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  1. Today was a day at the beach like many others except I was out at a time when lots of people were at the beach. There were not that many targets but I managed to get a steel ring for my efforts. On the way back I decided to go dry sand and I happened to be near the area where I found the old costume ring. I just picked a line to my parking area and I got a strong signal. I was digging into the harder packed sand but it was starting to sound like an aluminum can with numbers at 33-34 on my 800/15 in Park 1/multi/23. I always expect to catch the edge of the can with my scoop and pry it out
    12 points
  2. The 6000 is all about light weight and amazing sensitivity on the sub gram stuff with good outright 5000 depth performance of which we are already very familiar. This has all been bundled into a modern electronics platform with the inclusion of GeoSense PI so the 5000 outright depth aspect of the 6000 will have a positive effect on its overall use. The 6000 does an amazing job at what it was designed for, namely pulling gold out of thrashed areas, everyone talks about not wanting to lower themselves to chasing ‘fly chit’ gold but at the end of the day its fun to go home with a few bits a
    9 points
  3. And that was in the difficult ground setting and the sensitivity set at only 4.
    9 points
  4. I’m definitely getting the 6k; it’s the powerful, lightweight patch hunter I’ve been waiting for. Once a patch is located, I can bring in the Zed to do the heavy lifting.
    8 points
  5. You know me, I've got to have all the right tools for the right jobs. Unfortunately, I've got a champagne taste on a Pabst Blue Ribbon budget. I've got to keep that Doodle Dog in tennis balls, she destroys 2 a day and I'm buying them by the gross.
    8 points
  6. Are JP et al trading in their Z7000s in favor of the 6000? Is this the "Go To" machine for everyday prospectors? From initial reports it would appear the 6000 excels at sub half gram nuggets in OZ soils, but isn't expected to compete with the 7000 on bigger/deeper gold. Here in the US, will I have to sell a kidney for the luxury of having both detectors? It may be some time before us CONUS prospectors even see the availability of such a machine, do I sell the 7000 before the market is flooded? Does anybody know what the recovery time is for a kidney donor?
    7 points
  7. Minelab have made clear that the GPZ 7000 is the top dog, especially for larger, deeper gold. I would expect vey few serious operators to ever take a step down, as the drive is always "more power, more power." JP already made it clear the GPZ is and will continue to be his main machine. Long story short it will not be a market dump for the 7000. This is not a deal where everyone is upgrading to what is being sold as a more powerful replacement for the GPZ. Most power users will stay with what they have, or maybe add a 6000. I think this is aimed at people who have a SDC 2300 or GPX 4500/5
    7 points
  8. I think these pictures sum up the GPX 6000 very concisely and also how I feel about those people who continue to suggest my input is biased or just marketing hype!! Tiny piece at stupid depth for its size, a typical target for a GPX 6000!! 2 Deep 2+ ounce gold content specimens retrieved at 2 feet with the standard 11” mono, both were very good signals at surface. How I’m made to feel when all the nit pickers come out of the woodwork at a product launch!!
    7 points
  9. Finally some actual measurements...thank you very much to these fellows! Add me to the impressed list as well, I think the 6000 had a better response on the big deep nugget with both coils, and clearly better response on the smaller, shallow stuff. Definitely curious how they both do in Normal and at high gains now.
    6 points
  10. I'm trying not to fall into the NursePaul philosophy of buy high/sell low and what don't get stolen you can give away. If I had 20% of the value Paul's stuff that's been stolen, I'd buy 2 6000s.
    6 points
  11. Her kidney or the 6000????
    5 points
  12. JP, I've followed every one of your reviews and tips way back to the first GPX and I well remember the heat you have taken on each new Minelab release. The old Finders Forum was a hoot because for me it's a hobby and the unbridled opinions and malice expressed by its members defied logic. My post was rhetorical, just bringing some of the various internet comments and questions to one place for a little pre-release exposure here in the US. Me and most of the DP members are anxiously waiting for your unrestrained views and experiences with the new 6000. Your expertise is always
    4 points
  13. Impressive Only thing I would add in defense of the 7, he did say they were in Difficult ground setting, which is a filter and does not run the detector at full depth seeking powers, unless of course soils dont allow for Normal setting
    4 points
  14. Got a keeper ☺️ Been in the hole together with a rusty screw..
    4 points
  15. We pay 'attention' to it all. You just have to be at the right place at the right time and of course ... treasure is where you search for it. The more places you search the more treasure you will find.
    4 points
  16. Nice silver. Guess most people pay attention to the surf and coin line and don't consider the entrance/exit. That's where I found my gold ring, and foreign money. Great finds!
    4 points
  17. I have lots of thoughts. Who told you to run some of these setting? What is your IB? Think you really need to get down to basics and understand why Minelab recommends the initial settings of each mode. Here is what I run: Beach 2, Tracking GB [a must], 1 tone, IB FE 6, Recovery 6, Sensitivity 22-24. Run in HORSESHOE mode. Anything that shows ferrous scale and double rings, DON'T DIG it, it is iron. ANYTHING that double rings with a plus VDI dig, as well as ANY target that does not double ring or breakdown, as you work around the target 360 degrees. Center target
    4 points
  18. Apr 19, 2021 The Gold Rush Guy - "Great to finally get the new Minelab GPX 6000 and take it out for a run. Very impressed with its sensitivity, especially the depth of even small pieces of gold. Apologies with the video quality. Will rectify in future hunts."
    3 points
  19. For those of you that carry a PLB or EPIRB, I’m not sure which Minelab or PLB and EPIRB models are affected, but there’s an interesting discussion and a Minlelab advisory about accidental activations due to a PLB sitting too close or touching an active coil. Just something to look out for if you carry one when you’re out and about. They recommend keeping it further away than 10 cm from a active coil. https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?id=35628
    3 points
  20. I probably will try that hack at some point. It seems easier than trying to fool the altimeter. Anyways, just wanted to comment on that since the question was asked about using a drone in the mountains in AZ and the Rockies, that's the main issue I had. In AZ I've been able to find high enough launch points, but a few times I've had to use the optical zoom after hitting the restriction. In the Rockies it turns into a real limitation though where mountains with prospects can be 4000ft+ prominence above the highest launch point you can drive to without climbing the mountain. When I bo
    3 points
  21. That may be a rule, but there is an absolute height restriction of 500m from launching point on the Mavic 2 firmware, so it's not possible to stay 400ft above the ground when flying up mountains. Unless I'm missing some setting that disables it, but I tried and couldn't find one, thus I have to find the highest possible point to launch. The drone does not appear to have any capability to measure height above surface, only altitude from original launching point (it probably uses an altimeter, doesn't measure distance above surfaces). It doesn't care if there is a mountain under you increasing h
    3 points
  22. I should mention my hunting is mostly turf, looks like you are a beach hunter Erik. Abenson and others will be able to speak more to the beach performance... which I will be taking note of as well - as I am planning on increasing my beach hunts this year on the Gulf Coast of Texas. ~Tim.
    3 points
  23. I've had both but not at the same time. Got rid of both too. Although I didn't compare them head to head at the same time. I do have a coin garden I ran both of them through and spend hours changing settings and modes to optimize depth. In either case the bigger coils got very little depth advantage over the stock 11" in my soil on a dime sized target. If I had to chose I think I would go with the ML 12 x 15 coil just because it's a little lighter. The only reason I can see getting a bigger coil for the Equinox is for ground coverage. Unlike a PI, I generally see very little depth advanta
    3 points
  24. Somehow a metal plate found its way into my EGR a while back, I've no idea how that happened- :)
    3 points
  25. Seeing as I couldn`t talk JP into donating one or Phrunt into getting one, thus realizing I can`t rely on anyone I blew 3 and a bit ozs and bought one.😉 Dealer said with a wink, he thought I showed much more restraint than usual. Buh tis hopeless when your a kid.
    3 points
  26. Nice, haven't seen one of those in ages.
    3 points
  27. We have found only 2 Chinese coins and 1 Chinese lock. The Chinese coins were 100 plus yards apart. I would think there would be more but no so. I think out of all the coins (11) we have found here, all but 1 was next to a piece of slate sticking up from the ground. It is a very interesting place that gives up a little at a time at this point.
    3 points
  28. Latest Q & A on GPX 6000 from Nenad. https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?id=34961&p=23 Q. So Nenad, now the 6000 is released can you tell us how the Geo-Sense works? Also, how do you compare it to a 5000 and SDC? Cheers A. No idea how Geo-sense works from a technical point of view, only know that it does. It picks up the same type of gold the SDC likes, but at better depth. I got a faint signal with the 6000, scraped the surface and the signal was louder. Checked with the SDC and nothing. Scraped off 2 inches of ground and the 6000 was singi
    3 points
  29. Those EGR plates were obviously put there by aliens....they've been here too !
    2 points
  30. I hate those rings because they always give me an uncontrollable urge to take a flat head screwdriver to them.
    2 points
  31. Taking the pictures with the drones is not the problem, there are many apps out there than can lawnmower an area automatically. Some even allow you to use shapefiles from your GIS projects and kmz files if you want to draw your areas of interest in Google Earth and set up all the paths and overlap necessary. I personally stick with DJI's apps because they allow you to set the zoom angle if using the Mavic 2 Zoom (my work drone). The real problem is stitching it all together and it takes cloud based processing to really get anywhere, if you try to do it on your own PC it might take days even
    2 points
  32. After seeing the latest test vid in the other thread my big question now is.........Why? It was hitting a 1/2 ozt at 18" in EMI in Difficult and Sensitivity at 4. I would think with the 17" coil you could hit a pounder at 3 feet 🤣
    2 points
  33. Personally I wouldn’t use any of the hack programs, they’ve been known to be unstable and some have lost drones with them. When flying in the US, and some other countries, one good thing is you are allowed to fly it 400’ directly above the terrain it is above or next to, thus you can be in a valley below a peak that’s 5000’ above you and still be allowed to fly 5400’ above your head as long as the drone is within 400’ of the summit or the side of the mountain. I find this rule actually allows me to fly it a very hilly area with terrain over 400 feet above me without any issues. On a M
    2 points
  34. My problem is that it acts like it is set up for: iron grunt (if horseshoe enabled) target tone (mid tone) falsing or black sand exact same mid tone high tone = quarter, dime, occasional zinc penny Anyone else but me get annoyed that the detector seems to remember the last tone and use it later for any falsing target? Also annoying is a constant tone on every sweep (one direction only though) I found a stainless ring by realizing the target tone was present and the same character as I moved around it. But within a foot were same tone same amplitude false
    2 points
  35. 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.
    2 points
  36. 50+ years? Most silver coins had disappeared by around 1970 because their bullion value exceded face value. And since Franklins were never minted in clad (unlike Roosies and Washies 😏) they were especially easy to notice and remove. Could this coin have remained 'high and dry' in the sand, seldom ever experiencing salt water? I suspect Franklin halves are harder to find than Walking Liberty halves, due partly to their shorter time in circulation. Their mintages weren't high, either, relative to the earlier design, unlike their smaller denomination brethren. Nice find; I'm envious
    2 points
  37. Welcome aboard ! Plenty here to read and just ask any questions you have. Plenty here are using an Equinox too.
    2 points
  38. Hi. Those sandy beaches are so easy to dig it's a pleasure. Welcome aboard.😎
    2 points
  39. I tried to find this pic a few weeks back when this thread was alive and kicking. It just popped up tonight on Facebook. I have no idea whose it is but the pic has been doing the rounds for a few years now. Bloody nice setup. Especially if, like me, you also like your fishing 😉
    2 points
  40. Just a bit of information on the Vaughan area as shown on old and new maps. The drone footage was over Ballarat Hill with the maps showing the same area.
    2 points
  41. Welcome to the forum and I also have an equinox 800 that I got from my grandfather. Take your time and learn the unit and it will surprise you with many nice finds.
    2 points
  42. Besides seeing the coil is sensitive enough to pick up your hand it's hard to tell if there is a coil fault. Tapping the side of a coil to see if it is knock sensitive may show more. As for falsing. large coils are tough to use in the salt and bigger you go the more you may need to drop your gain. There is a limit on what a vlf can do in the salt. Stock 11" should be plenty. For wrapping the wire have the wire go straight along the lower pole then wind the rest from the mid pole to the control box. Make sure you have just enough slack on the lower so the coil can move and make sure y
    2 points
  43. I have had the Coiltek 15" out a few times. I hope to run some pure comparisons in wild dig settings this coming weekend between the ML 15 and the CT 15. My initial impression after a few isolated hunts, I didn't notice any improvement over the ML, but wasn't running them head to head. I found it a little more difficult to pinpoint, though the wiggle back method was accurate off the front and back of center. I will post my findings when I have some direct comparison results. ~Tim
    2 points
  44. Hey Chuck, I only need to sell a kidney if I can't possibly get by with one or the other of these high dollar Minelab tools. I've already held on to a Deus, a Tarsacci and an Equinox. Maybe I need to cut back on my detector addiction.
    2 points
  45. revealing finds, chines coin may indicate that after the good stuff was found they moved in to finish up . and the seated saw at least 20 years circulation, I supose it was easy to loos things in the mud and dirt, and clothes where falling apart.
    2 points
  46. As others have noted, Beach 1 and Beach 2 default settings are exactly the same. Internally, Beach 1 has a higher overall average frequency than Beach 2 when their simultaneous operating frequencies are averaged. They both have the ability to adjust to black iron sand mineralization by automatically lowering the transmit frequency, oops I meant.....amplitude/gain, before overloading. Whether setting iron bias to F2=0 has any effect on that.......I don't know since I assume that the iron bias filter is only on the receive side of the processed frequencies.
    2 points
  47. What an adventure. A lot to tell about the experience but short on time. Dug a lot of trash, nothing good but this. It's hard to put words to the happiness the family members are experiencing. ?
    2 points
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