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  1. The Florida Clan wanted to come for a visit and try some of that Arizona Sweet Tea. Haven’t seen them all in a group for close to 30 years. But, Robin’s and I trip started on Halloween Day from our home in Reno to Laughlin, NV. That’s about as far as I can drive in a day! We cut through Searchlight, NV and passed a couple washes I’d like to revisit. Next morning we cut out to Wickenburg, AZ for a visit with Friends that just moved there a few months back. Mike & Yvonne formally from Rural Oregon made the move to Wickenburg for the love of Team Roping and the Hunt for gold. Didn’t take Mike long to find a Welcome to Arizona Patch which currently is close to a 2-oz patch! (Below in my hand are the fat ones). Mike took me when we arrived to their home for a short swing! It was a hill side small drainage wash that feed into the big wash. I explored the patch and several nearby spots in the Reno Summer like temperature of 87 degrees. I was roasting when I noticed a Cholla stuck to my Boot which I removed with 2 rocks with a dozen or more of its spears stuck deep into the leather! Well 1/4 mile more and they worked their way thru the leather and now poking my foot! We had to leave with no tools to remove needles. Well off to my Folks and a week of fun with my Family traveling the sights from the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Tombstone. Heading back we stopped at Mike & Yvonne’s again for a longer hunt and then hit the local Rodeo grounds for dinner and some cold beers. Again, it was more than warm for this Northern Nevada guy. We seen some likely hills with some colors we liked. I was 3 gullies over (1/2 mile). I just worked up the side hill wash to the top of the hill and swung over to the next wash to work down it and repeat. I heard Mike say, hey the old timers worked this one! Sure enough old dry wash piles. I was up at the head of the wash and he was midway swing up. I pulled a dink nugget out and then Mike got on a string of nuggets. Sure there was some trash, but there’s 9 little nuggets the old timers left us! We know there is more to find at this spot, but water was getting real low and cold beer was at the Rodeo Grounds. Off we went leaving the new patch to catch it’s breath after a 30 minute beating. There’s still plenty of ground to explore in this old placer area(s) of Morristown! What a great Vacation and yes, we are home to nice and cool Reno 😂. Until the Next Hunt LuckyLundy
    9 points
  2. Last week I spent the whole week in Virginia at the Diggin in Virginia Event. DIV 50 was spread over 4 different farms which comprised of thousands of acres. 5 days 10 hours a day metal detecting, what a dream. I don't attend too many metal detecting events, it's just not me. But DIV is different and offers sites you just can't get on otherwise. Now although some of these farms have been hit by DIV upwards of 10 times, they are still giving up relics. Most of the DIV digs take place in Culpeper County Virginia and is known for it's very hot dirt. VLF detectors struggle in this environment so a PI like the GPX, TDI or ATX are preferred. But you always get the person that can't afford or is unwilling to spend the money to rent or buy a PI and will take a go at it with a VLF. DIV 50 was no exception. I saw many people metal detecting with VLF's I even had a gent check a target for me in the woods that was using a White 6000 DI. I had just dug part of a Shako hat pin and got another signal under a tree root and couldn't tell if it was big iron or big brass (the rest of the hat pin) so had him check it for me, it turned out to be iron. So VLF's will do ok in the woods or in thick iron patches, but out in the fields it's GPX all the way. Right tool for the right job, so come prepared. I always take the GPX and either the Deus or Equinox as backup. If you decide to go, make sure you know your metal detector well. We talked to a group that all had GPX's and didn't find a single relic. They spent their time digging nails. It doesn't matter if you have the best metal detector in the world, if you don't know how to use it, chances are you aren't going to find good stuff. That goes for VLF detectors as well. If you know your machine you can find stuff in the hot Culpeper dirt. Knowing your machine and how to make changes for the soil can mean the difference between success and failure. On this particular DIV, it being 50, some of us figured it may be the last. So my group decided to concentrate on the fields where we knew the Confederates camped prior to the Union Army moving in for the Winter of 1863-64. Other than going to a Union Camp for a day where you have a chance at digging some nice bottles of finding a whole Shako hat pin. We spent our time on a strip of land that boarders a creek where the Confederates camped. On day 2 we went to a part of the farm we hunted last Fall and was finding Gardner, ring tail sharps and 69 caliber round balls. These are all considered bullets used by the Confederates. the camp was located on a hillside that sloped toward a wash that ran into the creek. Last year I hunted that wash and was finding numerous 69 caliber round balls in and amongst the modern fencing and wire pieces. So I decided to hunt my way down the hill towards the bottom of the wash. As I approached the bottom of the wash I started hearing all the wire signals on my GPX and slowed down to investigate each one. I finally got a good solid signal and dug a ring tail sharps. Next signal not more than than 2 feet from the sharps bullet I got a signal that sounded like wire but wouldn't break up so I decided to dig it. When I got down about 12 inches I got my pin pointer out and got a signal in the bottom corner of the hole. I though due to it's orientation in the hole it was most likely a piece of wire. But got my hand digger out anyway to complete the recovery of the target. To my surprise it was a CS tongue, I never in my wildest dreams ever thought I would find one. To make things even better I got the excavation of it on video. Some other highlights of the trip were finding fuses for artillery shells, artillery shell fragments and one of the other guys in my group found a pewter CS saddle shield which is also a very rare find. I had a great time and have made some good friends at DIV over the years. There are a great bunch of people that put together DIV and an even greater bunch of people that attend them. Some of these people have been attending since the very first one and are willing to share their knowledge with anyone who asks.
    7 points
  3. Yesterday they came and turbo tilled the fields. I saw this as an opportunity to go back to the first spot I hunted to see if there was anything I didn't find because of the corn stalks. The field is flat now and I can swing the detector almost flat on the ground. Another beautiful day, it only got into the 50s but the wind was lighter than yesterday. I hunted this field back to the large tree, this was the "backyard" of the old farmhouse, there is a driveway and there were two sheds. I completely covered this spot again, and really didn't find much. When I was done I went out to the racetrack. About two thirds of the 200 acres here are tilled, the rest is going to be left "no till" to compare crop yields. Imagine having all this to yourself... ... But there really isn't much here. You can walk for a long time out in the distance and only hear an iron blip now and again. here are the finds for day 3: Brass button marked P.O.D, a postal service button from the 1890s to about 1970. This is an old one, it is two piece with backmarks. Got a silver plated button near the racetrack along with the modern coins. Oldest coin is the 1962 D penny. Aluminum button, tack stud, watch crown, rivet with a star on it, and a piece of decorated metal, not sure from what. I wasn't too surprised that I didn't find any more coins in the back field, more proud to know I got all there were. 😀
    7 points
  4. Reasons to keep MY EQ800 - It finds stuff really well. I've had my 800 approaching 4 years now and have spent a lot of time with it in the field. I use it mostly for coin shooting. It is easy to use, goes deep compared to other detectors i have used, separates good from bad well, is waterproof / resistant allowing me to spend time shallow water hunting for jewelry, and is MUCH lighter than my etrac, explorer XS, and other detectors I've been using since way back when in the 70's. Oh, and i took it gold nugget hunting and it actually found a little nugget. It has been a good one. Arguably from my standpoint, the best I've had. Easily the best all round detector i've had. I purchased it because it did all the things my etrac did (except bottle cap ID), was much lighter AND allowed me to shallow water hunt as well and mess around with a little prospecting. It has done all that I've asked. I have a Deus, which is a pretty great detector in its' own right. Not quite as all round as my 800. (it doesn't go in the water) Will this new Deus 2 eclipse my equinox? Don't know. I'll be watching. It seems to match many aspects of my 800 (though it is pushing a price point 2x as much) and is as yet untested. After having used a Deus, I am not opposed to the thought of using a Deus 2. Lastly, i have a lot of positive experience using the 800 so i'm not real keen on tossing all that aside in HOPES that the latest greatest is up to the task. rich -
    6 points
  5. I have been pretty consistent finding a few meteorites hunting the gold basin placers lately, nice finding something in between finding a nugget. I’m averaging at least a tiny piece of gold maybe about 75% of the time most of these have been shallow 3” down or less and ring strong out on the 6000 like a large caliber bullet on the surface, they are a great motivator to dig all the trash sounding targets because they sound just the same.
    5 points
  6. I agree with all above!! Direct to the detector, or WM08! Not a big fan of the Nox headphones! I have my Nox with the Nox accessory wire($20) run up underneath to the bottom of the cuff with tiewraps! Than I can use whatever plug in headphones I wish to use without the cord in my way! (see pic) If not using wired (to detector), I use my WM08 in a waterproof phone arm band on my detecting arm! This gives it direct sight to the detector, with no dropouts! No hassles like the wireless headphones give me!!🍀👍👍
    5 points
  7. Yea I prefer the WM08 plugged into a good pair of headphones. The wireless headphones just have to much delay for my liking. Tried to use the Minelab supplied headphones about a week ago and it drove me nuts. It's almost like the audio blanks out at times.
    5 points
  8. I have used the Equinox with its onboard speaker, wired headphones plugged directly into the control pod, wired headphones plugged into the WM08, with the ML80 stock APTX low latency Bluetooth headphones, aftermarket APTX LL headphones and earbuds and with Bluetooth headphones that are not low latency. I have not heard or experienced a latency difference between the onboard speaker, ML80s wired up and plugged into the control pod and the ML80s wired up and plugged into the WM08 module. I do get occasional audio dropouts using the WM08 when connection is momentarily lost. I can experience (hearing it, not sure) the lag using the ML 80s and other aftermarket BT APTX LL headphones wirelessly paired when I use the onboard pin point function. A fairly shallow coin sized target will sound and appear using the pinpoint “speedometer” screen to be directly under the coil nut but when I check with a handheld pinpointer before recovery, the actual target is an inch or so away from the spot indicated by the Equinox onboard pinpoint function. I have recovered thousands of targets every year and have repeatedly experienced this using Bluetooth APTX LL devices. Using non APTX LL headphones, I have experienced even more of a discrepancy in the pinpointed targets actual location along with hearing some intermittent audio distortion/static especially on larger aluminum targets. For normal coin and jewelry hunting I just use BT APTX Low Latency gear. When I am after deep coins, deep relics and very small gold nuggets I use the WM08 module.
    5 points
  9. I can't tell the difference between WM08 and Headphones although you won't catch me using either 🙂 I'm a speaker person and with a wired speaker there is no such thing as lag. I don't hunt where people are around so why do I care what noise comes out of my gear..... I just bought one of those Equinox bumper bar things like the red one you've got on your Nox, only I ordered black. I have a traditional cover for it which I never use as it muffles the speaker, so hopefully the silicone bumper bar thing works better for me as my Nox falls over a lot with the 6" coil on prospecting.
    4 points
  10. Some pics showing up on Instagram. Something to look at.
    4 points
  11. I was experimenting with Dan(MN)'s mod of mounting the WM-08 to a pair of good quality wired headphones, which works really well. I read the Equinox manual section about the WM 08 and saw that its latency is only 17ms whereas Low Latency Bluetooth is 40ms and normal Bluetooth is up to 100ms. I have been using LL Bluetooth ear buds all Summer and Fall so I'm used to the way they respond, but when I tested my new WM 08 rig, I couldn't really tell any difference in response time/latency. I guess I was expecting there to be a noticible difference. So my questions are, for those who use the WM 08 module, can you tell a difference as opposed to Bluetooth? Do you prefer to use the WM 08 setup and why?
    3 points
  12. I ran large gauge wires directly from my battery (put a 10amp circuit breaker on the battery for it first) to a separate marine grade female cigarette lighter plug with a cap into my truck cab to cleanly power and charge my higher amp accessories like my portable fridge, HAM and CB radios, and my detector, drone and camera battery chargers. The system works really well and there’s no issues with it shutting off with the ignition.
    3 points
  13. I had actually given up hope after running into numerous dead ends. Even my first go at DeTech, which had a positive response, went silent for so long I just figured “oh well, I tried”. I mean, I have a BigFoot coil, so not like I was without. I simply think the market needs this type of coil. Anyway, I was about as surprised as anyone when DeTech showed up after a long quiet period with “we have the coil.” I am really thrilled, as it just seemed impossible to get any interest for so long, and I love it when something difficult finally happens. This was far harder than finding a 1 ounce gold nugget for me, and that’s some hard stuff! Anyway, kudos again to DeTech for this, certainly scored major points with me.
    3 points
  14. When I first got the Equinox I tried ML80 vs. WM08, I thought I could detect a latency difference. I haven't experimented since. The #1 reason I like the WM08 is the freedom in choosing headphones & earbuds. I really like the Sunray Pro Golds for their sound, snug but comfortable fit, and ambient sound muting (passive, not active). In warm/hot weather, for comfort I switch to Bose earbuds (wired) into the WM08. Swing speed obviously affects things. After I've heard a target I use various methods and sweeps to pinpoint it, one of which is a short, quick swing with small amplitude (just a few inches right and left). It's likely that is one instance when I noticed a difference back 3 years ago when I compared ML80 vs. WM08. I did some back of envelope (BoE) calculations based upon recorded golf putter head speed I found in the internet. It hinted that the difference between 17 ms and 40 ms should be noticeable. I had (maybe still have) plans to do some photography tests as well. Not sure it's going to matter much since ML is likely to go the popular route (see survey Steve did here a couple months ago) and nix proprietary wireless. But if Bluetooth technology continues to improve, maybe we'll get the very low latency back. Personally I've always preferred solutions that already exist not ones I have to hope for, search for, and then find.
    3 points
  15. The Garrett blue phones have plenty of volume built in. They are a bit too loud on land but when the earcups fill with water then the audio is suppressed somewhat. Current Amphibian II phones dispensed with the volume control knobs as they were a point of failure. I would pick the Garrett phones over the Amphibians…..they are much cheaper and better constructed (I have opened up both of these phones and the Garrett was better constructed as far as the piezo epoxy and wiring goes). Amphibians are “Made in China”……they hid that label underneath the headband when you slide it out for adjustment. I would guess the Garrett’s might still be made in the USA. Hope this helps, Tony
    3 points
  16. They say this is the largest hoard but it seems to me there are larger ones ... https://www.livescience.com/largest-treasure-hoard-england?utm_source=SmartBrief&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=368B3745-DDE0-4A69-A2E8-62503D85375D&utm_content=457CDC61-78BE-415D-9BA3-647900D62450&utm_term=9d161709-ab3f-4a42-87ad-b1ed29e66205
    3 points
  17. I prefer to use the WM08 module. It allows me to use some Grey Ghost wired headphones which I really enjoy. The aptX wireless headphones (stock and aftermarket) just don't have the sound quality my wired phones do. I do notice some lag with aptX that I don't hear when using WM08. So count me as a WM08 module user.
    3 points
  18. If the mineralisation is low then there will seem to be little effect. The main thing is to not have much or any signal with the coil being lifted up and then pushed down to the ground again with a movement of say 100mm when there is a big signal and say 40mm when there is a small or minimal signal. The GPX6000 has a ground balance that is continuous, that is to say it is slowly tracking and compensating for ground signals all the time regardless of the modes used. The Quick-Trak button is for when the ground is extremely variable and the slow auto GB can’t keep up, at start up there can be a big difference in GB if say for instance you have driven hundreds of miles to a new gold field and the ground is completely different etc. A good operator in variable ground will be using the QT button all the time, successful VLF users from days gone by will know all about keeping on top of the ground balance as a means of wringing out max performance. When the QT button is depressed the tracking algorithm ramps up really quickly then throttles back over time while the button is triggered, in variable ground it pays to keep the coil controlled and accurate when pumping so the initial fast GB state doesn’t get knocked off course by excessive movement signal from things like salt ect, always used a controlled measured pumping of the coil just varying the height of the pump if the conditions require it. Usually a good rule of thumb is big signal, big slow pump, small signal, small controlled pumping of the coil. Hope this helps JP
    3 points
  19. 3 points
  20. Many solid thoughts in this post for sure. A few of my own: 1. Wireless vs Wired: I'm 99% a salt water beach hunter with my EQX 800 and the way I grid a beach, I often go from the damp sand to the wet sand and then into the surf (only about 1 foot deep due to concerns over water intrusion so I keep the control box dry). Given that, a Deus II for me would have to be constantly wired from coil to control box in order to work in the surf. For that reason, a totally wireless capability would not be that enticing since the wire from coil to box would be a permanent configuration. 2. Waterproof: I owned a Deus and found it to be a solidly engineered machine so I'm not a skeptic where XP claims of being waterproof are concerned. Were I to make a wager, I'd bet on much better waterproof performance in the Deus II than was the original ML waterproof claim for the EQX. Being truly waterproof is important for me and not because I hunt deeper than 1 foot in salt water these days because I don't. Ours is an outdoor hobby so I think all detectors should be waterproof....at the least, very weatherproof. How many times have you been caught in the rain or dropped your detector in a puddle of water? Even if you are a land hunter and never go near any water, replacing a damaged or inop machine due to moisture intrusion isn't a trivial thing. 3. Build quality: The Deus I had was quality built, rugged and reliable. No coil ear issues, wobbly shafts or arm cuff breakage. In my view, it was a much more rugged detector than Minelab products in certain areas. XP doesn't seem to pinch pennies as did Minelab on simple things. Recall the original skimpy gaskets they put in the CTX 3030 that caused flooding of the battery box. The issue was solved when they came out with merely a little thicker gasket! Their use of cheap coil ears, arm cuffs and wobbly shafts on the EQX series is another example. For a few pennies more per unit, they would have saved untold thousands in warranty replacement costs in both the CTX and EQX series machines. Although they are among the very best where software technology is concerned, I never understood that "penny wise pound foolish" approach in their physical build design. 4. Overall Performance: This is where the EQX was superior to my original Deus. The multi-frequncey of the EQX vs the selectable single frequency of the Deus was an obvious choice in my salt water beach hunting environment. I eventually sold my Deus for that reason. Now, if XP has really overcome that limitation in the Deus II with their FMF feature, I'll be happily impressed. I'm with all the others however who will take a "wait and see" approach. But, given my past experience with XP engineering, I have no doubt the Deus II will be very salt water beach capable. Will it generally out perform the Minelabs? TBD. Will it be found that XP pinched pennies on their build quality? I say no. It will be a well built unit. Will it be more comfortable to use than the Minelabs? Yes. Will it be more complex in its settings options than the Minelabs? Yes. Will it's overall performance justify the higher price tag compared to the current EQX? TBD but that will be determined solely by and in the eye of the beholder as the saying goes. Just a few thoughts from my foxhole...
    3 points
  21. Worked very well in bad ground, lite weigh housing, Auto ground trac, pinpoint, three tone options, visual target I.D. and depth reading down to 10". I may take this one with me to the After life.
    2 points
  22. Yeah, the goal is not to make a light 18” coil, it’s to make a surface skimmer and maximize target recovery efficiency. Plugging is not the way to go. If you can’t get the target with your pinpointer, and easily pop with a screwdriver, pass it up. Plugging brings everything to a screeching halt. This is all about volume recovery, and keeping recovery easy is the key. If you want depth and plugging, you should already own coils for that. I’m not saying these coils don't have depth, but it’s a specific and different strategy that works best with them, and that’s harvesting easy to retrieve targets. The only problem in the long run is you need a constant supply of fresh ground.
    2 points
  23. 😂 Yeah Strick, That's for my removable counter weight! The removable part weighs 16 oz. And the insert weights another 4 oz., And are brass plumbing parts! It's made out of an old brass hose nozzle that i found detecting! Than I added a solid steel knob on the end, and a hardened steel spike in the other end! So I have a chipping tool for embedded items! And lethal/non-leathal defensive weapons, if the need arises! And the whole thing is wrapped in paracord, with a loop that I can hang on my beach scoop, so my detector is hands free, and doesn't fall in the sand, when I stop for a drink, picture taking, etc!! 👍👍
    2 points
  24. Odd you found the POD button in a field like that, found mine along an old path that was once a road between properties. Maybe the poor mailman was running for his life through the field before a pack of dogs got him and thats all thats left! Or he just took a short cut on his route.. Nice hunting.
    2 points
  25. The problem with nearly all underwater headphones is getting sufficient high end volume while underwater. I owned a couple pairs of DP Amphibians, and if anything they were worse than the Garrett’s in that regard. The controls did not allow for more volume, they only allowed for already insufficient volume to be reduced further. The first set of the then new volume controlled Amphibians I got were so bad that when I made a trip to Hawaii I had to emergency order the blue Garrett’s to salvage my trip. Apparently the air box isolating the speaker used at that time leaked, muffling the volume to where I could barely hear it. I heard rumors they fixed that later, but maybe not. Long story short I went back to the blue Garrett. If you have no volume control on your detector (most Garrett detectors do have a volume control) then the lack of volume control on machines like the Infinium can be an issue above water, as being too loud. I solved this by just hanging them around my neck instead, loud enough to hear, but not blow my brains out.
    2 points
  26. Great reporting as usual, Glad you are at least, able to access the areas now! I'm surprised that you haven't found more sight finds!! Maybe after some good rain! I love hunting plowed fields in Georgia after a few good rains to hunt for flint and arrowheads! But took years to find the good spots where there was enough activity!! Continued Good Luck for old finds and silver! And don't forget the orange, and the air horn! Buck fever is as real as gold fever, but more dangerous!!👍👍
    2 points
  27. Caleb, Exactly why you see those waterproof/sweatproof earbuds in the picture! Only use the muffs when it's cold! So like hardly ever!! Also those allow me to wear my sun hat! They have been very good, albeit not the sound quality of my good wired headphones!!🥵👍👍
    2 points
  28. I have yet used any headphones as I am just like my grandfather was, terrible ringing in the ears from work. I like to hear the tones from the speaker because I hate having sweat pour out of my ears when I am done.
    2 points
  29. I really don’t want to charge the batteries in my car or truck. I want to charge my batteries in my RV with the supplied 12 volt plugs. I have 1500 watts of solar power, so time is not an issue to me. Charging direct from the battery uses less power than turning my inverter on.
    2 points
  30. Metal detectorist finds 2,000-year-old dagger wielded by Roman soldier in battle with Rhaetians https://www.livescience.com/metal-detectorist-finds-dagger-ancient-roman-battle?utm_source=notification
    2 points
  31. I'm down to digging anything that isn't ID'ing as pure iron. If I get an iffy signal that produces at least one good ID and tone in one direction, I try to find it in more than one. It almost feels as if the Equinox "locks on" to targets if they are good. Maybe it's just learned hand/eye. This is a 1/2 mile or longer straight race track where townspeople raced horses long ago. There was a large grand house, and 3 barns, at least one of which burned. There is a small cemetery that has people buried from 3 local families, and an interesting ground stone that marks the grave of a steamboat captain that died en route to the landing near my house. He had no family so they buried him there. Now it's all one huge 200 acre farm, it was bought by the family that gives me lots of permissions in the 1940s. The grandsons are farming it now. I'm still looking for silver, dug a Mercury dime last spring, and part of a Trime last week. 😀
    2 points
  32. Nice area to hunt. What kind of race track was it? Nice score on the POD button. Do you dig iffy targets or just solid hits? Farm fields around my area are jam packed with targets, mostly trash, but with a decent amount of relics and coins too. I found a couple of those 3 Merry Widow containers. I think the names were Agnes, Mabel and Beckie. Imagine being a young girl growing up with one of those names and having to face the older boys. Must have been a lot of taunting and whispering about them. Hope you strike some silver there.
    2 points
  33. Finished up the other half of the small field today, Sorry @GB_Amateur, there was no silver. Brutal day, it never got out of the 50s and the wind blew 15mph+ all day. The only saving grace was that it was sunny. The farmer was out there turbo tilling (yay), so when it warms up later this week I'll have the whole 200 acres completely flat and tilled. 🥳 He's also going to do the fields in front of my house! Can't wait. Finds were sparse but cool, got the most interesting rein guide yet, my first "Merry Widows" tin (I've been reading that people find these all the time, wondered when I would dig one), it was a 19-21 ID. A lead splat that was too regularly lobed to ignore, and an IHP, so corroded I could only get "19" for a date. 😵 This is what the Merry Widows tin looks like new, it holds 3 condoms. 🤗 Circa 1930. There are older ones that are 50 cents, and have 3 female names on them (1920s) the boxes are aluminum. I dug a lot of .22 caliber shells, shotgun shells, one .32 Auto shell, and a lot of molten metal and other junk like nails.
    2 points
  34. I like it Joe I think I might try something like that for the big coil. Needs counter weight..No one‘s gonna mess with you are on the beach that’s for sure and it’s nice having a little insurance while you’re out there. I carry a fairly large pocket knife in my trousers but it would be hard to get it out in time....with your set up you can jab the guy in the teeth with a blunt end rather swiftly 😁 strick
    1 point
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  36. I wish I lived closer I would try and find something for you there. Maybe they are really deep and only a PI will turn them up. Or if you are lucky you can have them plow some of the field closest to where the people stood or wait out their crops and detect it then. Those guys took the easy stuff. You will have to fight for the crumbs.
    1 point
  37. Somewhere on there should be coin heaven. I would try to slow down and watch how the numbers bounce.They may be bouncing into the iron range. I would also try changing to a single frequency of 4, 5 or 10, just to see if it works any better.
    1 point
  38. Aust. coins were made of sterling silver except pennies and ½ pennies (copper)and were based on silver value/weight till 1946 and when silver went up they keep the same size but made them out of 50% silver. On Feb 1966 they changed over to copper/nickel and still keep the same size. They also released a 50 cent 80% silver piece and were taken out of circulation in no time because the silver price went up soon after release. Diameter: 31.51 mm At decimal change over the copper coins were reduced in size to a fraction of the weight/size. The original, round, 50-cent coin was made of 80% silver and 20% copper; but as the value of a free-floating silver price became higher, the coin's bullion value became more valuable than its face value; so that version was withdrawn from circulation and replaced with the dodecagonal cupro-nickel version. Diameter 31.65 (across flats[1]) mm It is by diameter the largest Australian coin currently issued and second largest after the Crown of 1937–38. It is also the heaviest Australian coin in common circulation. Many commemorative designs have been issued, the large size allowing for detailed content
    1 point
  39. Might have been used as an anchor by a discruntled spouse or competitor... Very cool find.
    1 point
  40. Welcome to the forum Dz, Beautiful terrain you have their! Would love to see more pictures! My nextdoor neighbor is from Poland! You have many great suggestions above! I think the two top pics for you, based on location, availability, and warranty are either one of the Rutus's-Alter or Atrex, or one of the MineLab Equinoxes- 600 or 800! Price is always a factor, if you also have to buy other equipment for pinpointing, digging, pouch, etc... If possible, find a place to test drive a few models! If not that, maybe a club! Be sure to buy; new or used, from a reputable source! Lots of counterfeits lurking from shady sources! Also see what others are using in your area, and why? That may give you a better idea of what works best in your type of soil and terrain! Good Luck!!🍀👍👍
    1 point
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  42. It's pot metal ... it came in on the Equinox at about 39 and it was a 14-16 inches deep.
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  43. My Fenn Treasure vs. Oak Island Mystery may have been a bad comparison. But one thing in common is that in the case of the Fenn Treasure, the current skeptics (and some previous skeptics) rely on deception/dishonesty by the protagonists (Fenn and to some, the reported finder) to make their case. Currently on Oak Island many of the dissers also rely on deception/dishonesty to support their viewpoint. Certainly the TV show and its interests (executives, advertisers,...) complicate (soft word?) the situation. The tradeoff for the treasure hunters is that they compromise their values to get added investment money to supplement the costs of their search. You imply that the current search team (headed by Rick Lagina, Marty Lagina, and Craig Tester, the latter two being deep pockets who allowed them to get there in the first place) are dragging their feet and could come up with a solution but want to extend the number of seasons. That's pretty strong accusation of dishonesty, IMO. My beef with the three leaders is aimed at Marty Lagina for his supporting of completely disconnected and worse, completely fictitious "ancient alien" connection. Kevin Burns (now deceased and BTW no relation to Ken Burns of Public Television documentary fame), the creator/producer of the TV show also had the same role for History Channel's Ancient Aliens series and he saw a way to attract viewers from one show to the other and vice versa. I made a point of saying there are currently 3 parts to the Oak Island saga. Holding the mystery itself (possibly treasure but still unproven) responsible for the other two is unfair. Holding the current search team as resposible for the shortcomings (another nice word) of the TV production brass and show has a bit more merit, but to me it's the TV production brass that should get the wrath for the misleading/innacurate, etc. information passed as truth/fact. Do the searchers get compensated for allowing and participating in the TV production. For sure. Does that taint their involvement. I just gave a good example, so 'yes'. Does that mean they're simply (or primarily) in this to milk as many seasons (and thus as much money, fame, etc.) as possible??? IMO, they are what they say they are -- both (monetary) treasure hunters but also investigators of what really happened there prior to 1795. It would be nice to know how much the TV show is pumping into the search and recovery costs. I can say for certain I have no idea and I'm also rather certain no one on this forum does either. A friend of mine who was in the TV entertainment business (but as a 'gopher', not a decision maker) pointed out to me a long time ago that the reason the TV industry likes reality shows is that they don't have to pay big bucks to the staff as on traditional TV shows their with big stars and associated huge salaries. But now that History Channel depends a lot on the success of this show, it's certainly possible they are shoving serious bucks in the direction of the search team.... On the one hand I wish the TV world weren't involved because of their slimy tactics, but at the same time I wouldn't know as much about what's going on now (and be able to see evidence of what went on in the past) as that mixed bag has made possible.
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  44. I already know the order I'm going to purchase them. 1st will be for the TEK 8500 because I'll be able to use it for my Eurotek Pro, too. And, it may also work on the F75 and I'll want to know that before purchasing one for the F75. 2nd will be for my Etrac. 3rd is undecided. If the DFX coil feedback shows it works ok on the V3 then the V3 is next. If not, and the 8500 coil doesn't work well with the F75 then the F75 coil will be next. Then just wait for the Impact to make the coil list. Hard to believe this is actually going to happen. I love this type of coil. HH Mike
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  45. First, Chuck, perhaps I am reading too much into your comments but I detect some level of resentment that folks have a negative perception of the Mystery of Oak Island show that betrays your "Guilt by Association" premise. As result, I find it ironic that you are lumping Oak Island skeptics in the same bin as Fenn Treasure conspiracy theorists when reality it is much more nuanced than that. Let's start with the Fenn folks - > focusing solely on the situation after the treasure was found, they seem to be clearly manufacturing a number of conspiracy theories out of the thinnest of threads of uncertainty. Who knows the various motivations - jealousy, greed, disappointment in not finding the treasure themselves, mental stability issues, obsession, or the simple unwillingness to face the reality that the thrill of the chase is over. In this case, the critics seems to want to keep the chase alive in some sense (to prove it was a hoax or to disprove the widely accepted "solve" (btw - since when did we abandon the proper grammatic term - "solution"? - but I digress), for various divergent motivations, as bizarre as that sounds. Contrast this to the skeptics of the Mystery of Oak Island - The show must go on, and the Lagina brothers seem to be willing to milk Oak Island for all it's manufactured drama glory. Their operation is neither a true treasure hunt nor an archeological venture in the sense of a traditional expedition to find a known storm sunken Spanish galleon or the long lost tomb of an ancient monarch. It is built upon the thinnest of historical evidence, actual finds, and anecdotal "clues" with a grab bag of audacious theories of who was really there and what they may have left behind. The SHOW is creating the theories rather than the "fans" and the skeptics are merely pointing out what seems fairly obvious - something mysterious was definitely happening on Oak Island -but who knows if it was historically or monetarily significant or a potential major disappointment like the mystery of Al Capone's vault. With the resources at their disposal - heavy equipment and cofferdams galore - it seems the island should have been totally dismantled at this point. But the show still continues apparently fueled by the brothers' obsession and indisputably by revenue from the TV show's commercial success. So in one case, Fenn, the fans/skeptics are keeping the mystery alive and in the other case the "stars of the show" are keeping a the mystery alive with a cadre of doubters nipping at their heels. Hardly simple and complete... For the record - I do not believe the Fenn saga was a hoax and I do believe the treasure puzzle was indeed solved as intended by Fenn. Oak Island seems like a virtual media driven gold mine with the appropriate mix of undocumented mystery, weird forgotten structures, and big personalities with deep pockets who can seem willing to keep the mystery alive for as long as possible by carefully orchestrated episodic "close calls" keeping the mystery close but just out of reach. My reasoning is simple - in Fenn's case there really doesn't seem to be a credible motive (either fame or fortune) that would drive Fenn to perpetrate a hoax. In the case of Oak Island, it seems that the Lagina brothers are motivated to keep the show alive as solving the mystery is likely a less lucrative proposition. That's my take, anyway. At least this thread debunked one premise - that Gary Drayton was solely using the CTX and eschewing the Equinox [see what I did there to thread on topic? ]
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  46. Looks like a 20 cent coin. Australian 50 cent coins are crazy big, you almost need a wheelbarrow to lug them around in your wallet. The 20 cent isn't too bad, still a giant coin though. Not sure why they made such big coins, probably to stop you storing too many in your wallet so you're forced to spend them 🙂 That beach has really unusual coloured sand.
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  47. That would depend on what else could be there. 😁 And reciprocity. 🤣
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  48. The 12 factory programs + 12 user programs DEUS II has the advantage of offering a wide range of programs suitable for all ground and search conditions. GENERAL: FMF • Max. freq. 40khz • Conductive soil subtraction. GENERAL uses low and high frequencies and gives an excellent assessment of targets in the soil. It suits both beginners and experienced users. It offers an excellent target/false signal ratio in the ground, as it rejects the moisture in the soils, which can cause halos and false sounds when passing over holes, for example. You will therefore have more confidence on deep targets. This damp / wet soil subtraction thus attenuates the very low electric conductors like coke (coal, and conductive stone) and to a lesser extent certain very thin targets like aluminum foil. SENSITIVE: FMF • Max. freq. 40khz • Frequency addition. SENSITIVE uses low and high frequencies up to 40 kHz. Highly efficient on all targets, it will be very effective in mineralized and polluted ground when searching for the smallest targets. SENSI FT: FMF • Max. freq. 40khz • Frequency addition. SENSITIVE FULL TONES is based on the same platform as Prg. 2 - SENSITIVE, but it is configured with Full Tone audio mode, with Reactivity at 3 instead of 2.5. It offers a very rich and informative sound identification that requires a little more experience, as each target index generates a different tone in proportion to conductivity (see Discri > Full Tones). Very efficient in highly-polluted ferrous and mineralized ground. FAST: FMF • Max. freq. 40khz • Frequency addition. FAST is based on the same platform as Prg. 2 - SENSITIVE, but the audio is set to Pitch mode with Reactivity at 3 instead of 2.5 and uses the square audio feature. These three settings combined allow the machine to work fast in ferrous-polluted and mineralized ground. PARK: FMF • Max. freq. 24khz • Frequency addition. PARK is adjusted for searching recreational area’s such as, parks, dry sand beach, etc., sites that are normally polluted. DEEP HC: FMF • Max. freq. 14khz • Frequency addition. DEEP HIGH CONDUCTOR adds together very low and medium frequencies up to 14 kHz. Designed to better locate good conductivity targets, it is ideal for clusters of coins whilst maintaining excellent sensitivity to isolated coins using its 14 kHz frequency. DEUS MONO: MONOFREQUENCY adjustable from 4 to 45kHz. DEUS MONO works on a single frequency like 1, but combines the advantages of DEUS II, such as its expanded frequency range to 45 kHz, improved performance, audio quality, better EMI rejection, etc. There is more likelihood of connecting with an unstable frequency while using several simultaneous frequencies than with just one and the DEUS MONO could help you in these situations. GOLD FIELD: FMF • Max. freq. 40khz • Frequency addition. GOLD FIELD is intended for highly-mineralized gold-bearing ground. Gold nuggets are often seen as the ground or ferrous items in these tricky environments. It is set to “all metal” for deeper detection and only rejects the localised ground to which you should regularly adjust by Grabbing (see Ground). It will accept ground above and below your Ground setting. RELIC: FMF • Max. freq. 24khz • Frequency subtraction. RELIC is processed in the same way as Prg. 8 - GOLD FIELD, but uses lower subtracted frequencies to search for large masses. It is configured for “all metal” with low Reactivity and only rejects the localised ground to which you should regularly adjust by Grabbing (see Ground). It will then accept ground above and below this ground setting. DIVING: FMF • Max. freq. 14khz • Conductive soil subtraction. DIVING is the first and most stable of three programs intended for submerging in saltwater environments or simply on wet sand. Its very low and medium subtracted frequencies will better locate valuable targets such as rings and coins, whilst naturally being less responsive to low conductive targets like aluminum foil compared to the more sensitive Beach 11 and 12 programs. It can thus save time and be more effective in difficult diving conditions. BEACH: FMF • Max. freq. 24khz • Conductive soil subtraction. BEACH uses higher frequencies up to 24 kHz and thus is more sensitive to small targets compared to Diving. It is well suited to wet zones. BEACH SENS: FMF • Max. freq. 40khz • Conductive soil subtraction. BEACH SENS incorporates frequencies up to 40 kHz offering excellent sensitivity to the smallest targets without losing performance on bigger targets. This is the deepest beach program for wet conditions but also the most reactive. Source: https://www.xpmetaldetectors.com/en/produit/xp-deus-ii-remote-control.php
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  49. Yes, the plastic case knocked a couple of pounds off Compared to the Aluminum one. Somehow I ended up with 3 of the Goldtrax units in the gold boxes with the elliptical coils - need to sell at least 2 of them
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