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    Northern, Virginia
  • Interests:
    Relics, coins
  • Gear Used:
    Equinox 800

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  1. I never used wireless coils so maybe there’s an advantage that I can’t think of. The coil wires have never been an inconvenience, extra cost and something else to charge would be. Wireless headphones on the other hand, are a different story. I do a lot of detecting around trees and in the woods and many times I’ve had wired headphones pulled off of my head because the wire got snagged. Also, it’s nice to be able to set your detector down and walk away from it easily. Joe
  2. Mark, Thier concerns are valid, I’ve heard stories like that. One friend of mine went to a local relic hunting club meeting and some there followed him to a CW campsite he had discussed finding. They raided the campsite with a Bobcat (mini-bulldozer). As far as relics being lost to history, that is all in your perspective. I’ve found many relics and they are preserved and will be passed on to my sons when I am gone. Many of these old-timer relic hunters have huge collections that we couldn’t imagine, I’ve seen a few. Most of the CW relics that are still in the ground have been lost to history forever. Either the land has been developed or they will be corroded by time and fertizer before they can be discovered. Joe
  3. Yes, that is easy to do on the 800. The problem that TNSS is referring to is that it is very easy to accidental press the wrong button and change to single frequency without knowing it. It’s also easy to hit the wrong buttons notch out VDI numbers or accidentally turn ground balance tracking on or off. These things are easy to do especially especially when wearing muddy gloves. I don’t think that there are any easy software fixes, maybe a future model could have a settings lock feature. I just make a habit of glancing at all of the settings on the screen as I’m detecting. It’s not enough to just check VDI and depth. Joe
  4. Great videos, TNSS. My ground here in Northern Virginia usually ground balances in the mid 40s to mid 50s, but can vary widely so I manually ground balance frequently. I have experienced the same benefits of grains balancing and believe it is critical in my dirt. I also notice that there is less falsing when the ground balance is set accurately. Since the machine is quieter, it’s easier to hear those deep signals. One other observation about ground balance. Strong EMI can make it difficult or impossible to ground balance. I was out detecting today in a horse farm with electric fencing. The pulsed EMI was so strong that it fooled the machine into ground balancing at 0 (not possible in my area). I had to walk far away from the EMI source and manually ground balance, this time it came in at 42, then I walked back the the spot that I wanted to hunt. When the machine first balanced at O, I know it was wrong but I gave it a try anyway. I could hear any deep targets. When I ground balanced correctly all of the deep targets came back. Joe
  5. See if you can find a place that advertises “buying gold”. In the US these shops test the gold for free. The will make an offer to buy your rings if they test positive for gold. If they say it’s not gold but still want to buy it, run away! If you can’t find anyone to test it for you, a jeweler’s supply store can sell you a gold test kit. The test kit includes a stone that you rub the gold on and 3 different concentrations of nitric acid: one for 10K, one for 14K, and one for 18K. It’s very easy to test the gold yourself, you just rub the gold on the stone and put a drop of acid on the scratch line of gold. If the gold line doesn’t dissolve then it is gold of at least that Karat. .333 = 33.3% gold = 8 Karat. It’s not the greatest for jewelry since it tarnishes, but 3 ounces of 8K contains 1 ounce of pure gold! Joe
  6. That ring looks like gold, but it’s hard to tell from the picture. The first picture looks more like it’s just dirty rather than tarnished since the work parts are shiny. Pure gold and high Karat gold won’t tarnish, but it can get dirty. The Karat system for gold is based on how many parts out of 24 are gold: 24K = 24/24 or 100% gold. 14K = 14/24 or 58.5 % gold, which is marked “585” in Europe. 10K is less than half gold (41.7%). That is why gold jewelry that is 10K or less tarnishes. There are laws all over the world requiring gold jewelry to be identified with a stamp or hallmark, but it could have been custom made by an amateur or the marking could have been polished off. It could also be brass, if so it will tarnish quickly. Take it to a jewelry store or shop that buys gold and they will test it for you. Either way it’s a cool ring and great find! Joe
  7. Thanks everyone for your responses. It sounds like battery life is fine for everyone else. I think I just had two bad batteries back, I’m thinking the pro-pointer is probably fine. I’ll keep an eye on the battery life just to make sure I didn’t get a bad unit. Joe
  8. Thanks, maybe I just had a bad battery. I see how this one does. Meanwhile, I’ll always keep spares with me. Joe
  9. After 5 trouble free years my original Garret Pro-pointer II (the black one) finally stopped working properly. I replaced it with an AT Pro-pointer (the orange one). I like it but the battery life is not as good. The factory installed battery was not alkaline so I wasn’t surprised when that died quickly. I replaced it with a fresh alkaline and it died in about a month. Has anyone else noticed poor battery life on the AT Pro-Pointer? Joe Garrett Pro-Pointer II Pinpointer for Metal Detectors Garrett Pro-Pointer AT Pinpointer for Metal Detectors
  10. I agree, the wireless headphones work great and are nice and light. I am a little concerned about how the buttons will hold up over time. They don’t seem to be sealed against dirt and it’s almost impossible to keep them from getting a little dirty. Larger, more glove friendly buttons with a little bit of weatherproofing would be a big improvement. Joe
  11. I took my new 15” coil out on Saturday and Sunday this weekend and I love that coil. I agree with others who are saying that it seems to hit harder on deep targets. I also found it very easy to pinpoint. Overall it’s almost identical to using the 11” coil but you cover a lot more ground and it goes a little deeper. It is very light for such a large coil but I did notice the extra weight due to the design of the Equinox. I love the light weight of the unit but, I’m considering adding a small counterweight at the top of the shaft to improve the balance. Results: I found one Civil War Bullet each day and som camp lead. Not that exciting but they were both new spots and there wasn’t much there. I did find a lot of deep memorial cents and modern bullets, shell casings, etc. If there had been any good relics there, this coil would have found them. Joe
  12. In case anyone didn’t know Minelab Equinox coils come with washers and plastic nuts and bolts. I was trying to order these and my dealer was sold out. Both my 15” and 6” coil came with washers and bolts, that was a nice surprise. Joe
  13. Amazing finds, Steve. A trip like that is on my bucket list and I think you just convinced me to make it happen. Joe
  14. Cabin Fever - thanks I’m going to try the other modes. Joe
  15. Phrunt - I took your advice and just ordered the 6” coil. My dealer only had one in stock. Thanks, Joe
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