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Is the Explorer series dead?

Ted S

Well-known member
I always watch this forum to see if anyone is still using the Explorer or one of its variants. My question is...Who is using the Detech 12x10 SEF coil and what are your results over the Pro coil? I have an Explorer SE with the Pro coil that I like to use from time to time and the Equinox 600 that I use a lot due to the light weight. Elmy has been really helpful in the E-trac forum with his tips. Any help from the Explorer guys? Thanks and Happy Holidays everyone!! Ted
 

IDXMonster

Well-known member
You know I love my Explorer Ted! I have NOT used the 12x10 but many like it, that’s for sure! I have the 13” Ultimate and do well with it, but don’t use the Explorer enough to warrant buying another coil that’s effectively the same size as the Ultimate. I know for SURE that there are many Explorers still in action, I believe they will be until the next huge breakthrough. I know I will ALWAYS have one around.
 

Nauti

Well-known member
I live in England and over here the detech was the coil of choice for most explorer users......almost every explorer you saw had one of these coils attached to it.The main advantage was target seperation,the coil made a significant difference on some of our ancient sites.
As for the explorers relevance.......its a detector that can still keep up with anything in the right hands.
 

Ted S

Well-known member
Thanks guys! I just want to experiment with the bigger coil. I want to know if I am missing any coins with the Equinox. I think it's fun to use two different machines.
 

RT

New member
Ted, I only use my Explorer SE and not being the Pro I have never had a Pro coil. I purchased the 10x12 SEF coil with the SE and ran this combo since 2008. I mainly hunt the same 2 small parks and 1 large fairgrounds for the past 20 years as they continue to produce some nice old silver. In 2017 I decided to order the Detect Ultimate 13 as my finds were falling off. While waiting for the new coil to arrive I slowly and carefully detected 2 high traffic areas in a grid and angle search pattern which produced a nice 1893 Barber dime. The next day received the 13 in the noon mail so changed coils and went back to the park where I found the Barber. Running the same settings I started detecting and in less than 5 min. I got a good signal at 5" and out pops a 1891 seated dime. During the next hour I managed another Barber dime and 2 Mercs all from the same 50' by 50 area. This is a fairly high trash area but the 13 hit them hard and clear. Then I went to my fairgrounds to the same size area I covered same as the park. I had an hour left to hunt and that produced a rosie and a merc. All these coins were between 4" to 6" so depth was not an issue. As you can guess the 13 coil has never come off my detector and the quality and number of finds have increased dramatically in my same old grounds. I realize that all areas are not the same so all I can say is in my area of upstate NY this was a real break thru combo for me. Also my hunting method is to go very slow which the 13 seems to like. The larger the area the slower I go. I credit all my success in detecting to the members of this forum who shared their tips and settings which helped me become a small extension of their talent.
 

Ted S

Well-known member
Thanks for the reply RT! This is the info I like to hear! Most of my hunting is done in large open areas and fields. I know Kevin hunts with his Explorer in ball fields like I do and he has some nice video. Great discussion fellas! Thank you!
 

Ted S

Well-known member
Fellas...I got a good deal on the 10x12 SEF...I will post results this spring when I can get back out! HH! Ted
 
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