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  1. 27 points
    I recently detected an area close to some prospect holes, all of the usual finds, pieces of old tin cans, the broken end of a pick, shell casings, bullets, logging wire and finally a nugget. After finding the first nugget, I really slowed down and very carefully covered the area. The nuggets seemed to be in almost a straight line below a prospect hole. I thought I covered the line carefully, but returned for a second try and found one more piece, the one in the middle. Always detect around the rims of the holes and the adjacent areas.
  2. 7 points
    Hi JP, I'm sure a lot of people are probably in my situation. I bought a replacement shaft for my Nox (Detect ED Shaft) when I had the dreaded shaft wobble problem, I bought a new arm cuff for it as I didn't like the weak one that came with it. I have all three coils for it. So if I could get my hands on just another pod I'd have a second Nox 800 without having to buy the full package which I don't need or want. I don't want more headphones or the wireless module, I don't even use the ones I've got. I certainly don't want to be paying for another coil I don't need. All I need is the control pod.
  3. 5 points
    Even diving rods wouldn't help me today. I had a bit of a shocker, well I thought I did until I got home and did the coin count. It maybe even nightmare material Flowdog. I stayed hanging around the goal posts as I've been doing so where there, I think good finds are getting harder in that area though, I covered all new ground heading towards the road. The goal posts are at the end of the field then there is about 30 feet and the road so today I hit that area between the goal posts and the road. I'd passed over the closest bit to the posts previously but never gone much further towards the road. The reason for this is EMI from the power lines kept pushing me back 🙂 I was intending to come back and do this area with my Gold Bug Pro as it works perfectly under the power lines. I ended up giving in and doing it today with the Nox. I've found on various occasions now if you run the Nox chattery with EMI you end up getting worse Target ID's. I often talk about how target ID's for me are perfect, like 21, 22 21, 21, 22, 21, 22 and I can be very confident I've got a $1 coin under the coil, well that doesn't apply if you're near power lines, those numbers can get a bit wild. I think the people who often complain about the Nox and poor target ID's are in areas with bad EMI. I dropped my gain to 15 to eliminate the EMI and the Target ID's cleared right up. I was still finding deep coins too. First coin of the day was $1, a modern spendable coin, you'll spot it in the plug I dug up if you've got a keen eye for gold coins. I found a few more goldies and smaller oldish coins that aren't worth my energy digging like the old 2 cent coin and was getting quite down thinking the good stuff had ran out and then I had a 20/21/20/21, too low to be a $1, possibly a 1 cent or....... A deep silver of course, one I don't often get too, a Shilling! It was deep too, way deeper than my plug, you'll see my carrot down in the hole and the pile of soil to the right again that I dig out when coins are deeper than my plug, it was deeper than my Carrot. A 1937 One Shilling, considered a rare date with only approx 890,000 made. I then looked up yesterdays shilling as I'd not got around to that yet, it was a 1943 Shilling, also a rare date with only 900,000 made. Neat! They're a coin I don't find often. The 1937 needs a good clean, that's just dirt on it. Next was another penny, right behind the goal posts again, you'll see the post sticking up in the background 🙂 Then came an Aussie Penny, it wasn't very deep at all, you'll see where I dig it out of the plug 1962 Penny, probably why it wasn't deep, reasonably modern. This thing screamed a 30/31 on the ID's, I really thought I had another half crown. Then I had a pretty solid 19 that turned out to be a old car door handle, probably off the guys car who lost the Aussie coin, it was right near it. 😀 This is something I'd likely not dig with the T2, it would overload on the coil letting me know it's huge. I wish the Nox had that feature. I normally just raise my coil now, if I'm picking the target up near my knees I don't bother. Next was a cupro nickel sixpence, quite a hard coin to find, 9 on the Id's, wasn't too deep. This was my last coin of the morning, a Penny again, came up in the plug, it was there visible when I dug it out, plug was the exact depth of it 🙂 No Carrot needed this time. The junk, the bottle caps mostly come up in the 20's range that a majority of the best coins come up in, not the same numbers but I'm digging the whole range. The goodies, I'm happy to get that Shilling and saved the day really, I'd call it a skunk without that, not even a UK penny 😉 The regulars, my daughter is the big winner of the day, $13 in gold coins for her money box.
  4. 4 points
    I completely agree with you. Although I wasn't really planning to get a Simplex as it seems like it would be redundant when I have the MMK, I have been curiously following the various field reports on it to see how it shakes out. Thus far, it looks like the fine folks at Nokta Makro have pulled off one of the best deals in the detecting industry, but I really look forward to field reports from advanced users such as yourself that use a variety of machines and have an advanced level of knowledge to use them, and more importantly, share that knowledge with the rest of us 👍
  5. 4 points
    And not all that long ago (in detector development years😁) they hired Carl. I don't think that was so he would help make night vision goggles.
  6. 3 points
    Well Steve, the Orx is an amazing detector. Orx w/ 9" coil is better in iron than the Equinox w/ 11" coil. I would say equal with Equinox using 6" coil. Will not be get rid of either. I also have the waterproof kit for the Orx too. The Orx doesn't false like the Equinox in iron. To bad the coils cost so much for the Orx. Looking forward to seeing the Fisher AQ too.
  7. 3 points
    Hi, great question Steve which I have been wondering about. I have the Orx bundle you mentioned with the 9" X35 coil and the wired back phones. (I paid less than $600 brand new for this Orx from BBHs) I knew someone who was parting out an Orx and picked up the wireless back phones and a 9" HF coil together for less than $200. I also have a 5.21 Deus Lite WS4 module (thanks Chase Goldman for updating it for me!!!) So, I know the ORX or Deus Lite in the Gold modes can hit a .5 gram or bigger nugget within 4" of the surface no matter how badly I set them up! Instead, I did an outdoor air test with smaller gold. I used a 1 grain and a 4 grain nugget. I set up the Orx in Fine Gold with both the 9" X35 and 9" HF coils with as close to the same settings as I could do: sensitivity 90, frequency X35 27.6 kHz and HF 28 kHz, reactivity 2, disc IAR 2, iron vol. On, threshold 8. The results were the same within a 1/16" . Both detected the 1 grain nugget out to 2" with repeatable tone and detected the 4 grain out to 4". Just for fun, I set up the Deus Lite in Goldfield with the same coils, frequencies and settings except for iron volume and threshold. 1 grain= 1.5" 4 grain= 3.5" Then I used the HF 9" coil with the Orx set at 54 kHz with otherwise the same settings. 1 grain = 2.5" 4 grain = 4.5" Jeff
  8. 3 points
    Some would say the Nugget Finder Sadie 8x6" however it's discontinued in favor of the EVO series which tend to be more sensitive to small nuggets anyway, the 12x8" being the smallest and most sensitive EVO. MXT Sniper is right the 14x9" EVO is crazy sensitive and as I own both I'd say the 15x10" X-coil although slightly bigger has at least the same sensitivity for me with more ground coverage. At the moment my best really small gold detecting coil is the 12x6" X-coil, almost has the ground coverage of the 14x9" Evo but it's even more sensitive to small gold. You spend your day digging pellets with it, but it won't miss tiny gold within it's range 🙂 The 12x6" Partial flatwound X-coil is far more sensitive than my 10x5" bundle wound Coiltek Joey. I should mention there is a small GPX coil being manufactured by X-coils at the moment, he's aiming for the smallest spiral wound GPX coil made. We'll have to wait and see on this one, I'm sure excited about it! Has anyone used the Coiltek 6" round?
  9. 3 points
    Bells and whistles are nice but almost all comparison posts and videos ask only one question.... “how deep does it go?”
  10. 3 points
    I use panasonic Eneloop Pro in my Whites v3i, My Whites Surf P.I Dual Field. They are outstanding even for cameras. Ni- Mh 2450 mAh. They are available world wide. I have been using them for many years and the Whites v3i is heavy on batteries. There is a cheaper Eneloop which is 1900mAh both batteries are 1.2 v .
  11. 3 points
    What First Texas is missing is an 11 "round coil... add.. deep, yet it is a lightweight coil and is still sensitive enough for small items .. while this type the coil ...also strongly supports 3D deep separation . ...it is no coincidence that many detector manufacturers use such a coil as a standard coil.. 13" Ultimate coil.. Surprise...,it is deep coil..for coins.. I'm afraid many Gold bug pro / G2 users will consider upgrading to the Bounty Hunter Time ranger-Pro .. if it has the right price ..
  12. 3 points
    Fine gold can be a real challenge especially at cleanup time. I beach mine when I can so fine gold is all I deal with. The problem with elutriation of fine gold is that the black sands are competing with the gold the reason is the black sands are as a rule round in shape and fine gold has many different surface configurations which is mostly more flat... This gives it a real kite like action in the upwelling of the elutriation tube water. Something you may find more useful and efficient would be something like the video of the fine gold cleanup slice video below. If you have more questions I will be happy to answer if I can. you might look over my thread here as well, there maybe some helpful hints...
  13. 3 points
    Hi Norm… very attractive “character” nuggets, excellent recoveries. In his above post, Simon notes that an earlier detectorist certainly missed an opportunity. Fortunately your more thorough fieldcraft techniques did not allow that same opportunity to slip away. Thanks for the reminder to recheck our coil coverage, and always to scan around the rims of holes and adjacent areas as well. It pays to be thorough in all aspects of our fieldwork, to carefully examine all abandoned digsite areas, and identify all target signals. Congratulations Norm and thank you for sharing your adventure with us. I think that instructive, well-illustrated forum posts are a key element to attracting newcomers to the hobby, so kudos to you, and WTG!!! Jim.
  14. 3 points
    Thanks for your report on the QED Smithobx, I found the exact same thing with my QED. You should put your impressions of the QED in a it's own thread so more people get to read it as it's good information to get out to people who are considering a cheaper lightweight detector. You must be one of the first in the USA with one.
  15. 3 points
    Hi all, It’s been awhile since my last post, but I’ll be sharing some knowledge and anecdotes more often, now that my summer job is a thing of the past and I’m free to once again roam the desert southwest, wielding the power of the mighty Zed to unearth nature’s golden treasures. I was carefully gridding (or - in deference to Gerry in Idaho - crawling) an old nugget patch during a recent trip to the far flung reaches of Nevada’s golden triangle, when the hypnotic drone of the threshold was suddenly broken by a sharp, double “wee-ooh, wee-ooh”. This type of response typically heralds a small and shallow target, usually within six inches of the surface. “Most likely a boot tack or bird shot”, I thought to myself as I crouched down and scraped an inch or two of the dry and dusty desert soil away from the target zone with my pick. Another swing of the detector coil indicated that I had moved the target, and a quick sifting of the material with the hand scoop revealed a small yellow nugget...the first catch of the day! A few more of these shallow pickers were dug during the the next couple of hours, and then I heard a faint, single “wee-ooh”. Knowing that this meant a bit larger target at depth, I went to work hacking into the densely packed soil with my pick until...well, I’ll let this short video tell the rest of the story: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zzmm1pgdrpaswe7/Nugget dig.mov?dl=0 The actual weight of the nugget turned out to be 5.6 grams, bringing the total for the day to over a quarter of an ounce of the good stuff!
  16. 3 points
    PI - it will come... it is just that some projects took over priority.
  17. 2 points
    It is true there is no clear winner in this race, Multi-IQ is the massive draw card to the Vanquish for me personally. I promised myself I'd never buy another single frequency detector, the days of single frequency are numbered in my opinion but it's so hard to resist. It's after all old outdated technology and with Nokta working on multi frequency who knows in a couple of years other brands may have it too and then we'll likely be putting all our old single frequency detectors in the cupboard. For most of us it probably makes sense not to buy either as we already have superior detectors, but that's just so difficult to do 🙂 Nobody is right or wrong with either of them, if you hunt fresh water the Simplex is a clear winner, are you going to take that Simplex to the beach and jump in and start detecting in the salt water with it? Not very likely. You're not going to be able to do that with the Vanquish either but you'll be able to get that coil down in the salt water and do some good beach hunting. The Vanquish with the v8 coil (Pro Pack) may end up being the cheapest small gold detector on the market with multi-IQ and all metal mode, something I look forward to testing. It really comes down to what you want to use the detector for..... The best thing about both of these detectors is they've set a new benchmark in price and performance. It's put other manufacturers on notice, they can no longer charge what they used to.... First Texas appears to be seeing this making the F19 (better version of the Gold Bug Pro) into a Bounty Hunter.
  18. 2 points
    The basics of all tuning is to find the most sensitive settings that will handle the ground and hot rocks effectively. What you have left for power when that is done is what you have. Attempting to go for more power will bring back the hot rock or ground response... that is the problem in a nutshell. First thing I would do if Normal/High Yield is not working is try Normal/General. Next up Difficult/High Yield and then Difficult/General. In each case sensitivity to where the detector is on edge of stability. It may be that once you get the machine stable you will feel you have “choked the settings down” too far. Unfortunately that is how this game works. Some ground forces you to detune the machine, which in turn means it might not do what you want to do. As GB just mentioned the GPX may be the better option. The sad truth is not everything is as detectable as we want, and some locations are such that any detector is almost worthless. Luckily those areas are extremely rare, but artificial locations like a manufactured pad are high on that list. Even if a machine is unstable, working extremely slowly and digging signals that are different that all the other noises can get results. Background noise and hot rocks have a certain audio pattern and a nugget will often sound slightly different. I’ll still miss a lot but I can usually pull nuggets out of some pretty bad background noise by working very slowly and patiently. Or go somewhere else easier!
  19. 2 points
    Can you guys suggest me a country that let people pan for gold without any / or special permission ? My goal is to make over $100 Everyday Thank you in advance
  20. 2 points
    I don’t think he was asking if you could put bigger batteries in a VLF but if more power gives more depth. There are reasons why that limit has been met in single frequency VLF and the thread I linked to above gets into that.
  21. 2 points
    Mass production of electronic circuits and devices is the real root of the whole enterprise. I believe that Tom Walsh (the CEO) manufactured PCB’s and small integrated devices for the automotive market at a Maquiladora in Juarez for years before he saw the opportunity in metal detectors. Others were building low volume machines with lots of hand labor. Tom bought a couple of defunct brands, Teknetics and Bounty Hunter and used their designs to bring out a line of mass produced machines. He then hired Dave Johnson to be chief designer and shortly thereafter FT acquired Fisher which was teetering on the bank of extinction due to terrible management and a series of ”Strike” machines which sold poorly. With a new term of engineers, including Dave Johnson, they produced a full line of Fisher and Teknetics products as well as numerous Bounty Hunter models. Carl Moreland was hired in early 2014 - after he left Whites. Carl saw Alexandre Tartar’s posts on Carl’s Geotech website and contacted him. The end result was FT acquiring the Manta project and hiring the “Euroteam”.
  22. 2 points
    I do what I can to foster competition that develops alternatives to the all too common VLF detector. There are plenty of options out there, but in my opinion they all weigh too much or cost too much. Usually both. I envision people out there with a popular VLF metal detector for beach, relic, or gold detecting. These machines all sell for around $700 and weigh 2.5 - 3.9 lbs. Perhaps they would like to add a ground balancing PI (GBPI) to what they have. I think that for "normal people" with normal budgets a machine under $2K and under four pounds just makes sense. It would be more than twice what they spent for their VLF, and in this day and age there is no reason why a decent PI should weigh over 4 lbs. To clarify what I am talking about here, I should say that for many people a $700 VLF detector is a great place to start and in many cases is all a person ever needs. However, there are places where extreme ground mineralization and mineralized rocks (hot rocks) severely impede the performance and use of VLF detectors. Alternative technology to deal with these conditions has been developed, by far the most familiar being the Minelab ground balancing PI (GBPI) detectors. These differ from common PI detectors by having the ability to ground balance. Other brands have offered the Garrett Infinium (discontinued) plus Garrett ATX and the White's TDI models. These detectors are used not just for gold prospecting but also by relic hunters, beach detectorists, and others who face challenges regarding ground mineralization and VLF detectors. Frankly, in my opinion GBPI technology is largely maxed out. The main room for improvement comes now in better ergonomics at lower prices. This challenge therefore limits detectors to those that weigh under 4 pounds with battery included, and which sell brand new with warranty after discounts for under US$2000. Detectors need not be ground balancing PI models, but must offer similar ability to ignore mineralized ground and hot rocks that trouble VLF detectors. I am going to rate detectors as to their relative performance using what I call the "Minelab Rating Scale. Details here. 1. Minelab SD 2000 - crude first version, very poor on small gold, excellent on large deep gold 2. Minelab SD 2100 - vastly refined version of SD 2000 3. Minelab SD 2200 (all versions) - adds crude iron disc, ground tracking 4. Minelab GP Extreme - adds greatly improved sensitivity to small gold, overall performance boost. 5. Minelab GP 3000 - Refined GP Extreme 6. Minelab GP 3500 - Greatly refined GP 3000, last and best of analog models 7. Minelab GPX 4000 - First digital interface, rock solid threshold 8. Minelab GPX 4500 - Refined GPX 4000, solid performer 9. Minelab GPX 4800 - Released at same time as GPX 5000 as watered down version 10. Minelab GPX 5000 - Culmination of the series, current pinnacle of GBPI prospecting machine technology. All Minelab models leverage an existing base of over 100 coil options from tiny to huge. I am a very practical person when it comes to detecting. I know all the existing models and options by all brands very well, perhaps better than almost anyone. This is the way I look at it is this. If I personally were to spend a lot of money to go gold prospecting for one month, and needed a GBPI detector, considering machines past and present, what would I get and in what order of choice? Put aside concerns of age, warranty, etc. just assume functioning detectors. Here is the issue in a nutshell. On the Minelab scale of one to ten as listed above, I would be generous in rating the White's TDI SL as a 2. Same with the Garrett Infinium which I will mention in passing as it is no longer being made. If I was going to spend a month of my time and a lot of money going on a prospecting trip, I would choose a TDI in any version over the SD 2000. I might go with a TDI Pro over a SD 2100 but I would have to think real hard about that, and when push comes to shove I would go SD 2100 were it not for the realities of age I said to ignore. A newer TDI Pro might be a better bet than a very old SD 2100 from a reliability standpoint, but again, this would be a tough choice. The TDI SL not really. In my opinion I would be shooting myself in the foot to go on this hypothetical trip with a TDI SL instead of a SD 2100. You see the problem now? The Garrett ATX fares better. I would rate it a 3, roughly analogous to the SD 2200 variants. Still an agonizing choice really and the ATX being new versus SD 2200 being old might again be the tipping point, but from a pure prospecting options perspective the case can be made that the SD 2200 might be the better way to go. The problem for this challenge is the ATX weighs way over 4 lbs and sells for slightly over $2000. The price is close enough really but the 7 lb weight is way off. That's it folks. That is reality. The best of the best that the competition can offer can only go solidly up against models Minelab has not made in years. I am not saying that to be mean or as some kind of Minelab toadie, that is my pure unvarnished opinion as a guy who is pretty well versed on the subject. Let's bring it all home. This person with the $700 machine really, really wants that under 4 lb, under $2K GBPI machine, but if they do their homework they discover that truthfully, they would be better off shopping for a used Minelab than what the competition offers new. With the TDI SL rated as a 2 the ATX in a much lighter box at under $2K is a solid win as a 3. A well designed ATX with standard dry land coils would look very enticing as compared to the GP series Minelabs. But Garrett refuses to budge! White's can certainly do something, anything to improve the TDI SL. A battery that lasts all day would be a good start. In the end they are limited by the basic single channel design of the machine. The SD 2000 dual channel design was literally the answer to and the improvement on the single channel technology used in the TDI, the basics of which predate the SD 2000. Still, White's currently owns the under 4 lb under $2K GBPI category so they have the first out of the starting gate advantage. Anything they do would at the very least just show they have not given up. The Minelab MPS patent that formed the basis of the SD series has expired. Not sure about DVT, which formed the basis of the GP series. Where is the competition? What the heck is going on here? Much gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair is going on here, that's what!!! That is my challenge to the manufacturers. Under 4 lbs, under $2K, on the 1-10 scale I am offering, what is the best you can do? The TDI SL as a 2? Really? Yes, really, that is currently the best of the best in the brand new ground balancing PI, full warranty, under 4 lb, under $2k category. You can pick up a 3.5 lb TDI SL right now brand new for $1049. The White's TDI SL takes the crown. Note that a challenger has a half pound of weight they can add to the TDI SL and still make the 4 lb mark, and retail can be almost double the $1049 of the TDI SL and still come in at the 2K mark. I therefore do not think my challenge is outright crazy. Hopefully we will see more competition in this wide open category soon. I have been beating this drum for years to no avail, but I do have reason to believe we are finally going to see more alternatives soon. I hope. White's Electronics TSI SL metal detector
  23. 2 points
    What about them? Honestly, they are a one trick pony so far. Deus is amazing, not doubt about it. But ORX is just Deus Light, a subset at a lower price. Where is the genuine waterproof beach machine? Their true multifrequency machine? Their PI detector? Love to see them. They are doing great with Deus but unless they break out of that mold they are limited going forward. NokMak is moving aggressively on all fronts. They are committed to true multifrequency next in the Simplex housing and PI in the works also. Not a hint from XP those things are coming, though we should not count them out.
  24. 2 points
    Tometusns, Your simple advise is much appreciated. The noise cancel function got bigger as soon as I read it. BTW, I can assure you that my friend and I are going to have a TON of fun. Thanks!
  25. 2 points
    I know a lot of people like diamonds and nothing else but the amethyst and cz ring looks nice. A little color makes a ring pop
  26. 2 points
    Oh, that would be SO wrong... but you may be right. Way to put a roadblock in the way of all those existing aftermarket coils, and for what purpose really? Just to make this more "amateur" versus their "pro" models with a proper connector? Sure we can make adapters, but let's hope they are not that petty.
  27. 2 points
    Great, it's a F19 - wow! I need to brush up on my Czech. Great find El NINO77, thanks for posting. I can't wait to see the price. I have to bet we will see other new Bounty Hunter versions soon also. Bounty Hunter Time Ranger Pro / Fisher F19 / Teknetics G2+
  28. 2 points
    The soil was extremely hot. There were areas of extreme iron trash and square nails abounded.. Not a lot of modern trash though. The attached pic will give you some idea and that is only from Day 1.
  29. 2 points
    Told you they listen to their customers. 🏆 🏅
  30. 1 point
    I don't know about F44 coil compatibility. The concentric Greek Series coils will not, in general, work on the Gold Bug family of detectors. There have been reports of occasionally those working, though. I tried a Greek Series concentric on my GB-Pro and it worked for a few minutes but not after that.
  31. 1 point
    2Valen, I'm right there with you buddy! I'm still more comfortable with my AT Pro, than my 800! At least for land sites! On the beach, I'm only using the 800 now, but still have much to learn! I just started reading the Andy Sabisch book to get a leg up on the 800! Hopefully that will translate to some new skills! Good luck with yours!
  32. 1 point
    I would like to know that too. I have a Gold Kruzer on the way with 3 coil. The extra coil is the 9.5x5 dd coil. Will be hunting freshwater lakes and micro jewelry in other areas. I had one before. Don't know why I got rid of it. I like the Micro mode best as it was deepest. Noisy but no problem hearing targets. It's a nice detector.
  33. 1 point
    2Valen, Boca's looking pretty good about now!! Temp wise anyway! I'd much rather be detecting where you are! As you know, anywhere here worth detecting has either been destroyed, or is owned by the wealthy! Or both!😂😅
  34. 1 point
    While I wouldn't consider myself experienced I have used my T2 a lot in finding old coins of a similar age you're likely to find. I would think your Shrew will be too small to get the deep targets. It is deep for a little coil but really it's no match for a bigger coil in depth, I took my Snake (Shrew) out onto the open fields after moving on from the building area and wasn't getting much in the way of deep targets at all compared to when the bigger coil was on, it was noticeable. I've found with my T2 maximum depth is obtained if disc is below 10 or above 50, it seems to have a little bit of a power jump once you get over 50, of course in EMI areas going over 50 means it will be unstable too. I've found open farmland around here to be quite free of junk, the odd bits of junk but nothing exceptionally trashy, fence lines seem the worst for having off cuts of fence wire. Around the home site you'll probably want your Shrew back on. Is the land with the place big? sounds like it with chicken coups and so on. If your soils there are quite soft and coins have worked their way down deep the best thing to do is dig anything that gives a nice tone ignoring Target ID's completely, even if just occasionally and mostly has an iron grunt (I use 2+ tones). I've found very deep small threepence silvers this way. This can only be done if the area isn't littered with junk I guess unless you're very fit 🙂 I don't have BP on mine so I don't know how that will benefit you, maybe if there is long grass? In trashy areas when using a smaller coil I use Disc 52, 2+ Tones, Sensitivity as high as I can, normally 99 Once out in the open field I use Disc 5 to 10, 2+ Tones and Sensitivity as high as I can, again normally 99, you may find BP good for this? I have all metal setup in 99 sensitivity too even if I can't run disc at that as I flick to it occasionally to check targets. At a bad EMI spot I've found a coin just under 10 inches with my gain at 60 so having a super high gain isn't vital, I believe it's far more vital to have a machine free of EMI as bad EMI seems to mess with target ID accuracy and I feel depth is compromised. I always run my detectors with no chatter. Sometimes I've had a very vague target where I'm not sure if it's a target due to it's depth or small size, oddly switching to pinpoint will verify it's existence. My Mars Tiger may as well be glued onto my T2, it's never leaving it, if I need a smaller coil on a T2 I use my backup older model T2 (I wish the T2 had USB firmware updates). I just love that 13x10" Tiger coil.
  35. 1 point
    The batteries are Varta......Made in Germany. I should mention that I’m in Australia. 30 cells for about $6 US. Good old Bunnings is where you can get them. The batteries are always fresh stock too 👍 Tony
  36. 1 point
    I hope the health problems clear up soon! It does say on the NF website about the early pioneers of detecting making their own spiral wound coils, looks like you were one of them, brilliant. This method of winding has been used for many years in custom made and privately built coils however until recently it was only available commercially for a short period in the late 1990’s. I guess they kept the secret to themselves 🙂
  37. 1 point
    I see this Bounty Hunter has a backlite, will it be the red one like it's counterpart? Red backlighting is most excellent for night hunts. I know I poo pooed this when I initially saw it, but I know the G2/F19 was a killer relic hunter in iron, and was supposed to be a button magnet, so it'll be interesting to see how this rehash updated model pans out. Very curious to learn what the pricing will be.
  38. 1 point
    When you buy a Vanquish in NZ you get a free T-shirt, my T Shirt arrived today. I had choice between short or long sleeve, I went long Sleeve. I wonder if every country get the free T-shirt with it.
  39. 1 point
    GB: Thanks, have found dimes but the condition is so poor that it wasn't worth showing. The lock reads Southern Pacific Co.Roadway and Bridge Department. Steve: I have been running sensitivity like "low beams in the fog" particularly in difficult conditions, I like stable. The beach 1 mode is the best in the alkali mud for sure as I have toggled back and forth to park 1,the most reliable signal is beach. I am sure this place has been detected multiple times over the years, the Equinox being the advantage. The site is giving my friend with a T2 fits
  40. 1 point
    Yup, Discovery 3300 is $639NZD, https://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics-photography/other-electronics/other/listing-2397672212.htm That's $409 USD for it, we never got the F19 but the Gold Bug Pro with 5" coil is $1030 NZD, $659 USD, for 100 NZD more you can have an Equinox 600. A no brainer really. He no longer has Gold Bug 2's, I guess they weren't selling as he's had no stock for about a year now from what I've seen. The F75 "original" is $1500 NZD, a fair bit cheaper to get an Equinox 800 First Texas never tried to be competitive in our market, which is why their dealer is "sort of" operating, poor guy should have taken on Nokta. I looked up tariffs from the US to NZ on it and it seems it's set at 4.375% (2018) and then a GST of 15%.... So.... it doesn't really make the pricing justified. They sell plenty of Gold Bug Pro's in Australia Goldpick, only problem is they're all fake! And the fakes are the price the real ones should be.
  41. 1 point
    XP marketing is ......inexistant.Same as fisher .Nokmak is different i agree.For XP I am pretty sure something is in the making. Personally for Nokmak at the moment they havent release a machine which grabbed my attention or precisely my needs but i bought a propointer mainly for the price it is well manufactured and tick all the boxes. RR
  42. 1 point
    The current Time Ranger can be had for $225 so if they keep that model and price the "Pro" higher, like $249 - $299 it might do well. The vast majority of Big Box store buyers have never heard of Nokta/Makro. Over $300 and they lost me for sure. Really nutty right now. Gold Bug Pro models are going for $499 or more, like the Gold Bug DP for $599, but you can find the F19 with 6x10 or 7x11 coil for $449 at some vendors. People are paying more for the less capable Gold Bug Pro not knowing they can get more bang in the F19 for less. I guess that is the FT smoke and mirrors game in a nutshell.
  43. 1 point
    Dean Ricker has screen covers available for the Simplex. I've been using his covers for quite some time, excellent quality. I paid $25 shipped. Here is Dean's e-mail addy where he can be contacted..... rickerskpd@cableone.net
  44. 1 point
    You got that righ! The way most detectorists with experience look at it is that detectors are tools in a toolbox. I’ve had up to a dozen detectors at a time, each for very specific uses. I really worked hard on narrowing that down, but anything less than four really crimps my style. It’s like asking “what is best, the pliers, the screwdriver, the box knife, or the hammer?” It does depend on the job at hand, and whether you want to invest in Craftsman tools or Snap-On. If you do multiple types of detecting and are serious about it, it is hard to settle on just one detector.
  45. 1 point
    I love clever ideas like this Sure Grip that makes detecting life easier. This is what I did before I saw the Sure Grip. I cut a swimming noodle to a convenient thickness, cut a slit in it so I could simply slip it around the top of the handle. It buffers the control box from weighing on my hand and stays on with no problem. It's nice and comfy but easily removed when cleaning my EQX. The Sure Grip however would be better when submerged in water.
  46. 1 point
    That all sounds excellent, especially the small gold results. I am in total agreement that any discrimination system has trade offs, even in the best VLF detectors. Those trades are perfectly acceptable as long as we know what they are so we can apply proper judgement on where to employ discrimination and where to dig everything. The big downfall for PI has always been its affinity for ferrous targets making it simply impractical for use in some locations. Impulse AQ addresses that issue and I expect the best places to use one initially will be exactly those locations that PI users have avoided until now. I personally have no doubt this detector will be very productive in the right locations and look forward to using one myself. I have not owned a waterproof PI since I sold my ATX and have been waiting patiently for something better to come along. For me the waterproof TDI was too little too late. I wanted one from the very first day I used a TDI but after years of being ignored in my lobby efforts I found by the time White’s finally made one better things like the Impulse were on the horizon. Very kind of you to post that information LE.JAG..... thank you! It’s especially good to hear the Terra version is in beta testing, that bodes well for a dual machine introduction.
  47. 1 point
    Good 'ol Fred's not grumpy, Simon, just envious. But so are the rest of us. Me included. Sniff... Thanks for this whole thread, especially the pics. HH Jim
  48. 1 point
    Get it off your chest folks ? It'll make you feel better. I would hope Minelab learnt a bit of a lesson with the Equinox, price does matter especially for hobbyists. It was a massive hit not just for it's performance but it's price. If they charged CTX pricing for it, it'd just be another detector some people have. At the moment it's within reach of a bulk of people and they've no doubt got more people in the hobby because of that. The Nokta Simplex is another example of this trend. I hope it continues.
  49. 1 point
    Hi Steve, I didn't even realise there was some crazy history of it until very recently, but that's none of my business, I'm just a consumer buying a detector to look for gold ? I know people seem to have arguments over the QED all the time, I haven't looked into why and frankly I don't care, if it works for me that's all I care about. I don't have any history at all with detecting or prospecting in any form, I'm only on my second year detecting. I hope people don't attack me over my views, they're just honest assessments of how it works for me in our mild soil which again I try point out as often as I can (so does JW) so people don't think they will get the same results in hotter soils. In the past people have said detectors can't do things or couldn't possibly find this size at that depth and so on, but that's in their soil, everyone's soil is different so you can't take those reviews as a definite guideline to results. I went to another forum about a week or two ago when I was deciding if I should get a QED and just saw a bunch of adults behaving like children calling each other names as they disagreed with things about the QED, some were wanting to meet up to punch each others lights out I didn't read the mess long before I closed that window. I didn't go there to read that, I wanted info on the QED which it lacked. I'm probably super brave, like Hero type stuff along the lines of Superman as I run the QED with an X-coil, now that's pushing the limits! People didn't agree with X-coils either as they had some beliefs there was intellectual property rights issues with the coils. I bought my QED, I'm in no way obligated to say nice things about it. What attracted me to it is it's ability to handle EMI as a lot of the gold places around here have big giant power lines in them, which is why I've asked lots of EMI questions and also queried about the Anti interference coils. This EMI ability has been proven to me already and it's ability to find small gold well and it sure sees small gold better than my GPX in air testing.. I also like having no wires joining me to my detector as I get tangled up all the time ? and it's weight is impressive. I can't buy a ZED as my wife would leave me if I did ? and I would struggle to justify that sort of money on a detector unless I lived in a place with lots of gold to be able to find with it to at least try justify the cost, I have just as much fun on my less expensive detectors. The QED is very reasonably priced and a great way for someone to get into the world of high performance PI's without having to sell a kidney. I'm looking forward to giving it a good workout.
  50. 1 point
    I like gadgets! but yes, what you said made sense, my sluice is probably better. ?
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