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  1. Wow, you live in a place with lots of really shallow near surface gold, what a good time that'd be snagging all those bits. Well done.
  2. I am truly puzzled by people saying the Nox doesn't have a solid target ID, I'm constantly amazed by how rock solid it's target ID's are especially on coins even at extreme depth.... maybe it's just my mild soil although I've found the same thing on the beaches here too. I guess I'm lucky πŸ™‚ I don't doubt people do have the issue I'm just surprised in comparison to my experience.
  3. 1.2 grams is pretty impressive still... sounds like you've had a good time and that's all that matters. Great post.
  4. Well, I'm up to day 9 now at this spot and no sign of the coins drying up. It's pretty crazy really. I know I can go back over ground I've done and pull more silvers out too as I've been doing that already. I was originally being too fussy with the Target ID's. I arrived at 9am and started work. First up was a solid 13, more often than not 13 is an old style NZ 10 cent coin so I got digging It felt deep, but bugger, it was a big iron bit of junk, deeper than my carrot. This is one flaw I've found with the Nox and it is deep iron can come up in the non-ferrous range, like this thing... the most common number for me it comes up is 13 too, the unlucky number πŸ™‚ there is a rumor of a version 2 firmware coming out for the Equinox that addresses this flaw, I hope it's true. This dirty great big iron target, once out on the ground it no longer comes up as a 13 and is blanked out as Iron. I encountered this twice today with deep iron junk. Moving along, as always there are finds of semi modern 1, 2 and 5 cent coins in between the good finds, I don't bother reporting on them, and only include them on the total. Next was a really nice 14/15 which can be either a old style pull tab..... or a threepence silver.... and it was Stupidly deep, a 1933 threepence. These things only weigh 1.41 grams and are 50% silver. It's hard to believe how deep the Nox can lock onto them. You'll see in the photo above I dug the depth of my shovel and used the pinpointer to keep going deeper to get to the coin. Almost straight away, another silver. This time a UK 1922 threepence.... before NZ had it's own version of a threepence. I accidentally murdered a worm digging this one up. Next was a solid 18, turned out to be a ring, just a junker by the looks of it. \ Looks like a skull. This next find was another silver. it's a One shilling, they come up a solid 21 on the VDI's, same as a modern $1 and $2 coin, I'll never miss one of these. 1934 One Shilling, I do like finding these, I know nothing about coin grading but they can have a bit of value like all of the silver coins. I assume the values below are USD 1934 New Zealand Shilling value VG F VF EF aUnc Unc $3.55 $7.40 $21 $77 $237 $497+ This is an example of a good value silver 1935 New Zealand Threepence value VG F VF EF aUnc Unc $120 $281 $444 $1,230 $1,820 $2,982+ \ I was on a real silver roll today, another one. 1933 threepence! It seems the most common date I find. Another old penny from 1908. it has a big green growth on it, not sure how to get rid of that. And another penny being guarded by a worm.... I could see this one before digging it up, the green tinge coming through under the worm Got it out, the worm didn't want to leave it. Next up was a 1949 Florin, I don't find too many of these Florins. I like they have a Kiwi on them. Another Sixpence! \ It was quite shallow for an old silver, usually they're much deeper. I guess being 1945 it wasn't in the ground as long as some of the others. And another, this one wasn't much deeper. Then I got this funny little old kids watch, the glass popped off the front when I touched it, it didn't have any way to attach a band. Time to head back to the car to go home for lunch, as per usual I detected on my walk back to the car and as always, right near the car, another coin, this time just a 1 cent. Mr and Mr's JW are in town today as they have purchased a house near me they're going to be renting out so they were doing a few things to it before dropping some tenants in there, I'd only just left for my lunch break when JW appeared and checked if I was at the field, he just arrived a few minutes after I left. I got a message from him so popped in to his house to see the JW's after my lunch break. He did well with the house, it's very nice. The mornings semi modern coinage, the only spendable one is the $1 which my daugher gets for her moneybox. The semi good old coins and ring The mornings silvers πŸ™‚ After visiting JW at his house I only had about an hour and a half before I had to pick my daughter up at school so I went back for another quick hunt. An old penny It was a 1929 UK coin with the old girl in a wheelchair again, I should get around to looking up who she is one day. Another coin guarded by a worm, this time it was a threepence but no longer a silver one, so from the late 1940's onwards. It was quite deep. I think this is one of the oldest coins I've found, an 1866 UK penny It was really smooth, the image almost gone. Not a bad find when the first real European settlement was in 1840 and that was on the North Island, a long way from here at the bottom of the South Island. In 1840 Britain formally annexed the islands and established New Zealand's first permanent European settlement at Wellington. Another sixpence from the post-silver era, they were originally silver in colour like the older real silver coins but they go brown in the ground. The semi modern coins from the afternoon with only the gold NZ $1 coin still current currency. The good stuff, the key is pretty cool, from a Nissan ZX 280, I wasn't exactly sure what that was so I googled it, for an old 1983 model with a lot of miles on it the car is for sale for $12,000 AUD Sure holds it's value, I wonder if it's like a lot of old cars where the same key can open them all, my wife once owned an old Toyota Corolla, and I jumped in it and started it up and went to reverse at a shop and then realized I was in the wrong car when I saw a baby seat in the back and we didn't have a baby πŸ™‚ And lucky last, the junk. I'll be back there tomorrow. This is the total coin weight, minus a few silver coins I sent to Jim Hemmingway as a little gift and all the modern $1 and $2 coins that I've given to my daughter, there must be at least 30 of them so far. 1693 grams, I am aiming for at least the 2KG mark, 2000 grams. I hope to get 1000 coins from this spot, I'm not sure what I'm up to so far. 55 Coins today, on par πŸ™‚
  5. I've had a lot of trouble with this lately but after a fair bit of experimenting I've found it does this most if there is discriminated out iron under the coil when you press the pinpoint button. If I am in all metal horse shoe mode and the ground is clear under the coil when I press the button it never seems to happen. Try it out.
  6. Well as much as a lot of people think the marketing Minelab do is really cheesy and hate the way they drip feed their new release information it works, and it works well, have you ever seen so much hype about a new beginners machine coming out? The Vanquish may as well of been a new flagship with all the attention it's had even by the most experienced detectorists that normally would never buy a beginners machine, yet some are considering buying one anyway. If White's has something in the works, instead of being silent about it letting it's loyal customer base build up anger towards them for being stagnant for a long period perhaps they should start drip feeding information.... like dropping little fish food flakes into a fish tank.. start the frenzy. I understand it's hard to come out with new VLF's now when the limitations of the technology are there but there are two areas they can work on.. modernisation and price. Most Whites detectors still look like they're from the 80's. The MX Sport could become a nice competitor to the Simplex, drop the price to compete, you can bet a lot of people would consider the MX Sport over the Simplex. At today's pricing, would they? I know from the computer industry a high end unit doesn't cost much more to produce than a low end unit, the more high end the unit is, the more markup there is. The entry level gear is generally sold at a much tighter margin but they sell a lot more of it.
  7. I tried my Nel Tornado on my Ace 350, did a factory reset with it on, used it for a bit then without doing the factory reset put on the stock coil, I didn't get the same extra depth result you're getting off the AT Pro, the stock coil gave it's normal results. I didn't do a reset with the stock coil back on obviously, maybe it's just a quirk with the AT Pro.
  8. I've certainly experienced big iron giving ID's up around 13, so if they're fixing that, excellent. I'm sure 600 users will appreciate the lower light backlight.
  9. I needed one as I cracked mine and cheapest I could find was $160 NZD + Shipping so I gave up on that quick smart, extremely over priced so I found an after market one, it worked fine. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32919840873.html?spm=a2g0s.8937460.0.0.64672e0ee76xkQ Only $40 NZD ($25 USD for the entire handle assembly with free shipping) I realize this is supporting a manufacturer selling fake items and considered criminal but I felt it was criminal to charge me $160 NZD + Shipping of $25 for a handle I could buy for $40 and I felt that was all it was worth πŸ™‚ I guess it's not really stealing IP as it''s just a switch on a handle, not the same as buying a fake detector.
  10. That's pretty cool, I found a silver in my front yard, no match for your finds πŸ™‚
  11. Where did you find that picture? A google image search comes up empty. You maybe onto something though, as the marketing material in the picture there is different to the original Equinox update document. Someones gone to a lot of effort to make a fake picture if it's not real They indicate the new firmware will be out next week.
  12. I'm pleased you managed to make your patch lead and all credit to you for giving it another go, it must of been scary doing the snip again! Great to see you back in action... fingers crossed you find a big nugget to pay for the misadventure. Gotta love those Davsgold picks, looks like you'd need it for that ground.
  13. Thanks, I've been wondering what numbers they'd come up as, I know I haven't missed any full sovereigns then as I'm digging all 18's, 15 is a bit iffy as I wasn't digging them at the start but I am now, I am going to go back over the entire field again at least once anyway from a different direction then with another detector or two. I will try find out when they were in circulation. Today the weather isn't playing ball so I'm off skiing instead, it doesn't matter if it's snowing up there.
  14. I just don't see where the Go-Find fits in anymore, it's really a kids detector as much as they tried to promote it otherwise. It needs to be cheaper. I had a quick look on Amazon and the Go-Find 44 is $199, same price as the Vanquish entry level but a far worse detector, it needs to be under $99 for the Go-Find 66. The Go-Find 22 and 44 just need to be discontinued, there is really no point having three Go-Finds to pick from that are all so similar, don't start doing a First Texas on us Minelab and having hundreds of pointless similar models.... that makes me angry πŸ˜‰ Having one Go-Find model is viable, it is a great little kids detector, so light and easy to swing, they just have 4 pictures to decide if they want to dig or not and it folds up to fit into a kids backpack. The Go-Find is just slightly better than the Bounty Hunter Junior TID Go-Find has 4 levels of Target ID, Bounty Hunter has 3. The Bluetooth on the Go-Find is just there to connect to it's Go-Find app which is pretty pointless, it doesn't seem to connect to headphones, I've tried. I don't need to control my detector with my phone.
  15. That's the problem, no one can advice you other than a local on the detector for your soil conditions. Go out and see what people are using if you can....If you have trustworthy dealers there try talk to them. The GPX is a safe bet, the Monster, Equinox or Whites 24K are the cheaper options if the conditions allow them. I understand the GPX is a lot of money to spend so you could start off on one of the cheaper VLF models like the Monster and see if you even enjoy doing it and find any gold, then at some point you could buy the GPX and you'll find you still use the Monster as well. Judging by the number clone detectors sold in Africa perhaps VLF's do work well there. A quick google showed me that clone T2's are popular in Tanzania so if they will work there I am sure a Gold Monster, Equinox or Whites 24k will work there too and that would be a good place to start. The 24k is meant to handle some pretty bad soils so maybe the best bet for you?
  16. That would be great, I haven't run mine yet, the water is too cold at the moment πŸ™‚ I was just getting it ready for summer to kick in.
  17. The LS they are selling looks exact same as mine, maybe it's just the name, classic twill is just the pattern on the carbon fiber I think https://www.amazon.com/Detect-Ed-Carbon-Minelab-Equinox-Detector/dp/B07R1ZX6JP/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Ed's+Equinox+detectors+shafts&qid=1568659643&sr=8-1
  18. 41 silvers so far, and the entire first few days of detecting it I wasn't really digging 14/15's as they were lots of pull tabs, I was wrongly thinking threepence was 15/16 but that's only when close to them, when they're deep they're 14/15 so I am sure I've left a lot of silvers behind and will be going back over that area πŸ™‚ I can't believe with this many coins there is yet to be a crown or sovereign. I am hoping to hit it again today, first light at the moment and I can see clear skies. I am sure nobody's ever detected it before. My worse detector is a Go-Find and it lacks the depth for a majority of the good coins I am finding. The key at this spot is depth, most good stuff is deep. Looks like rain coming today, no detecting for me πŸ˜ͺ
  19. You mention Gold Fields in the title of your thread. The CTX 3030 isn't designed to be a prospecting detector so I would say no, not ideal. GPX or GPZ would be more suitable.
  20. Yes, I am careful doing my holes, I've found the larger ones "heal over" better here, and I always leave one side of the grass attached so I fold it back down and stomp on it a few times and It's all good. I can't even see the holes I did here a couple of weeks ago when I first started, they're gone which is annoying as I can't tell where I've been πŸ˜‰ I came very close to getting JW to do a coin detect.... I thought for a second there he'd give it a go but no, it's too hard to drag him away from the gold fields, maybe if I do find a sovereign I might convince him to give it a go I think I'm going to end up with over 1000 coins from this football field, that's my goal.
  21. Thanks Jim, I'm really starting to get the hang of this coin detecting game πŸ™‚ All the hours behind the wheel of the Nox are paying off too, I'm starting to get very comfortable with the machine and now understand what people mean by knowing what the machine is trying to tell me. I intend to clean this entire field out, it doesn't get used anymore so it's all good for me to clean it up, I've had the odd local come up to me all interested in what I'm doing, they think it's great. Once I've done it with the Nox I'm going to go over it with the T2 and then possibly the QED or 4500 (with a DD in iron discrimination mode) just to be sure I haven't missed anything. I look forward to going back tomorrow.
  22. That's still pretty decent, there would be nothing stopping me detecting schools here, easy access but I can't imagine them being good places to detect, maybe I'm wrong.
  23. I dug 3 coins in one hole today using the 15x12", all low value worthless coins but I knew there was at least two of the same coin in the hole, the pinpoint was giving me 2 clear targets right next to each other and I was able to recognize the two targets on the Target ID's too. There was 3 in total so the 3rd must have been very close to one of the other ones so they blended together. With my other detectors there is no way I'd be able to do this.
  24. I am betting nobody ever dug the four coins in one hole as on most detectors that would be a crazy all over the place target ID, I've found similar situations and the Nox can sometimes identify coins right next to other coins and give you multiple ID's but lock onto each ID rather than a random mess of numbers. That's a fantastic result, you are going to have a ball at that location.
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