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CliveHamy

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    Devon England
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    Family, History, Football
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    Garrett Ace 150, Equinox 800, Garrett Pinpointer Pro, F-Pulse Pinpointer
  1. CliveHamy

    Minelab Equinox Essential Information

    Hi Steve On handbooks, I see that we've got V2 of the instruction guide out. Can you tell us how much has changed, and is it worth us all printing out the latest copy? I've done that, but could not see any changes (not a thorough check). Is there a corrections sheet, could save the planet a lot of paper and printer ink!, Cheers Clive
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    Minelab Equinox Update Released

    Thanks for all of the advice.. It did not go smoothly for me. I have a windows 7 laptop, I managed to download the utility onto the laptop ok, but when the nox was connected it was not detected regardless of whether it was powered on before or after physical connection. I deleted the Utility and tried again several times. I then blindly followed the advice about changing the compatibility on the utilities settings. This time the NOX was detected, but after downloading onto the NOX I got "download error" message. I tried several times but no luck. I've realised that I do not know lol my administrator password, so could not do things from there. In the end I downloaded the MAC version of the Utility onto my work MacBook Air, and the whole process worked brilliantly first time. So now I'm OK. I went out into my back garden which is full of rubbish signals (old bonfires, nails, old fittings) Immediately I noticed the pinpointer was much less chaotic, smoother, did not show the change of volume/sensitivity issue others had reported, (That did not bother me as I always found the PP great at locating the spot regardless of the quirky nature). Also seems the overall signals were cleaner in detect mode, I do not know if that is a change related to detecting silver coin on edge or my imagination? I still got fooled into digging (mind you, it would make sense to clear the area of dodgy stuff) a nice 13/14 with no trace of Iron in All Metal, that turned out to be a rusty iron bar! How I hate 13 on my Nox, lovely clean 13 signals keep coming up in these English fields and turn out to be horseshows, iron part, fence posts, nails, plough shards, bolts etc. I dont want to discrim 13 out, and I've looked out for advice on this site, (like try different frequencies, listen to tone changes, try raising coil up and down), anyone really sussed this in the UK yet? Cheers Clive
  3. Brilliant finds, great reporting, thanks for the target ID's, what did all metal show up? and what Mode did you use/prefer, I assume either Field 1 or 2? Cheers Clive
  4. Hi Steve Re:- "The F-Pulse takes a little getting used to after using the Garrett Carrot (Pro-Pointer AT) a lot. It does want to interfere with my Equinox more than the Carrot. Rather than change the frequency on the pinpointer so far I turn the F-Pulse on before doing the Equinox frequency scan, and that generally does the trick" I've noticed the same problem with interference with the NOX . Does this approach work without having to be repeated throughout a day? i.e. switch on the F-pulse, then the NOX, then you can switch off the F-pulse until you need it? Also if you do adjust the frequency on the pinpointer and then turn it off, will it remember the frequency for the next time? If so does it remember it if you have to take out the batteries, or have you got to do the whole process again? (I've got R1 software and get frequent lockup's) Finally, if you have a break, and switch off your NOX, do you need to do either process again when you start out again, or will the NOX have retained its previous settings? Cheers Clive
  5. CliveHamy

    My First Roman Silver With The Nox

    Sounds like a great location - Watling Street. Now that's a real Roman Road. Have you tried looking at www.lidarfinder.com ? You may see some ground works that could be Roman, - rectangular stuff. Or I wonder if anyone is publishing the recent aerial photos mentioned in the news in this hot weather. Of course, the challenge is getting the permission. I heard someone say the other day that they never find anything Roman beside a Roman road because people don't stop until they get to a way station. But I suspect that there would be burials along the way, and maybe shrines. Are you sure you need a deeper machine? The NOX gives me signals that I'm not prepared to dig as they are more than a shovel's depth and I've got limited time. My challenge is deciding what not to dig..... Cheers Clive
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    My First Roman Silver With The Nox

    Thanks for that, more luck, I was not far from a Roman road, so I decided to check a slight rise in the field nearby... When I dug it, it was hard to pinpoint, - lots of mud and I think it got stuck to my boot!. I tried using the detector on my boots to check but of course the eyelets gave off a signal, - would have made a good sketch from The Detectorists! Anyway, I've learnt a lesson, I'm going to use signal-less wellies from now on.
  7. CliveHamy

    My First Roman Silver With The Nox

    Correction Field 2 used
  8. My first Roman Silver found with the NOX, Field2. VDI 14/15, default settings 8 inches down, 4 units on the depth gauge. Lovely tone Believed to be a Silver Denarius by Septimus Severus AD209, This side Minerva, the other side the head of one of his Sons either Geta or Caracalla, commemorating the victories achieved by the Romans led by Severus and Caracalla in Scotland AD209 -10.
  9. CliveHamy

    6” Coil Test On Freshwater Beach - Gold Ring

    Hi NCtoad. Thanks, the reason for my question is that often when I detecting what I call a variable ID object I do get a different Pinpoint ID from the search ID. I find it is fairly common. I've no doubt that when the target is a nice symmetrical coin then the two ID's will be the same, but when you get an object where the search Id is say varying on each sweep say 13/14/15/19 etc then when you switch to pinpoint the ID may be consistently 12. (I've noticed it tends to be on the lower end of the scale). I was wondering if pinpoint was using a different algorithm to the different search modes and whether it would be more reliable as an indicator of the object. (I've also noticed the depth Indicator is often different in the two modes as well) I guess that in your theory, what I am seeing is the last search ID indicated being "grabbed" and displayed in the pinpoint mode. Your model is a good simple explanation but alas means there is nothing extra to be gleaned about the ID of the object. I'm hoping that someone from Minelab can confirm how it works....
  10. Hi Unearth, great questions. My standard approach has been to use Field2 or Park2 and to double check my +ve signals by seeing if there were any -ve figures in AM, and if so, to walk away and not dig. Now this is my approach in typical English fields. I would get say a 100 signals in a field and say only dig 10 of them because of the -ve numbers in AM. Of the 10 I dig, I would still get about 60% of them turning up as corroded metal (not showing any -VE in AM), some as horseshoes. - The rest would be coins and interesting artifacts. Now I've wondered what I'm walking away from, conscious that iron could be hiding a finder, so occasionally, I'll dig out a signal which has a good signal and negative ones in AM, but to date, I've never found a good object. Now so far I've just been using standard settings, not changing Sensitivity, Ground Balance, etc.. but this last weekend I was in a field where in one really large area (half the field) every step I got -ve figures in AM. Now what I do not know was there genuinely there a lot of ferrous rubbish or was this just a local mineralization issue, and regardless of the cause, what is the recommended remedy anyone? Is the answer to ground balance to make the -ve's in AM go away, or should I turn down my sensitivity? - Any recommendations?
  11. CliveHamy

    Detecting An Iron-age Axe Head

    Thanks GB-A, I've tested a rusted c20 one, got similar 13 then 14/15/26 depending on orientation.
  12. A request for advice. What VDI would you expect to see when detecting an Iron-Age Axe Head with the NOX? Anyone got one out there that they could test? I've got permission to dig a great site for one day only this weekend close to a Monastery, an Iron-Age Fort and a Norman Castle. Normally I would use Field 2, All metal and no-dig when there is an All-metal signal. Often in a field, I'll get over 100+ signals, (The nox is brilliant in detecting, much more depth than my old machine. The challenge is knowing when not to dig!) and will only dig a few clean signals. Because this site has great potential I do not want to miss out. In my past experience, I've found a modern rusty ax-head and its signal with another machine was all over the place.
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    6” Coil Test On Freshwater Beach - Gold Ring

    hi tnsharpersooter, great feedback. A question. What was the VDI for the target. Did you see a different ID when in pinpointer mode? Cheers CH
  14. CliveHamy

    Which Mode? And Why?

    Hi Belgy My boring bog standard advice is to start simple and follow the guidelines. Choose one of the modes that seems most appropriate for your locality as per the handbook. Gain experience in that before changing any of the parameters. Use all metal mode to double check the targets for Iron presence, initially dig everything to validate and build a model of behaviour in your mind. Try out different test objects in your backyard - good control environment. I like Field 2, but depends on your environment, I detect in the rolling fields of Devon, but when near to the Farmhouses I use Park 2 as more trashy, but target rich areas. I keep it simple to avoid confusion. Frankly it all depends on where you are and what you want to target. I see that lots of our US cousins focus on coins in Parks, whilst in the UK, many of us are interested in anything old (artifacts) in fields. But then sometimes we get fed up with digging plough shears, horseshoes, eyetubes, shotties, canslaw etc and have days focusing only on coins and digging very few targets and missing out on the interesting stuff. All good fun.
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    Minelab Equinox Vs Silver Hoard

    If I had wanted to detect a glass full of silver sitting on the ground I'd use my MK1 eyeballs (or Mk2 if you have glasses/lenses) not a metal detector of any sort. Come on let's get realistic, who goes around depositing bits of silver in a glass on the ground surface in wooded areas!, maybe the fairies? Being constructive, what it does tell me is that if you put a jumble of metal 3inches off the ground, then you get signals you would not initially expect. - Thanks for that insight. Thinking this through, this is a highly complex target, some of that silver is in plastic cases, some not touching other pieces, its all above ground with no earth in between, so one cannot assume it's one large target. Not something that any detector is designed for. I do not know if the author is trying to rubbish the nox, with meaningless examples, or just get publicity, but a more insightful test would be to dig a hole, take the silver out of the plastic cases, pile it in and pack it with earth. - Much more realistic example. I'd been interested to see that.
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