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#251

Goldpick
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From: Mount Gambier
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24 September 2019 07:33 pm

So much history in your part of the world, a pair of cracker finds! thumbsup


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
Current - XP Deus, Equinox 600, Makro Racer 2, Fisher F75, Tesoro Tejon, Teknetics G2, Whites SPP, Garrett Infinium, XP MI-6, Whites Bullseye TRX, Deteknix X-pointer, Garrett AT Pointer

#252

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01 October 2019 07:41 am

Back up at the old's for Grand Final weekend and ended up detecting through the match, using the new firmware and a different approach of running very low sensitivity. In the rock-hard mallee soil, I've found that I'm rarely detecting any objects past a couple of inches - I think that's the floor for the 600 here rather than just the distribution of objects since it's all pretty heavily tilled and turned over. If it's punching any lower then the numbers are getting heavily driven towards iron, so why not optimise the machine for shallow targets? I turned the detector down to as low as 5, seemed to be best at about 8-10 and started to pick out some really obvious shallow targets that have been passed over before:

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Bullet hole isn't a bad match for the .303s that turn up here:
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Applied the same concept to the in-laws place and 1c pieces literally flew out of the ground, picked up 10 in an hour and I've done that place to death before.

I'd say that the new firmware is a winner in that good deep targets (when I'm running a more normal sensitivity like 20-23) seem far more stable at least for me, only tried F2-2 (middle setting) for now. Only dug one falsing nail in many many targets so I'd say that's improved, a rusting bottle cap rings up at 6-8 now which is a number I wouldn't dig on a normal day so it's doing what it says on the tin. Just need an aluminium bottle cap rejection mode now!


Equinox 600 / White's GMT / Go Find 40 . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~20,545 years (188)

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#253

golddiggerart
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01 October 2019 12:50 pm

How do you upgrade the 600?


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#254

golddiggerart
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01 October 2019 12:54 pm

Nevermind I just found it thumbsup


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#255

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04 October 2019 07:18 am

A few coins from my usual sites over the last week using a combination of very low sensitivity settings on the 600 coupled with the new FE2 settings. It's a strategy that is definitely pulling out many new near surface non-ferrous targets from the trash. The sixpence was an arsey find, I was out of time on an unsuccessful hunt, so I bumped the FE2 up from 0 to the max of 3 on the 600 and started briskly walking back across the site swinging the detector (with the 6 inch coil on) fairly wildly being in a hurry. Super bad technique with massive lift at each end of the swing and falsing the whole time on my steel caps, anyway it slammed on the sixpence with a loud 27 at the end of a swing, no idea how I've missed it in the past! A bit more of a snuffle around in the immediate area turned up the half penny and button.

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I'd probably be embarrassed to see what someone who knew what they were doing would dig up detecting on some of the sites I frequent!


Equinox 600 / White's GMT / Go Find 40 . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~20,545 years (188)

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#256

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04 October 2019 07:51 am

Well if I'm ever your way with an ace up my sleve tongue
power cool thumbsup


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

#257

Sandta
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05 October 2019 07:52 am

silver wrote:

Well if I'm ever your way with an ace up my sleve tongue
power cool thumbsup

..... or in your travel bag tongue

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#258

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09 October 2019 02:29 pm

Results of a lunchtime hunt at my loamy site that's been good for tokens, first with the new firmware and new targets jumped out no problem:

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Cat brooch is a ripper, can't find it exactly on the net but did find an almost identical hollow-eyed design with two cats playing on an english antique site that reckons they are circa 1890. I remember it came up as a soft 15 on the nox. Anyone know what the object at bottom right is? The two nubs are spring-loaded and the text is something like ?OLA PATTERN LONDON.

The half penny was a bit sneaky, it was a 21-24 signal that went to iron tones on a walk around. Dug down a foot in the loam to find it back in the side of the hole on edge at about 6 inches.

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Equinox 600 / White's GMT / Go Find 40 . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~20,545 years (188)

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#259

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09 October 2019 02:49 pm

Great finds for a lunchtime swing!

Love the pussy cat! smile

No idea what that thing is on the right - weird!

Cheers,
Megsy


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#260

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09 October 2019 02:53 pm

Then again, I wonder if it might be a panel from a mourning brooch or locket
They put some hair of their lost loved one behind the panel and clipped it in to the main body of it?

Just a thought...

Cheers,
Megsy


The Australian bush - love it - take care of it.

#261

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09 October 2019 05:49 pm

Good results for a short swing.

I wish the CTX had gotten updates.

The item bottom right looks like a fob watch innard plate, but I'm not sure what the spring thingy has to do with it.

#262

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10 October 2019 10:05 am

Yeah it does look like it's out of the guts of a fob watch with the punch outs but the whole assembly looks a bit fat to fit in a watch. There's a little gold/nickel plate left on it so it looks like it was meant to be seen.


Equinox 600 / White's GMT / Go Find 40 . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~20,545 years (188)

#263

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10 October 2019 01:15 pm

I'm not alone... Found a set of prescription glasses next to a fairly recent detector hole today:

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Doubt he did too well, this particular gully hasn't really turned up much other than the odd .22 bullet, but the update had me feeling keen to try my luck at some of my less frequented sites.


Equinox 600 / White's GMT / Go Find 40 . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~20,545 years (188)

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#264

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10 October 2019 03:00 pm

Guessologist wrote:

I'm not alone... Found a set of prescription glasses next to a fairly recent detector hole today:

Sorry to hijack this a little bit but …

Some years ago I was talking to an elderly resident at a GT CP and she told me that she had lost her false teeth in a nearby dam. She looked for them a bit and found a set - not hers - but someone else's false teeth. I still laugh at the memory. The yabbies must be the attraction to this dam.

#265

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13 October 2019 04:23 pm

My first ring, finally:

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It's been cut and broken but it still counts I reckon. It's some kind of cheap silver alloy I guess, it tarnished in the light quickly but the snapped edge shows a lot of impurities etc and it's quite a lot lighter than if it was solid silver.

Dug a rising sun and a buckle missing it's centerpiece as well (away from my steel wool to clean them up properly):

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The buckle was deep in hard soil so it copped the screwdriver, did check for the centerpiece when I realised it used to have one but it wasn't in the hole. If it's cricket related it makes it about the 5th or 6th I've pulled out of about a 200m radius there!


Equinox 600 / White's GMT / Go Find 40 . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~20,545 years (188)

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#266

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13 October 2019 06:15 pm

A ring a ding ding..
Congrats on your first and yes it counts..

thumbsup


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#267

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16 October 2019 06:20 am

Found a bucket lister! Rung up as a 28-31 which jumped to 33-34 when I took the top couple of inches off, you know it's on when that happens. Again this is in ground that I've slammed both with a Go Find and my Equinox, but it's taken the latest update to really make these targets pop.

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Looks like it's an 1873...
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Equinox 600 / White's GMT / Go Find 40 . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~20,545 years (188)

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#268

Sandta
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16 October 2019 06:42 am

Congrats thumbsup
They're a great looking coin are'nt they

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#269

golddiggerart
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16 October 2019 08:14 am

Congratulations mate, she's a beauty. thumbsup flowers


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#270

Dave79
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16 October 2019 08:53 am

X2 on that. Beautiful coin and great condition!


Prospecting must be like fishing, the big one keeps getting away!

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#271

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16 October 2019 10:04 am

Another keeper-well done.


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#272

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16 October 2019 10:38 am

Jaros wrote:

Another keeper-well done.

Aren't they all keepers? big_smile I don't put them back although I've thought about re-stocking a few places for future detectorists to find once cash goes digital...

Going to take a while to rub off the rest of the horn silver, I think involving aluminium foil on this coin will be a bit harsh.


Equinox 600 / White's GMT / Go Find 40 . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~20,545 years (188)

#273

Goldpick
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16 October 2019 08:29 pm

Definitely one of the better Gothic florins I've seen over the past year, congrats on the find. I wouldn't use the foil method, to much risk of damaging the coin (been there, done that) - I quite like it in its natural state.


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
Current - XP Deus, Equinox 600, Makro Racer 2, Fisher F75, Tesoro Tejon, Teknetics G2, Whites SPP, Garrett Infinium, XP MI-6, Whites Bullseye TRX, Deteknix X-pointer, Garrett AT Pointer

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#274

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22 October 2019 06:31 am

A couple of goodies from the end of last week, I experimented on one of my iron-infested sites which is beginning to dry up by dropping the sensitivity on the Nox 600 to far lower than I've dared to go before, down to 5, and shoving the iron bias up to maximum (F2-3). I figured that this config would reduce iron falsing to such a level that even the worst non-ferrous tone was likely to be a legitimate target. It paid off:

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1884 and 1942 half pennies, a button (Patent Improved in gothic letter) and another Diamond Jubilee medallion! All of these targets were within maybe two inches of the surface, and in the case of the medallion next to a big iron bolt. In fact the 1942 half penny gave me what I'd call an anomalously high tone, it was scratchy up around 24-26 rather than the usual 20-21 for some reason, definitely nothing else in the hole. First time I've seen that.

The medallion isn't in as good condition as my last one, but in far better than my first! It's also quite different to the last. It's lacking the massive die cracks on the portrait side and there's more raised detail so it's from earlier in the run if not a completely different die. It's also got Stokes and Son on the rim which the other doesn't appear to have. It's also slightly thicker and the hole has been punched in a different manner.

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Also this carburetor nameplate which was a surface find with regular settings, bit of Googling narrows it down to early-mid '20s so it's possibly off an old Model T, there's a couple of pages of people restoring carbs with this nameplate for them:

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#275

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22 October 2019 09:45 am

I've also been having a play with photogrammetry and building a 3D model of how that florin was sitting in the ground. I took about a dozen photos around the hole when I uncovered it, and fed it into the open-source Meshroom photogrammetry software to generate a model. Using CloudCompare I set the scale for the model (easy to do since I know the diameter of the coin) and can cut sections through it all. Looks like it wasn't quite sitting flat in the ground, more like at 25 degrees dip at a depth of 100mm. It'll be interesting to do the same with a coin sitting on edge in the ground if I could dig it without dislodging it...

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Equinox 600 / White's GMT / Go Find 40 . Combined age of predecimals found so far: ~20,545 years (188)

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