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X-Terra 70 Coil choice
Posted by: gold rat
Date: September 16, 2007 05:26AM
Hi Guys,
Have been detecting for a short time ( 15 hours ) with my 70 in the highly mineralised gold fields in Aussie.(no problems)
Unfortunately I have moved to an area where coin & relic hunting will be my only sanity & with this detector it is all new.
I have been finding coins etc in different areas but I always feel that I am missing targets.
Could the forum help me with coil choice for the following 4 areas.
#1 Beach dry sand
#2 Beach medium sand
#3 Beach wet sand(mineralised)
#4 Old sports grounds/farm houses/etc. With non mineralised soil (very quiet) but total trashy targets (nails,rusty iron, old crown seal bottle caps etc)

If I may a second question!!!!
Do you suggest using tracking in coin & relic mode.
Any other hints will be appreciated.
Thanks in anticipation
Happy Hunting
gold rat

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FAQFAQ
Posted by: nugget71
Date: September 16, 2007 06:34PM
At the top of this forum you will see the post FAQFAQ by BarnacleBill, everything you need to know and more can be found.
Cheers!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/16/2007 06:35PM by nugget71.

Re: FAQ FAQ
Posted by: gold rat
Date: September 17, 2007 09:08PM
Thanks for the tip nugget71 hadn't explored the site at all.
Had a quick look & will have to take annual hoidays to go through all the FAQ's
Can tell it will be a great help to me.
Happy Hunting
gold rat

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Re: FAQ FAQ
Posted by: nugget71
Date: September 18, 2007 12:21AM
No wuggin furries mate everyone here on the forum are great helpers and full of good info so you have come to the right place thats for sure.
Cheers!

Re: X-Terra 70 Coil choice
Posted by: Neil
Date: September 18, 2007 09:17AM
I would give the 10.5" DD (hi freq) coil a shot. Good coverage and depth. I have been using it in with tracking on and then turning tracking off when I get a hit.
Im able to run my sens up to 21 in the wet sand at the ocean and sens all the way up in the dry sand. I use the beach mode in the wet sand. Im getting some pretty deep coins and foil. I like pattern 1 so I dont hear the low thumping of small iron which is prevelant where Ive been hunting. Ive tried all metal at this spot and dont feel I do any better with it. I think the DD coils really help alot at the ocean. The concentric I can only run up to 15/16 sensitivity usually and I dont get coins as deep as with the bigger DD coil. I also have the 5x10DD coil and it doesnt get the depth of the larger round DD but its a whole lot lighter. Theres always tradeoffs in detecting.......

Good hunting,
Neil

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In addition to the FAQFAQ section.....
Posted by: Digger
Date: September 18, 2007 11:05AM
you can go to the Search link (top right corner of the page) and put in key words for the subject you are looking for. If you have any specific questions, don't hesitate to ask. There are a lot of good detectorists hanging out here! :detecting::detecting::detecting::detecting: HH Randy



You'll never know for sure......unless you dig it! HH "Digger"




After more than 46-years of detecting, and having owned dozens of different detectors, I've come to the conclusion that maintaining success in the field is largely dependent on three things..... choice of site, acquiring a proper skill set for the detector and the detector itself..... in that order. Research, practice and persistence. There are no substitutes.

Re: X-Terra 70 Coil choice
Posted by: gold rat
Date: September 22, 2007 08:31PM
Thanks to Neil & Digger for their extra input much apreciated.
In Australia there are sites that never help you and mainly crap on or belittle you.
Last night I started recording my ID'S from trash targets & coins.
Too early to comment but I am getting some surprising results.
Will post later.
happy hunting
gold rat


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gold rat.....
Posted by: Digger
Date: September 23, 2007 02:46PM
If you wouldn't mind sharing your TID chart with the folks here on the forum, we'd appreciate it. It would be interesting to see what Australian coins and "trash" appear as in the display. And, with your permission, I could place a copy that informationin our FAQFAQ section. Thanks. HH Randy



You'll never know for sure......unless you dig it! HH "Digger"




After more than 46-years of detecting, and having owned dozens of different detectors, I've come to the conclusion that maintaining success in the field is largely dependent on three things..... choice of site, acquiring a proper skill set for the detector and the detector itself..... in that order. Research, practice and persistence. There are no substitutes.

Re: gold rat.....
Posted by: gold rat
Date: September 24, 2007 12:58AM
AS REQUESTED DIGGER


Target All Metal #1 Pattern #2 Pattern #3 Pattern
Old pull tab with large finger grip (ring only) style #1 18 12
Old pull tab with large finger grip (ring only) style #2 22 22
Old pull tab with large finger grip (ring + tab) style #3 20 22
................................................(tab only) 12 12
Old pull tab with large finger grip (ring only) style #4 14 14
2 hole pull tab style #1 12 12
2 hole pull tab style #2 18 nil (couldn't get a TID)
2 hole pull tab style #3 14 16
1/2 a 2 hole pull tab (top 1/2) 12 12
1/2 a 2 hole pull tab (bottom 1/2) 16 16
Soft drink bottle pull tab not thread style 12 12
Crown seals (beach) tested 6 with large variance 16 - 48 28 - 46
Silver foil (several layers 1/2" length) 4 nil (couldn't get a TID)
Silver foil (several layers 1" length) 4 6
Old Spoons ( different alloys) 10 -22 8 - 24
Shot Gun cartridge ( beach)(mineralised) 10 10
Shot Gun cartridge (site inland) 22 22
22 bullet shell 8 8
Slag (beach)(maybe result of welding boat hull etc) 24 24
Steel washer (bright 1") 6 6
Brass washer (1/2") 34 34
Copper nail 24 24
Steel Nail (beach heavily mineralised 3") -6 nil
Aluminium can (top only) 34 34


COINS (pre decimal 1966) All Metal #1 Pattern #2 Pattern #3 Pattern

3d (threepence) 1950 (50%silver,40%copper,5%zinc,5%nickel) 22 22 nil 22 "sports ground closed circa 1955"
3d (threepence) 1949 (50%silver,40%copper,5%zinc,5%nickel) 12 12 12 12 "this coin very eroded from beach"
6d (sixpence) 1951 (50%silver,40%copper,5%zinc,5%nickel) 30 nil 30 30 "sports ground closed circa 1955"
1/- (one shilling) 1952 (50%silver, 40%copper,5%zinc,5%nickel) 34 34 34 34 "sports ground closed circa 1955"
1d (one penny) 1927 (97%copper, 2.5%zinc,.5%tin) 38 40 36 36 "sports ground closed cica 1955"
1d (one penny) 1916 (97%copper,2.5%zinc,.5%tin) 34 32 32 32 "Tasmanian Goldfield mineralised poor condition)
1d (one penny)(English) 1891 no info on composition 32 32 32 32 "Tasmanian Goldfield mineralised poor condition)

COINS (decimal currency post1966)

1c (one cent)(97%copper,2.5%zinc,.5%tin) 34 34 34 34
2c (two cent)(97%copper,2.5%zinc,.5%tin) 38 40 38 38
5c(five cent)(75%copper,25%nickel) 8 8 8 8
10c(ten cents)(75%copper,25%nickel) 12 12 12 12
20c(twenty cents)(75%copper,25%nickel) 20 22 nil 20
50c(fifty cents)(75%copper,25%nickel) 24 24 nil 24
$1(one dollar)(92%copper,6%aluminium,2%nickel) 32 32 32 32
$2(two dollar)(92%cupro nickel,6%aluminium,2%nickel) 30 34 30 30


Digger,
I have noticed that some patterns do knock out certain coins.
Coins with similar compositions have larger TID's depending on size of coin.
Coins eroded by ground mineralisation have lower TID's to coins in good condition.
I hope this info is a help or of interest to all the forum members.
Any interesting relics or coins I find I will post.
It's low tide where I live and I'm going wading for one of our most popular crustaecans " blue swimmer crabs "
Legal size 12cms (5") (or larger) between the carapice or about 20" from claw to claw.
Do you have any type of crab catching like this off the beach!!!!!

happy hunting

gold rat

Re: gold rat's last post "posted different"
Posted by: gold rat
Date: September 24, 2007 01:11AM
Digger,
My post wih TID's never came out as I typed it.
I used a format with columns for the different TID's.
The 4 columns were
1. All Metal
2. #1 Pattern
3. #2 Pattern
4. #3 Pattern
A lot of the trash only had two TID #s ie : All Metal & #1 Pattern
All coins had four TID #s ie : All Metal & the three Patterns.

Each target description will only show the #s from left to right not in columns.
Hope this clarifies the previous post.
happy hunting

gold rat

Re: gold rat's last post "posted different"
Posted by: gold rat
Date: September 24, 2007 02:14AM
Digger,
In my haste to re post I forgot that in the trash targets crown seals & spoons only have 2 columns All Metal & #1 Pattern.
The 4 #s represent the variance in the TID's ie:

Crown Seals in all metal varied 16 to 48 & in #1 Pattern varied 28 to 46
Old Spoons in all metal varied 10 to 22 & in #1 Pattern varied 8 to 24
The above are the only differences in the trash target section all others have two TID,s !st # is all metal & 2nd #1 Pattern.

Boy have I made hard work of this exercise!!!!!
no more TID talk
happy crabbing today

gold rat

Re: gold rat's last post "posted different"
Posted by: Mick in Dubbo
Date: September 24, 2007 08:02AM
That's a very good effort on the TID's gold rat. No small task. I'm sorry that I can't help you out too much on the 70 as I use a 30. I haven't had much beach hunting under my belt, but from the little I've done, the X-Terra's handle the salt water remarkably well. The round DD's will improve things even more. I hunted with one for the first time yesterday and was quite impressed with how they go. Sounds like you are getting a handle on things though. Keep up the good work and welcome to the forum. If there is an area where I can answer your questions, I'll do what I can.
Good luck and happy hunting.
Mick Evans.

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Re: Is this what you had in mind.....
Posted by: BarnacleBill
Date: September 24, 2007 07:30PM
Hi Randy,

Save it & post it as a GIF instead of a JPEG(JPG).

HH
BarnacleBill

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Is this what you had in mind???
Posted by: Digger
Date: September 24, 2007 11:46PM
I still can't get this thing as large as I would like it. But thanks to Barnacle Bill, I was able to get it in a GIF format and you can click to enlarge.

Thanks. HH Randy



You'll never know for sure......unless you dig it! HH "Digger"




After more than 46-years of detecting, and having owned dozens of different detectors, I've come to the conclusion that maintaining success in the field is largely dependent on three things..... choice of site, acquiring a proper skill set for the detector and the detector itself..... in that order. Research, practice and persistence. There are no substitutes.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/26/2007 11:44PM by Digger.




Re: Is this what you had in mind???
Posted by: Kiwi
Date: September 25, 2007 05:19AM
Hi Digger,

Thanks for the Australian TID posting, I have been looking for something like this that I can use over this side of the ditch.

One of my areas is an old army camp and have found a couple of old Aussy coins there, I will see how the older decimal currency coins compare to yours

Cheers
Noel

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