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    Northern California
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    Fly fishing, photography, history, metal detecting.
  • Gear Used:
    Equinox 800; Fisher Pulse PP

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  1. Dan- Gonna miss your NM posts as they are always a pleasure to view. Looking forward to see what you come up with from the Lone Star state.
  2. Steve - Thanks for your UK trip report. Reading it made for a perfect start to a leisurely Sunday morning. Your discovery of that Bronze Age axe brought about a deep connection with how you must have felt finding something so ancient. Your feeling of a completed bucket list is evident in your "it cannot Ever get better than this perfect moment" expression in the picture of you holding it. A moment of metal detecting nirvana. Then the Roman bust takes you one step farther along history's path. How fortunate for anyone to be able to go someplace where so much world history intersected. I hope you bask in your well-deserved good fortune. And may it last until the items in your "bucket" settle enough to create just enough space for your list to grow by adding to it another perfect find someday.
  3. If you don't mind answering a couple questions about your coin program, are you using any disc, or do you run with horseshoe engaged? How many tones also. I was experimenting varying RS between 3 & 2 and IB from 4 down to 0. After the county sheriff arrived my concentration was shaken, even though he decided I was on my permission. I had no concentration remaining whatsoever when after the sheriff left, I had a concerned citizen honking his car horn at me. After explaining myself yet again, I was too frazzled to resume my experiment with F2. But my aborted experience with recovery 2 and low F2 coupled with your experiences, gives some clue where I'll start when my state of mind is right to go back to that particular permission or my next hunt in a different spot.
  4. Tom, good job sticking it out with that wheat cent! And thanks for describing your outing using F2. The wheat TID 17 is unsettling. It will make mandatory a return trip to the old site in my post. I recall getting TID 17 three or four times that resolved pure and steady. I passed. In the falsing cacophony of F2 on low I covered an old harmonica reed @ TID22 that was rock solid. Same TID with an old set of keys, but not from every angle. The purest tone that day was on a very old crimped bottle cap. I think it may be made of brass? Non-ferrous, heavy, and clean. Possibly copper. The point being, the lower range in F2 seems, at least to my hearing, to produce moving/falsing audio for every iron, alloyed, corroded and/or irregular shaped target. However, all that activity came to an abrupt, steady and very welcome tone on a both circular and irregular shaped non-ferrous targets amongst heavy junk. Simply the lower scale of F2 doing its job: Unmasking to the greatest extent possible. I believe ML turned loose Tom D on the F2 project to advance the cause of tackling the unmasking physics we all suffer from. Steve H has more than once pointed to Tom's article, "The Painful Truth", showcasing Tom's current F2 passion to make masking a bit less onerous. Meanwhile, back in the dirt, I will be digging those 17's that I walked over. Maybe wheaties or may be Indian Heads! Either way, thanks Tom for the heads up on the weird TID. Curtis
  5. For sure, Tom has a unique way of writing. He is usually answering questions. I always assumed he is bound by non-disclosure obligations and sounds constrained by intention. In any event, Tom roughly enlarges the known universe of Equinox operating characteristics by posting undocumented properties of operation. Probably skirting a fine legal line of his NDA with ML. The graphic Steve posted is timely, uncomplicating, shows his visionary strength, and the written explanations are liken to that of a verbal lapidary. That graphic settled for me some of the complex Fe/f2 "equivalence" scale, It also got me curious The F2 scale shows it to be broader than Fe, therefore F2 must have courser iron bias adjustments than Fe. However, according to Tom, given that F2@4 is identical to Fe@0, and further given, that each downward adjustment in F2 below 4 are finely stepped decrements of -.25. This must indicate that changing bias in the center range - near default - will have a greater impact on processing and much finer processing on the lower end. Tom did not mention much if anything about the higher end properties, but I would guess that In reality, the graphic may be more accurate if was drawn as a bell shaped curve. For giggles, I'd like to see the undisclosed Fe and F2 bell graphs superimposed. FWIW, three days in the field totaling about 10 hours, I went way out of my comfort zone with F2. Aa few hours in lighting and snow and foil-lined fleece jacket probably didn't help on the first night, but when I covered a dime there was no doubt. The rest of my hours were spent in bed of iron conditions. Sticking with F2 was very harsh, and the gap from hunting park/school to an old homesite had me making quite a few adjustments- not only iron bias. I will say that when running quieted, running F2@9 sounded like I had cotton in my earphones. F2 @ 0 was falsing off hundreds of iron bits, square nails, rusted cans, but would sometimes resolve the TID into a dig tone without benefits. Nevertheless, just like I got comfortable running Fe@0 I will be leaning toward operating F2 with no-to-low bias as the norm.
  6. Interesting view of Australian cultural icons on the coins. Similar in concept to our modern Washington Quarters - each set with an iconic State graphic, and Statehood & mint dates. I've found enough of them that I wish they had a One Dollar value. .Off hand I'd prize ... Diggerdoo* for its obvious historical metal detecting connection. Surf Rescue - for long ago southern Cal surfing memories of being type-called "Septic Tank" by a rival Aussie surf crew. Didn't believe back then it was exactly a term of endearment, but it did rhyme with "Yank". Zooperdoo - cool sounding and demonstrates the OZ linguistical numismatic love of oo ... Jackaroo & Jillaroo, Kangaroo, Boomerang ... I could go on* ... When, on some far off future day, when some of this run of coins can be found inches in the ground I hope they will sound good in earphones - whether they're tossed in the clad jar or placed in a display, who knows?
  7. I cannot help with ID, and also cannot help myself comment on the beauty of the artifact you saved. It is stunningly beautiful! Best wishes in your quest to discover it's provenance. I have no doubt it will be very interesting. The members of this forum have a collective body of knowledge that they generously share, so you have come to the right place. Thanks for posting and welcome to this forum.
  8. During your Gold Mode testing you may have inadvertently (or intentionally) set your detector to operate at 40MHz frequency, which completely disables iron bias - both Fe and F2. Stated on Page 52 of the manual, "Iron Bias is only available when the operating frequency is Multi". This is not any different than previous firmware versions and applies to all modes. With that in mind, it would be interesting to see you run your tests over again in Multi using the same targets, various Fe vs. F2 equivalents, and, if available, a hot rock in close proximity to your gold targets. All prospectors have a pet hot rock, right?πŸ•β› Thanks for making the effort to conduct, video and post your original attempt. I hope you adjust and post again.
  9. FYI for Mac owners: I was able to update to v. 2.0 on my wife's Mac running macOS Sierra version 10.12.6 although the ML site says it requires OS 10.13 or later. I tried using my son's new Mac Air running 10.14.6 but the new connections would not accept the equinox standard usb cable. So I emailed the ML updater link to the older Mac and ... it frickin' worked! Desperate deeds sometimes require drastic measures. I've been without a computer since my PC black-screened months ago.
  10. Came upon this little nugget last week while re-reading Dankowski thread that Steve pointed to. As you can see, Tom heavily hinted the update was near and related its (partial?) purpose when he responded to a recent post comparing v1.5 to 1.75 ... CCadrin Re: Minelab Equinox owners - Question September 06, 2019 09:07PM Registered: 7 months ago Posts: 17 Here is a question for everyone. Do you prefer the original release software or the upgrade? I personally had better luck with the original and had a lot of falsing with the updated version and the tones were not as good. Reply NASA-Tom Re: Minelab Equinox owners - Question September 07, 2019 02:16PM Registered: 13 years ago Posts: 8,291 CCadrin…… Your 'fix'...… may resolve this coming week. Reply
  11. I am sure that I can say that, on behalf of the DP forum, it's been nice having great seats for viewing Simon's Field of Dream show. Dare I say it - phrunt row seats! May your outstanding performance continue its long run.
  12. This entire thread has been a very enjoyable one to follow. Simon, your accounts of so many finds are captivating and enhanced by your excellent photos. Thanks for taking the effort to put it here for all the forum to see. During the course of this, now 8 page thread, it is remarkable to me that it has stayed on track in light of the many "side topics" mentioned such as "blocking out iron"', pinpointing issues (personal, and machine quirkiness), coil size performance comparisons, silver coin cleaning method, trash/keeper ratios - to name some topics from recollection. Steve's watchful eye notwithstanding. I am glad you decided to go to the virgin old football field that has been hiding in plain sight. Makes me wonder what miracle sites are around me? Thanks again for sharing your latest experience and for replenishing my imagination. I hope you keep this thread running for a very long time.
  13. As a result of your Equinox is Toast drowning incident, I recently spoke with ML customer service about the correct way to test for leaks, but did not know about the need to release pressure, so that wasn't discussed. Did ML say at about what depth the pressure will build to make burping necessary? Very helpful Calabash. Thanks for the visual.
  14. Simon, It seems you are developing a serious coin habit. Rooting for your day 4 report to satisfy the need. Good hunting!
  15. Thanks Strick. Just the help I was looking for! Makes scoop shopping hard and scoop makers $$.
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