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  1. Yesterday JW and I went for another gold hunt to the same place we'd been going on all the previous missions I've posted about in the past couple of weeks, I've always liked this spot, it's been my favourite. You do deal with a lot of junk here though, mostly shutgun pellets but I guess it's good practice for me sorting the junk from the gold. I felt like I was up to a bigger walk this time, JW invited me up to the spot he did last time we were at this place, If you recall I stayed right at the start and spent the day in a very small area last time while JW went for a stroll far further into the area and he managed to find 8 nuggets. This a photo of the 8 nuggets JW found in the area on the previous day when I stayed at the entrance to the area. It seemed a worthwhile spot for me to take on a big walk to get to, my broken foot seems to never feel better, it's been a long time now and it feels no better than it did at the start, although it has its good days and bad days and it felt like it was going to be a good day. We walked up to this area and JW showed me around and told me where he'd found some nuggets in the past, I hadn't been here for a couple of years back when I was using my GPX 4500 and I found nothing with it in this spot from memory. So we fired up our weapons and off we went. I headed up higher and JW went off to the right and down from where we stored our packs, the higher ground looked alright to me although my detector was nutting off constantly on pellets straight away, big pellets like someone had been hunting elephants in the area, only NZ doesn't have elephants, but the really large size rusty magnetic pellets, I don't normally encounter these sort often, usually it's the tiny little lead ones. They were absolutely everywhere and driving me mad. I kept going in the area anyway and then I encountered a target noise that was not like the others, a softer quieter sweeter sound, a few scrapes to remove the chances of it being a small lead near surface pellet and the signal improved, I kept digging and digging and the signal was better and better, this was getting exciting although I'd dug so much junk since getting here I had it in my head it's 90% chance some sort of junk, maybe a boot tack or something so I wasn't overly concerned about doing any video. Once I was fairly deep I decided it might be time to flick on the phones camera just in case and I'm glad I did, now I have some memories of my second biggest ever nugget find! Over a gram nuggets or even gram size nuggets are an extreme rarity here, so it's a happy day when you score a gram size nugget, this one however was a lot bigger than a gram. This is it's hole, and if you'll see the video you'll see it wasn't a fisherman's story about the size of his fish catch, exaggerating the depth on the hole, this is precisely the depth of the nugget. A beauty, and very odd for a NZ nugget based off what I've found before, mine are generally always pretty smooth, this one was a chunky rough looking nugget, more like the nuggets found in Australia. And here is the video, I'm so annoyed I didn't film the entire thing from the start as I like having videos for my future watching of my nugget finds, especially when it's a nugget out of the ordinary for me. Oh well, at least I got some of it on video. Pretty happy with this one, my second biggest nugget so far and only just behind my biggest by .1 of a gram. I ran down to show JW, we were both pretty shocked a nugget this size was found here. I now had a dilemma, the likelihood of me finding a nugget now was low, usually if I find a nugget right at the start of the day I find no more ๐Ÿ˜› Hours passed and exactly that, plenty of junk and no more nuggets, I had some lunch and figured I'd move out of the bigger nugget area and see if I can find something down lower on the hillside. I didn't really want to walk too much on steep ground with my foot but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. At this point JW had found one nugget also from memory so I didn't think my hopes would be too high down lower on the slope where he was but that's gold for you, you never know. It wasn't even 20 minute and there it was, my second nugget. A nice easy signal, the 8" loves small gold, even a bit of gold weighing 0.03 of a gram is a booming signal compared to a very small lead pellet. This piece wasn't exactly small though, well for me ๐Ÿ™‚ within a few steps of that nugget I found another one almost straight away, another easy target signal. Here is what the ground looks like we were hunting, from a cut out the old timers had done. Things dried up again for a while now and JW appeared crossing over a ridge into sight, he was heading back to his bag for lunch so I decided I'd go sit with him and have a break, we had a look at the nugget again after the initial shock had passed and at this point he had 3 little nuggets with his GPX 6000, so we were sitting on 3 each at this point. his were similar size to my smaller two. Back at it, this time we both just hung around near our bags for a bit where I'd just found the two nuggets, and after an hour or so of nothing we gradually moved on, I decided I'd go back a fair bit in the direction of the car so I took our bags to save us having to go back for them as JW was slowly heading in that direction too. I went for a walk to some thyme bushes on the downward slope hoping the little 8" would give me an advantage over anyone else who had detected there as the spaces between the bushes are so small it takes a small coil to get between them and the 8" had done extremely well doing this in the past, it slides between the bushes no problems. I don't know why I didn't take a photo of them. I was only in the bushes for 20 minutes and digging plenty of pellets and junk and then I had a signal that seemed different to the others, I scraped away the grass and could clearly see I was on some bedrock. The signal was pretty good, unmistakable, although tiny it was a nice little bit of gold. It was my smallest bit of the day so I wanted to see how it responded on JW's GPX 6000 to compare it in my head to how it responded with my GPZ and 8" X-coil. I was very satisfied with how good the target response was on my GPZ so it would have been good to compare, I walked over to where JW was to find him fiddling with his GPX unplugging the coil and removing the battery and so on, he said it was doing its usual EMI thing where he just turns it off and does a factory reset and it seems to clear up the EMI, however this time when he switched it off and on again it came up with an error so he was unplugging everything and making sure it was all secure in an attempt to revive it. After many attempts it was clear the thing had died. Either the coil or the detector. We took a video of it which you can see here. This put a bit of a downer on what was otherwise an excellent day. Minelab have really outdone themselves with the build quality of the GPX 6000, for the price things are not too great I think, it's pretty disappointing. I told JW we should just leave now, I didn't want to continue with him having to sit around and wait for me to finish, it was sad enough his detector died without having to sit around watching me have all the fun so we left to go get some Chinese food on the way home, we got there right as the place opened for dinner so the buffet had all the good stuff! We got ourselves an excellent meal. Once we got back to JW's house we tried another coil on the detector and it worked, so it was the 11" coil that failed. My theory is the security chip in the coil has failed, my reason for this is the detector was working fine until it was turned off, so a fault with the windings or cable connection or anything like that is HIGHLY unlikely to be the problem, the EMI he was getting that prompted him to turn it off and on was nothing out of the ordinary, he does this many times during a detecting session to fix the EMI when a noise cancel doesn't seem to do it. When the detector was turned off and on it uses that chip to verify the coil, if the chips dead the detector will error exactly like what's happened. A bit of a downer on what was a good day. JW ended up with his 3 little nuggets, I can't remember his weights but his total was about .3 of a gram from memory, I'll put up his total photo if he sends it through on email, he normally sends me his photo of gold weights. We also weighed my gold at JW's house, I wanted to know if my big one was my biggest ever, it was close. The little one I wanted to check and compare with the 6000 came up as 0.03 on JW's scales, when I arrived home checked the weights on my scales as they're more accurate and it came up slightly heavier than on his. It's not my smallest GPZ nugget which is 0.023 of a gram on my scales but it's getting down there. It's heavier than it looked. Here is my junk for the day lots of tiny little metal shards, they were so annoying as they're a great signal. I think I lost a fair few pellets out of my pocket, it happens pulling my scoop in and out all day. And my days total My best day in about a year I'd guess, pretty sad about JW's GPX though, now he's got the hassles of dealing with the warranty.
    46 points
  2. I was out again in the same environment and same general area last weekend. The weather was beautiful - and it can be hot this time of year in the lower elevation country, but it was not hot last weekend. There was scattered gold here and there in and around the old workings of the miners. I dug a number of loud, non-ferrous targets, but they were all lead - got over 2 ounces of lead. I got 6.7 grams of gold in 17 pieces. All were dug with the GM 1000 and wireless headphones from Fossickers. The wireless headphones are nice, I should use them more often.
    32 points
  3. Went out a few weeks ago to prospect in California at the same location I was at a few weeks back. Did pretty well with the GM 1000 - its a pretty trashy area and if you dont want to dig 200 pieces of rusty iron junk, you will be using some discrimination. I did try the SDC and the 7000 in a few areas, but eventually the trash got to me and I was back on the GM1000. I know that a lot of guy preach dig it all, but there are places which have gold but the amount of trash will make your head spin. What do you guys think? This is the gold I dug last time - 5 grams. I'll be returning soon because success breeds more success.
    32 points
  4. I finally did it. 23 years ago I wrote a little Christmas story called "All That Glitters." A Prospector's Christmas Story. During those 23 years I have had scores of people ask me to publish the story into a book so they could pull it out each year and read it. This past Christmas Season I had a company called Gold Rush Expeditions ask for a one time licensing fee to publish the story in their annual end of the year magazine. So, I finally published it into a book. The intro to the book reads: --------------- "Sam Lewis had lost his faith in God, his faith in the criminal justice system and society in general. Now, his wife, Mary, had passed away. Sam felt that without Mary his life was meaningless. Dropping out of society, Sam decided to head for the seclusion of the hills and spend what time he had left working his gold mining claim. Miles away from modern day civilization he found the gold he was looking for. Sam also found something he hadn't counted on; something much more valuable. This wonderful tale is sure to delight adults and children alike. It is a story that will bring a smile to your heart and a tear of joy to your eye." ------------- This is a lite read. Only 63 pages long. 10 Chapters. If you like the ol' Hallmark movies, then you will like this tale. I had that in my head when I wrote it. Something like a Hallmark Christmas movie with Wilford Brimley narrating the story. But Wilford died. Guess I shouldn't have waited so long. Every year around Christmas time I get people calling to buy the book. Well there was no book to buy. But now there is. I don't fashion myself a writer at all, but anyone that knows me will tell you I like telling stories. Merry Christmas about 7 months early. Or 5 months late.
    30 points
  5. I was back at the spur spot yesterday afternoon for 3 hours of well deserved therapy. It was hot but there was enough breeze to keep me cooled down. I sometimes hunt with a buddy that has all his detecting needs perfectly kept in a little back pack... his boots are already on and he's ready to go detecting...the minute we turn off the truck he's out the door and hauls ass to the spot...he's usually about 10-15 minutes ahead of me. One time after he did this I walked up to the area he had already been detecting for 20 min turned on my detector and immediately dug a nice seated quarter about 15 feet from where he was standing. As he looked at me in disbelief I calmly told him that the reason I found the quarter and he didn't was because he hauled ass to the spot and the detecting gods don't like to see greedy detectorists. So in following with my superstitions yesterday instead of rushing to the spot where I found the spur I made a wide fishhook pattern so as not to appear too eager to find the other one...The plan worked perfectly it was the 4-5th target I dug...On the deus 2 it was in the mid 80's and sounded not that great...as I was excavating it out of the ground I noticed why... there was a large piece of Iron covering about half of the spur...I would have put the odds of finding the other spur at zero to one...how many times have we set out to find something with our detectors only to find out it was the only one there... I had a nice little 3 hour hunt.... the matching spur will sit in my display case next to the other one...I got a few more relics and even found a coin if you can believe that. The ground is rock hard...A shovel is out of the question. Once I break through the hard upper surface I am able to use the Leshe tool to get the target out but its lots of work to not damage the target. Heres a few pics... a couple showing the landscape. Happy hunting and don't be too greedy when you go detecting ๐Ÿ™‚ strick
    30 points
  6. Well, I'm only a year late..... I finally got my own GPX6000 and gave it a 1st run this afternoon. I went to a spot only 5 minutes from home where I'd gotten over a hundred pieces over the past 18 years. My modded 4500 got over an ounce and a half there back in 2021 and I gridded the main area (25x10m) until I was sure there was nuthin left....or so I thought! I spent just 4 hours there this afternoon and got 9 bits of gold for 1.7 grams. Plus 40 bits of lead shot, a .22 short bullet, 3 bits of flake iron and a percussion cap. 7 bits of gold, plus 75% of the junk came from the gridded patch! The 6000 has the edge, thats for sure. 2 of the gold 'nuggets' were over 7" deep and were just whispers. Overall, the 6000 ran well....coupla scans to eliminate EMI, but fairly quiet. I used difficult mode coz its got lotsa ironstone and had zero hotrocks. On the plus side: Light weight, amazing BT headphones (actual, real 'low latency') stem locked tight, no wobble, ease of use, ground balance kept very stable. On the minus side, the threshold needs a control to reduce it....way too much, I'd prefer a whisper of threshold. I was at the lowest volume setting. The 6000 hates the coil being angled, makes it hard to work mounds, mullock etc. My headphones don't fully charge as the red/blue flashing goes on forever.... This detector owes me 40 grams so its still got 38.3 to go.... I'll keep yas all posted as to how long it takes.
    29 points
  7. Head for the beach. We had some high winds last week and I got to thinking that I should do something different. The boss said it was ok to take off work early on Friday so instead of a pick I loaded the beach scoop into the back of the truck...when I got to the spot it looked like there had been 6 feet of sand removed from the area. Nice steep slope...targets everywhere and I had it all to myself. It was a good hunt. 4 silver rings, one junk tungsten, and the find of the day was the 18 k engagement A JAFFE ring...Its a real beauty in person...but mother grundy has a way of playing cruel tricks on us sometimes...the center stone does not test positive.. Who in the bleep buys a beautiful 18k engagement ring covered in real diamonds and then puts a fake in the middle? I even brought it to the jeweler today just to make sure...his reply "No Luck" lol. So that the way it goes... but I'll take it anyways...it's way too big to fit the wife but she has already laid claim to the silver ring with the red colored stone. Equinox 800/ field 2/coiltek 10x5 Happy hunting... strick
    28 points
  8. I've had four opportunities now to take the XP Deus 2 out for a spin. I'm really liking this machine for relic hunting. I still have a lot to learn about it. I like a detector that is simple to operate. The Deus 2 is not a simple machine... at least for me as I feel like a pilot going through their pre flight check list every time I fire it up. I'm sure it will become routine soon. A few finds from 2 different spots. Two hunts total. The first two pictures are from an old WW2 camp that I have been over with the Nox many times. The second spot is a new permission. You would think with all those buckles I would have found one coin..but no. The spur made my day..its in good shape. Happy hunting and get that deus 2 if you like hunting for relics. Just don't tell anyone about it ๐Ÿ™‚ strick
    28 points
  9. Go, or youโ€™ll regret it. At most you are talking a few hundred dollars, if you are pulling a huge trailer. Less if you have a rig with decent fuel efficiency. Find a way to save the money somewhere else. Sell a spare detector? Or just tell yourself youโ€™ll have to find a little more gold. But go. Lifeโ€™s too short to pass on rare adventures when the time allows, and time is one commodity you will never be able to get back.
    27 points
  10. Today Chase came down to hunt a new permission with me, a turn-of-the-century farm not too far away. The farm has 3 houses on it, two Victorian and one modern. The landowner is a person my wife has been friends with for years, he catered our wedding. Near as I can tell this place has never been hunted. The main field is about 67 acres and surrounds the large house, there is another of about 30 acres across the highway with a smaller Victorian house and the modern one. I'm looking for something for the owner but he is allowing me to keep everything else. ๐Ÿ™‚ I brought my Equinox and the Deus 2, the EMI was pretty rough near the highway where we started so I ended up using the Deus all day. I was using my modified General program, which Chase introduced "Full tones" to, I was running it with 5. It became quite a bit easier to distinguish some targets but the objective today was to dig anything that gave consistent good tone, be it aluminum and even falsing iron. I dug a horrendous amount of trash. ๐Ÿ˜ต This is just the aluminum: I split it into two photos. ๐Ÿคฌ Some big falsing iron and the usual suspects, bullets, shotgun shell ends, junk copper and an old Schrader valve. While searching the large field on our way to a remote barn we came upon a spot that gave up some pretty good finds! It was a house or a tavern, there was brick and pottery, and lots of brass. I dug these large pieces Top is a barrel tap, next what may be a rifle buttstock plate, a musket ball, a large brass foot of some sort, an ox knob, and what I think is a brass insert for a glass door knob. Heavy stuff! We went way back in the field to find a barn, found the spot but nothing else except for a swarm of bees in a nearby hollow. We decided to go back to the productive spot. There I found some interesting smaller items: A small broken horseshoe charm, it was gold plated. A 1920s lipstick tube, "Kissproof". A broken button with what looks like grapes on it, very old. A small bracelet piece with a flower design on it and a few links. One flat breech button, and a large token that says "Leonard Refrigerators" on it from about the 30s: Not sure what the object is, but it's the punchline of my corny title. ๐Ÿ˜€ Chase had to leave so I came back later for a bit, and got my find of the day along with the Tombac in the finds photo: 1831 Matron Large cent, in fairly good shape. ๐Ÿ™‚
    27 points
  11. Got out for about a 6 hour hunt today, I was going to hit 3 fields of an old farm that I really haven't found much in. Figured I'd give the Deus 2 a chance to do me proud. Today I ran it mostly in General with the sensitivity turned up to 97 and 3 bottle cap. Didn't mess with anything else but saved it and put it next to my new Culpeper relic program. The first field I went to is about 4 acres, I didn't find anything here the first time and didn't find anything but trash this time. I spent about 2 hours going all around. ๐Ÿ˜ต While I was there the landowner stopped by and told me that he was working on an old county road that the British may have used to invade the town in 1812. I decided to check it out later. The next field is about 2 to 3 acres, hunted it for about an hour before I finally dug a beautiful spun Tombac. I didn't find anything else after that but trash, and a small piece of lead crystal. Next I decided to follow the road the landowner talked about, used my compass and OnX Hunt to guide me. I got about halfway down the road and found it getting impenetrable, I circled around the tough stuff and realized I had got off track. At that point I decided to quit and made my way back. I'm not directionally challenged, but the compass and app helped me get out quickly. I went across the road to the third field, a small one less than 3 acres. I dug a few buttons here, saved the best for last. I switched to Deep HC for a bit, and not too much later got a strong 79, since I was digging junk all day I didn't think much of it. Was I surprised: I had dug a 1781 Mexico mint half of a half real. ๐Ÿ‘ that made my day. I hunted around a bit more, here are the finds for the day: A heavy piece of copper spike, a very tiny brass knob, the Tombac, a small thimble tip, and the half/half real. Lots of trash today including a live shotgun shell.
    27 points
  12. 26 points
  13. Long experience in retail has taught me that customers could care less about company excuses for lack of quality control. Why should they? Itโ€™s one thing when a person buys cheap stuff. You get what you pay for... or at least thatโ€™s the story. When you are buying the most expensive stuff made, you expect better quality. I have zero sympathy for Minelab on this one, and am sorry for anyone out there who has received less then they have deserved when buying a GPX 6000. Itโ€™s a genuine shame as itโ€™s a great detector, but I surely understand the disappointment that results when a brand new, expensive purchase, fails to perform as expected.
    26 points
  14. First month beach hunting, dry, wet and water using modified Beach Sensitive and Dive (in the water). Really liking this machine and still so much to learn about it. Not shown are two 925 necklaces and all the misc coins and pull tabs. Roughly 80 hours on the machine so far give or take a few hours. Cliff
    26 points
  15. These are my 3 treasure finds I had in less than two years a 1500bc bronze age hoard , 1250/1360 medieval coin hoard and a 1450/1550 silver religious devotional heart pendant
    26 points
  16. General Summary: I set out with two goals in mind, but only accomplished one. I wanted to compare the 6000 response on small nuggets to the 12" X Coil, but this was completely pointless due to the 30mph winds making audio on my cell phone completely inaudible. Also, I wanted to try out the 15" CC X Coil I was sent last year but simply have not had a chance to try out due to a number of factors in life. X Coils sent this coil to me for free to try out right as my detecting season had ended last year. I worked over about a 20x50ft section of a patch completely with the 6000 until there were no audible targets left. I use Auto+ in normal. Then, as is my general technique, I set the GPZ such that I was running the maximum gain with the most stable threshold I could acquire. In this case, 18 gain, 12 threshold, low smoothing, normal. My feeling is that these settings average out to something fairly close to what the 6000 is doing in Auto+, if any equivalency can be drawn, ignoring GeoSense. Almost every target was 6+ inches deep with the CC. Whereas most of my 6000 targets were about 1-7" deep. Nothing too surprising here. Initially from this section I got about 40 nuggets with the 6000, and got another 7 more with the CC. The avg size of the 6000 nuggets was around 0.1 grams, and the average size of the deeper CC nuggets was around 0.25 grams. There is both salt and medium mineralization in this ground, and the CC suffered as would any larger coil in the salt. I'm quite sure I left some nuggets in the ground because I got tired of chasing salt signals. The 6000 w/11" pretty much only gave a signal on targets or the buried clay balls and so it was much easier to dig only just good targets. But it definitely missed stuff once it got deeper than 5-6" or so. Here you can see a pretty typical ~7" hole that the CC was finding gold in. This gold looks bigger but it only weighs 0.21 grams. I think the deepest one I dug was around 9". The gold here doesn't often get bigger than 3/4 gram, so physics limits the depth at which this stuff can be found, thus the lack of deeper results. My gold vs trash take. Almost everything was 6"+ deep, including trash. The 6000 got almost everything closer to surface aside from the one smallest pellet. I say almost everything 6" deep because the longer nugget was only like 2" deep and there is no way the 6000 missed that thing. Again, I swear the 6000 is occasionally "hiccuping" and missing some quite obvious targets. I don't know if it's due to electronics bogging down/glitching, or just needing to hit some nuggets exactly the right way and in the right direction. But that one was almost an overload signal on the Z. But maybe I just didn't overlap swings enough...no clue. The gold vs trash ratio is pretty similar to what I got closer to the surface with the 6000. A lot of this surface soil is deflationary, meaning gold is often found right in the grass roots up top, depending how heavy the wind is and how much ground cover there is. My Opinions: Having used the 17" CC earlier in Arizona, I already knew these coils were killer. Seriously, they are like having a GPZ 7500 before anyone else, and I'm not just saying that because I got the coil for free. They are that much deeper. Anyone who has an X Coil adapter already, and who hunts in ground where deeper nuggets have been proven to lurk - this coil will almost certainly find you more gold (as long as the gold is actually there). That said, like any larger coil, they suffer in salt. So this test wasn't quite an apples to apples comparison. And actually, I didn't even fully realize there was salt in the ground here when I was running just the 6000, otherwise I'd have chosen a different spot. But the salt signal was definitely there and obvious when swinging across soil interfaces. Also, I recall reading that these CC's are way better in mineralization than the spirals, which may be the case (I haven't tested), but the 6000 had far less overall response to the iron mineralization than the GPZ+CC, even though larger coils are better with ferrite type mineralization, generally speaking. This is more a function of the GPZ than the coil though, I believe, in this case since the 17" I ran in Arizona didn't suffer any more than the stock GPZ coil in medium mineralization. In summary, I'll end with something I've said before: these CC's (and the 8" in salt) are the only reason I'm still hanging on to my GPZ still. I'd have sold it long ago if these coils didn't exist. They are seriously like having a new GPZ that no one else has access too. That said, nothing - and I mean nothing - can compete with the ease of use of the 6000, and it's quickness and speed. It's built to be a prospecting machine, not a patch cleaner. Yes. It misses stuff. Absolutely, without doubt. And if a person is primarily spending time cleaning up the last remaining crumbs in long dead patches then the 6000 is not a great choice and nothing can compete with the depth and sensitivity of the 7000+ X Coils. But for general prospecting and exploration, nothing on the market can compete with the 6000 either. Two separate machines, two separate use cases. My arm was dead tired after swinging the GPZ again, I only made it 6 hours and normally I like to spend 10 hours if I'm making a trip to the field. And I just have to swing far, far slower with the GPZ both due to the increased ground response and the outright weight of the coil/machine. And in the end, I actually found more nuggets by number and weight with the 6000 just by accepting that I would lose some gold left behind and being ok with trading that for raw speed and ground coverage. I wasn't sure how much gold I left, but I knew I left some. It paid for my gas and back, so not insignificant. And if one of those deeper nuggets was a lunker, well then it might pay for an entire season of gas, never know. But my personal detecting philosophy is to sweep up 80% of the easy stuff quickly and move on to find more places. It just pays better over time. Then come back with the GPZ + X Coils to clean up patches when times are lean and exploration isn't paying off, or when my arm and elbow feel up to the task. This is the reason I'm using the 6000 so much now. And it's also the reason I'm still keeping the GPZ. But of course we all use detectors for different things, and this is just me showing how each works well in their own specific use cases which might not apply to anyone else.
    25 points
  17. Last weekend I had an opportunity to go on a club outing to an old mining ghost town site on private land. We had a hunt last spring at a different ghost town, which was my first, and this would be my second. I took the Deus II to test out and the Equinox, which performed well at my first ghost town hunt, as a backup. I had high hopes of doing a little better in the iron and nail infested ground since the Deus detectors are supposed to excel in iron. I used the Relic program mainly and did some checking with the Park and General programs and ran with Notch at 00-00, IAR at 2, Reactivity at 1-2, Iron Volume at 3, and Sensitivity at 96. I was prepared for the audio onslaught of the rapid fire iron and falsing tones, but was amazed at the stability of the Deus. The ground was bone dry from the long drought and iron tones were plentiful but managable and non ferrous tones rang out loud and clear. At about an hour into the hunt, I was learning to recognize the iron falses and nail tones from good tones. And then I hit a very recognizable penny tone and VID at 86. There were a lot of iron sounds mixed in as well but the 86 kept popping through. I imagined it was a large nail or big iron false but since I was investigating all targets, I had to dig it. When I opended the hole, I found a handful of nails, a piece of thin iron strapping and laying among the clutter was an unmistakable penny shape. My first thought was how did a Zincoln get down that deep? When I pulled it out, I was looking at a 1911 Wheat penny! I couldn't believe it. That was the oldest coin I have found in my 2 years of detecting in Colorado so I was pretty excited. The next day we were out at the site for a few more hours. I had been all over the place the day before like a dog looking for a bone, but decided to go back and work the area where I found the wheat penny and then it happened. I was almost hypnotized by the constant low hum of iron when an unfamiliar but solid 50 popped through. I thought it might be another button or piece of jewelry or something and then I saw something amazing in the hole! Another first for me! I know these things may seem trivial to you more experienced detectorists, but but this is like the Holy Grail to me. I never expected to be able to find something like this and now I feel like I actually can. More than that, I feel a little more like I'm one of you. I must say I am even more happy with the D2 as I learn it more and I believe it's good reputation in iron is well deserved.
    24 points
  18. So, I have been MIA to detecting for the past 2 weeks, as I had my second date with Covid. ๐Ÿ™„ She visits me every 2 years and this time was no fun as well. ๐Ÿ˜„. A buddy of mine wanted to do an E Trac hunt, so I met him at a church built in the 1940โ€™s but on a very old piece of land. I also brought the Equinox 800 and the GPX 5000. I started the hunt with the E Trac and a 13โ€ Ultimate coil (that I just purchased here recently). It took me a bit to remember how to use it in this kind of EMI setting, but it worked very well finding me an 1852 Large cent at around 9โ€. I ran it for about 2 hours and found some memorials and a couple of wheats. I decided to switch and try the Equinox. Now the selling point of the Equinox is its multi-frequency technology, so I wasnโ€™t interested in hunting with the 20 or 40 Khz frequencies, as I was looking for deep silver. The Equinox didnโ€™t fare well with the EMI, so off to the car trunk it went. I then pulled out the GPX with a Detech 11โ€ DD coil. It was noisy, but bearable as I ran it with very mild settings. The last 2 hours of the hunt were the most fun as I could almost run with the GPX and just bang out coin after coin, all around the 6โ€ mark. This section I was doing had almost no trash or iron, just coins. There wasnโ€™t a pull tab to be found, and besides some modern clad, every cent there was a wheat cent. So, the GPX found both silvers and a lot of wheats including a decent 1921. It was a ton of fun and I was just glad to get out and hunt after sitting home for all those days.
    24 points
  19. Love me or hate me, I belong to The Ringfinders and I got a call last night to rescue a men's gold wedding band from the surf up in Santa Barbara. My customer had just applied sunscreen and waded out into the surf, brought his hands up and you can figure out the rest. Off came the ring. I had one chance to get out there early enough to hopefully locate it in the wet and not have to fight the shore break so I got left this morning at 4:30 and headed to the beach. He had mentioned that he thought he was near an area of rocks and guess what, there were large rocks everywhere so I stood there in the dawn and made a decision to search an area I thought made sense. This beach was hopping with iron, targets were everywhere but because of the oncoming tide I decided I would only did solid tones 62-86. After about my 5th pass in my grid I got a LOUD 72 and I mean LOUD. It was screaming "here I am, please dig me" and two scoops later I had the ring. When I met with the owner to return it he shared that even though it was a simple band it was made in the exact image of his father's wedding ring so it was more than just a ring for him. Some of the best moments I've ever had detecting have included giving things back to the original owner and this one was the same. To see a grown man crying for joy that he got his ring back is a feeling that can't be adequately described but it's good. I hope your weekend was at least half as good as mine because if it was, it was great.
    23 points
  20. Ideally I would love to share all my finds. In 10 years Iโ€™ve found a lot of nice things, and even some rare and valuable things. Inevitably once I post rare and valuable historical items I come under local pressure to donate them with the argument that โ€œhistory belongs to us all.โ€ Thereโ€™s a part of me that agrees with that statement. Thereโ€™s another part of me that thinks history belongs to those who seek it. I put in the work to seek it out and retrieve it, and I should be able to be the one to share it until I choose to pass it on how I see fit. We share our finds in part to share history with others in our own way. We become attached to those items and proudly display them. The last thing many of us want are entities laying claim to our finds, guilt tripping us or suggesting that it now belongs to everyone, and keeping it is somehow wrong. Yet this has happened to me enough times (never here) that I feel burned for sharing anything. I just wonder if any of you have had the same experience. Itโ€™s a kind of catch 22 where both arguments have merit. Regardless, I follow the law. Thereโ€™s no crime here in holding on a valuable historical find. If it answers some kind of important question or fills in an important gap, then Iโ€™d err more on the side that it belongs to everyone. Either way we should have some time to enjoy the spoils. Thatโ€™s my thought for the day.
    23 points
  21. I know Steve H gets a kick out of all the chains I find. Here ya go. From this last season. Actually, my conditions to find chains were not that good. 4 on the bottom are gold, 22 on top are silver. All Nox finds. Thanks for looking!
    22 points
  22. Today was a cloudy and cool day, with a low offshore throwing intermittent mist and rain at us. ๐Ÿ˜ต I want to search my new permission some more, so I set out regardless of the mist. It probably rained about 4 times today, luckily I was near a tree every time so I stayed pretty dry. It's going to rain every day for the next 3 and the corn isn't getting any shorter. Today I used the Equinox 600 with the 10x5. I still can't tell if I find any more with the Deus than the Equinox, as you'll see. First I went to the field next to the smaller house, searched there for about 3 hours, only found what might be a brass or copper wedding band: I don't see an inscription inside so it's probably not a "posy" ring. This field was full of can slaw and other aluminum. ๐Ÿ˜ต I went back across the highway to the main house, and started really finding things "behind" it, before the mid 1940s it faced a road that is now gone. Since then the landowner has added backyard stuff where the front used to be and surrounded it with cedars and other trees. This is a view down the old road going east. It doesn't look like a road but it is. Got a pretty good bunch of coins and relics along this road directly behind the house. It used to be the front yard so it made sense to follow the rows two at a time. From left to right: the ring, a "Lincoln locket", thought it was a penny at first: it's stamped, looks like it had a back that I didn't find. Next is an IHP that I can't get a date off of, a 1998 Zincoln that was hit by a lawnmower, a very corroded 1980 memorial, a 1944 wheat, an 1837 Matron Large cent: It was at least 10" down, and gave a 31 ID. The one I dug last time with the Deus 2 was a 93. a 1908 "V" nickel, the only Barber coin I ever seem to find: Next row is part of a drawer pull (I think), a large flat piece of lead with an iron shank which may have been a button, it is convex. A small flattened buck ball, below it a small broken Tombac, brass D buckle, a spark plug ring, and a garage key. Above the D buckle is the coolest token I have ever found, they're pretty common according to Numista: Maybe a bus or other conveyance (carriage) traveled this old road? The last object is a crown shaped knob with threads inside, I dug another but it was totally corroded. This one looked good enough. Best way I can think of to make a miserable day good! ๐Ÿ˜€
    21 points
  23. Erin and I went exploring today. We had never been to Elk City before. A lot of mining in the area. Gold was first discovered there in 1861. I haven't researched the area other than a few maps. Thought I would share a few pictures. The Gold Point Mill and mess hall are still standing. In decent shape from being built in the 30's. Jaw crusher, hammer mill, ball mill and shaker tables are there.
    20 points
  24. I got my Nox 800 in Sep. and have been having what I think is pretty good luck with it. Park hunting isn't my favorite, but it's what I mostly do because I can get in an hour or two after work or between honey-dos. My goal for this year, was simply to find an 18xx anything US coin. Penny, dime, whatever, as long as it is 1800's. I had reasonable confidence I'd find one this year. But I never expected it to happen in a park! But it did. Short park hunt today. Not very deep, in some tree roots. A 1895 S Barber! Couldn't hardly believe it! Up till now, I've found only two silver Rosies in the parks around here. The other Barbers and the one Merc I've found were at ghost town type sites. So I was sure my 18xx coin was going to come from a site like that. But, nope, park find! I have been on a tear on the park .925 and gold lately though. Counting today, five out of my last six short park turf hunts have produced silver and one of them produced 14kt gold. From just the last couple weeks of short park hunts: I find those sterling CTR rings fairly regular. I guess because silver coins are so few and far between for me in the parks, I call those sterling CTR's "Mormon Mercs". No offense to my Mormon family, friends and neighbors of course. But they are by far my most common .925 finds. Anyway, stoked to break into the 1800's! And it looks like the 1895 S is a semi-key date to boot! - Dave
    20 points
  25. Sorry, another corny title ๐Ÿคฃ I went back to the field where I dug the half-half real a couple of days ago. It was a cool and fairly windless day, I wanted to see what else was there. Up by the highway there are power lines and huge transformers, my poor Equinox would suffer greatly near the road, so I brought the Deus 2 again. Even the Deus was affected slightly the closer I got to the road, but that's where all the beer cans, foil and slaw are. About 30 feet in things improve greatly. Despite the slight EMI the Deus can lock onto a target with little effort. This is a small field so I figured 7-8 hours would cover it. It's wide near the highway but curves off to a small field off to the left. I want to show y'all a really cool seat you can strap around your waist so you can take a break without ticks or chiggers getting you on the ground, I've seen Chase with one and my fabulous wife gave me this one: It's about 2" thick, and the size of a Frisbee, maybe 10" in diameter. You pop it open and twist it slightly and it will hold 300 lbs! Great if you need a break in a big field. I walked all over this field and got a handful of relics: Most of this stuff is very old. From top left, a rein guide, it is cast with figuring on it, some part of fancy horse tack, a small brass triangular object, 7 buttons. The buttons range from a large Dandy to two Tombacs, 3 breech buttons, and what may be part of a 2 piece, it has a star like design with possible silver plating in the crevices. A boss of some kind, a large lead ball with a hole in it, spectacle buckle, 4 lead objects that are mostly rifle/pistol/buck and a lead bag seal. The third brass knob I've found here, and some sort of threaded brass finial. The Dandy also has silvered highlights: It appears to have 12 sides, but it's very indistinct. One of the Tombacs is highly figured as well and sadly broken: And the oldest find of the day was this spectacle buckle, it was about 8" deep. They date back to the 1650s. I got 3 coins today, a 1970 and 1974 memorial, and a 1909 wheat that I can't make out much else on. ๐Ÿ˜ต Finds to trash was great today, I'm really getting used to the "tonal nuances" of the Deus 2, and able to distinguish most deep iron falsing. A small amount of iron, buck balls and other junk.
    20 points
  26. Iโ€™ve been hunting this soccer field for quite some time w the Tarsacci, finding lots of nickels and aluminum. I knew it was a matter of time before the yellow stuff turned up, never expected it though 1st time out w a brand new machineโ€ฆ.go figureโ€ฆ..๐Ÿฅด Iโ€™d like to thank Don at North Georgia Relics for the SWEET deal on this machine and the Digging Dude for helping me set up it up! Thanks Aaron
    20 points
  27. While not quite as exciting as Reg and James and their colours I did manage to pop a few up myself yesterday. JW and I went back to the same place I found my KFC nuggets the other day, I once again stayed right at the entrance due to my broken foot, I really can't walk very far before the pain is too much and I need to save some life in my foot for the days hunting, If I walked too far I'd have nothing left in me for swinging the detector. JW fortunately has healed up quickly from his leg muscle injury and was able to walk off into the distance, he ended up going a fair way away to an area I've not been to since I was using my GPX 4500. He did well too, ended up with 8 nuggets. Seeing I was going over ground we mostly went over the previous days I didn't have much hope for myself, but I wasn't going to let that get in my way. I was more determined than ever to at least find one nugget we missed. It's a very small area where I was hanging around, I first found gold in this exact spot with my GPX 4500 a few years ago, I found a 1.2 gram nugget down by the creek, and a couple of little ones near it, I then asked JW to go over it with his GPZ and stock coil and clean up anything my 4500 missed and I vaguely remember him finding another 6 or so tiny little nuggets I'd missed. It really is a small area, there is a dirt road and about 10 to 15 meters (30 to 50 feet) wide on one side of the road is where the gold has been found, it goes for a stretch of about 50 meters I would guess (165 feet) along the side of a bit of a drop off into a creek. It's on a downward slope and drops into a little gully and down the bottom of this is where I previously found the 1.2 gram nugget. This is the area I confined myself to that we both confined ourselves to a couple of days ago. Over the other side of the road is another area with quite long grass and deeper ground. I had an explore over there on the road side for a few hours and found nothing but junk. The other day I stayed up near the top of this area where I found 6 nuggets including my KFC pieces ๐Ÿ™‚ This time my focus was more down towards the bottom, JW had a bit of a shot down there the other day but I didn't make it down there as we keep our distance apart to stop the detectors messing with each other, both the GPZ 7000 and GPX 6000 JW is using work remarkably well next to each other though. He was going to use his GPZ this time as it's just better for in the long grass, the shaft on the 6000 twists, the coil ears don't appear strong enough for pushing the detector through long grass so he's a bit worried about breaking them doing what we do with the GPZ. We use our detectors as a way to push down and flatten the grass, and with the GPX this isn't really possible so you have to do it by foot stomping and then detect over it which takes more time. His little flap cover on the back of the detector is always hanging open too, that thing just never holds shut, might have to tape it down or something. The GPZ is much more robust and you just bulldoze the grass down. Anyway, he just ended up using the GPX again as it was ready when I arrived at his house, it was a bit of a last minute idea to go on our gold hunt yesterday. This is the long grass I'm talking about, the 8" is a breeze in this stuff, it just squishes it down and the nice tough GPZ shaft has no problems doing it, being dry the grass is quite firm too, not nice soft green grass. JW doesn't have this little 8" coil though so he'd be using a 15" Concentric coil which wouldn't be quite as good in the long grass although he'd still be able to bulldoze it over with the stronger shaft, I've used the 12" Concentric fine doing that, but still not as easy as the 8". The little dig hole to the bottom left was just a pellet in this photo. My first nugget of the day was right down the bottom where the road drops down into the gully, right near where I found the 1.2 gram piece a few years ago with the 4500 and where JW had checked with his GPZ and stock coil at the time cleaning up the bits I'd missed. Down by the water in the shade of the willows the grass stays green, unusual for in this area as its so arid and brown. Sorry about the spit on the scoop, I had to clean the gold to see it was even gold ๐Ÿ™‚ It was quite deep down, its hard to tell in the photos but you can sort of see the soil pile in this one above. The 8" is like a laser, you can dig pick width holes to get your target out as it's so small and accurate. And the nugget, I thought it was going to be heavier than it was, it was my biggest of the day. I was happy now, I thought at that point it was extremely unlikely I'd find another one, we'd just done this ground too much for there to be any more nuggets we'd missed. JW rang me from his location way out of my walking range to check up how I was doing, at this point he'd found 3 nuggets and I'd just found this one, I guess he was about a kilometer away along the dirt road at the time. A little further along down the bottom I had another target, weird, perhaps a pellet that was rejected or something so I dug it up. A little ball ๐Ÿ™‚ Although a lot smaller it weighs more than the bigger flat one. And it wasn't 10 minutes and I'd found a 3rd, all in a similar area down near the bottom of this little dip in the road. This one was probably hidden due to the long grass, because I was able to squish the grass down so easily I was able to get close to the ground. In fact it's probably similar for all of them, with the clumps of grass the GPZ just has more push strength to crush it down to get closer to the soil. A little KFC mini drumstick ๐Ÿ™‚ There isn't much meat on the KFC mini drum. I gave up in this area now, I've absolutely slammed it and so has JW, I was honestly surprised to get anything. I went over the other side of the road in the small area between the road and the fence, it was just full of trash, although I did find a silver ear ring, probably from a hiker. The really bad bit about detecting along this road was hikers, they kept walking past me, I felt like a monkey at a zoo with them all stopping to watch me and talking to me with the same standard lines, "have you found anything" or "are you looking for gold". This place is normally pretty empty, you're lucky to see one other person in a day, this day I am sure there was 20 or 30 hikers go past! so weird! JW encountered them way further along where he was too. He probably wasn't right at the road though so wouldn't have had it as bad as I did. The ear ring I found, I also found a wedding ring from a mouse. Poor little guy probably got a big lecture from Mrs Mouse for losing his wedding ring. and my junk, I zoomed in so you can get a real good look at it! I was rejecting surface pellets, if it moves on the first scrape or two it stays there, these are the ones I had to dig, using the same dig and recovery process of a nugget, very time consuming. I don't understand how the pellets get down deep into the ground, maybe they've been there a long time, some get down in cracks in the bedrock and everything and really get you excited. A majority of this junk came from the opposite side of the road to the gold along where the fence is. JW has found gold on that side in the past, I wasn't able to find any there this time. I had a fun day, even though I confined myself to such a small area I was happy to get some gold. I'll post a photo of JW's nuggets weight when he sends one though to me. And for those wondering, yes we got KFC on the way home ๐Ÿ™‚
    20 points
  28. In the past 7-8 weeks I've owned the Deus 2, I've been out with it a lot. That's about to end as California is in a drought. Summer is nearly here, and the ground is now already quite dry and becoming hard to dig in, so I won't be out much until the rains return. I've primarily used it to search for coins and jewelry in parks and fields, but also looked for gold nuggets here in California for 7-8 hours (and unfortunately didn't find any). I started with the January V0.6 version and switched to the V0.7 in late April. I updated to V0.71 as soon as it was out to correct the only issue I've ever had which was with the pinpoint mode in V0.7. Overall, I've been very happy with the machine and its performance. I've especially enjoyed the light weight and super ergonomics and have never felt tired from swinging this unit. Its been a pleasure to use since the beginning and I really enjoy the various audio options. The sounds of the pitch tones and full tones just sound so good to my ears! Coming from the Equinox 800, I didn't find the transition to another mulitfrequency machine difficult, it was just a matter of learning the new menu system on the XP. I mostly used the stock programs and over time learned to tweak settings a bit to work best in my conditions. I think somebody new to the Deus platform would be able to use stock programs to start and get great performance right away and then gradually learn what the various settings do to further optimize. One of the most unique and useful features of the Deus 2 for me has been is its mineralization level graph. I've known all along I hunt in very difficult soil conditions, but the Deus 2 confirmed this with hard data. Where I hunt, the mineralization graph is generally 3/4 to full bars, so high to severely mineralized. I've used this information to help me set my reactivity level in the different programs I've used. The higher the mineralization, the higher I set the reactivity level. The factory preset levels of 2.5 to 3 generally work ok in 3/4 bar soil, and I had to use reactivity 4 in one site with full bars while looking for coins. I generally get a max of 4-5 inches of solid ID numbers on a coin in my soil and less as the mineralization bar increases to near full. Signal clarity and strength start to really get lost past 2 inches. One helpful setting has been audio response. I have had good success raising this up to a "6" to hear faint deeper or smaller targets better and was glad to see signals didn't seem to become more distorted like I at first feared. This is something for those of you in difficult soil to consider trying, despite the drawback of losing potential audio information about how deep and weak a coin signal might be. This setting for me has been a "mini game-changer" as it allows me to hear things I'd otherwise miss. I've been happy with the 9 inch coil on the Deus 2. I think its a great all-around coil size. Nice depth, but still small enough to limit targets under the coil at one time. I hunt in thick trash often and the size works well for pinpointing targets without the need to engage pinpoint mode very often. This is one of the top pluses of the Deus 2 for me. I know where targets are located with a simple "X" sweep and this saves lots of time. This is a big deal when the goal is to retrieve more targets in the time spent hunting. The machine itself also separates and IDs items very well. I can often tell where 2 targets are when right next to each other by carefully swinging around and mentally taking note of each target location based on the sounds or ID#. The separation abilities of the Deus 2 are quite good and from what I see, XP deserves the reputation it has for making machines that excel in trash or iron-infested sites. Non-ferrous signals really stand out on this machine. This saves a lot of time locating things precisely and also helps find desirable targets from among the trash. Like all machines though, you still have to put in your time digging junk to get the good stuff! I probably won't use this machine for nugget hunting in the future since I have a Minelab GPX6000 which is much better suited for the job. It cuts through severely mineralized soil far better, but I do intend to keep using the Deus 2 as my primary coin and jewelry hunting machine. I hope to someday take it to the beach and do some diamond ring and other jewelry hunting, though I do live quite far from any beaches with a lot of activity. While I don't often search specifically for relics, I also hope to use the Deus 2 in the future at some old ghost towns or mining locations and am confident its a great machine for a place like that. If I were to only have 1 metal detector(a crazy idea, I know!) , I think the Deus 2 would be in the running for my only choice. It can do a lot very, very well such as hunt for jewelry and coins in parks, be used at the beach or when diving, and even if somebody wanted to take it nugget hunting. It can do all of those things quite well, even though other machines may be better in certain areas or situations. But, since I primarily detect natural gold nuggets, in this case I'd pick a Minelab GPX pulse-induction model. If I could also have a vlf companion, I'd get the Deus 2. I know newer and possibly better models to compete with the Deus 2 will be out in the next year or two, but I'd still be happy with the Deus 2 once they are out, since I think it will be very tough to beat the light weight and ergonomics of it, and it should stay very competitive in separating and ID abilities for quite a few years to come.
    19 points
  29. Today I got the deepest piece of gold I have dug to date. Using my 6000 I was detecting an old push in the Cargos. It was a very faint signal that got a little stronger with each boot scrape. I started removing more dirt with my pick and the signal kept getting stronger. When it was finally out and in the pile the hole was deeper than the coil turned on edge. I was real slow and careful about removing the target so I did not bury it. This thing was coil on edge depth. The orientation had to have been very flat. I only wish it would have been a little more portly. This is the first PI machine I have ever used and I am pleased with it.
    19 points
  30. I have been out a few times during some insane weather with the new Deus 2. Finally today we had some good weather conditions and good soil moisture levels in the local parks for perfect deep target conditions. I was using the 9" coil in stock General mode. The only adjustments I made were to use Square Wave audio and to set 5 tone bins for iron, low conductor gold/aluminum, US nickels, mid conductor aluminum/zinc penny, and the last bin was for copper pennies, dimes, quarters and any silver coins or jewelry. I only dug targets with tones and IDs in the US nickel and copper penny/silver ranges. I walked over hundreds of other trash targets that were visible or heard along with what were probably zinc pennies/small shot bottle aluminum screw caps. I had hunted this park originally with Deus 1 and later gridded part of it with the Equinox. The Equinox has tallied 8 silver dimes and 27 wheat pennies at this one park. It is the kind of place where most of the good targets are 6 to 8"+ deep and are covered with a dense surface to 6" matting of can slaw, pull tabs of all sorts, and thousands of steel crown bottle caps and aluminum screw caps. I deliberately hunted mostly the area that had been gridded with the Equinox. Due to the numerous aluminum targets that crowd into the US nickel range on the Equinox (11,12,13) it has been really hard for me to hunt nickels and gold rings that respond with those numbers since I would have to dig hundreds of targets in a small area and might only move 10 feet during a 2 hour hunt. Denver Parks and Rec. would also have something to say about hundreds of dig holes in a 10'x10' area......not happening. Limiting that US nickel bin to 60 to 64 on Deus 2 cut way down on the aluminum targets that I dug today. I easily located 6 nickels (one was a 1934 Buffalo) and all were in the 6" to 8" range. They had no doubt nickel bin tones and IDs. I only dug 4 other targets in that range. 3 were detached, deep beaver tails from ring pulls and one was a thick, nickel sized piece of can slaw. Very impressive since Deus 1 for instance would up-average US nickels from 62 to the low 90s after 3" depth. It would do the same to pull tabs/can slaw........extremely annoying considering the price and reputation of the original Deus and one reason I am very glad to have a Deus 2. Detecting targets in the copper/silver bin was super easy. I did experience a little up averaging of 6" to 8" copper pennies and clad dimes but I quickly learned what Deus 2 was telling me. Those deep high conductors in the 8 to 10 mineralization bar dirt that I was hunting in had mostly good numbers. The up-averaging happened more in the Deus 2 audio which had the correct high tones but also had some sporadic iron tones mixed in. Occasionally I would see a 00, 01 to 05 pop up along with the correct 90 to 95 depending on the target. I checked each hole that had some iron responses mixed in with high conductor responses and there were no man-made iron targets present. I managed quite a few copper Memorial pennies, one Wheat, several clad dimes and two really deep late 1960s quarters. Most of these targets were on edge or at least tilted. So, Deus 2 as opposed to Deus 1, is an outstanding modern trashy park detector for sure in even moderate to high mineralization. Very impressive. Next time I will go after some of the deeper, more iffy signals. Today this park was full or city workers who were trying to deal with all of the broken limbs and damaged trees from our weekend late May snow/wind storm. I did not want to look like I was digging too deep or for too long in one spot.
    19 points
  31. Did a woods hunt, probably last till fall as stuff is growing in fast and snagged an old Chinese coin, guessing 1800's. Put in another hour or so at a school yard and found a lot of nickels others skipped over and a pretty nice 925 silver ring. Machine still runs good, forgot how easy it was to use.
    19 points
  32. I was eager to hit the spot after a long work week. Saturday morning early I showed up only to find three trucks with trailers and about 8 people rounding up all the cattle to move them out. There is no feed left and the previous times I was there the cattle just ignored my truck which was a good indication that they were not being fed. Even so they all looked to be in great shape. For cattle ranchers now is a tough time due to drought as feed prices are extremely high they have to decided what to sell and what to keep and move to other areas. At any rate I decided to abort the mission as they were parked right on top of where I was finding everything lol. I decided to be responsible and go back home and do some yard work ๐Ÿ™‚ Sunday morning I was right back again to give it another good sweeping. I left the Deus 2 in the truck. I wanted to see what the other detectors could find. The Equinox with the elliptical coil got a couple things but my old trusty CTX 3030 still impresses me after all these years... It's so good on deep high conductors...even in nails if you just move slowly along...I was using one of my favorite programs for relic hunting "Gone Huntings Combined mode" ...the watch fob was the find of the morning for me...the CTX called it a 13.45 with the target trace giving me a nice solid red dot on the screen the kind of signal you dream of in a good relic spot. I was hoping for a seated quarter but was not disappointed when the fob popped out...it was at least 8 inches deep. Also got my 3rd shoe insert at this spot...this guy must have had some serious foot problems....By noon it was getting hot so off I went back home to cool off. More yard work and my avocado trees have lots of baby avocados. We had more lady bugs this year the I have ever seen. strick
    19 points
  33. Yesterday JW suggested we take our GPX 6000's out and compare them to ensure mine is now working properly as I've had no confidence in it after my woes. Unfortunately we were unable to compare our 11" coils like for like as his coil is still away for warranty replacement, it must be 3 weeks now and no sign of a replacement, they just have no stock to swap it for which is pretty poor, but with the number of faulty ones I've seen on Facebook I'm not at all surprised they have no stock as it's not a coil they'd make a lot of as extras seeing everyone gets one with the detector. JW suggested we go to an area he's used his 6000 a lot with the 11" before it died so he would know how mine should behave to see if anything is out of the ordinary. I just wanted to use his detector for a bit to see if EMI was as troubling with it as it was with mine, so I took it for a spin with the Minelab 17" coil on it, I found it was no different with it's EMI behaviour to mine, in fact I thought it was worse but I guess that's to be expected, a bigger coil. We were quite close to a standard normal power line, not the high voltage transmission ones like at the other area that I wanted to wrap the GPX around a tree and say goodbye to it for good. JW had a fair while on mine checking it out and doing factory resets and just experimenting with it, he thought it ran similar to his with it's EMI behaviour so I guess it is how it is, he had my threshold running reasonable, much better than it was at the other location that's for sure. The other spot with the transmission lines is my favourite area but it just suits the GPZ better as it doesn't care at all about the transmission lines, even right near them its as if they barely exist and you can run it with the normal coil you'd use and your normal settings. The GPX requires the DD and adjusted settings so it makes no sense to use the GPX there, the same reason I didn't like using my 4500 there. Once JW had approved my GPX I felt a little more confident in it, knowing that more ratty threshold is normal, I'm just not good on ratty detectors and feel I'll always miss the faint targets with them by comparison to more stable detectors where as JW doesn't mind a more ratty detector, experience level differences I would guess. I had another confidence booster, the Avantree Torus speakers, I've never been much of a headphone person and the ML-100's that come with the GPX have a high pitched hiss all the time once connected to the 6000 which would give me a headache listening to that all day but the Torus speakers are perfect sound, no hiss and very clear audio and easy to hear even in a noisy environment, where we were has a rushing river nearby with quite noisy water sound in the background but the Torus was fine, perfect in fact. Quick and easy to pair with good sound quality and volume level, I was able to turn the GPX volume right down to minimum to stabilize the machine even more and run the Torus on the volume level that suited me. One thing I will point out is with the Torus on you'll like finding 22 shells, sure the noise is booming but the Torus gives you a shoulder massage every time you sweep over one so you'll find yourself swinging over them multiple times enjoying the vibrating massage ๐Ÿ™‚ I like the Torus so much I'm going to use my Bluetooth transmitter on the GPZ and use them on it too, so I can finally retire my harness that was only there as a way to hold my SP01 and speakers. The neck gap on them is huge, designed for someone with a neck like Shrek I think and my Pelican neck is a bit skinny for them but they held on perfectly fine and I had no concerns of them coming off. I'd highly recommend anyone considering these things to give them a try, I doubt you'll be disappointed. They even talk to you ๐Ÿ™‚ It started to rain a bit while using them and they're not water resistant but I just put my jumper over top of them and the sound came through it perfectly fine (not sure what Americans call it) and Kiwi's never even know what I mean when I say jumper as it's a Queensland/Australia term as far as I can tell. Once we'd done tinkering comparing detectors we started detecting, I wandered off 20 or so meters away from JW so I didn't interfere with his detector and started detecting some bedrock. I was running my GPX in Auto as if I tried manual 10 or Auto+ it became a bit too unstable for my liking I guess due to the nearby power lines. It wasn't long and I had a good target noise, super faint but very repeatable and after scraping away all the soil off the bedrock I was pretty sure it wasn't a pellet, I started breaking away the schist to try get down to it, I was attacking for for about 20 minutes and I guess JW noticed as he came over, I told him what's going on and showed him my target response at that time, it had improved to a point it was very obvious after smashing some bedrock away. He said lets check my 17" coil over it and see how it responds, so he waived the coil over it, nothing at all, he pushed the edges right into the cracks in the bedrock and nothing, he spent a bit of time trying to get a response from the target and he couldn't get one. We fired up my GPX again and waived it over it and straight away a reasonably good response. After seeing that I'm glad I didn't buy the 17" coil seeing we mostly hunt smaller gold it's not near got the sensitivity of the 11" on this stuff. to be completely blind to this piece when the 11" was getting it pretty easily. JW had also lost a couple of targets he was recovering with the 17" coil so we went over to them with the 11" and tried to find them, the 11" found one of the two lost targets straight away. JW then hung around to help recover the target, he's a lot better at getting gold out of bedrock than I am, I'm not aggressive and hack away at it slowly as I'm so scared I'll lose the nugget, it's happened before ๐Ÿ™‚ He just smashes the hell out of it and gets it out quickly. It didn't take him too long and he had it out, as per usual with the GPX once the target is near the coil it ROARS on it, a few inches away and it's a quiet response so once out we had it in no time. The dug out bit of bedrock is below the coil in the photo above. The nugget circled. That's where it was, I was so surprised the 17" coil had no response on this nugget when in there, it was probably on its side in a layer of the schist but still, the 11" performed so much better. This is the nugget. I'm confident the GPZ with my favourite little 8" would have hit this far easier than the GPX did, it wasn't what I'd call deep but it was faint on the GPX and missed entirely by the 17" even with some of the bedrock broken away. Next up I kept detecting around this same bedrock and it falls off a bit of a cliff down to the river below, it's pretty wild on the way down but I went off the edge a bit as I could see an area I could start to get down and detected one of the many ledges on the way down, I found a few pellets down there but also a nugget. It was very shallow and a louder signal than a pellet. It was really only a couple of pick scrapes to remove the grass and I had it, it's lucky I wasn't being lazy ignoring the first pick scrapes assuming they're pellets. The reason I didn't ignore it and I ignore many pellets is the pellets the GPX finds harder to detect, sure it booms on them when you first go over them as they're close to the coil, you do a couple of pick scrapes and move the pellet into a pile of soil and the target signal drops off dramatically to a point they can entirely disappear or be very hard to locate compared to the screaming signal when they're near the coil so you find yourself flattening out the pile. It's a bit of a giveaway with lead pellets I think as gold tends to remain a decent signal as it's not as difficult of a target as a small sphere like a lead pellet. Here is a video of the spot the nugget was, not usual for me to go off edges like this I usually leave the mountain goat stuff for JW ๐Ÿ™‚ My threshold was pretty savage in this video, I did a factory reset not long after this as it was starting to go wild. Good ol' Geosense. It's amazing doing a factory reset fixes it up when no amount of noise cancels will. I hope its a bug they can fix and a firmware update comes out some day. I decided I'd go back up to where I found the first one and give it another go, a couple of meters along the same run of bedrock I found another faint target signal that lived beyond clearing the dirt off the schist bedrock. Because I'd just only done the same thing I knew this was going to be gold so I did some filming. I didn't film the entire process as I'm very slow getting gold out of bedrock ๐Ÿ™‚ This is the better video of the two to watch as it gives a better idea of the recovery I switch to manual 10 in the video from Auto and you'll see the target response improve, I just preferred hunting in Auto while I'm still getting used to the more ratty threshold of the GPX over the GPZ even though I know I'm taking a performance hit doing so. And the happy snaps. This one was a bit deeper than the last one, took me a long time to smash it out. A bit more of a ball nugget, again the GPZ would have hit it easily. It was now starting to rain a little bit and likely snowing on the mountains above us so our day we nearing the end, we only started around Lunch time so I was pretty happy with my results. JW at this stage had given up on the 17", I guess seeing it entirely miss the first target I got wasn't really encouraging. He'd put on the 14" DD now, I'm sure he wished his 11" wasn't away on warranty at this stage as he'd not found anything yet. I went back towards where we stored our bags and started detecting around there and found my last nugget of the day, another very simple target, it was in someone elses dig hole spoils, they'd dug up the nugget and rejected it, I guess they thought because it was in soil and not on or in the bedrock it wasn't gold, so I recovered it and it was my biggest of the day ๐Ÿ™‚ It was right near where the cliff drops off to the river below. I checked with JW, it wasn't his dig hole so someone else had been there, he did point out when we arrived it looked like someone else had been there recently as there was dig holes that were not his so someone donated me a nugget. So overall my GPX was working much better at this spot, it still had its Geosense quirks and is nowhere near as stable as the GPZ, and the GPZ I know is just as sensitive if not more so than the GPX when its using small coils on the GPZ, it'll be interesting to see the improvements with the smaller coils on the GPX. Where the GPX appears to be more sensitive is small pellets near the coil with the way it really roars on them, but any depth on those little pellets and reality sets in, it's just hyper sensitive to targets close to the coil, it'd be good for bedrock hunting with that behaviour. My total for the afternoon. We bailed out because it started raining and only started at lunch time so a good result for me. JW found one little guy at .19 of a gram and that was once he changed over to the 14" DD, he was certainly digging away all day though, I could hear a lot of smashing on the bedrock! Damn pellets! My junk level was really low, I was rejecting known pellets by the strong pellet signal dropping off to next to nothing in the dig out pile quirk the GPX has. Those 22 shells give a nice massage with the Torus ๐Ÿ™‚
    18 points
  34. Beautiful "spring" day today! It got up to 83 but there was a strong breeze blowing all day and it was dry, so it wasn't too bad. First field I went to was the small house, I used the Equinox there and got nothing but a bucketful of aluminum and one small brass plug. Still haven't found what I'm looking for there. ๐Ÿคฌ Went back across the highway, took a break and then went into the big field, the corn is already pretty high, it grew a lot the last couple days. Took out the Deus 2 and headed into the field, not 100' from where I parked I dug a fat IHP, but can't get a date off it. ๐Ÿ˜ต My only coin today. ๐Ÿ™„ Hacked around where I had been, really didn't find anything, so I went along the old road to the old site where a building was, I figured at least I'd get a few relics, and it worked out ok. ๐Ÿ™‚ Dug a Skeleton key end, below it a plate for one. Left is a stocking snap with something stamped in it but I can't read it. A large brass ring, a small piece of stamped broken jewelry that looks like a wing: A bent copper screw, two pieces of unidentifiable brass that may be flatware or tools. I got the most interesting tiny button I've ever found, you can see how small it is next to the small ring which may be a spark plug ring . that's a lot of detail for a small brass button. Dug a broken Tombac and one of my most interesting finds, what may be a derringer butt plate. It was broken but I found both pieces about a foot apart. The other was this ancient faucet: It has a hook for hanging a bucket. Heavy brass. Quite an assortment of stuff, I probably won't go back to this farm until fall after they harvest the corn.
    18 points
  35. The corn isn't getting any lower at my new permission, invited Chase down for a hunt. He has a long drive to get here so I got there about 2 hours before him. Today I brought both the Equinox and the Deus, but the Deus stayed in the truck. Crossing the field I dug a button that matches one Chase dug in another spot far away, and a newer memorial. I went behind the house (which was the front in the 40s and earlier) and started searching where I left off a couple days ago. It rained since then, almost 2". Today was going to be muggy and hot, and it sure didn't disappoint. This is where the old road goes the other way from my last post. That's Chase way out there. I thought he would be able to find some stuff if he went up the road, I hadn't searched there and was just going back and forth behind the house. My bad, there wasn't much out there. Meantime I dug a few more coins, the trash was plentiful. All the usual suspects, you pretty much should dig any good signal in this farm if you want the wide variety of possibilities. Having found large cents here, and the age of the farm (Victorian era) there should be some silver coins here! Among the trash was this curious locking buckle: It locks. Also dug what I think may be an old can opener that was broken off something: I later pointed Chase to a large iron patch I found, he had his Deus 2. I was getting a headache from all the iron (I always run in all metal), so I went back to to where I was digging the coins. Here are the finds, we also searched a spot where a house was but it's now long gone. Big brass D buckle, an adjusting wheel of some sort, a waffle stamped piece of copper (no idea๐Ÿค”), a fancy nickel plated rein guide, a really nice wave pattern button like one Chase dug previously, it says "TREBLE LONDON" on the back: a small brass legging button with thread still in it, a small aluminum button. Coins are an 1888 and 1889 IHP, 1940 something wheat, 1976 memorial and a 1997 dime. My favorite find of the day was this 1903 Barber Quarter! It's a little beat up but looks ok otherwise. I finally got one. ๐Ÿ˜€ All I need to find now is an SLQ. Maybe I'll find one here, this place has never been hunted. Chase did pretty good too, especially in the iron patch. it's always fun to have someone along on these hunts, I tend to annoy myself after a while๐Ÿคช
    18 points
  36. Today I picked up my new GPX 6000, well in a way I had it delivered, my dealer was coming down to Queenstown from Christchurch about 7 or so hours away as he's going looking for some gold this weekend so he brought it down with him to give to me so it was great not having to get it shipped, he's an awesome guy, always beyond helpful. As I was in the area of a gold prospecting spot I fired up my GPZ and went on a gold hunt, I've done this area a lot and seeing JW lives right near it he's been there a zillion times so I didn't have much hope for myself but it's hard to resist when I'm right there anyway. The new toy, I'll probably take it out this weekend to the spot I just found the 4 grammer with the GPZ last week, although I really want to hit the spot I found the 4 gram nugget with a bigger coil to get more depth, I found it using my 8" so I want to run the 15" Concentric coil over it just in case there is anymore big ones lurking nearby that are even deeper than the 8" can reach. I might take both detectors, it's good to have a backup with the GPX anyway with the reliability issues it seems to have, especially for it's maiden voyage. JW's GPX 6000 coil is still at the service agent waiting to be replaced, I doubt he'll have it back by the weekend. The spot I wanted to detect had people around and I don't like detecting near people so I wandered far further away which isn't ideal with my sore foot but I'd rather walk than detect near people. I was following the path and saw some good looking bedrock that I've never detected before so I fired up my detector and started detecting, and right at the path I found a target, it was almost certain to be junk but seeing I'd only just started detecting I wasn't yet too lazy to dig it ๐Ÿ™‚ Fortunately it was worth my time digging it, I found a silver ring. You'll see the walking track, it's right at it. A hiker or person riding a bike must have lost it I guess. I did have to dig for it, it wasn't a surface find but it was shallow as there was bedrock almost straight away. You'll see the white looking bits where my pick hit the bedrock, it's lucky I didn't damage the ring. Because it says stolen on it I was able to google it pretty easy, it's a local designer ring from a NZ brand called Stolen Girlfriends Club. Unfortunately no gold, I kinda went to the spot already defeated though, I didn't expect to find any but at least it wasn't a skunk.
    18 points
  37. April was a fair month for me. I was able to get access to a private boarding school which operated from 1906 until 1988 and sat on 50 acres. While it wouldn't have seen lots of commerce, and while jewelry wasn't part of the environment, I still had high hopes. I know the student body was quite small until the 20s. In the end, I managed 5 silver dimes, 4 war nickels, a buff, and 20+ wheat pennies. Also found quite a lot of clad (and very few zincolns - yeah!). Lots of keys from the old dorms. It was better than most locations I hunt, and I'm sure still has a few more out there. It became clear that when new facilities were built in the 50s and 60s, lots of dirt was moved around an much of the original turf has been buried under a foot or more of fill. You could easily tell original ground from the fill when cutting plugs. At the start of May, I spent one entire day working tot lots in schools I'd ignored since the start of the pandemic. Found several nice gold items, one of which I have hopes of returning. Also found a small mountain of bling and clad. I used a mix of my Deus with the 9" X35 coil and a derivation of the hot program, and my V3i with the 10" DD coil and my custom deep program at the old school. The class ring was found with my MX Sport and 7"DD. It was a very wet April (and now May) out West. Hoping to get some warmth soon! Zincoln
    18 points
  38. I had a few hours out yesterday morning in the uk not to many finds but did unearth and 1600s james 1st silver halfgroat and this superb 16/17th century pewter spoon it's rare to find a intact one .
    18 points
  39. Snow mostly melted now, so I took the Whites M6 out to a park field that has been detected a lot. No silver, but these coins have been in the ground for some time. Dimes and copper cents mostly did not favor me today ๐Ÿ˜ž
    18 points
  40. Haven't posted much lately but figured you guys might like this Selden plate from a motor carriage. Selden company was considered to be the first automobiles. Other item was a part of a silver button or cap to something. Believe it is military but don't recognize it. Finds are from a permission hunt on a 1700's property. All items went to the owner, even the trash as I was feeling generous ๐Ÿ™‚
    17 points
  41. Big Culpeper hunt today. Liberty Hall Plantation. Chase was nice enough to invite me to go along, it was a 2.5 hour drive but well worth the trip. About 70 detectorists were there, it was a seeded/natural Civil war camp for both armies at one time or another. 200+ acres of rolling farm. Here's some genealogical history: http://signup.libertyhallva.com/ I was first to get something in the bag, but Chase maintained his mentor status overall. ๐Ÿ˜€ There were 3 large spots that were "seeded" with some great relics, and places you could dig some serious stuff from the civil war. We put in a few miles today, a morning and afternoon hike. This place is really well maintained and run, the hunt was fair and fun. At one point we hit on a plan to find more seeded stuff and it paid off. We both started out with Deus 2's, later Chase switched to his GPX to find more bullets. We couldn't go in the paddock areas, but there were a lot of great photo ops. ๐Ÿ˜€ Here's my take for the day: I got possibly 4 "seeded" bullets, two Sharps bullets on the right, a .69 caliber Minie on the left, a Williams cleaner center, and a .52 Three ringer. Anything white was probably seeded. On top is a ~60 caliber round ball, possibly colonial. The brass ring was the only non-lead Item I dug that was worth keeping. Here's the trash, the place was loaded with nails, staples, and wire. ๐Ÿ˜€ Really not bad! I dug an ancient cowbell with the clapper still inside. It's the large item on the bottom left. There was a building there, we searched around it for a bit but moved on. So, how did the Deus 2 do in this soil? ๐Ÿค” Great. Sometimes there were mineralization bars across the screen, sometimes nothing. I didn't notice any lack of depth although I'm sure there was, and the ground was pretty hard due to the slight drought we've had this year. I ran the detector in pretty much vanilla Relic program, except Reactivity at 2, and 00 notched out with a little bit of threshold. (Thanks Chase) Sensitivity was 93 default, but I bumped it to 96. It was basically a "go/no go" day. Some stuff, particularly the wire and nails managed to get past me, but I used my Quest pinpointer to leave a few behind. ๐Ÿ˜ We both won prizes, I was first to win the raffle, and got a book. This was my first organized hunt, and I had a blast. ๐Ÿ™‚
    17 points
  42. Huntingโ€™s been slow lately. I donโ€™t mean not being able to get out and detect, but just that the finds have been slow and insignificant. To spice it up a bit I took my daughters to a band concert at the high school on Thursday. While they were watching the concert I detected an area of the school grounds that I hadnโ€™t detected before. (A little background on this school: It was built in 1960 and on a previous hunt I got two silver dimes. However on previous hunts it was the amount of clad that made it fun. On one hunt last year I got $30.03 and on another $18.15 plus the โ€˜59 and โ€˜64 rosies mentioned above.) I got on some clad right away and ended up with $7.97 in a little less than two hours. Today I went back to the same school and hit the same area as I did Thursday plus other grassy areas. Todayโ€™s total was $14.63 in clad plus a surprise! About halfway through the hunt I dug up what I thought was a dime but on closer examination it was a 1943 Swedish 25 ore coin which is 40% silver. Iโ€™m not a big clad hunter like some guys, but when things are slow it sure puts the fun factor back in detecting!
    16 points
  43. I tested some of the more common targets we might find at the beach and on land just as a "ballpark" reference in my on-going effort to transition from Minelab to XP. These results are from my custom Beach program that I use most often on our beaches. Be advised, the target TID's listed were derived from air tests. TIDs from targets found in sand or soil can be expected to vary somewhat. Your results conducted under similar conditions may also vary to some degree. Recognizing that metallurgical composition of the many targets we find varies considerably, I'm still in the process of trying to determine an acceptable cut off tone break between low and mid level conductors on the Deus II scale....admittedly, a search that may be in vain. ๐Ÿ˜† Deus II Test Data.xls
    16 points
  44. Largo is still around with us but can't get around much. I spoke with him a couple weeks ago. He's had some health issues and things not going well, but I guess it's part of life. PM me and I'll get you contact info. He's one of the nicest guys you'll run across in the find. Showed me around Rye Patch, NV back in the mid 90's. Top notch guy.
    16 points
  45. This is an excellent comparison from one of my favorite Youtubers. I don't necessarily agree with the initial intend of the video (which one is the better detector?), but the comparison is well made for surface detection in difficult ground with hot rocks. Overall, the 7000 (run with her settings) is much less susceptible to hot rocks, but looses some sensitivity for small gold (not much however). I can very much relate to this video, for instance when detecting in iron rich volcanic ground that is littered with hot rocks (i.e. many places in the Mojave desert). The 7000 is much more benign there but still catches much of the smaller gold as well (NF-Zsearch and X-coils). I like her conclusion at the end, both detectors being absolutely superb. I totally agree, but having the 6k will not make me sell my 7k as I view both detectors as being complimentary, at least in some aspectes. PS: Man, those flies..... GC
    16 points
  46. I took a short day yesterday and was able to get back to the spur spot for a three hour therapy session. Theres still lots of targets but high conductors are starting to diminish...Lots of big iron in the ground...I dug one for fun. Everything I've been finding is in a small 30 yard area when I venture away things get sparse. Any ways i'm having fun here I just wish there were more coins. I found 3 interesting things yesterday. A shoe tag/token from our Aussie brothers (thanks fellas) ...a "Heads I Win/ Tails You Loose" coin with some added character. I used to play that game with my kids when they were little lol. My favorite though is the 1908 medallion from the "Great White Fleet" visit to San Francisco. Just love reading about these things and the people involved. This is I think now my 6th hunt with the new Deus 2. It's hasn't disappointed me. strick
    16 points
  47. Finally had a free day "rained very little,so I called mental health day!" I pointed my work van east of i65 alybamy and began the intensity training needed to suck these delicious targets out of the gummy clay I knew was a strong adversary awaiting my unsheething of D2! ๐Ÿ™‚ no laugh or smirk go away! I've had the pleasure of more than 100hrs on this site over 4 yrs and it has always treated me well! I'm absolutely indebted to the land owner "he like my hunting buddy have passed unfortunately" now his girlfriend who he left it to! Fortunately they,she have always been so good to me and as we all know this is a luxury to our kind/hobby! So the last few trips maybe combined 7 hrs with nox800 the decent signals had all but dried up or atleast I encountered very few in recent trips! Small area 50ydsร—30yds of egg shaped earth built up higher than surrounding area! D2 fast program pitch 0silencer,0bc,2reactivity,1stability,no ground balance as ground stayed 79 to 87 over 2 hrs one evening 7hrs more today is absolute fire! I tried sense ft,sense with 3 tone,5tone and they dont compare to pitch in iron imho not even close! Sense with pitch basically the same settings 1.5 reactivity though I ran a good bit as well and for me pitch is lightyears ahead in the extreme nail universe like the old sights we all seek these relics in! Heck just trying fulltones and the 5,4,3 just doesnt take long of swinging same little areas to see just how non comparable they are to pitch imo"we all have these thing,opinions!"?. To me it's not close and also hurts my heart as I want to use fulltones! Awesome hunt though can't stress how blessed and thankful i feel about it! I think that is kshot? Scabbard finial"i thought was a rare bullet" lol, ornamental hangar thinging may have came from back in tn now that I'm writing! Lol all others are from this hunt haha artillery cuff,infantry cuff! Are these officer buttons or just run of the mill artillery/infantry fellas? Fork is awesome and the thing with holes like a salt shaker is cool but I have no idea what it may be,nice rivet,percussion cap and i think a 32cal rimfire casing or 36cal. The kshot have always been right there whr I have spent 100+ hours probly pushing 200 at this point and if not for pitch audio and d2 I would still be walking over them even if hearing them as I'm certain I have! Anyone have ideas on big square thingy mobob? Chime in let me know what things are or any knowledge I'm missing or opinions not stated all is welcome! Thanks fellas,have a great day
    16 points
  48. So, how many videos have there been lately by certain individuals about the Legend, its iron bias and FerroCheck features in the last month......got to be 20 or more and most of them are by the same person. Right now, in my opinion the Legend and its iron handling capabilities are on hold, they are incubating, they are about to come out of a plaster cast/cocoon. I wish those people would just wait. Hey I know Nokta Makro released the Legend before this feature was finished, its on them too. However, changing the subject, anyone that owns a Legend and has happened to hunt with it in areas like me=trashy parks, may have noticed something. I have hunted these places a lot since high gas prices, foot injury and not enough time have limited me to mostly hunting in nearby parks that I can get to in five minutes without using even a tenth of a gallon of gas. That "something" is how well the Legend in its Park M1 mode (still using v1.05) can separate and identify targets, and I mean aluminum, steel alloy and US coin targets. Today, I put this to the test by taking me, my dog (Mike Tyson) and my Legend to one of the trashiest parks I know of. This park is littered with steel crown bottle caps, aluminum screw on bottle caps, aluminum pull tabs and ring pulls, and any kind of trash that you can imagine for a park that is used by people from all walks of life including the homeless, drug addicts, alcoholics, hookers (male and female) and parties of all kinds. There are plenty of trash cans that are loaded with trash too so not everybody litters. Anyway, I gridded a 20 foot by 50 foot area today in 1.5 hours using the Legend in Park M1 using the Ground discrimination setting, sensitivity on 25, recovery speed 5. The discrimination techniques I used were 6 tone audio (four of those tones matched up to US nickel, zinc penny, clad dime/copper penny and quarter), the audio quality in general for size and depth of target, target IDs and of course the FerroCheck feature. I could have set up some very aggressive notches, but I chose not to. I wanted to leave the discrimination pattern basically wide open. The photos show the amount of litter........3 visible crown bottle caps, 8 visible pull tabs and ring pulls etc.... in a 4'X6' area which is fairly normal. That pattern of trash continues in layers underneath the surface. The photos also show the targets that I recovered. 58 non-ferrous and 2 steel alloy targets out of (I stopped counting at 500) who knows how many targets I heard in that 20' by 50' area. The steel crown bottle cap is a flattened, aluminum foil covered Modelo. I knew it was a bottle cap from the FerroCheck feature and its target responses but I wanted to absolutely make sure since I also suspected that my Equinox and Deus 1 would have completely botched this target. When it came out of the ground my suspicions were totally confirmed. It sounded just like a US quarter but the Legend also told me clearly that it was a steel alloy target from the FerroCheck responses. The construction screw sounded like a silver chain, zinc penny coin spill with a little ferrous response mixed it. The Legend was actually telling me through the audio quality that this target had multiple raised surfaces which the Equinox and Deus 1 can also do too. This hunt was not about iron bias. This hunt was all about a normal, middle of the road recovery speed setting, non-ferrous/mixed ferrous target separation and the quality of the recovery speed implemented on a simultaneous multi frequency detector. It was also about non-ferrous targets partially masking each other. There was no time when I had just one target under the Legend's 11" coil. Two to four targets were constantly under the coil. So I dug 60 targets that were surface to 6" deep with a screwdriver in 1.5 hours on a bum leg while constantly watching my six and every other direction for possible trouble from some of the park's inhabitants. Cherry picking those US coins including a 1941 wheat penny and even a nickel was super easy. Had I been using my Equinox, I would have definitely used a very aggressive discrimination pattern and I would have dug more steel and aluminum bottle caps for sure along with lots of pull tabs since the Equinox does not have a FerroCheck feature or the extra 10 target IDs in the low to mid conductor range. I could name several outstanding detectors (one which I still own) that I absolutely would not take too a site like this........ been there and am still scarred from doing that. Hopefully, Deus 2 will be able to handle sites like this like the Equinox can somewhat and like the Legend handles with ease.
    16 points
  49. I was invited to visit a friend out of town and detect on his permission a couple of days ago. This place was a 100 year old boys school which is now privately owned. Since I recently got the Deus II and have only had it out once, I thought this would be a great place to try to learn the language of this machine. Up until now I have only used American and Australian detectors, so this new French one was Greek to me. I loaded up the D2 and took the Equinox as a backup if things went south. The plan was to see how deep the D2 could get in the heavily iron mineralized soil of the sports field that we have pounded for two years. I figured we had cleaned out enough of the shallow coins and trash to possibly hit the silver layer if there is one. I started out in the P1-General program, but quickly swithed over to a modified Park program with 5 Tones and that's when the coins started popping out. I also used the XY screen which I really like as it helped to identify many of the trash targets. Where has this thing been all my detecting life? After a few hours, I was starting to recognize the sounds of quarters, dimes, copper pennies and zinc pennies, most of which were coming from 4-6 inches down and sounding really clear. A few that were in the 7-8 inch range still sounded good, but had more of and iron tone mixed in. I did hear some faint tones deeper down that had 00 TID, but none had any silver tone to them and I passed on those for the time being. The one banging silver tone I did get came from about 7 inches down and turned out to be a belt buckle. Another one I thought was a silver dime for sure at about 4 inches was a 1980 British New Penny. By the end of the day, I was also able to recognize many square tabs, most bottle caps, and many nails with some level of confidence. This is a very trashy field but I was able to skip much of it this time and felt like I wasn't missing something good. So I ended up with a bunch of clad coins (and a 1965 dime... so close!), 19 copper pennies, only one wheatie (1944-S), 17 zincolns, a couple of small buttons of some kind, and a Disney Frozen pendant. And while I didn't reach silver this time out, I feel much more comfortable with the Deus II and I'm starting to learn more of what it is telling me. Here is what I pulled, minus the surface trash.
    16 points
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