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    Built a probe for my Manticore

    Coins on edge hunting.
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    Built a probe for my Manticore

    You know...there is a very old park in a major city Ed and I hunted once. The soil there is incredible, you could run the Explorer at max sensitivity and it was stable. I like the idea of taking the Manticore beast back there and see what it can do, I'm adding that to my upcoming detecting trip!
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    Built a probe for my Manticore

    100% approve of your mods David. Great to see someone else modding. For me, having transitioned to mostly beach hunting I never used a probe, didn't need one. Until I started hunting shipwreck beaches. Having dug 40+ shipwreck coins from a single hole, trying to pinpoint with the 11 inch coil...
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    Built a probe for my Manticore

    I came across some posts that suggested an X1 like probe is possible on the Manictore because so long as the wires in the cable connected to the chip in the coil remain connected to the Manticore, only switching the 4 coil wires for the Transmit/Receive windings to the probe, the Manticore...
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    Built a probe for my Manticore

    On the west coast we have nasty volcanic black sand in large volumes from all the volcanoes. It's a detector torture test on how well they deal with it. The Explorer struggled to get depth. I owned a Deus for a while, it was better than the Explorer. The Manticore then beat the Deus. All on the...
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    Built a probe for my Manticore

    The poor Explorer wasn't getting any love since the Manticore arrived. I have 2 SE Pro's. I'm modding one for pure beach hunting, harness mount, it's lighter than the Manticore. The second I turned into this probe. I think I have 4 of the simple buzz probes laying around, I HATE them compared to...
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    Built a probe for my Manticore

    I did some testing, you do need to noise cancel the Manticore obviously because they can't be on the same channel same as any two detectors. After that just keep the probe 18 inches away from the Manticore coil and all is quiet. That's with the probe on 28 sensitivity.
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    Built a probe for my Manticore

    I have a 2nd job, metal detecting!
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    Built a probe for my Manticore

    Here's my new Explorer SE Pro powered X1 probe for the new Manticore. I was unimpressed with these current buzz probes. The Explorer powered X1 remains KING so I put together a hip mounted X1 probe to pair with the new Manticore. Attached it to my new PANKY detecting pouch which I mounted on...
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    WM09 for The Manticore, 700/900, and Xterra Pro.

    Just received my WM09. Turns out the high prices were MAP, I paid $139.
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    18k Opal big wooop wooop

    Find of a lifetime that's one whopper opal and 18k to boot congrats!
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    Comparison - Manticore vs EQX 800 vs Explorer SE Pro

    Not so much a quirk as a contest of how BAD a silver signal can get. Over the years as we got more experienced with Explorers hunting frequently turned into a contest of the most horrible signal dug that turned out to be a silver coin, leaving us baffled. As most Explorer users know a rusty nail...
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    Comparison - Manticore vs EQX 800 vs Explorer SE Pro

    I think the era of an Explorer book has come and gone. Manticore? As a managing director of software development who's dug 10's of thousands of targets with Explorers I have a different perspective on fielding testing these machines. Soon (I retire in T minus 4 weeks) I'll be focusing my full...
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    Comparison - Manticore vs EQX 800 vs Explorer SE Pro

    Explorer Quirk #2 - I guess while I'm on the topic of quirks and big silver, wait for it...the all metal null. How does that even happen? I'm hunting along and suddenly the machine go silent. Nothing, no threshold tone, no target tone, no overload, dead silent. I'm like what the hell? Machine...
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    Comparison - Manticore vs EQX 800 vs Explorer SE Pro

    The rest of this story now that I have some time to explain...detectors have quirks and the Explorer is no exception. These quirks are frequently quite helpful. Remember when people would say you have to put time in on a new machine, years, thousands of targets? I never bought into that with one...
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    Comparison - Manticore vs EQX 800 vs Explorer SE Pro

    I have this Patco PTS300 entry level thermal stripper. Gets the job done nicely, various sized heating elements available for different gauge wires though each will strip a range of wire gauges. I have only needed 2 sizes. There's a depth stop which is nice, you can set it to a depth of length...
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    Comparison - Manticore vs EQX 800 vs Explorer SE Pro

    Pick a day to hunt silver quarters and half dollars...when you arrive concentrate on crown caps...Explorers have a special mode for this.
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    Comparison - Manticore vs EQX 800 vs Explorer SE Pro

    On this topic, a couple of things. I have thermal wire strippers that never nick or cut the tiny wires in these cords, that's a game changer. Also, discover Ancor brand heat shrink it's for marine applications and there's waterproof glue inside the heat shrink tubing. I highly AVOID 1/8 and 1/4...
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    Comparison - Manticore vs EQX 800 vs Explorer SE Pro

    There's a couple of options here...the simple version is to run a cable from the Manticore's 1/8" jack back along the shaft to the rear of the arm cup to a 1/4 inch jack. Better, use a superior waterproof connector vs the 1/4 inch jack. The problem with those is twisting wears the plating off...
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    Comparison - Manticore vs EQX 800 vs Explorer SE Pro

    Explorer tones were the best, there's so much information in the tones. Silver ringing (like a bicycle bell), Merc bell like tone (due to the deep relief strike of the coin), round sounds, deep sounds, the smoothness of gold vs nickel/tab. Platinum is altogether a unique tone on Explorers. The...
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