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  1. I dont have a clue about gold detecting or infact anything about hunting for gold in its original form out the ground as we dont in theory have any natural gold as such in the UK. But folks who have vast amount of knowledge who are on this forum i would think would tend to keep all the information that they haave learnt over the years and decades close to ones chest as they say.They will mention the odd bit of information but they dont usually go into great depth and give more specific nugget hunting secrets away. Of course i could be wrong !!
  2. Steve,love reading about your adventures over to 'good old Blighty' and the artefacts and coins that you find,that BA palstave is a beauty,but i suggest when you get it back that its treated for Bronze disease as if its not treated it can spread across the whole axe and spoil it,but its worth getting advice from the colchester club on how its done,another thing worth noting about BA finds especially axes and other tools that also its not uncommon to find more in the same area and what i mean by this is that Bronze was a ultra prized commodity in the day,they use to put scrap bronze items either damaged or broken items into a 'pit' in the ground for storage waiting for a new order for a better word for new weapons/tools etc and then the old scrap bronze was smelted down into new items.Also you can find brand new items like axes,spear heads etc in also new pits.Hence when you find something of BA origin its worth checking around for slag or other tell tale signs of a possible furnace or other pits. That Lizzy 1 coin is in surprisingly good condition as she was not a popular queen and folks use too try and rub her face away from coins hence alot of them the heads are usually worn away but yours is in decent condition,must admit we do tend to take for granted on what we find,but when i see what you have found and how happy you are and what it means finding say a BA palstave axe then i realise how lucky we are and must admit i/we take it for granted and find say roman/silver hammered coins as basically everyday finds. Outstanding write up about your adventure over to the UK and will look forward to next year with '2020' vision 🤣 🤣 Once again well done on some amazing finds !!
  3. I downloaded the update software last night,very easy to do and thus far no problems,but saying that not used it out in the field as yet,but did do a quick test on my test garden and it did seem to work fine.
  4. I wonder what they do when its time to renew the crankshaft as most of these engines are put in place and then the hull is built around it.Perhaps they have a long service hatch that they use and lower it inside ??
  5. Well done on finding the small gold nugget,although nuggets are nearly non existent here in the UK,but my 6'' coil is basically staying on the Equinox all the time.I rarely use the stock coil at all,only 2 coils that i basically use are the 6'' and the 15'' but only then on pasture sites.
  6. Wonder if these coils would work on a TDI Pro ?? most GPX designed mono coils work on a TDI but has anyone tested that theory with this coil,not sure if the TDI sl would have the power to run this coil but the Pro version could well do,i use a Detech 18'' mono coil on my TDI and it works a treat and also a 20'' mono from Jimmy Sierra so it can run coils uptp 20''. Any thoughts about this one ??
  7. Although i dont own a VX3 i did borrow one for 6 months from someone who worked on the rigs,but i do own a Equinox,so can give some opinion,i always have been a Whites owner and still own 4 of them.Possibly the same performance if setup right,but setting them up is totally different,one is very very easy ie the Equinox but the VX3 can be a nightmare with so many variations and just that one single factor i feel stopped that top of the range from becoming a stellar selling machine. Folks want some control of the setting to get the maximum performance out of a detector but saying that who really want to spend so much time on all the variables of the VX3 which is the easier of the top of the range Whites machine in setting up. Of course loyal supporters will always rally around and support the various brands that they use,but the bottom line is Minelab have set the benchmark and going from strength to strength and Whites are basically fighting for survival and going the same way as Tesoro. How many folks use one of the Minelab Equinox machines and how many use a VX3,it certainly tells me alot.
  8. As most Mono coils from a GPX will work on a TDI Pro would this Detech coil work on the TDI ?? i own and use a 18'' Detech mono coil all ready which was designed for the GPX range and that works on the detector straight out of the box,was just wondering if this would work as well ??
  9. I own a TDI Pro in stock mode without any modifications,dont plan on changing anything anyway,about 70% of the coils that i own and use on the TDI Pro are GPX ones upto 18'' dia,the largest that i use on the TDI is the 20'' Mone that was made for and marketed by Jimmy Sierra before he lost his Whites dealership. Mine is not use for nugget hunting as the bottom line is we dont have them here in the UK,but mine is solely used for deep artefacts/hoards.In my personal opinion a very underrated Pulse,not saying its perfect but does everything that i want from a Pulse detector.
  10. I own the UK's 'steroid' version of the Vaquero,its a Laser Trident11 Extreme,it has the Tejon battery box,18khz,fixed and manual GB,high tone and a few other steroid improvements of a standard Vaquero,if i am honest i think it was a drastic mistake buying it brand new,nothing wrong with it but i changed it from the latest DD 11x8 coil as i could not get on with it,its currently being used with the NEL Snake coil,which has improved its usability some what,but only slightly as the few times that i have used it with the small coil is on ultra trashy roman sites and also for getting in between the stubble rows. The condition of it is as brand new,i pulled it out of my mancave to give it another session,put in 8 new batteries and tried in my test garden,30 minutes later batteries have been taken out and its been put back into storage again,wont part with it as i never sell a detector but all the hype that i fell for was a massive disappointment,must admit i get far better enjoyment out of my immaculate 20 year old Laser B1 and B3,the latter machine is my preferred machine,pure simplicity but does lack some depth though but with a brand new rare to find 7'' Concentric and even rarer 10.5'' Concentric make enjoyable detecting session,alas the new Vaquero model does not provide me with that enjoyment factor.
  11. Must admit and this is just my personal opinion,i always thought something was not right from the very start with this thread,of course i could be wrong but pure gut feeling tells me i dont think i am wrong with my assumption !!
  12. Jim,very interesting,our UK hoards/caches are often down about the depth of a person laying down and placing the container at arms length down the hole,which is just below what a normal VLF detector can reach,but what we are finding is that ploughing is going deeper and taking the tops of the post off and scattering the hoard.Detectorist then start finding scattered coins in a vert tight radius which indications that its a hoard and by working out the way the scattered coins are distributed by the plough you can in theory and a ideal world locate the potential pot hoard is located. I can grasp exactly what you are trying to use it for and how you would use it in relation too the Stage coach hoards,good luck with your quest and hope you strike it lucky !!
  13. Jim,out of interest did you have a specific use for the TM808 or just wanted too try one out ?? i have had a Fisher TW-5 for a fair few years but only used it a few times in that duration,its used prominently if a scattered hoard is suspected and that is its main use. Of course they are not your everyday use machine but i got mine brand new for well under half price,so grabbed the bargain as its not alot of money invested in it,so not really worried about it being used alot.I do enjoy using it though as it has confirmed the location of 2 scattered hoards.
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