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  1. Some shipping this week, possibly in stores early next week, with regular batches (maybe) in the following weeks. But at least that means the wheels are in motion and users will start to get their hands on them soon.
    12 points
  2. 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
    10 points
  3. 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
    8 points
  4. 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
    7 points
  5. And it’s tripled for users of canned settings. Very few people really understood the timings on the 5000 and earlier models, and it did not help that they were designed over time, and sometimes had names that mislead people. Even worse is the idea that no one timing gets it all, so multiple passes with multiple timings are the order of the day. GPZ 7000 was a move in the other direction, and the 6000 reduces settings further. Some think this is a bad thing, but the larger number of more casual types will actually do better with fewer controls, not worse. Minelab GPX 6000
    7 points
  6. 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!
    7 points
  7. Chris, one thing you might dislike, on the Deus (if you're accustomed to other machines), is that the Deus will "ring the bells of Notre Dame" over things like rusty crown caps, domino sized portions of flat-tin, large rusty bolts , etc.... Whereas other machines easily reject such iron, right ? After much hair-pulling and digging 1000 such cr*p items, I have come to understand what tones a person *could* pass, if they wanted to cut down on the iron-falses. HOWEVER, I am NOT convinced of this : If a person is getting the Deus because it's the "cat's meow in seeing through iron-
    6 points
  8. Many folks have inquired just how does tracking work and how do you set it? Here’s a quick video that explains everything! Aaron
    5 points
  9. 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
    5 points
  10. Well they cleaned up nice! Big one is 4.91 grams.
    5 points
  11. It's always fun watching VLF people talk about pulse machines and what they can't do. Gives me warm fuzzies, it does.
    5 points
  12. Here is what this area looks like. Caliche is a couple of feet down in some places but with small gold only, perhaps within reach of the 22X?
    5 points
  13. 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.
    4 points
  14. Yes nice set up I have a similar test garden with 4 boxes filled with different ground thicknesses. The targets are simply set down under the middle of the boxes. The first boxes are filled with inland mild ground and the 4th filled with sand and salt water. I use these boxes since 4 or 5 years now and they are VERY helpful to test different settings of a machine. Of course field tests are the most important but you learn a lot of things with these kind of test gardens... On the pics below I was testing the Garrett Apex ..
    4 points
  15. Great idea for a compact home test garden! All I have now is a compact portable setup I made to take to the beach! But that can be tough with some beachgoers wanting to know what you are doing!!👍👍
    4 points
  16. 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
  17. Did some crack scratchin today.......all with the Monster. Gonna take a few thousand of these to pay for that 6000....lol
    4 points
  18. 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
    3 points
  19. Wow, now that is really different, and an amazing haul! I'd be happy finding just one sharks tooth, and you find them by the pound. Simply fabulous, favorite post of the week!
    3 points
  20. Looks like a nice set-up and i will have to try it myself for sure. I can use a good system like that to prepare for a good hunt. Since I don't live near your beach can you please send me some of the sand and water.
    3 points
  21. Very nice setup and it is in your back yard...👍...You can really learn a lot about a detector doing testing and playing with the settings in a test garden ...... Good Luck! I've had a swing arm (air) test bed for many years. Although not as nice as yours I've learned so much about my machines and target responses. My favorite testing has been head phones and how to get the most out of them, audio wise.
    3 points
  22. Tom, the DEUS is just another “tool” in my shed. The Equinox has absolutely killed it for me and the Vanquish my wife uses literally sucks with the mineralization where we currently hunt. The Nox is quiet and hits coins like Thor’s hammer. The Vanquish leaves you guessing the whole time. I bought the Deus as a toy basically and I intend to see what it can do. Funny that the Deus sounds like a kids fart machine and again the Nox is sweet as pie. We shall see how it works out. I know another gold rush relic hunter who swears by the DEUS and he has been really helpful and knowledgeable
    3 points
  23. large truck tire stem, looks like a great day of toobing at the lake Ha Ha, Did you find a beer can next to it?
    3 points
  24. Congrats on the coins. Just to be clear, Kaolin - were you using Deus Fast (Coins Fast is not a Deus Program) at 8.4 khz full with an X35 coil? What size was the coil, btw? Full tones is a great tool in modern aluminum trash, because the tonal nuances really help to bring out the irregular tone distortions associated with mangled aluminum slaw and bent pull tabs. Pristine tabs will still fool you, though. If I am in thick iron, I prefer pitch audio with discrimination which basically sets up as a two-tone approach with iron volume providing the iron grunt tone for anything below the f
    3 points
  25. Steve I have been using VLF's to find gold for only four years, but I hunt wooded areas a lot. You have to be willing to do more research, dig more holes, and work harder than the other guys. Every time I've been lazy I walk away with less gold. If the spot is hard to get to, trashy, or requires moving overburden I have a better chance. Most people are lazy, or older, or too out of shape to clear off a few hundred square feet of good ground to detect or even hike a few miles uphill to get to the good spots. They want a place they can drive right up to, get out and in ten feet find nuggets on t
    3 points
  26. 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
    3 points
  27. 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!
    3 points
  28. Good advice ^ from VL. Welcome aboard , and prepare to LEARN A LOT there's so much already posted . Ask anything you want to find out about. I find going to the door and knocking is a good start sometimes. Have a few rehearsed lines ready. (Dressing a couple levels up from usual helps too.) Maybe have a "card" made up . Offer to give a demo of how your dug holes disappear due to your "immense experience and skill" , OK you may need to practice that ,,,now , go get a permission....(if they say no , keep trying , start next door . Once you are in at one pla
    3 points
  29. 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
    3 points
  30. Had a good friend loan me his Tarsacci for a few months. Settings: Sens 9, Black sand ON, Salt 33, 9khz, disc -30, G-bal 623. Tested both coils First off, if you are tall like me the detector is NOT long enough. I know Steve is working on an extension but here is the problem. Not enough coil cable length. So if you are tall and plan to order one, be sure to ask for longer coil cable length . Myself, I would need 4-5 inches more rod length. Pros: Works good in the wave wash [all metal mode], good depth, silent running wet sand, NO EMI issues in a known EMI problem area, Awesome batte
    2 points
  31. Hi GB, The modification to my TDI was reducing the delay below 10us. Reg was hoping this modification would help in detecting smaller gold. Particularly the wire gold, unfortunately the modification did not help on this type of gold. My question would be in mineralization such as yours, would a TDI or PI achieve more depth than a VLF because of less mineralization?
    2 points
  32. Thanks! I guess when the teeth were lost and buried by sediment millions of years ago, through time and pressure, some sort of mineralization takes place...so the teeth are preserved. Cool stuff!
    2 points
  33. Announced by Miner's Den just a little while ago that it will be in stores late this week or early next. Not sure about other dealers in Oz? Can US dealers announce anything? Getting close now 🥳
    2 points
  34. A person that could help you a lot is GB_Amature as he lives close to you and could give you some good pointers. He helped my grandfather when he first got a new detector, and he know a lot of areas near you.
    2 points
  35. I should make a note and say that the official response I posted about X-coils today was sent to me 15 minutes before I posted it. It was not signed so I don't know who wrote it. It came from X-coils.com Mitchel
    2 points
  36. Tom in my area the answer is no. I and my friend who uses a TDI Pro get a clear audio response where someone using a Equinox or CTX3030 get a iffy or no response. My TDI is very stable in Ground Balance mode, Ground Balance mode off is very annoying. Yep and a lot of my detecting friends that got spanked! My TDI was modified as well as my friend’s TDI Pro was modified by Reg Sniff.
    2 points
  37. Hello GB, My main detector for parks is the TDI. I will list the settings I use and why I use them. With these settings I only listen for the deeper targets ( 5”or deeper) and the TDI will respond to deeper targets with a not as strong audio response. The surface targets or near surface will give a very strong audio response and the deeper targets will give a weaker response. Using this technique you can ignore many trash targets and concentrate on deeper targets. These settings completely ignore bottle caps, pull tabs and foil no matter what depth they may be at. Nails and wire will give
    2 points
  38. Thanks! Yep, made my own sifter: 3/4” pvc, 1/4” wire mesh/hardware cloth, noodles and zip ties. Works great!
    2 points
  39. A few ideas and a fix. Are you running a coil cover? Have you cleaned it? If a beach has black sand it could only take 10 minutes to have enough black sand under the coil cover to give problems. Cell Phones- 100% fix An aluminum shield that goes over my pod protector.
    2 points
  40. My wife is a fabulous person that has supported my interests since I met her. 🙂 I wish she could get out there with me, and she would if she could. Unfortunately age takes its toll, she has had 3 major repair surgeries: her right knee, left hip, and 5 back vertebrae. Only the back surgery was marginally successful, they left a drill bit in her hip, and her knee was so badly botched she had to go to a wound specialist for a year. There are a lot of great women out there, it's just that they have to find you. 😀 I'm one of those people whom a woman has to hit me in the head with a brick to g
    2 points
  41. Is that onna dem nugget pointer dogs ? I'd sure give up my chicken for one....
    2 points
  42. Nice finds and quite a lot of them to boot. Please remember about the gators in those creeks and don't get hurt. A friend of mine was in one of those a couple of years ago and lost an arm to a gator while hunting items in the creeks. We now call him lefty because he lost his right arm, and no I don't think it is funny but true. Good luck and happy hunting.
    2 points
  43. johnt, Welcome to the site and I know there are many people who can help with almost any problem that you might encounter. I am a newbie here myself and have learned so much since I have been here. The people are great and knows quite a lot about any detector that you may have. What type of detector do you have? When I do research on property I always go to the county court house to find out who owns the property first, then I check old records on what was there before the existing building. I found when I do that I can either rule it out or ask for permission to detect the
    2 points
  44. Cracks me up how they say outright (accurately) that almost no one bothered to learn how to use their prior machines correctly: "For a product with multiple ground balance timings, multiple coils, and various other settings, it is usually assumed that the user fully understands the behaviour or characteristics of various timings, coils and other settings and has knowledge about the soil he/she is interrogating, and selects the proper timing, the proper coil, and other proper settings. The assumption is incorrect for most users." Salty, Minelab! But true. Just gave me a chuckle.
    2 points
  45. A good review of Minelabs current patent applications & you are correct - they are a hard read. Minelab have applied for 4 patents so far his year (6 last year) so they are definitely serious about keeping ahead of the pack and not becoming a sitting duck in business by resting on their laurels.
    2 points
  46. 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
  47. 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
    2 points
  48. 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
    2 points
  49. From what I have read here and what others said you can ground balance on the iron so that tone is different than targets above that range. I don't know if that will be 100% is separating iron from non iron. Next thing you can do is use the pulse delay to trim out smaller targets. Having only the Seahunter, depth gain is only greater where there is more mineralization when compared to an IB machine. In other words in mild ground you may see little or no difference when compared to your Nox. Big draw back for my SeaHunter with the 10x14 coil comes when there are lots of targets that a
    2 points
  50. That's the area with some stretching in a couple of directions from the Desert Queen Bee. You can see the pushes with Google Earth. The Shamrock claim was a good one for 3 years or so.
    1 point
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