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    A Feature I'd Love to Have

    I doubt the company reps are reading this, but one feature that I have often wanted on a metal detector, but have never heard of before, would be the ability to discriminate on depth... or, rather... lack of depth. I know that the size indicator is just a guess, and I also know that I have found a few very nice coins on, or very near, the surface. But given that, there are many situations where I would be willing to take the risks and use a feature that would let me ignore targets from 0" to whatever depth I may indicate (probably 0"-2" in most cases).
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    That does sound pretty dern useful really.

    Eliminate them screamin beer cans.

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    I think that is a great idea, but I imagine that the feature would have to rely on the same output or limitations as the current depth gauges on the detector.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LawrencetheMDer View Post
    I think that is a great idea, but I imagine that the feature would have to rely on the same output or limitations as the current depth gauges on the detector.
    Yes, I'm sure it would be based on that, and be using the same assumptions based on the assumed size of the coin and the strength of the signal.

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    Tesoro used to have "Surface Blanking". You could adjust it so you didn't hear shallow targets. Worked only so-so.
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    If you really KNOW your machine you can get a pretty good idea of the depth of a dime sized target. Of course large cents and halves can/will be the "wildcard(s)", etc. Back when I used to coinshoot exclusively I'd leave almost all the shallow coins for the other guys as I was trying to focus on the coins I wanted which usually are the deeper ones. Time is valuable so digging shallow clad/zinc was wasting precious time (imo). Learn your machine as best you can...…….

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    almost forgot..... You can also raise your coil off ground to the point the signal disappears...that can help, especially with those beer cans and larger pieces of crap. Raise your coil above ground and if target still bangs at 12+ inches...most likely large crap/can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oneguy View Post
    If you really KNOW your machine you can get a pretty good idea of the depth of a dime sized target. Of course large cents and halves can/will be the "wildcard(s)", etc. Back when I used to coinshoot exclusively I'd leave almost all the shallow coins for the other guys as I was trying to focus on the coins I wanted which usually are the deeper ones. Time is valuable so digging shallow clad/zinc was wasting precious time (imo). Learn your machine as best you can...…….
    You're missing the point. I sometimes don't want all that chatter. I know how to know when its a surface target. I just want the ability to discriminate it out.

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    No, no, no! My 18th century button was 1/2" deep today! My one gold coin was ON TOP of the beach sand!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    No, no, no! My 18th century button was 1/2" deep today! My one gold coin was ON TOP of the beach sand!
    As I said, "I know that the size indicator is just a guess, and I also know that I have found a few very nice coins on, or very near, the surface. But given that, there are many situations where I would be willing to take the risks".

    I found my first 2 cent piece laying right on top of the soil on a farm field, too. I would not be using this feature in a place like that. Obviously you would have to be able to turn it on or off.

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    I will be the first to say it, "first world problems" I am just happy there is quality equipment to use that let's you be very selective as a general rule of thumb, surface chatter us just part of travelling the road

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esotericvalue View Post
    I will be the first to say it, "first world problems" I am just happy there is quality equipment to use that let's you be very selective as a general rule of thumb, surface chatter us just part of travelling the road
    It isn't really a "first world problem". In fact, any detector that already has a depth indicator has everything it needs.

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    I'd rather have a machine that would accurately I.D. aluminum in all venues, land and sea.
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    "jus cuz it's wrote down, don't make it so"

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    I'd rather have a machine that would accurately I.D. aluminum in all venues, land and sea.
    I think we'd all rather have that. I don't know that its an "either-or", though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esotericvalue View Post
    I will be the first to say it, "first world problems" I am just happy there is quality equipment to use that let's you be very selective as a general rule of thumb, surface chatter us just part of travelling the road
    I was thinking about this some more... pretty sure that unless you own it to detect landmines in your streets, just simply owning a metal detector is a "first world thing"
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