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    Prospecting, traveling, Ancient megaliths, Sailing, Getting smarter one mistake at a time...
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    GPX4500, SDC, DMT, Equinox 600, GB2, Falcon MD20, Thompson Drywasher... and more Joe....

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  1. the "patch" as I found it, was on the side of a gently sloping hill. I had found one bigger piece (gram+) previously which was deeper than say 4-6" with sdc. I returned with a 12"evo on the 4500 and didnt find anything else. When I went back this time, i just scraped a few inches off of where Id found a smaller piece and found another, then another. So I just used my pick and scraped back a few more inches in every direction. As it turned out, the tiny pieces (which most id missed with the sdc) were within the top 2 inches, nothing deeper (or nothing deeper than I could detect) and no bedrock in sight. I was hunting a narrow parameter of signals (0,1,2,3) ignoring everything esle (but hearing and seeing 0 through40). Signals were bouncing all over from iron and hot rocks which I removed if I could isolate them without digging too much. Moving the coil really slow to pick up a solid tone, or id# and then giving it a little wiggle from different directions to lock on seemed to work. I really dont know how big the patch is haha, but what I found was spread out within about 15'x10'. If I had known this was the case, I would have brought a rake and pulled off the rocks first, detect, then scrape back an inch or two, repeat, being methodical and going slow. I'm sure that I missed a few with my sloppy procedure, and not allowing or investigating -3,-2,-1.... and also not playing around with the settings to get it dialed in better.. Sure did enjoy not having to chase false signals and ground noise though!
  2. Ok, yes, thanks, that makes complete sense. Ill have to dig a little deeper into this one.. 🤔 now I cant wait to get out again!
  3. Thanks Noah! Ok, settings for that day and place. Northern AZ. lots o hot rocks, ironstone, black sand.. Id been over the spot previously and gotten (most) of the larger pieces in the poke, and the trash out of the way.... Field 2 Sensitivity 17-20 -9 to -1 blocked out with everything else accepted 2 Tones Tone break at 0 Iron bias 0 ground balance manual Main concern was the hot rocks and iron ground. Recovery speed of 3 seemed to help. I dug nothing but 1,2,3's. not really concerned about missing anything but the smallest microscopic pieces. Dug 1 shotgun bb, and 1 small sliver of lead. ( wish that were more common!) Most of the hot rocks came in 6-15 jumping to high unstable numbers. which I just happily ignored 😁. The nuggets were 0 to 3 locking on a solid 1or 2. with a solid high tone. (in the two tone mode). I really should have slowed down and experimented with some other settings or modes as it would have been a perfect test ground... although it was too fun to just watch for a 1 or 2 and dig! It could have easily been BB Hell though I know.... Question: Anyone think Park 2 would have been better in any way? Not sure of the weighting of frequencies (?).. but im plenty satisfied with the tiny pieces I found using field 2. What else could be different between these modes?? When I get a chance, Ill take both machines out and get some comparisons on in ground targets, all i need to do now is find another patch...doh..
  4. Haha! Thanks Steve, Im going to have to share that lofty title with my GF who found half of them! In fact, thats why I "HAD" to get an 800... so maybe id have an edge....😜
  5. Hey all, I just joined the forum and wanted to share my experience with the Equinox 600 which I just acquired recently. I am completely new to the Equinox series of detectors and so spent a lot of time on here reading what Steve and others have generously shared over the past year. I really wanted to get an 800 but I found a 600 on craigslist that I could not pass up. I got the 6" coil and just recently had the chance to try it out in Northern AZ for a couple days. I set it up in Field 2, with some adjustments, and went at a patch Id found gold in before. I was really surprised at how fun the Equinox is, and how well it sniffed out some tiny lil nuggets among the noisy hot rock infested ground. I guess I was just so pleased with how it performed that I had to share. Smallest nugglets took 4 to make a grain.. (Scale is tiny too) I dont think Iv seen anyone post a nugget found with the 600, lots of jewelry of course but not much nugget action. I assume its because most people serious about prospecting are leaning towards the 800 in general (I am!) I actually picked up an 800 that I cant wait to try out and compare with the 600. Anyway, I can share my settings if anyone is interested, and also if anyone has been using the 600 for prospecting Id love if they chimed in on this. Cheers! Also, just want to thank everyone here for sharing so much knowledge and experience, and I hope to be able to contribute to that as I learn more..
  6. Hey everyone, Iv been following stuff on here for years and finally got around to branching out on the forums... I know some of you already, some from other forums, shows, outings etc, and hope to meet more great folks as I put a little more time into circulating, and socializing a bit more. Well Id better get posting and loose my lurker status! Cheers! Mike
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