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First outing with Underwater 12 inch
Posted by: tvr
Date: August 05, 2017 02:46PM
Picked up an Underwater with the 12 inch coil. Started off with a quick air test. I took a standard bobby pin and set the Underwater to just discriminate it out. That was at a disc setting of 2; then did some air tests.

Referring to the picture: item 1 is a ring I found a while back with a CZ20. It is not marked, but tests as 9K. It rings up mid-tone with the CZ and a low growl with the Excal. With the Underwater disc set at 0, I could air test item 1 at about 5 inches. With it set to disc out the bobby pin, only got 2 inches. After finding item 4 in the dirt in my yard I set the disc at about 2.5 to get rid of item 4. I could not detect item 1 in an air test with the disc set at 2.5. Item 2, a 10 K ring I had previously found, air tested at about 6 to 7 inches with the disc set at 2.5. Item 3 a good sized titanium ring, air tested at about 10 inches.

At a salt water beach: After finding a few of the tent stakes, I set disc at 3 where the tent stake is detected, but has a very clipped signal. Running with disc at 3, I found the rest of the stuff in the picture in the wet sand, plus a whole lot of bottle caps that went into the trash can before leaving the beach. The bottle caps have a little bit of a clipped sound but not clipped as much as the tent stake with the disc set at 3. Item 5 is a brass nail, that was maybe 4 inches down and was heard clearly.

The tabs I found were not real deep; maybe 5 inches on the deepest one. The nickle was in the 6 to 8 inch range. One of the quarters was in the 10 to 12 inch range. The match box car was in the 12 to 14 inch range. The two pieces of foil were loud clear signals, and were in the 4 to 5 inch deep range.

When over the wet sand and venturing into the water, the detector sounds off a little on water movement and at the transition from dry to wet sand. Over full wet sand, it was pretty quiet unless poor coil control had me hitting the sand with the coil.

I found that if the headphones shifted off center of my ears, the sound was not as loud. Seems that the headphone sound pressure is in a fairly narrow physical band. As I hunted, I had to adjust where the headphones were sitting to make sure I was hearing the detector well.

The water drag on the coil is not as bad as a couple of other big coils I've used, but a good bit more than that of the Detector Pro Pulse 11 inch coil. (Still hoping that Pulse unit comes back into production.)

Initial feelings are that this detector can do a decent job at the beach. I need to spend more time with it and better figure out the mid-conductive targets. While the pieces of foil were well detected at decent depth, I was not finding deep tabs like I was both the day before and the day after while working the same beach with different detectors.

The Underwater is definitely a good fit for a suitcase. I plan to take it on the next Florida trip.
Cheers,
tvr




Re: First outing with Underwater 12 inch
Posted by: foiled again tab hunter
Date: August 06, 2017 07:09PM
Thanks for the report & keep them coming.....HH...Tab.

Re: First outing with Underwater 12 inch
Posted by: Buddy_TX
Date: August 08, 2017 03:25PM
Sure would like to see that same unit tried with a NEL SharpShooter 5x9 coil.

Buddy_TX



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Re: First outing with Underwater 12 inch
Posted by: P-digger
Date: October 10, 2017 03:22PM
Tks for the info. Would be nice to see a video of one hunt .HH

Re: First outing with Underwater 12 inch
Posted by: tvr
Date: October 10, 2017 06:43PM
Took it to Daytona Beach last week. It can get deep high conductors. I am still not comfortable with mid-conductor depth. With several days of howling winds, it became near impossible for me to hear the whisper of deep targets. The head phones are very good, but the detector is not very loud and there is a need to hear faint whispers. As such, I spent more than half of my detecting time last week with the other detector I flew with.
Cheers,
tvr

PS I am not set up for video; heck, I am still resisting carrying a cell phone; much to my wife's chagrin.

Re: First outing with Underwater 12 inch
Posted by: P-digger
Date: October 11, 2017 10:00AM
I am still on the fence about purchasing the underwater 12. Do you think it is worth the price.

Re: First outing with Underwater 12 inch
Posted by: Buddy_TX
Date: October 11, 2017 02:35PM
I have used the Detector Pro units for years. That said if you like gold and dont mind digging trash they WILL pay for themselfs. The UW with 12 " coil should do well i dry or wet sand with a 1 setting on disc, just knocking out rusty bobbie pins, with practice you can tell a rusty bottle cap by sound, may sound good one way, break up the other way. with my 8" coils I have found class rings at 12" in wet sand. 12" should do a lot better
Buddy Tx



AT MAX
AT PRO
Detector Pro Wader, 8" and 10"
Detector Pro Pirate Pro
Tesoro Stingray
Fisher 1280x
Whites Amphibian and Surfmaster TR
Tesoro Silver saber
Tesoro Golden Saber II
Garrett S-1, S-2, S-3 TRs
Compass Q.
Silver Turtle
TR Turtle
VLF Turtle
and a few odd balls in the back of the closet

Re: First outing with Underwater 12 inch
Posted by: tvr
Date: October 11, 2017 05:24PM
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P-digger
Do you think it is worth the price.

Such a subjective issue. I bought it hoping it would be deeper than the wader I have for use as a back up on trips when I fly. It is deeper than the wader and packs very nicely in a suit case. It does what I got it for; so with that as a criteria, it was worth it for me.

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