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Real world masking

May 12, 2019 10:18PM
Everyone is familiar with Monte’s nail board test. It was configured after a real-life coin-nail configuration that Monte stumbled upon in a ghost town. While it may be a good comparison test for various detector’s ability to separate a coin (in the same plane) in the presence of nails, I don’t think it represents a real life scenerio.

In my last Nevada ghost town outing, I gridded an area and pulled all the nails out. I found an iron bar 4” deep. This says something to me. Items in ghost towns can be buried in the soil, and not necessarily right on top of the ground. Thinking about it some more, I concluded that many coins may have been dropped when the town was in full swing. They could have sunk some, during rains and being stepped on, or covered up by who knows what. Then when the town was raised and looted, all the nails ended up over the top of previous items.
So, I ran a little test to see how well a detector could separate a coin in Monte’s configuration, and what I think is a more realistic scenerio.

First, Monte’s standard test.
Detectors used: White’s Classic III (8” concentric) and Equinox 800 (6” DD). Target: 1857 Indian Head.
Classic III can detect a coin at position #1, 6 ways. The “2” line is not consistent either swing direction.
Equinox (Park 2) nailed it (so to speak) in all 8 directions – and noticeably at greater depth. No real surprise.

Then, I placed the coin only 1” below the nail board. Voila. Nada, nothing, from either detector in any direction. Lesson learned about real world masking.

This article was written by Tom Dankowski many years ago. One quote:
"What is hard to believe (and priceless education) is the fact that NONE of these targets were detectable in just 2 inches of dirt depth…… on the bed sheet……….. UNTIL the mask was removed. EACH one of these targets were/are detectable to ranges of 11 inches – 12 inches in the air….. or in clean dirt."


So I decided to construct a magnet “broom” that would pull all the trash up to unmask the goodies. I built 2 “sweepers” with VERY powerful neodymium magnets. These are not your ordinary magnets and are not cheap ($50 each) – but hey, if you are willing to spend $200 on a coil, why not something that will allow them to work?

I’ll put these to the test in Nevada. See pics of "sweeps'.
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Real world masking Attachments

glabelle 323 May 12, 2019 10:18PM

A good start

OregonGregg 168 May 13, 2019 10:05PM

Re: A good start

Kickindirt 162 May 13, 2019 11:20PM

Re: A good start

glabelle 152 May 14, 2019 08:16AM

My shirt pocket metal detector ... and that was the lightweight part.

Monte 165 May 14, 2019 11:55AM

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zincoln 174 May 13, 2019 08:10PM

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glabelle 157 May 13, 2019 08:16PM

Typical ghost town mask Attachments

glabelle 175 May 13, 2019 08:09PM

The Phantom of the ghost town is unmasked. cool smiley

UtahRich 170 May 14, 2019 07:48AM

Re: The Phantom of the ghost town is unmasked. cool smiley

Rdunzl 166 May 14, 2019 09:18AM

rin tin tin

UtahRich 136 May 14, 2019 12:37AM

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NWCindy 196 May 13, 2019 07:09PM

Masking . . . the odor.

UtahRich 147 May 14, 2019 12:43AM

Re: Masking . . . the odor.

NWCindy 150 May 14, 2019 07:16PM

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D&P-OR 160 May 13, 2019 07:20PM

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NWCindy 184 May 13, 2019 08:54PM

Re: Real world masking hope your broom is as strong as the magnets. Some big iron in those old sites. N/T

Kickindirt 159 May 13, 2019 03:14PM

How strong is that Magnet?

UtahRich 160 May 13, 2019 04:37PM

Re: How strong is that Magnet?

Kickindirt 158 May 13, 2019 06:16PM

The Magnets

glabelle 153 May 13, 2019 07:59PM

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UtahRich 155 May 13, 2019 03:02PM

There are so many variables, we have to recognize that there is no 'perfect' in "The Real World."

Monte 186 May 13, 2019 02:00PM

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Kickindirt 165 May 13, 2019 10:22AM

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Elbert 159 May 13, 2019 09:28AM

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glabelle 163 May 13, 2019 11:59AM

Will be interesting to watch.

OregonGregg 168 May 13, 2019 06:57AM

Indian Head?

glabelle 164 May 13, 2019 08:11PM

Re: Indian Head?

OregonGregg 160 May 13, 2019 08:59PM

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