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  1. Today I wanted to get out for a whole day hunt at my oldest permission, it dates to ~1640. They cleared the half that hasn't been hunted since I got it. Unfortunately they planted winter wheat on the other half πŸ˜€ It wasn't a bad day at all, started out about 43 and went up to around 50. I invited Chase down to hunt it with me, he got there later and did well himself. Today I walked nearly 8 miles, it was pretty rough on me, and in the afternoon the wind came up. It got colder pretty fast. Here are my relic funds for the day: Got a nice newer brass buckle, a couple of horse tack decorations, some other interesting bits, and 10 buttons or pieces. The most interesting relic was the odd shaped brass object next to last on the top row, it had decoration on it. Not sure what it's from but it is curved. Got a pretty big pile of trash today, lots of lead, a few pieces of iron, and some other junk. But the day was made by the coins! We hunted a road that went about a mile or so back behind the farm and I got this: A beautiful 1916 Mercury dime. Haven't got much silver lately so it was a relief! Sadly it's not a D πŸ€” This is how it came out of the ground, I didn't need to clean it at all! But the real thrill of the day was getting a 96 and digging this coin, it's my first one of these. I had to sidelight it to get the date to stand out, it's a 1798 Draped Bust Large cent. The reverse is pretty good too, enough details to show. I dare not clean it any more than I have. I also got what I think was a wheat penny but it's horribly toasted. I hope Chase had as much fun as I did today. πŸ™‚
  2. Went to an Orthopedic surgeon today to get a prognosis on using my dislocated shoulder for metal detecting. 😬 First I thank you all that wished me well (or at least had thoughts) in my recovery. πŸ‘ Doc poked, prodded and tested my arm functions, and told me something very interesting - that older people (I'm 63) that dislocate their shoulder have a much lower chance of dislocating it again than younger people do. 😝 You're "broken in", so to speak. I told him of my obsession, he was impressed and he told me that it was ok to go out and dig. It boils down to the old Hee Haw sketch: "Doc, it hurts when I do this." "Well, don't do that!!". 🀣 So, I got out in the field out front for about 2 hours, and the only thing that hurt was holding the shovel over my shoulder. Still got a couple of muscles in my arm that aren't quite healed. It wasn't a bad day at all. Got an IHP that I think is 1902, a silver plated spoon bowl served up as a taco, and an extremely old (17th-18th century) drawer escutcheon in 3 pieces. I'll take an IHP any day, even if it's toasted. πŸ™‚ Game on! Not much trash either, the nail was in the same hole as the IHP, and the steel can bits just had to go with that brassy 82 and 89. The small lead pistol ball was a really weird tone because it was mixed in with the aluminum. πŸ˜€
  3. Absolutely brutal day today, it started out at 42, and the wind kicked up to 20mph on my way back to hunt the water at the beach. The river is still about 50 degrees so that wasn't so bad, but I have Reynaud's in my hands and feet, so if they get wet they turn white and when they warm up the pain is pretty rough. I wanted to hunt the water at the big beach, but the wind was sending 2-3 foot waves into it. It's not very apparent in this picture, but the river was angry. I was hoping for additional low tide due to the wind, but here was out of the question. The current was strong as well with the outgoing tide. I opted to go to another part of this beach further south, it's kinda protected, but only renters and locals go there so I had to lower my expectations for anything great. At least the water was flat. There is a ridge where you park that blocks the wind down on the beach, and the beach angles westward so the waves go right on by. There are breakwater rock piles which also helps. It may look sandy but under the thin veneer of sand is black muck and rocks which made scooping really tough. Where there aren't rocks there are those pesky pebbles. 😡 I had to keep stopping to warm up my hands, again there were lots of jellyfish. The wind kept blowing my stuff over when it managed to dip below the ridge, so in 6 hours I didn't get too much, but I went home happy. I got very little trash: Just a few tiny bits and no iron or aluminum. Today's haul wasn't stellar but I got some pretty good stuff: Over two bucks in modern coins, a black Tungsten carbide ring that fits me (a brassy 89), and I got a 72 and dug the sun pendant and really tiny chain. It looked like zinc when I stuffed it in my pouch, but I got a surprise when I cleaned it up! Both the chain and the charm are 925 silver. I didn't expect that but the day ended up a good one despite all the difficulties. I was hoping for gold but pretty much didn't think I'd get any in this spot.
  4. In my last post, I wrote that I was going to take advantage of the full moon low tide, and because it's going to rain on the day I wanted to go (favorable wind), I decided to go to the beach today. Nice warm October day, started out at 64 and went up to 87. I rigged up the Deus 2 with the 9" coil, the new black waveguide, and used the BH-01 bone conduction headphones. I wore waders because the river is still full of jellyfish and the water is getting colder. This is just a small spot in the water. There were thousands. The largest one I saw was about 5" in diameter, and they kept getting stuck to my detector and scoop. I had my CooB Shark V10 with a SteveG carbon fiber handle. I also had a floating sifter ala The Hoover Boys. The tide was going out when I got there and the river was flat, no real wind today. The tide was a bit higher than I encountered last Monday, but I was going in the water and didn't care. I have to give y'all that do this all the time credit, water hunting is twice as hard as beach or relic hunting, even without waves. Some boats came by and added that element 😡 you feel like you're moving around on another planet and people are pushing you around. πŸ˜… The 9" was much easier to swing than the 13" elliptical I normally use, and I was tweaking up a new water only program that worked very well. I dug maybe 7 pieces of trash today, no aluminum pull tabs or iron - just weird bits like a large capacitor, a sinker, a broken brass knob, and some odd bits of copper. I threw it out at the beach, it was all in the pockets on my chest waders. The D2 was really finding coins today, I felt like someone was there before me because they left a lot of pennies. Ended up with 8 Zincolns and 3 copper memorials. Some were pretty deep, but I never completely submersed the D2 so they were fairly easy to dig. Here's the total haul today: I was after gold and I got it. Got a nice solid 59, and three or four scoops later I had this 10k college class ring: It has 7 diamonds, I'll have to find my tester to see if they are real, but I'm pretty sure they are. It's dated, has "AB" for Bachelor of Arts, and has initials inside, I'm pretty sure I have already located the owner and will return it. πŸ™‚ it is a woman's ring. Also got this gold plated Disney pendant from the movie "Frozen", too bad water got to the picture and the gold plating is off in a few spots, it looks a lot better than it does in this photo. And last I got a pretty rare token: A Bally game token that is a 72 in rarity on Numista. The stuff people lose in the water... πŸ€” I didn't hunt the beach and only got 3 sections of the water done, I'm sure there are other finds out there so I may go back, but I was done after 6 hours.
  5. ... That despite some of my fields opening up, I really needed to get to the local large beach to get another hunt in. I generally respect and follow those feelings, a long time ago I had a feeling I should stop at a particular store to buy a lottery ticket, didn't, and someone won a million from that store that very day. 🀬 Since then I act 🀣 Got there around 8AM this morning, it was windy and 42 degrees, but there were no clouds and I was dressed "warm enough", I put a Columbia fishing t-shirt under my long sleeve T, and had other warm stuff on. The waves were pretty high, I thought the tides were pretty low, lower than usual anyway, so off I went. Today I just hunted the cuts and the "surf", this is a river. Got a few coins, all really deep, some as deep as a foot. Had the D2 with my beach program, and the 13". I wasn't planning to go in the water. It was all clad at first but I got a few surprises later, we've had a lot of storms and wind lately. First interesting thing I dug was way down the beach, I was talking to a nice lady and got a 64, a pull tab signal on the Deus. I've been reading @Compass's excellent post: "How Many Pull Tabs?" I decided to dig them all today. That and foil, Zincolns, everything. Dumped out my scoop and got this nice gold plated silver earring: I'm going to have to check the large sparkly stone but I'm pretty sure it's a CZ. Still, first silver of the day πŸ₯³ Hacked around for quite a while longer, just finding coins here and there, and finally got to the section of beach I started at, I noticed the tide was much lower than it was when I went along the water, swinging the coil out over the waves which had become slack. I haven't seen the tide this low in a long time, it's probably a fall thing. Went right to the end and got a 93, thought I had another quarter. πŸ˜€ Instead I got this nice .925 QuinceaΓ±era ring, sadly two stones are missing but the rest are in good shape. Went back the way I came hunting the new cut, and reversed for one last pass on the other side of the building. I got a 47 in the water and thought, "That's way too clear for foil", got my shoes and socks wet digging this little beauty out: 14K gold ring with a pink/red stone. I'm going to have it tested by my local jeweler who is always interested in what I find to see if it is man made, a garnet, or a ruby. Whatever it is it fits my wife's pinky and she is one happy woman. 😎 Not that big a deal but it's the first gold ring I've found this season, I guess another visit with waders and the 9" coil is in order! Now the coins, got the usual one of everything and 3 wheats, the oldest was 1921: Here's the trash, guess you have to dig to get. 🀣 Follow your hunches, y'all... πŸ˜‰
  6. Had some truck maintenance to do today, afterward I took a ride past one of my permissions. Noticed it had been tilled. Went back to the house and grabbed my D2 with 13" coil, gear and shovel. It was a great day today, got into the low 70s with a good breeze. We've hit this field pretty hard the last couple of years, I figured I'd have to work for my finds. But 10 minutes in I got a 93. I was shocked to get a large copper coin, either a large cent or a King George. Great start anyway, not many large coppers have come from this place. I checked earlier tracks to see if this was missed, but found I was in a spot largely unexplored. Threw it in my bag and moved on happy. 5 hours and over 4 miles later, I was tired and done. Here's the trash, I'm using my program I used at the campground, and also tried Deep HC like we saw Gary Blackwell use in his latest video, with some minor tweaks. For about an hour or so at the end I switched between the two, and think my program was better. πŸ˜€ I managed to collect 4 colors of shotgun shells, some big iron to verify that my programing was ok, and some buck and primers. Even a pull tab! Here's the stuff too big to put in a display case: Old spoon handle with a monogram, huge bronze bushing, a small broken off handle and a tire air cap. And now the haul, it was a lucky day but there was bad luck afoot as you'll see. The top 3 coins all do not have enough details to identify them! 😡 the large copper is 28.3mmx2.1mm, possibly a large cent. Second is a wheat with no discernable date, and last but not least, an IHP with nothing other than its thickness to identify it. On the bright side, got the two piece gold plated button, a nice oval piece of horse tack that probably had something fancier on it, and some buckle bits. Not bad for getting out in the fields for the first time since May. πŸ€” Shoulda brought a knee pad and a bigger pouch. πŸ˜€
  7. Ok, been teasing this for a couple of days now, so here it is. πŸ˜€ I haven't been to this campground in a year, last time I came back with around 200 coins and a gold ring. Sad I didn't get any gold this year, but what a hunt! I dig a lot of trash at this place as a favor to them, mostly nasty sharp iron and bottle caps in the sandy spots where many go barefoot. There is a beach at a pond, 3 tot lots, a volleyball court, a "Gaga" ball court, and a bocce court, all with beach sand. This is a typical dump after hunting. I pretty much knew what everything was when I dug it. Yes, the Deus 2 is that accurate. πŸ€” It's a huge campground with about 1,000 spaces for RVs, most are seasonal or permanent, but there are still plenty for transient camping fans. I went for a rally my RV Dealer sponsored, one of the few that gives back to their customers. There were seminars, raffles, events, and prizes galore. Also a huge discount on camping, so we stayed 2 extra days for a total of 4 full days. As usual I asked permission to hunt, and they gave it willingly. I leave no trace whether digging or probing, so I don't get turned down. Discipline is everything in detecting, from caring for your gear to caring for your permissions. I brought my Deus 2, the WS6 Master, and my Equinox 600, intending to test them all, and use them where they shine. Honestly I did the most with the D2 and the 13" coil, that combo allowed me to quickly move through a particular area and get the heck out before people wanted to use it. I got up at 6am every day and got out there by 7. Well here we go. I'll look back on previous hunts here but I think the D2 really was the tool to use there with it's accurate IDs and extreme depth. Lots of the coins were dug at 8" or more, there weren't many fresh drops leaving me to think others are grabbing the surface finds. In 4 days of hunting a few hours a day I ended up with 337 coins! I'm pretty sure this is a new record for me. $26 in quarters alone. I had to stack them to get them to fit the photo! For digging tools I used my Predator Barracuda, a composite trowel for off center or deeper retrieval and fast pinpointing, and @kac's fabulous Park Probe. I used the shovel anywhere the grass was just a mix of common grasses, and the probe in the groomed areas where there was golf course creeping bentgrass. I don't think there will be any complaints! I could have dug plugs but anything that the MI-6 reported as deep I left there. In the photo above I also got 3 rings and a chain, all junk. One coin I got in the pond almost gave me a heart attack, I think others have found these and had the same reaction: It's a lot "golder" than it looks, the eagle and stars made me gasp. It's even kinda heavy. Turned it over and saw this: "No Cash Value". 🀬 Things that make you say 🀬. I'll post observations in the D2 forum, suffice it to say that the 9" XP coil was fine, but my trusty old Equinox 600 just could not compare. I learned a few things about dealing with EMI and trashy areas I used my beach "Hoover" program on the D2 for all my hunts, it was quite an eye opener. 😏 If I had asked to hunt the campsites I would have come back with twice as many coins or more, but I would have had to stay longer!
  8. Rainy morning here in the Mid Atlantic, but I timed it perfectly so I would miss the rain. It was 64 when I got there, but the sun came out later and it was perfect for detecting. Targets were hot from the rain. V2 is no different for me than the earlier version, they didn't change anything or much, yay. Today I tried lowering sensitivity to 87, and found iron wrapped less. It still hit coins at 10" at least. There were no events at this beach last weekend, so I didn't expect much, and really didn't expect to be the only one there all day. The tide got extremely low from the wind, so all the right things happened. It was also a bit sanded out by the wind from Lee. Didn't dig much trash, just the usual junk and annoying .22 short bullet shells that are everywhere here. Here's the haul, 6 earrings, one pair. Unfortunately none are silver or gold. I even got more copper memorials than Zincolns! 8-7. πŸ₯³ I found the first tiny butterfly with the clasp on it, so I was pretty sure I'd find the pair, and I was right. Got at least one of every coin, so I wasn't missing anything for sure. Best find of the day was a 64, it was just too solid and clean for a pull tab: Moroccan 1 Dirham, worth about 10 cents US. It's at least 2002, and features Mohammed VI on the obverse. Exactly the same size as a US quarter, and made of copper/nickel. Parts of Morocco were destroyed recently by earthquakes, so it's kinda ironic to find a coin from there, never seen one. I find the strangest stuff at this beach. πŸ€”
  9. Two things motivated me to go detecting yesterday, Hurricane Idalia missed us by about 50 miles, so the weather was perfect, and we had a Blue Moon Tide so it was extremely low. Otherwise I didn't expect much, as this beach gets hit hard on the weekend and Monday. The weather last week was kinda miserable with the hurricane's approach. Tide was high and it was pretty windy when I got there at 7am but would be negatively low at about 10, so I hit the high beach for a while. Got some coins and a couple toys, some pretty good coin spills but not like other hunts. I was using the Hoover program on my Deus 2 with a new twist, sensitivity low, Audio response at 6, and I set Magnetic Reject to "Accept". This is an old steamboat landing place so there is a lot of black sand, I figured I'd try it. Thanks again @midalake, I'm really dialing this in. πŸ™‚ Here's the total take, kinda surprising. Got a pretty good amount of clad over my 6 hours there, I even hunted the southernmost beach. Got the obligatory Hot Wheels, guess a kid did some sorta voodoo with the bus, and the toy fire truck was over a foot down. The lighter is a really nice torch lighter. But here is the highlight of the trip, the four objects in the bottom right corner: Because the tide was way out, I got a strong 60s signal at the waters' edge and after about 4 scoops dug this 1941 Mercury dime! Got my shoes wet because I wear them instead of sandals due to the nasty pebble beach. Oh well. Once I got the dime out I got a another 70s signal immediately and scooped out this old silver filigree crucifix, I'd put it in the 1920s but it could be older or about the same as the dime. It has the same patina as the dime and no hallmarks so I'm assuming it is silver. It weighs about 1-1/2 grams and the dime is 2.2. Went a little further and got a pretty solid 47 signal, and after scooping a ton of muck, pebbles and fine sand I got this tiny gold ring, again no hallmarks: You can see above it's no bigger than the dime, it weighs about .3 grams. I'm not sure if it's gold but my wife likes it. πŸ˜€ She has a "nose" for that stuff πŸ™„ The last real shocker was this old Navy button top with some gilt still on it, apparently the back was lost or rotted away. This is not a high end beach but you just never know what interesting stuff you will find if conditions are right. 🀣 I've found really old coins and all kinds of crazy stuff here. If anyone knows the best way to make silver silver again I'm all ears! Or eyes. 😏 Trash was just a handful, got some Peloponnesian pull tabs and sinkers and zipper pulls, the new beach nightmare.
  10. Shame on me for running this so close to my other post, but I went to my local big beach (1 hour drive) again today using the Deus 2 with my "Hoover" program, which is now turn on and go, except when there is black sand in which case I turn down audio response to 1. Got up at 5am to be there by 7, and met my goal. Nobody was there, not even walking the sidewalk. Tide was going out, and there was no wind at all. It was about 72 when I got there, but in two hours it jumped up to 82 and humidity was 80%. Now I understand why y'all in Florida don't get out even when it's 82. 🀣 Absolutely brutal. I hacked around the smaller of the beaches but the most popular first, there are a few stores and restaurants so it gets the most traffic. Lucky for me I did that because the bigger beach had been hit hard, I almost found nothing there later. Found a few coin spills and some Hot Wheels of course. πŸ˜€ I went to the bigger beach and by that time the tide was out, lowest tide I've seen in a while. Got sick of zigzagging the high beach, there were holes everywhere, and some of them not filled in. 😡 The only thing that amused me here (it was about 92 then) was this sand castle Chichen Itza: I ran the entire shoreline at the water which was full of jellyfish and got some junk and maybe one coin but nothing to speak of. Coming back along the first beach I got some small jewelry, and wished I could get in the water because that's where the good stuff is. By then people were coming to the beach (not many, first day of school here) and a couple kids got nailed by jellies, so that wasn't an option. Went to the other side of the casino, found some coins and talked to some nice folks, even recommended a detector to a mom whose kid is interested in detecting. Told her to get him a ML X-Terra Pro. πŸ˜€ After reading what y'all write about that detector I may ask Santa for one 😁 But I love my Deus, and you'll see why. First the trash, low tide is really weird here, why would anyone bring an old antique fuse to the beach? πŸ€” Not much crap for 6 hours of hunting, pull tabs sound like pull tabs, and bottle caps aren't even a thought. For some reason though, pull tabs in the water are 71+ but 63-65 on the beach. πŸ€” they're still brassy sounding but I always check the ones I see so I can say with a fair amount of confidence that I can skip them for the most part. Now the finds: 45 coins, two Hot Wheels, a small toe ring (plated copper), and a plated earring with a fake opal. I had decided to stay another hour, and it was a good thing I did because about 16 of the coins came from one spot, including 2 one dollar coins: A John Adams and a Sacagawea dollar. πŸ₯³ At first I was just getting 93 after 93, and then sometimes 95 and 98. The 13" nailed them all, and I didn't leave that 3x3' spot until there wasn't even an iron tone πŸ˜€ I think I got a nickel and a dime there too. What a way to end what was kinda a boring mundane hunt! Got another couple dimes and left. Here's a gratituitous swan photo:
  11. This post is a bit late, it's been a hot and busy week. Got out last Monday at 6am to go to my local big beach, should have been pretty packed because the kiddies go back to school tomorrow. Glad I got out of education before the summer got cut short. 🫀 My first surprise was that they raised the parking rate from $2 an hour to $3. Probably explains why there was no one there. No detectorists or people. πŸ€” It wasn't too bad a day, didn't get all that hot, but for quite a while I found nothing. I zigzagged the upper beach, even grid searched some sections, and the finds a started trickling in. I hit a Hot Wheel burial, and found a few coins. Came back along the surf line and did a little better. Here's all the trash: Just some odd bits and oddly enough some brass. And the finds, 5 more toy cars, two lighters, two earrings, a sizable child's ring, an aluminum pencil sharpener, a massive junk chain that gave a really odd brassy iron signal, and about $2.50 in coins. The hoop earring on the left turned out to be silver, .925 from Italy. So there's that. 🀣 In 3 weeks I've found over 20 toy cars, is this a sign? πŸ€”
  12. If y'all are following me I just got back from a week at Emerald Isle, and 3 days later went out to a local beach. I knew that going on a Wednesday wouldn't be great as the beach gets heavily hit on Monday, but I also know from watching the other detectorists there that they don't follow the tides. No one hunts the "surf" or the cuts made by tides. This is basically a river beach hunt. I knew I'd at least find something. Weather was good, not too bad temperature or humidity. Got there fairly early, a severe thunderstorm knocked our power out overnight so I had to wait until power was restored. May do some more of these mid week "cleanup" runs, it wasn't great but fun. πŸ™‚ The river was flat and the tide was soon to go out. I mentioned my D2 program is a "Matchbox Slayer", heh, yeah it is. Dug 9 more yesterday! Yikes. These cars ID anywhere from 90-95. I got at least 6 of them in one spot right at the water line. On the coin and jewelry side, not much, but the total finds to trash was over 50% so I'm happy: Got a small Pandora style "A", and a small charm. Zinc plated sinker was a 76. The keys were the only iron tone with high tone I got, it was curious enough to dig. The treble hook lure got me, hate those things. All this stuff came from the tide area, again more good finds than bad but I dug a bit more trash than I did daily on my beach trip. Just a handful. Anything with a fairly pure tone in the 60s I dig because of my white gold ring tests. As usual it was great to get out.
  13. This year's Emerald Isle Beach trip is behind me, it's a place we go for my wife's birthday week, (πŸ˜€) and she doesn't mind me going out early in the morning and some evenings. I get up at 6, hop on the trusty golf cart, and go. I condensed this all to one post because quite honestly it wasn't a spectacular week despite finding a ring for a woman, and getting out as much as I did. By 10am the beach was packed, and I found I was pretty much the only detectorist on the beach every day, but don't know if anyone was nighthawking. I checked the beach cameras but didn't see anyone. After the nice woman posted my ring find on Facebook they started showing up. πŸ€” What I was impressed with is how my Deus 2 performed, I dug many coins at around a foot deep, and even buried my own gold ring about 8-10" in the wet sand and got a solid 64 both ways as a test. I've been tweaking a program I'll call "The Hoover" which seems to do very well at this beach and a couple others I've been hunting, but sadly I didn't find any gold that I know of. The best part of the program is the verifiable ability to skip most junk, I've had a finds to trash ratio of over 50% every time I go out. Iron is always iron, and aluminum is a touch trickier but once the sound of it becomes familiar, you can dig it all and see for yourself. πŸ™‚ My friends call it the "Matchbox Slayer", and you'll see why 🀣 In 6 days this is what I got for non coin finds: An assortment of Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars, a pair of cheap but whole sunglasses, a very cool "Pill Fob" made of stainless steel, a working Casio watch, two lighters, and some small jewelry bits. The chain may be gold but the "E" pendant which probably was why I found it is plated. No hallmarks. Next are the coin finds: 138 coins, $13.68 in change. The darker coins are many of which I found at nearly a foot deep. The trip was not without something decent, my wife took a bracelet and a pair of silver earrings. πŸ˜€ ".925 IBB TH" Hallmark, Thailand silver, International Bullion Board. Here are the settings I was using all week: ********** "The Hoover" Based on Beach Sensitive Options menu: Audio 9 Audio filter 5 Audio type high square Display profile xy, I use this to push the ID and Ground readings to the corners which keeps the glare from hiding the numbers. Sometimes the graph is useful too. Fe tid on Menu: Disc 10 Full tones offset ft 0 Bottle Caps 5 Notch off Silencer 0 Sensitivity 95 Salt Sense 3 Freq Max 40 Iron volume 6 Reactivity 1 Audio response 3 Ground Balance menu: Tracking GB on Magnetic reject ********** Never really had to change much, and it worked well in the water too. If you try it PM me with questions, comments, and abuse 🀣 I promise you'll find lots of Toy cars, they are going to be in the 90s.
  14. It's always a good idea no matter the weather to hit the beach the day after the 4th of July. Brutal day today, 92 and about 60% humidity, no wind to speak of. It wasn't too bad in the morning, and I outlasted all the other detectorists, but by noon it was just plain nasty. The first beach was the large one using the D2. Ran into JosΓ© operating the beach groomer, I've talked to him before, he has a keen interest in metal detecting and US history. We talked for a bit, he explained how the groomer worked, and said about the only thing it catches is chains, and it mangles them. 🫀 He tried to let me hunt as much of the beach as possible, and worked around me. I was very happy. Despite the groomer being run over the entire beach, the finds just kept coming. Maybe it's the reason I found so much. Second beach was the small one, only a few kids. Over the 4th these beaches got really trashed, but were cleaned up by county employees or locals. Fireworks and trash everywhere. 😡 Here I used my Equinox 600 with a 15" coil that Chase lent me. Didn't take long to find out how much I prefer the Deus 2 with the 13" πŸ˜€, it's way lighter and easier to use, also gives a lot more audio information than the Equinox. All I found at this beach was $1.26 in clad, the targets jump out because the beach is clean. I also much prefer the 10x5 Coiltek for hunting here if I'm going to use the Equinox. Trash was very very minimal today. I've got the D2 tweaked so that it really doesn't find much junk: Bottle caps were courtesy picks. Yes that is a live firework. So here's what I got 73 coins, about $8.50, a toy car, an old button and an earring that is just bling. The earring was over a large iron pipe and the Deus picked it out easily. JosΓ© explained that the replenishment sand comes from a very old county here, so that explains the 1916 wheat I found nearby where I dug a 1916 Mercury dime a month or 2 ago. The button is very old. The little oval was from some sort of brass bracelet. Fun but very difficult day, about as bad weather as I would want to be out in.
  15. It's been raining a lot here, yesterday I had to cut the grass to get it done before the severe weather we're supposed to get this evening. I am posting this in the Deus 2 forum because I have some observations from today, I was using the D2 and the 13" coil with a customized Beach Sensitive program. I told Chase I was headed up to my local beach, and he got there early with me. It was hot and muggy but now and again it got cloudy and we got enough wind off the river to keep cool. Went through a lot of water today! Last weekend the beach was packed, and this weekend was too apparently. I like to go there early on Monday regardless of tide if it was sunny at all. There were not many people there as expected, I didn't see Chase but he was there before me. Went out to the motel beach, and my first find was a dime, and then I spotted a dollar in the sand. πŸ˜€ I knew it would be a much better day than I had last weekend. He finally appeared and we went down the beach searching different parts of it. Here's my observation; I found that audio response causes the detector to make a lot of extraneous noise if auto tracking is turned off. Turned it down from 5 to 3 and it got a lot better! It ran really quiet most of the time until I got over some black sand or a cellphone was nearby. Now the proof: Here's all the trash I got. The bottle caps were all sight picked, love the old round pull tabs that give off a beautiful tone without the brassy sound, some of the others did too, but I was after nickels and ended up getting some. The iron was so close to the surface I dug it. The rubber bat was just funny. πŸ˜€ Now the good stuff: 33 coins and a dollar bill, almost $6 in change and paper money. Best was the 1945 wheat. Old coins turn up here all the time. An earring that sounds good when dropped so I included it, a sight picked bracelet with beads and brass. 3 toy cars, the big pickup truck is a Hallmark Christmas ornament without the Christmas tree in the bed. It was a fun day, I hope the storms go by without incident.
  16. A funny thing happened at the beach today, I was to meet up with Chase at a local beach, one I now dub the "Beach of Low Expectations". I was detecting the beach cut in front of a motel, and saw a flip-flop, a half empty Corona bottle, and an iPhone. Sure enough the phone worked, and had ID and credit cards in a pocket on the case. I asked a woman nearby if it was hers, and she said no, but she thought it might belong to a woman who was very drunk and noisy on the beach the night before. I took the phone to the motel office and asked if the woman was staying there, and the manager said yes, the people were still checked in. She said I could bring it up to her room, and mentioned they were trouble. I decided to take it myself being the fearless individual I am 😏 Went to the room and knocked, once, twice, finally 5 times when I heard "GODDAMN IT" and someone coming to the door. It was the woman, nearly naked, not sure if she was wearing much at all. I tried not to look at anything but her face, first time someone looked better in their license photo than in person. πŸ˜€ I said "You might want this back", and that was all I could get out, she said "Thank you", took it, and closed the door. Yikes. 🀣 I went back out to the beach, Chase had got there, and I dug very little. 😡 .68, a copper arthritis ring (ID'd by my wife), and a bling earring. πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ That was my Karma for returning someone's life. πŸ™„ We still had a fun day, the weather was great, and there were lots of nice people out there today. I think we did better than the other detectorists from what they said.
  17. Just got done laying out all the finds from my week long trip to a campground, it was an old hunting lodge and camp before it changed hands twice to become a full fledged campground. I was going to tumble the coins first but decided to do them and all the others I've found together. I've been here 3 times now, thought I hunted the heck out of the place but find I was wrong. I'm getting better as a detectorist, and now have a better detector, the Deus 2. πŸ™‚ Probably a combination of both. Over the course of a week hunting anywhere from 3 to 6 hours a day, I got all the stuff below: 262 coins, oldest was a 1926 buffalo nickel. 3 rings, one is either gold plated or filled, estimated at 1950-1965. Got it pretty well cleaned up, it looks cast and has some gold solder where it broke once. Old script "V". The pictures don't do it justice, it's really shiny. Got a working hand torch, a cheap but working flashlight, an old duck call, keys, and some stuff used to make a bracelet. One 1930 wheat and a 1978 penny with what I think may be a laser hole in it, it's just too perfect. The only silver I got was the tiny iron cross on the earring. 3 very old buttons were the relics, one from the late 1800s and two much older. Quite a week.
  18. Didn't get much yesterday so I didn't have high hopes for today. Beautiful day, sunny, breezy and not too hot. Wind out of the southeast kept the pollution down. Went to the canal area this morning and used the WS6 with the 9" coil. Found a few coins here and most of my trash, along with the 2 Zincolns I got today. Next place I went was a small field at the very top end of the campground, a place I got about 60 coins last year. I wasn't expecting to find much but I was wrong. In just a small area about the size of a crowded city yard, not even a 10th of an acre (not this whole field), the coins just kept coming. Found one right after I dug the previous one. I was only here for a couple hours using the D2 and 13" coil. Ended up with 46 coins today, way more than I thought I would find. I got about 60 in this spot last year using the D2 when it was new, guess I really didn't have a handle on it. 🀣 I dug almost no trash at all here, two blobs of molten aluminum and a small aluminum strap. Got 2 1965 quarters 😏 Everything was from the 1960s to present. Here's what I got for trash elsewhere, only a couple pieces from the last spot. None of the above is iron. I was notching to 40 with the WS6, but not with the D2. I didn't see any difference between the 13" and the 9" really other than weight, both performed equally well. I'm kinda baffled that I'm not finding any silver coins here at all, I think I got one Mercury dime two years ago. Perhaps it was cherry picked, but everywhere? And with so many other coins? Also odd that I didn't get any nickels today, didn't see any 61/62 IDs. πŸ€” Edit: used The Devil's Tongue Park Probe again quite a bit today, dug this quarter out from between two roots. πŸ™‚
  19. Y'all must be pretty sick of all this, πŸ˜€ but today was another good day. Kinda went everywhere today, started near the boat launch. Lots of vehicles park here so it's a good place to look for coins, but i didn't think I'd get this very old duck call: The horn is some kind of old translucent plastic, it has two reeds that appear to be made of nylon, and the wood looks like ebony. Would not have found it if it didn't have the huge brass collar. This is a throwback to the old hunting camp. I also found an old bent copper ring there. After this area I hunted some of the tent sites I missed, and found more coins. Got 29 coins this morning, and the bent ring. Here's the junk: Got a few pull tabs because I was really hoping to find nickels today. Took a break for lunch, and went back to the place I got a bunch of coins yesterday, managed to get quite a few more, and even one nickel! 31 more. This spot is really small, pictures don't do it justice but something was going on here in the 80s. It's the area ringed by trees with my detector there for scale. Last place I visited caught my eye this morning: "Kids Corner". If you want to find coins, where kids are, you'll find a lot. I only searched for a short time, but got quite a few quarters. 60 coins today! Well that's it, it's going to rain tomorrow, and we're going home Tuesday. πŸ€— I'll do a recap later to show the sheer magnitude of stuff I found here. Wish I had a working chance to hunt the water. I am very grateful to this campground for the opportunities to hunt it over the past 3 years.
  20. Today I only got out for about 3 hours, this post isn't really about the hunt more than testing stuff. This morning I went to an area I have pounded the heck out of, I've probably grid searched it a few times over the last couple years. Here is an older photo, the house and lodge behind it are gone now. I used it to position myself via GPS exactly where it was. This is one of those places where there is so much junk in the ground you really couldn't hunt it without a more sophisticated machine, particularly one that has a fast processor and separation capability. You can notch and discriminate to a point, but there are copper tubing and parts, steel, aluminum, and nails forever. I think the house demolition was very messy. Another change I made to the General program is to turn off Full Tones Offset. I do this because I like the way the machine sounds when going over various materials, general defaults to 5 which pushes tones up. It seems more natural. This is where I may be getting my "Iron is iron" statement. I searched this area and managed to pull a couple more coins out, the rest came from a nearby canal shore. I dug more memorials than Zincolns today, the oldest was 1960. They were all about 4-8" deep, many out of pinpointer range. A couple were mixed in with the metal stuff I ended up with for trash: After a while of having my brain pounded by a ton of tones, I set a notch from 0 to 40 just to hear the better stuff. No pull tabs, can slaw, or iron. I hunted this spot using both the D2 with the 13" and my WS6 Master with the 9" coil, it was slightly easier to pull stuff with the 9" than the 13", some of the targets, particularly the trash, were sometimes off center with the 13". That is to be expected with a larger coil. With the 9" you don't have to dig as wide a hole. πŸ˜€
  21. What a day! Started out all smoggy and still, so I thought I'd try a water hunt today. It was just after low tide, I got in the sound at the end of one of the piers, the water wasn't too cold and there is a nice sandy bottom. Well that didn't last long. 🀣 I heard some good signals but the water was almost neck deep all the way to the seawall. I couldn't dig anything! Switched gears to relic and coin hunting, I went back to the place I was yesterday. It's about 2 acres of tent camping sites. Did pretty good there yesterday with 37 coins, today was even better. It got clear, warm and a bit breezy so it was really pleasant. Got a small flashlight that still works, and a lot of coins. Got near a very old cedar tree and saw this: It was just the top of the iceberg. Spent the next 15 minutes there with my pinpointer finding penny after penny, and 8 keys. Also found a wampum bracelet probably made by a Boy Scout with two pieces of turquoise on it. It was all attached with fishing line. I found a brass General star with the clasp, and an earring with a silver iron cross. Silver! πŸ˜€ Had to buy lunch. Here's the take for the morning, ended up with 38 Zincolns and a bit of clad. Also got some memorials. But the best is below, I did not expect to find any old coins here! A very nice 1926 Buffalo Nickel, and a 1930 wheat. Took my wife to lunch, came back and set out again to finish this area up. Got a lot more clad and 10 more Zincolns, but in the middle of it a storm came out of nowhere and it got extremely windy and cold. Also blew the smoke out, we went from 156 air quality to 56 in an hour. I got in a sheltered spot and waited it out My last find of the day was a 1965 quarter in the last corner of this area. 🀣 I knew it was time to go. But that's not all, I dug 3 old buttons today. The first I thought was an old overall button, but it turned out to be an odd duck with a patent date of Feb 7, 1888: And last but not least, an ancient cufflink button and a lead one. Really old stuff. Trash from the morning: And this afternoon: Banner day, 74 coins total and some relics. I was even treated to a rainbow.
  22. On a camping trip to a campground that used to be an old hunting lodge, it's changed hands twice and is owned by a large company now. It's near the Outer Banks in North Carolina, this is my third year coming here. Beautiful weather this week, it should be a lot of fun. The campground isn't full at all, and the General Manager has graciously allowed me to hunt pretty much anywhere I want. There are 148 acres here, and a long stretch of waterfront but no beach. There are piers and the water isn't all that deep so I may go in the water at some point. 😬 Maybe. There has to be some jewelry out there. I didn't have a lot of time today because I got the green light at about 1pm, so I went to the volleyball court and the recreation area that has a few amenities. Dug a bunch of coins and this nice looking kid's ring. It's a little crab with some sort of stone, sizable and not precious metal. Next I went out to the tent camping area. I've found a lot of live ammo here from the old hunt club but not today. Got another bunch of coins and got my favorite find today, this really old signet ring. It's kinda beat up but it has a "V" on it, it appears to be brass but it's very thin and strong. I'll have to clean and test it when I get home. No hallmarks. Here's the total take for today, lots of old clad, a couple of nickels and copper memorials. I did get 8 Zincolns but left 3 in the trash: And here's the trash. Very little iron, but can slaw is still a problem.
  23. Didn't think I'd get out today, but managed to when we got back from shopping. I was out for only 3 hours but did pretty good. Today the air quality was bad, you could hardly see the water from the campground due to all the smoke from the fires in Canada. Who'd have thought that would be blown all the way to North Carolina? Yikes. Went back to the tent sites this evening, they photographed the bear last night but it wasn't around. Glad I had situational awareness from the WSA II headphones. The forecast said rain this afternoon, but when i got back it had changed to none. Heh. $21 a year for one of the most "accurate" weather apps. It started raining as soon as I got out there. It wasn't coming through the trees so I stayed out. So did the deer flies. 🀬 Today I was using a program I started yesterday, one that @CPT_GhostLight inspired me to create. It's just a build on General again, still needs some tweaks but it's much better. πŸ™‚ Didn't get too much trash today, and heard very little iron falsing. Turning on a target definitely made my decision not to dig. Tent stakes were on top of the ground. The ring is a large pipe cutoff, i think copper. It was a 97. The big disc is lead. And of course all the usual suspects below. Audio filter helped with larger can slaw and many pull tabs with that brassy sound. Even the shotgun shell heads were all very weird multi tones so I dug them out of curiosity. The object that says "SOTO" is a butane pocket torch with an extended torch head. The 13" is my favorite coil these days, I've got used to its weight and love the great separation it has for such a large coil. Yeah it tends to droop a bit but It stays tight enough to not be annoying. Here's the finds, 37 coins in 3 hours. Not bad at all. πŸ™‚ I really like that Zincolns are much lower tone and ID than memorials now, but I dug them anyway.
  24. Today was the last day I could get out before a week long relic hunting and possibly water hunting trip. It's been raining since Saturday night on and off, windy and in the 60s so I didn't expect to find much at the beach I went to. I recently updated the D2 to V1.1, did some air tests to create a new beach program. Used Beach Sensitive, disc at 10, no notch, no Silencer, Bottle Caps ended up at 5. High Square Full Tones audio. Gotta say I really thought XP had got the iron falsing under control with my air tests, even aluminum makes a distinct "brassy" sound with this program. However, all that glitters is not gold. 🀣 This beach is rough, at one end there is a motel and the beach is almost all pebbles, you cannot go barefoot or wear sandals if you have old feet. πŸ˜€ In the middle it's a mix of sand and pebbles in bands, and the other end it's a mix of sand and red clay. Ground balance varies from 79 to 95 depending on where you are. Got here early hoping at least someone braved the weather and came to the beach, it looks like some did and I was the first to hit it. 3 other people showed up later and complained they weren't finding anything, I sort of had to bite my tongue. 😏 Iron did false until I changed bottle caps a bit, there is quite a bit of junk in the sand. Pushing disc to 10 helped a little, I'm glad they fixed the audio. With disc at 10 most iron will disappear. (Thanks Andy!) Most pull tabs have that brassy sound, I dug a few to prove it. I think one was in the 70s so I dug it anyway. That one fooled me. I was getting coins here and there, they jumped out sharply with very close IDs. Managed to get at least one of every US denomination, and a nice 1945 wheat. That was a great sign. On the pebble beach I got a 47 and found this tiny ring, I doubt it's anything good but it was a solid tone and ID. It was just in the surf, and pretty deep. Next one was this bling ring, a hard 85. Looks like it's been there a while. My best ring today was this tungsten carbide and malachite ring that my wife took immediately, it was a 54: About $15-$30 on Amazon. 3 Keys Jewelry. Here's the total take: And the trash: The doll swims if you tighten the innerspring by spinning the arms. πŸ˜€ Second small doll I've found there and second pair of tweezers. 😡 It was interesting to see the difference between air testing and real world, never done it before. Think I'll stick with real world.
  25. I would normally post this in jewelry or coins and relics, but I think the D2 forum is best because I'm testing V1 and a program that I got from @ColonelDan. It's based on Beach Sensitive and it's really good but still in the testing stage due to the V1 update. I first tried it at my small beach but because it's not after Memorial Day I got totally skunked, just some junk. I felt as though I could rely on this program however. Today I went to a larger beach about an hour from my house eager to try the program. I had been fooling around with a Beach sensitive program of my own, but this one seemed better as it doesn't use any filters at all for the most part. This beach is in strong contrast to my little one, the little one has pure white sand with a little black sand mixed in, this one is pebbly and coarse in some places, and others it has red clay mixed in. Got out there pretty early, and my first target is possibly gold. It's a small bezel that was probably on a watch. Got some coins and Hot Wheels, the usual stuff, one of the big things this program does is to make coins stand out and skip many pull tabs. It did its job. I was poking around a palm tree, and got a really nice 93 ID and tone, and to my surprise dug this 1916 Mercury Dime! It's not a D or an S, I was shocked but really shouldn't be, I've found other really out of place coins here. It was probably brought in with the sand. It's all brown and trashed but still silver. Here's the total haul today, not bad, and thanks go to Colonel Dan for his program. I used it beside Relic Reaper even in the wet, and I was impressed at its solid coin IDs. I used the Reaper to check anything that "pipped" in the notches, and even scored 4 nickels. And here's the trash: A few bits of pull tabs that were outside the notch ranges, some whole ones that were also below, and lots of tiny metal bits. Otherwise the same old same old, just well... Better. πŸ™‚ Nice beach day overall! I'm fine with the update, nothing degraded or incorrect in my opinion.
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