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  1. I found this on a quick adventure in between jobs. It’s the prettiest nugget in my collection. Weighs under a gram but man it was fun! I found that running the EQ800 in single frequency really helped stability in this red hot ground. Here it is fresh out of the ground. On the 6 inch coil which helped me get between boulders to find it. After some toothbrush action almost looks like one of the 50 fired bullets I found today. But I’ll call it a flowing hair nugget instead. Maybe the coin shooters will let me hunt with them. Weigh in on the cheapo scale
    22 points
  2. Last month I started to get a bit bored with my usual Snowbird gig of bicycling, paddle boarding, beachcombing, etc, so I decided to check out some creeks and the Peace River about 3 hrs west of me. This area was covered by shallow seas millions of years ago, and more recently saw the Ice Ages....so a cool mix of fossils can be found. Here is one of the creeks I hunted(cue the banjo music from “Deliverance” lol): So you kayak and/or wade in water of various depths looking for gravels in the bottom, then you dig and sift. All this is done in Gator and snake habitat, so one must stay
    12 points
  3. The weather may have turned for the better in Northern Nevada. It was time to get out and check how my GPZ 7000, would handle the moisture/salt from the Winter Storms. I pulled into the Burn Barrel to camp, but it was like pulling into a KOA. I unloaded my trusty RZR and hit the trail to find a nugget. I ran into several folks out trying their luck, all had smiles on their faces and enjoying our outdoor hobby. I was told that Gerry was having his training at the Burn Barrel which explained the crowd of RV’s. I did get time for a short visit with Gerry and Lunk, before heading out. The s
    12 points
  4. I don't understand why you think it will never be published, even if the Earth stopped it would still be published, I haven't worked for the last fifteen years for nothing ... Many models will be created from this platform, with increasingly "high-end" and perform technologies.
    10 points
  5. Whooo, what a week. Back home from the beach, I didn't post my last hunt but I found .99 in change. 51 coins total, 3 rings, military button and some small stuff. No silvers. 😵 Got a 50 Centavos piece and 1 South African Rand, so I scored over $5. Oh, and an Anvil... My wife got food poisoning (she is ok now), my RV water heater element blew, and the outside faucet decided to crack and blow the knob out. Filled the underbelly with water. That lovely trifecta made us decide to head back a day early. I love beach hunting! It must be my luck but GB never went higher than 10, I only got
    9 points
  6. Well you missed your chance to visit with me as I struck out for Truckee to see Marty the Magnifcent. We did a BIG HUNT in the parking lot at the softball field and found at least 2 dollars.... maybe😂 but the weather was great e had a wonderful breakfast and always good to get back with old friends.... enjoyed reading about your hunt... sorry I missed you but I figured you would be over there.
    7 points
  7. 99% of my detecting is done on central Florida beaches. Since it’s impossible to establish a well stocked test garden at a public beach, I sorta brought the beach home with me and developed my own private beach garden! I cut slots in two large empty chlorine tablet buckets at various depths as shown from 2 -16 inches. I then filled one with New Smyrna Beach sand and the other with soil...for the few times I land hunt around here. I embedded numerous examples of ferrous and non ferrous targets into paint stirring sticks. I also have several blank sticks I use for g
    6 points
  8. I suspect it will be released - too much invested to back away at this point - hopefully they have solved the production issues. If they have, they can sell them for 10 - 15 years at a nice quiet rate to serious salt beach hunters. Meanwhile everything learned throughout the VERY painful launch of the AQ Limited will be applied (I hope) to making the Impulse “Platform” a steady moneymaker for decades. We will see.
    6 points
  9. We headed out Saturday morning to the camp. Wife has given up on the Vanquish because all she digs is square nails. So we swapped detectors later in the day. She then found an ax head and a big chisel. I scored the dime and other stuff with the Equinox before the switch. We bought a curio cabinet to house our growing collection of history so I will include a photo of it. Hope everyone is doing well out there.
    5 points
  10. I guess I spend most of my detecting time chasing gold on granite. Sometimes this gold is miles from the nearest reef or other existing source. As you no doubt know, this gold is left over from the granite pluton emplacement process. For others who may be interested, as the vast granite plutons once pushed their way upwards through the overlying metasediments, they mobilised gold formation in this rapidly thinning and eroding capping. Eventually this sediment capping is almost totally removed by erosion (except for occasional isolated metamorphic "roof pediments" as they are called,
    5 points
  11. Jin: I'll be looking for different targets with the 26" The big loops were excellent at locating very large pieces (10 oz plus) at good depth (3/4 foot or more) I doubt they missed many, certainly not on the ground I've followed up on ever since. They were less sensitive to smaller pieces (ounce or less) at similar depth, and it's mainly these I will be targeting. The big CC's also punch deep but, due to the narrow field at depth, you need to be almost exactly over the target to hear it. The DOD (and monoloops) are far more forgiving in this respect. Out of interest, the l
    5 points
  12. F350. The Bowie is a favorite of mine. Caprock the Deus came in today but the coil charge clip wasn’t in the box so I called them and it’s on the way. Tom, I have identified 7 cabin sites, only one is still somewhat “standing”. This area is very long and seems the cabins were in two groups. I haven’t found it on old maps but it’s in line with a few known sites. I’ll keep plugging away at it but damn those aching muscles.
    5 points
  13. No extra or special skills on my part, just keep swinging. Persistence, persistence, persistence, some patience, some luck, and eventually a bigger nugg will turn up. The old boys got most of em but not all of them. Usually a few crumbs but every once in a great while the whole cookie!!!!! Almost got skunked today. Found a spot on my first hunt that gave up 3 or 4 of those bits (in the pic) and figured I'd investigate further today? 4 hrs later at the spot turned up zippo so with only an hr hunt time left I went to another spot that seems to always kick out one more bit and luckily I
    5 points
  14. Was getting my last digs in on some state property before they sell it off for housing development. The areas have been picked cleaned for quite a few years now so takes a bit of patients to squeeze anything out of them. Yesterday ran my batteries dry on the Multi Kruzer with external lithium pack and half way down on internals only to find a pewter figuring. Top and back are gone but was interesting anyways. Today I didn't spend as much time out because it looked like it was going to rain and I was using my Tejon with the 10x12. Hit a hill that I had picked up a reale on few years back
    4 points
  15. Hey GBA, As I've posted about, I have a similar site that I am hunting. Old ground (early 1900's), lower yields due to massive detection over the years, over fill (old coins recovered at Depth with a capital D - 10 -11"). I have attempted the PI run a few times, but discovered I need to work more at clearing the upper layer of trash before attempting it again. No question in my mind that the PI will go deeper than my coin machines, but it does find every small bit and bob in the soil... so be ready to dig. There was an incredible post by Tom D. on his site years back, talking ab
    4 points
  16. A potential look forward past the 6000 here. I just took a look at whatever Minelab had published recently in the patent arena and I thought I'd distill it down to a few simple paragraphs since these patents are quite complicated to read. (pdf direct download warning) Here's a real new one, just published basically last week. This one mentions gold nuggets specifically as targets, seems made just for gold machines, and concentrates on further decreasing the decay time in order to increase sensitivity to smaller stuff. It may be related to the 6000 (they say it can be used for DD coils), b
    4 points
  17. GB : I know there are some coin/relic guys who will try to use those balls-to-the-walls pulse machines , for coins/relics. Since, sure, you can "get a coin to 1.5 ft. deep", blah blah. I saw a few of them guys at the Virginia relic shootout a few years ago. And asked them "Don't nails give you fits ?" They only gave rambling feeble replies. Lo & behold, at a few cellar-home antebellum home sites (which were a THICK carpet of nails), those guys were nowhere to be found. They steered FAR from any such area. Meanwhile, guys with standard machines (discriminators) were abl
    4 points
  18. I'm not sure if this is the same reaction other PI's get, but on my GPX, coins hit louder and narrower than big nails do. Nails, for me, sound longer, and coins hit faster if that makes sense. Coins are a shorter signal but ramp up and ramp down quicker. Also coins sound the same no matter what direction I swing from. Nails can sound different from some angles. This for me has been true to about 9". After that coins are a smooth quieter sound while iron is a bit ragged and unsure and sharp. I can always get a nice sweet, quiet, even response on deep coins. Deep iron sounds unsure and iffy. K
    4 points
  19. I have been using the ORX and doing well but have not found any coins, and i think i have hunted this unhunted spot now 10 rimes or more, But this time i got out the big gun , the DEUS in full tones, using Coin fast, it started squeeking out shot shells and brass things, one after the other , then my 1st coin on the spot came out a 1923 wheat. and not long after that the 1872 shield Nickle, I was using 8.4 KHZ and it came thru for me .and its deep to
    3 points
  20. From what i can make out there were 2 partners in the X-coils business. One decided to sell his share. I would be interested to know if they both had coil building experience (the original owners) Reg Wilson (ex dealer wrote this) I discovered that the Russian partnership competed with each other and he wanted me to be his dealer and to sell all Xcoils. This to me seemed a mad arrangement. Then the partner (Elnur) who had been supplying Dave sold his share and Dave got the chop and Simon got dealt out of the picture. The new partner (Alex) would appoint a new agent (you there Jonatho
    3 points
  21. Here is an official X-coils response: They have confirmed the single owner model.
    3 points
  22. Thanks Chase. For me it was like using a new detector, it's a whole different environment. I'm just glad it was a bit easier. I find after one day back on the farms that relic hunting is a lot harder, involving a lot more analysis (and harder digging). Got waders, I'm going to hit the water before all the boat wakes and snakes and ticks. Debating mowing the landing so I'll have it all summer! 😀 I have heard recently that a lot o' pirates have been there nighthawking, probably why there isn't much silver. 😵 Glad you got one!
    3 points
  23. ...well said. All detectors have plusses and minuses. Real learning begins when you deal with both. This is why, when a machine like the Equinox comes out--so many think that they can ignore basic skills and that the "tech" will take it's place. Fact is the more powerful the machine--the greater the need for basic skills. I agree with Alexandre though--machines that are based upon Eric's circuits give a lot of information that can be almost as accurate as a VLF in the right hands. My CS6PI tells ferrous from non-ferrous with ease. cjc
    3 points
  24. I too think the gravel layers are going to cause havoc for the VLF/ Multi's. Kind of like disturbed ground did on my E trac and CTX. I would pick a small area and go over it with the large EQ coil, then go over it with the Tdi and see how many targets it can hear (without digging them all). That will tell you everything you need to know about conditions. Cherry pick certain signals and see how it goes.
    3 points
  25. Quote "From aerial photos I see than in the 50's it was grass/sod covered but in the early 60's they put down gravel. The person who told me about the site (a person who walked up to talk when he saw me hunting a nearby park) said he was a student there 45-50 years ago and at that time it was (again) grass/sod. I did a one hour survey hunt with the Minelab Equinox (11" coil) and encountered a couple inch thick gravel layer about 5" down. I did find one Wheatie below the gravel, but 7" is getting deep for my detector + soil mineralization combination" I think the best option for depth a
    3 points
  26. It appears to be setting up nicely for a digital version..... that IMO will be when the magic happens. I for one appreciate Alexandres efforts on this machine. This needed to be done because a PI will get us where we want to be faster than a VLF thats watered down for Multi use. It maybe a niche machine..... but once they go digital that all could change and could very well get a little competition going..... thats where we win.
    3 points
  27. Well - I missed this machine. At the moment the sand is pretty darn deep in NZ - maybe the constant onshore winds. First water hunt with the ATX. a 15ct ring (looks like two older rings fused together) I think I became a little lazy without the pulse and was just not getting the required depth. The ATX is still a killer in the water with the 8 inch mono!
    3 points
  28. Thanks! I ordered the pendant before I left, but shipping was slow. They make them for many popular detectors. The button is probably 1800s, it's brass and very thin, probably the thinnest I've found here. Got over 100 of them in this one field, they range from mid 1600s to the early 20th century.
    3 points
  29. Peg, I grew up in Florida and moved to Arizona after High School Graduation. Fell in love with big open spaces and required daily views of Mountains. Ground will be great next month.
    3 points
  30. You did awesome “for the short dirt recon trip”, as per your usual lol 😄. I’ll be heading out there next month after I get back from Florida...can’t wait to get in the wide open spaces again!
    3 points
  31. I’d say a lot of the Bismarck coil gold found back in the day could have been found with the later SD2100 with a standard 18” mono coil on it, with today’s grunt in the GPZ the standard GPZ14 would have easily pulled those big slugs at depth. As electronics have improved there’s been a converse reduction in available BIG targets, these available targets have correspondingly decreased with each model release. The other thing of note is when a target gets to that 3 foot mark (which all the PI’s from start to current day and now ZVT are quite capable of achieving) an inch is a massive difference
    3 points
  32. During the tests I used discrimination set to 0 ... and audio 2 tone .. so it is good to see how the detector works ... in such a test ... This way it is good to see what quality of the unmasked signal can be provided by Equinox with different Iron Bias F2 / FE settings ... the test shows that setting F2 to 0 works best on unmasking, and setting F2 to 6 still provides acceptable separation ...., while setting FE to 6 already severely limits the quality of Equinox separation.
    3 points
  33. Thanks Gerry. Back home now. I ended up with a couple of ounces more than I left with, so covered costs at least: Largest piece was this stained 22 grammer in noisy tertiary ironstone conglomerate, a clear target signal: Find of the trip award goes to Reg Wilson for this 6 grammer, located at depth with a 4000 running "Normal" with "Bogene" settings: This 6 grammer from "Ravens Patch" Longbush near Moliagul was a personal favourite, especially as many consider the area well and truly "skun" Following the rains, mobilised soil salts rendered GPZ "Nor
    3 points
  34. I've been experiencing lower yields due to sites being detected, by me for sure and there are also signs by others previously. SchoolofHardNox's success on a beach using the Minelab GPX 5000 reminded me to re-read Steve's treatise on using the (in his case original big box Pulsescan) TDI for coin detecting. I just a few days ago stumbled upon a promising site where extra depth could be key. It's a schoolyard going back at least to 1955. Unfortunately as is the case in many of my public sites, it has a history of backfilling. From aerial photos I see than in the 50's it was grass/sod c
    2 points
  35. Ok, hope the 26" turns out to be a winner. Can you shed some light on why John retired from prospecting? Did he just grow tired of it? My old man used to be an abalone diver. He said it killed his love of diving that he had from an early age. I guess doing something day in - day out takes the joy out something after a while. For me prospecting is my life. The bush is my retreat from the pressures of business and all the other things in life. Couldn't give a hoot about the financial gain but find the challenge of finding something so elusive stimulating. The joy of see
    2 points
  36. So this is a follow up after "tweaking" my slidein battery pack for the 24K of which the battery contacts prongs weren't fully extending out thereby preventing the AA batteries from making good contact with each other, this slop design would shutdown my 24K, this was a brand new machine not even a few weeks old when it started exhibiting this problem. This was my first bum machine that i had bought from Jim Mculloch, through no fault of his own i must add, it was just a design flaw or product defect, Jim has always been very helpful in rectifying issues and calling Whites direct to assis
    2 points
  37. It's a complicated mess, best explained by following this thread on the subject on another website. If I read correctly the Russians split into to camps, each supplying different areas? The old dealers were canceled? So I think this site is it now.... X Coil Website
    2 points
  38. Larger coils can be counter productive if you have upper layers of trash as you hear what is on top predominately. Higher trash areas the smaller or eliptical coils may help you sneak around the trash and pick out targets between better. When you swing over areas and hear nothing at all then maybe a pi or larger coil may sqweek out something that might be deeper. The area really depends on what kind of activity was there over time. As an example yesterday there was a small hill where I picked up a reale few years back and picked up an Indian Head but at the bottom of the hill is a trash l
    2 points
  39. You are a lucky man, and smart; speaking of your wife so highly!😂 Sad state of affairs with her surgery's! My wife is a nurse, and has similar pains in all the same places! But is reluctant to get any surgeries; now I know why!! Been trying to get her to ditch the house for an RV, but the nesting instinct won't go away!! Probably has a lot to do with are lifetime resident son; for real!!👍👍
    2 points
  40. Thanks Cap'n. Since I have both stix and brix and a land yacht, it's a good thing I retired early so I can keep 'em up. 😀 I should be using a pressure regulator, and paid the price because outdoor faucets seem to be an Achilles' Heel!
    2 points
  41. Wow, that’s terrible re your friend! The key is to don’t go during mating season(pretty much from now through June or so), and avoid going near the baby ones that are often on the banks...momma will protect them! I’m around gators quite a bit in a wildlife preserve area where I walk almost daily, so I’ve learned to read their body language etc. But like with any wild animal, definitely need to give them their space and respect them!
    2 points
  42. Garrett still services the Infinium. Just had a total repair last January. A lot was replaced, and a first class job. Think they still have DD coils available ?
    2 points
  43. Good to have you back home safe, Bob. Now you gotta put that water/beach experience to work strategizing how to attack that boat landing now that the watervis going to start warming up.
    2 points
  44. If you only have a 2-3 bars on your ground phase then depth is probably similar to your nox. Why not snag a nice old fashioned analog machine for those sites? Tejon will give a flat tone and most often a little pop on aluminum so it makes going through moderate and low trash areas a breeze. I say that because the machine is just not chattery as my vid machines. I can crank the sensitivity to nearly max and have clean signals. In rare cases where there is high trash areas the modern machines can squeak out a signal with the faster recovery speeds. The Vista X is supposed to be close to the tejo
    2 points
  45. I was hoping to find some older stuff, at least I did find an old military button. Not only is the beach very clean, there are supposedly a lot of detectorists there. Saw a guy swinging an Equinox with the 15" coil on it, don't think he found much because I hit that spot earlier in the day. I watched him dig for a while, but he didn't pocket anything. Honestly I found most of my coins and rings not by hunting the water, but by estimating the tide level at peak beach time from the day before. I learned a lot, and it's a heckuva lot easier to dig the beach than the farm! Got the coil c
    2 points
  46. I agree you sure have the ability as Flakmagnet said " Nice work! If you're finding pieces like that, you won't miss the big one." Big ones are a different game and are missed because they gave a large JUNK signal or a mild GROUND NOISE by most beginners.
    2 points
  47. The metal box design is actually great from a practical perspective. Certainly easier to make. But they were also very well balanced, easy control access, and did not roll over when set down. New is not always better, and the risk with plastic is you end up with toys. But I am a forward thinking marketing type, and it is obvious to anyone that electronics get smaller and more powerful. Whites was trying to hold back a tide that is unstoppable. Yeah, that 20 something with the cell phone wants a detector that looks like a mailbox. Not. Apex is really sweet, just a tight little detector pac
    2 points
  48. well done LL some fine nevada nuggets
    1 point
  49. Looking forward to finding gold with you again Peg. See you soon. Brian.
    1 point
  50. Nice finds again! And family participating to boot. That curio cabinet is really sharp. The Bowie is almost a sword! Wow.
    1 point
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