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  1. From looking at shape and size of the nugget I suspect that nugget came from a hydrothermal deposit. From my experience Metamorphic deposits don't produce such large nuggets and produce mostly smaller nuggets and mostly flake gold, but there are exceptions. I must say what find!!!!! Good going!!!! Michael
  2. Steve, I could not agree with you more... I have learned not to take life for granted too.... After losing a few very close friends and my folks over a period of few years.... Life is precious.... Every day is gift from God, Even the bad days!!!!! I wish you all a VERY HAPPY AND GRATEFUL THANKSGIVING!!!!! Michael
  3. Boy! That sure looks a lot like a Simplex+ !!!!!!!!! Well when you gotta good thing going. . ... M
  4. I have been very impressed with the simplex+ If the legend is comparable to the simplex+ I an definitely a buyer. I have put my simplex+ thru the mill over last year and it has come thru with flying colors. I have the 6x9 in coil for the simplex and the build quality is excellent. The simplex's operating system is a well designed and with the exception of a few quirks is a pleasure to use. I look forward to trying out the legend. And now We finally have a alternative to the Noxs, which I, unlike many who post here was not that impressed with it after using and hearing about the Nox's issues. The legend 's very affordable price also makes it A very attractive alternative to the Nox, which I think is over priced for what you get in my opinion M
  5. Great Finds! I'm Jealous! I have had really good luck with my Fisher F-19 using the discrimination mode searching in trashy areas. I can disc out most of the iron leaving only higher tones, especially using the 10x6in. football shape coil that came with it That coil really works well picking thru trash. The only draw back with that coil is your depth is about 10in on most items, so no depth monster but the set up works well where other units struggle!!! M
  6. I used a TDI for park hunting for a year in the turfed parks around Duluth, Mn. and It was a exercise in frustration. Sure you could Disc out a lot of the iron targets and even some of the junky aluminium targets by judging the tones etc. .. but high conductors like coins you were in the dark. Without the ability to ID various coins such as a zinc VS a copper penny or dime like I can on my VLF Machines you ended up digging them all! ( I don't bother digging zinc pennies for various reasons) Zinc and copper pennies and clad dimes all read as high conductors on my TDI as they are all very close conductivity wise. I can't imagine that any other PI machines would be any better at discrimination from what I have read... Michael
  7. Being the detector isn't waterproof so won't be used in the water near as much which stresses the ears and most people with a Vanquish end up with a v10 coil which is quite small I doubt it'll have the ear breaking problems as bad. Also being entry level I'd expect a lot more weekend warriors will own it using it a lot less than the Nox and CTX owners which should mean less breakage, just an assumption there. I think the Vanquish should be quite safe from the problem. Thanks for the advice, phrunt, I will certainly take it into consideration when and if I purchase the 540, Best, Michael
  8. Seems the CTX 3030's coils have the same problem the NOX's coils have..... I was not aware of this issue.... I was considering buying the vanquish 540 but I wonder if it has the same issue with the coils ears???? Time will tell.... Good luck repairing your coil... P.S. For such expensive gear you would expect better quality and not have to deal with such issues.... I have never had any issues with my much cheaper fisher coils...... Good Luck! Michael
  9. I couldn't agree with Steve more! For $254.95, The Simplex is the best deal around. There is nothing that can touch it. I get really good depth with it. slightly better then any of my fishers, but the difference is minor, Where the Simplex lacks and this is with the 11' coil is in discrimination in trashy areas. Like all the round 11' in coils I have used, (That goes for the large round Nox coils too.) when I work trashy areas they miss stuff that my Fisher F19 finds with its 10x9 in. Football coil. One of my tests for new detectors after a break in period is to use them to search a small area like a section of curb in a big city like Minneapolis or Duluth with lots of trash pull tabs iron etc... Then go over the area afterwards with Fisher F19 to see what the new detector missed. In every case the fisher found stuff the new detectors missed. The simplex with those 15'/13' huge coils would surely be depth monster, but I really wonder about discrimination issues.. . Never the less it is nice to see Non-OEM coils for the simplex. To bad they are not available for the Noxs. Best, Michael
  10. Hi Jim, I live near St. Croix State Park, Pine City Hinkley area. Best, Michael
  11. You hit it on the head GB _Amateur! Yep, Been pretty busy getting the homestead ready for the long Mn winter. and I am also planning some long detecting and prospecting trips this winter to AZ and California where unlike here you can find unfrozen ground! 😁😁😁 Joe D. I might be pushing the definition of fine gold a little far with that photo...Some of that gold is larger then 1/4 in. screen or bigger then 1/4 in. in size and might be considered to be small nuggets. but most is less than 1/16 in. screen. The weight of that pile of gold is about 6 grams. Best, Michael
  12. Thanks for the hearty welcome everyone! Sorry to take so long to get back to your responses but with winter coming soon in the northland I have been quite busy. In regards to the question about which metal detectors I use.... I am a big fan of fisher and nokta makro. My favorites right now are the Fisher F-19 and the Nokta Simplex plus. Found a lot of gold with the Fisher last winter and spring in California and Arizona. Mostly small gold but a lot of it! Love the iron bias controls on the fisher. I use the simplex mainly for water hunting as its waterproof but I have found that with the 6x9 in coil it is much more sensitive and can be used for gold prospecting too. The fisher is excellent for relic hunting too with the 6x10 in coil and using it in discrimination mode I can can hunt trashy areas with lots iron and junk aluminium and not get frustrated and still find the goods. I have prospect and metal detected in many of the states out west and had pretty good luck over the years. I tend to concentrate on fine gold as opposed to course gold or larger gold nuggets as in lot of the areas I have prospected the course gold has been cleaned out but not too many prospectors bother with fine gold deposits. In Northern Minnesota where I reside there are a lot rivers where you can find quartz with gold flake that were left from glaciers during the last ice age. Below are a few pictures of gold and relics I found this year. Best, Michael
  13. Hi Everyone, I have been reading posts on these forums for quite awhile without posting, while looking for info on gold prospecting and metal detecting in general. This website has been a great resource even for a experienced prospector and detectorist like myself. I am looking forward future exchanges with all of the very interesting folks that contribute here. Best, Michael
  14. Hi Jeff, Thanks for the reply and interest in my post. The settings on the f44 for the coin nail test were 16 on the sensitivity and all metal mode. After hearing your results jeff, I am going to do a retest of the coin nail test. But it might be a while as I lent my f44 to a friend today. Why did I buy the 600 instead of the 800? Some people asked. Simple answer - Because I got a great deal on the 600 even though I had read that the 800 was better machine. Why did I buy a eqinox machine at all especially if I was happy with my fishers whites and garretts? The answer is Because as I said before is that I have used machines from almost every manufacturer except minelabs and I saw the eqinox as a good machine to try out the current best that minelabs has to offer. I wanted to find out if there was any truth to all the minelabs hype I had been reading on the internet. The answer to that question is mostly no. And that's where I am coming from. The eqinox has its strengths and weaknesses like all the other machines I have tested. It certainty is not the holy Grail -do all- of metal detectors that some making it out to be. I would take the f44 or my land ranger pro over it any day for relic and coin hunting, and my White TDI with certain coils blows it out out of the water for gold prospecting. The only area where I.found the 600 to really excell was as a VLF salt water beach machine. The discrimination was nice to have as I have used many PI machines with no discrimination. The PI machines still had much better depth then the 600 although. All the best, Michael
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