure about stability however from what I’m seeing and feedback I’m getting the 12” BEAST coil seems to be better at separation in trash than the stock coil.... Aaron
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  46. The beautiful "Wolf" button is what is commonly known as a Sportsman or Sporting button, most of which are made in England generally 1840s-60s. I have also seen them sometimes referred to as livery buttons. They are assumed to have come from a large over coat or hunting jacket . In some cases each button depicted a different animal on the same garment. They were apparently a very popular coat during the California gold rush and often turn up in gold camps.
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  47. 40% deepeeeeeeeeeeeer
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  48. On ya JR, give manual GB and extra deep a go too, tis not for everyone but for an old campaigner it`ll give you even more rewards for extra patience. The concentric another powerful addition to X coils range, what wonder coil are they going to come up with next. Note the "speaker" on side.
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