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    New Zealand
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    Looking for Gold Nuggets and Silver coins.
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    GPZ + X-Coils - NF Z-Search, GPX 5k, GPX 4500, GBP, GB2, GM1000, CTX 3030, AT Gold, T2, Ace300i, Nox800 + Coiltek 10x5, Vanquish 540, Go-Find40... Can't remember the rest :)

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  1. I often wonder if the manufacturers of these fake detectors factories are contracted out to make parts for genuine Minelab detectors, like arm rests and housings and so on. The reason I wonder this is when I was talking to the manufacturer of the QED and why he insists on using 3D Printing for it's components even though they're weak and a big downfall for the quality of the detector and it all came down to cost, a simple little part was going to cost him $60,000 or something to get the molds done up and get even started using that part, and he'd need many different parts making it just not v
  2. Yup, I have a F-pulse and Mi4. F-Pulse is not very sensitive to small targets but gets similar depth to the AT in mild soils, the F-Pulse I found better on the beach obviously. The XP seems similar to the AT in overall performance I just prefer the AT. I also have the Pro Pointer, the Whites TRX and the Minelab Pro-Find 35. I just find the AT simple to use, works well in my soils and does everything with little issues, works well right along side my detectors.
  3. The Pro Pointer AT is a significant upgrade over the Pro Pointer in my opinion, Once I invested in the AT the standard Pro Pointer was never used again. Much more sensitive to small targets which I desire. I've dropped it on concrete more times than I can remember, still works fine. I'm a bit of a pin pointer fan having most variants, and the AT is my favourite so far.
  4. Yes, I was confused trying to locate a shotgun pellet with it, took me a while to work it out as I kept digging with my scoop in the wrong place, after doing the video I had much more of an idea how the coil works so it made pinpointing tiny targets easier. So you can see the difference in hot spots here is the standard GPZ coil with the same test, same pellets.
  5. The sweet spot for pinpointing and for waiving the scoop over the coil is the lumps on the coil. It's very handy information to know as using the front of the coil or the sides to recover tiny targets using the Z-search is not ideal, always run your scoop over the lumps. It makes it quite confusing to pinpoint tiny targets. This video I did demonstrates the sweet spots for target recovery.
  6. I have successfully used this technique in areas just too loaded with shotgun pellets, blocking out numbers below 5 and was able to weed out some gold without wasting my day digging pellets and frustration with endless target signals. If I was digging every pellet I may have found some tiny bits of gold in among them with similar ID's, but perhaps I would have missed these bigger bits as my time was wasted digging all the pellets, one of the bits was over a gram. This is partly why I still find VLF's very good as a detector to use for prospecting in my hunting areas, sometimes it's just not
  7. Thanks for the detailed reply Jeff, that's exactly what I was wanting to know. This is the Snake for the Gold Racer, Nel make the full range for it. http://nel-coils.com/index.php/en/production/nel-snake-9-5x3-5?id=2123 At the moment I can pick up a Gold Racer Pro Pack for cheaper than the standard pack sells for in the USA, for NZ that's rare. I really appreciate your advice, it seems it's tough for anything to beat the Equinox and I'm pretty happy with the 6" and 10x5" Coiltek combination for the Nox on gold, but always chasing something better 🙂 Maybe I should just
  8. The 24k was relatively short lived by comparison of other US made detectors that seem to hang about on the market for 10 to 25 years, being a US detector it was a bit difficult for me to ever get my hands on one and I guess I was just too slow at making the move on one. So I'm considering an alternative. I like my Gold Monster but it is a bit simplified and I prefer more options so I just use it as a pinpointer, at the moment my primary prospecting VLF is the Equinox, I rarely use anything else. I have a Gold Bug 2 but find it a bit primitive especially with features and I'd prefer a detect
  9. Ok, I have sorted out the CTX settings, it's now the ONLY detector I own that can hit the second deepest 8"+ coin using a small coil and ID it as anything else other than iron, in fact the CTX is giving me a certain dig me target ID that's indicating the coin is what it is. It's getting a bit of EMI today I have no idea why but the CTX is struggling more with EMI than normal but that's not stopping it giving me a good ID. 12 38 is the ID in an air test of the coin, and I'm regularly seeing 11 38 and and other numbers around it's number revealing the coin, with every other detec
  10. ahhh bugger! That explains it, I think Mars also struggled to get a foothold in many markets outside of Europe as they don't seem to have enough distributors. I don't know about US availability but here we have to import them direct from Ukraine which ads to the cost of buying locally. Nel is really the market leader in aftermarket VLF coils so I think by default people just order Nel/Cors. Detech make a really good coil with the Ultimate coil but again the Nel Tornado although a lot heavier is the more popular coil. The Ultimate isn't very good in high EMI though, the Tornado is
  11. It seems for any detector with troublesome EMI the Mars Tiger might be the way to go. My T2 was shocking for EMI, so much so I pulled it apart and did some EMI mods to it like extra shielding paint and copper tape on the housing wired to the shield point on the PCB. That gave some improvement but nowhere near the improvement I get by just strapping on the Mars Tiger. This persons experience with the Tiger on the T2 basically mirrors mine. http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/teknetics/578415-review-mars-tiger-coil.html For your chattery AT Pro it maybe the coil of choice, it's a
  12. I'm getting extremely tempted to wear my undies on the outside to try evince my inner superpower, it seems virtually everyone has a detecting superpower of some form but me!
  13. You can pick them up second hand not much more than he paid for his Monster though https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/mareeba/miscellaneous-goods/minelab-ctx-3030-metal-detector/1273927400 $1600 AUD. His aims to not dig stuff much under 1 gram so that's a challenge with the Monster, even on lowest sensitivity it's going to ping on surface pellets. If his Vanquish had ground balance it'd be the cheapest option, but being in OZ and looking for gold it's not likely to cut it without being able to balance.
  14. This is a bit of advice others with more experience with the CTX may want to chime in on, however I think the CTX 3030 might be right up your alley. Your aim is 1 gram gold or larger, quite shallow under 6" and avoiding digging tiny stuff and may as well throw some discrimination into the mix as well to make it even easier for you. I took this photo before I bought the little 6" coil or else it'd be in it too. It's not like the GM1000 where it's sensitive to the very tiny targets, it's not going to drive you nuts with small shotgun pellets and so on like the normal prospecting de
  15. I wonder what age you need metal detector walking aids?
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