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About Steve Herschbach

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    Reno, NV
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    Metal detecting, prospecting, building websites
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    Minelab GPZ, Equinox 800; Fisher F-Pulse; Sun Ray Pro Gold

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  1. Steve Herschbach

    Detecting In Small Creeks / VLF Vs SDC Vs GPZ

    Fortymile / Chicken area has a lot of variation locally, but in general I would rate it as low to medium mineralization. VLFs run well there.
  2. Steve Herschbach

    Loads Of Equinox Success Stories At Minelab.com

    If anyone has been reading between the lines on the forums - the Equinox actually does perform. Quite a few early nay-sayers have had to grudgingly admit that is the case. The few people still trolling are now citing imaginary future problems. Take a new detector that does actually work, and due to a low price put it in a huge number of user hands, and great finds are inevitable. Part of that is the detector, but mostly it is the sheer number of people who are out swinging an Equinox now instead of something else. Success begets more success.
  3. Steve Herschbach

    Folks Use Protective Screen Material For Your Noxes

    First thing with any new detector that has a screen - put on a screen protector. If you delay that first scratch will alert you as to why you should not have waited. The nice thing about including them with the Equinox as Minelab has done is it eliminates that temptation to wait. On my other detectors like the GPZ I have been using older Kindle screen covers I have left over. The older covers before all the touch enabled screens came out are thicker than screen protectors for touch screens.
  4. Steve Herschbach

    Colonial Silver Today...

    Nice digs Scott, thanks for posting!
  5. Steve Herschbach

    Gold Tellurides

    Welcome to the forum! Visual id on forums is very difficult. The only way to know for sure is examination by an expert or mineral tests.... Sylvanite And Calaverite IDENTIFICATION OF THE COMMONER TELLURIDES
  6. Steve Herschbach

    Detecting In Small Creeks / VLF Vs SDC Vs GPZ

    I would say that depends on the mineralization. In very low mineral ground the GMT will hold its own for depth on larger gold and hit tinier bits than the SDC. As mineralization ramps up, the SDC looks better by comparison, and in extreme mineral ground it is no contest - SDC all the way. Given that most gold bearing areas have more mineralization than is the norm, the SDC looks really good. Do remember that is areas loaded with ferrous trash, the GMT can provide discrimination. The SDC is dig it all unless you want to gamble with the tones.
  7. Steve Herschbach

    Nokta Amphibian - A Waterproof Impact?

    Makro and Nokta are doing the General Motors / Chevrolet thing with two separate but similar product lines. Another example in the industry is First Texas (Bounty Hunter, Fisher, Teknetics). Rather then it being a case of spending R&D dollars to duplicate what you already have, it is a way of getting more bang for the buck out of an R&D dollar by having it apply to multiple product lines.
  8. Steve Herschbach

    Mining In Film

    I have a soft spot for "Paint Your Wagon" The "making of" video...
  9. Steve Herschbach

    Different Metals

    There is no such thing that I have ever heard of. Depth is determined more by target size than the metal involved. However, if you had test coins all exactly the same size made of different metals you would see depth differences. The difference will depend mostly on the frequency the detector operates at if we are talking single frequency detectors. Lower frequencies tend to favor high conductors and high frequencies favor low conductors. However, there is more to it than just frequency, such as ground balance efficiency at different frequencies for example. Long story short the differences would be relatively small except when comparing the highest conductors to the lowest conductors, and the difference will vary model to model depending on the frequency and other factors. Some info here on the subject..... https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/3778-vlf-punching-deeper/?do=findComment&comment=41284 Once you get into multifrequency operation even the information regarding relative frequencies gets tossed out the door. Here is a post about the White's V3i and several coins compared at different frequencies. Notice how the difference between coins changes with the frequency change... https://www.findmall.com/read.php?66,2206429,2206429#msg-2206429
  10. Here are a bunch of free books to read.... Metal Detecting & Prospecting Library
  11. The Nokta Invenio appears to be a Nokta Impact combined with a visual mapping system. Nokta just released a set of fourteen videos covering all aspects of the detector in detail. Nokta Invenio Video Instruction Series Nokta Invenio Digital Imaging System
  12. Pictures leaked at this Italian website and elsewhere have been floating around the last few months. The Nokta Anfibio is basically what you would get if you crossed a Nokta Impact with a Makro Multi Kruzer. Besides being waterproof the new model has an external wrap coil cable instead of the internal routing used on the Impact. The prototype pictured is from March however and changes may be made before release so take all that with a grain of salt. Use Google translate to read the page in English (or whatever). I would expect this model to be released officially at Detectival in September.
  13. Steve Herschbach

    Detecting In Small Creeks / VLF Vs SDC Vs GPZ

    Welcome to the forum! You say you pan, sluice etc. and only use the detector to see if you have missed any gold. Has it been the case that the detector has revealed lots of gold you would have otherwise missed? If not, I can’t see wanting to spend much money for a detector for the task as described. A light weight and relatively inexpensive VLF should do the job just fine. In other words, if the GMT has served you well all these years, why switch? On the other hand if money is no object the SDC 2300 has lots going for it. Power, ease of operation, plus a very compact, waterproof design. The GPZ honestly just seems a poor match for the job. If you stick with VLF, and are interested in GMT type performance but waterproof, check out the Makro Gold Kruzer.
  14. You are slaying the coins Dan! I spent some time beating the 600 drum because I am convinced that it is the true killer bargain. People keep comparing the Equinox models to detectors costing two or three times more money. That’s not how people shop - most people have a budget they want to stick with. And for under $600 with some shopping nothing else comes close to matching the 600 both for features and performance. The 800 gets all the attention but in my mind the 600 is the the one that really wows me. Anyone looking for a new full warranty detector under $600 the Equinox 600 is definitely the one to beat. It’s hard for me to understand why anyone would consider anything else in that price range.
  15. This is just a short video clip showing the AT Max in highly mineralized red dirt, on a "live dug" Civil War bullet. Settings were Custom (so that the machine saves the settings) but basically, Pro Zero mode with Iron Disc at 10. The search coil used is the CORS Strike 12" x 13" DD coil (same as NEL Tornado). Published on Nov 16, 2017