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  1. It took me 4 short hunts to finally run the battery down. Total run time was approximately 11 hours and 35 minutes. That sure beat the 3 1/2 from the factory battery. I ran about 95% of the time in AM and only switched to Tone or Mute to check targets. Running mostly presets on the other settings. The audio of certain targets is starting to become inbedded in my brain now. Nickels are easy to recognize now.
    7 points
  2. Wow! That's excellent.... Thank you for taking the time to test the run time..... I figured about 11 hours. Good to know it's better then I figured. I have 9 done now, (3 shorties - 6 Big batteries) testing each submerged in the water for about a hour. Got two shorties tested already then taking one out thursday.........Will start testing the Big batteries maybe Saturday...Then I'll start shipping Monday.
    6 points
  3. I'm excited to be getting into detecting - I picked up a Gold Bug II and I'm planning a desert camping trip soon. I'm targeting the Salton Sink and Bradshaw trail areas - I'm sure a lot of people here are familiar with these spots. I'm not specifically looking for Pegleg's gold, but I wouldn't mind finding it either.
    3 points
  4. Thanks, Dew. Dew, did you mean disc +30 vice -30? I thought of that but decided against it due to the up averaging I was seeing. I wanted to make sure I was not knocking out 27’s and 28’s high tones because I was swinging and pausing by ear not TID and some legit, non-ferrous was getting pushed UP into the wraparound region. It was not something that bugged me all that much but thought I would list it. Coil bump is the thing that really gets me and there really is no field situation that is as smooth as wet sand. Every little sprout sticking out of the ground seemed to set it off.
    3 points
  5. Never hurts to diversify especially when equipment can be utilized to it's fullest for better return on investment and thus help reduce costs of products. Not sure if they are going in house with such things like injection molding machines, pcb machines etc but to do so and rely only on a small niche market to pay for it makes the final products high. With instability in trade do to silly virus things floating around it is smart to go in house when possible. I'm sure there will be other products other than thermometers in the roll out.
    3 points
  6. This forum allows threads to be tagged as a way to group and find similar threads cross multiple forums. Since the forum started, there have been numerous threads by people asking what the "best detector" is for various situations. Yet there was no tag linking all these opinions together. So I created the new "best detector" tag for these threads, hunted them down, and tagged them. All told we ended up with over four pages of links to these types of threads. There is lots of good info that gets brought up in these threads, so check it out..... best detector After this thread runs out
    2 points
  7. Welcome Chuckwalla, I actually got to detect many of the abandoned homes you pictured at Eagle Mountain about twenty years ago. Hitched my way in on an Eagle Mtn. Mine tour arranged by the Yucaipa Historical Society. I only got about two hours of hunt time in before we had to leave, but did manage a few silvers, wheats and cool do dads from under all those clothes lines that were behind those dwellings. I haven't heard of anyone getting in there legally, since. GaryC/Oregon Coast
    2 points
  8. If you have access to a 3D printer, just print this: Coil Ears Protector for Minelab Equinox 11" Coil Change the print orientation to print on it's side for better strength, with supports, at 100% infill, and use a strong filament like Polycarbonate or a PC blend, PC-Max, or at least PETG. It fits the coil perfectly. I haven't had a problem yet, but I also don't overtighten the bolt, because I like it loose enough to make slight adjustments on the fly with a light push on the ground to level the coil.
    2 points
  9. I had a modified coil that failed and no questions asked.
    2 points
  10. Welcome Chuck, Happy to see you here! Sound's like an interesting trip you have planned! I know a little about the history of the Salton Sea, and the abandoned town there! Always thought that would be an interesting area to detect, if the extreme amount of ground salt's didn't do a number on detecting depth! Good Luck! And let us know how it goes!👍👍
    2 points
  11. dug me a lot of nugs from the cargoes and the potholes with some old timers back in the 1980. knew a fella who lived in a trailer out there and we would talk stories all night round the fire.
    2 points
  12. Welcome, chuckwalla! I look forward to your reports on your upcoming adventures.
    2 points
  13. A beep and dig is just to boring to keep my attention.... I need the 50 tones of the Equinox to keep me entertained. Analog detectors are boring to me..to each his on....I also like the meter....part of the excitement is knowing or having a good idea of whats under the coil...like silver ,coin, etc...
    2 points
  14. Hi all. I've been detecting for two years, this actually being the start of my third season. Started with (and still have) a Fisher F44. I liked it just fine, but mere weeks later I started seeing and reading the hype around the Equinox 800, so I ordered one (took three months to get it because they were still scarce at the time). Since I got the Nox the F44 hasn't left home. I have probably 150 hours in on the Nox and I am getting to know it more and more every time out, and I am impressed with its capabilities compared to my only other experience, the F44. Due to life circumstances
    1 point
  15. Thanks - I'll be wearing my snake chaps and carrying my PLB for safety. I enjoy camping and exploring in the desert, so I figured detecting would be a good way to enhance the entire experience (and justify more week-long trips) - I'm happy just to be out there.
    1 point
  16. Welcome aboard and happy hunting. Don't get discouraged on your first hunt like I did. I am just learning my detector and am now finding some good finds. This is a hobby that takes some people time and patience to learn their equipment. Sounds like a good spot that you are going to, and the timing is good weather for you. Hope you have fun and stay safe from the snakes and critters.
    1 point
  17. That is their choice at the time, they can void warranty if they want to.
    1 point
  18. Then, if something else fails on your coil and you send it in they have a reason to invalidate your warranty for modifications to the coil, I'd use hot glue rather than epoxy if doing that do you could warm it up to remove the modification if necessary.
    1 point
  19. This past weekend I participated in my first outing with the Southwestern Prospectors & Miners Association (SPMA) club. We met at a gas station off I-8 and headed to one of their large claims in the Cargo Muchacho Mountains west of Yuma on the California side of the Colorado River. It took just under an hour on desert dirt roads to get there but the drive was not bad. There were six other guys and we all bonded well. After discussing the area we split up with half trying their hand at dry washing and the other half metal detecting. I suited up with my GPZ and tool belt and headed out. The
    1 point
  20. Had my follow up appointment today. Everything is going good. Doc put my foot in a cast for a month and on Nov. 25 they will put it in a boot. At that point I can start physical therapy.
    1 point
  21. Good job, finding something good usually happens when you least expect it. sometimes when you surrender to defeat, you relax and focus more on the right areas to cover.
    1 point
  22. Mountain lion, The other white meat. Or is that pork ? Having a dog in cougar country is a good choice, 9 times out of ten they will leave in a hurry. My Dogo Argentino and my Pit are great companions for the remote locations with the hungry predators. My Dogo Miedo just loves a good pork chop!!
    1 point
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  24. The Rattlesnake Canyon area of Southern California is renowned for its large number of mountain lions, desert lynx, and huge Bobcats. One day Mitchel and I were out looking for the "elusive yellow metal," when we encountered the biggest, meanest, hungriest looking mountain lion I've ever seen. While licking its lips, and looking from Mitchel to me, I threw down my backpack, pulled out my running shoes, and began replacing my boots with the running shoes. Mitchel said "Jim, you can't outrun a hungry mountain lion!" To which I replied "Mitchel, I don't need to outrun the mountain lion, I just ne
    1 point
  25. I like my Minelabs. Had a bit of everything and currently enjoy using the Excalibur, Equinox and CTX. Is the CTX an upgrade from a Nox. Not if you’re after gold nuggets! However if relics is your thing, then I would beg to differ. FBS2 has awesome ground handling, ground balance and a 15 step ferrous discrimination feature. Add to that it has the ability to disc out iron wrap around. Add target trace and it can show you signal spikes you simply can’t hear without hundreds of hours on a Nox. However the CTX is a bit too complex, just like the V3i. A bit too much options, so
    1 point
  26. We get continual requests about advice on the "best detector" for various purposes. I have therefore created a new tag "best detector" that links all these together for easy review. Click below for a list. It is not relic specific, just any time a person asks about the "best detector for...." question. best detector
    1 point
  27. The folks who did the software for the V3i left Whites quite a while ago.
    1 point
  28. Don't overlook a great resource this Forum provides in the Guides & Detector Database that Steve has compiled. You can access them at the top of page. A lot has changed in the last 15 years in detectors, almost all of it very good. It may take a little study and thought on your needs & wants but it would be hard to make a bad choice in a new detector.
    1 point
  29. pretty safe to say if you are able to pick those out, you work well with that detector, sheesh.
    1 point
  30. Chase try running your disc at -30 it tends to stop some of the wrap around high tones. Your report is much better than i could give for dirt. I really dont know how i would run it in those conditions. Ive not had any trouble running it in AM even on a trashy beach and i get a lot of upscaling on aluminum and it appears it does take density into consideration. This upscaling id assume could affect a coin hunter, thou it sounds off well over a target. My hunting also is more ...... is it a target..... is it iron? The machines pretty darn good at both on a beach and in the water. T
    1 point
  31. There are exceptions to this , Xp is a dedicated hobby metal manufacter and it is a success story . Why ? Just because they make excellent products ... Because they listen their customers and have excellent engineers .. And a top level boss , I know that he tests himself the new products/versions , not sure that it is the case in all the detector companies ..
    1 point
  32. Have a search through the Minelab Equinox forum, I think either the Equinox 600 or 800 would be fine replacement for the Explorer (coming from an ex Explorer SE Pro and Etrac user). Despite not having both Fe & Conductivity VDI's (only the latter), the Equinox is much lighter, just as capable depth wise, has much better target separation in junky or iron infested areas, and is fully waterproof. I think you will be surprised at what the Equinox will find in areas that the Explorer has already "cleaned out", especially those older relic sites.
    1 point
  33. I think it's likely wise of them, First Texas may struggle to survive if they weren't doing a similar thing using their facilities for manufacturing other products, Minelab's parent company are also big into communications equipment and other related technologies for military and mining uses. Garrett and their security products. Sadly for us outliers our hobby isn't exactly a big market, and the hobby detector market outside of gold prospecting is even smaller. Dedicated hobby metal detector manufactures are the ones dropping like flies, the ones that also have other successful pro
    1 point
  34. Congratulations on finally getting rid of the monkey. It happens to us all and that ring is a nice one!
    1 point
  35. I think it was enough for Whites to innovate and update - and fine-tune .. some well and successfully-proven detectors ... and in the meantime develop 2-3 state-of-the-art models ... in a new design and with new possibilities ... ,, and of course also well managed to promote their products ... I also don't understand why, for example, someone didn't write the Adwance Book for Spectra V3 ... as well as they didn't update the software of this detector well enough in time .... even though it was planned .. Garret can do all this now ... because he knows how to do good marketing .. but
    1 point
  36. A few months back Carl Moreland made this post, prediction: "I suspect they will attempt to sell the assets, including patents. If not, the family will continue to own the rights. The only patent I believe that has any value is the one I wrote on truncated half-sine. Others either have little value, are easily circumvented, or are near expiration. Cost of manufacturing hasn't really been an issue for White's. Their labor market is exceptionally cheap and they do most everything in-house. What has hurt them the most is sales/marketing. They hung onto the distributor/dealer model for too lon
    1 point
  37. As you rotate the ring you see it is "silver" on one side and "gold"(ish) at 180 degrees. At 90 degree it is a transition from silver to gold. Kinda cool actually. I have never seen one like it. It has a makers mark inside as well as Tungsten and China. It rang up at 18 on the Equinox.
    1 point
  38. Randy, Any nugget over a gram makes me feel like a king these days. haha I've found a few nice nuggets west of Yuma on the SPMA claims a few years back. Fred Mason gave me a pointy finger one time. He said look under the power lines and I found gold! I told Fred he gave good directions and then he told me I had gone to a different set of power lines than his directions. He went to my power lines a couple of times and got gold in the parking area ... Gold is where it hasn't already been found. Mitchel
    1 point
  39. I have the apex and an old ace and the apex arm test is much better, i even had to push it forward a bit. But then again i’m a kid and i’m short so the old ace one was ok for me 🤣
    1 point
  40. I have used the ORX and Deus with both HF coils for gold prospecting and other detecting tasks too. Even though the ORX has less information on its big screen in the Gold Modes especially the XY Graph, I do prefer the ORX over the Deus for prospecting for other reasons. That being said, personally I only have an ORX for backpacking, for its two excellent almost "all metal modes"and for its Coin Fast mode which does well in moderate mineralization. In bad mineralization it would not be my first choice. I would much prefer the Equinox for bad mineralization over any other VLF made today. I
    1 point
  41. Disagreeing is one thing. Speaking without any personal knowledge and taking a shot at those who have the experience that you do not... not so much. The thread is for people who have used the coils to explain which they prefer and why. What has your post to do with that? Are you seriously trying to tell me I don’t know how to tune a detector? Frankly, I could care less about what salespeople say in YouTube videos. If you want to believe the ORX beats everything on the smallest gold, fine. But since I know differently from personal use it will take more than the fact you’ve watched a video
    1 point
  42. I have owned just about every XP coil variant except the 11x13 LF and X35 versions (too nose heavy and flexed the stock shaft from my brief swing of the beast). Almost exactly 3 years to the day I got my hands on a 9" HF round coil and I have never looked back. I have used to the 9.5" elliptical and one of my hunting buddies swears by it and has had great success with it including some great deep finds, but it never quite clicked with me. I like the 28 khz sweet spot on the coil and have done great with it at the beach, relic hunting, coin shooting, and contest hunting. It just feels rig
    1 point
  43. I have used the 9'' HF round coil for a few months while a friend was abroad but never bought one,it was a decent coil and did give some extra depth,but the coil that i really wanted was the HF elliptical especially for it ability on target separation on trashy roman/saxon sites and i parted my 15'' Equinox coil which i found way too heavy and i exchanged it for a brand new Deus elliptical coil and the deal was in my favour price wise as i bought the Nox coil very cheaply and got the brand new Des coil in exchange. When the HF coils came out i could never really figure out why they wanted
    1 point
  44. Some contributors here are just having some good natured fun. That is what is really nice about this forum. We can make a suggestion without taking it too seriously. If you seriously want an upgrade for the Nox 800, you probably should follow Steve's advice and wait and see if one of those 5 new products from Minelab is a Nox 800 upgrade. Personally, I do not know of any detector that is a real upgrade. Currently the Equinox 800 is the absolute only detector with its feature set, period. An Etrac or CTX 3030 would be an upgrade for target ID on higher conductors. On low to mid cond
    1 point
  45. Grab a blisstool, has enough knobs and switches to keep you busy for quite a while. Good analog machines have a learning curve when it comes to audio only. Your approach to an area is treated a bit different as you discriminate from bottom up and don't have numbers or notching to fall back on. Forces you to really listen to your targets. I find it more gratifying calling out a target to myself before I dig and having it be that target based off just sound.
    1 point
  46. CmonNow, you mention you like bells and whistles and tweaking things: White's V3i. It's old, heavy, complicated, eats batteries— long overdue for an update (which will apparently never happen) — it's like Nox800's grumpy old grampa! A miracle worker in the right hands... a red hot mess to us mere mortals... you will need A LOT more than 150 hours to sort it all out! Go Packers! Apple Pie with Cheese! Eff 'em, Bucky!
    1 point
  47. Don't stop your research and searching waiting for better detectors. Go to the best spots you can think of and then go back if you get a 'better' detector. Just think of all the golden hoards that have been found in England without the benefit of the 5 new releases coming up! I'm even glad I found a few things and I didn't wait for a better detector. Blast on! Go back.
    1 point
  48. You might want to wait for the upcoming Minelab release cycle to play out.
    1 point
  49. We sound very similar. I've got great interest in a CTX 3030 as I like digging silver, there is a lot of silver around here and from all reports I've seen the CTX is very good on silver in areas of minimal trash, exactly my environment. Second hand would likely be my option for buying a CTX, much cheaper second hand, unfortunately I missed the rush when people were offloading them quite cheap to buy an Equinox, usually they were being sold for the price of an Equinox 800. Now the sales have dried up and I haven't seen a used one go for sale here for a while. What concerns me about buy
    1 point
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