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  1. Thank you for giving us a thoughtful review of your findings on this Quest pin-pointer. Extra depth should save time by using it to find more precisely where targets are located from the surface and limit damaging something rare and valuable when digging. I bought a Fisher Pulse that goes a bit deeper on coins in ground than my carrot and it helps save digging time that way. One idea I had for users of this pin-pointer and others using a protective tip, is to perhaps use the electrical shrink wrap and shrink some of it over where the protective cap on the tip snags the holster. This might also help to keep from getting mud and gunk underneath it.
  2. Its good to see you've found some nice items to make time spent researching, swinging and digging worth it. I've started to do more research and made a goal like you to try to find new areas instead of always hitting the same old tired spots. The past 2 months I decided to really learn my Nox and also have looked at historic aerials online to help zero in on some older sites. This is a very helpful website to help visualize where things used to be. I've found a few spots that once had an old school, but are now parks or community centers. I've managed to find a few dozen wheat cents, a few silver dimes and some older nickels after putting in a lot of hours. Sticking to the most original dirt has been the key for me. The majority of the areas in my sites have been disturbed or filled in, paved over or are off-limits. But by concentrating on fringe areas that are still somewhat original, I've managed to pull off a few good finds like you have. EMI has been a big pain in towns, but by going slow and digging a lot, enough good finds have popped up to at least keep me motivated. All the sites I've been on have been detected in the past. I think research is going to be the key to finding some lesser-known areas that haven't had lots of detectorists over them the past 30-40 years. Good luck in your future hunts and congrats on some sub 1900 finds!
  3. I have to say the video was really well done. Gary gave a very clear and eloquent delivery of the info, making it easy to understand. No feeling of hype, just the facts. The Deus II looks to have a lot of very nice features like the varied audio options and program modes. The audio demo in the video showed some nice-sounding tones to my ears. It looks promising for great performance in nearly any environment. I definitely like what I've seen so far and look forward to more info about the programs. But, at this stage, all we really need are just some user tests as final confirmation about how awesome this new machine seems.
  4. Apart from my White's DFX, my Equinox 800 is my only other VLF detector and I use it for jewelry or coin-hunting. I hunt 99% of the time for nuggets with a PI since my prospecting areas are severely mineralized and make vlf machines tough to use. If reports come out of advantages the Legend has in extremely mineralized ground over the Nox, or if I decide to bust my turf skunk on gold jewelry by venturing into fresh water , the Legend may become a good second option for a muliti-frequency unit for me. I definitely am rooting for it to outperform, but we shall see once testers get the Legend out into the field.
  5. This extra guarantee will make all Legend owners in general happy, but will give water hunters in particular added confidence and peace of mind. This extension adds to the other fine selling points of the machine, indeed.
  6. Persistence pays off! I think they'd have been a little larger if the cold hadn't made them shrink a bit. This reminds me once of when my dad and I went dredging with snow on the banks of the creek. What we miners do to get out for a little treasure hunting after cabin fever has set in.
  7. I think I'd like the 60 number scale, depending on the execution of it. It remains to be seen how it works. Currently, using my Equinox 800, I find numbers higher than 30 (US quarter) are not really useful and are definitely not exciting. I've yet to dig much good over 30 since I get 30+ numbers only occasionally on a larger object like soda can, or when iron target numbers "wrap around" or high tones bleed above 30. It almost makes me think 30-40 could have been better used on the Nox to spread out coin responses or something more useful than it currently is. Maybe NM will have made the entire TDI range feel more useful in giving targets a more unique ID? I look forward to how they approach this issue.
  8. The Deus II certainly looks to become one of the top "do-it-all" detectors out there. Very interesting seeing how each company with multi-frequency units give their particular spin to features, ergonomics, etc. Beach and water hunters should be very happy with the 20m water-proof capabilities and for MF to improve performance in salt water. Like everybody watching, I look forward to more info and reports from use in the field.
  9. The Nokta/Makro Legend reminds me of the Equinox in general terms with its look and options and interface on the screen. Though as you'd expect in a detector released later, it comes with a few added features. The iron probability meter looks useful and I like how the shaft is collapsible. The price for the Legend seem good. Since my Equinox 800 is out of warranty, I'd definitely consider buying one of these instead of a new Nox if I planned to do any fresh water prospecting or wading for coins. The vibrating feature may make the need for headphones lessened in these scenarios if looking for coin sized targets. I figure it will perform well nugget hunting since it has the frequencies and ground-cancelling abilities for that, but for me I look forward to some reports about performance on coins and jewelry in trashy sites. I can say, its definitely nice to have some choices for multi-frequency machines now and just around the corner, and watching things progress into the future will be interesting.
  10. I've not watched developments with the new Deus 2 closely at all, but I've come to the slow conclusion the past week or so I will keep my mind open and certainly watch how this new mulit-frequency machine compares with the old Deus and the Equinox. I probably won't be an early adopter since I've got my hands full with the Nox 800 and am liking my 10x5 Coiltek. But, I'll watch how things unfold along with read reviews with interest. What made me realize I should watch the Deus 2 is noticing once again just how badly mineralized the ground is where I live. I have been coin-shooting and hunting for jewelry at parks and schools a lot the past 6 weeks after a 2-year hiatus with the Nox. I'm having the same difficulties I've always had with my past detectors these past 25 years with this soil. I pretty much max out at 5 inches at most with TID on a dime at my old sites. And that's even with the Nox, a cutting-edge technology. It definitely has some advantages like tones, sweep speed setting, and ability to lower the volume on iron targets over my older White's machines. Any further advances in multi-frequency in the future are sure to help with my soil conditions, so I actually wish for great reports from the Deus 2 and upcoming Nokta MF units.
  11. I'll hang onto my Equinox 800, even though it just went out of warranty. The current or new Deus haven't ever been something on my radar as the Equinox is a true do-it-all detector for me. I've put mine on a telescoping monopod and with the Coiltek 10x5 on it, its lightweight and versatile. I can grab it for coin hunting or take it and prospect for nuggets with it. It fits easily in my pack for hikes into remote hill areas looking for gold. I haven't had mine in the water, but if I needed that functionality and if I didn't want to risk my current unit, I'd get another Nox instead of the Deus II, just based on cost alone. Also, if the coils are wireless, for me that is a big turn-off. That sounds like a recipe for disaster for me if you forget to charge your coils before a trip detecting far from home. And the #1 reason maybe is I'm still learning the nuances of my Equinox after these past 3 years. I wouldn't want to switch to a new machine while I'm finally making good progress of late on getting this thing figured out for my conditions.
  12. Yes, this was using the Coiltek 10x5 coil today. One other thing that has changed is my soil was bone dry here in California up until about 10 days ago. No rain in about 250 days. Since then we've had 6+ inches of rain in a big storm and its not only a lot easier to dig finally, but this might have also affected ID numbers in my area. Ground is pretty mineralized here, though no falsing for me.
  13. I went out today for about 1.5 hours to a modern park and ran Park 1 after I did a factory reset. I watched my ID numbers much more closely than usual. I went with 2 tones and 19 sensitivity, the other settings were factory. I found pretty much all very shallow coins and the usual foil and pull tabs. ID readings were about what one would expect: zinc pennies 19-21, corroded and/or deeper ones 18 copper penny 22-24 dime 24-26, a few blips on 27 quarters 28-30, mostly 30 These were all pretty shallow using 2 tones. I think when I use 50 tones numbers maybe tend to "smear" a little higher and lower, though its been a week since I've used 50 tones and I didn't pay super close attention. Also, I was running FE6 today and have used some FE26 in the past few weeks. I think that FE2 might also give a slightly wider VDI spread, especially on mixed metals like zinc cents and bottle caps and perhaps account for some higher numbers showing up on coil sweeps. I am getting reacquainted with my Nox after a long hiatus, so I am just going on impressions rather than hard data here.
  14. I'll try a factory reset on mine and see if things change for ID numbers. I have noticed if I use Park 2 its often perhaps 1 number lower than in Park 1 on the same targets, which would make numbers closer to expected. I haven't used the stock 11in in a while to compare.
  15. My numbers with the Nox 800 in Park 1 using my new 10x5 Coiltek coil give ID numbers pretty much exactly like F350Platinum is getting with his coil. I've yet to dig a half dollar or old silver coin, so I can't confirm those though. I dug up a corroded wheat cent today. It looks like a 1924 and it rang up at #22 for me and was shallow at 2-3inches. The more corroded pennies are, the lower they tend to read is my experience. I've been running sensitivity at 19 in trashy spots. I find it helps to keep signals cleaner sounding and makes target separation even less of a problem. I've tried 2 tones instead of 50 tones my last 1.5 hunts and I find its giving me the clearest and smoothest signals when I'm going slow and working a spot. Good luck with your new coil!
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