Jump to content

Leaderboard

Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation on 03/30/2021 in all areas

  1. 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
    16 points
  2. Only an Aussie could pull this one off! A true story from the Mount Isa in Queensland. Recently a routine Police patrol car parked outside a local neighbourhood pub. Late in the evening the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely walk. The man stumbled around the car park for a few minutes, with the officer quietly observing. After what seemed an eternity and trying his keys on five vehicles. The man managed to find his car, which he fell into. He was there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off. Finally he
    14 points
  3. When you are pushing the edge, that’s the trade you make, and probably where Equinox gets its particular edge. It’s hard to get the best performance while also being stable. The Apex is priced such that stability makes sense, as it is more likely to hit first time users. The Equinox chirpiness puts some people off, but learning to ride the edge with a little noise is where I get what advantage I might have when it comes to detecting. Apex is a trained horse, where Equinox is more bucking bronco.
    7 points
  4. Funny how different people like different things. I really like the rod on the Apex, though Garrett could upgrade the twist locks. Only brand I’ve seen where those have to be assembled on arrival. But once done, they work. I think the rod is exceptionally stout, no wiggle. The grip and my hand get on just fine. I prefer S rods on detectors under three pounds, so good there. There is actually very little not to like about the Apex, and I am happy to hear this one had a bad coil. My own use of the Apex has been pretty positive, and had me scratching my head in puzzlement at some of the nega
    7 points
  5. Good news, I have eventually received my Apex back from the European Garrett support ... πŸ™‚ 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
    6 points
  6. Not far from here is an old town on the north fork of the Feather River with a fabulous history. One of the few residents there posted a sign "Welcome to Rich Bar. A quaint drinking town with a mining problem". I, being a very self disciplined prospector, only drink when I'm depressed because I found no gold or when I celebrate because I found gold.
    5 points
  7. This is where having a relationship with a good dealer pays off. Weird. I pounded the table for this 5x10 coil from day one, but I guess when I gave up a year ago, after waiting over two years, I really just gave up. I might end up with one someday, but after three years, I find I don’t care that much any more. In sales it’s important for manufacturers to be there when the customers wants them. Timing. For coils, Minelab, and I, timing has been a miss more often than not as of late. I sold my GPZ 7000 due to lack of coils, and these coils I did without long enough that I can probably
    5 points
  8. Me and my buddies did back when we were in the Army. It wasn't the police that worried us too much back then it was our First Sergeant. He made it very clear what would happen if we got thrown in jail. He had this 4 foot by 4 foot hole 3 feet deep. Your punishment was to move that hole until he got tired of telling you where he wanted it this was after your regular duties plus whatever crap he had for you.
    5 points
  9. Took the ark out to a new spot and a few good ones showed up...The O K KOLA is a very rare bird...
    4 points
  10. Yes .. They are Russians ... who make these modifications to the coils on Equinox .., I give a link to this page ... it's an interesting option in case .. if you need a coil of a certain size .. http://foxmd.ru/index.php?route=product/category&path=20_44_93. ....On the other hand, there is Coiltek who started producing 3 new different large coils for Equinox ...- you are buying a new coil ... without additional costs.
    4 points
  11. You got that right, Steve. Thanks to Keith at Ft. Bedford Detectors. Testing the 10x5 out this week. So far I love this thing... Since I now have a decent multipurpose compact coil and not a ridiculous hockey puck on my collapsible Equinox backpack rig, I see a 6 inch round coil ending up on the classifieds very soon.
    3 points
  12. Since the pinpointer will react to any change in ground phase above it's initial refrence point (established when you turn on the pinpointer), about the only conclusion you can draw from your observation is that the clay probably has a higher degree of ground reactivity than your topsoil. However, whether that reactivity is due to ferrimagnetic mineralization (most likely) or another mineral, the type of ferrimagnetic mineralization (magnetite, the most common, or maghemite), and the absolute level of mineralization (none, low, medium, high) is anyone's guess. The only way to know for sure
    3 points
  13. Wish I'd heard of this scheme while still in high school.
    3 points
  14. Yes it is for me what makes the difference for me beween the Apex and the ML mulifreqs ( Vanquish , Equinox , Etrac ... ). the Apex is almost silent in high iron trashed areas while the MLs are noisy and quite unstable there . On the other hand the MLs seem to be deeper than the Apex on big coins in low/medium iron trashed areas
    3 points
  15. Nice looking bottles, was it an old junk yard or trash site? Kind of unusual to find so many items in one spot like that isn't it? Good Hunting and good luck on your next outing.
    3 points
  16. So what caused it to break away? Here is more on that theory. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/03/remains-impact-created-moon-may-lie-deep-within-earth
    3 points
  17. I want some Swamp Root! Might fix my knees, back, shoulder and even give my MK an extra 4" in depth! Awesome finds. Love the old snake oil bottles. Generations from now all they will have is plastic bottles of miracle meds like prevogen to help with memory that all the users are vague on exactly when they first started taking it πŸ™‚
    3 points
  18. Hey Glenn, Just to put my money where my mouth is πŸ˜€ I just put this together today. 1mm Snake chain, bezel for a Mercury Dime, and of course the only other American silver coin I've found so far in my area than a Trime which they don't make a bezel for. This will be for good luck at the beach. I wish the coin wasn't stained but here we are. πŸ™„ Didn't want to get too aggressive on it.
    3 points
  19. 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
    2 points
  20. I had to look that up. Very nice I wish they sold that style here in the US.
    2 points
  21. Given that's about as difficult of an 'opponent' to defeat as there is, this doesn't really sound negative at all to me. (Also, you've shown in previous posts regarding other detectors that you are a tough grader when it comes to weight and balance. 😁) That is the most intriguing part of your report, IMO. I'm pretty sure Monte has an Apex in his arsenal and I hope he brings it to Wells in June. Either way I'll be interested in hearing his opinion on this capability. Thanks, palzynski, for your objective review.
    2 points
  22. 2 points
  23. I did not think I would get a chance to get out this week, but since yesterday opened up for me, I decided to hit my favorite spot. I had a couple of ideas on how I would work this same area, but in reality, it required a bit of trial and error to get these results. It was supposed to rain part of the day, so I figured I would use the Equinox for the morning. I wanted to get as close to the iron areas as possible, so I decided on the 6” coil. If the rain stopped, I would use the GPX with the 18” DD coil to get those deep dimes, in the other section of this spot. It worked, but I had to make a
    2 points
  24. Concerning the rod , I prefer the Vanquish or Deus telescopic rods . They are faster to assemblei in the field. They can be adjusted very precisely and they are lighter than the Apex rod, at least for the Deus. Just my opinion A quick summary of the Apex pros and cons from my standpoint : ----------------------------------------------------------------------- - The things that I like about the Apex : . excellent iron filtering on iron trashed areas . fast and reactive/accurate on targets . sensitive to tiny targets like small/very small coins as well as b
    2 points
  25. If performance is very close to the nox, and its priced a bit less, and has a great selection of coils, they could steal a chunk of nox sales. The simplex sure is a big bang for the buck. I wish them well.
    2 points
  26. 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.
    2 points
  27. 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 πŸ˜‰.
    2 points
  28. Welcome sapper, Good to have you on board! Lots to learn! Make room for some Yanks up there, if things continue here on there current path!🀣 Good luck!πŸ‘πŸ‘
    2 points
  29. Time for some deep fried cicadas!! "Shrimp of the trees", yum!!πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘πŸ‘
    2 points
  30. 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
    2 points
  31. Sorry to hear that cudamark. My AQ was in for repair for quite awhile but it is back in my hands now. Fisher told me they replaced the complete electronics. I had a little surgery the day after I received the AQ and that has kept me away from hunting, but am just getting back into the swing of things again. I have a total of 8 hours on the wet sand with it and all is well. Good luck!
    2 points
  32. 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
    2 points
  33. That is interesting! I wonder now how much I have been missing in the farms because of the deep negative numbers. πŸ€” Probably a good thing, there will be more for me this fall. Rest assured I will dig everything where I'm going. High potential for historic items in one place. Just not sure about large holes... I don't think there will be black sand. I've never had a problem with EMI. The only time I have ever heard it here is when I am over a buried power line, that is common here. Kind of a good thing! I keep my cellphone in my back pocket and only hear it when I am taking a photo of
    2 points
  34. I was able to find an Audiosears 2463 headphone speaker and after installing it and resoldering all the connections, the Sunray Pro Gold headphones work great. Total cost, not counting my time, was about $24 versus the $130 or so online.
    2 points
  35. We're well beyond the Equinox 900. Now that ML raised the price to $949 MAP, I think we're talking the Equinox 950, now.
    2 points
  36. I think his predictive abilities are as good as his spelling.
    2 points
  37. I guess for some people, with certain applications and/or with mid-size to larger-size targets to go after, some of the 'aftermarket' search coils might be helpful. For me and the types of places I usually hunt, big-size coils are not the answer. Helpful at times, yes, but not when a location has too many targets, too closely spaced and at varying depths. I know we can'r simply go by a coil brand or model / size just because a similar coil worked OK on a different make & model due to different circuitry. In this case, I used to evaluate and use several Detech coils on Minelab FBS s
    2 points
  38. Too bad the diesel isn't available here in the US! But it's hard to blame them, with all the restrictions on them here! Not to mention the added cost of the Blue Def on all diesels now!πŸ‘πŸ‘
    1 point
  39. I have used sat nav with aftermarket android vehicle fitted and smartphone with Oziexplorer for yonks, to me they are as important as detector/coils to maximize gold "retrieval", although the Toyota Sat Nav in the Troopy is a proprietary unit thus seems not compatible with android, as a sat nav for getting around the cities and on bitumen it is friendly and easy to use plus its radio has great AM remote reception , thus I`ve fitted my old android setup as photo shows to have the best of both worlds. My troopy is more a work vehicle than a RV, tis what I do for 6 months of the year since back
    1 point
  40. Same here 10x5 came home yesterday, big thanks to Gerry up the road. Threw it on last night, and it feels great balance wise, it sounds good, and now look forward to first hunt. πŸ˜ƒ ht
    1 point
  41. Greetings to all! My name is Alexander, I am from Ukraine (Eastern Europe). I represent myself and my friends, we developed a portable type GPR many years ago and gave it the name EasyRad. We have developed a georadar and software for it. We would like to get in touch (get contact) with those people or organizations who need to search for gold in the United States and Alaska. To my regret, on forums of gold prospectors and forums of archaeologists there are no sections "georadars", there are only metal detectors. I would like to convey to the searchers the information t
    1 point
  42. Now Joe D, that is just sick! Everybody know you have to have them chocolate coated after frying. Yes they are a little crunchy like a Crackle candy bar, but you really gotta taste them. Be sure you get a big bag of them before their all gone.
    1 point
  43. Steve G's carbon rods should fit that Apex.
    1 point
  44. XRF's hold sort a mysterious place on the shelf of semi-unobtainable prospecting equipment. 99% of prospectors don't need one. Maybe this post will help clear up some of mystery around these devices, and show where they can actually be worth the outlay of capital. And why for almost all recreational/hobby prospectors, they are not worth the money. What does an XRF do? In very simple terms you point it at an object and it will tell you what elements are in that object. More on this, and why it isn't this simple, momentarily... After sometime over 5 years of searching, I was finally ab
    1 point
  45. All good questions - that I don't know answers to. But I think you are right that any Pt in a nugget may kinda "blend" into the Au results if it's present. For testing it's sorta a chicken or the egg the problem - I can see if it'll ID Pt in Au if I had a Au/Pt alloyed nugget, but I can't find out if I have a Au/Pt alloyed nugget unless I ID it first. So, I'll probably start acquiring some odd samples over time which already have a certified assay or XRF or XRD results as I run across them for sale, just so I can use them as control measurements for my gun. It occurred to me last night b
    1 point
  46. 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
    1 point
  47. Just starting out with an 800 and Andy's book is really helping me to understand the functions of it. I have the updated 2nd edition, which has information pertinent to the newer firmware updates. Really a good reference manual, thank you Andy!
    1 point
  48. Update: I filed it with a triangular (saw sharpening) file. It cut easily leaving a metallic luster. Conclusion: metallic and very likely an aluminum alloy. It is surprising to me how it weathered to look like a rock, but I think that is the most likely explanation of its current condition, not some intentional/artificial working. The area I found it shows signs of backfill and it's rather thick, sticky (when wet) clay. That is a common backfill in my area, and backfilling is apparently a lucrative vocation/profession here with prolific government support/contracts. Every site I've hun
    1 point
  49. Yep. Plenty of threads in the First Texas forum and an entry in Steve's detector database. Purely a salt beach/water machine, though. I don't want to disrupt/disrespect the Nokta forum further by posting explicit links here, so use the site search function if you are interested in more information.
    1 point
  50. The Safari, Explorer and Etrac are heavier than the Equinox. I always loved the audio on the three pre-equinox machines mentioned, but the weight caused me to sell. But I liked the Explorer and Etrac a lot. The Safari as well as the other two have a much slower response between targets than the Equinox. They're not very good in heavy iron but they'll still find deep targets with practice. They could be deeper in perfectly clean ground but you'll never find a clean area around old home sites. As a conclusion I'll say from experience the Equinox has a more accurate "intelligent" TID in the
    1 point
×
×
  • Create New...