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  1. Nothing like my Explorer se to properly ID trash and find silver coins in a very trashy area. Don't have to dig it all to find out what you've found. Long live FBS Technology with a small Sunray coil. Nice.
  2. Sentimental but still one of my favorites. BBS Technology. Killer for gold rings on the beach and Civil War buckles and plates. Says no to large iron. I never left home without it in the early 90's. Just got it off flea bay. Nice!
  3. Hi all. Im a new member here and my mind is still reeling from all the great information on this site. I've been looking for a new detector mainly for parks, fields and an occasional beach. My budget was $500 so a BH Time Ranger Pro or fisher 19 +5" coil would get me there until I started looking at the ML Xterra 705 duel pack $800 a huge jump in caliber and budget. What are your thoughts and experiences on the Xterra?
  4. Back in May we were speculating on the filing of a new Minelab trademark for "MF5" and what kind of detector that might mean. Well, Minelab quietly added the MF5 mine detector to the lineup. What makes this interesting is the MF5 employs the fold up housing originally developed for the F3 Compact mine detector, and later used on the SDC 2300 gold nugget detector. The Minelab MF5 introduces a new coil that features a round transmit coil combined with a EMI canceling figure 8 receive coil. The coil measures 7.5" x 10.6". Minelab MF5 metal detector Even more interesting is the MF5 is employing some sort of multifrequency hybrid technology. No doubt the reality is hidden under a layer of advertising catch words: "combining the advantages of Pulse Induction and Continuous Wave technologies" "Simultaneous Multi-Frequency Digital Metal Detection" "Four frequencies in the range 5 kHz to 75 kHz" This means the MF5 has at least some level of discrimination available: "DETECTION CAPABILITIES - The MF5 detects metal and conductive targets, including fine wires and carbon rods. It provides indications of ferrous and non-ferrous targets, carbon rods, and fine wires. The MF5 is able to detect targets in all types of soil, regardless of mineralized content, and can operate in environments of high electrical interference." Minelab MF5 Official Information Page MF5 Color Brochure Minelab MF5 User Guide MF5 TECH SPECIFICATIONS Key Technologies: Simultaneous Multi-Frequency Digital Metal Detection Coil: Transmit Coil: 269 x 191 mm (10.6" x 7.5") Monoloop | Receive Coil: Figure 8 Operating Frequencies: Four frequencies in the range 5 kHz to 75 kHz Output Power: < -30dBm Sensitivity: 1 to 5 Noise Cancel: Automatic, Operator initiated Ground Balance: Automatic, Operator initiated, Settings retained after switch off Target Identification: Ferrous / Non-Ferrous / Carbon Rods — Fine Wires MF5 GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS Volume Control: 1 to 9 Collapsed Size: 400 x 99 x 194 mm (15.7" x 3.9" x 7.6") Extended Size: 1615 x 191 x 237 mm (63.6" x 7.5" x 9.3") Weight, Operational: 2.8 kg (6.2 lb) with rechargeable NiMH C cell batteries Audio Output: Internal Speaker / MF5 Earset Earset: MF5 Earset Waterproof: Waterproof to 3 m / 10 ft (IP 68) Software Upgradeable: Yes Battery Compatibility: Rechargeable NiMH / Alkaline C cells Battery Life: 10 hours with NiMH batteries
  5. Even though I just got a brand new nox 800, I decided to grab the 705 today because it had a larger coil and I intended to search for deep silver and relics at an old park that I have hunted heavily in the past. The coil is a CORS strike in triple frequency. I set the machine in it's lowest frequency with the sensitivity maxed out and began searching in coin mode all metal. My first target was a snap off a jacket or jeans . My next target was jumping from iron to high tones and I called it iron but it was deep so I dug anyway, I was way surprised to see a glint of gold at the bottom of the hole. I pulled it out and it was this nice 10k gold ring with opal and 2 small diamonds. It is my second gold ring this year and possibly my last find of the year as the weather here in Montana is getting quite nasty. Started snowing shortly after finding the ring and I called it quits for the day.
  6. Hi can any one tell me how to access this coil connection plug as i think i have a loose wire
  7. hi has anyone had any expierience using a minelab relichawk what i wanted to knowe was what are the opperating tones in s mode i get a fast succesion of beebs and in m mode it gets slitely slower and in L mode even slower succesion of beeps
  8. Curious if anyone has done this comparison yet. I once had a few Xterra but they are long gone. Thinking of the little vanquish again. So has anyone compared these by chance?
  9. Well I have always been curious about them. Have watched several videos but never held one. So are there any safari users here or has everyone jumped on the equinox wagon? All input from previous users are welcome as well Or please state the reason why you moved from the safari.
  10. Hi folks, I've been a couple times diving in two different spots the last week and cause of a ton of new sand, working at a deeper area, less pounded by the most of the army. As usual, my camera was out of service in the moment of glory and there's no footage as I left It once and discharged another time😤... Aniway, two fishes for the week...Too bad...trust me😑 Both 18k bands
  11. With all this talk about the GPX 6000, I’m staying with my retro detectors. I’ve found teeny ones at depth and bigger ones that took an hour to dig out. Picked up these machines from a retired detecting couple who had them as backups.....they were “new in box”. Totally unmodified except for the external tune pot on the 2100 and regulated power supply. Hooked up to the legendary light weight 18” mono Kevlar coils makes a formidable nugget hunter......no bungee required. Two detectors and six coils for 1/4 the price of the 6000. Then again, my 70 Series Landcruiser has a manual gearbox and you have to wind the windows down by hand 👍 ......
  12. I have just joined your site and it's excellent. Over the last 3 years I have been Detecting with a V440 then a GM1000 for Gold prospecting in the back blocks of queensland australia. I have in my backyard buried coins and lead sinkers for experience and learning. I recently purchased a go find 66 to play with as I am an old coot thus I would rather walk all day and only dig down to 6in than digging all day deep down for nails. I found with the GF66 in heavy clay that it will pick up 10 and 8mm lead balls at 3in no problem but is marginal on 6mm, very iffy. Now if I use the pinpointer on the GF 66 it finds it no problem loud and clear. I am intrigued as to why. Is it using a higher frequency or a smaller virtual coil. In retrospect I feel it could be a change in volume so please ignore. ON a second observation $1 8in. $1 6in. 5c 2in. 5c 4in lead 10mm 3in. 8mm 2in. 6mm 2in. 4mm 2in GM1000 NO. NO. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES GOFIND66. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. YES. NO. NO GOFIND22 YES YES. YES. YES YES. YES. YES. 50/50 Tests done in mineralised soil GM 6 all metal. GF22. and GF66 Max. Sensitivity all metal. Interesting result. As I don't dig below 6in and prefer to spend more time covering an area than digging in lesser known locations. QUESTION. CAN YOU USE THE GF22 8in coil on the GF66 if you made an adapter?
  13. I'm in a bad way.....when I can't detect I look at detectors and when I look at detectors I end up buying detectors. Now I've got an Xterra 705 on the way. I told my wife I was buying something light weight for her.....we will see if she remembers and gives me the normal big eye roll when it shows up at the door or a chewing out. She does like to detect, so it will be a fresh air outing, even if we don't detect very long or find anything. Not always been a fan of the Xterra but it will do what I want it to do, which is give me a nice powerful all metal mode with a iron mask option. HH Mike
  14. I could not wait to get back to my spot at the beach. The GPX was on fire!!! I had an idea that I would revisit the spot I did previously, and try and get the faintest targets that I could hear through the moderate EMI. I was hoping they would be silver dimes, as they are the smallest and possibly hardest to hear. I also wanted to remove some very big iron that took up a good section of this spot. I thought it may be masking a lot, since this is a target rich area. Even though I had reasoned my strategy in my head, I did not expect these results. When I did a lot of park/school hunting we would always shoot for type trifectas, I never did that on a beach since it happens rather rarely. I did not expect the cent, nickel, dime, and half dollar trifecta. Just missed the quarter as I did not get the barber quarter. Surprised with the Indian, V nickel, and barber half mostly. The big iron hid 3 silver dimes, some other cents and nickels and the Barber Half. I wasn't even mad about the 2 zincs that seem to always spoil my hunts 😄 If the weather holds out next week, I will hit this area again, mostly to see if it will still hold anything and because the rest of the beach seems to not have lost as much sand as this area did. I spent 8 hours digging and another half hour looking for a lost wedding band in the parking lot for a nice old couple. I could tell they were very sad, since they were pacing the lot. I did not find it and they were not sure if she lost it there or from leaving the house. If they lost it on the boardwalk, it would easily be spotted by someone walking. A great day, very warm and sunny and as always, it’s nice to get out and hunt for the day.
  15. 4 downloads

    Minelab 2006 full color catalog, 4.94 MB pdf file, 18 pages Minelab Metal Detector Forum
  16. It seems most like FBS machines but a good V3i hunter could maybe make this machine shine for silver.I never had a V3i.
  17. Thoughts? Customer sent me this, looks more like a Military unit. Not the GPX 6000 look I expected. A prospecting store in Australia has this info, a customer sent it to me to check out - https://tryhardprospecting.com.au/is-this-the-ultimate-sdc-aka-mf5/
  18. http://dankowskidetectors.com/discussions/list.php?2 ####### Thread titled Minelab Equinox owners, page 12. ######### Tom Dankowski is looking for input , in performance and design on the next Minelab Flagship detector. Tom has input with Minelab. Pop on over to Toms forum and read the thread, and post your ideas. I started a post about 25 posts down on this thread, about new ideas for the new Equinox. Not realizing they are looking for ideas. Reading the post by Tom about being able to add target density into ID is awesome. Who knows what else the engineers are working on. Check it out ! Steve , I'm not trying to steer folks away from your awesome forum.
  19. Version 1.0 March 1997


    Minelab XT 18000 Instruction Manual, 719 KB pdf file, 36 pages Minelab Metal Detector Forum
  20. Version 4901-0047 Rev 1.3


    Minelab Explorer II Instruction Manual, 3.17 MB pdf file, 112 pages Minelab Metal Detector Forum
  21. "The proper threshold on hot ground, any ground type for that matter, is a nice and high full sound, stable and rock solid threshold that cannot be wavered on that ground type.. Allowing the highest sensitivity they can muster. Causing lovely repeatable dropouts in the threshold on deep signals on heavy ground." Hello All. I have an old Minelab GT16000, and in the process of searching for Coils, came across a post(above) by "argyle" that suggested a completely different Threshold setup for some of the early VLF detectors including mine. Just wondering if anyone has used this procedure, as it is different to the manufacturer's instruction? Cheers.
  22. Hi guys ! Yes, I am a beach hunter, but I was invited to metall detecing on a WW1 field... So the beach hunter I am was suddenly contemplating a huge corn field which has seen some ww1 Action... I chose to hunt before noon (2 hours) with the Equinox 800, and two hours in the afternoon with the Safari I happened to win at a detection rally two weeks ago. As you can tell from the posted pics, the Nox Found 18 targets, the Safari 32, but i felt the afternoon search was richer in targets...The best find of the day was a silver King Leopold II 1867 2 Francs (Belgium), a very rare coin, as it has only been minted from 1866-1868 The nox got more tiny targets (low conductors), but the Safari was able to find some tiny targets too. I don't know what to think about the results about both detectors, but they are very close in my opinion. Those are the pics of this outing (round bullets are belgian, the others are german). Happy hunting !
  23. I saw one of these for sale for basically $200 + shipping. Is that a good deal? What's the typical resale price (Fair Market Value) for a machine like that? Thanks!
  24. I need a quick opinion as I'm ready to pull the trigger on one or the other. I can get the Eureka gold like new or a used Xterra 705 at a great price and need some opinions quick. Thanks much! Terry
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