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    Pokeno, New Zealand
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    Currently using Tarsacci MDT 8000, XP Deus. Owned, still own and used various VLF and PI units and pin pointers over the years.

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  1. Photo taken last year of cleaned and preserved military buttons from 12th Regiment in NZ Land Wars 1860s using Treborius preservation wax. This was when I was getting started with the Tarsacci. As I was far more familiar with the XP Deus, it found the majority of these, but then when I thought I had cleaned out my gridded patch, I swapped to the Tarsacci and found about another 6 at greater depths in highly mineralised soil. It is a crying shame finding these in such condition.....deteriorated from age, fertilisers, lime, animal urine and soil minerals.
  2. You said it in a nutshell........"it speaks my language".........so, so true of any detector and its that finding of one that unites your soul with it. Great finds!
  3. Hi Phrunt, my detectors, finds and Soul are all intertwined, so posting photos is like baring my soul.......a bit unnerving to a hunter who would rather have a low profile, along with the fact NZ history to be found is rather far and few between.....plus our hypocritical antiquities law. Being a hunter, not photographer doesnt help, but I will give it a go. What I WILL say is that in the year I have used the Tarsacci in demanding and difficult conditions it has given me some amazing finds both in black iron sand and highly mineralised dirt.....and some ground had already been pounded by other brand detectors. Even trash has been dug at great depths.....but I doubt anyone wants to see those photos!!!! Targets found by anyone at xxxx depth, is the depth where it is found,.....that is not an indication of what depth a detector can achieve. For example, I never retrieved a target at a truly unbelievable depth in black sand/ mud / ocean with the Tarsacci and my hunting buddy and I have to go back and try and find the spot to do so. Tide came in too quick. Then again......who wants to dig to Africa every hole?????? My depths in the above photo varied from a few inches to 16 inches. Yes there were deeper signals but not digging that far in that heat which is why a revisit is on the cards. The Auckland region is not as prolific in targets as other parts of the country so we really have to work for the good stuff. As Steve H says.....finding a spot no one has visited is the key., and thats getting harder each year.
  4. The day ended up too hot for man nor beast and my hunting buddy and I ended up in the water to cool off. We havent had rain since 1st week of December so relic hunting in dirt is out!!!! The spot we went to was mixture of Black Iron sand, quartz sand and rocks I had to turn over. Iron and nails were in abundant supply but we will revisit here in cooler weather. I suspect people in the past with PI machines have snuck into this spot guaging by the mixed dates of targets found so the finds we were after were not as plentiful as they should have been , however I was happy with what I got and the performance of unit in hard hunting conditions. Photo includes the trash before sussing out cherry picking. Jews harp (broken unfortunately) , musket/pistol ball, 1889 UK penny, Nz pennies 1961,1946, bent apostle reaspoon, button from S.W.Silver &Co, London clothiers, oarlock.....which looks old but I cannot date, square nails which straight away tells me 1800s site and etc.
  5. Hi Kac, No the silver cleaner doesn't smell like ammonia. On the back of the Hagerty tub it just lists ingredients as ...."according to EC recommendation:phosphates 5-15%soap, anionic surfactants less than 5%.". Guess the rest is secret......???? It works though!
  6. 1 NZD = .64 cents USD Normally $2 for 1 scoop and over 40 different flavours. 13 scoops on that biggie......you would never eat that one in this heat!!!! I've seen people queued out the door and part way down the street in summer, especially weekends when the buses pull in......been like that year after year! Also seen blobs of icecream on the pavement.... only a few have turbo choppers! 😂😉😅 Pokeno also famous for its bacon too.
  7. No scratch foam and so easy to use. Normal polishing of silver, even plated, will remove over time a microscopic layer. This product doesnt, and I use it on silver coins and jewellery. This tub has so far lasted me over 10 years! although Im near empty now.
  8. Photo of CLR.....great for rusty coins, rusty rings but dilute, soak for 10 minutes max, swish around, then rinse well in soapy water. A step further is to neutralize the acids with a soak in baking soda or baking powder and water. May need a repeat on very bad rusty coins. DO NOT GET IT ON YOUR SKIN in its neat form.....it will burn!!!, so be careful. I put my rusty coins in a sieve that sits nicely in a container so I dont have to touch them and stir with a wooden stick. Hope this all helps.
  9. Lol...yes! .....before starting! I have found Hagerty' Silver Foam to be brilliant to use on silver rings and coins. The badly blackened rings need a couple of repeats of the foam which at least doesnt scratch. To those who shine their silver coins so they blind, a little sulphur will reblacken and look more natural.
  10. Happy Birthday! I think you have earned a good drink/s and rest after all your coin finds. Great hunting Simon.😊
  11. Clad....in my case NZ decimal cupro nickel 10, 20 and 50 cents I am ruthless with. The crusty rusted blob coins are put between a cloth and whacked with the hammer to break the crud up. From there, 2 choices. Rotary rock tumbler using malt vinegar and table salt (I dont bother sorting copper colour from silver colour so all come out pink) OR I use CLR. (Calciun, rust and lime descaler which is fairly potent acid). Coins get swirled with a wooden stick in a container and soak for 10 minutes in CLR, then a water rinse, another short soak in baking soda container then air dried. As long as the bank can recognise them they are accepted. I experimented with old copper pennies pushed into a potato, but the starch dried them out horribly even though they came out clean. I dont clean any coin of any value using water. I dry pick the date so I can read it. I like patina. Silver coins of no value I have experimented with the baking soda/aluminium method, lemon, citric acid, methylated spirits, vodka, the freezer method, electrolysis etc. I am still experimenting odd times on non value coins to find a safe way to get crud or dirt off. Ocean coins soak in hydrogen peroxide and washing soda, or a mild non acidic soap and water solution. I read somewhere on the internet some VERY good advice worth thinking on......and roughly that was.....For every step you take or liquid you put on a coin to clean it, you CANNOT undo that step. The next step you take adds to that.....ALSO irreversible. So in short, any coins of value I will leave the cleaning to the next owner.
  12. Hi Carolina. Dont know if you saw it, but the above has all been cleared up for readers in the following topic in the Tarsacci Forum here. All good now and explained in link from Phrunt below. A 12 inch coul would be nice.....as would a small one for trashy areas, but then again I would probably procrastinate more as to which coil to use. Its only been a year so no doubt something will appear on the horizon!
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