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Out for a bit of evaluation and Coin Hunting unit adjustment.

February 11, 2020 08:28AM avatar
It's 4:45 AM and 27° outside, but I plan to take advantage of the day when it warms up to a mostly sunny 45°.

OVERALL MISSION: To continue trimming my detector outfit to the few models I rely on for my Relic Hunting needs, and establish a better 'support team' for more urban Coin & Jewelry Hunting tasks. More mobility issues have limited me handling the typical rough terrain where I prefer to hunt, so I am making a shift back to doing most urban parks, schools, parking trip, sports fields and other typical coin and, hopefully, jewelry production places..

I know what my CoRe, Relic, Bandido II µMAX and ORX can do hunting the old sites, and yes, they can take on some of the urban places as well. But I am trying to find a model or two that will help handle a better variety of 'local' places to hunt. Something to complement my F44, Simplex+ and Silver Sabre µMAX. For most urban locations I want visual Target ID and audio Tone ID, and I need a unit that is lighter weight and well balanced to be comfortable for me to use. Something that might prove to be a better Coin Shooter than a Relic unit.

So today I'll start to do some in-the-field evaluation work and find out if my new Minelab Vanquish 540 Pro is going to be the unit to fit in my Regular-Use Detector Outfit. I know, I know ... many are asking why I bought a Minelab Multi-Frequency detector? Well, I didn't buy a Minelab M-F model, I bought the Vanquish 540 Pro specifically. I am fully aware the Equinox 800 is their leading modern offering and the 600 is a slightly reduced-feature version. And I know the EQ-800 has some adjustment feature advantages over the Vanquish 540, too. But the big rave so many people spout about is the "Multi-IQ" design which is simply an approach to Simultaneous Multi-Frequency, and if it works, and works well enough for Coin & Jewelry Hunting, then the Vanquish 540 will do the job, yet keep things simple.

I knew beforehand that the Vanquish was going to have some shortcomings and lack some of the basic performance I need to best handle the dense Iron Nail and other ferrous challenges I usually encounter, especially using the Multi-IQ performance. Jeff in Colorado, who uses an EQ-800 already confirmed that with a simple 'test' I posted on Friendly Metal Detecting Forums for users to try. He did, and then he kindly posted his results which confirmed what I have stated for a while, and that was the EQ-800 using Multi-IQ wouldn't perform well on a short-stack of 2-Silver Half-Dollars on top of 2-Silver Dollars.

Not carded or separated, just stacked bare-metal on bare-metal, to simulate a small stash of hidden coins you might encounter in or around an old house, barn or out-building. The Equinox can't do it in Multi-IQ, nor can the Vanquish 540. The Equinox can, if you take it out of M-F and use the right selected Single-Frequency, which goes to prove that SMF detectors are not always going to be the better performers for all applications. And a little hint here .... there are a lot of single-frequency detectors, from budget-grade to upper-end, that also can't provide a good hit on that 'short-stack' of silver coins.

They also don't 'pass' my Nail Board Performance Test with their 6" or 11' DD coils using SMF. Well, my suspicions were confirmed that the Vanquish 540 using Multi-IQ, even when using that nice-sized 5X8 DD coil, fails to 'pass' my NBPT. However, it does OK with the 5¢ coin between two Iron Nails on the 1X4 board, and that means it might still handle some milder cases of iron contamination we might find in some urban Coin and Jewelry Hinting applications.


TODAY'S GOAL: Work with the three factory-preset modes (Coin, Relic and Jewelry) and determine which of them provides the separation (Minelab's term for Recovery Speed) and achievable Depth-of-Detection so I can adjust the Discriminate for that mode and Save it to the Custom mode for future hunting. I also want to get to know the strengths and weaknesses of the Vanquish 540 for most Coin Hunting I'll do, as well as the performance of the two search coils it comes with. I have three sites to visit today: An older, long-used city park; a CCW and Japanese Internment Camp location; and a plowed (hopefully dry enough and not muddy) former yard / now field around an old homesite.

Away from EMI I should be able to run at full Sensitivity, and with some side-by-side comparisons I'll see if the Vanquish can provide enough depth-of-detection to match what I have been getting using two of my other Coin Hunting models . Initially, I am a little leery about some of the claims I've read on some forums about it, but I'll find out.

Who knows, after today, and for sure by the end of the month, I'll know if I'll be a regular contributor to this Forum or not. Only hands-on experiences can determine that.

Wish me best of success .... if you're Minelab fan!

Monte

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/24/2020 11:07AM by Monte.
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Out for a bit of evaluation and Coin Hunting unit adjustment.

Monte 450 February 11, 2020 08:28AM

Update on my progress ... Going to check a 'Manufacturer Glitch' today.

Monte 276 February 14, 2020 10:16AM

Who Are You! ? And what have you done with the REAL MONTE ?. N/T

UtahRich 274 February 11, 2020 05:49PM

Re: Who Are You! ? And what have you done with the REAL MONTE ?.

OregonGregg 272 February 14, 2020 09:05AM

Favorite types of Pie ?

UtahRich 258 February 14, 2020 10:47AM

Re: Out for a bit of evaluation and Coin Hunting unit adjustment.

diggindeep 286 February 11, 2020 12:25PM

Comparing thoughts about the Vanquish.thinking

Monte 310 February 13, 2020 10:14AM

Re: Comparing thoughts about the Vanquish.thinking

jmaryt 302 February 13, 2020 01:53PM

If I'm enjoying a detector and finding stuff ... that's 'FUN.' thumbs up N/T

Monte 269 February 13, 2020 02:13PM

I enjoy myself not finding stuff smiling smiley N/T

glabelle 274 February 13, 2020 02:22PM

Yes, just getting out detecting can be fun.

Monte 260 February 14, 2020 05:12AM

Re: Yes, just getting out detecting can be fun.

jmaryt 250 February 14, 2020 05:21PM

Funny you should mention that

UtahRich 254 February 14, 2020 12:55AM

Re: Funny you should mention that. Exactly Rich

Kickindirt 248 February 14, 2020 02:42AM

Re: Comparing thoughts about the Vanquish.thinking

diggindeep 278 February 13, 2020 11:37AM

Back to you, sharing our opinions and experiences.

Monte 254 February 13, 2020 03:12PM

Re: Comparing thoughts about the Vanquish.thinking

glabelle 271 February 13, 2020 02:21PM

But I used a single-freqquency detector to accomplish the same thing. N/T

Monte 248 February 13, 2020 03:16PM

The detector of choice is

UtahRich 275 February 14, 2020 01:08AM

Re: The detector of choice is

diggindeep 272 February 14, 2020 11:24AM

Re: The detector of choice is

glabelle 264 February 14, 2020 11:53AM

Passing thoughts and personal experiences from afield.

Monte 287 February 15, 2020 02:10PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

Kickindirt 262 February 14, 2020 09:22PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

glabelle 302 February 15, 2020 09:33AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

Kickindirt 264 February 15, 2020 01:31PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

glabelle 244 February 15, 2020 02:30PM

A Little Help From Your Friends . . .

UtahRich 266 February 15, 2020 06:47PM

A Little Help From Your Friends . . .but ya wasn't there to help.

OregonGregg 312 February 16, 2020 10:16AM

Hey, Rich. I wasn't that harsh, just wondering.confused smiley

Monte 248 February 16, 2020 09:34AM

Re: Hey, Rich. I wasn't that harsh, just wondering.confused smiley

glabelle 239 February 16, 2020 11:26AM

George, I put up another post to continue this discussion:

Monte 245 February 16, 2020 12:06PM

Re: A Little Help From Your Friends . . .

glabelle 249 February 15, 2020 09:56PM

Re: A Little Help From Your Friends . . .

Kickindirt 239 February 15, 2020 10:19PM

Re: A Little Help From Your Friends . . .

Remfire 242 February 15, 2020 09:33PM

You said: "I got it because it may be great for GT hunting."

Monte 293 February 15, 2020 03:04PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

jmaryt 279 February 15, 2020 11:03AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

OregonGregg 239 February 15, 2020 10:33AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

jmaryt 254 February 15, 2020 11:07AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

OregonGregg 241 February 15, 2020 07:25PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

jmaryt 257 February 16, 2020 11:15PM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

glabelle 310 February 15, 2020 11:02AM

Re: The detector of choice is atgold??

OregonGregg 248 February 15, 2020 02:14PM

Re: Out for a bit of evaluation and Coin Hunting unit adjustment.

Kickindirt 279 February 11, 2020 10:48AM

Yes, a new 'toy' that isn't a bad pick for many uses.

Monte 301 February 13, 2020 08:14AM

Oh, the horror! eye popping smiley And some testing Attachments

glabelle 287 February 11, 2020 10:10AM

"Oh, the horror! eye popping smiley " ... Yes, 'testing' in both environments gets interesting.

Monte 253 February 12, 2020 10:53AM

Re: "Oh, the horror! eye popping smiley " ... Yes, 'testing' in both environments gets interesting.

Kickindirt 243 February 12, 2020 03:10PM

Joel, I'll get a picture up, and you can test it on the WTHO, too! N/T

Monte 276 February 13, 2020 07:27AM

Re: "Oh, the horror! eye popping smiley " ... Yes, 'testing' in both environments gets interesting.

glabelle 245 February 12, 2020 01:12PM



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