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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. One thing I'd do is check that both Equinox have the same software update. If they are different, then that could explain the performance difference you observed between the two machines!
  13. So far I've been a lucky early-adopter and I have had no issues with my newly-arrived GPX 6000 in 3 trips out detecting for a full day each time. But, hearing about all of your problems, I think it might be wise if I take my 11in mono and 14DD with me on my next outing and test to see if they work correctly since some of you have had coil issues. So far the 17x13 mono has worked smoothly and knock on wood my other 2 will also run well. I'm sorry for those of you who've had issues. What a chore to have to deal with returns and repairs right off the bat!
  14. Saludos Luis! I own the Detech 15DD Ultra Sensing coil for use on my GPX 5000. I can say it runs extremely smoothly in both normal and sensitive extra timings in medium to high mineralization areas I've used it. It was much smoother in difficult ground spots than when using my mono coils. This coil is also quite sensitive to small items, both ferrous and non ferrous. I found many small bits of iron wire and small shards of nails going over old areas, along with a few small lead pieces of bird shot. I managed to find a couple of 1g+ nuggets with mine at a depth of around 8 inches in a spot with high mineralization where mono coils are not able to run in normal or sensitive extra timings. These nugget signals were clear and repeatable, though starting to get faint. I ran my machine with the "iron rejection" setting on a a level of 5 of 10. When I encountered larger or shallower trash items, the detector blanked out the signal and the few I dug were in fact iron like nails or flat iron. I found at a setting of 5, small ferrous items would not blank out until within a few inches of the coil. I did not try higher rejection levels since I tend to dig most targets in this spot, as it has had a lot of nuggets for me. The coil also pinpointed well for me, even on smaller items as long as they weren't deeper than 3-4 inches. The main disadvantage of this coil is the weight. It weighs 1350g and after 2-3 hours of swinging, I rigged up my bungee cord for the rest of my detecting time. 15 inches also makes it necessary to dig wide holes, so that is something to consider in areas with rough terrain or a lot of rocks. I've seen a few reports and viewed several videos where relic hunters use this coil successfully. For general coin hunting, I don't think this coil would be ideal since the discrimination on the GPX 5000 isn't likely to be useful in areas with extreme amounts of modern trash like aluminum or areas with dense iron objects.
  15. I've held onto my White's DFX even though I haven't used it much the past 5 years. Maybe this new coil is the reason? I definitely look forward to some reports from users in the field. This coil definitely looks great for wide open field cherry-picking. I swing the Equinox 800 now for coin hunting. If only a similar coil were also built for that machine.
  16. I have used the supplied headphones with cable when I hunt with my Equinox 800 the past 3 years. This means I don't have to mess around (and maybe forget) to charge the headphones when in parks or fields. I use the headphones wirelessly when running my GPX6000 since areas with brush and sticks make detecting so much nicer with no cable to get snagged. I plan to really try not to leave my headphones at home accidentally on the charger when heading way out to nugget hunt. My solace is the 6000 has a built in speaker unlike my 5000 in case I do forget.... Crazy I know, but pairing the bluetooth headphones to my GPX6000 was the first use of wireless I've ever done. It was easy to do and I recommend the headphones since they allow hearing faint signals near flowing water and the signal sound they give is great.
  17. Thank you for sharing! Many people refrain from posting about big finds I'm sure to stay under the radar. Your success gives us all hope and determination that our own time out prospecting may also yield a spectacular find like yours.
  18. First off, a big thank you to all of you who have provided your in the field experiences as well as tips and tricks and troubleshooting info on this forum and elsewhere. Rigging up the new detector coil, I knew to screw and push the coil cable in 3 times and then continue to tighten it down fully, to use the factory reset if needed and that lower sensitivity still provided plenty of power. 🎇🏆 Everything else was pretty easy. This detector swings great and is simple to use! The availability of the extra batteries and 17in mono coil in the USA finally are what made me jump in and get all of the accessories at once, even though I generally don't care to be an early adopter for electronics. I knew I couldn't go wrong with all of the good reports from all of you here on DP and everywhere on the internet. So, I took out my new GPX6000 today to an area I've had success in the past. I had one fully charged battery and the spare was 1/4 charged. I used the 17x13 the entire time, even though the 11in was in my pack if needed. I was able to run normal timing at around a sensitivity level of 5. Higher and things got a little noisy, so I just went with this set up for the first trip. I was pleasantly surprised I didn't have to run in difficult timing. It was very simple to use and coming from a background of running a GPX5000 the past 3 years, it really was a breeze to get right to detecting and not worry at all about controls. The machine ran great! I had zero hiccups, no loss of audio using the wireless headphones, etc. It didn't fall over all day even placed on slopes or atop rocks, unlike some of my other no-so-ergonomic gold detectors. Apart from becoming noisy and performing noise cancels as needed, I restarted the unit to factory settings around midday when it got a little squirrely and after that it behaved the rest of the day. I got in 9 hours of searching and the extra battery was enough to get me through until quitting time. I ended up with 5 nuggets walking along some steep creeks. None were huge, but all decent sized. This spot generally seems to lack tiny gold, as the slope I assume lets the lighter gold blast right through the area during high water. I'm not too surprised no sub .1g pieces popped up. None found were too deep, maybe 5-6 inches on the largest one, but signals were unmistakable, even if faint. I look forward to more outings soon, especially as its now the fall season and cooler days are just around the corner!
  19. I can definitely imagine the construction of a smaller coil while keeping within the confines of the GPX 6000's requirements and managing it's extreme sensitivity will be a challenge. I know fully flat wound coils for the older GPX detectors were a maximum of 8-9" along the smallest dimension, due to space issues. I wouldn't be surprised if there are considerations in manufacturing smaller coils like these that also hold true for the 6000. I just hope we don't get something like a "plain vanilla" 8 inch round as the smallest coil due to technology or economic constraints. While still much more user friendly at 8in over the 11in round, I'd be a little bit disappointed if that's as small as it got, as my SDC already has a stock coil that size for small gold. Sure, the 6000 will beat the SDC for depth, but in confined, cramped areas, depth isn't everything.
  20. I'm located in California, USA and would also like to see an elliptical coil with a width in the 5-6 inch range. That size would make scanning bedrock crevices and rocky areas much easier to accomplish. I don't want a more sensitive coil than the 11in factory round, as it already finds tiny nuggets. I think a traditionally wound small coil could tame it some against really nasty ground, yet the small size help it still find gold the size the partially flat wound 11in round Minelab already cleans up on.
  21. I had similar frustrations with my GPX 5000 about 3 years ago. I'd hear sirens when planes would fly over, and no change of settings would really quiet it down enough to make it usable. Some days I'd have to swap to my SDC after 10 minutes of arriving at my spot since the noise the machine made would drive me crazy. Later in the day it seemed to be worse, but could have been my imagination. I even bought a used GPX 4500 after being forced to use the SDC most trips for a year since my dad and brother would snag the deeper nuggets I'd miss with the SDC with their 5000's. Both of their identical machines would behave when we were all out hunting together. After trying out tons of combinations of coils, batteries of my own and swapping in my dad's and brother's parts, I finally figured out my GPX 5000 preferred the "DD" position on the switches over "mono" and that it acted up with tons of false noises and siren noises most when running my 14x9 and 17x13 NF evo coils. My conclusion was the machine hated the spiral wound coils and they weren't a good match for my unit. I discovered this when I put on a 10x5DD Commander coil at home during troubleshooting one day and the thing was quiet...even around my house where there is a lot of EMI from powerlines, etc. I just recently got a Detech 15in DD spiral coil and it also purred at my house when I put it on. I hope to use it in the very near future in the very same spots I had so much trouble before with my 17x13 equipped in particular and see how it behaves. I'm glad I figured this out before selling the GPX 5000 at a huge loss and now my plan is to have it use DD coils for use in super trashy sites and someday buy a GPX6000 for use in areas where things are cleaner and for general use. I remember Jonathan Porter has mentioned a time or two in his posts the older GPX machines were not designed electronically for use with the new spiral/flat wound coils. Seems my GPX was a good example of that with how it rejected them. I'd definitely take a closer look at your GPX 6000 coil and try to use a known good coil on your unit if you can. Best of luck!
  22. I don't think I'll rush to get a GPX 6000 even though I could afford to get one right away and keep my older machines. I don't really have too many patches to beat people to where I need the advantage of the newest technology to find what's been missed. I want to try to find more patches and my old GPX should be good enough for that since most nuggets in areas I hunt are fairly solid and river-worn and not specimen or crystaline/wirey in nature. Also, without extra batteries and the 17x13 mono coil being available for a while for the 6000, I'm ahead of the game having plenty of batteries and 17x13 evo for all day patch hunting currently. I have a 19" Evo coil if I want to go after big, deep stuff too. I pretty much have a coil for every situation at this point. 😂 I also weighed my GPX 4500 on my postal type scale with Doc's battery set up + 12x8 NF Evo coil and it was 6.5lbs weight or so. My SDC 2300 will work on the shallower bedrock areas and find the small stuff there or help in areas I want to target specimen or coarse-textured nuggets. I like the versatility of the older PI machines and if you have a wide variety of coils like me and don't mind making several passes over an area, I feel its still going to be a really great setup for many.
  23. I saw this video when it first came out. I advise looking at things with a bit of skepticism. For one, I remember reading in the comments the SDC was on max gain. It was at its very maxed settings while the other 2 machines were not. Easy to miss important details with the Minelab flags flapping in the background. 😁
  24. That sounds like a great plan. I look forward to a report. Best of luck and keep on those nuggets! 😀
  25. Kingswood, since I see you have other Minelab detectors, perhaps you'd do a little experiment for all of us using the new 6000 to scour your new patch and then hit it AFTER with other detectors. Most reports are of the exact opposite. People rush back to old patches with the newest technology like the 6000 and find what's missed. I'd be very interested to see what your 6000 missed if anything when you go back with the "old" technology.
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