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UT Dave

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    Utah
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    Camping, hiking, Jeeping, detecting, hunting, fishing, photography, and stuff.
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    Equinox 800

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  1. I don't "think" anyone uses stainless buckshot, even less likely sintered. But, I only think that, I don't know it for fact. I use pure tungsten shot, which is shiny like stainless, but that doesn't look like tungsten. There are varieties of alloyed heavier than lead pellets which are sintered, too, but that doesn't look like any of them I've ever seen either. Nickel plated lead buckshot is common. Ringing 10-11, that sounds possibly lead too. If, that's buckshot, my wild theory on the facets, would be a duplex load of buck and much smaller shot pellets. Buckshot showing deformation from being surround by smaller pellets in the payload. That's a lot of maybes strung together though, I wouldn't necessarily place any bets on my own theory ๐Ÿ˜. - Dave
  2. Saving this for future, err, current - going for bag of buttons now - use. Thanks! - Dave
  3. Very cool! And paint me jealous - snow and frozen ground here. If that is a gun part, and I've no real idea if it is or not, but if it is, I'd guess firing pin. Based on the small protrusion at the end of the long skinny part. The other, large end, would be unlike any firing pin I'm familiar with though. - Dave
  4. What was the tip off that your machine was detuned? Which settings were off? How much off did it take, for the machine to be much less efficient? I'm not sure I'd recognize a detuned machine. I'm going to make more use of the profile button, for in the field, on the spot A/B testing - changing a single setting at a time. See what patterns I can discern over time. Yesterday, in a trashy park, I used it to instantly switch recovery speed between 4 and 6 with all other settings the same. Noticeably different and I think I do prefer the faster speed in the denser trash. Find of the day was a small .925 ring in dense trash around a picnic table. Also pulled a couple of deep wheats. But no silver coins. I'll have to remember to hit the frequency button and try the 4hz on spots like that, just to see. The only times I have ever left multi is to mitigate EMI. - Dave
  5. Thanks again for the help gentlemen! I appreciate it. - Dave
  6. Excellent idea! I suppose 38, 39 and 40 might not always be considered iron range tones, but those are the ones I'd like to quiet down a bit. - Dave
  7. Yes, in those type of sites, I see a lot of 39's. And every 39 I've dug so far, has been rusty iron. Either big iron, bent square nails, or a pile of square nails in various orientations. I don't dig near as many of them as I did even a month ago ๐Ÿ˜. I'm finding these signals mostly don't stand up to cross sweeps, with the horseshoe button engaged. They'll give a beautiful tone and show a high 30 sweeping one way, but usually start to break up on cross sweeps. Not the bent square nails though. They sound GOOD from multiple directions. Too good not to dig. For me, at this point, at least... Silver coins are the prize finds. I'm happy as heck with just about any interesting nonferrous relic though. Buttons, Levis copper rivets, old spent ammo cases, harmonica parts, lantern parts, tools, whatzits etc. I'll dig pretty much any two way repeatable signal on these hunts. Do dig a lot of iron. Sometimes, too though, I'll dig a big iron piece on purpose, out of curiosity. I got a mule shoe and a valise frame last hunt doing that ๐Ÿ˜€. Nonferrous, some old Schofield .45 Colt cases, a .40-65 case, an Eley Bro percussion cap tin lid. And, a single Mercury dime, only coin I found all day. - Dave
  8. Very helpful. Appreciate the input! Increase iron filtering, if digging too much ferrous. But, with a trade off of increased potential for masking? That's a helluva conundrum. The more iron you are in, the more likely a good target is in proximity to the iron, but reducing the effects of the thick iron on the audible signal by increased filtering, increases the chances of missing those good targets in close proximity to the iron. In other words, hunting a rusted iron infested site and particularly hoping for old coins. "Turning down" the iron influence by increasing the strength of the filter, has a drawback that might, cause one to miss more good targets than simply "living with" the iron being allowed to speak for itself. What do you guys think is the most direct tradeoff for increased recovery speed? Depth? With caveats? Sure. Optimal settings for a specific target in my backyard. My method for arriving at them could likely stand some improvement? I always noise cancel and use a manual/automatic ground balance. EMI is not bad in my yard - the machine never chuckles or sounds like it's attempting modem transmissions over a phone line when I first turn it on in my yard, like it does at some locations. I don't know that the numbers of the ground balance scale mean anything I can interpret. I've no idea what the data values are. But they are consistently below 5 in my yard. Using 50 tone audio. I just started using 50 after the first week or so with the machine and feel kind of handicapped running it in 5 tone now. I ran everything Multi. I didn't mess with the Beach modes. On a 7" silver dime and a 10" silver quarter that have both been in the ground quite awhile. All modes I tried hit both above targets at least one way, at least most swings. Park 1 seemed to give the best signals of the factory presets with solid cross sweep signals. Gold 1 and Gold 2 were definitely hitting the targets well too, but I like the sounds of Park 1, 50 tone better. I never messed with FE,. Just went to FE2. Ended up at FE=2 giving what I felt was the best signal. Recovery ended up at 4. I habitually run sensitivity as high as stability will allow. That's 22 in my yard with the above other settings. Even if, all that is well and good though... My back yard doesn't resemble where I most enjoy hunting. My favorite spots so far are old (by Great Basin standards), and heavily infested with iron. The oldest sites, the ones I like best, seem particularly heavy on rusted square nails at depth. Using the above settings, makes for a pretty sparky running machine in these sites. Lots and Lots of iron hitting high 30's. Right now, at this point in my experience, I like letting the iron speak up a bit and listening carefully for a non ferrous tone in there that doesn't get too flutey and that I can get to repeat from multiple directions. I really don't know how well I'm doing, compared to what's possible. But I feel like I'm doing at least okay picking some good finds out of the iron this way. I've found several silver dimes in carpets of nails. But the iron is a constant attack on the ears. - Dave
  9. I'd like to increase my knowledge and skill in tuning my Nox 800 for specific conditions. Those of you who tune your machines off the factory defaults, please share what you have! Not what your settings are, but how you arrive at those settings. For instance, is there a relationship between different settings, such, that a preferred order of operations is suggested for optimal results? I noise cancel, then ground grab, then adjust sensitivity. FE2, Recovery, Threshold, is there a best practice for the order in which they are set? How do you know when you should increase or decrease FE2 or Recovery? What factors or indicators go into that decision? I've arrived at my current default beginning state, by trying to make things first "worse" in my test garden. By adjusting each setting individually up and down though the full range of adjustment, noting whether signal got better or worse at each step, to get what I considered the best signal on a deep silver coin. But doing so in a controlled situation with a known target like that is one thing, knowing how to read variable conditions and how to tune accordingly is quite another. How do you make your tuning decisions in the field? What are the settings you most frequently find need adjusted to accommodate search conditions? - Dave
  10. Indeed. Business has always been a contact sport. Perhaps more brutal today than ever before. Social media has added so many new dimensions, many of which, are not particularly useful or appreciated by customers. The availability of well done tech media is one dimension that we can all appreciate though. As mentioned, I'm not going to pay much attention to anything else about the Legend for now, myself. I want docs, manuals, white papers, video of OS nuts and bolts. I like to root for the companies who's true north is delivering more value, quicker, and with better outcomes for their customers. They deliver on that, I kind of don't care who's feelers they hurt or which competitors were forced to live in smaller houses in the process. Those companies don't always win though. At the price and feature set of the Legend, if it performs, it has the potential to actually grow this market - a rising tide lifting all boats and all that. But it also has the potential to rip a hearty chunk out of the existing market - a necessity for growth in a market that is relatively stagnant in size. - DAA
  11. I'm a potential customer. As an agile practitioner in the software industry, I preach getting closer to the customer every single day, to the engineering teams I coach. Dilek, I applaud your interacting and listening to your customers and potential customers. Love it. I don't see any other companies in this space doing so much to get closer to the customer. But, as you astutely observed yourself, these folks are neither customers nor potential customers. Please, put your time and energy into engaging with the latter two groups. My $.02. - Dave
  12. Thanks for the encouraging words all! A Seated would be awful sweet! - Dave
  13. As someone who just did his research and decision making and landed on the Nox 800 only a couple of months ago... This looks killer on paper. On paper it looks like a better built 800 with more user profiles, two coils and a spare, field replaceable battery and some other nice touches - for less money. If I were just starting to do research and decision making now, and hadn't already bought the 800, this does, look, killer. But, if were looking to buy, right now, didn't want to wait for a good sampling of field reports on performance with the Legend, I wouldn't feel bad just buying the Nox right now. And I certainly have no regrets on having bought the Nox. And this doesn't look likely to make me want to sell my Nox and switch. But, if field reports are good come spring time, and I didn't already have a Nox and I was just getting into the market... Eh... Legend looks like a better value - if, performance is there. - Dave
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