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Minelab Manticore and Multi IQ+ technology

The first outing with Minelab Manticore was not successful. I had considerable doubts. After all, the price is about 10 thousand. PLN does its job and we have above-average expectations. The detector frighteningly distorted the color and no change and raising the iron limits (FERROUS LIMITS), or lowering the sensitivity and ground calibration did anything. I was stuck. I tried various ways to deal with the change in reactivity and frequent detuning, but it did not bring the expected results. The device was unstable and it was difficult to figure out what was the correct signal from the target, and what was ground interference and color-distorting iron.

Yes, the place is very difficult, and not because of the soil, which is easy and sandy, but because of the amount of iron in it. Minelab Manticore requires a bit more knowledge and experience from the user than devices from the lower price range. Here you have to think hard about what program we will choose for the prevailing conditions and how we will set it. In my case, I decided to change the program from a FAST setting to LOW CONDUCTORS. So low guides. Why? Old and fine silver has a very low ID and is located right next to iron.

The next step was to determine the iron ranges (FERROUS LIMITS), here the matter is not so simple. Low value more color distortion but less masking. I decided to set the upper value for fine iron – such as nails – to 6. This is slightly less than factory 7. The extreme version is 4, but I do not recommend it at the beginning, maybe when you get used to the equipment. It gives amazing results.

Recovery speed is a parameter responsible for the separation. Here I stayed with factory 5, and sometimes I use 6 in a place with more traffic 😉 Higher value, better separation of objects and more stability, less range. At low values, you have to sweep slower and the equipment becomes less stable. Fortunately, we can influence this with the speed of the sweep. When we come across a garbage can – we slow down, and when it’s clean we can easily speed up. Patience and experience, humility, and there will be results!

It remains to set the sensitivity. The principle is always the same as in other detectors. We go up and watch how the detector behaves. Unstable work, we have to go down. Along the way, we do NOISE CANCEL, i.e. scanning channels to look for the best one. We can combine this with the sensitivity adjustment and choose the right setting. It is worth holding the interference reset button longer until you get one repeatable channel after each scan. In the case of Manitcor, the algorithm analyzes the interference and selects the best channel for the given operating frequencies selected with the program.

Audio. What audio to choose in a place where iron and its natural oxidation make even shallow objects practically inaudible?! I chose the ENHANCED option with noise reduction and it was a hit. Finally, the number of tones. It has been known for a long time that simple audio is the best in a dump or among the iron. One ton fell. Modulation? I chose SIMPLE, which is the smallest difference between a strong and a weak signal. Why? A large value for the MEDIUM or RICH parameter makes it easy to get lost with a large number of different signals, especially high tones from piercing iron. We want to check every signal and not miss anything!

Ground calibration remained at 0, although tracking did not introduce significant changes. The maximum corrected value is 2. The device cannot be manually adjusted by the pumping process here – too much iron!

Let’s go back to the results obtained, and this one completely knocked me off my feet! The spot I passed through revived and began to produce signals that were previously inaudible to other devices, and I spent almost two years in this place! It’s a strange feeling to pull stuff next to your pits and footprints … MultiIQ+ software Minelab does the job in combination with very fast hardware. The sensation is shocking when the detector separates the masked signals with the iron and the 2D graph becomes a checking tool. How to do it? The matter is simple because it is very easy to distinguish interference from iron and ground in the ENHANCED audio. In case of additional doubts, we look at the chart and rotate over the target by 90 degrees. In this case, after rotation, the TARGET TRACE signal in the conductivity axis, signaling the so-called color returns to iron. The chart gives us amazing opportunities to check the signal. For example, it shows large iron objects masking low conductors, small iron showing color, but also a pair of different objects next to each other. The dominant of the stronger signal changes with the change of position over the object. It’s just brilliant! If we add interference, mineralization, and different types of conductivity, we have a full picture of the possibilities!

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Finally, is the detector worth 10,000? zloty? Certainly not in this country. We simply cannot afford it and no matter how good the ratio of our earnings to price is, it is unacceptable. Too bad no one talks about it!

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Minelab Equinox 700 and 900 the fish rots from the head

Has become. Minelab announced new models… Equinox 700 and 900. That’s how they did it… they refreshed the line. So what do we get and how is the new model different?!

A flashlight has arrived, vibrations, a wider ID scale, improved ergonomics, a scale for iron from -1 to 0, and for higher conductors from 1 to 99. They went crazy.

Looking soberly, the changes are cosmetic beyond the scale, but how about the price, in our country, it is the dominant factor. Let’s see what the difference is … GBP 799 for the 700 version and GBP 1099 for the 900 version. This means at the current exchange rate of PLN 4354 and PLN 5989 net …

To sum up, PLN 5,356 and PLN 7,367. Is it supposed to be an alternative to the almost PLN 10,000 Manticore and a response to the fans of the brand who said that someone exaggerated the price? This is how the mouth closes efficiently. Pure marketing. You can not afford it?! Buy yourself a cheaper one… see what we have prepared for you. A slight facelift and refreshed device can be yours.

How does the price compare to the competition? The answer is simple. Miserably. It’s cheaper than Manticore but still expensive. Adding a few goodies won’t make us justify 20% more. There is no chance, although the manufacturer was based on this assumption.

Maybe it’s a matter of prejudice, but Equinox has never convinced me and many of my colleagues feel the same way. After a year of use, I got rid of the device without much regret. It is possible that it was a mistake, but compared to the old XP DEUS model, Whites Spectra or decent DeepTech analogs, I did not see any greater depth, better identification, or stable work.

It is possible that the new models are much better, but I see no reason to be interested in them. Whether this is a mistake time will tell.

Coming back to the prices, well, we live in such no other conditions and only a few can afford expensive devices above PLN 2,500. It is worth remembering and reminding each time because it is not the individual who indicates the goal, but the majority.

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Depth or separation?

Depth or separation? The eternal question and sleepless nights. I choose to separate objects because this is the most crucial thing in the places where I am able to search. The race for a few inches leads to nothing constructive, but the ability to see in iron does. Scrap heavily masks targets, and it’s not big objects and nails, but also decay dust – its condensed oxides!

The electronics of the detector have to process a lot of signals in a moment, and if we add other conductors to this, the time to generate a signal is very short. Larger signals effectively cover the response of small objects – higher conductors.

The level of mineralization of the substrate, the sweep angle, the conduct of the probe, and the frequency of work are important. All this has a dramatic effect on the effects. Wrongly selected detector and incorrectly set, and there is no chance for any effects. I have experienced this many times and it was very painful. A change in approach, improved probe guidance, and higher operating frequency, and we begin to hear signals previously unavailable.

So what is my recipe for a lot of iron? It depends on many parameters, but to simplify … a higher separation speed of the so-called recovery speed, higher operating frequency, lower sensitivity to conditions, and lower discrimination. Slower sweep, still parallels to the ground. You can also raise the probe slightly up … so if we are fighting with large disturbances from the ground. It will be shallower this way, but we will hear objects that we had no idea about before.

Finally, you can use a single high-frequency operation, an adaptive refresh rate device (Nexus MP V3), or a hybrid PI/VLF detector (Tarsacci MDT), but who can afford that?!

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The Nexus is a completely different detector

Nexus MPv3 is a detector so different from currently presented detectors that it is difficult to compare them directly. Expensive, heavy, and difficult to use, but perfectly made. Worth every penny for me, but obviously not for everyone.

Why is it worth spending a fortune? First of all, you need to have a lot of experience, a small ego, a lot of humility, and patience. Success requires hard work, only then it tastes the best.

MPv3 is in a completely different league when it comes to performance. No known hardware comes within a meter of the Nexus. Does this mean that it is the best equipment in the world? No. Perfect for old places, but expensive and requiring full understanding.

In addition to the depth of detection, we get beautiful analog audio and a guide signal closely related to the ground calibration, giving a full description of what is happening under the probe. Pure analog power packed into ten…yes ten AA batteries.

Nexus opens old spots and helps close new ones to the end. The whole thing makes a hell of a good tool. Modulated VCO-type audio, depending on the settings, allows you to favor particular conductors. The VCO LED indicator works in a similar way. It’s also adjustable. We have a pair of colors for each guide from green, to orange, blue, and white. It’s a big simplification.

The combination of all these possibilities results in a devilishly effective device, although demanding, but also quite forgiving of mistakes. Perfect second detector for me.

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Nexus Standard MP V3

Nexus Standard MPv3 is the next incarnation of the metal detector of the already famous manufacturer. Georgi is a true genius, no doubt about it.

The new detector is not for everyone and not because of its price. It’s all about service and understanding and taking the time. It’s a very difficult device. This is IB (Induction Balance) technology.

The IB metal detector is capable of discriminating between different types of metal objects, such as bottle caps and coins, by distinguishing the amplitude of the corresponding reception signals. In addition, the detector is equipped with a tuning adjustment, which is used to eliminate the influence of ground disturbances with a high content of iron and mineralization.

So in a nutshell and strongly simplified. What does it give? Ability to work in an environment with a lot of iron and mineralization of the substrate!

Unfortunately, this requires a lot of knowledge and awareness from the operator to fully understand the machine. Time and experience plus humility and focus. There is no other way. One mistake in the settings and the whole intricately arranged house of cards collapses.

Nexus Standard MPv3 is a typical knob, where the role of identification is taken over by a multi-color LED display. In addition to additional audio, we have a VCO-type selection knob, discrimination, coarse and fine ground calibration, and mineralization switch … there is a bit of it and it’s not easy to get the hang of it. I am full of optimism and the producer gave me full support. Remember to subscribe. It’s time to face this beast. We’ll see how I do. Courage is added by the fact that the set includes a double probe 2x 10 inches, the so-called low-frequency butterfly, which is supposed to translate into depths unattainable for other devices known to me. We’ll see.

Below is a description of the functions and calibration showing how complicated this device is.

Ground calibration. GB in the MP V3 is divided into two knobs – GB Fine and GB Coarse. The fine adjustment is 10 turns for fine-tuning, and the coarse adjustment is one turn for coarse tuning.
To adjust the ground balance, turn both GB knobs to position 10 clockwise. While moving the probe up and down, rotate the Coarse GB counterclockwise until the detector generates a soft signal as the probe descends.
Then tune with GB Fine by turning it counterclockwise. Continue fine-tuning GB in the final phase only with the help of GB Fine.

You can also do GB in reverse order. Turn both knobs to 0, fully counterclockwise. Then adjust GB Coarse until you get a soft signal as the probe goes up, then adjust GB Fine. The MP V3 Discrimination Control needs to be set somewhere around 3-4 on the scale (similar to the MkII) to avoid iron digging. It is best to select the setting on-site after checking several signals.

Unlike the MkII, the MP V3’s discrimination is very soft and forgiving, meaning there is no danger of clipping too much, everything is done in very small steps.

The LC-MC SET knob is used to turn the RGB LED meter on/off and to adjust the cutoff point between the low (LC) and mid (MC) leads. If this control is set to the left (0), only the lowest conductors will be colored green – hand-minted gold coins, Roman gold coins, any small gold coin or artifact, and very small pieces of foil.

All other non-ferrous objects will be marked with either orange (medium MC conductors) or white/blue (high conductors). If you turn the LC-MC SET to the right, some
hand-minted silver coins will be marked low guides as well as most lugs.

Mineral Control can only be used on highly mineralized soil containing magnetite. MC Fine stands for precise regulation of mineralization. The sensitivity of the detector will be slightly reduced, but this will allow you to reach the audible threshold of objects near strong sources of interference caused by mineralization.

The leading signal the threshold in the MP V3 should be set to the minimum audible level at all times like a constant, stable hum so that the deepest small objects can be detected and all others give a really good sure response.
This setup will ensure that the V3 performs far better than any other detector in existence, even the MP V2 (which is a beast in its own right).

The VCO setting is only intended to be used to identify uncertain, deep objects in the cluttered ground. The VCO should be set so that the first green LED just lights up. This will adjust the VCO tones to an audible level between lows and highs.

VCO is the best way to identify very uncertain (weak signals) targets at maximum depth. When searching in the cluttered ground, the guide signal needs to be quiet so that constant use of the VCO audio is not a nuisance.

If you get your hands on one of the 11.5-inch CC probes, you’ll find that the V3 in VCO mode is unbeatable in iron-strewn areas. No digital detectors can come within a mile of what this V3 detector can do with the right probe, according to the manufacturer. We’ll see!

The general advice is to keep the search coil approximately 10 cm off the ground at all locations and maintain a stable guiding signal. Once the target is located, if uncertain, lower the search coil closer to the ground. If the LED meter shows nothing, use the audio VCO to check the target.

Iron will not be indicated on the RGB LED meter unless the discrimination control is set to a value close to 0. In this case, iron will be indicated green as all other low conductors.

The battery test will show levels from 10.5V to 11.5V. So, when the battery test shows less than a full green LED bar, it means the batteries are nearing full discharge.

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EMI interference

What is EMI Interference? The definition is quite broad and a bit confusing for non-technical people:

Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) is any signal or radiated into space or transmitted through power or signal lines that threaten the operation of radio navigation or other safety services, or seriously degrades, blocks, or repeatedly interrupts licensed radio communications. Radio communication services include, but are not limited to, television and radio broadcasting, mobile telephony services, radar scanning, air traffic control, paging services (pagers), and PCS (Personal Communication Services). Licensed radio services, such as those used in WLAN networks or Bluetooth technology, together with incidental transmitters, such as digital devices including computer systems, contribute to the electromagnetic environment.

In our case, these are simply interferences that make the work of the metal detector difficult or even impossible. Half the trouble is when the process is visible and the device characteristically excites, generating a target signal and a numerical ID. Then we know that we are dealing with them and can take appropriate measures. What? Detuning the so-called changing the channel, reducing the sensitivity, or choosing a different operating frequency, if possible, direct elimination of interference sources such as telephones, transmitters, electric fences for animals, etc.

In difficult cases, you can use discrimination and cut-out interference, but this is only a half-measure. We lose performance, which is already heavily limited by EMI interference. A colleague who accompanies us can effectively deprive us of the chance to find finds, being even several meters away with his detector! Don’t fall for the group search, it’s just a nice time at the rally, you can’t count on the effects in such conditions. It’s unlikely!

What was the better situation, and what is the worse? Quiet disturbances. The ones that are not visible, and everything seems to be ok. We lose performance, but the detector does not signal it in any way. You can put a coin under the probe and the device can be completely blind. How to defend against it? It depends on many different factors, and above all on the type of device we have.

We preventively check other programs and detune the device from time to time. We check the signals with the person next to us to see if our detector can handle them as well. It’s the only option. SMF-type machines – simply put, multi-frequency machines, usually work in two or more frequencies, processed by software. In some cases, it may turn out that what was supposed to be a great advantage of a wide frequency range becomes a disadvantage!

For example, we have a program working in the range from 5 to 40 kHz – ideal for searching for gold, i.e. a low conductor is allergic to high frequency, and silver – a high conductor to low frequency. In addition, high frequency copes with small things better and with greater mineralization of the ground. In the case of low frequency, objects with a larger volume are signaled better. Story. We will not miss anything from what interests us the most!

Unfortunately, right now our greatest enemy is approaching and eliminating one of our frequencies. Without seeing it, we lose 50% of the possibilities without knowing it. Often programming and filters sewn in with it additionally stabilize the work of the detector. For this reason, the prevention described above is important. In this way, we will avoid erroneous opinions about the equipment and unreliable tests, especially from the test tracks. Interference can confuse us, so it is worth spending many hours checking different variants of settings in the field in various conditions!

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XP with panel or without?

The question is simple with or without a panel? ORX, DEUS, and DEUS II are available in the lite version, where the control electronics are replaced by wireless headphones, also with buttons and a display. So which set to choose? Logically, the best and full, unfortunately, the price difference is significant, and on the other hand, you have to pay more later to buy a panel. It is bad either way. So what decision to make?!

If it is to be the first detector, then we can safely give up this add-on. Why? For a simple reason, we have to go by ear and we don’t have a display with ID numbers or a graph. We learn organoleptically from scratch as it should be – that is, by ear! It only pays off and increases our skills. Such mastery of the equipment gives you a lot and allows you to avoid mistakes at the beginning of the road. The second plus is not wasting time on moving the device when we do not fully understand certain functions and dependencies – less chance for wrong setting and skipping items. Finally, the last thing is weight loss, we can live knowing that our equipment is the lightest in the world!

Are you advanced and want to update? Buy yourself a panel, this solution is for you! There is one more option to work with the equipment, first listening and then verification on the chart. That’s how some programs work, and it works.

We have experience and we understand how the detectors work, then the panel is a chance to squeeze out additional possibilities, change the audio or precisely adjust it to the conditions or your own preferences.

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Great Trinity

Five months of intensive field testing with us. The area is 6000 m². Three devices: Tarsacci MDT 8000, XP DEUS II, and Nokta Makro The Legend. Changeable weather conditions, but as in summer, the temperature is around 23 to 30 degrees Celsius. For the DEUS II and The Legend detectors, UV radiation and general heat had a terrible effect on performance. I don’t know if it’s a matter of SMF technology, but both devices lose a lot in such conditions. This manifests itself in unstable work and difficulty in finding a goal. In the case of the Tarsacci detector, which is a hybrid device, i.e. a bit of VLF and a bit of PI, there is no such problem. The probe doesn’t drift and doesn’t go out of tune.

Soil conditions were difficult not because of the soil itself, which is sandy, but because of the high iron content in the form of post-settlement dust, nails, and pieces of pottery and rubble. Modern garbage was rare in this place.

Tarsacci takes time and understanding to set up and master, it’s a bit better with XP DEUS II and The Legend. The last two machines are more forgiving and have better target signaling and locking. Simply put, these goals are easier to extract in difficult conditions.

Hybrid technology means less masking and greater depth of detection, and you can feel it right away. Stable operation unattainable for SMF-type detectors (although stable anyway) translates into greater comfort of searching, giving a longer time and the majority of finds. The MDT 8000 is the kind of equipment that you either love or hate.

In the case of XP, we have a lot more options to choose from. The sound and ergonomics mean that you don’t want to let this pipe out of your hand. After taking the time to master the settings, it is a great detector to work in technically difficult terrain, with a lot of configuration options.

The Legend is as deep as XP DEUS II and can be deeper and more convincing at times. The price is an argument, but the last update 1.09 did its job, and having the same amount to choose from in the case of the XP product, I would seriously consider it. Nothing can beat ergonomics, but everything else can become conventional in this case.

The Turkish manufacturer has made amazing progress and now it is possible to shell coins near the iron, which was not so obvious before! Filters with adjustable speed recovery speed allow you to separate difficult targets better and faster. The device does the job, and in combination with the new audio, it works really great. Personally, I go with the two-tone mode, but Pitch or 60 tones are also alternatives. The 6” probe included in the PRO PACK set is the perfect panacea for a trash can and, together with the low weight, compensates for the fact that we have to swing a lot more with such a small disc! Such a set means that there are not several objects under the probe at once and it is easier to track the right target.

In normal conditions, without the old iron, Nokta and XP perform really well and are not inferior to the Tarsacci. The fun begins only in difficult conditions when coins pop out from under the iron. Then it gets hot. Every Seeker knows this condition well…

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Nokta Makro The Legend real SMF

The Collins Dictionary defines the word “legend” as follows: When you refer to someone as a legend, it means that they are very famous and admired by many people. That’s a definition that certainly includes the Nokta metal detector – it means both famous and universally admired.

There are multi-frequency (MF) detectors and there are simultaneous multi-frequency (SMF) detectors. Both have their followers, so which is best? It depends entirely on where you regularly look and how you look, not forgetting other aspects of fun. These will include consideration of after-sales support, accessories such as probes, warranty repairs, and even dealer reputation.

MF detectors offer operators a range of frequencies from 4kHz to 81kHz, depending on make and model. What MFs don’t do is generate multiple frequencies at once, unlike SMF. Because MFs transmit one selected frequency at a time, their electronic target analysis systems are less complex and therefore less expensive to manufacture. This is usually reflected in their much lower price. Many seasoned MF aficionados prefer to tune their detectors to the frequency that best suits the type of target they are looking for… eg gold, minted silver, copper, and even iron objects.

Nokta Legend is a real SMF that transmits 4kHz, 10kHz, 15kHz, 20kHz, and 40kHz synchronously. Why? Straight. SMF is a catch-all system. Lower frequencies penetrate deeper into the ground/wet sand, while higher frequencies – although slightly less so – are more sensitive to small gold objects. A single MF frequency option is also available to the user.

At a price of around PLN 3,835 along with “promotional offers” that include additional probes and other accessories, it is hardly surprising that the Legend is so highly regarded. Don’t be fooled, this is a technologically advanced detector with features usually only available on the market for detectors worth over PLN 7,000. What makes it stand out is that it has an average price.

From a commercial point of view, it’s a damn strong mix. Nokta placed the Legend electronics in the same housing as the Simplex+ model. The build quality and architecture are typical of a Turkish manufacturer. The model is solid and based on the experience gained in the production of other detectors. As sailors say about yachts: “If it looks good, it will sail well.”

Where we have garbage and iron, a small probe should be used, and anyone who searches the shoreline knows what I’m talking about. Beach seekers often avoid cluttered areas like the plague. Other tough guys work in these conditions, pushing the capabilities of their devices to the limit.

Large-diameter probes are not my ideal choice in cluttered areas, due to one major disadvantage: vulnerability to “target masking”. In the case where we have two objects – one garbage and the other, e.g. a gold ring – both entering the field of work, and the garbage object is often the stronger signal of the two and “masks” gold. Some areas were not only loaded to the brim with garbage and all sorts of metal objects but also lost jewelry. Not surprisingly, these places are almost impossible to search with large-diameter probes, and I mean the 11-inch Legend probe as well. As you might expect, many Seekers steer clear of littered areas. The key to unlocking the loot is a probe with a small diameter of no more than six inches. The likelihood of two targets falling into the small diameter of a small probe is much less likely.

I hope the 6-inch NM probe (LG15) will stand out, as does the elliptical 9.5″x5″ (SP24) used in my Simplex+.

It’s obvious that electronics and water are a poor combination. So, if you’re taking your expensive metal detector anywhere near water, especially salt water, it needs to be waterproof to survive accidental submersion. The Legend is fully resistant up to three meters. For diving maniacs, you can buy headphones for diving on a cable. Same as Simplex+.

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Tracking or not Tracking?

Ground calibration is the basis for ensuring the detector’s operation in difficult conditions, it can be carried out manually or automatically. There is still Tracking, i.e. the function of continuous ground tracking.

Good on clean substrates where mineralization often changes over a short period of time. There is also a downside, false signals can be caught, and objects will need to be swept several times to generate the correct signal. Tracking can get completely lost on magnetic stones or with a lot of ceramics and iron. Large clutter also makes things difficult, it’s all a matter of work algorithms and accompanying filters. Values can be averaged and this is where false signals appear.

Manual tuning gives the greatest guarantee that the metal detector is properly calibrated to the ground. Unfortunately, there are also places where the amount of iron makes it difficult to calibrate manually and automatically, and then it is worth starting Tracking … just do it wisely.

We look at the values and if one value is scrolling all the time, just disable the ground tracking. Ready! We have the value we were looking for. The machine did it for us! It remains to check it from time to time. How? Simply pump the search coil over a clear spot, if the signal changes or you hear an excessive response from the ground, re-tune.

Good positioning is crucial for stable operation and proper signal for a given object and decent depth, and we must remember this every time.

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Tarsacci MDT 8000 REX!

Different technology and completely different possibilities, but only in the right place is the advantage of the Tarsacci MDT 8000 detector that crushes the competition! You do not believe it? Marketing gibberish? Read foreign forums, especially from the USA… these are only the best opinions, but there are also disadvantages.

This equipment, like any other, requires some time and understanding, it is not a low-end, plug-and-forget model. It takes some time, but the results speak for themselves. There is one more little snag. Tarsacci MDT 8000 metal extractor in ordinary conditions, such as low soil mineralization or lack of coke, iron, and foil, will not show anything spectacular. Yes. You need a place full of iron, pottery, coke, slag, magnetic stones, and similar crap, and that’s where the real fun begins! I’m fucking stupid?! Does he probably want to sell…?! Nothing like that, a couple of weeks in the same place over and over again following my footsteps. In addition, various other competition equipment, change of operators, weather, and an area untouched by human hands for 40 years. Only mowed grass. Even changing the orientation of walking in your footsteps, digging on old holes – your holes (fenced area)!

Effect? Pulp! Shock and amazement. The results speak for themselves, competing detectors on various programs are 3 to 5 coins and Tarsacci?! Twice as much and always in the same place!
Recent searches and only this detector give advice. Space and departure at the same time! How is it possible that a silver coin can be heard from over 30 cm under the layer of iron, nails, and ceramics? Two other devices signal nothing but iron, or operate at the limit, although they are perfectly aligned, they have a clear problem. The probes begin to drift and iron wraps around the scale, pottery and stone beat in the middle. A spooky overture, no chance against the cacophony of machine gun sounds!

Hybrid technology allows you to see through this iron to some extent. Vulnerability to camouflage items is less. It’s not 100% known, but it’s still better than the latest top-shelf metal detectors. It makes a big difference and it really works!

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Minelab Equinox vs Tarsacci MDT coin conglomerate

As you can see in the video below, Minelab lays out such a goal as a conglomerate of coins. It’s a difficult goal. Tarsacci is being tested.

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XP DEUS I and DEUS II which is better?

The flood of films about the advantage of DEUS I over DEUS II amused me a hundred times. Customers don’t know what to do… wait or buy?! In addition, there are also software updates, which cause a flood of extreme comments about the version that works and which does not. Complete confusion and chaos.

The first spline is a proven generation of metal detectors, we know all their advantages and disadvantages in everyday use. Model II is a great unknown, it would seem because multi-frequency technology is present in this model for the first time! Not completely. We have a MONO program where we can use DEUS II like its predecessor by selecting only single operating frequencies. We get two in one.

The new god of detectors works really well, and subsequent bugs are gradually corrected. This is not only the case for the French company XP, the competition is struggling with similar problems. Even domestic producers have found out that changing the software can be the key to success or total failure. The question is how much the hardware will allow us – i.e. the tripe of the detector. How good they are to meet the developer challenge.

For me, one thing is certain, DEUS I is by no means a thing of the past, but on the secondary market. The question is when XP will withdraw it from production and become an icon of sales portals like the old Whites models. We’ll see, meanwhile, it’s worth considering buying this detector, unfortunately, the price is an obstacle, over PLN 7,599 gross is an amount unavailable for many in Polish realities, even in the sphere of dreams.

So what does the new technology give and what does it change for the statistical Seeker? It’s simple, the device works more stably, is deeper, and in the case of a salty sea beach and highly mineralized clay, it allows you to reach deeper. For a lot of iron, hardware from France shines. Low and high conductors are signaled similarly confidently and unambiguously, which cannot be said about devices operating at one operating frequency. The above advantages will be useful in certain conditions and not everyone needs it, most users will be satisfied with much cheaper equipment, but there is one thing, but … Ergonomics and weight are unbeatable, the lack of cables also makes life easier, although DEUS II, like its predecessor, requires an experienced operator, or a lot of self-denial in learning the device.

If the assumptions described above are not met, it is worth getting interested in something simpler, because some functions require full understanding and, what is worse, they are permanently interconnected, which complicates the matter even more. Yes, it all takes time and patience, but it will certainly pay off in the future when others will have to give up.

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DeepTech Vista Gold Hound PREMIERE!

DeepTech Vista Gold Hound is actually a good and proven old school analog in the world of metal detectors. There is no finesse or materials straight from outer space here. Everything is average enough…but not the performance!

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The efficient 30 kHz operating frequency allows you to work in slightly more demanding terrain and with very small objects. Are you looking for thin hammered silver coins or fine gold? You will find them. You won’t miss the signal and you’ll appreciate the advantage of the old solutions, where you go only by ear, and every colorful object is checked by digging. This is not the era of displays and conventional ID indications, where the desired coin and can are hidden under the same number!

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You have to put some heart and strength into the shovel and we get results. You won’t miss anything, no chance. Another plus is the fabulously simple operation. Good headphones and on the road where only two tones accompany you. Yes, it’s a minimalist detector. You can turn down the low tone of the iron, but it’s worth hearing what’s going on under the probe and whether we’re in the right placeu.

The manufacturer DeepTech leaves us one more powerful weapon, TRESHOLD. Without reducing the sensitivity, we regulate the ground response. We want a quiet and easier work turn. We crave signals from ghosts and deep-seated objects? To the right. The perfect solution for passing places.

Many years ago, the boys made a video with the model GOLD. It beat all other equipment available at the time and there was a wave of hate that the test was being set up. He was not. We know it. You can make it yourself.

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Is this a metal detector for everyone and for beginners? Yes, but not for every place. It will do great in a total dump, it is very sensitive, fast as hell and deep enough and unfortunately will not allow you to compromise. No lazy searching here. You don’t have time to check, risk missing the prizes and buy yourself equipment with a TV set!

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Nokta Makro The LEGEND kompletne zaskoczenie!

The Nokta Makro The LEGEND metal detector surprised me completely. I did not assume that the device is so well made and works stably and pleasantly. It’s too early to make a final judgment, but my buddies feel the same way. The device has potential.

Let’s start from the beginning. The premise of Nokta Makro was to take over a specific segment occupied by the Equinox 800 model from the Australian company Minelab … and I have a st

range feeling that it just succeeded!

In addition to the lack of defects, the quality and price known from the competition are impressive. We get real multi-frequency equipment, easy to use, waterproof, and really well made. A carbon Seatpost or really great quality wireless headphones with an additional case are really nice gestures and the fact that someone up there is listening to us. There are also disadvantages, such as sloppy glued shipping film, or keys without backlighting or coloring of function icon

s for better visibility. I’m probably picky, but I like complete solutions.

Weight and ergonomics are known from the cheap SIMPLEX+ model and this cannot be questioned, but let’s not forget. This is definitely a high-end detector! Why? The technology allows better signaling of low and high conductors, similar to fine gold jewelry. We will skip less. Work in salt water and highly mineralized soil? No problem. It’s a bit of a Swiss Army Knife, and it’s really refined. Of course, it’s not XP DEUS II, but I think that Minelab will start counting losses at this price quite soon.

The menu is simple and clear, but the settings are really amazing! Do you want to change the volume of signaling for a given ID, its tone, or range? No problem. Do you want to connect BlueTooth wireless headphones and not necessarily factory ones? No problem.

Okay, we already know that. The competition is similar. That’s a fact, but not at this price!

The Ferro Check function is nothing more than a bar showing to what extent the object under the probe is moving towards iron or color. It really makes work easier (caps and other junk), and if we add to it new polyphonic audio, a kind of multitone to choose from, we know much more. Purists can work in two or more tones, freely adjusting them. In the end, we save the ready settings after the pain. The lead signal doesn’t suit us? That’s not a problem either.

Flashlight, the vibration we know it. free update? Great nice too. Watch? Time is important, if the wife is waiting at home, it’s ok. Hour meter? Revelation. Now we know how much our detector really worked.

We have 4 programs such as PARK, POLE, BEACH, and GOLD FIELD. We have a depth indicator, we set the speed of separation of objects, the so-called recovery speed which also affects the depth. We automatically detune interference or select single operating frequencies: 4, 10, 15, 20, and 40 kHz.

I am very pleased with the choice of the MULTI work variant. The PARK and POLE programs, it is M1 and M2. M1 is a multi-frequency range sensitive to high conductors like silver, and M2 to low conductors like gold. This is a great move on the part of the manufacturer, allowing for precise adjustment to the prevailing conditions. The BEACH program has variants Mw and Md, where W (wet) means a wet beach and D (dry) a dry one.

The tests are ongoing. I hope you will share your opinion under this post, more information can be found in the video below:

 

 

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Tarsacci MDT 8000 how to set up?

How to set up the Tarsacci MDT 8000 detector correctly? The device has a clear and simple menu, without any hidden functions, but still requires a lot of time to take advantage of the new technology, which is not used by any other manufacturer.

The first and key choice is the operating frequency of our detector. We choose from 6.4 to 18 kHz. Interestingly, even a low frequency allows us to detect very small objects in size … well, the charm of PI (pulse induction) used in this hybrid. Lower frequency means better performance – depth, but also worse separation of objects in cluttered terrain. It is also better for signaling coin-shaped and volume objects, as opposed to foil or pieces of aluminum.

Another workflow problem. We have three types: all metal, discrimination, and mixed mode. All Metal will be good for virgin spots, where the signal appears from the holidays. We only have one and we have to look at the ID displayed on the screen. DISC is the only right solution for total trash. The signal is short and if it is repetitive you have to dig. The mixed mode gives us additional information about the size and depth of the object. Places clean or moderately littered.

Before we start, we look for a clean place and calibrate to the ground, if we still have a signal from the ground, we increase the value by 50, this should mute the device. Next, we hear the response of the ground. We can try to use the SALT function – salinity level. We pump the probe traditionally above the soil and adjust the value to mute the response. The starting point is 29. Finally, we are left with THRESHOLD – TRH. You have to be careful here. Too high a value and we lose ranges and we will not hear small objects. We always set the limit. If the ID shows low values when sweeping the probe, we need to compensate with this function.

Iron breaking through the scale and falling into color can be handled by using a DISC value of -29 or +26. Finally, there is the sensitivity adjustment. It’s not worth exaggerating. MDT 8000 already at a value of 4 is deeper than most known detectors. We eliminate all instabilities and interferences by reducing the sensitivity or changing the frequency.

I am curious about your opinions on the Tarsacci MDT 8000 detector, write under this post.

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Clash of the Titans

The recent debut of XP DEUS II gave me a lot to think about. You can still feel the legacy of Whites Spectra in such an edition that it should be praised. The French company coped with this challenge quite well. Everything else is well known to us and things like wireless or featherweight no longer shock us. The novelty is water resistance up to 20 meters, which opens up completely new possibilities.

How does the TARSACCI MDT 8000 fare against this background? Many people would like to know what is the difference. The build quality and carbon fiber used put it truly in a class of its own, but the DEUS II leads the way here by the full length. It’s good, but as we know, everyone is one step behind and it’s been like this for many years. The weight of 1300 grams is currently the standard in the class of professional devices. Technically, however, we live in two different worlds. DEUS II is a multi-frequency metal detector, while MDT 8000 is a hybrid of VLF and PI (pulse induction) technologies.

So what is the advantage of such a solution? The technology is pioneering and patented in the USA and Europe, but does it really give you something more to spend your last pennies on this detector?

Just carry out a simple test and everything becomes clear. TARSACCI allows you to maintain a stable and unchanging ID in the close presence of small pieces of foil, magnetic stones, or high salinity or high mineralization. This advantage makes the device more resistant to masking. It will cope with more difficult conditions without changing the reading due to the presence of the above-mentioned disturbances and without limiting the depth.

A simple test gives the answer. By sweeping a piece of foil the size of a coin and a coin 5-10 cm above it just in front of the TARSACCI probe we have a fixed and non-changing ID. The foil does not change our signal, similarly, coke and rocks, and iron do not have such a big impact. For the sake of accuracy, we are talking about coin-sized items here. The same test in the case of DEUS II already gives a significant drop in ID.

The advantage of the last XP is multi-frequency, which allows the signaling of equally clear objects from both ends of the scale. Even for low and high conductors. Fine gold as well as heavy silver. The performance may be slightly worse, but in the case of one frequency, it will be slightly better. We have to answer the question what are we interested in? Good signaling of various objects or less masking effect in very difficult conditions? It all depends on the place and subject of the search.

Both models of detectors have the ability to fine-tune settings. DEUS II has more possibilities, and the MDT 8000 is simplified to such an extent that for professional equipment from the top shelf, it is simply strange. The producer decided to put everything on one screen. There are no drop-down submenus like in XP. We see everything at a glance and we don’t have to check if one of the many filters is definitely well-selected and does not affect our performance.

In conclusion, the race is fierce and it is difficult to pick a winner and compare both detectors directly. TARSACCI is more of a Swiss army knife, equipment for heavy and complicated scenarios, where high mineralization or salinity requires the use of a heavy caliber. DEUS II is a versatile, fun metal detector that is lightweight and waterproof, with great configurability and wireless connectivity to make your life easier.

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XP DEUS II program RELIC and IAR

The new XP DEUS II surprises. I mean this seriously because over the last few years my DEUS I has been dusting a bit in the closet. As you can see, the French have drawn conclusions and decided to change a lot for the better. The new audio does the job. It does not tire, it is soft and pleasant. This is important because the detector should give joy, not fatigue. This is often the last bastion of freedom for many of us. Our couple of hours on the weekend, separated from reality in nature.

IAR (Iron Amplitude Rejection) discrimination and the RELIC program I decided to test on a well-known field with high mineralization and high iron content. First, run and I can’t hear the audio. Nervous situation. Restarts the hardware. In this place, all the equipment sounds beautiful … but not the new DEUS II. It is so stable that I was fooled like a child by a supposedly non-working loudspeaker … For the first 20 minutes, both Mariusz and I are completely surprised. No, we don’t find anything, but that’s not the point. The detector signals target only. Audio flows and multi-technology stabilize the rough ground. How about the performance? Too early to judge.

To make it better, it is All metal and you can also hear iron, although factory muted. The time for real tests will come in the season. Playing at temperatures below zero degrees Celsius is a bit masochistic, but it was worth it. Remember to subscribe and we’ll meet soon.

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The best Tarsacci MDT 8000 detector revolution in the user’s eye

Half a year ago, if someone had told me that I would get a professional detector like the Tarsacci MDT 8000, I would not have believed it at all … and I did not believe it waiting for a device straight from the USA. I had my doubts standing in the field with him. Now I’m sure. This is the best device I’ve had in my hands for over 10 years … unfortunately, not the cheapest either.

Pros and cons of the detector

I understand there will be two camps here. One says that a good thing must cost money and the other is where you can buy really great equipment for 1/2 the price. Both sides have their reasons, but as we know, the devil is in the details.

Quality workmanship knocks down. No slack, fudge, or complaints … there is one defect of the carbon detector post … apparently, it whistles in the wind … that’s what I read on the Tarsacci forum on Facebook.

Tarsacci Poland:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/363009768484651

Tarsacci UK:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/795633577904679

Everything else is a masterpiece, but it doesn’t surprise me at all. Just check who is responsible for creating this equipment. Dimitar Gargov – former engineer of the Fisher Labs company, which needs no introduction to anyone, like their metal detectors, which are known all over the world. Finally, just add the name and surname: Thomas Dankowski and we have one of the best duos in this field in the world. After over two years of testing and we have the Tarsacci MDT 8000.

Water resistance is a big advantage, but to surprise nowadays, apart from performance, you have to give something else. In this case, we get amazing, soft audio that was created by someone who really dealt with real field research. The sounds do not tire for many hours, they give a precise description of the item and a lot of additional information. When we add above-average performance even with the first 11×9-inch probe, we are shocked. There’s no need to cheat. The Polish icon RUTUS Alter 71 is over 7 to 10 cm shallower in mixed mode, which can be seen in the videos below.

A quick visual comparison of Tarsacci MDT 800 and Rutus Alter 71 in heavy clay soil.

The joy of a professional detector

The popular Boratynka with 30 cm? No problem. Loud and clear, not to be missed. The machine confidently fastens on good objects and gives a descriptive response in the form of sound. Trash and the signature changes, and the sound is longer and blurry. There is no doubt. Here’s an example search video. For several weeks, Mariusz has been unable to get rid of the feeling that he should collect money for this detector. Unfortunately, it is financially out of his reach.

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How often to search for metals

In the end, a knockout in a littered area or under the lines. Work stability. There is complete silence. Sometimes I check with a shovel if Tarsacci is still working. Do you have a problem? Is something waking up? You change the operating frequency for your choice: 6.4Khz, 9Khz, 12Khz, and 18Khz. In this way, you can influence the performance or adjust the frequency of work to the prevailing conditions or the items you are looking for. For example, we are interested in big and deep old iron, we use 6.4Khz. We need to take care of ourselves in the trash and look for something small 12 or 18Khz will be a great choice.

The manufacturer spoils us by giving a huge Li-ion battery in the set and a charger, basically two batteries with a capacity of 5000 mAh each. I don’t remember, yet, that it was possible to completely discharge it by going to 9Khz. After 4-5 hours, no line falls, and we still have a supply.

Intuitive operation of the Tarsacci device

The simplicity of use brings to mind devices from the lowest price segment. No drop-down menus or hidden functions or filters that we need to remember about. It’s an amazing advantage. We don’t stand around and rummage through equipment while others dig up stuff.

Flexibility to work in various conditions, from extremely salty beaches to highly mineralized soils, puts Tarsacci at the forefront of the best devices of this type. We have the ability to compensate for volcanic sands and magnetic soils in the form of the BLK (Black Sand) function. We also affect the salinity with the ST settings. And I don’t mean an ocean beach at all… but fields with tons of fertilizers. In this way, apart from the stability mentioned at the beginning, we get peace of mind in the form of no masking from coke or foil. This is a significant advantage over other devices that simply can’t cope in the world.

You can go back to the places you have been to and enjoy them again. In combination with the new 12-inch probe, we get another up to 10 cm more. Finally, the user’s statement:

☘️ Half a year with Tersacci and 2 months with a 12 “coil. I have flown a lot of hours, I think I used 10 batteries and one is enough for a very long time 18 hours at 6.4khz and over 30 at 18khz. There are rather no defects in the construction, the only holes in the seat post howl in the wind 😄 but they are already wrapped. The traces of wear on the machine are negligible. As for the new coil and without the cover, it seemed to me that it would wear out very quickly, but nothing could be more wrong, only minor scratches came out and that’s it, and the areas were plowed fields, meadows, and stones.

As for the handling, it is very strange because I have not yet met a detector that would be at maximum sensitivity all the time and was so stable ..! As with all detectors, you have to overlap and dig to understand what and where.

Anyone who has doubts and decides that it is just marketing can use the forum where users describe their experiences with this detector in English:

https://www.dankowskidetectors.com/discussions/read.php?2,152652

See you in the field!

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Minelab Manticore or XP DEUS II?

XP DEUS II vs Minelab Manticore who will win this duel? It depends … it depends on what we expect from both detectors because both are really good.

DEUS II is the king of ergonomics when it comes to the lack of cables, weight – 960 grams, and compactness, and there has been no competition in this category for years. What else? The audio was created by a real musician. Also undefeated for years, although Minelab created more pleasant tones and less tiring, also worse describing the subject. What is the difference? On nuances and additional sounds and their change and their modulation and volume. A piece of aluminum in the form of a can sounds differently than a coin, even if it is similar in its conductivity. It’s a lot. After a while, we know what is what. That’s what it’s supposed to be about. Disadvantage? In the long run, such audio can cause fatigue, especially in areas littered or full of iron. This is a minor difference, but for an experienced user, it is crucial.

Do we know anything more? Yes. Thomas Dankowski from the USA is a well-known American device tester before releasing them to the market. Over 40 years of experience is indisputable and his contribution to the development of many well-known devices is crucial. He has been testing Minelab Manticore for over a year and on the Dankowski forum (link: https://www.dankowskidetectors.com/discussions/index.php) he shared his observations with us, comparing it to devices such as XP DEUS II and Tarsacci MDT 8000 which also tested.

The Minelab Manticore was tested on the coast and on the beach, the inland tests simply did not take place and according to Thomas, the new Minelab is a slightly worse separating detector than the XP DEUSA II. Calabash Digger drew similar conclusions in his tests, which can be seen on his YouTube channel.

One important observation has been mentioned, the Manticore will be slightly deeper and it’s a matter of an inch or so (2-3 cm). This means performance at the level of the Tarsacci MDT 8000, which is a PI/VLF hybrid device and this means that such equipment is always deeper.

The 2D visualization of the Minelab detector in a clear field allows you to analyze the target, something more than the well-known XY plot from DEUSA XP. Unfortunately, with a large amount of iron, it does not work so perfectly and can lead to disappointment. As we know, everything requires learning.

The thing to check is the color spoof issue with heavy condensation of rusty items, but that takes time and fieldwork. It should be remembered that new software updates can change a lot for both manufacturers.