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Old 09-13-2017, 06:32 PM
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Question New-ish.... which detector for small gold, jewelry, but coins also

I started out with a $65 bounty hunter tracker iv about 5 years ago.
I used it and a pinpointer a few times back then and found a few coins (just newer clad) and a fake gold earring. I really wanted to get into the hobby but didnt have much free time and felt stupid out there by myself and didnt have anyone to go with.

Fast forward several years and my son is now 10 and been bugging me for days for a detector.
Unfortunately I sold the tracker iv to a buddy for $20 last year so had to go buy another one for him yesterday from hobby lobby for $65 (40% off coupon)
He seen me watching aussie gold hunters and that gave him the bug to get one.
I explained to him he would not find gold and that he might have to dig 1000 trash items before finding something really nice like older 90% silver coins.

I would love to do some prospecting and would shell out the money for some nice gear but sadly live in Illinois. What surprised me was I read from several online sources that the river I live by is one of only 3 places in Illinois where gold was recorded being found (dropped glacier gold)

Now I know it sounds crazy but the river that gold has been found at - I am pretty familiar with as Ive done a bunch of canoing and fishing there and thinking about getting a machine again since I have a hunting partner now (my son)
I know it will be next to impossible to find any gold and that if found it would probably be flake sub gram stuff but the river has a really old turn of the century bottle plant off the river where ive found cool stuff before and know people used to work there in late 1800s early 1900s so might get lucky and find some 90% silver.

Long story short....
I was thinking about a tesoro compadre....solid machine,no screen to distract me and can learn to listen but dont know if it would hit small gold if It was there. Then thought about the tesoro lobo but read that the gold bug 2 might be better. Ive been doing alot of reading and listened to a 3 hour podcast today with Nathan on it from tesoro and am really leaning torwards a tesoro but open to other options.

I dont want to spend too much incase I dont stick with the hobby but would like a gold capable machine that could also do well on jewelry and coins.

Any thoughts?
Thanks

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Old 09-13-2017, 08:16 PM
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Small, natural gold is always tough. It requires high dollar, high frequency equipment that won't be great for other types of hunting. A few to youtube would be the AT Gold and the Fisher Gold Bug. I've seen both hit fairly small pickers in videos and are good all around. Hopefully some members with in the field experience will chime in.

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Old 09-13-2017, 08:43 PM
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I have always used Whites and I just purchased a used M6 like new but I also have a Tesoro Compadre coming purchased like new used and shipped to my door. I have heard good things about the Tesoro line and I am itching to try it out. The Compadre gets really good reviews all over the place.

The M6 just works, and I tried a couple of the newer Whites line and was disappointed.

FYI there is gold found in nearly every state, including Iowa where I live. Not much however and there are people using sluice boxes and little dredges to get it out. Its not well known and for the reasons you might think. If a miner finds a good spot, it could take him all summer to get an Oz (or 2) of gold.

I think its the Gold prospectors of America or something like that that has more info. Read up on how and where to find river gold, and buy a pan. Who knows?
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:25 PM
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I'd look into picking up a good used Whites MXT. If you like tone ID, you might think about an MXT Pro.

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Old 09-14-2017, 07:27 AM
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Well a new Tesoro Compadre is like $170 new, a MXT Pro is about $800. Either one can be found used. Both are good.
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Old 09-14-2017, 07:42 AM
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Gold nuggets, tiny shallow ones can still be found with the Compadre, I assume the Mojave too among other Tesoros, but lower end units are not exactly the right tools for serious gold hunters.
In the real world should be fine for coins, jewelry and other targets.

Good gold hunting tools can also be used for normal hunting Gold Bug, Logo, et al, but price varies from mid range on up.

A Teknetics Patriot with a sniper coil can do both pretty well, I have found the tiniest targets with my F70, and excellent at regular hunting in all kinds of sites and conditions for normal targets for $400.
Plus you have the Omega units and others that would probably work for your purposes, also.

Concentrate on tools and price points that will take care of your needs in the predominate type of sites you will be spending your time hunting and just don't expect much but still have fun in the rarer hunting areas.

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Old 09-17-2017, 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by deezdrama View post
I started out with a $65 bounty hunter tracker iv about 5 years ago.
I used it and a pinpointer a few times back then and found a few coins (just newer clad) and a fake gold earring. I really wanted to get into the hobby but didnt have much free time and felt stupid out there by myself and didnt have anyone to go with.

Fast forward several years and my son is now 10 and been bugging me for days for a detector.
Unfortunately I sold the tracker iv to a buddy for $20 last year so had to go buy another one for him yesterday from hobby lobby for $65 (40% off coupon)
He seen me watching aussie gold hunters and that gave him the bug to get one.
I explained to him he would not find gold and that he might have to dig 1000 trash items before finding something really nice like older 90% silver coins.

I would love to do some prospecting and would shell out the money for some nice gear but sadly live in Illinois. What surprised me was I read from several online sources that the river I live by is one of only 3 places in Illinois where gold was recorded being found (dropped glacier gold)

Now I know it sounds crazy but the river that gold has been found at - I am pretty familiar with as Ive done a bunch of canoing and fishing there and thinking about getting a machine again since I have a hunting partner now (my son)
I know it will be next to impossible to find any gold and that if found it would probably be flake sub gram stuff but the river has a really old turn of the century bottle plant off the river where ive found cool stuff before and know people used to work there in late 1800s early 1900s so might get lucky and find some 90% silver.

Long story short....
I was thinking about a tesoro compadre....solid machine,no screen to distract me and can learn to listen but dont know if it would hit small gold if It was there. Then thought about the tesoro lobo but read that the gold bug 2 might be better. Ive been doing alot of reading and listened to a 3 hour podcast today with Nathan on it from tesoro and am really leaning torwards a tesoro but open to other options.

I dont want to spend too much incase I dont stick with the hobby but would like a gold capable machine that could also do well on jewelry and coins.

Any thoughts?
Thanks

I do some gold prospecting here in Ohio , for the same glacial gold you would see there. While there have been a few small " picker " sized nuggets found in our areas they are very , very rare. They gold we find is just tiny specks , literally pulverized by the immense weight and friction involved in the glaciers that brought it here. Unfortunately there is no detector that will be of any help to us in our areas for this gold. Only gold pans or small sluices are able to isolate enough of it to even see in some cases , but I have a glass vial with some small specks and flakes doing it this way. Its not profitable but its fun and educational. There is no detector made that will pick up this tiny gold.

But if you still wanted to try it anyway , you are looking at atleast the cost of a mid level detector ( $500-$800 ) for something that is a realistic gold prospecting machine , and that pretty much automatically puts you into the range where jewelry and coins should be no problem for it. A Tesoro compadre " could " probably find some large gold nuggets , but natural gold is harder for detectors to find than jewelry gold so they would have to be pretty large.

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Old 09-18-2017, 10:49 PM
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I passed on a used lobo that went for $400. Kind of bummed I didnt jump on it.
Ive watched some vids and read some articles where It really killed it deep on coins.

Oh well.
Probably just go with a mojave unless i find a used tejon for a good price.

Realistically.... I just need a grab and go simple detector for tot lots. I wont have alot of time since my job requires me there slaving away 50-60 hours a week. So for this the mojave should fit the bill nicely, But for the times I head out with more time to check fields and some old homestead sites ive ran across before Im just hoping Im not wishing I had a machine that went deeper
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Old 09-19-2017, 07:11 AM
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Originally Posted by deezdrama View post
I passed on a used lobo that went for $400. Kind of bummed I didnt jump on it.
Ive watched some vids and read some articles where It really killed it deep on coins.

Oh well.
Probably just go with a mojave unless i find a used tejon for a good price.

Realistically.... I just need a grab and go simple detector for tot lots. I wont have alot of time since my job requires me there slaving away 50-60 hours a week. So for this the mojave should fit the bill nicely, But for the times I head out with more time to check fields and some old homestead sites ive ran across before Im just hoping Im not wishing I had a machine that went deeper
I have no idea how deep a Mojave will go in your dirt but in mine I am hitting the prime area for older coins easily which is 4-6" and up to about 7"...so far.
There are some a bit deeper but that is rare, I might be able to go past that but I will let you know if and when that happens.
Here the big problem is masking and this thing is finding some severely masked targets easily in some extremely hunted out sites...sites where most believe there is absolutely nothing left.
On bigger iron pieces even deeper.
In a land where 5" is usually the cutoff point for most detectors in the bad stuff that is remarkable.

For tot lots this should be quite the killer, it double beeps on all targets next to that big iron stuff easily, in non mineralized chips or pebbles I have no idea how deep it can go but it might surprise you.
Think of this as a specialty unit, a very decent all around but especially good in some sites like tot lots.
If and when you upgrade to a more powerful deeper unit one day, I have the F70 as my prime, you will not want to get rid of this thing, it will have its place in your arsenal forever once you understand exactly how and where it shines plus it is always a blast to use like all Tesoros.
Money spent on a Compadre or Mojave is never wasted as far as I am concerned.
These are units that perform and produce whether you use them full time or part time in tandem with others like I do.

Many started with a Compadre and graduated to others but still kept that Compadre and used it.
Others had mid to higher end units and bought the Compadre after because they read about what they can do.
A few top notch relic hunters that used top end detectors and hunted iron infested sites like old farm fields bought one and brought it into those same fields when targets stopped showing up...and found more.
Some had a Compadre and got rid of it but bought another up the road after reading about how some owners learned to get the best out of it...something they didn't actually do the first time around.
The Mojave is that one but at even a bit higher level, even a better more capable all around in my opinion.
Maybe not the deepest detector on the planet but deep enough for general use in most all but the oldest sites where major depth is a must have.

Like a putter in a golfer's bag a must have if you want the best shot at success, everywhere, and a valued edition to any and all arsenals.

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Old 09-19-2017, 02:29 PM
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I started out with a $65 bounty hunter tracker iv about 5 years ago.
I used it and a pinpointer a few times back then and found a few coins (just newer clad) and a fake gold earring. I really wanted to get into the hobby but didnt have much free time and felt stupid out there by myself and didnt have anyone to go with.

Fast forward several years and my son is now 10 and been bugging me for days for a detector.
Unfortunately I sold the tracker iv to a buddy for $20 last year so had to go buy another one for him yesterday from hobby lobby for $65 (40% off coupon)
He seen me watching aussie gold hunters and that gave him the bug to get one.
I explained to him he would not find gold and that he might have to dig 1000 trash items before finding something really nice like older 90% silver coins.

I would love to do some prospecting and would shell out the money for some nice gear but sadly live in Illinois. What surprised me was I read from several online sources that the river I live by is one of only 3 places in Illinois where gold was recorded being found (dropped glacier gold)

Now I know it sounds crazy but the river that gold has been found at - I am pretty familiar with as Ive done a bunch of canoing and fishing there and thinking about getting a machine again since I have a hunting partner now (my son)
I know it will be next to impossible to find any gold and that if found it would probably be flake sub gram stuff but the river has a really old turn of the century bottle plant off the river where ive found cool stuff before and know people used to work there in late 1800s early 1900s so might get lucky and find some 90% silver.

Long story short....
I was thinking about a tesoro compadre....solid machine,no screen to distract me and can learn to listen but dont know if it would hit small gold if It was there. Then thought about the tesoro lobo but read that the gold bug 2 might be better. Ive been doing alot of reading and listened to a 3 hour podcast today with Nathan on it from tesoro and am really leaning torwards a tesoro but open to other options.

I dont want to spend too much incase I dont stick with the hobby but would like a gold capable machine that could also do well on jewelry and coins.

Any thoughts?
Thanks
AT- Gold would be perfect/ nice 5x8 coil with great dept
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Old 09-21-2017, 02:52 PM
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Well.... ended up buying a like new vaquero from a dealer for price of a new mojave.
Wont be as easy as a starter machine but will be able to grow into it I guess.

I should be able to get more depth with this for relic hunting in fields but how will it do on small jewelry. ...still capable?

Anyone sell aftermarket stickers? I dont like the purple lol.
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Originally Posted by deezdrama View post
Well.... ended up buying a like new vaquero from a dealer for price of a new mojave.
Wont be as easy as a starter machine but will be able to grow into it I guess.

I should be able to get more depth with this for relic hunting in fields but how will it do on small jewelry. ...still capable?

Anyone sell aftermarket stickers? I dont like the purple lol.
After I got the thing set up and ground balanced I pretty much just used it the same way as my Compadre.
I am a thumber....I get signals at low disc and thumb way up then back down and listen close to exactly how the targets come in to figure them out.
A game I have played since day one and how I enjoy hunting.
Do it long enough and you become way faster at this than you might believe but many just set the thing somewhere and dig everything that beeps.
Any way you like to do it is good...it all works.

Just has a few more knobs on this one, that's all, pretty capable on most targets and should be very deep set regular, supertuned or in all metal.

On most jewelry it should be fine, rings, medallions, most chains and whatever.
On the really tiny stuff like earring backs and the tiniest thinnest chains you will probably want a sniper coil for that.
I loved the 5.75" concentric sniper but many like using he DD widescan too.


The purple never bothered me, the housing is so small anyway.
I covered mine up with special accessories that seemed to help.
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Originally Posted by DIGGER27 View post
After I got the thing set up and ground balanced I pretty much just used it the same way as my Compadre.
I am a thumber....I get signals at low disc and thumb way up then back down and listen close to exactly how the targets come in to figure them out.
A game I have played since day one and how I enjoy hunting.
Do it long enough and you become way faster at this than you might believe but many just set the thing somewhere and dig everything that beeps.
Any way you like to do it is good...it all works.

Just has a few more knobs on this one, that's all, pretty capable on most targets and should be very deep set regular, supertuned or in all metal.

On most jewelry it should be fine, rings, medallions, most chains and whatever.
On the really tiny stuff like earring backs and the tiniest thinnest chains you will probably want a sniper coil for that.
I loved the 5.75" concentric sniper but many like using he DD widescan too.


The purple never bothered me, the housing is so small anyway.
I covered mine up with special accessories that seemed to help.
But I dont have a 4 leaf clover to tape on the side, lol ..... Thinking about some black carbon fiber automotive tape. Might kill resale value though, we will see how it looks in person when it arrives.
This one has the 8x9 concentric. I know a 5 3/4" concentric would be better for tot lots and a 11x8" widescan would be better for fields, the 8x9" being right in the middle should hold me over for a while untill I decide what coil I need next.

I watched a bunch of vids and write ups on super tuning.
Ive seen it mentioned that super tuning is basically turning sensitivity up as high as it will go without chatter, but that 1/4 turn negative ground balance will give even more depth. Is this a general truth for all ground conditions?
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:23 PM
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You did well, there may not be a better detector made than the Vaquero. Spend a few days with it and you will begin to like it alot. Get a decent pair of headphones and you will find more. And with the 5.75 widescan, it will find small gold.

And I would say learn to use the machine, but save the super tuning for later. Just get familiar with ground balancing, the all-metal VCO, thumbing the disc, etc. Super tuning works but save that for when you want to completely clean out some old site. I think you lose too much of the tonal information, to super tune generally.

The disc on the Vaq is accurate and by listening to the tones and thumbing the disc, you will know IMO even more than a display will tell you, I trust the Vaq and my ears with the fast analog signal as much or more than I trust a digitally processed display number (although I like Fishers and do have one). It is just a really good metal detector. Read the forums for info on how to use it. Learn the difference between the round sounds of coins and jewelry vs the buzzy, square sounds of pull tabs.

One other thing, get a few decent rechargeable 9 volts and you will not need to think about batteries again for a long time. I think they pay for themselves pretty easy.

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