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    Coin & Relic detecting, historic research, geology, electronics, electric guitar, electric anything!
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    Detectors: XP Deus x2 (main), Racer 2, Teknetics G2(backups), F75 (not feeling the love), Tejon, SPP, Infinium
    Pinpointers: XP Mi-6, Garrett Carrot, Whites TRX, Minelab Profind, Deteknix X-pointer

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  1. Goldpick

    XP Orx Compared To XP Deus

    Don't forget the excellent 5 year warranty on XP detectors - not that much goes wrong with these detectors. Something to think about when comparing say the ORX with a waterproof competitor, as most will only offer a 2 or 3 year warranty.
  2. Goldpick

    Tejon, Anfibio, And Equinox On Gold..

    I think they rectified this issue on the UK version of the Tejon via third party modifications, mainly to offer an expanded iron range to prevent discriminating out low conductors. Also has different GB controls including an option to switch it to a preset GB, differing GB range and stiffer knobs with o-rings to prevent accidental movement. The mods were completed by Pentechnics, and it was known as the Tejon Pro. Seems like the US version was setup from the factory to knock out foil targets at the expense of some gold targets for those chasing US coin denominations in modern trash (primarily for mid to high conductors), whilst the UK version has been improved to take into account for their thin hammered silver/gold coins and other low conductor targets in their typically iron infested ground. If i had to nitpick, you do have to take into account that we are comparing a detector released in 2003 to much more advanced offerings from 2017/18, so you would expect there to be some deficiencies from an older platform, especially one that has never received any real upgrades during that period to revise any shortcomings.
  3. Weight wise it becomes a bit of a moot point to a degree considering the addition of electronics in some of the latest detector coils - Equinox 11" coil - 524 grams, Deus 11" coil - 465 grams including skid plate. Advances in coil construction with carbon fibre content also help lower overall weight to the point where the addition of miniaturised electronics and lithium batteries have negligible effect on balance. Another couple of advantages include the ability to run more than one set of wireless headphones to the same coil should you want to learn on the run from a more experienced detectorist, or just have fun listening in. Secondly and more importantly is if you own two wireless coils, you can essentially create two separate detectors, one utilising the headphones for full control, and the other operated via the main remote. I guess having wireless coils is one of those things that you have to experience over time to really appreciate the technology/benefits, just have to respect the fact that it is not for everyone.
  4. Goldpick

    New XP Orx Page Added

    Yes, definitely a fan of the Deus platform, and on my ground I don't deem true multi-frequency ability to be an absolute necessity. If I still dabbled in beach hunting then it would be a different story on what I would require in a detector. As you mentioned, we will just have to wait and see regarding people's thoughts on the ORX, no doubt it will have a tough time in what is already a saturated market.
  5. Goldpick

    New XP Orx Page Added

    You don't necessarily need the X35 coil for coin shooting with the ORX, 13kHz on the HF coil should be just fine for general coin shooting, just as it is on many current single frequency US made detectors running a similar kHz. Still a lot cheaper way to get your hands on a Deus, albeit a simplified one, and those additional higher frequencies will also lend themselves to relic hunting, micro jewellery and working sites with heavy iron.
  6. Goldpick

    Findmall Closes All White’s Forums

    Whites disappearance from that forum is still not a good look from a marketing perspective, probably leaves more questions than answers for those that enjoy Whites products. Some say social media offers more freedom of speech over forums, though there are always the minority that just can't help themselves by abusing that privilege at the expense of others.
  7. Being an XP Deus user for a while now, I am now of quite quite the opposite view on usage of wireless coils. Is it crucially important to have a wireless coil, maybe not so, though it does throw up some advantages and conveniences that I have learnt to enjoy over the years. Is there more EMI susceptibilty than a wired detector, not that I have experienced when compared to several other brands/models I have used, in fact it was probably worse on my previous Etrac and Explorer. The wireless connection between coil, control box and headphones works seamlessly and is extremely quick - no lag. If you want to submerge the coil, there is a relatively cheap aerial kit for that purpose to retain wireless capability. As for being completely submerged, wired detectors still rule the roost in that respect. I often detect some pretty scrubby locations that have played havoc with wired coils in the past, including shielding and plug issues. Having no physical connection between control box and coil means less avenues for water ingress, corrosion, damage, and downtime whilst allowing a phycially smaller control box with obvious weight savings. Being a true compact fold up detector, you could probably do without stressing cables from constantly folding and extending the shaft all the time. The time it takes to change out coils to startup is literally in seconds, no winding cables, and no fiddly and easily damaged plugs (hello AT Pro). With regards to cost, I have no issue with the price considering how flexible these coils are for various fields of detecting, especially when combined with the adjustability of the Deus. Some wired detectors do physically require different sized coils to achieve similar performance, especially if you have no direct control over things like recovery speeds other than in preset programs (ie single tone = deep/slow recovery, 5 tone = shallow/ fast recovery). With the range of coils I have for my Racer 2, I could have made do with 2 Deus coils for pretty much the same price. Inbuilt batteries have never been an issue, if taking a few seconds to connect a coil to the charging clip is an inconvenience, then life must be pretty hard. Forget to charge up ovenight, only 15 mins charge though my vehicles's USB port will give me an hour of detecting, or I can run off a small portable power packcwhilst detecting, or just swap out to another fully charged coil. Forget batteries heading out to a remote spot with your wired detector and you have nothing but a long drive ahead of you, and probably a few choice swear words. Going on three years now and still getting good charge on my wireless coils. Introducing electronics and battery into the coil has not come with the expense of weight, as any Deus owner knows these carbon fibre impregnated coils are extremely light to swing. Aside from that we are now seeing electronics introduced into coil desIgns on a more regular basis (thinking Nox, CTX etc), so can't be too far off taking the next step to wireless capability. Why don't we see more manufacturers utilising wireless coils, probably for the same reason we don't see more manufacturers making true multi-frequency detectors - patents etc. Wireless headphones were initially scoffed at as a gimmick when introduced to the market compared to tradional wired units, these days several manufacturers will struggle to move their products wthout the inclusion of such technology. I'm not sure why we are looking at wireles coils from the perspective of being new tech, afterall the Deus has been around since 2009 with essentially the same product. Will it happen for US manufacturers, probably not, MInelab, maybe.
  8. Goldpick

    Tokens Amongst The Ruins

    Great site and traders tokens, the other round object that you state as being modern is the innards from a pocket watch.
  9. Goldpick

    Do You Remember Your Old Detectors?

    My first half decent detector was the Minelab XT17000 with the round and elliptical coil, plus a whopping big 18" coil that I'm guessing was originally from an Australian made Midas detector. I really didn't do that machine justice at the time, being new to prospecting and lack of the internet meant a pretty big learning curve trying to locate anything of worth in the field. I was actually after a Whites GM3 at the time, though didn't own one till many years later.
  10. Correct Steve, the new coils will replace the older LF ones as stock coils for the Deus from Sept 2018 onwards.
  11. Goldpick

    Observation With Mi6 Pinpointer And Version 5

    XP have just released a V5.1 update to address the Mi-6 pairing issues. A note has been added to the download page outlining the fixes: NOTE : 02/08/2018 – The version 5.1 improve the connectivity between DEUS and the MI-6 Pinpointer as well as the connection speed.
  12. Goldpick

    Streamlining

    For me detecting efficiency comes with using the old "KISS" principle, and not being overladen with gear when out on a hunt. All I ever carry is my tethered MI-6 pinpointer which has its holster sitting horizontially for quick retrieval, a large ammo dump bag for all finds other than the the more desirable coins, small container for the good stuff, and the predator digger which also sits in the dump bag vs using its sheath. The Deus also helps out by being so lightweight and with no headphone cables to worry about, and the coil drawback method of pinpointing has proved to be very accurate and quick to locate targets and to minimise unnecessary digging. The speed at which I detect is usually dictated by the type of site I am detecting, some relic sites you can encounter a target ever foot or so, hence it can be a little more intensive on the recovery side of things and worth slowing down to investigate less obvious targets, whilst in a park setting I tend to take my time more and just enjoy going for a wander. I also spend a decent amount of time to ensure that the ground surface is left with little or no evidence of being there, no point in shooting yourself in the foot if intending to revisit the site ( or even if you don't intend to revisit).
  13. Goldpick

    White's Sierra Pulse Pro (White's SPP)

    The Australian Whites distributor still has the 150 coils in stock for $220au, though also advertises them on ebay for $50au plus postage. Might be worth looking up if still keen, converted over to US dollars it is a real bargain (around $38US). Seems we received a fair few of the SPP units after their limited success on the African market, I still own one with a range of Miner John coils.
  14. Goldpick

    Buying Deus With 9” High Frequency As Stock Coil

    It probably depends on what packages local dealers want to tailor for customers needs, or what combinations prove to be most popular. Here is Australia our local XP distributor offers a goldfield package with the round 9" HF and wired headphones (WS4 optional), or a double package with both the 9" LF and 9" HF round coils with WS4 or WS5 being optional. Pretty sure I could get any combination in a package if requested - a sale is a sale, you have to be flexible these days if you want detectors walking out the door. The other option would be to order a specific package through the distributor, and have it shipped in the next batch of stock from France with a specified coil/coils.
  15. You can get an aerosol can of rubberised coating from auto shops that is very hard wearing. Used it in the past to coat the underside of the coils that had no skid plate, don't think I ever had the need to recoat them from memory. Initially picked up on the idea when some beach hunters were using it on their coils for increased longevity.
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