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Jeff McClendon

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    Prospecting, Mineralogy, Metal Detecting, Railroads,
    Coaching HS Golf, Professional Musician
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    QED PL3, Minelab GPX 5000, Equinox 800, Vanquish 540, XP Deus, Tek-Point, XP MI-6, Gold Hog River Sluices Flow Pan Royal High Banker

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  1. The original black Low Frequency coils and the new black X35 coils used with the Deus have an ID normalization On/Off choice. However, on the Deus there is no ID normalization choice for the High Frequency white coils, so it is automatically Off. So, basically, the HF coils are not fully compatible with the XP Deus............weird??? On the ORX, ID normalization is always On for both the white HF coils and the X35 coils. The ORX is not compatible at all with the original black LF coils.
  2. ORX is an outstanding gold prospecting detector........I like it better for that than the Deus. ORX for any other kind of detecting.......I prefer the Deus.
  3. In the areas I hunt the 9" X35 is the deepest of the three X35 coils due to similar bad soil conditions to Abenson. In milder dirt I don't think you would see too much difference between the 11" and 11"X13" X35 coils. Hopefully Chase will respond since he has much more experience with this subject. Kaolin washer, you could just private message Chase Goldman, tell him your ground conditions, target situation (bed of nails, etc), your typical settings and the depth you are trying to achieve.
  4. I have had two Equinox 800s overheat, one was in the desert on a very hot day and I had a Doc's full control module cover on it..........it was too hot for me and I should have known better. The other time was like another person here mentioned. I left it on the ground for a while in direct sunlight on a really hot day and the same thing happened. I still own both of them and they work fine, so no permanent damage. If you are having trouble seeing the screen wearing polarized sunglasses, just turn the backlight on its lowest setting......problem solved.
  5. Like some of the others have noted, your rock (which is actually a mineral) is from the cryptocrystalline Quartz family. It has banding of different colors which is a characteristic of chalcedony, agate, jasper, flint, chert, and several other types of quartz. Sliced and polished, it would make a very attractive specimen. I know there are some locations in Florida that have produced chalcedony. Those specimens did not look like yours. Your specimen would be a fairly common find in many places in the US, especially in the western USA.
  6. Having a lightweight, easily backpack-able plastic mini-sluice for sampling in high altitude areas is definitely a plus especially when they weigh less than a 5 gallon plastic bucket. Anything more than that type of use is asking a lot of a small plastic sluice especially in faster moving water. Paying more than $50 to $75 for one ( I don't know the price for XP's) is not worth it. XP's has to cost more than that backpack in the photos. I am going to stick with my pink "Le Trap" knock off ($45), my Gold Hog Flow Pan, small finishing pan and a 2.5 gallon bucket, my pick, plastic scoops an
  7. That is not kimberlite or a meteorite. They are great photos. It looks like a volcanic tuft or breccia or caliche with lots of quartz/quartzite fragments. Kimberlite can definitely be a yellowish color when it has been exposed on or near the surface of the earth for awhile. Otherwise it is usually a grayish blue. It does not have large fragments of quartz like your specimen. Neither do the vast majority of meteorites which have very little or no visible quartz.
  8. Those mostly appear to be typical desert southwestern USA igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic weathered rocks. Some of the igneous rocks are extrusive like basalt and porphyry, etc. There might be some quartzite, agate and petrified wood but it is hard to tell from your photos. A little online study or a good book about southwestern US rocks and minerals might help you. I do not see anything that I would collect as a keeper but that is just me. I have been collecting minerals/crystals for almost 60 years. I try to leave the common rocks types in the field.
  9. Not to be argumentative, but that "ridiculous hockey puck" has found me plenty of gold nuggets that the 11" coil or my other detectors simply would have missed due to iron mineralization and hot rock masking. Do I use it for anything else besides gold prospecting........up until now it is my favorite coil for shallow saltwater surf hunting since it creates almost no drag and is sensitive enough to hit targets that need to be found quickly. Anything deeper in the shallow surf would need a different kind of detector. It has also done very well for shallower coin, jewelry and relic hunting in thi
  10. Welcome to this forum Sapper091!!!. Minelab has three coils for the Equinox. Coiltek has also released three coils for the Equinox that were produced with Minelab's permission. No other currently existing coils will work with the Equinox. I seriously doubt that Minelab would sanction any other third party coils and would sue the heck out of anyone that tried to release one.
  11. To me, the most important part of Dilek's video was her clearly stating that the new Nokta Makro simultaneous multi frequency detector is being built to be a direct competitor of the Equinox. She also made it clear without naming names that Nokta Makro does not consider the unnamed Garrett APEX as a viable competitor for the new Nokta Makro SMF detector. I hope Nokta Makro is right in their assessment of their new SMF detector. That would be great for a more competitive market and for us most of all. I have always been extremely impressed with Nokta Makro's detectors. I don't curre
  12. El Nino77 may be using online language translation software which can somewhat obscure the actual meaning of his post. It is possible to use up to 4 separate WM08 wireless modules with one Equinox in order to “analyze” different tones with spectrum analyzers and oscilloscope type hardware and software. That is definitely interesting but not something I would do. You might want to send El Nino77 a private message to clarify things. As for distinguishing uniform can slaw, pull tabs and other low to mid range non-ferrous targets from desirable targets like US nickels, lead, brass a
  13. Add to the already mentioned features, an actual threshold tone that helps with smaller/deeper targets and to me the real clincher= very high gain simultaneous multi frequency operation weighted towards detection of smaller and more difficult targets ......... and very small targets, very deep targets, targets partially masked by man-made iron, targets partially masked by natural iron, targets partially masked by high mineralization, and targets partially masked by hot/cold rocks have a much higher likelihood of being detected by the Gold modes.
  14. Yep, any kind of large metal target (bigger than a coin) especially chain link fencing or metal supports or posts can be picked up from a distance of even two feet or more depending on their thickness, by the top, sides or bottom of your search coil even with conservative sensitivity settings.
  15. if you are really serious about the 8" PulseDive coil or the two coil package, there are some on Ebay USA right now.
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