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#26

Goldtarget
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08 November 2014 08:00 am

Steve is a member here and has posted in the past, additionally he has knowledge of Australian conditions and could likely give you a view about its suitability. In addition I'm sure he would have someone he could suggest. I don't follow JP much because I'm not across alot of places he publishes but a likely candidate. Personally I'm not after the hard sell just wanted to have a honest appraisal from some localized testing, there are many different places across this broad expanse each having their own issues. Most of the coin shooting I do is in highly mineralised conditions that the average detectorist from the other side of the world never see, let alone hunting for gold.

The simple fact still remains its a vlf that is trying to break in where pis and other vlf machines have been for many years. It's a tough sell when you consider whites had two offerings around this price (SPP and gmt) the little know but inexpensive F1A4, second hand early pis (2000 up to 2200) and more cross over vlfs (at gold xterra gbs) all of which have probably been shown to get gold. The fact remains it is unproven in a saturated market. That's not even including everything let alone the flagship high end offerings by the competition when talking about gold hunting.

I will repeat I'm open to hear feedback about this offering. The trouble I have also with these sorts of reviews is the transparency again with all due respect. Apart from real world users and a half decent video showing me how a machine is likely to behave I'm not going to source the dealership. That goes for cars bikes fishing whatever. If any of this is seem as bashing then I think I'm being misinterpreted.There's a bloke on this forum that has done some excellent reviews, ongoing reviews that explain many features and technique, if I saw him review it I would take a considered opinion of it based on that.

Now I do have an actual question, where was the testing done and what were the results? Do you have some depth testing etc?

#27

taylors3030
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08 November 2014 10:05 am

Wishing you all the best Nokta detectors great service response
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#28

ronniecruisin
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08 November 2014 10:52 am

Hi. All. WOW! This is certainly an interesting debate. Old Hand has asked me to fill you in with my thoughts re. the Fors Gold. First of all I must stress , I have not detected any gold in the field as yet simply because I have been too busy with work commitments. But I have done quite a bit of testing with this machine around the Fosterville area near Bendigo. Generally the ground reading comes in around 82-86 which as you will know is quite high. The good things about this machine? (1). Very comfortable to operate due to good ergonomics.( The quick auto ground balance button on the handle is just like the GPX to use) , this includes the clever design of the handle with the pin point trigger and light switch setup. (2). The general build quality is good, although I agree with Steve that the switches would have been better as the waterproof design with the soft plastic covering! (3). As some of you have pointed out including Steve the LCD panel on the inside face could be perceived as poor, but I have found it not to be an issue as the small LCD in the handle does have the main info depending on what you are doing, ie Scanning ....Pinpointing or GBing, so for me, apart from menu setting, I generally don't even look at it. The small LCD is very handy and easy to read. (4). The Auto Tracking feature really does appear to work very well indeed! (5). The three Modes are well thought out and keep the machine easy to operate even for a novice! Anyone with very little detecting experience would be able to operate this unit in a very short time. (6) Value for money! At around a grand for the basic unit, it's a reasonable price IMHO. Now to the bit I'm sure you've all been waiting for.........Performance!!! My first impressions were a bit better than they are now! After using it for a number of testings, as with all VLF machines it has revealed a few issues. It does generally have good depth capability. EG. Had no trouble picking up a 10mm copper return earth cable with the standard coil which I had detected with an SPP PI and dug to see what it was. This cable is about 600mm deep. Ground reading was about 82. It is interesting to note at this point too that in two of the three modes the machine has no threshold sound so is basically silent. Only in full metal mode does it have a threshold sound. As Nokta say you can cancel out hot rocks but I suspect not as easy as they can in Europe. It does have a adjustable masking feature for this and discrimination. It is quite sensitive to small gold in air tests, but if buried you can miss them, depending on the ground. Now having said that ,as you all know, only gold that has been in the ground for eons will have that magic halo effect that makes em sound bigger than they are, so not having found any virgin gold yet I can't give you an honest comment on it's actual ability to find tiny gold. Has no problem finding reburied coins and rings etc though. But it does make a lot of iffy broken signals which quite often turn out to be falsees. BUT when you hit a solid good target it does respond pretty much like any other VLF. With a positive sound. The other thing I have found which takes a bit of getting used to is the sweep speed. This machine seems to like faster sweep speeds. If you find a target and sweep too slowly across it it may not always sound with each pass. If you sweep faster it seems to work much more positively. I think like all machines this is no different! You need to learn as much as you can to get the best out of it.! Hope this helps...If you have any questions I'm happy to help in any way I can......Regards to all.............Ronnie. smile


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#29

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08 November 2014 11:03 am

Well done RC. you do not come across as biased in any way, obviously, as you have bought the unit. As you say, early days.
I hope others will do the same with the other various models in the Nokta range. If so, hopefully any concerns about their performance here, may be addressed by the company, and perhaps, tweaked to suit. That would be a terrific manufacturer, customer feedback result.


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08 November 2014 11:18 am

Thanks for that Ronnie, sounds similar to the goldbug pro/G2 with the swing speeds, something that is a bit hard to get used to after using a non-motion all-metal vlf for a while.

The more detectors out there on the market, the merrier I reckon. smile


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#31

taylors3030
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08 November 2014 02:50 pm

Thanks Ronnie much appreciated for posting
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#32

the duck
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08 November 2014 03:51 pm

I have sent an email if he wants an australian to test it in the goldfields i will and give an honest opinion as although i mainly have used tesoro im not tied to any brand


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#33

stalker
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08 November 2014 05:14 pm

Avon valley detectors in Perth are a nokta dealer ..

Question for nokta detectors ...where in Australia did you test the detectors . .

#34

stalker
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08 November 2014 05:20 pm

I would like to see one tested in western Australia on the hot ground .. but I really think it's going to find a place at the beach where It's more suited and tot lots. .

#35

Steve Herschbach
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09 November 2014 01:42 pm

Hello,

Just to clarify, my review was done for people in the US who are interested in the product. I have far too much respect for Australian conditions than to suggest it is anything more than that. However, I do believe that the Nokta units will complete strongly with the best VLF detectors on the market, whether it is in Australia or elsewhere. I am first and foremost a user of Minelab PI detectors for gold prospecting. However, for those situations where I find a VLF to be beneficial, usually in places littered with ferrous trash, it does look like the Nokta FORS Gold is going to be the unit I grab going forward.

The company is publicly telling the forum members here to just pick a reasonably well known Australian whose opinions you trust and they will send them a detector to try, no strings attached. There were absolutely no conditions placed on my use of the detector or what I might say or report about it. In fact, I warned them I might savage it in a review if I did not like it. They had enough faith in the product to send me one anyway. How many companies have offered to do that for the forum members as a whole?

JP is a good friend, but his connections with Minelab would probably preclude him being a viable candidate.

Frankly, I have found the posts by Nokta representatives on the forums to be forthright and refreshing. No extreme claims, no sales bluster, just quiet faith in the product. Some US manufacturers would do well to emulate that model.

I am having a field day prospecting lately with many exceptional finds in my poke. I was in northern Nevada the day before yesterday enjoying vistas and gold that reminded me of the Australian Outback. Good times for sure - best wishes to my friends in the land down under!

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#36

Nokta Detectors
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11 November 2014 06:51 pm

Hello everybody... we did get a few requests for test units. Thank you all for the interest. We will evaluate the inquiries and decide on the individuals.
There will be independent tests carried out throughout Australia over the coming weeks. Thanks for the patience meanwhile.

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11 November 2014 07:19 pm

Just to elaborate on Dileks post. The Fors Gild was tested in the Victorian fields prior to its launch. So far our customers have had great results with gold being found. As Dilek mentioned there will be further reviews done in coming weeks. Ron, great review and much appreciated.

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11 November 2014 08:00 pm

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This gold was found near Bendigo in highly mineralised soil by one of my customers. Let's say he's very happy smile

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#39

Jonathan Porter
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14 November 2014 07:01 am

Steve Herschbach wrote:

Hello,

Just to clarify, my review was done for people in the US who are interested in the product. I have far too much respect for Australian conditions than to suggest it is anything more than that. However, I do believe that the Nokta units will complete strongly with the best VLF detectors on the market, whether it is in Australia or elsewhere. I am first and foremost a user of Minelab PI detectors for gold prospecting. However, for those situations where I find a VLF to be beneficial, usually in places littered with ferrous trash, it does look like the Nokta FORS Gold is going to be the unit I grab going forward.

The company is publicly telling the forum members here to just pick a reasonably well known Australian whose opinions you trust and they will send them a detector to try, no strings attached. There were absolutely no conditions placed on my use of the detector or what I might say or report about it. In fact, I warned them I might savage it in a review if I did not like it. They had enough faith in the product to send me one anyway. How many companies have offered to do that for the forum members as a whole?

JP is a good friend, but his connections with Minelab would probably preclude him being a viable candidate.

Frankly, I have found the posts by Nokta representatives on the forums to be forthright and refreshing. No extreme claims, no sales bluster, just quiet faith in the product. Some US manufacturers would do well to emulate that model.

I am having a field day prospecting lately with many exceptional finds in my poke. I was in northern Nevada the day before yesterday enjoying vistas and gold that reminded me of the Australian Outback. Good times for sure - best wishes to my friends in the land down under!

Hi Steve, just for the record I'm my own person when it comes to using other brands of detectors, but as you know our gold field conditions tend to preclude our options a lot when chasing nuggets due to the sometimes extreme mineralization. I enjoyed your review on the FORS Gold and found your comments to be even and unbiased.

There are plenty of places in Australia where a good VLF can be used for hunting gold nuggets, you just have to be selective and not expect them to perform everywhere, choose the right locations and the rewards can be fun.

Out of curiosity how did the FORS Gold compare to the Similar frequency versions of the Gold Bug (Gold Bug PRO I think it is)?

First post here so hello to everyone who knows me here, looks like a pretty diverse place, I see the world famous Aussie warts and all passionate debates are still going on.

Regards
JP


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#40

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14 November 2014 06:15 pm

We are a passionate bunch thats for sure, having used VLF detectors on the victorian goldfields i know the short comings they have with hot rocks and not so much the falsing but lack of penetration is always the problem
When using a VLF on shallow bedrock areas that are trashy they do have their use, but as true goldies know minelab is the only way to go and a lot of people get angry when a VLF is compared to a late model PI machine
That is why i don't believe a VLF should ever be compared to a late model PI machine they should be compared to the next best VLF of which there are a few

But im watching this post closely as it is borderline advertising and self promotion as we now have the manufacturer and one of the australian distributors in this post and we are having question asked from members who are sponsors and have to pay to advertise


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#41

Jonathan Porter
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14 November 2014 06:45 pm

the duck wrote:

We are a passionate bunch thats for sure, having used VLF detectors on the victorian goldfields i know the short comings they have with hot rocks and not so much the falsing but lack of penetration is always the problem
When using a VLF on shallow bedrock areas that are trashy they do have their use, but as true goldies know minelab is the only way to go and a lot of people get angry when a VLF is compared to a late model PI machine
That is why i don't believe a VLF should ever be compared to a late model PI machine they should be compared to the next best VLF of which there are a few

Agreed, I used VLF detectors professionally for a number of years and as Steve Herschbach can attest still enjoy chasing gold with them. The challenge is to target the correct areas where their use is possible, which is usually the shallower areas in and around bed rock or the tops of old diggers heaps. To date my favorite VLF detectors for chasing gold were the Minelab XT 17000, the Whites VSAT and the Fisher Gold Bug II. I've not done much with the later lower frequency options such as the Gold Bug PRO or some of the Garrett offerings, although I have had a play with the Xterra 705 and found it to be a little frustrating in some respects.

For small gold there is no substitute for having a high operating frequency in my opinion (32KHz and above). The Gold bug II does a brilliant job in pretty high mineralization considering it's runs a 70KHz operating freq, the Iron Grunt mode is also very good once you get used to it, Steve H showed me a lot of excellent tricks with this little unit in WA a few years back.

JP


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#42

Nokta Detectors
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14 November 2014 08:44 pm

the duck wrote:

We are a passionate bunch thats for sure, having used VLF detectors on the victorian goldfields i know the short comings they have with hot rocks and not so much the falsing but lack of penetration is always the problem
When using a VLF on shallow bedrock areas that are trashy they do have their use, but as true goldies know minelab is the only way to go and a lot of people get angry when a VLF is compared to a late model PI machine
That is why i don't believe a VLF should ever be compared to a late model PI machine they should be compared to the next best VLF of which there are a few

But im watching this post closely as it is borderline advertising and self promotion as we now have the manufacturer and one of the australian distributors in this post and we are having question asked from members who are sponsors and have to pay to advertise

Hello. We have read the forum rules. Our post was a ''review'' and we have not made any claims regarding our products. Nokta Detectors have always respected and followed any laws or regulations of any organization/community/country that they have been involved in and will always do. We are not a dealer and we do not sell. We respect all competition and our goal is not to get into any debates with competitors. Our goal is to introduce ourselves and our company and support customers who are interested in our products as well as getting their feedbacks so we can offer them the best service and products that they deserve.

Now regarding being a sponsor - As a matter of fact we just paid the sponsorship fee. We did not realize that we had to be a sponsor to make posts as a manufacturer but we believe the issue is taken care of now for those who are very concerned about Nokta making posts without being a sponsor. Thank you all!

#43

Goldpick
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14 November 2014 11:21 pm

Ok, considering Nokta have now taken out paid sponsorship on the forum, it would be appreciated if members could please refrain from making unproductive comments on the said detector, and manufacturer. If you don't like their products, or don't have anything useful to contribute, don't post. I'm sure other members are still keen to see what Nokta have to offer.

Regardless of how well you think a detector will work in Oz conditions, we should always welcome new manufacturers and products to the market.

Yes, Nokta could have handled the posting of the review better than we would have liked, and sought sponsorship earlier on, but hopefully that is all now behind us.

Aussie Detecting, considering this exact same review has been posted on other forums, and the same issues encountered, it would have been in your best interest to also become a site sponsor, just as you have elsewhere - especially considering you sell Nokta products. If that had been the case, none of the current issues would have arisen in the first place. Other sponsors on here have been courteous enough to take up sponsorship, and have every right to be concerned when products are spruked by non sponsors.

Cheers smile


Prospecting gear: Used - Whites GM3, GM2, GMT, ML XT17000, ML X-Terra 305, Garrett Gold Stinger, Tesoro Vaquero, Nokta RS pinpointer, Minelab Explorer SE Pro/Etrac, Ace 250
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#44

Aussie Detecting
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14 November 2014 11:26 pm

I will consider it.

#45

Goldpick
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15 November 2014 12:00 am

Thanks Brad, if there are any concerns re site sponsorship, please contact the site Administrator, Harri.

On another note, I see a member of another forum has taken up the opportunity to do an independant, warts and all review of the Nokta FORS Gold on some of the NSW goldfields.


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#46

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15 November 2014 12:08 am

That's right. Nokta have asked for independent testers to write reviews. Understandably if myself or Nokta post about a product it's seen as biased & advertising.
It will be interesting to see what they come up with.
I will consider taking up sponsorship as Nokta isn't the only brand I use & sell.

#47

Steve Herschbach
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15 November 2014 02:51 am

Hello Jonathan!

Chris and I are camping in the Nevada outback right now. Desert country but it is winter, and that means snow yesterday morning! Warmer but raining this morning, letting up now, so off to hunt gold soon. No luck yesterday so maybe today.

I know you can do an honest review and would love to see it. Not sure how other Aussies would view it however. All a person can do is say it like you see it and let the chips fall where they may.

"Out of curiosity how did the FORS Gold compare to the Similar frequency versions of the Gold Bug (Gold Bug PRO I think it is)?"

The Nokta runs at 15 kHz but is very high gain, similar to the Gold Bug Pro but more like the F75 or T2 in my opinion. The main issue I see in Oz may be the overload warning, similar to what the GMT has, that gives an audio alert when the gain is too high. Most people do not realize that many VLF detectors shut down over bad ground with no warning. The question with the FORS Gold is how low must the gain be run to avoid constant overload signals on extremely bad ground? I expect in Oz there is ground it basically will not work on, but that would be the same ground that would shut down most any VLF detector.

The problem there is how to fairly test a VLF detector on ground that really calls for a PI. My answer is to use a PI where it is warranted and leave the VLF for places it is suited. Still, it is interesting to see what VLF detectors handle the worst ground the best, realizing they will be severely constrained and often very touchy to operate.

I think most hot VLF detectors are similar enough in manual ground balance mode. For instance, you did not fare to well, I beleive, with the GMT. I think the Main issue was the auto tracking not being sufficient for your needs. I am sure in manual balance it is just a hot VLF. So what I am curious about is how VLF detectors fare in Australia in automatic tracking, with Minelab probably setting the standard with the XT and Eureka models. The feature that sets the FORS Gold apart from a VLF like the Gold Bug Pro or F75 is the automatic tracking. So - is the tracking up to Australia conditions?

To answer your question more directly JP, I am thinking of selling the Gold Bug Pro and keeping the Nokta. But I have to do more in field testing yet to sort out the details before I make that call.

I am very sure that most people will be far to inclined to run the Nokta at higher gains than called for. In the default setting of 50 out of a range of 1-99 it is much hotter than most detectors, and running it higher in hot ground will overdrive the coil and overload the detector. I would expect to be running under 50 in bad ground. That leads people to think they have given up the depth. The key of course is to seek a stable threshold at whatever settings are required to make that happen. The depth then will just be whatever it is at that level of stable settings, with pros maybe pushing into the edge of instability.

The worst ground I ran the Nokta in was as red as much found in Oz and it behaved well, but did want to overload on numerous large ironstone hot rocks. Any nuggets near or under those rocks would be missed. It is possible that on an Australian strewn ironstone fields the unit would just go into constant overload. In more moderate conditions however the unit should perform well, as long as the operator does not succumb to the temptation to overdrive the unit.

Nokta seems like the kind of company unafraid to make an attempt and perhaps stumble, but then use the situation to learn and make adjustments resulting in better product. They do appear to have very bright engineers and it would be beneficial to all to have another company seeking to build machines capable of handling the worst conditions in the world. What is needed is some honest feedback in a constructive way about what failings, if any, the detector has in Australia, so that the next iteration can address the concerns.

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#48

silver
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15 November 2014 06:16 am

I might not be a prospector,....but I am a Treasure hunter that knows about salty sand and mineralised ground, if that detector isn't working on the wet salty beach sand I'd say it may have a bit of difficulty in a highly mineralised area,...don't get me wrong I'm not knocking it,...just saying as the detector I use has a hard time on the wet sand and has targets masked and loads of noise in mineralised ground,...so much so that it makes you wonder what might still be in the ground at times.


What a great day ! ,... " I'll see you in the field ".

#49

Jonathan Porter
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15 November 2014 08:05 am

Hi Steve, in my opinion if you tell me a detector is worth considering then I sit up and pay attention. Even PI machines have their bug bear places that drive them nuts which require different approaches to achieve decent results, so to me it's just part of the everyday hurdles that go hand in hand with the search for gold. Get to know what a detector is good at then target locations that suit it's strong points.

Interesting about the Gain, I assume this is to drive a decent signal response out of the lower frequency circuit when coupled with a DD coil, I personally would prefer to see a concentric coil provided for the lower frequency detectors and just let the operator select the locations best suited for their use, is there a concentric coil available for this detector?

I had a lot of success in WA with the XT 17000 using a 20" Barrie Johnson DD coil in the 6.4KHz mode using the auto tracking feature, how's 12 ounces in 3 weeks working in deep well worked ground sound? Those experiences back in 1994 taught me a hell of a lot for when the SD2000 came out the next year, getting to know what a deep target sounded like in extreme mineralization really prepped me for the PI years.

Also to the previous poster, all VLF detectors will struggle to some extent in salt especially a high freq VLF in all metal mode, saline ground especially wet saline ground is a completely different animal compared to mineralised ground and requires a totally different ground balance regime. Combine the two in conjunction with a high gain and you have a horrible place to detect especially if you want to achieve any sort of depth.

JP


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#50

the duck
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15 November 2014 09:25 am

In my experience there is a big difference between salt and mineralisation and the gold fields, i had for a few years a gold bug 2 was great for tiny gold on the surface but take it down the beach and it falsed everywhere i could not get it to ground balance at all
I now run several tesoros and i can get my vaquero to run dead silent in the triangle, but it to suffers on the beach, as does the lobo with its auto tracking, bring out my sand shark and its great on the beach punches deep and fairly quiet, but take it up the goldfields and its a screaming banshee


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