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Goldpick

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    South Australia
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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. Hi guys, a fellow forum member here in Australia detected what I presume is an eagle buckle a few days ago (guessing US in origin). Any help in identifying it would be appreciated. As a side note, we have had a few US Civil War buckles found this year in Oz, most would probably have originated from US prospectors trying their luck our goldfields.
  2. The should at least give a statement on where owners stand with the lifetime warranty and repairs. My guess is neither will happen or be honored, though would be nice to at least have a definite yes or no and then people can move on. Personally I think they just don't want to have to confront or deal with any potentially angry customers who may have bought a Tesoro late in the piece just before they closed shop (with a worthless warranty). Even though our local agent carries out repairs to the Tesoro range, don't know how long that will last regarding sourcing parts or whether they personally have any in stock.
  3. Might be worth trying a noise cancel with the F-pulse already turned on (and reasonably close to the coil) - if you haven't already done so.
  4. I have seen ebay listings selling counterfeit Fisher detectors which are actually sponsored by ebay themselves. I really don't think they care, as long as the money keeps rolling in. No doubt if the seller is flagged as selling counterfeits, they will simply re-appear under another name.
  5. Just out of interest, have a look from 2.00 onwards on Gary's explanation on the use of the mineralisation meter - he mentions if the bars are pumping when sweeping there may be an advantage to adjust the GB, and likewise if they are not, default setting should be fine. Either way I am quite happy with how the Deus runs on these default settings with my inert soils, and have made many good finds in heavily detected areas and what are some very challenging sites to detect. As always the case, what works for some my not necessarily translate as being suitable for all scenarios or users.
  6. Chase, you have it the wrong way around, the mentioned pumping of the coil is to check the ground strength not the ground index, either way the meter can always be checked on the fly, no need to pump all the time. Both the instruction manual and XP classroom clips mention if there is no significant mineralisation (going by the mineralisation strength meter, not the ground phase reading), then no GB adjustment is required due to having what would be relatively neutral ground. Hence if you do get bars pumping on the strength meter, GB may require adjustment to retain optimum depth, then you can try and match the ground phase figure to the point of running quiet/stable without undue feedback or touch sensitivity (sometimes that can mean the difference of only a few points of GB). In my experience you are better off leaving the Deus in stock GB setting for most ground, it runs very stable and still achieves very good depth. If you try and manually adjust GB to match the ground phase number all day, then you will be forever making constant changes for what may be minimal gains - especially on older contaminated sites where the phase numbers jump all over the place (90% of my detecting). Even if you do use the pumping GB method, there may also be the need to raise the GB if still finding there is too much feedback. Tracking is also not a good option if detecting older sites with plenty of iron contamination and targets, the Deus will simply not be able to track the ground to achieve an accurate/optimum GB vs if you are working cleaner open ground with sparser targets where it will be more suitable.
  7. Sounds like cable shielding issues, as phrunt mentioned it could be either the cable connector or female socket in the housing. Seems to be a common issue, used to have the same problem with the Infinium coil cable plugs with the same style of connectors. Also check that none of the pins are bent or cracked and align properly with the socket.
  8. It is suggested by Gary in many of the XP Deus classroom videos to run stock manual ground balance setting if the conditions allow. Most of the areas I detect have relatively low mineralisation (sandy soils), and I manage to get excellent depth on that stock setting, though that may change depending on the ground in your area.
  9. Strange reporting on the musket ball, they usually scream through on my Deus, although I usually works sites with a pretty slow swing speed. Can't say I've experienced that iron toning on them, even if in close proximity to ferrous targets - still usually distinguishable as two separate targets.
  10. I've learnt over the years to substantially slow down my swing speed even when utilising a faster recovery speed setting (in my specific being the Deus). Even at a moderate swing speed you are still only getting a brief snapshot of what is passing under the coil, especially in junky or iron contaminated ground. Some good sounding iron high toning may be prevalent on initial sweeps, though after some slower passes the detector almost re-corrects the high tone iron target to a low tone - same with some non-ferrous targets, they can clean up to a more accurate tone with a slower sweep speed or after multiple sweeps over the suspect target. Some of those difficult non-ferrous can be completely overlooked if combining fast sweep speeds and a fast recovery setting - you may only get part tone, or sometimes none at all. I've proved it to myself on multiple occasions going over the same patches of ground picking out targets that were literally never heard on the first few passes. - not due to poor coverage or incorrect settings, simply due to not taking the time to slow things down to give the detector a chance to correctly identify or even pick up on the targets in the first place. Either way you would think it would be logical to slow your sweep speed down if detecting difficult sites where faster recovery speeds are justified, whether it be with the Equinox or Deus, especially if set on the highest number of tones. Why put myself through the "torture" of say 99 tones and a high recovery speed in an area saturated by targets, it simply gives me a more comprehensive picture of what is happening under the coil at any given time, you either love it or hate it. Hence once again why it can be advantageous to slow down and forensically sift through the various in-ground targets, and give the detector a chance to do its job. As Steve mentioned, I don't necessarily think there is any "set in stone" procedure for matching up swing speed with recovery speed, despite what some people may preach, do whatever works for you. At the end of the day achieving some good finds is all that matters, and if slowing sweep speed combined with a higher recovery speed works for you (just as it did for me), then that is a good thing.
  11. Good to see that XP are continually revising products based off customer feedback, I think this is the second design revision from the original charging clip so far. Probably the biggest pain was the tight fitment to the newer HF coils, and that often led to broken clips when trying to squeeze them over what seemed to be a wider skid plate. Another factor was the sheer amount of third party sources that were supplying stronger computer printed charging clips, good incentive for XP to re-engineer the clip.
  12. I think many manufacturers are too caught up in developing mass produced detectors to keep the cash rolling in these days vs developing specialty detectors to cater for what is probably a smaller cross section of the market . Possibly seen as too much of a financial risk vs return type scenario, especially if some previously released detectors have not fared as well as expected. Would that mean that for a new lightweight PI gold detector to be a financial success, would they have widen its a appeal to both those new to the hobby through to the more experienced prospector by offering a simple though powerful platform that anyone can master in a short period of time. The Goldmonster comes to mind as a simplified detector out of the box that can be a turn on and go proposition (despite being VLF), whereas previous Minelab gold VLF's require a decent amount of experience to gain optimum performance/setup, thus have limiting appeal to the masses. That also means embracing new technology to get the weight down on these detectors, including use of lightweight lithium battery packs, composite materials etc - afterall this is 2019, not the 1990's.
  13. I think to properly critique the Deus, you really have to try one out to discover whether there are real shortfalls in the design/operation for your requirements. In theory the wireless design may seem to some to be prone to EMI when really it isn't, my Explorer and Etrac with a wired connection were a lot worse in that department, especially around buried electrics and transformers. The Deus is no different to other VLF detectors in that respect, with main EMI derived from using physically larger coils and lower frequencies rather than the actual wireless connection between components - can't say I have ever had an issue. Even then you have multiple frequencies and offsets to chose from if EMI is prevalent on a specific frequency. Despite the coils being expensive, combined with huge adjustability of the Deus they prove to be very flexible over different sites negating the requirement for several coils, the 11" and 9" is pretty much all I require. Some other VLF's will require multiple coils due to the lack of inbuilt adjustments like recovery speed, where changing out the stock coil for a smaller one is the only choice for improving target separation, or if a larger coil is required for increased depth performance (ie. no ability to reduce the recovery speed). Having to change out wired coils can also be a pain, on Deus it takes just seconds to just slide on a different coil, start it up and off you go. The battery and connector in the lower shaft of the HF coils is waterproof, so no issues there with water ingress. Initially I too thought the display was going to be hard to read due to the size, though that hasn't proved to be an issue when compared to other detectors I have used in the past.
  14. Holed coins often worn as good luck charms, some coins with square nail holes (mostly coppers) were nailed to front doors or gates also for good luck. Congrats on the lovely coin.
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