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Chase Goldman

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  1. Thanks, Dew. Dew, did you mean disc +30 vice -30? I thought of that but decided against it due to the up averaging I was seeing. I wanted to make sure I was not knocking out 27’s and 28’s high tones because I was swinging and pausing by ear not TID and some legit, non-ferrous was getting pushed UP into the wraparound region. It was not something that bugged me all that much but thought I would list it. Coil bump is the thing that really gets me and there really is no field situation that is as smooth as wet sand. Every little sprout sticking out of the ground seemed to set it off.
  2. Ok, but for the benefit of the OP, XP stands behind both designs with a warranty as fully waterproof coils. Good point. I thought of this also, but felt it was not that big of a deal for mid-conductive gold targets that even though the target IDs increase, they don't get jammed up at the top of the scale like high conductive targets such as silver. Having ID norm for the 25 khz setting with the X35 can be a useful advantage vs. the un-normlized HF coils (Side note ORX normalizes both X35 and the HF coils), though I would not likely use that frequency for high conductive targets
  3. What are you hoping to use it for? Apparently does well at challenging beach situations (variable salt, black sand) as Dew attests and in mineralized ground (my situation). See my review here. Wouldn't use it simply to coin or jewelry detect in high aluminum trash conditions because IDs are a little bouncy. Reliable ferrous/non-ferrous target discriminator.
  4. I am still learning the ropes but my thoughts so far after testing in a few gardens and a full fledged relic hunt in hot ground: Ergonomics - weight and balance - very good. It is well balanced and a joy to swing. Like it better than my Equinox in this regard. User Interface - OK, but a little quirky. No intuitive logic to the menu system but everything is at least on one screen, no diving into multiple sub menus like Deus. There really are not many settings anyway - Frequency, Volume, Threshold Disc, Tone Mode, Sensitivity, GB, Salt level, Tracking & Black Sand. Use of a
  5. Oh, thank goodness, Cal. I thought you were posting something about my old girlfriend, Early Moonshine. Hard work = great finds.
  6. At the frequency of interest (~28 khz) they are about the same. But note the X35 coil can be adjusted from 23.5 to 27.7 khz, the HF coil is 26 to 31 khz. So you can go slightly higher with the HF coil, plus you have 54 khz. For pure prospecting I would go with the HF, for jewelry its a wash. If you want max high conductor depth, it is the x35 because it can be operated down to 3 5 khz.
  7. By George, I think you've got yet another KG there Cal! Nice.
  8. George - Glad you are enjoying your new detector!
  9. Check the diameter and thickness. If it was broad struck (i.e. without the retaining collar that provides the reeded edge and keeps the planchet from spreading during the strike), then the diameter will be greater than 24.3 mm/0.955 inch and it will be less than 1.75 mm/.069 inch thick. If it is not wider and thinner than a normal quarter then the reeds were removed somehow after it left the mint. If it is a broastruck error then it coukd be worth $10 to $15 depending on the condition of the quarter.
  10. The phone has plenty of processing power. The problem is everything else running on the phone at the same time and ensuring compatibility of the detecting software across a huge array of hardware and operating software configurations.
  11. Congrats. Smart move. Minimize your investment until you are sure about the hobby. Once you decide to take the plunge and upgrade as you become more serious about detecting you can always use the Vaquish as a decent backup.
  12. Read this...to your point, the depth reduction at higher recovery speeds is not really that significant...
  13. Wow, I can't begin tell you just how impressive that all sounds. Shouldn't we be the ones who are asking the questions then? Since it seems you got your TDI question answered I'll pile on dragging us off topic...I too want know just how you managed to setup the Nox to get that kind "depth" on that quarter? You can't possibly tease that without sharing at least a snippet of your vast Equinox knowledge with us. I'm a slow learner, still picking up things nearly 3 years after getting the Equinox. Would love to learn more from someone who has completely mastered it. So throw us a bone..
  14. This post by Steve highlights some methods to minimize impact when recovering targets from turf or other sensitve areas.
  15. Both the Simplex and Vanquish can be set up to "skip" most conductive "random trash" at beaches that consists of aluminum pull tabs, bits of foil, condiment pouches, juice bottle foil freshness seals, screw caps, crown caps, beer and soda cans, sunglasses, e-cig parts, fishing tackle, zippers, snaps, tent stakes, toy cars, bullet casings, and countless other odds and ends including junk costume jewelry. Clad coinage is the next most common "trash" item encountered by hard core beach jewelry hunters, including the dreaded corroded modern zinc penny - affectinately known as zincolns. Furtherm
  16. Would like to see Garrett dump the MX Sport/MX7/24K/GMT form factor and package those in an APEX shell (PERHAPS boosted to be dunk proof and not just weather proof). Performance tweaking the MX Sport/MX 7 recovery would be good too.
  17. Maybe the acquisition of the Whites IP will goose Garrett into developing/releasing something compelling. They have improved on some elements of the ergonomics and desirable features (frequency selection, form factor, wireless, rechargeable batteries) over the stale AT series with the APEX design. Now they need to work on performance, especially recovery speed, tones, and ID at depth and utilize more sophisticated signal processing to really take advantage of what Multi has to offer. They can use their leverage, production infrastructure, and market share to potentially make it more aff
  18. Chuck - You are right from a math standpoint but the scale is not exactly linear across the entire range, especially when you throw TID high conductor compression into the equation associated with jamming the high conductor TIDs into a fixed 100 point scale when the TIDs want to increase with operating frequency. I found that using a ratio of 55/13 to "fudge" the TIDs in my example actually gave more realistic TID numbers (i.e., numbers that I have actually seen in the field for the targets I was talking about) than if I used straight linear match 55/23 (i.e., 13 +10 for the iron range). I d
  19. I actually use Nox pinpoint frequently for reasons other than pinpointing (e.g., tracing the target footprint to determine target size if I am getting an iffy signal that could be a very can or quarter). For pinpointing in big fields it is probably less than 50% usage because it is natural and faster for me to just wiggle off the target without having to punch a button (sometimes annoyingly multiple times as you described due to the wonkiness of it) when I have the luxury of digging a big plug, so I don't bother and waste time with it. For more surgical removal, I will use pinpoint but
  20. I use the same watch. The app shows you where you've been on the map too so you can determine site coverage.
  21. Sounds like you may be either overthinking this or making it harder than it has to be. First of all, I rarely use pinpoint mode on the nox to actually pinpoint a target before digging a plug because it is so quirky. I usually use the wiggle off the toe method once I have the target locked in with a wiggle. Regardless, whether or not I have used pinpoint mode, once I cut the plug and plop it out, I sweep the plug and hole in DETECT mode not pinpoint mode to see if the target is in or out of the hole. Nox pinpoint mode is quirky enough under static conditions that I find it unreliable to be
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