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Thread: A bit confused...beep and dig?

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  1. #1
    us
    Sep 2018
    Lewiston Id
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    A bit confused...beep and dig?

    Ok folks, I have a whites 6000 that I love but am going to upgrade probably to a Nox 800. My question is I here a lot about "beep and dig" which is pretty much what my machine does, so that part is easy. Do not all machines "Beep"......then you dig? I understand you might have to learn a diff tone but in buying a Nox am I going to be totally losed? Is there a secret to these machines I am unaware of?.
    Thanks for the help.

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    us
    Lookit Tha Size O' Those Hog-Mollies!!!

    Jan 2009
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    I grew up on Whites...not just beep and dig...listened to the sounds....checked my meter..etc..consistant tone..I could go on..
    I've used fisher, minelab, Tesoro, Garrett for now but also thinking about the NOX...it's all a learning curve if you're willing to put in the time (100hrs+) on a machine to learn it..just my 2 cents..

  3. #3
    us
    Sep 2018
    Lewiston Id
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    So what your saying is learn the machine and what its telling you and your good to go?. Did that with my white, I can do it again. I got this. Lol.
    Thanks for the input.
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  4. #4
    us
    Nov 2015
    Western USA
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    Beep and dig detectors is a general term for those without any additional ways of identifying a target before you dig it, such as target ID. Different tones, Target ID, target imaging (sizing), etc are extremely helpful in trashy areas, but no system is infallible. The only true way to know what an item is, is to dig it up. In some areas this simply isn't feasible, hence all the advances in technology over the years that allow us to have a pretty educated guess as to what shallower items are before we decide to dig them up or not.

    Good luck on your new machine, and remember; it takes about 100 hours to really learn any new detector, so give yourself plenty of time. And don't forget to go back and recheck the areas where you first start learning your new machine at after you have put in 100 hours on it and are feeling confident with it, as you'll see what you missed.
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  5. #5
    us
    Oct 2018
    NE Ohio
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    Quote Originally Posted by cactusman View Post
    Beep and dig detectors is a general term for those without any additional ways of identifying a target before you dig it, such as target ID. Different tones, Target ID, target imaging (sizing), etc are extremely helpful in trashy areas, but no system is infallible. The only true way to know what an item is, is to dig it up. In some areas this simply isn't feasible, hence all the advances in technology over the years that allow us to have a pretty educated guess as to what shallower items are before we decide to dig them up or not.

    Good luck on your new machine, and remember; it takes about 100 hours to really learn any new detector, so give yourself plenty of time. And don't forget to go back and recheck the areas where you first start learning your new machine at after you have put in 100 hours on it and are feeling confident with it, as you'll see what you missed.
    I have begun backtracking my first digs as my proficiency improves with my machines. I enjoy each time I have an "epiphany moment" when it finally comes together. I’m still learning with each dig and each new setting adjustment. It’s almost like trying to figure out a wife...buy easier! LOL
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  6. #6

    Apr 2016
    South Western PA
    ACE 250 with DD coil Equinox 600
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    I went from a Garrett Ace 250 (beep and dig) to an Equinox 600 (tone machine). I probably had 500 hours on my Ace250 and felt like I had mastered it by around 200 hours. I have 200 hrs on the Nox now and feel that I still have a long way to go.

    The Nox 800 has a plethora of modes and settings. It can be set and used effectively in almost any environment. Just be patient. Good luck!
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  7. #7
    us
    Jan 2018
    North Atlanta
    Equinox 800, 6" coil, ProFind-35 pinpointer, sold: AT Pro with stock coil, Nel Thunder, Garrett 5" x 8" coil, Garrett Carrot.
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    what pa dirt nc sand said is true. even more true on the 800.

    I went from the AT Pro to the Nox 800. Huge learning curve, but it is fun and frustrating to learn. Once you arrive at being one with your machine (the 800) you will have accomplished quite a feat. I am not there yet, but maybe 70% there. the 800 will cause you to learn more about metal detecting than you ever thought possible. Vferrari and others with 800 experience are invaluable to learning this machine. Clive James Clynic book on the 800 will also help.

    good luck
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  8. #8
    us
    May 2010
    Northern Ohio
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    Beep and dig machines are usually one tone, no meter/visual I'D. Set the disc to knock out what you don't want and dig anything that beeps. Best for older sites where you want to bypass iron trash and dig anything non-ferrous, IMO. Not the best for hunting specific targets (e.g. US nickels, indians) that may be lower on the conductivity scale then the trash (pull tabs, screwcaps) that you want to skip over. While that can​ be accomplished by "thumbing the disc" over every target, it makes for a tedious hunt.
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  9. #9
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    Tommy

    Dec 2015
    Ann Arbor
    Equinox 800
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    Practice and lots of time
    Still Available ​Approved TreasureNet Stickers
    .:: $3.00 for 11" X 3" Bumper Sticker ::.
    .:: $2.25 for 1" x 4" Detector Sticker ::.
    (Free Shipping)


    SEE: TreasureNet Bumper Stickers

  10. #10
    Charter Member
    us
    Tommy

    Dec 2015
    Ann Arbor
    Equinox 800
    20,075
    24716 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    Welcome. from MI Tommy
    Still Available ​Approved TreasureNet Stickers
    .:: $3.00 for 11" X 3" Bumper Sticker ::.
    .:: $2.25 for 1" x 4" Detector Sticker ::.
    (Free Shipping)


    SEE: TreasureNet Bumper Stickers

 

 

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