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  1. Today finishes 1 week of detecting. We're still detecting the same patch and getting some gold every day. There are literally hundreds of dig holes on this patch, so we're trying to concentrate on deeper zones with the Xcoil Concentric. I ran the big 17" just as hot as I could in High Yield/Difficult. Fortunately, the Concentric runs pretty quiet in the hotrocks, but it's still a lot of audio to endure. I burned out after 6 hrs, but it was the most productive day so far. The tiny nuggets were killing me with pinpointing and hole size so after I had the hole opened up, I started using the 6000 as a pinpointer. The nuggets we're chasing are just out of range for the 6000. 1 more day on this patch then off to greener pastures. We're going to leave gold to find gold I think. 2 days of photos, I'm closing in on half oz. Biggest 1.87 gram
    27 points
  2. I got a call the other day from a very dear friend of mine. We go back over 30 years. He's part owner of a 500 acre duck club here in the Delta. Mike who is the head honcho of the club was brushing a couple of the blinds as duck season is only a few weeks away. At some point he noticed his wedding ring was missing. Frantic he searched all over for it but you know how that goes. I was able to get out there yesterday...4 days after the fact. They drive me out in the side by side to one of the two spots that it could have been lost. Turn on the detector do a quick noise cancel then ground balance and start making my way around the outside of the blind. Took about 4 minutes to locate the ring a solid 14 on the Nox. The best and funniest part was when Mike yelled out "I cant believe you found it" Then my buddy gets all excited and tells him "you see I told you he knows what he's doing" lol Mike sends his wife of over 40 years the picture of the ring and boy did she sound happy. I found out afterwards that he had someone else out there with a detector right after he lost it but no luck. I can see how some of you ring finders get a kick out of this stuff...sorry for the crappy photos my friend needs a better phone lol strick
    26 points
  3. It's been hard going in the ring recovery business for a while.. It hasn't helped that our local council has dumped about a metre of sand on top of the island's most productive beaches to counter erosion.. Despite the school holidays and a major surf lifesaving carnival last week, I'm only finding a few freshly dropped coins.. All this changed this morning when a gentleman contacted me on my ring recovery Facebook page with a very accurate description of where he lost his wedding ring.. Although I had to go for a scuba dive to recover it, the ring was exactly where he said he dropped it.. Using my trusty PulseDive it took about half a minute to find it.. He was a very happy fella and gave me a $50 reward.. Not too bad for less than a minute's work..
    23 points
  4. So this morn I jump in the PU, batteries, coffee, coffee cup, gold vile, lunch, smokes, lighter, glasses, full tank...all good to go! Get 3/4 of the way to my diggings and realize I'm still wearing my f'n slippers! Almost turned around but thought WTF lets give it a shot?...lol. Pulled it off and dig 10-12 (?) itty bitties but it sure wasn't smooth going. If you have dementia creeping in don't forget to check your footwear BEFORE you leave the shack.....
    21 points
  5. Prep work for the hurricane is finished, so what else to do? That's right, go detecting! I decided to go back to the 15" on the Equinox vs. the 10x5 today while detecting the local ball field. The sandy soil was already wet, so it was allowing me to reach down and touch some older coins. 2 silver dimes that were each 11" down and 2 wheaties that were not as deep. The silvers jumped down into the mid twenties and went as high as 33 and gave an iron tone a couple times. It felt good to swing the big coil again...so deep and awesome coverage! Now the wait is on to see what becomes of the storm. Praying all is okay for everyone. 15", Park 1, 50 tones, all metal, 4 recovery, up to 24 sensitivity
    21 points
  6. Yesterday I decided to go to a field near a small town where I have already been a few times . The soil is sandy and moderately mineralized , it is very easy to dig here I like this area .. I will use always the same settings for the Deus2 , SENSITIVE 5 TONES , SQUARE audio . This is the best mode for my kind of hunting and I am experienced with it now .. First signal and first coin , a Double Tournois from Henri IIII , 1598 ... A good start .. A little corroded but a nice find. A few minutes later , an other old coin , but this one is both worn and damaged . But this is interesting because both coins have been found in a relatively small area and I decide to stay in this area instead of going further in the field like I did the previous times .. As usual I find 1st WW trash , schrappnells , bullets , casings etc ... Detecting over here requires patience because of all this modern trash . Now I have a medium tone clean signal , it takes a little time to locate the target because it is a thin one ... Wow its a silver , a very old silver , a Carolingian coin dating from the 9th century !!! . 😺✌️ 💥 🤣 Bad luck the coin is damaged and unfortunately breaks when I try to clean it . I am not surprised because these coins ( around 1,5g ) are very thin and fragile . Anyway what a find .. Awesome... I have only found 2 of them during 23 years of detection , this is my 3rd Carolingian coin 🙃👌... I like these coins , and it is difficult to imagine that this one has been waiting during 1200 years before bringing back to life ... I will spend one more hour in the field , with more classical finds but nothing as spectacular as this silver coin. Btw I have tried DEEP HC a few minutes but I found it a little too slow for detecting in this field with all this iron trash. A few pics : The field : A denier tournois , Henri IIII , 1598 : The Carolingian coin : A medieval coin weight : A few neighbours 🙂: End of the day , time to go back home : The Carolingian coin after cleaning , Denier , Louis 1er Le Pieux , 814-840 , HLUDOVICUSIMP XPISTIANARELIGIO Thanks to my trusty Deus2 WS6 .. 🙂 :
    20 points
  7. Yesterday I scooted over to a park for a mainly gold hunt. I was running the 800 and have been playing with single freq. setups. I only had an hour or so to dig so I made the best of it (kinda). Nothing annoys me more than digging junk but it's the rule if you want the gold. The first batch of targets were foil, foil and more FOIL. I hit up on some clad and a piece of baby spoon. I got another foil tone Ha Ha and figured I would enjoy digging another beverage seal. Well low and behold , looky here. The shape looked familiar but could it be, is it a ring??. Yup. Sadly the stone is missing from my find but its been a while since I found a 14k ring. This is only the 3rd 14k white gold ring I've ever found. For a quick 1 1/2 hour hunt I was more than happy.
    19 points
  8. That's two successful ring recoveries in a week.. If this keeps up I'll be able to retire a wealthy man.. It was another very easy recovery.. The lady who owns this ring send me a photo of the tree she was sitting under when she lost it.. Took about 2 minutes to find it.. If only all recovery jobs were this easy.. I've just send her a message to say I've found it but it's still early in the morning here (6:30) so no reply yet.. She told me this ring had a lot of sentimental value and there would be a reward if I found it.. I'll keep you posted..
    17 points
  9. I dragged out my old coin collection today. Some of the boxes have been sealed for 35 years. The metal box contains detected one cent pieces that I simply tucked away back in the early 80s. Back in the 80s, coins from the 30s-50s were fairly new, and were no big deal. I also found lots of old silver coins that I detected back in the day. I dug up a rare 1911 George V coronation necklace from a park down by the Saskatchewan River in Edmonton in 1980. One of my better finds. The old Whites Coinmaster 5000D was a worthy machine in its day. 😁
    16 points
  10. It was watching what happened to Finders in particular that had me formulate the rules in place here. Politics, and members trolling/flaming other members, will destroy any forum if left unchecked. It’s the forum variation of feeding the good wolf or the bad wolf. Here, I try to feed to good wolf in all of us.
    16 points
  11. Out to the ball field again after the rain and wind. Thankfully there was not much damage here. Using the 15" again with the Equinox gave great depth. The Mercury dime (only my 5th ever) sounded sweet using 50 tones. I have found quite a few silver coins where the sandy soil meets the layer underneath with just sand and shells. I'm guessing this layer was dredged from the gulf and put down many years ago. Either the coins came with the fill, or the coins stop their migration through the sandy soil when they hit that layer (second-to-last pic). Two wheats (1944 & 1955) and a Canadian penny (1955) also sounded nice. One of them was in the high 30's... thought for sure it was silver. Elizabeth looks much better than Abe! Anyone know what the cylinder-like item is? Maybe a percussion cap? Do those have holes in? Park 1, 4 recovery, 50 tones, all metal, 24 sensitivity
    15 points
  12. found two sterling items today, and 9 quarters and some nickles. The bracelet is boldly marked sterling , good weight to both of them . not plated, so i was looking for gold rings, but not disappointed with the silver. my settings on the orx where coin deep , 75 gain, 8.4khz, 2.5 sweep speed, and 6.5 disc mostly open low trash spot I chose the low frequincy becase it can see thru the junk foils and give me the higher numbers thru the small foils. a gold ring is under the junk foil , the 17,2 will not do that , some of the nickles came in the 71 ,69 VDI range but ya this is how it is . And i dug alot of trash .
    15 points
  13. Day 4 of detecting down under. I started the day running the big dog Z7000 with 18x12 XCOIL. Running High Yield/Difficult kicked a lot of hotrocks and no gold. I switched to the 17 Concentric coil and it ran really smooth in HY/Difficult, untroubled by hotrocks, but no gold. After I took a break and rested my back, I broke out the gold killer, 6000 with 14x9 Coiltek. I started finding tiny bits at remarkable depth with that machine. I worked the fringes to stay out of the hotrocks and found 18 bits for the day. Nothing big. All the big stuff has done been got, all that is left are the crumbs. Clearly you can't expect to find big gold if you're sticking to the same known patches, but it's early yet. Couple weeks to go, maybe some blue sky exploration to find that dream patch. Photo 1 is yesterday's finds Photo 2 is day 1 and 2 Photo 3 is today's bits
    15 points
  14. Folks might want to take a chill pill on this. I'll offer just one comment. Minelab has incurred considerable ongoing warranty costs as regards leakage issues with the Equinox. Not addressing these issues properly with Manticore, in effect being given a second chance at a known issue, would damn near be a firing offence for the engineers involved. Everyone makes mistakes, but the same one twice in a row? Put that into the calculator and chew on it a bit.
    13 points
  15. I have learned a great deal from others over the years, and I think I have a responsibility to pass that knowledge on when I can. I can give it freely forever, yet it never runs out. Can’t beat a deal like that. And what goes around comes around. There are very many top notch forum members that teach me things constantly. The little secret is I set this place up to attract the best, so I could learn from them.
    13 points
  16. Message forums come and go, this is the way it always has been. It usually starts when the members begin to come just to read and pretty much stop posting. When that starts to happen it makes for less interesting material to read, which causes even the readers to stop visiting. One poster here mentioned about there being millions to be made with forums. I have no idea where that information comes from. It has not been my experience that there are millions to be made. Once a forum owner tries to implement any kind of fee, the forums dies. Even trying to get advertising income from manufacturers or others is virtually impossible. The only way to keep any forum alive is for the members to participate, especially with posting frequently. Notice that these forums seem to flourish, it is because of new content being posted and active participation from its members. Once that starts to diminish, these forums will go the way of the others.
    13 points
  17. It was his accurate description and a lot of luck that I descended straight above where he lost it.. I was very surprised as well, normally it takes a lot longer or I don't find anything at all.. It turned out good advertising as it's school holidays right now and there was a crowd watching me.. As I hate being a performing monkey, much to my horror he let everyone know what I was doing so the pressure was on.. I went down and nearly straight away came back up with his ring.. I made it look too easy.. A few people wanted to know what sort of metal detector it was, I'm sure PulseDive sales have skyrocketed overnight.. Nokta/Makro should pay me a huge commission for my sales effort.. 😁
    12 points
  18. Forums are very different to social media, forums are like an encyclopedia, you google search anything about detectors and you don't see Facebook come up, you see forums and the forums have the information you're chasing. This particular forum tends to track at the top when searching for detector information. Facebook is more on the spot information that quickly disappears to nowhere, long gone weeks after being posted never to be seen again. It's preferred by the manufacturers as the large userbase, tens of thousands of users in groups related to detecting so yes, they have a bigger reach. You can't beat forums for withholding important information so it's sad when they die, as with them goes years of knowledge. Hopefully the decent users of closed down forums move onto the other good forums consolidating members to maintain good membership to the surviving good forums. This is the only forum I really bother with, I have accounts on a few but rarely show up and even more rarely post anything. A number of good people here who I like to communicate with and less of the trouble that drives forums to a slow painful death.
    12 points
  19. I'm not a big fan of head to head tests, They generally are biased by so called similar settings and ground conditions and overall poor detecting skills. ANYONE who buy's a machine based on one of these video's and marketing campaign's deserve to have their wallet drained. I've run head to head with many kinds of machines and have Had my ass handed to me and in the reverse. I've run my lowly Compadre against an 800 and cleaned house, so to speak. I get tired of the, this is the best and that sucks BS. This is one of the reasons that I removed myself from this forum for a while. I needed a break from all the stupid. Detecting is 99% being in the right spot. After using many machines for many years I have concluded that EACH have certain things that make them better. That's why all of us run multiple machines. For me I have landed on Tesoros and the 800. ( Not saying they are the best, But they work for me in MY conditions). I hope that both minelab and XP do very well, But in the same breathe I'm not going to tell a new guy or gal that you should spend $1600 or $2000 on a machine because it's the best, cause it's new. I think a bunch of us know or have heard of the older detectors who never laid a hand on a so called modern machine, But yet we revere their skills and amount of finds. Please for the good of this hobby STOP saying one is better than the other, because it's just NOT true. WE are here to help each other and promote the future of metal detecting, not push them away. Sometimes it's the so called shit machine that you can afford AND gets you started AND makes you want to share with other's on a forum like DP. Focus people remember when you first started????? Show your finds, Congratulate each other and SHARE useful information. WE will all be better for it in the end.
    11 points
  20. She told me she bought the ring for herself when she beat cancer 6 years ago.. I've just heard back from her and I'm sending it by post to her house on the mainland.. I told her not to worry about a reward as I'm happy she got her ring back.. She said that was ridiculous and will send me a reward anyway.. Happy days!
    11 points
  21. He did initially offer $100 but I felt bad charging him that much for less than a minute's work.. Guess I'm not much of a businessman.. Even if he didn't offer anything it would've still been worth it for the huge smile on his face when he got his ring back..
    11 points
  22. I can assure you we all have been there one time are another. Here’s mine the other day. Went and filled up my car with gas . After I was sitting checking my mileage with the gallons to see what my mpg . I put my car in drive and pushed down on the gas pedal and it didn’t move. I looked and it was in Drive also the parking brake was off . I said what the heck is wrong with this thing now and after checking everything over I put it back in park. Then starting the engine and putting back in drive I drove off. Chuck
    9 points
  23. I’d like to report that the wait is worth it, as continued field use, and the feedback it generates, is resulting in improvements to the Axiom platform. It’s not like people are sitting around doing nothing with the time. Rushing Garrett in any way will not help anyone get a better product. Patience with a capital P is the name of the game at this point.
    9 points
  24. Typical detecting garb WA, fly mask for us candy asses.
    9 points
  25. Hey Phrunt. The hole for the pressure vent is on the base and will be hidden by the skid plate when fitted. If you remove the skid and look around the perimeter of the base you will see a 1mm hole - this is the vent. On the inside of the base we place a small pad which is IP rated for dust and water ingress and allows air to pass through - its the same pad as what Minelab use on their GPX6000 coils. If you do tape on the coil it should pose too much of an issue as most tapes are porous to a degree. if you are in doubt though you can make a small cut in the tape close to where the vent hole is to assist. Trev
    9 points
  26. Ok, so it's still in space so not quite a meteorite technically speaking. First person view of the craft impacting directly into Dimorphos, I linked a few seconds before impact here. For those who don't know what this is - DART is NASA's test craft built to "Armageddon" an asteroid, which is to say it's meant to crash into an asteroid and divert it's course so that it won't catastrophically hit Earth and usher humans out like the dinosaurs. This is the kind of stuff I'm happy my tax dollars go to.
    9 points
  27. Mike, "IMO I think the owners of the forums should precipitate as well which I see a lack of " You are referring to forum owners generally I suspect. The amount of very educational posts found on this forum certainly belie that statement, the posts I am referring to are from Steve H. This forum is a gem, and the general quality and tone of most contributions is worthy of the time spent reading them. Much valuable information available here at no charge!
    9 points
  28. It is great when you get an accurate lost location. I looked for a couple of hours for a wedding ring. She said it was on the front lawn as she had spent all day there. The location was full of junk and no ring. About 3 months later it was found in the house when it fell out of the phone book. As it was a work mate wife he could not apologies more for the time spent on the junk laden front lawn. ☺️
    8 points
  29. Back in July I was hunting a field that has yielded a few dozen colonial musket balls and a fair amount of colonial coins. This trip out I only had an hour to spare so I had to make the best of it. For the most part things were kinda blah. Only one wheatie for the moment and then I got a good hit on something that could be lead, and it was deep. I took my time and pulled a very large musket ball at around 12''. This ball was huge next to a penny and was bigger than any colonial ball I have ever dug. I know the English had fowlers and some big bore rifles, such as 7 and 8 bore flintlocks and cap locks. This ball measures .794 for the most part and you can see the mold seam. From what limited knowledge I have of English guns, I think this could be an 8 bore ball. If it is, I have no idea how this thing got fired in a hay field in PA. If any of my fellow detectors out there have any thoughts on this ball, I'm listening.
    8 points
  30. I got a call a few days ago from my detecting buddy, Richard, who got a call from the Parks Dept asking for help to find a gold wedding band lost by an army officer playing football in one of the parks a few days before. The game had been played in a relatively smaller area of the park so the two of us started gridding it off but ended up getting rained out. The officer met us out there a few days later to show us exactly where they had played hoping to make it a little easier so we hit it again. As Richard continued gridding the main area, I searched my way to where the officer said he had parked his car. Pretty close to that area I got a solid 94 on the Deus 2 and since we had been told it was a "beefy gold band" I though that could be a good number. I pinpointed the target and when I opend the hole I could see the side of a wedding band. I thought I had it, but it turned out to Silver. Close but, no cigar! There were surprizingly few targets for the area's size and we didn't find the ring. I feel like the park had detected before we got there as I could see evidence of digging in someplaces and think that unfortunately the ring was probably found by someone else. That got me wondering if I was missing gold somehow, then I realized that I haven't found any gold jewelry since last year. I began to wonder if people just aren't wearing their good stuff to the parks anymore. I know there are a lot more detectorists now, so maybe that's it. Anyway I went out again yesterday to a park I hadn't searched yet and doubled down on the low conductors. Normally I don't pass on good sounding low numbers but I was digging everything this time just to see if I was missing something good. I hit a loud 91 and thought it was a stack of dimes or a can, but came up with a copper and onyx ring. So again, no gold, but I'll take Silver and Copper as consolation prizes. The search continues. 😏 Note: These photos don't show the grocery bags full of trash, foil, and can slaw that I threw away.
    8 points
  31. I just can't comprehend why a popular detecting forum would be discontinued. They are so easy to set up and maintain, there are millions of dollars to be made, they take very little personal time, the members are always appreciative and thankful for what little work that the owner must do to keep it popular and for the valuable information they get, and detectorists and prospectors rarely need their posts to be monitored or edited. Maybe Mr. H. could explain how this could happen.
    8 points
  32. I live quite remote from any services. But when I do go to town, I like to get a breakfast there. Twice I have left home, got halfway there and realized my teeth were still at home. Nothing left but turn to back and get them. I live an hour from town, so it adds another hour to my trip. It's hard to think of anything good about getting old other than you are still breathing.
    7 points
  33. The best thing about this week's ring recoveries was that these people knew exactly where they dropped their rings.. The lady left hers in a hat underneath a tree alongside the beach when she went for a swim.. when she came back she put her hat back on and forgot the ring was in it.. She thought it had flicked out near the tree somewhere.. The gentleman's ring was a bit more tricky.. But he knew it was 'where the 3 little buoys on the shark net line up with the surf life saving flag on the beach'.. He'd felt the ring slip off his finger and straight away lined up where he was.. He and his kids had been duck-diving for about an hour trying to find it without any luck.. I've told both the kayak-hire dude and the surf life saving people how to get a hold of me through my Facebook page in case someone loses their ring.. The lady asked the kayak dude whilst the gentleman asked the life saving girl.. This awesome business strategy seems to be working.. Not yet ready to turn this sideshow into anything huge, but it's always good to help people get their rings back.. With most of the rings I've recovered so far, the owners have offered me what they thought my effort was worth.. I've never had to charge them for anything up front.. Their offers can be anything from a case of beer to a couple of hundred dollars.. I'm constantly surprised at how much rings mean to people.. and how much people are willing to offer to get their rings back.. All of this business interaction is without any hard feelings between client or salesman.. Both parties know that if I don't get their ring back then at least I gave it a go.. I've had people offer me just as much for having a go as actually finding their ring.. Either way its always done in a spirt of goodwill or having a laugh.. Can't get better than that.. 😁
    7 points
  34. I happen to be the epitome of preparation and organization. I have never forgotten my boots, lunch, water, backpack, batteries, gold bottle, power cords, headphones, dog or detector. At least I don't remember ever having done so. Any post by Strick or Sourdough Scott on this topic which mentions my name is not to be believed. I would have submitted this post sooner but I forgot to push the "submit reply" button.
    7 points
  35. Yes, let's get back to the purpose of this forum... to post metal detecting information and ideas and discuss them rationally and without emotion. It is perfectly rational for Gigmaster to theorize about the cause of Equinox leaks as it pertains to his experience and his efforts to discover the cause. It is also logical to wonder if that problem might carry over to the M-Core because the charge port appears to be of the same design. It's also perfectly rational to post that video here, which was not intended to alarm and invoke people's emotional responses, but to open a dialog to discuss the possible ramifications to users who detect near and in the water. We will probably never know all of the reasons why some Nox units have leaked, but obviously some have. I still suspect a combination of sustained exposure to UV & high heat from the sun and saltwater which are all known to accelerate the degradation of plastics and rubber. However, it seems to me that M-Core has been made with obvious attempts to address the bulk of the complaints commonly posted about the Equinox, including the coil ears breakage, carbon fiber shaft, weight, control unit ergonomics, and arm cuff breakage, so it is logical to think that waterproofing would be addressed as well. However, we won't know anything about its water-tight characteristics until we seen it used in and under the water. So we'll just have to wait and see.
    7 points
  36. Sorry fellas I don’t see a problem here...guy posts a video...couple guys critique it then a couple guys get all bent out of shape because of it? The teacher is not always right. Hurt feelings ? Please...this is the internet not a day care center. Strick
    7 points
  37. Thanks. Looks like the major impact was off to the south and then traveling to the NE. We will still get rain, but the wind doesn't appear to be a concern at this point for our area.
    7 points
  38. Erik, No BS you might be the most generous detector on our forum. Hats off to you my friend. Glad to hear that your back at it making yourself and your clients happy. Hopefully you will find a big chunker that you can keep for your self. I might have to rename you the Detecting Monk for all the good that you do. Great story and recovery.
    7 points
  39. That's the problem when you mix hobbies with business, if you enjoy doing something it's hard to charge for it, it doesn't mean you shouldn't charge for it, it just makes it harder to justify taking the money. I would have taken the approach you did Erik, $50 is still decent because you got paid to do your hobby, now, on that does anyone want to pay me to go recover some pellets, I mean nuggets. I charge $100 an hour, you get half of everything I find 😜
    7 points
  40. I heard they are waiting for the price of gold to go up. strick
    7 points
  41. Someone correct me if I'm wrong here. But I think gold actually is still an inflation hedge and everything is still working as normal for the rest of the world. Just not in the US right now, because our currency is at historic levels of strength right now. IE - the rest of the world has much worse inflation than we do. Consider how strong the dollar has been against the Euro and Pound, here is a 1 year chart: Now look at the price of gold when priced in British Pounds - gold appears to have hedged against inflation nicely for Brits. Same with most of Europe, and Australia. Because gold has stayed more or less stable or gone down just slightly in USD, but the USD went way up compared to the pound and other currencies. So it depends on what lens one looks at gold through, it seems. As it stands now, it appears that even though US inflation is a major concern, it's a bigger concern almost everywhere else, and so for us - gold isn't hedging anything at the moment since our currency is so strong, relatively speaking. Which means it's been better to own US dollars than gold here lately. Also, in a global society with instant currency trading, gold no longer seems to be a hedge against inflation at a national level, it's more a multi-national inflation hedge now since one's own inflation rate doesn't matter but instead one's inflation rate compared to the rest of the world. Which brings up the question what exactly is the proper hedge against our local USD inflation on the smaller national (US) level now? Some commodity that isn't traded globally? Does it even exist? Real estate? Or, just owning USD is paradoxically a hedge against it's own inflation as long as it's better than the inflation elsewhere?
    7 points
  42. I remember events going down differently than Tom does as regards that subject. He generally seems to forget he is just one small cog in a very large machine, and about the last person Minelab is going to consult with as regards gold nugget prospecting modes. Sure, he noted that Multi was stronger on gold than single frequency, but he sure was not the only one saying that, as he seems to assume. I also disagree with Tom's comments on the Equinox default modes, which are based on his use in low mineral ground, whereas the defaults are set for Australian and western U.S. conditions. It’s a fairly nice swipe at Nox users that nobody has been able to figure it out yet without his help…. but oh gosh because of that he is now going to help us poor rubes with Manticore. Unfortunately, Toms settings and depth commentary have always been at complete odds with my experiences in the west, with my depths running 2/3 to half what he gets. There are similar disconnects in his various observations about detectors over the years that don’t jive with my results, so frankly, I don’t think his commentary is extremely useful, unless you are a Florida beach hunter. Just my opinion though. Some people almost worship the guy as some kind of everywhere, all the time, detector guru, so maybe I’m missing something about it all. Just a kid with a high school degree myself, nowhere near being a NASA engineer. I defer to beach hunters when it come to beach hunting, relic hunters when it comes to relic hunting, and Aussies when it comes to what detectors do in their ground. Context and ground conditions are everything when it comes to detecting. Now doubt though that Tom is a guru in his ground, on his targets. Now, DanielTN has posted a lot on Tom’s, and that guy knows what detectors do in bad ground. It’s worth tracking down and reading his older stuff, as he was absent for quite some time, busy with other interests.
    7 points
  43. It’s unlikely that anyone will feel like they have taken a step backwards anywhere as comparing Equinox to Manticore. Well, except coil selection. Hopefully it’s not a three year wait for more coils this time, but that is something to consider. At absolute worst, when it comes to capability, you should be no worse off with Manticore. At best, there will be advantages, including with Gold Mode. At a minimum, more power to the coil translates to enhanced small gold capability. But there are always caveats, as in the form of enhanced small hot rock sensitivity. By it’s nature more power to the coil equates to the best performance enhancements in the mildest ground. So Florida white sand or neutral turf hunters get the biggest boost. Conversely, gains in extreme soils can be nil to none, as more power simply saturates the signal faster, calling for reduced sensitivity. The only reason I’m playing hard to get with Manticore is I am well invested in Nox custom rods and coils, and VLF usage is quite minimal for me anyway. This year over 95% of my detecting time is with PI, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. So I can afford to sit back and see how the coil situation with Manticore plays out, plus pass on the all but inevitable bug fix phase. But it’s coils more than anything that I’d like to see before I get all hot and bothered over it. The 5x8 looks really nice, but I’m not ready to give up my 6” round or 5x10 Coiltek just yet.
    7 points
  44. Awesome! You are part of a very special club. You got to make a difference in another persons life metal detecting. No better feeling.
    6 points
  45. I hear what you're saying Hardtimehermit but when I refuse their offerings I also explain that I'm not in it for the money.. For some people this is a very hard thing to wrap their head around.. But when they do, they all see it for what it is: just a bloke enjoying what he's doing, who's having a go for the sheer fun of it.. Taking money out of the equation makes the whole deal more about the experience.. If the owners are still on the beach where they lost their ring, I'll bring along a few spare detectors.. I set them up and we all have a go.. I never really worry about how much people offer to recover their rings, jewellery, phones or keys.. Even when they don't offer anything at all, I'll still have a go at finding their valuables.. Sometimes it's obvious that the poor bugger can't afford much anyway but it's always the shouts of joy and relief that makes it worthwhile for me.. Plus I don't have to travel far to get to any of the popular bays, 10 minutes is the furthest.. I flat out refuse all jobs where people are too vague with their descriptions of where they lost their valuables.. "Somewhere on the island" or "I lost it 9 months ago" get a polite refusal.. Sometimes I find their things anyway and post them on my Facebook page.. If the punter sees it there then good luck to them.. Likewise I rarely keep anything I find, whoever finds something in my 'junk box' that they like can keep it.. I'd rather someone enjoys the thing than it sitting in a box..
    6 points
  46. This is a short one. We got a few hrs detecting in 2 days ago. I found 5 little crumbs before the rain came in. Rained all day yesterday and showing very little chance of letting up today. The tracks turn to mush so even if we could stay dry chances are we can't get out there. The atmospherics really give the detectors fits so it's bad luck all around. Sunshine should return on Mon, hopefully the tracks dry out quickly.
    6 points
  47. So It is said, So it be done, You Erik are the Metal Detecting Monk. Man that has to feel really good to return that ring. Not sure I would take money for that either. I'm sure every time she looks at that ring now, you will be included in those memories. Your a great detector and a great person!!!!
    6 points
  48. The reason I have not made an entry in two days is because the most incredable thing has happened to me. I suppose this has something to do with treasure but of a different kind. While cleaning out a very old desk I came across a large envelope. I don't think this envelope had seen the light of day in many, many years. When I opened it I was quite surprised to find all kinds of information on my step grandfather's time in the Army/Airforce during WW2. He passed away in 1987 & never talked about the war. He was in the 432nd Fighter Squadron of the 475th Fighter Group. The 475th formed in Australia in May of 1942. In this large envelope is a treasure trove of information. He kept a journal documenting his travels & activities from 1941 until his discharge in 1945. The 432 flew the P38. There is also his King Neptunes Certificate for crossing the equator on Feb 21, 1942. This is not a copy but the original. I also have his SWPA (South West Pacific Area) V Fighter Command book with all the commadations given to the group. One entry even contains a Priority Secret message to General Wurtsmith from General Macarthur. I am still going through all this material and have been doing so for the past two days. There are so many untold stories of the brave men who fought for our freedoms during WW2 and now my goal is to tell his. I am the last one who can do it. I feel it is my sacred duty. Here is his picture. I am so very proud of him & to say I knew him.
    6 points
  49. Up here, it was common to keep children busy at social events by having them "hunt for treasure". Coins (usually pennies or nickels) were mixed in a pile of dirt, and the kids spent many happy hours digging with their hands for the coins. A couple of weeks ago I discovered about 100 pennies from the mid-1990's in a 10 foot circle in the far corner of a park in the centre of town. So many coins, that I simply stopped digging them. The coins were all at least 3 inches down. I suspect this was a "treasure pile" from some past get-together. I've included a picture of some of the coins. If only I could find a "treasure pile" from earlier times!
    6 points
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