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Mountain Mike

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    Sylva, North Carolina
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    Minelab Etrac , XP Deus, Equinox 800

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  1. Mountain Mike

    A Bucket Lister With The Nox 800!!

    Not only a Morgan but in great condition. This is a really early coin for my area. About the earliest map I can find for my area is 1905.
  2. We have all had the dream of huge silver appearing in the hole. In my dreams it was always a Morgan. Today it actually happened!! I love my eTrac but left it in the Jeep. I wanted to get some more hours on the Nox 800. This was actually a backup location as there were to many people at my intended location. I got a sketchy high tone with the depth gauge pegged. I dug down about 9 inches and realized I had missed the target. After a scoop into the sidewall a huge silver lay in the bottom of the hole. The coin must have been on edge or very close. I stared at it saying "No Way!". I Also dug a silver Washington 3 ft. away. I have been over this area before with the eTrac and missed these coins. Truly a day to remember!
  3. Well my Nox 800 finally came today. I started out ordering at Kco and cancelled that order. Then I ordered at Cabelas and when that was backordered I cancelled that. I finally called around 20 small dealers in my area and surrounding states. It was time well spent as I found 2 dealers with no waiting lists. I ended up ordering from David at Dixie Metal Detectors. I cant say enough good things about him. We chatted for a couple hours over the last week. I'm glad I could buy from a small business and he will now be my dealer going forward.
  4. Mountain Mike

    Equinox 800 Recovery Test

    I hear you Bigelow. The purpose of my post wasn't to correct you but share the truly amazing numbers he is getting now. Thanks for taking the time to make your videos.
  5. Mountain Mike

    Park 2 Compared To Field 1 Or Field 2?

    I have taken quite a few notes on as many tests as I care to watch. It seems pretty universal that testers in are saying park2 is special. In separation, iron, and depth of both high and low conductors. I'm pretty sure this is the mode that I'm going to be the most interested in testing. The park 2 anomaly is not lost on me. Only actual field work will truly answer that question for me though.
  6. Mountain Mike

    Equinox 800 Recovery Test

    That poster corrected his post and said he screwed up the test. Now he is getting 8-9" on recovery 8 and 13-14 on 1. That poster was cutaplug. He is a solid tester and I have followed his videos for years. Think we should give him a pass on that one.
  7. Mountain Mike

    Nickels Vs Tabs

    After seeing those results I feel pretty encouraged. It looks like you were around 50% and say you could have easily done better. I'm good with that.
  8. Mountain Mike

    Shaft Play Issue??

    I really don't understand how the reported small wiggle matters. What am I missing?
  9. Mountain Mike

    Nickels Vs Tabs

    Yes I admit it sometimes I go to a couple spots and cherry pick a few coins. These spots have been used extensively since the 80s. As I mentioned before I do some fairly quick coin stabbing. I do not dig every nonferrous signal in areas like this. Yes I am aware that there is some possible good target for every number on the ID scale. I am buying a detector with discrimination because sometimes I discriminate. Yes sometimes when I'm in a sea of zinc pennies I skip them. Obviously if I were in a site with any kind of history this is not how I would hunt. I'm not promoting cherry picking just asking a simple question about nickel (tells). Thanks
  10. Mountain Mike

    Nickels Vs Tabs

    Hopefully I will have my detector by the end of the week and can do my own experiments. And at the end of the day there might not be any "tells" at all but it will be fun trying to find one. I plan on digging all the signals till I figure it out. I also agree about the round sound.
  11. Mountain Mike

    Nickels Vs Tabs

    Well look on the bright side at least you're the head weirdo. I hear what you're saying about digging and not missing targets. Some days I just go coin popping for the fun of it. I have a couple spots that are just loaded with clad and I use it to pay for coils and such. I was just hoping someone has spotted a "tell" one way or the other. I will investigate the book.
  12. Mountain Mike

    Nickels Vs Tabs

    It looks like I have an 800 coming next week but I will feel better when I get the tracking number. I Do a fair amount of park hunting and see that the tabs and the nickels seem to hit about the same on the Equinox. Now that there are a few machines out there I wonder who has figured out any way to tell nickels from tabs. Has anyone found a way to at least up the odds on nickels vs tabs? I am familiar with some of the Deus tricks (raising the coil) (frequency shift) etc. Have any of these tricks helped with the Equinox?
  13. I know people like hearing the details about whos getting what. Cabelas said they got 12 allotted to them this week and orders are supposed to be filled in the order they were received. I ordered at 8am.
  14. Ive just been sitting back waiting and reading. I cancelled my order with Kco when my Cabelas order went thru. At this point I have no idea if that was a good move.