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Everything posted by Jackpine

  1. Gotta love a gold machine that uses concentric coils. The 24K gets some great reviews for an IB machine. Am I right that they have a waterproof version out now?
  2. Hey Mike If nothing else you prompted me into pulling mine out from long term storage (under the bed) putting in batteries and firing it up for a few minutes. Batteries are now out and 8500 back in storage I remember all the flack about the audio. Guess I can get used to anything because I had no problem with it. Tom
  3. These have little use mostly just for testing puposes as I primarily use the 7.5 Khz coils on my 705. First up is the 6" DD coil $75.00. Next is a Mars 6"X10" Sniper coil switchable from 7.5 & 18.75 Khz. This one comes with lower rod that has been fitted to prevent damage to the coil ears. $90.00 Lastly for the HF coils is the 9" concentric with cover asking $100.00. On the 10.5" 7.5 Khz DD I'm asking $90.00. PayPal F/F add $10.00 each for shipping Tom
  4. Fred I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. Coincidentally I also lost a lifelong friend just over a week ago.
  5. No word on Acc coils yet as far as I can find. Water hunting season starts in May up here in NW Michigan so they still have time to sell me a Simplex and a 9" concentric. On another note 'tecting is gonna have some competition this year as I'm looking at getting a dirt bike this spring to bomb around on in the woods before I get to old to enjoy it.
  6. Over the years I found my share of gold rings mostly consisting of mens bands so I have a good idea of the TID range they will hit based on size, weight, thickness (cross section) and width. Compared to every other TID machine I have used the Equinox is an outlier. Rings that should hit in the Nickel range hit in the upper tab range, Medium size bands hit zinc penny where with other machines that would be a lunker Class ring or large heavy high karat gold band. 14K gold is not a high conductive target, Alloyed gold such as 14K is actually lower in conductivity than either of the constituent metals of gold and copper. Do these high readings have something to do with Multi-IQ? It's real and is consistent across every ring I have found. I don't understand what aspect of the Nox causes this. Rings are the perfect shape for generating eddy currents and so are generally easy targets for a metal detector but what is going on here with the Nox? I am at a loss to explain it.
  7. Totally agree, I have absolutely zero interest in the Vanquish. The Simplex however meets my needs and expectations.
  8. I've found a fair collection of foreign coins old and new over the years. They can turn up anywhere even water hunting. I seldom hunt school yards but have found 2 Britannia large pennies hunting them.
  9. Thanks Phrunt Got a good early morning chuckle out of that. Minelab promoting the Equinox in a way more suitable to an LRL device. Who woulda thunk. LOL Tom
  10. Nice find on the KG. That ship pin could very well be just as old.
  11. Met up with Rick the other day at the site of an old fairground to see if there's anything left there (it's been pounded for years) . Right off the bat the Nox hit a solid 13, I crossed the target and checked it PP mode and they agreed on the location. Flipped the plug and nothing, dug another few inches and my pin pointer showed nothing in the bottom of the hole . Checked the sides and there it was a 1905 V nickel on edge at about 4". It's a good thing the NOX is hot on nickels and Indian Heads as I just can't seem to get the coil over silver.
  12. I believe the key to success with the new F2 mode is mitigating audio fatigue. The other day I was hunting an old beat to death site with good success using F2 2 and recovery speed 4. Anything lower than 4 was overload for my ears and what I mean by that is the slightly longer drawn out iron responses creating a cacophony of noise. I was hunting at my normal sweep speed as well. Note: watch out for old nickels hitting just below the normal nickel 12-13 bounce. Got a 1905 V that was mostly a solid 12 but bouncing to 11 as well with a bit of iron in the plug directly above the nickel. Reminded me of the Fisher CZ 5 where you dig all nickel foil bouncers in old sites and parks. I have had good success on old nickels using park 1. Tom D had stated Park 1 is good for nickels and he's correct on that IMO.
  13. I don't believe a la carte is doable for detectors. Perhaps a base unit where you can select from a few (perhaps 3 or 4) packages would work. they have to consider profit margins and the Simplex I'm quite sure would not be here without the profit from the high end units paving the way. Very few automakers offer a la cart any more. You buy a trim level or package. If there is desirable stand alone option you want, often times it requires purchasing a certain package to get it. It's all about profit margins.
  14. Chase What compromises and limitations? It is what it is. VCO audio will be new to some users however, it appears to be implemented properly with a well modulated response. Other than that I see none. By all accounts from a performance standpoint it appears to be a winner.
  15. Will do. However someone else will most likely beat me to it as water hunting season is over up here. I'll probably hold off the waterproof phones until I see what else becomes available.
  16. First off I am getting the Simplex primarily as a backup for my fresh water wading. It also has a chance to become my first choice as MF is not needed for fresh water hunting. I have used many single freq machine in the lakes here, 12 Khz and high gain should get it done quite nicely which leads to why my request for the proper coil. Wading for jewelry is all about area coverage, the more the better. To cover larger areas requires time and at my age the size of standard DD coils is a time limiting factor due to the resistance of pushing those DD coils thru the water. Looking at N/M's website they are already supplying a coil for the Anfibio/ZKruzer line that would fill the bill for me, the 9" concentric. Less drag will extend my hunt time and the real kicker, the increased sensitivity to small gold due to the concentric design. Please N/M give me my coil! Thanks for the pic Steve
  17. and IH's that normally hit 19-20? add in the bouncers with negative numbers that are non-ferrous targets in hiding. It's a jungle out there!
  18. It was fortunate that I had lowered the range of my high tone coin program from 18 down to 17 to hunt this particular site.. This was a couple days before the upgrade went on line. Yesterday I hunted a different site that has some rotting tin like can lids and pieces. I dug several of these and found that the smaller pieces will actually go to the iron tone by simply moving F2 0 up to F2 2. That was a eureka moment for me. I also dropped recovery down from 3 to 2 and the hunt in that area was a giant step in intelligibility for me compared with F2 0 with recovery 3 and part of that was due to the reduced fatigue factor. Cleaner more coherent sounds akin to crappy loud speakers vs Hi-Fi.
  19. Flowdog I had pretty much the same experience hunting the nails where an old church burnt down. Many many times I would get falsing that in my experience constituted a high probability of a non-ferrous in the iron only to be the iron tricking me. These were not the grasping for straws that we sometimes go for, some of them I thought should have been non-ferrous. But then, F2 0 did it's thing when I got a nice smooth fainter yet quick high tone that stopped me dead. I spent a lot of time interrogating this one. luckily I had initially hit it just right as it was only discernible from a narrow sweep angle. With a tight well centered sweep It gave a repeatable TID of 17. After removing the plug the signal disappeared and cleaning the loose soil from the bottom of the hole gave the same result. I loosened the soil in the bottom to a depth of around 8" and started running handfuls over the coil. Eventually I had it in my hand, It was not the IH or junk target I had surmised but a 1916 wheat penny normal TID 22-24. Tom
  20. Since sensitivity sets the level of signal strength put thru to the headphones blanking of the reference threshold can be useful as a gauge to reduce sensitivity and quiet things down in a busy iron site where you are in an almost constant null. It works especially well for me on the X-Terra but it's not the unmasker the Eqx is.
  21. Tom's clarification was needed and welcome. It seems the F2 settings are his baby that he convinced ML to implement. So F2 4 and higher gives increasing levels of rejection of bottle caps and round iron. Settings below F2 4 give increasing levels of sensitivity to masked/tilted coins in iron at and increased level of audio fatigue. I've used FE 0 since almost day one So will jump right to F2 0 and see if I can handle it in that bed of nails site comparing targets to FE 0 for sh@ts and giggles. The question on my mind is that blackened earth from the fire, will it have an effect on the outcome?
  22. I hunt with FE at 0 nothing else so why compare settings I don't use? F2 4 was stated by Tom D to be the end all and for a lot of situations I'm sure he's right as he knows a lot more about detectors than myself. If the new F2 settings helped in beds of nails that would have been great, but they don't. F2 apparently helps on round iron and bottle caps I'm sure a lot of people will like that. Calabash if you get in a situation with square nails it would be nice to know if there's any gain with F2 settings.
  23. Went to the summer camp and detected where an early building burned to the ground, a bed of nails and a layer of blackened earth. After comparing the "old" iron bias setting of 0 against the new F2 mode set at 4 I can honestly say there is absolutely no difference in audio or TID intelligibility. None Nada zip. Same ole falsing and jumpy TID. Can't yet say on iron rings or bottle caps but it appears the nail handling is not improved one iota. Tom
  24. TNSS I couldn't tell was the rusty bottlecap upside down (crimped edge facing the coil) Makes a difference edit. Ok looked again and it appeared to be face up not upside down. Will do some on my own to see. Thanks for the Vids
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