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  1. What ID number does your gold tone go up to? You might be leaving some nice chunky rings out by cutting off at 13. I found a men's 14k band, 6.1 grams that rang a solid 14 and another 18k, 9.9 gram band that I tested rang as 15 or 16.
  2. Chase, off topic question but you're here so I thought I'd ask. Are you switching back and fourth between the equinox and the deus or are you just staying with the nox? Yay 6 inch coil soon! haha
  3. Here are some more finds from the same beach from this morning. This is the 4th gold ring I've pulled of this beach! Marked 14KP, there's a makers mark but it's too small for me to see until I get home. There's a tiny stone, maybe a diamond. I'll check that when I get home too. This was my second target and rang up a 5 Next is a pendant that I'm pretty positive is gold, it came out clean and shiny from about 6-8 inches down. It's not marked, but has Arabic writing on it, the consensus is that it says "Allah". I can't remember what it rang up as but I know I had to put the detector down and dig deep to get it out. Next is a no date Merc that came out black but rang nice and high And then what I think is a silver toe ring. It's marked but it must have been down there for a while so I can't really read it good. I'm pretty sure it rang up a 15/16 And here's a glamour shot of them all together...
  4. Here's some pictures of things I've found on my last few hunts with the 800. First is a small 925 earring that I found at the beach. It rang up about a 15/16 I think. Next is the first silver coin I found at the same beach, one where I've found plenty of wheats. It rang just like a silver dime and maybe dropped to 26/25 a few times. These next 3 dimes made me really see the ability of the Equinox. I found them all in my neighborhood. The first, a 1914 Barber I found in my neighbors yard. All the yards are very small and easy to grid. I had been over his yard a few times with the AT Pro and I even told him that I thought someone had most likely detected there before because there wasn't a coin signal to be found. On the third pass I got a nice high tone, 27/26, marked it and kept going a few more passes. Then I went home and grabbed a shovel and my pinpointer and went back to dig it up. I was very surprised to see the Barber. All silver dimes in my neighborhood have been mercs or rosies and my neighbor was even more surprised there was such an old coin in his yard. After finishing the rest of his front yard I went back to an abandoned house that I had been over multiple times, started walking up and down from the road to the house and back when I got a nice high tone. I stopped to inspect it and it was ringing 27 when I had just the front tip of the coil over it. As I moved the target more towards the center something else was also ringing and corrupting the dime signal. I dug it and out popped the merc. A few days later I went back over my neighbors to his back yard and started walking up and down. I got a nice 27 signal and marked it, called it as a silver dime and waited for him to come out of the house to dig it. When I did, I was right and there was a rosie in the plug. Next is a TINY .97 gram sterling square wire ring marked FIELDING that I found at the bottom of a sledding hill at a local school. It rang up around 22/23 and when I first dug it out I thought it was a key ring but it definitely looked silver. I cleaned it a little and saw it was marked on the inside. This morning I went back to the local beach and had a great morning. My first target was a 10K gold ring marked WB inside a diamond that rang up 11/12. I think this is another oldie. Then I got an 18K cross that rang up as a 1, 3 silver rosie dimes that all rang different. One was a solid 26/27, one was 23/24 and its a little thin and one was 15/16 that is so thin and worn there is a hole in it. I also got a silver quarter that rang up a 32/35 in the mud but 30/31 when it was out. My settings are either Field 1 in the grass, 50 tones and the sensitivity between 18 and 20 unless there is EMI, then I turn it down until it isn't present any more. On the beach I use Beach 1, 5 tones and the same sensitivity, everything else is left alone. I always noise cancel and almost never ground balance. I've said it before and I'll say it again, this is why I metal detect!
  5. I'm on the other coast but here's what I've noticed here. First, beach 1 for dry and wet sand, beach 2 in the water if beach 1 is unstable...just like the instructions say. Just do a noise cancel and adjust sensitivity if it's chatty up higher. My biggest takeaway is that targets have a much shorter tone than say park or field modes. Maybe its from a faster recovery speed or maybe its just the salt but if you hear a blip, try it 90 degrees and if it's still there dig it. And don't cherry pick at the beach, dig everything. I got a gold band that rang up 9, another one that rang up 14, a silver earring that I think was 14 or 15. Lots of junk come in around those numbers too so that's why i dig everything
  6. This is probably a silly question but could you be skipping over them? I have only found 1 and it was when I first got a detector and I was digging everything. After I got used to it I usually skipped over the zinc numbers. That was with an AT Pro. I actually got rid of it because I was just coin shooting with it and not digging anything else.
  7. The other day I made a spreadsheet to calculate MELT value of all my finds, I pull most of the info from coininfo.com and then spot prices of precious metals from Money Metals Exchange. I pull over 35% nickels, 90% dimes, 90% quarters, 90% halves and because I found one, 80% Candian quarter prices, plus 9, 10, 14, and 18k gold. Under the PM spots there's a sterling silver per gram conversion and then there are some bullion prices (These I think are dealer bid prices, so lower than normal) and along with those, a sterling/ounce price. It is made with google sheets but I'm sure you can export it to excel format (or even LibreOffice Calc). The prices are not live, but they do update each time you open the file. Here is a link to check it out and copy it for yourself. Below everything you'll see 2 cells with the formula for "American Silver Eagle". I left that there to test pulling in other info from the website. If anyone wants an explanation on how to add different things just let me know. Later today I will try to explain here
  8. Ok, mine is made and set up. I gave 2 tubes to my neighbor who has a drill press at his work. I marked one hole for the arm cuff at the point where I use it, one hole for the control box and 2 holes for the pin lock again at the point where I use it on the stock shaft. He drilled the 2 top holes with a 3/8" bit (NSC originally stated 9mm for those holes) which are perfect and for the pin lock holes he said either 7/32 or 7/64, he couldn't remember. Those 2 holes could have been one size bigger since the pin doesn't fit all the way through the hole but since the Plugger lock is able to be adjusted and tightened to just about anywhere you want I just left them as is. It's an easy fix down the road if I need to. The good thing about the holes you need to drill is that the only ones that need to be on both sides of the shaft are the arm cuff ones. He put it in a vice to level it, drilled one hole, slid it down to the next mark and drilled the next and so on so they align perfectly. For the Plugger lock, I sanded to end where it connects to the shaft just to rough it up, put some super glue around the shaft itself (I wanted to use gorilla glue but I had brought it to work) and slid the lock on and tightened it down good and left it to dry for the night. I also put super glue around the drill holes so they don't fray. I needed an end cap for it and went to home depot to see what I could find. I ended up buying some chair leg caps, 7/8" and they fit perfect. Here are some pictures... This was super easy to do, the hardest is probably drilling the holes but dewcon is right, they gave you everything you need to just switch it over onto a carbon fiber rod. I have 3 extra rods if anyone that lives around CT is interested in one. I can have it drilled and all you'd need is the Plugger lock
  9. I'd love it if I could update my Equinox (if and when) on Linux and not have to pollute my computer with Windows or spend thousands of dollars on a Mac. This post is 100% true and 100% here to stir the pot, haha! The link is to Ubuntu's website if anyone is interested.
  10. Thanks everyone for the comments! Tomorrow I'm heading to a jeweler and later to my local coin shop to ask them their opinions on the ring. I'm thinking I have something pretty old here. I am going to ask about repairing it also. I'll check back after I see everyone and follow up. I did go back out this morning to the same beach. Got more coins but I did get a little tiny rectangle, gold in color with a cursive "R" on it. It rang up around 12/13 I think and it has a pretty high pitched ring to it when I drop it so I'm thinking it's brass. It fits on top of a penny for size reference.
  11. NSC, thank you. I was doing some searching before and came to that conclusion. There could be a couple different dates, but the font is hard to match, here is what I came up with...1782-83 (I don't think it's this date) 1859-1860 (Maybe this one) 1934-35 (probably not this one either). I'm going by what "box" the letter is outlined with. the 1700 one has a point on the bottom and is 5 sided. The 1900 one has a curve and point on the bottom and the 1800 is just a plain box so for now I'm guessing that one. There is still the fact that it just has those 2 marks and no other mention of what karat gold, but supposedly the sideways anchor means gold and the straight up and down anchor is silver. I talked to the local coin shop and they mentioned it's probably old English and 8 or 9 karat gold which I was thinking also. It's much duller in color than the 18k ring Edit: Meant to say in the first post...This is why I metal detect! haha
  12. I went out this morning to a beach that I call zinc beach because that's what I generally find there. Today was a minus tide and I got up early to try it one more time. I'm glad I did! The beach has high sand and a sharp slope about 25-30 feet to a mucky bottom at low tide. Right where the slope stops I have found some clad coins, a wheat penny that looked brand new and some aluminum bits. Farther out on the flat muck I probably dug 10-15 zincs in the couple times I had been there before. Today I walked out right where I had found some coins before and was heading right to the edge of the water. First target was a 1950 wheat that looked like it fell yesterday. The second target got my heart going! I saw a copper/gold colored edge and I thought it was another penny that rang low, I can't remember for sure what it rang up as but I think it was 10/11. I picked it up and realized it was a ring and right away started looking for marks. 18k and a C with a diamond above it as a makers mark! Awesome! I made my way to the edge of the water and walked back and fourth along the edge of the water moving back up towards the slope in a crescent shape (the water was higher on one side and I stayed right on the edge). I got a couple coins, another wheat and I dug some small trash. On one of the passes heading back down the side I got a 31 and thought it might be a quarter or a silver quarter. I was surprised when I saw the spoon and immediately rubbed the muck off the spine to see if it said sterling and sure enough! It came out bent like that, I wonder if someone was using it for something other than eating! My alarm went off for 7am and I started making my way back and got a quarter right near the hole I dug the ring from and thought to myself let me check around here a little more because I've found some heavy things right around this area. The next target I think was a 14 (I was hunting by sound more than by VDI numbers) and I dug a hole and checked the sand and muck I pulled out...nothing. Then I looked back down in the hole and saw it sitting there, another ring! Gold with a red/dark pink stone. It is cracked at the bottom and not a closed loop but still rang up pretty solid. I checked for a mark in this ring and all I saw was was looked like a weird sideways 8 and a K. I came to work (conveniently right down the street) and I washed it off and I saw the mark is a diagonal anchor with a K. I knew then it must be an old ring but my question to you all is how old and where could it be from? I'm thinking England. My town was settled in 1639, could it be from the 16-1800's? What about the C makers mark on the other ring? Any ideas?
  13. Can you post a picture of the nylon bolt you use, where you put it etc. Maybe also where you buy them from? Thanks
  14. I've found the same thing about the cleaner signals after ground balancing. Sometimes if I dig say a dime that didn't give me a VDI where dimes usually come in I decide I should ground balance. After that, targets give a cleaner signal and the VDI is usually spot on
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