My Blog -2018
My Blog -2019
Not been out this year due to illness, i seem to be picking up one virus after another
My new Equinox coil will not be here for a day or two so in the meantime i bought one of the 'lug repair brackets' off ebay for £8.00 , i just happen to have a coil here with broken lugs kicking about, it did the job really well, i had a go for 20 mins on one of our fields on Sunday, what a delight , i had forgot what a Equinox that works correctly can do, pity i had just wasted 6 months with my previous one.
Made me think about why there is a market for these brackets that allow you to repair your broken coil, great for someone like me who might have one knocking about but surely 'joe pubic' if they had a knacked coil would just simply have it replaced under warranty so why repair it?
Raining last Sunday but despite the absence of my detecting friend , due to not wanting to get wet. (fair enough) i decided to give it a couple of hours,mainly due to the fact i had already made my sandwiches!
I was aiming for 10 acres of Woodland (bit of shelter was the plan) but i got side tracked by 40 acres of stubble as i drove past, seemed like the right option, out of the 1000's of acres i have to detect on only 40 acres has ever been ploughed , 4 fields in the middle of nowhere, not been on the fields for 3 years, the stubble was very flat , over the previous years over 30 Silver coins have come off the fields from every period of time, from Roman to 1946 and quite a few rare artefact's? no idea why, with only the odd copper coin turning up, so after wading though a foot of water to get to an area i could detect on Started off with my Equinox then the last hour with the ORX
I dug 29 holes in 3 hours, first find was a 1943 Sixpence with a Musket ball down the same hole, this rarely happens on ploughed land but happens quite a lot on Pasture, and being as 99.9% of the time i am on pasture it's something i do without thinking, how many of you check your hole after extracting your find?
Next find another Musket ball, never found a Musket ball on these fields before.
And finally my last find with my ORX (on it's farewell outing) was a Boy Scout Badge , now not an earth shattering find but makes me think why do you find 10 times more Girl Guide Badges than Boy Scout Badges, bet you have never asked yourself that question before!
Were Girls more careless than boys, or were there more Girl guides out there than Boy Scouts? were the pins on the back of Boy Scout Badges weaker and more likely to break than the ones the Girl guides badges we will probably never know the answer!
Now the reason it was my ORX's last trip out is because i sold it by accident, this happens more often than you would think, I have one for sale on my website, someone buys it by text/Website/Phone /E-mail whatever, and some one else buys it at exactly the same time, two customers have both paid at the same time for the same detector, this happened on Saturday, two choices i either disappoint a customer or sell mine as well, i now have to find myself another one!
At the moment i only have one detector up for sale, there were 11 on Saturday morning, 10 went in 24 hours!
My Minelab Vanquish is on it's way, so an hour on my test bed tomorrow then off to have covers made for it, unless of course the covers off another detector fit, this has only happened once before when the Equinox Covers fit on the Quest.
Vanquish arrived today.
1st impressions were that the Red plastic was a bit naff, the arm cup looks like it could snap in half at anytime soon
Bit heavier than i thought it may be
The coil is attached using a bolt that screws in to the coil lug like on the Goldmonster.
The control box is attached to the middle stem as opposed to the upper stem
The camlocks are similar to the Explorer/Etrac
The bottom stem seems to be the same has on the Equinox??
On the test bed it impressed me,tried it today in all modes , but now i need to try it with the iron bias set at low to see what difference it makes before putting the results on line tomorrow
Results of the Vanquish now available
Tested the Vanquish on the lower iron bias settings yesterday the signals did come though a bit better but i would have dug them anyway.
The Vanquish matched the Equinox on all my test bed signals except 2 very hard iron tests and the 16'' Cartwheel penny test, it ws also not great on my 18'' hoard, i feel i am missing something ?
Been out today on a stubble field, over 50 non ferrous finds made. the Equinox and Vanquish gave identical results
when i got home after a bit of thought i realised what was happening.
The Vanquish in my opinion is a simplified Equinox, programs and options wise, there is only a difference in performance if iron is involved somewhere on the deeper targets this is because of the preset iron bias on the Vanquish, if you were able to change it to zero like you can on the Equinox ,it would perform totally like an Equinox,
It does exactly the same as an Equinox used on field 2 with the iron bias set high, but of course you don't get the other settings and programs to play with.
The Vanquish covers will be going up for sale tomorrow with a bit of luck.
Then my Vanquish will be going up for sale as an 'ex demo' once i have taken a load of photos of the cover sets.
The Vanquish is very nice to use and must be best all round detector out there for the money, but no point in me keeping it when i have the Equinox, I wish Minelab could make a 8'' coil like the one with the Vanquish for it though.
Sunday again, another detecting day, another storm
Only been out three times this year due to illnesses and extreme weather conditions.
like most places in the UK ,the ground is just too wet
We decided to knock today on the head (again) and to hopefully go out next week if things get better.
But conditions seemed to improve and about 10 am i decided to go out (solo) for a couple of hours , or at least until it started to rain again.
I had a ride around , most farms were under water, i needed to detect on an bank side so i would not be in a mud bath, i went for a site we have detected on for about 15 years, it's produced a lot of Roman finds and the odd Saxon , Celtic and medieval finds.
I chose the Equinox , Field 2 , 11'' coil (as normal) and off i went.
3 times in the last 20 odd years of detecting i have gone home with zero finds and all three times it's been on this site.
After 2 hours i had found two nails , Storm Dennis started again , the wind got up and rain came down, deep joy, home time, looks like today was going to be the only time ever i was going home with out even digging one non ferrous piece of metal up, not even a cartridge case,this was a stat i did not want so i headed for the woodland on the way back to the car, it's been battered for years but surely there will be just just one cartridge case left?
Then it happened, i got a very dodgy signal,sounded different from every direction, but it's coming out whatever, 4'' down, a chain link,? a bronze statue? no glasses so in my bag it went.
Pics below,i have seen most things that can be found but not seen one of these before? Mount , Terret, spring to mind?
Thank you everyone for your emails 95% of which said it is a Celtic Bucket Mount, so that's good enough for me!
I had an email today giving me an update about the new C-Scope detector due for release soon, i was shocked to hear they had managed to incorporate the CS1220 into the workings, hope they have improved it, although it was one of the biggest sellers ever , it was dire, for those of you who who don't remember them they were non motion and grunted when you got a ferrous signal and the meter needle swung to he left and you got a squeak when you had an non ferrous signal and the needle swung to the right, if your target was below 6'' or whatever it grunted anyway but you would not dig it because you would presume it was iron.
99% of detectors do this to a greater or lesser extent, we once found a Hoard of Hammered coins, we had at the time Minelab Explorer 11's , once we had dug all the signals up that gave a positive signal, we then started to dig up the nulls on the threshold, when we use one of the Minelabs that run a threshold, CTX/Explorer/E-Trac e.t.c, and the threshold dips then we presume it is passing over iron it's also nulling over something because it's out of range, we must have dug up around 30 hammered coins by just digging threshold nulls but you could not do this normally , it would be a nightmare, but where you are on to a hoard it's worth doing.
The Deus is one of the whose for this and misidentifies a lot of deep signals, the only detector i have found that discriminates and give you a correct reading at it's maximum depth is the Equinox.
Just noticed it's Friday the 13th, deep joy
Having just had 6 long months of Winter rain, leaving everywhere like a swamp , Farmers must be having a nightmare, can't plant anything, Cows and other stock cannot be put out ,what's next ? yes it's Coronavirus! a modern day plague, not much we can do , all sport postponed, Concerts cancelled,at least we can still detect,or can we?
A lot of Detectorists only go out with clubs or similar groups, is this advisable, if you are someone who is high risk , is it worth it?
Do Farmers want you knocking on their door on a Sunday morning? you may be infecting them,or not, who knows?
I like many others will be alright, i have loads of 'help yourself'' and 'text a farmer ' land.
The next few weeks/months are all unknown at the moment , I'm sure there will be loads of twists and turns
The knock on effect on nearly all business's is going to be horrendous , i cannot see it bothering us too much , but i would hate to own an Hotel/Shop/Restaurant/Pub or similar
Strange times we are in at the moment, lock down just announced tonight, that puts an end to 99% of detecting for a while, so unless you have your own land or a fantastic arrangement with a Farmer then it's a temporary break (we hope) but i'm sure most of you will have bigger problems than detecting to worry about at the moment.
We have about 4 acres of ridge and furrow that we bought last year to run the Horses on i have started to do that inch by inch, should last a year or so ! this is probably my favourite sort of detecting, gridding a (small) field out or indeed an hot spot area and slowly going over it using markers to make sure you don't miss anything, it's amazing how many things you finds in an area you think you have emptied , i find this way of detecting easier when i am on my own, i soon lose the plot if i am wandering around aimlessly.
Not sure really if we are allowed to detect or not at the moment, if it's on your own land and you are a distance away from anyone else , cant see the problem, but is that 'staying at home' can you go on farmland you have permission on , which is private land, maybe not, because you are leaving home in a car or whatever and it's not a necessary journey, but surely you are less likely. to cause a problem than if you were walking your dog in London, is Detecting classed as 'exercising? Everything is up in the air at the moment, so we are probably better putting our detectors away at the moment and not to try bend the 'Lock down rules' it's been under the ground for hundred's or Thousand's of years it will still be there in the next few months , lets just make sure we are.
Normally most Detectorists will stop detecting now because all the fields are under crop or the grass is too high this is when sales drop until August but sales have taken a huge dive so we have decided to open from Friday to Monday only for the next few weeks so the website and ebay have been closed in between but if you want something in between then just give us a ring.
We have two small fields, one 2.5 Acres and one 1.5 Acres, they are both ridge and furrow but the smaller one has been ploughed out a bit, the larger one has large ridge and furrow on it, this is the one i started my project on.
A week ago last Sunday i decided where to start, i went down the bottom corner of the field with my marker pegs (a Golf ball on the end of a plastic rod)
When you have been detecting for a few years and you walk on a field you normally have a gut feeling where to go. that could explain why we normally find the best stuff on the first outing, then the second time we go on the same field it's a disappointment.
The bottom end of the field i thought a good starting point, it was the area i would never expect to find much, but that's the project and it all has to be done. i was not wrong,and in the 1st stretch (5 yards by 40 yards) i found a buckle C1720 and Musket ball ,along with several bits of Silver paper a pair of tin snips, and an horse shoe.
Then my probe packed up (flat battery) i don't know how we managed before probes but that seems 100 years ago, but i struggled on, 5 mins later my Equinox handle snapped off,
day over, this must be the 5th Equinox that's packed up on me , all with different problems, the Equinox i am using at the moment is made up of bits of scrap, back home and some strong glue and it's good until the next bit falls off, the Equinox is my favourite detector but i can see the day when they are out of warranty , and there are going to be a lot of scrap ones out there!
Just for the record i do have a very nice Equinox as well, (daren't use it) i just tend to use the scrap one!
So on to last Sunday , i started where i left off the previous week, i can of course go detecting when i like , but it's the only bit of normality i have at the moment so i have always gone on a Sunday so that's what i will continue to do, every other day of the week is the same at the moment as you will know, no idea what day it is most of the time, i have loads to do , and under different circumstances would be enjoying the lock down, the only thing i am missing is Football.
I really feel for the people out there that do not have the space and options that we are lucky enough to have, been trapped in the house for weeks on end and having no garden and little to do must be a nightmare.
Anyway back to Sunday, the first 5 yards x 25 yards produced a spoon (why do Equinox's love spoons) several bit's of silver paper and 6 aluminium rivets, i was just getting close to the gate hole which separates the 2 fields,might be a good place to end the session and to head back home for something to eat (100 yard trip) another few yards, i then got a deep signal and a foot down in the subsoil was a Medieval Spindle Whorl , that's more like it, next signal was very dodgy and out popped a 1942 Sixpence with a large piece of iron down the same hole, things were looking up!
I then got yet another spoon in the gate hole, just needed to finish the strip i was doing then i would finish, last sweep of the coil gave me a nice high conductive signal, might be a coin, it was a a 1940 Halfpenny, i swept the coil over the hole again and got another signal, this time a Penny, followed by another penny, 45 mins later i had 21 Coins including 4 Sixpences and a Shilling , 3 Threepenny bits , the rest were Pennies and Halfpennies all between 1914 and 1948, not a bad morning after all, also dug up loads of iron in the same area.
Sunday again and off to do a bit on my project, i am at the moment in a gate way between two fields, loads of stuff seems to have been dumped there which is the norm for gate way's, i will have to come back here when i am in the right frame of mind, need to be in 'concentrate ' mode to sort the signals out, could be detecting in 10 sq yards for 10 hours or more to get results, i did however find a pewter draw knob c1750 , i also found two more Pennies from last weeks 'hoard' i had missed, besides that two buttons
Just been on ebay to look at detectors, Christ, the prices are terrifying !
Spent the last couple of Sundays on our smaller field , so far found several buttons a Pewter spoon handle a musket ball and an Horse harness buckle.
I have started at the bottom of the field and have done about 15 yards by 50 yards so far.
But the ground on the field is very hard, no rain for several weeks has not helped, the field is joining the old farmhouse which dates to at least the 17th century.
As i work my way to the top of the field i know it will be a big test , there have been loads of bonfires over the last few years, possibly over the last few hundred years , who knows?
Also there were several old outbuildings at the top of the field, all of which have disappeared over the last 20 years, now the area has grassed over leaving just a dry area with bits of glass and pottery sticking up out of the ground from various periods of time.
This is the sort of area i would normally run a mile from but i will now tackle it head on because it's part of my project, and it's all going to be done!
Hopefully we will all be able to get back in the fields again soon, i have spoke to a lot of people lately who have permissions within walking distance and with recent consent from the Farmer and are nowhere near anyone , let alone 2 meters, but they still are not sure about if they should detect or not, i personally cannot see a problem with that, you are on private land, exercising, with the landowners permission, you have not got in the car and made an unnecessary journey; people are still cycling 10 a breast along the roads and Horse ridding, surely being on your own in a middle of a field is fine?
Looks like we are back out detecting again!
Pity the ground is rock hard , the fields have crops in them and the grass is too high!
But i'm sure you found somewhere to go.
I just carried on detecting on our fields as i have for the last 8 weeks, not much to show for the last few weeks only the odd halfpenny and a few buttons.
Hope you got some joy on your first outings for what seems like months.
Most of my permissions are on AONB land, loads of tourists and footpaths, these are areas i think i will avoid for a while until the 'out of lock down' novelty wears off for most people and things get more back to normal.
Almost unannounced a new Garrett seems to have been released, hopefully i will have one soon to give my opinion on!
I'm still alive!
Been a few weeks , but not much happening, business wise sales seem to be back to normal, people seem to be finding somewhere to detect, I've had two half hearted outings, but aim to get back in the swing of it this weekend.
I have one of the new Garretts on order but it will be the end of July /beginning of August, not heard anything about the new C-Scope as yet.
Spoke to a lot of people lately who seem to be selling their Vanquishes because they don't get on with them, i think they are great, but each to his/her own.
Loads of Simplex's also up for sale, totally overrated, but great for the money, they seem to be coming down in price.
This is one of my pet hates, great for the new buyer, but not so great for the Detectorist who bought his/her detector a week or so ago , im talking about the dealer who decides to reduce the price of a detector by a £100 or more to make a fiver profit, if you bought your detector from elsewhere and paid top price then you have just lost a couple of hundred pounds on your resale value, i have to have my wits about me all the time to make sure i don't offer someone too much for their detector, i do cock it up from time to time.
Recent example was some dealers giving away a £200 , 15'' coil with the Equinox, everyone' equinox suddenly drops at least £100 in value
This is a Metal detecting related blog, but i am having to keep away from it at the moment because of desire to rant about the complete moronic b********s out there who don't give a toss about anything but themselves, look at them on the Beach in Bournemouth, what part of anyone's brain thinks that's OK , even without a current pandemic i would say why on earth would you want to go on a beach so crowded ?
Having been dealing in retail for 40 years, i know there are a lot of K**bheads out there but there more than i thought.
I have loads of examples, but the one that got me the most was a guy from London phoned me last week and after a discussion on detectors he decided he was going to jump on a train and nip up to me to part ex his for one i had, when i mentioned it was not going to happen because we were in the middle of a lockdown, he told me there was no virus and it was all made up by the powers that be, and he had not followed any of the Lockdown rules, i put the phone down on him.
I could go on for hours, but back to detecting!
I keep on getting emails from C-scope telling me about their new EVO 6000 , but nothing ever appears, so i phoned Martin Bass at C-Scope and asked the question, when? Apparently due to the Virus situation parts have become difficult to get so it will be released later this year, i have always been a big C-scope fan so i await with interest.
On the negative side i am informed that Whites may be folding, very sad, but you have to move with the times to survive and you cannot say they have ever done that, they perceived with the Concentric coil for years , over recent years they have replaced it it with far superior wide scan coil, The Whites MX Sports is an excellent detector but too heavy and unbalanced,
How many Whites Detectors do you see at Rallies and Club outings? i can only only guess, not been to either for 20 years!
Strange time of year for detecting, this year even more so. I'm not going to knock on any Farmers doors and freak them out, so i will only go on 'help your self farms' , i decided to have a go in a River last Sunday, it's an area where there as always been Swimmers, and recently 100's of people barbecuing /Picnicking and spreading litter everywhere in vast amounts, It was raining so should be clear , wrong, loads of people about, jumping in the River from the Bridge, so back to plan b, the field on the other side of the River as been battered by everybody for years, no one bothers anymore, so seems like a challenge to me!
Most people detect in the same way, so on worked out sites you just do something different, use an odd detector or detect very slowly or both, i went for the both option, using the Equinox and detecting very slowly . i wandered across the field picking up pewter buttons from good depths a good indication that there would be more missed items on the field, Equinox's love Pewter buttons, next hole i dug the soil had changed to black and there was pottery down the hole,i presumed that there had been a house there at some time or a load of rubble from elsewhere in the village had been dumped there, either way there ought to be some finds among it, after 90 mins i had 12 buttons, some were massive copper ones, 6 Georgian coppers, 5 spoons (parts of) a couple of nice lead weights, looks like the field was not too worked out after all!
I am still testing Detectors and putting the results up for all to see on the Website, slowed down a bit now because i have to wait until i get one in stock that i have yet to test, had three such detectors in this week,the Nexus Credo, Quest Q20 and the Deeptech Vista Smart +
The Quest performed in the way i expected, very average results for a budget detector.
The Deeptech ,,,, most top end detectors are excellent for findings items next to iron, above and below iron, but you have to tune your ears to pick the signals out in the most iron infested areas, the Deeptech's are in a different league , as soon as i take one on my test bed it's obviously a lot better than anything i have ever tested nothing else is even close ,they just pick out the target with a nice clear signal as if there is no iron there, depth is very good, build quality a bit suspect, but you have a very iron infested site then this is as good as it gets!
The Nexus Credo , not sure without checking if i have tested one or not?
I know a lot of people who use various Nexus detectors with success , they are no doubt one of if not the deepest seekers out there......... but every time i try to test one i cannot get it to work for me, i seem to have some metal blockage , i cannot tell if i have a signal or not, no idea what is happening, i cannot for the life of me fathom out what is going on , so the test gets abandoned, maybe if i really pushed it i could get it, i am told it's all about ground balance? sorry life's too short.
Talking about getting on with detectors (or not) how many of us have bought a new detector , tried it and hated it or cannot possibly get on with it, so off it goes on e-bay or wherever we take a loss and move on to the next detector that we think is going to be the next winner.I get phone calls all the time asking me to buy detectors that are only a week old, used once , cannot get on with it, what will you give me?
Difficult really giving a price for a 'used once ' detector , technically it's second-hand so when i sell it it's got to be a good saving on a new one otherwise the customer will just buy a new one, i have to allow for VAT e.t.c and of course a small profit.also i don't want the customer to lose a fortune , been there, done that!
When i started detecting i got through about 40 detectors in the first 18 months, for whatever reason i could not get on with any of them, i settled on two in the end, Whites XLT and a C-Scope 5mxp, these i kept and used for many years, adding a C-Scope 2MX.
It's mostly about the audio and what you tune into, i like nice clear , positive tones, that's one of the reasons i use Minelabs nowadays apart of course from their superior discrimination and depth..
Most detectors i think have horrible audio, but to someone else they might sound great, depends on your ears and how your brain processes signals
it will take you a couple of years to be 95% confident with your chosen detector, but you have to like it in the first place.
This time of year i tend to detect in strange places , woods , rivers e.t.c, with very mixed results , mainly because the ground is too hard or the Grass too long ,now the corn is cut on the only 6 arable fields we have permission on we have stubble to go at! the other 99.9% of our permissions are Pasture, luckily these 6 fields, do produce a few finds, although 2 of them have been battered for 40 years by everyone and his dog and the other 4 fields have been just battered by us for 5 years, the first year they were left in stubble from August until March, we spent weeks on them , mainly because they seemed for some unknown reason to have finds on them from every period of history, every time a coin was found it was Silver with very few copper coins coming up, then the following few years not a lot was found , we had done it to death with every detector we had, and finished it off with GPX 5000's .
So last week myself and Bev , who has been detecting with me for about a year now, although 6 months of that was missing due to Corvid 19 ,She has never found a hammered , She has only been detecting for about 18 months, she uses an Equinox , probably because i do and i sold it to her! She has been struggling with it and does not seem to be able to distinguish between signals, so i gave her my ORX to use last Sunday, what a difference She was all over the field digging non ferrous targets, normally She never moves more than than 20 yards all day!
Just goes to show everyone is difference and what one person gets on with another doesn't.
During the morning a got a nice John Penny only my second Hammered of the year, both John's , then after a bite to eat we were going to try a different field, Bev got a signal a few feet from the cars and there it was a Charles 1 Half Groat!! She could not believe it (nor me) her very 1st Hammered !
So into the second field we go, always been a bit dead except in the top corner where i have found about 4 Elizabeth hammered, so having the advantage of being on this field before i headed for the top corner and there it was waiting for me a Elizabeth Three pence 1582, Bev headed down the edge of the field, after a while i headed across to her to see how she was doing and 'bang', my third hammered of the day, this is a very rare event around here, Henry 111 Long Cross penny.
After another hour or two of not a lot we decided to call it a day, last signal of the day Bev got a James 1 Half Groat, so 5 Hammered , very special day around here. So the ORX was a big hit with her, hopefully after some thought she may lose her Equinox and get one, we shall see.
Forgot to mention i was using a Deus today, i have just added another to my armoury, My love /Hate for the Deus continues!
On my own this Sunday (due to hols),i decided to go on the stubble field we finished on last week, must have been the thoughts of the 5 Hammered we found on there that persuaded me !
I started with the Deus with the 9'' X 35 coil , this is my favourite coil on the Deus and ORX . I got my first signal after about 50 yards, typical Deus ,should i dig it or not signal , Number 99 on the ID , which means 'No idea' , most detectorists would ignore this sort of signal presuming it was iron, i was curious , so after about 12'' i was hitting the subsoil, must be old i thought, expecting iron i dug down a few more inches and there it was my 1st Palstave Bronze age axe head!
I have no idea why but nearly every time i find a Bronze age item it's with a Deus, and i don't use them that much, just some sort of weird coincidence.
When you find something like that with your 1st signal you might as well go home because you know the rest of the day is going to take a nose dive, so i perceived , alternating between the Deus and Equinox, i picked up a few buttons, a blank copper coin that could have been Roman but was shot.
What was very noticeable was the fact i was digging deeper with the Equinox ever time i swapped from one detector to another, not quite sure why because they are both similar on depth on my test bed, i then did a couple of strips across the length of the field with the Deus and went back across the same strip with the Equinox, both times with overlapping sweeps, both time i found targets that the Deus had missed, all the missed targets were odd shaped pieces of lead, most detectors seem to find nice round or equal shaped objects , the Equinox seems to find all the odd Shaped objects 90% of which are nothing in particular.
looks like we have lost 30% of our arable land this week, it's all been ploughed and sown before i could Even get anywhere near it !
Just back from a week’s Holiday today, did a bit of beach detecting, that will come later, for now, it's about what was waiting for me when i got home.
I had a phone call just before we went away to say that my Garrett Apex was good to go, but it was due to arrive here after we had gone,
So today when we got back after i had done loads of other catch up stuff i managed to unwrap it, looks alright to me, nicely made. lightweight, i like the control box, but could be a pig to make a cover for (not my job !) Elliptical coils I do not like, they seem to stunt the performance of any detector they are attached to.
Anyway, it took me about 5 mins to suss out the menu and another 10 mins to find out how to connect the wireless headphones, sign of the times, you no longer get a manual, just an A4 sheet in 30 different languages and the rest on a website somewhere.
Anyway on to performance, i took it over my test bed, embarrassing is the only word i can think of, i have seen the 'non-committal’ field tests in the mags , now i know why!
The Searcher field test I totally agree with, it mentions the low tone for various good targets, most of which would be ignored by most detectorists, I have also discovered that if a good target is near to iron then it gives you a very low target ID number and a low tone, again most people would not dig.
There are not a lot of settings to go through, but I spent probably 90 mins on my test bed trying to get some sort of performance out of it, was there something I was missing? I left it for 24 hours and today had another go, went though the various freq options as well as multi Freq, there was no way I was going to get any joy out of this and after another half an hour decided to give up.
It’s below average detector that will find you nice round chucky items in the first 7’’inches, as long as there is no iron anywhere near it,
It does not do cut quarters and similar low conductive items, unless they are on the surface and there is no iron about, the tones/tone breaks are probably more suited to the US market,
I have not looked on youtube yet to see what the ‘experts’ on the videos are telling us, can’t wait see someone who as been given a freebie make this look good!
Not used a Garrett Ace 250 for a while but I’m sure it’s better than this
Just to make sure i am not going mad or have a dodgy one I contacted several people today who know their stuff and they all agree with me, I have also been offered 3 ‘used once’ Apex’s but refused them, I buy anything , but I don’t want any Apex’s thank you.
Way over priced relating to performance, were Garrett thinking it might compete with the Minelab Vanquish? Nowhere near on Performance, and it’s more money, with one less coil! It’s defiantly better build quality, but personally I would like something that’s works as opposed to something that looks good, but each to his/her own.
I spent a couple of hours tonight with the Apex before it gets sent off for it's cover fitting, i did a full test with it with a view to adding it to my test pages
Cant speak for how good the Multi Freq option is on the Beach but it seems to be fairly useless on land , it picks up coke (not a problem if you can identify it) but most of the good stuff we wish to dig gives the same signal and readout this is the main problem with the Apex as well as it's lack of depth, but it is half decent and usable if you use it on 20khz as it does not pick up coke , so if it beeps dig it up! 20khz is twice as good as any other freq, the Multi freq is by far the whose way to use the Apex. bit weird really being as that's it's selling point and no doubt the reason we pay £500.00 for it !
if we had a Ace 250 working on 20 Khz at £200 cheaper i reckon would be the same, but what do i know, i tell just tell it as i see it !
The new C-Scope EVO 6000 should be available in the first two weeks of October, i will have new ones available soon (i hope) i will be taking part ex's /Swaps on them as with everything else i sell, so if you want one just give me a shout.
I do not know how good they are at the moment, spec looks interesting, i will give my thoughts as soon as i get one.
We are now closing for a week to do other things, the Apex covers will hopefully be up for sale next Friday the 9th of October, delay due a few tweaks that were needed.
More and more people are taking up detecting at the moment, mainly due to Corvid -19 stopping a lot of activities people would normally pursue, i have personally had a big surge in sales due to beginners buying detectors, so don't be surprised if you suddenly see loads of newbie's out there, some will pack up after 10 mins and some with be in it for the long haul especially if they have had a bit of luck on their 1st outing!
Apparently there has also been a big surge in Bee keeping!
No sign of the new C-Scope yet, i have also just bought a Mars Guues MD Detector that is supposed (like all of them) to be the dogs danglers, we'll see !
Went out on my own this week (Sunday) decided to try an area i had been on before when the ground was very dry, i presume there had been an house on there in the 18th/19c , loads of iron/Black soil/Pottery/bricks about, jumped over the gate and saw a not very well filled in hole, not surprising as this Pasture field as been battered by everyone and his dog for 40 years and it' s only about 5 acres , reason being it's the site of a DMD apparently.
I waved my Equinox over the poorly filled in hole and it was iron, no surprise there then as this 50 square yard area is full of it and where i was going to spend the entire day, i started with the Equinox because it gives me a lot of information, using it on field 2 gave me a lot of earache but i cannot use it in any other way without knowing i am missing stuff, it took me about half an hour of not getting a signal to eventually get tuned in to the area i was in, and to get my sweep speed right, once i had done that the targets kept coming one after another, several bits of iron were found down most holes as well as the non ferrous target.
After dinner i got my Deus out and continued to find non ferrous finds on this worked out /Empty field, it was a lot easier to use the Equinox in this area but i perceived and was getting loads of signals.
Ended up with 5 various copper coin's, 4 shoes buckles 10 buttons a pewter medallion and about another 10 various finds, these are not small finds and have been missed for 40 years ,not bad for an empty field ! it's all about getting your sweep sweep right, we all walkover finds all the time, i knew the finds were there on Sunday but i could not get a signal at first, everyone else in the last 40 years had missed them, i had 50 non ferrous targets out of this area during the day.
Having had a 10 year love/Hate relationship with the Deus it's turned into super love at the moment, the X35 Coil series seems to have made a big difference and the Deus seems a lot more predictable with my own settings, i have tried dozens of 'expert programs' for the Deus that people have given to me, 99% of them are a waste of time, but if it works for you go for it.
A customer told me of a program he uses that he saw on youtube, might as well try that i thought, it was Sid's pro program, what a difference that made, it made the Deus a very usable detector , great on iron rejection, deep and sensitive, and with a bit of tweaking i have turned it into an awesome deep seeking Pasture detector, still a bit to do and i will put my results for you to use if you wish on my blog shortly, i am trying to get it to work like an equinox. only better!
I have already got it detecting deeper than an Equinox using the 9'' X35 Coil and have just bought a 13'' x 11'' coil which should (i hope) give it another inch of depth. watch this space!
Yesterdays entry got me thinking (dangerous !)
I look at different programs i see online youtube e.t.c , for various detectors,i try them sometimes ,analyse them (because I'm an anorak) ,as i said before 99% of this stuff is a load of random settings ,chucked together with no purpose at all (seemingly).
I am not saying the ‘experts’ don’t know what they are doing ,but hell of a lot of people put the 'experts' settings in to their detectors without questioning them, I had a guy around here the other day selling his Equinox because it was ‘crap’ I looked at his settings and told him he would never find anything with his detector set up like that! Basically it was using the Equinox in Beach ,1 on land?? , beach 1 is not very good on the Beach never mind the land, it's probably the whose program on the Equinox
He told me all his mates used it like that, I then took him on my test bed and showed him how bad his detector settings were ''I wondered why my finds rate had gone down’' he said
Similar things happen time after time again and is one of the main reasons that people sell their detectors.
So before you decide your detector is useless , look at how you have got it set up.
Not quite sure of the purpose of the Beach on Field program, maybe it’s designed for high iron infestation, it would no doubt work there, because of its high iron bios and lack of power? but as a General search program you will seriously reduce your finds
When i buy a detector i always have a look at what settings the seller was using, and i can normally see why they were selling it.
Most people will buy a detector, not read the manual and immediately go on the Internet, find an 'experts settings' put it in to their machine and off they go! so they are totally reliant on the 'expert' knowing what he or She is doing..
I know that not everyone has a test bed or has time or the space to create one, but it's not rocket science to see what the best settings on your detector are.
Just get a signal on a field then go over it using different settings until you get the settings that get it the best, do this of course with several targets while you are out detecting, before of course digging them up, just do it now and again and narrow it down week by week, it's easy with the Equinox as you can just flick though all the programs one after the other until you find the best program then go though the various options within that program until you get it bang on, most of the settings are personal preference , Volume , tone e.t.c so you would just be trying, iron bios, sweep speed and the like.
After about 60 hours on my test bed and a couple of years in the field testing 1000's of targets my best performing settings for the Equinox are-
Search mode ..........Field 2 -or Park 2
Sensitivity...............As high as you can get, normally 24 for me, 25 puts it on a different level if usable
Tone Vol. ..............Tone 1=1,Tone 2=25
Threshold..........4 or Whatever
Ac/reject -9....to...2 unless you have no coke on your site them 9 to 0
Recovery speed.....4 or .5
Iron bias..........0 - use your ears!
All metal ............On
If you like to run around ploughed fields without having to think then Field 1 with the same settings
Remember i am not an expert!!
You will find something whatever settings you use, but it's what you are missing is the problem.
Moving on to the Deus there are a lot of experts on line that don't seem to have a clue a, the programs they come up with do not make any sense at all and are whose then the on board preset programs , don't take my word for it , try them!
It's as if they just make something up to keep people interested.
It seems odd to me that you spend loads of cash on the latest awesome detector then de-tune it , you might as well buy an old Tesoro in the first place!
Still no sign of the new C-Scope , 1st two weeks in October i was told, maybe i got the wrong year!
However my new Mars Gauss as arrived, two piece stem , would have been easy to do a three piece me thinks.
Reason i bought one is , i need to have covers made for it, and of course i need to test it out, i had my suspicions that it would be good because i have tried the Mars coils on various detectors and if you find one that works it is normally very good!
Most Detectors i can suss out within a few minutes, and get the best setting within half an hour but with a lot of the overseas detectors i do need a manual as a lot of the settings are different or have a different name, one thing that i found interesting is that it has a Temperature reading on the screen.
It is a very powerful detector and i could tell straight away over the iron tests on my test bed, it just blasted straight though the iron and got the target with no problem whatsoever, as i have said many times before it is the big coils on the best detectors that are best among iron not the small ones that are useless.
I have a George 111 halfpenny buried at 14'' , probably some iron down there somewhere? Only 3 detectors have ever got it out of the 100 plus i have tried, now it's 4
Not sure if i have found the best settings for it yet but will have another go tomorrow.
I used my Deus last Sunday with my new 'deep' settings, on a totally worked out site, i had a few previously non ferrous targets, Bev got a nice Fibula with similar settings .It's a very deep hard hitting program.
Create from the DEEP program
5 tones, whatever
Sens 95 or whatever
Freq -17khz or 25khz
Iron vol 3 or whatever
Audio response 5
TX Power 3
Normal settings create from Hot program
Sens 95 or whatever
Iron vol 2 or whatever
Audio response 5
5 Tones whatever
TX Power 2
These are what i find to be the best settings on a Deus for me.
On my own last Sunday, thought id go to a tourist area , we have found items from Roman all the way though to modern in this area, but nothing of age appeared today, i ignored all the signals under 50 (using the Deus) don't normally ignore any signal. , but this area is full of Silver paper, found 21 coins the oldest being George 111 Halfpennies, 4 down one hole! also 4 buttons.
Second lockdown starts today, have you seen this
RESTRICTIONS ON DETECTING FROM 5th NOVEMBER FOR ENGLAND
We have carefully read the guidance and the complete legislation ( The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020) on the new national restrictions for England to ensure our advice to you is correct as we enter ‘Lockdown 2’ in England.
As a responsible organisation we had however also sought confirmation that detecting was still legal from the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) earlier this week. They emailed us this afternoon with their view on what is legal, and published metal detecting specific guidance this evening.
This guidance confirms our view that detecting is not prohibited during this lockdown. However we were very surprised that the DCMS has specifically excluded detecting on private land, whilst allowing detecting on public land (with permission) such as beaches, parks and other council owned land.
We do not agree with this view of the legislation.
We have challenged the DCMS about why they are excluding detecting on private land. We will update you when we know more.
More nonsense , we can detect on the Beach , where there will probably be loads of people, or we detect in the park, no we can't it was banned 40 years ago, but we can't detect on private land where we have permission and were we are nowhere near anyone else?? who thinks these rules up??
Just driven past a local lake with a fishing competition going on!
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that i had bought the new Mars Gauss, and i was very impressed with it on the test bed, to me at that time it was probably one to keep, not had time to try it in the field until today, i took it on one of our fields, i had been detecting this field (about 3 acres) during the last lock down, marking it out and detecting it inch by inch, had quite a few finds off it and have detected about 25% of it .
The results i get on my test bed show me what the detector is capable of, but a lot of the time it's a different ball game when you get it in a field, on a test bed you know what is under the ground and how to get a signal from it, if of course it is capable of getting it in the first place.
I have never really done a field test before as such, don't think i would ever get one published in one of the Hobby mags!
So here we go, my thoughts firstly on the build quality of the Mars.
Nice balance, well made, control box about the same size as an Equinox or Simplex, nice easy to use menu, lightweight coil (Tiger 13'' x 10'' ) I am not a fan of big coils, but this one was fine.
The stem although it was good and did the job looked as if it had been made up out of stuff that was lying around and was very random and looks very odd, finished off with a cam lock that looked as if it was stolen from a cheap Chinese detector. Considering they (Mars) make a very nice 'Deus type stem not sure why they should mount their detector on this 2 piece strange stem, i find this very odd.
Anyway on to the test, i found my initial settings i used on my test bed were far to noisy in the real world so had to drop the sensitivity and drop it from cl to an (you will only know about his if you have read the manual!) cl gives it a bit more welly, but was fairly unusable on our field and was sounding off everywhere,so i dropped it down to 'an' this stabilised it , i was using it on Lo freq (16khz ) as opposed to Hi Freq (40khz)
I detected for about 20 mins without a signal, eventually i got one , it was a very dodgy signal , one i would not normally bother with (and i'll dig anything!) it was an aluminium rivet at 1'' , there are a few on this field , the Equinox gets them without a problem.
Next signal very dodgy but dug it , rolled up piece of lead at 6'', then a couple of pieces of iron, one a hinge and the other a fragment of horse shoe, best signals i have had so far, then a small piece of bronze, not a great signal, 2'' down, another 2 pieces of iron again great signals.
Every signal has had all settings on the detector tried on them before being dug, i had several more signals all a bit dodgy accept the iron, it was awesome on the test bed, so i know it as the ability to finds coins at depth and among iron, so it is happy to find nice round coins but when the targets get a bit more random, shape wise it struggles, so i think my next test bed it going to revolve around odd shaped artefact's as opposed to coins. that should sort the wheat from the chaff !
The Mars is a nice detector to use, but boring,it has two tones non ferrous and ferrous, i felt i was missing items, it did not inspire me whatsoever , but for running around ploughed fields i'm sure it is as good as anything else, it seems to like Iron, but maybe with practise this could be recognised, maybe?
The menu is fairly basic and easy to navigate, don't think we will be bothering with stem covers, too much hassle for something that will not sell anyway, control box covers already done and will be up for sale soon, as will be my Mars Gauss!
Back out of lock down and able to detect again, although i suspect most people never stopped in the first place! We can now detect again as long as we keep to the tier structure which most people will not understand or care about, most of the rules are totally nonsensical , i cannot detect in a middle of a field on my own in the middle of nowhere but a can detect in a park with 6 people and 1000 people wandering around me asking me if i have found anything., you could of course not detect in a park anyway.
C-Scope have told me the new EVO 6000 with be on sale this week, hope it's worth the wait, seems to have been going on for over a year now..
I am now going to rant about eBay, we have nearly 4000 listings on 6 e-bays sites overall. so get our fair share of of crap, today i had negative feedback from a knob in France, he bought a Arm cup cover for a GPX 5000 off us then had a tantrum when he did not receive the strap as well, very trivial , but the strap was not included in the sale, he looked at the picture but did not read the listing, so i phoned ebay, now if you have ever phoned ebay it depends if you get one with a brain /Common sense or not, no such luck, i asked if the feedback could be removed but it could not apparently because the French guy (zero rated ) was buying what he saw on the picture not what the actual sale was for,this took half an hour, i argued with this idiot for half an hour before giving up, So if i were to buy Car seat covers i should expect the seat and the Car as well because they are n the picture ? and if i did not send the Car i could be left Negative feedback.
He did not get it , so i said i would phone again to try to get some one with a brain, i did and straight away and within a few mins ,i got someone with common sense and i got the Negative feedback removed
So if you have a problem with ebay just keep ringing you will eventually get someone with common sense and a brain.
The other day i sent a customer in Italy some replacement covers because the ones we had sent had not arrived, this was agreed on between the customer and ourselves
The next day Ebay decided to refund the buyer (£40.00) , so i now had sent out £80,00 worth of covers and ebay had decided to refund the buyer, so back on the phone again, no sorry can't do that i was told when i requested if my money could be given back, phoned three more times and gave up, i was told to email the customer and ask them to send the money back!!! , err i don't think that's going to happen, they are so naive , as if someone who has just received covers and money are going to send the money back again!
I rang e-bay the other night about something else and got an Irish guy , yesssssssssssss that is a result when phoning ebay, they are always on the same wave length, so i mentioned the problem i had the week before about the money having been refunded to the customer when i had sent the replacement covers out, no problem he said and got it me back again!
So if you are a ebayer never give up!
Spoke to C-Scope yesterday for around an hour, The EVO 6000 will not be available until the first quarter of next year, they have had a lot of problems moving forward due to Corvid, and they want to get it right.
Not been out for a few weeks, just too much hassle (virus wise) with most of my land being in different tires to the one we are in, and most Sunday's (My detecting day) it has been pouring down with rain, i like everyone else are totally fed up (polite version) with this year and hopefully it will get better next year, we have already cancelled our normal Christmas festivity's , with all the doom and gloom out there and pending lock downs it's not worth it
Got out today to a very worked out site , 3 hours , one Cartridge case, tried the Equinox on 40 khz to see if it managed to do something a little different got quite a few signals, but when i changed it back to ''Multi'' it gave me a reading of 1, normally in the Coke range , but on this site it is normally lead ore in the limestone, Got my Deus out and found the only none ferrous target of the day a pin fire 12 Bore cartridge case.
Orders slowing down now due to most people realising then will probably not get their purchases in time for Christmas, particularly this year.
Total chaos today as Royal mail announced that overseas post would be suspended , i had loads going out today so now i have to email people all over the World in several different languages and explain there will be an unknown delay, most of them will ignore the email and complain when they don't get their order in a couple of weeks.
I also have a couple of rolls of material stuck in the US , so i have had to start taking covers off sale because we have run out and cannot make any more until we get our delivery of Neoprene, it's a complete nightmare.
Just had about 40 detectors arrive in the last week, so will gradually be listing them on the website once they have been cleaned up and tested
We would just like to wish you and all detectortists everywhere a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, face it next year cannot be any whose (We hope)
Soon i aim to create Detecting Videos, that will be interesting as i have not done anything like that before! also i will be making another test bed
Hope you all had a good Christmas under the circumstances, and we wish you a happy new year, hopefully better than last.
We seemed to have worked all over Christmas, on boxing day I did 15 hours, 4 hours packing parcels. 7 hours cleaning detectors and 4 hours answering emails and explaining to people who bought sets of covers why the detector was not included!
Most of the Christmas was similar and over 200 sets of covers went out, then it all started to go pear shaped, I have 2 rolls of Neoprene material trapped in Germany so we are running out of a lot of covers, I pay £1000.00 postage to get them here in 4 days, they have been in Germany for a month with no sign of moving.
Then I start to get the normal foreign ebay negative feedbacks coming in because the covers they ordered on the 21st of December did not arrive before Christmas day! They are given an estimated time of delivery by ebay which is very generous and is never going to happen but they take this as gospel and you cannot reason with them, so it’s back to ebay to get the feedback removed, 5 hours and 8 phone calls later, today a write off, I managed to get one of the negative feedbacks removed, talk about banging you head against the wall.
So, I decided to remove 3000 ebay European listings , these are listings that are translated into French/Spanish/German/Italian/ I cannot cope with any more of this, sorry to all those awesome European customers out there that do not cause me grief but in future anything going overseas will have to be tracked, this is ebay’s obsession not mine, and for the time being you will have to buy any covers you want either from our UK ebay site (tracked) or off this website either tracked or not. The problem with tracked is that it is more expensive, so someone buying a Deus cover at £9.95 will have to pay £9.00 postage or similar, not too bad if you are paying £9.00 postage on a set of CTX covers priced at £50.00. but if are reading this you will probably be buying off our website anyway
Plus of course we have the added time-consuming task of filling in customs forms because we are no longer in Europe, not my choice.
We have closed ebay down for a couple of weeks to try to catch up a bit, eBay is the most time-consuming sales platform we use.
We have a load of detectors and coils etc to sort out and to put up for sale as well as trying to stock take all the covers, a lot of which will have to be taken off sale until the material arrives.
Postage options /Prices will also be changed on ebay , our website will not change.
A great start to the new year.
Back again !
Just had a couple of weeks to catch up again just working off the website with ebay closed down, Ebay up and running again now with me not having caught up, still 20 detectors to clean up and about 15 coils, as well as about 40 sets of headphones.
I am getting a lot of stuff in at the moment, people packing up detecting due to all sort of reasons, people reducing their detector collection ,people selling surplus detectors, part ex's, all sorts of reasons, i currently have over 50 detectors here and over 100 coils.
When a detector comes in i have to test it , clean it , photograph it, edit the photos and list it on my website, some of the older or well used detectors can take half an hour or more to clean, some detectors have never ever been cleaned so there is a lot of ground in mud, so you can write off an hour quite easily with each detector that comes in, somedays i can have up to 10 detectors coming in , hence the backlog, not enough hours in the day!
I have been out detecting for a couple of hours today, on our own land as i did last Sunday as mentioned before we have two horse paddocks one is about 1.5 acres the other 2,5 acres, the 2.5 acre ridge and furrow field i have been detecting on during lock downs throughout the year, this is a field on the extreme edge of the village . if you wandered across it you would not bother again, if you have read my blog before you will know i am detecting the field inch by inch, i am now nearly half way across it and have found near 120 finds and have dug up another 120 bits of non ferrous scrap , it just shows how much stuff there is under the ground, try it yourself, even on a piece of totally worked out land take it nice a slow and see what you have missed, you can never clear a field! .
Not a lot to report at the moment as we are all locked down, i have learned tonight that we can actually detect if we can walk or cycle to our site , it's on private land (with permission of course) and we are on our own or with someone from our bubble , that works for me, hopefully it will for you?
Detectors are flying out at the moment, a lot of newbie's starting up and detectorists trying to give themselves a lift in these strange time's.
I did not know before now how may nutters there are out there, i speak to some very odd people on a daily basis, ranging from 'there is no virus its all made up, to 'i'll travel to you from London to pick the detector up' (considering i do next day delivery for free) probably cost them over £100 by train and a day of their life wasted just so they can get their detector a few hours early?? also none essential travel and me supplying non essential items a few people wanting to visit me for a demo?? there are a lot of people who just do not get it.
Not a lot happening at the moment, i have only been detecting for about 6 hours this year so far on our own land, it's either too cold too wet too much snow or no time, things will hopefully change soon.
At least i have somewhere to detect, ever if i cant get at it! Hopefully this Sunday, i hope.
I hope some of you are getting out, walking range we are told. most of my land is 20 miles away, but i do have enough to keep me going locally.
Meanwhile Coiltek seem to bringing some coils out for the Equinox, 3 to be precise , hmm not too excited by this, Coiltek coils in my experience are exactly the same as the Minelab coils only a different colour, but no doubt i will buy one, just in case, then after one day it will be on my webisite for sale again, if it was Detech or Nel then i would be very happy.
We will be continuing our 'first week of every month closed ' starting tomorrow at 12.30 pm tomorrow (Friday 26th February) we will be available by phone and Email/Text during this period , Website and Ebay will be closed.
Looks like we will be able to travel soon to go detecting , most people will not have land to go on locally so may have not been detecting for 6 months or more, so they will be raring to go.
During the pandemic loads more people have taken up detecting, how long they last is anyone's guess, a lot will fall by the wayside due to lack of finds or the inability to get rich in their first week, 4 weeks ago i had 72 detectors in stock , i now have 12
Back again, well what's happening at the moment? I have been going
detecting every week either on our fields or on Fields behind our house (100 acres ) i have permission on, i have been finding quite a few bits, nothing earth shattering , but enough to keep me interested, i had a nice find last Sunday , the best Pilgrims Ampulla i have ever found (i have only ever found 4 before) this was in a random field in the middle of nowhere, like most of my finds i suppose.
In another couple of weeks we can travel again to detect, but i would think that a lot of Detectorists are already doing that,
Over the last few months i have spoke to loads of nutters, and have been accused several times of been brain washed by the Government, because '' everyone knows there is no virus '' and similar, all because i have not agreed for someone to travel 200 miles to pick up a Detector from me when i have offered next day free delivery . God help us !
Sending detectors to Europe is a bit of a problem at the moment mainly due to 'Brexit' most parcels would take about 5 days and now its looking at 5 weeks , Think Eurovision Song Contest and you will get the idea!
So due to the amount of grief i am getting i might be stopping deliveries to Europe for the foreseeable, until something has been sorted out.
Example, i recently sent a detector to Italy, it failed to arrive within 7 days so the guy put a claim in with Paypal, The parcels tracking tells me it as not moved for a month, so we are running out of time the Guy from Italy will have to push for a claim in the next day or so because he only has a month to do so, I presume Paypal will probably refund him, meaning i lose £200. i cannot claim because the tracking is still active and the detector is not lost, eventually he will get the detector and the Money and i will lose £200.
Then i will phone Paypal and they will tell me to get in touch with the buyer and he will send me the money back !! what Planet are they on.
I have had to add postage costs to my Ebay listings , they are taking 13.5% off me plus they expect me to send items 'free postage' by the time you have sold something and sent it off there is nothing left profit wise.
If i charge postage ebay even take 13.5% of that and the VATman 20%.
So im sure in the near future ebay will not be part of my plans
All the stuff on our website is still free postage.
I was told about the latest Equinox upgrade the other day , no idea why i had not heard about it before, shows how out of touch i am !
So i upgraded mine , it apparently quietens it down at bit , interference wise, hope that works , mine has nearly gone over the hedge several times because of EMI problems also we get a 4khz option for deep items, i 'll give it a go tomorrow, i have tried it on my test bed and my findings were it gives a better signal on my 100 coin buried hoard at a 18'' and a much better signal from my 16'' Cartwheel penny, , otherwise it did not pick up anything else on my test bed, so you could not use it for normal detecting, most bizarre thing is it gave me an awesome signal on my Goldchain buried at 2'' , a number 37, on all other freqs i get a 1 (normally coke) that does no make any sense at all.
Back again !
I've been back to normal detecting in the last few weeks after the last lock down, every Sunday, but have only been going out for about 4 to 5 hours, after that i have had enough and the thought of something else i need to be doing at home lures me away , so many things to do so little time.
Plus not having the awesome sites i had in the past the enthusiasm is not what it was before, but i keep going back to the old sites with different detectors and hoping that i find something that has been missed before .
So what's the latest Detector to try, it's the very long awaited C-Scope EVO 6000 !
Got one the other day to try out and to get covers made for it, so it will be sent off on Monday and hopefully i will have covers for sale by next weekend with a bit of luck.
Anyway what of the detector, is it any good? was it worth the wait ?
So as you know i sell second-hand (pre owned if you like ) detectors, so when i opened the box and saw the detector i thought, ' im never going to get in to one of my boxes .
Odd shape a bit like a Fisher F75 only bigger, the control box was a lot bigger than i thought it would be, i was hoping one of my other covers would fit it but it's three times the size of an Equinox/Simplex, that's just looking at it from a second hand dealers point of view.
Back to the detector, menu seems fairly normal , controls set set out well and logical, no need to read the manual, all going well so far , got it on the test bed , put it in 'Inland mode' (as opposed to beach or all metal) whacked the sensitivity up and off we went, , 40 targets on my test bed, it picked up 2 ?
So i must be missing something no one can make a detector this bad, surely? I spent a few hours on my test bed wondering what i was missing.
I went in to the 'Extras menu' and changed the Speed to 3 , it then came alive and i was getting a George 111 Halfpenny at 13'' and a 5 pence at 12 '', most recent top end detectors do the same, i then went into the tones menu and increased the tone from 3 to 36
to be continued
Out detecting today and took the Equinox /Deus and EVO, the idea was to take the Equinox out and find a few signals, mark them, then go over with the other two to see how the signals compared, each marking stick was had information on it describing the signal and Id number.
The field I chose was not the best but I tried to get a variety of signals, the soil was not that deep but I chose the signals on conductivity values
To cut a long sorry short, all the signals the Equinox found were also found by the Deus and the EVO, the very low conductive signals were much better on the Equinox than the other two, because that’s what the Equinox does.
One of the signals of note was a a very dodgy signal i got with the Equinox and EVO
but I would have never have dug it with the Deus, (and I’ll dig anything!) it was an small iron rod with a small brass ring around it.
I then went out with the EVO on an adjoining 1 Acre field that had been used as a Caravan site, this had been battered several times before and I had found a lot of coins , last time I went on it I got one coin with the Equinox and it had not been bothered with since.
1st signal was a 20 pence, 6'' down very clear, not sure how that had been missed !
The EVO seemed unstable and was giving a lot of 'one way signals' so i reduced the sensitivity to nearly half, this seemed to claim it down a lot, i continued to detect and found another 8 coins that had been missed all within 7'' of the surface. I was using the EVO on Inland mode , Sweep speed 3 and i was playing about with my tones, but that's for another day!
Thought i'd try it in 'Non motion mode' one pace forward and it nearly blew my head off and a 99 appeared on the screen so i moved away presuming it was probably a big piece of iron or it was some sort of ground interference, i went back to dig it to see what was causing this massive signal and to my surprise there down the hole was a Victorian Halfpenny, surly this was not responsible for the signal i was getting so i went over the hole again and 99 reappeared on the screen and another 3 '' down was a 1920 Silver shilling !
I have not used a non motion detector much before (except the 1220 and that was dire although most people thought it was great) but i do like the idea of it , i carried on detecting making adjustments and changing things as i went , i then went though a spell of about half an hour of zero signals, i could not understand why it had gone from loads of signals to none, Then i had a thought, i bet it had defaulted back to Sweep Speed 5 while i was scrolling though the settings, and it had , so back to sweep speed 3 and instantly as if someone had flicked a switch signals appeared again, within 30 seconds i had found a Silver sixpence, several coins later in motion and non motion mode i decided to head off home, found two more Sixpences on the way back to my car, both cupro nickel , these normally are very low conductive finds , no problem with either, one was found in non motion and one was found in motion, i was just thinking to myself i had not dug any iron with it at all and the last signal of the day in non motion mode there at the bottom of the hole was a iron bolt while extracting it i saw a something green also down the hole and there was a Victorian penny, went in with my probe and found another 2 nails.
When i get a new/different detector i always take it to somewhere where i know there will be signals, otherwise you will not learn anything about it
I will be taking it out next Sunday to a totally worked out Roman Pasture site where i normally get one signal every 3 hours (if im lucky) I need to do a lot more with the EVO on the test bed , not really touched it yet.
it could do with a bit more Volume as far as am concerned, and of course the 'Speed settings' need sorting out so it is usable in factory settings , it's a bit unstable so does it need re tuning to make it more user friendly or would that kill it ? it seems to me to be a detector that pushes the boundaries , i believe there is an upgrade soon to sort a couple of problems out., it's quirky and is very different to anything else out there as indeed is the Equinox, in a different way.
Most detectors are very similar but i am always interested when one appears that offers something different, it opens up worked out sites again.
The Non Motion mode on the EVO from what i have seen from it will be very interesting.
More to come
My EVO went off yesterday to have covers made for it so i will not get it back until Friday,
Went out on Sunday , took the EVO, Deus and Equinox with me, decided to have a go on the field i found my Roman pan on years ago, this field as you can imagine has been battered , it's about 8 acres , Explorer's /E-Tracs/CTX's and GPX 500's, 4 of us have spent a lot of time on this field over a 15 year period, it's not been touched for a couple of years.
4 became one (me) so off i went on Sunday thinking if i got a non ferrous signal it would be a miracle, but i know if i have an Equinox on this sort off field i am always going to get signals.
Started off with the Deus, with 11'' X35 coil attached, i got 12 non ferrous signals with it, in an hour best being a decorated Medieval buckle plate, amazing how these had been missed.
After lunch the EVO came out, no idea what is happening with this detector, it just seems to have it's own agenda. so it ended up back in the car
Next out the Equinox , you know exactly what you are going to get with this and straight away the .22 shells and Bullets and of course the deep pewter buttons were popping out ! in an hour i got about 12 non ferrous targets the same as the Deus
The interesting thing is that all the Equinox signals were very low conductivity 90% of which the Deus would not have picked up,
And all the Deus signals were medium or high conductivity.
I then put a Coiltek 10'' x 5'' coil (i had just acquired) on the Equinox and went poking about under the dry stone walls in a field that had been even more battered than the previous field.
I got several more non ferrous targets , the size of some of them were minute at depths you would not think possible for something so small. but non of them were anything to excite me.
I spent another hour with the EVO when i got home on the test bed, it worked great last week, but it was on a Caravan site, it just will not work if you increase the sensitivity, so great in the first 5'' , i have got some great performances out of it on the test bed but it does not do it twice, there seems to be multiple problems will it way beyond me.
I have a few new ones here but never put them up for sale, pointless as i knew they would come back, also i have had covers made for them , but again i have not put them up up for sale as i guessed that the EVO would be recalled at some stage, and it was this week, lets hope C-Scope get it sorted, there was defiantly something in the EVO that was different.
Back again, bit delayed , funny time of the year , Business wise always slower this time of year, loads to say but no time to say it ! due to other interests /hobbies taking over, i spend less time on a computer this time of year due to more daylight hours.
I have just bought a Coiltek 15'' Coil for my Equinox , just to see if it's any better than the Minelab 15'' x 13'' Coil,
I tried it last night and it seemed O.K , about the same as the 11'' standard coil as i thought it would be, great if you need ground coverage but i want depth.
I am creating a new test bed soon , so if you have any ideas of what i should place under the ground email me with ideas
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I have about 30 detectors here that need cleaning and putting up for sale , loads of coils and bits and pieces to sort out , so need a week to catch up again!
Well the week off did not go to plan, it started well then everything seemed to go pear shaped, some of the Detectors i had to clean were a nightmare, probably never been cleaned from new, normally a detector will take about 20 mins to half an hour to clean, some of the ones i had took over 2 hours, then they were so well used i would only be getting my money back.
Then i did my back in, so did not get a lot more done, so i still have a pile off detectors here to sort out. had a few more in today and more due tomorrow, i have to find a way to catch up, will probably be shutting ebay down every other day is the way to go. who knows?
We went away a few weeks ago, to Anglesey to continue our walk around the Island, nearly done it now then next the North Wales coast.
We stayed at Red Wharf Bay, massive expanse of sand, when on Holiday i normally get a couple of hours to detect in the evening, i used the Equinox for the first couple of days. i like to get beyond Decimal coinage on a Beach it means i have found something that other detectorists have missed for the last 40 years, 1st night several fishing weights and a 1948 Sixpence, the Sixpence gave me a readout of 2 on the screen, no one in their right mind would dig that on a beach.
2nd night i went on the mud flats, that was an experience! I could not walk without sinking in the mud to the top of my wellie, then I had to try to get my foot out and move another step forward, I found a car battery at about 18’’ and a pedal of a bike at a foot, hmm back to the sand again..
3rd night wandered around the beach without much joy, trying to find an hotspot.
4th and 5th night got back late to the cottage so did not manage to get out
6th and last night I took the Minelab GPX 5000 out, wandered around for and hour or more without a signal, this was hard work, they I hit an area where a river runs across the beach, signals everywhere, Fishing weights, 10 early decimal coins, ring pulls etc, problem was I then needed the Equinox, everything was 2’’ down and blowing my head off with the GPX , total overkill!
Typical last night and I hit the hotspot, it happens every Holiday, time to go home, I have made a metal note for next time we are in the area !
Off out tomorrow (Sunday) i only have about 100 acres of land that has been Ploughed out of about 30.000 , so its a bit of a novelty when the corn gets cut, which it did this week, this 100 acres has produced a lot of nice finds, no idea why, it's in the middle of nowhere , but stuff from bronze age to present day has been found, over 30 Silver coins have been found from Roman to date, but as you can imagine it's been battered over the last 10 years so now it's hard to get a signal.
The thing i like about stubble is that it does not matter what i use , detector wise, so i take a few out to play with, tomorrow its going to be two Equinox's with the 11'' standard coil and 10'' x 5'' Coiltek coil, the Deus with 9'' and 11'' X35 coil and the Deeptech Vista Smart pro + with 11'' coil.
We'll see what happens tomorrow!
Well i started with the Equinox with 11'' coil only had a couple of signals in the 1st hour, stubble very stiff, so i changed to my other Equinox fitted with the 10'' x 5'' Coiltek Coil, i have never really liked Coiltek coils nor have i liked elliptical coils but for some reason i have bonded with this coil, it's very lightweight and was great in the stubble, i got a few signals before lunch, best being a .22 bullet , the Coiltek coil is noticeably more sensitive than the standard Minelab 11'' coil, i did not think that was possible.
After a bite to eat i decided to give the Deeptech a go in some of the iron infested areas, (or not) as i had forgotten my headphones to use with the Deeptech i only had my Deus and Equinox wireless ones, maybe not a good idea using it anyway as the field is full of coke, the equinox ignores it and i can easily identify it with the Deus, i used the Deus all afternoon with the X35 9'' coil, got about 20 signals none of which were anything only bits of lead and aluminium.
So ended up digging 27 non ferrous targets and the best was a .22 bullet, that's how it goes sometimes, I'm surprised i dug so much, next time it maybe 20 non ferrous dug and 20 finds!
On my own again today, same stubble field as last week , hoping for different results, remembered my headphones this week so i thought id start with the Deeptech Vista Smart, gave it an hour , got quite a few signals with it and only found 3 pieces of Coke and Zero iron, next the Equinox came out for a couple of hours, nothing too exciting turned up but at least i got a few buttons a lot more than last week, last half hour out came the Deus , 1st signal a William 111,Sixpence, time to go home!
I need to try the Vista on a worked out site with no Coke to see if it does something that others don't.
Forecast not great today , thunder storms and heavy rain forecast , but i thought id give it a go on a field about 2 miles away, again it's a field long abandoned because no one can get a signal on it, but it's been very prolific over the years.
My idea was to use all three detectors , Equinox with 10 x 5 Coiltek fitted, Deus with 9'' X35 Coil and Vista with 11'' coil (because i don't have a smaller coil at the moment) rape stubble so a bit of a different challenge, i don't mind rape stubble because i do not have a big sweep so can bob in and out of the stalks.
Each detector would be used from one end of the field to the other and non ferrous targets counted (if any)
First up the Equinox , got on the field and switched it on, had the normal 10 mins of trying to connect the headphones, in the meantime the heavens opened , great , at least the Equinox is waterproof, i'm not !
20 yds and the headphones packed up, battery flat, so back to the car to get my cable so i could hard wire them, forgot the cable, i did not have anything in my bag to get it up and running again, then in my glove box i found some Deus back phones, these are rubbish on the Equinox , but better than nothing, so back on the field again, still raining, i had to turn the volume up and wack the threshold up to max so i could hear something, but on walking from one side to the other (about 1 mile) taking about 1 and a half hours i had 22 non ferrous targets, not bad for a worked out field, back to the car for a sandwich then it was the Deus's turn, i was getting a bit wet now as the waterproofs had nearly given up, i had got about half way across the field when the storms to end all storms kicked in, i was soaked within a few mins, home time, Deus had found two non ferrous , best finds of the day were a few pewter buttons.
Just discovered today (Thursday ) i left my spade at the side of the road, went back but of course it had gone, ordered another (£40.00) not a great day out.
Loads of detectors coming and going at the moment, including 5 or 6 Equinoxs a week, most of which never go uo for sale because someone will phone me on a daily basis after one, or they are sold before i get them, they are been sold to me because people say they are too good !!!!
I know what they mean, i tend to use mine mainly on worked out sites (most of my permissions !)
This Sunday i went back to my very worked out stubble field i got rained off on last week, the Deus and Equinox were given an equal amount of time on the field, the Deus found me more although i felt more confident with the Equinox , it gave me loads more information and i realised how much iron and coke there was on the field, but on disturbed land it's very hit and miss and a great leveller, it does not really matter which detector you use..
over all i dug 25 targets and two Pistol balls and a squashed thimble was the result.
Well I think I finally got stubble out of my system for another year, as I have mentioned before I only have about 150 acres of ploughed/stubble to go at (the rest is all Pasture) , but every year when it comes around I feel I need to go on it I have been detecting on it now for a few weeks without an awful lot of joy, I tend to use this time of year to experiment with detectors because that it's not that crucial it’s all very hit and miss, so I tend to take a few detectors out with me on a Sunday and play about with them if I find something it’s a bonus, on Friday I acquired a Nokta Anfibio I have never actually tried one in the field , it came in with a Nel tornado coil as well, possibly my favourite coil they really change the performance of a detector, i tested it on my test bed , and yes it's one of the deepest detectors out there deeper certainly deeper than my equinox ideal for my worked out pasture land
So it's going to be joining my Deeptech smart for when I get back on pasture again which will probably be next week!
Thought I’d try the Anfibio first for an hour with the Tornado coil on, it’s a bit top heavy I don’t like the Anfibio's stem at all really I’m sure it could have been designed better it just seems just seems too chunky and heavy and unbalanced to me but having a 13'' x 12“ Tornado coil on the end of it did not help, I was bashing through the stubble, I went from one side of the field to the other probably about half a mile dug seven targets three of which were Coke cans the best target i dug was something that resembled a Medieval horse Harness pendant but you have to have a good imagination, next up was to use all four detectors I had taken with me for an hour each in an area which was full of iron and has given up some good finds in the past , pottery all over the ground from all periods of time and I think there must have been a building at some stage,
On there first of all was the Anfibio with it 11 inch coil on it's a lot better balanced and a lot lighter as you would expect but when I get back on my pasture again it will have a tornado coil on.
Anfibio -1 non ferrous target
Deeptech Vista (11'') 3
Equinox -1(10'' x 5'' ) 3
Deus -(9'') 1
That's 8 signals in 4 hours, not great, but that's what detecting on worked out sites is like.
One interesting thing i found whist using the Anfibio is that seems to drag targets in , you can be 12'' away from the target and still get it, i found the pinpoint button very handy on it. I used it on 'deep mode' because using it in any other way makes it seems to make it a very average detector. using it on Deep mode causes it to chatter a lot made whose by using it in stubble , but i can live with it on my pasture if it finds things that other have missed.
I found the Anfibio quite boring and uninspiring, but i can live with that if it does the business !
These are my 1st impressions and i have not looked at the manual yet.
I made the mistake on Sunday morning of looking on youtube , just to get a few ideas about settings e,t,c, (don't know why i haven't leaned by now),looking at the first and only Video i could cope with, the guy on the Video (30 mins long) was talking us though how to use the Anfibio, He's getting a signal and saying 'that's a deep one'' and i'm thinking no it isn't you've missed it , it's 6'' in front of you !! , then he finds it and declares it's a deep one, it must be small , no it's not it's shallow aggghh, i can tell that and I've never used one before! then the find comes out of the ground at 2'' , the next 10 mins is a discussion about what it might be, ''for god's sake it's a bottle top'' i find myself yelling at my ipad (as the finder carefully cleans it), if you have watched any youtube detecting video's you will know what i mean!
Went out on Sunday and spent over an hour driving around to see what was available, mostly the grass was too high and the ground too hard, i went on a remote bank side eventually with the Anfibio /Equinox and Deus, this bank side is in the middle of nowhere but nice finds have appeared in the area so you never know!
I didn't expect to find anything , so i thought i'd try all the detectors along the length of the bank side about 400 yds long and back again, just to see if any of them excelled .
1st was the Nokta Anfibio, there and back 4 signals, this detector is great on my test bed but very noisy and boring to use, i could live with it if the noise meant something, like it was iron or minerals it was picking up, but no it's just noisy, i turned the sensitivity down which made it a bit quieter, but of course that knocks the performance back so there is no point in using it on my sites , it will be on my website for sale later this week. Excellent Detector just not for me.
Next i used my Equinox, got 3 signals quite quickly so i thought this was the way to go ! but having walked there and back that was the total , 3 signals, i was running the Equinox flat out, in all metal, in Field 2 , if you have ever done that you will know how much noise you get from all the iron and minerals in the ground, this was silent, all i could hear was the threshold purring away in the background, no Coke and hardly any iron in the area (no finds either!)
Lastly the Deus with my supersonic Pasture settings, awesome, i was getting signals everywhere i went with it, mainly very corroded cartridge cases, a few bits of lead and Horse harness buckle C1950 (my only find) 12 non ferrous signals in all, only one of the 12 signals was an obvious signal all the other 11 signals were the sort of signal no on one in their right mind would dig, but when you are on a very clean site with Zero coke and little iron you can pick these signals out, no ID or a false ID on the readout (use your ears !) just goes to show what we are walking over, no one would ever dig these signals on a normal field.
Back on stubble again this week, just waiting for the ground to get a little softer and the grass to get shorter before i can get on my Pasture fields, so i'm playing about on stubble fields in the meantime, don't care what detectors i use because it's very hit and miss on disturbed ground and you can probably find something with any detector.
So to make things more interesting i tend to do a bit of testing /comparison stuff and i might i find something along the way if I’m lucky
Today i just took the Deus and Equinox out with me, both had 10'' x 5'‘ Coils fitted, the Field is about 10 Acres and i am going to do a circuit of it with both detectors , this field has a quite a few signals on it , mainly buttons but all sorts have come off it, not been on it this year since it's been ploughed.
First off is the Deus, 31khz is the chosen freq, it took 1 and a half hours to go around the field, ended up with a William 111 Shilling/ 11 Buttons a Shoe clasp and a fragment of a pewter spoon total amount of non-ferrous metal dug 24, percentage of finds from non ferrous metal dug 58%
All the targets i dug were in the first 5''
Next the Equinox , i guessed that i would be digging deeper and was correct , most of the targets were deeper than what i was getting with the Deus, also i thought most of the targets would be junk, and this was also correct.
I dug 15 non-ferrous targets and only one was something, half a button!
So 6.6% of what i dug was a find
That is hell of a difference, thought it might be a bit closer, normally in a year 33% of the non-ferrous items i dig up are finds, the percentages have dropped since i started using he Equinox
Equinox's seem to love to find pieces of non-descript non-ferrous metals, there is one piece of this field that is full of button's, the Deus was finding them with every sweep the equinox managed to find zero only a few pieces of non- descript lead turned up in the area. What is happening here? is it the sweep speed? is it just an amazing amount of bad luck, it’s easy to see how finds can be missed.
If i had marked all the signals i got with the deus then gone over them with the Equinox i would have got them, and visa versa , but when youknow its there its different,
On a test bed I can see what detectors are capable of, I know what is under the ground and I can make the detector find it, if of course it has the ability to find it, but in the field it’s a different ball game.
If I had gone on this field for the first time with the Deus I would have thought, ‘’this is all right plenty of finds, I’ll come back again’’ , but if I had gone on with the Equinox I would probably never have bothered again.
There are loads of fields I have been on in the past that I have written off ,then gone back with a different detector years later , and it’s been an awesome field
So this why we can keep on going back to the same field with a different detector. Same detector, different settings, different sweep speed, whatever, and get different results