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    What detector is best for me?

    I am new to metal detecting, haven't used one since I was a kid. Here is what I am looking for in a detector.

    I will be primarily detecting underwater (freshwater) using SCUBA in water depths less than 50 ft.
    I am primarily interested in seeking out gold jewelry so looking for a machine best suited for this metal.
    Ease of use or short learning curve for a novice user. Would like a machine that will be easy to learn and tune.
    Quality machine. I see it as an investment so upfront cost not of concern.
    Would like a machine that can also be used in salty water.

    Thank you for any assistance.
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    The Thumb
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    Minelab Excalibur ll ...
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    Nov 2012
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    Yes, Minelab Excalibur II. Most other machines will only go a few feet underwater.
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    Sep 2011
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    Please keep in mind that NO detector tells you there is gold under your coil! Aluminum will be found much much much much more often than any item made of gold. Did I mention lead fishing weights? Yep, they'll sound off like "gold", too. Matter of fact, the best machine for your needs has been mentioned above and is a pulse induction machine. So, bottle caps and anything else the size of a coin, including coins, will sound the same. No discrimination, dig it all.
    Not trying to deter you, just the facts.
    How about possibly renting one a few times to be sure it is the right hobby for you?
    GOOD LUCK! Amazing amounts of gold has been recovered from the water.
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  5. #5
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    And if you can, to add to what xr7ator stated, is there a dealer near you where you can see one first? Or borrowing one from a local club member?
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    Detectorpro Headhunter Underwater. <$680. Dive to 100 feet. Very easy to learn. Electronics are in the headphones. Rechargable @40 hours per charge. I use mine in fresh and salt water. 8" coil is fine, but I'd go with the 12" if I bought another. There are a few YouTube vids on it. I love mine.
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  7. #7
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    Jul 2012
    Mesa AZ
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    Two others are the Tesoro Tiger Shark (VLF) and the Sand Shark (PI). Both are rated at 200' and I've never heard of one flooding. The Sand Shark is the better saltwater detector and the Tiger Shark is the better fresh water machine though they both can be used in either. Only issue is that Tesoro went out of business last year so new detectors are hard to come by but they are super reliable so used is fine. You can get one of each for what an Excal will cost. As mentioned above the Excal will work great in both salt and fresh water but they require more maintenance than the Tesoros.
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  8. #8

    Aug 2019
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    Quote Originally Posted by xr7ator View Post
    Please keep in mind that NO detector tells you there is gold under your coil! Aluminum will be found much much much much more often than any item made of gold. Did I mention lead fishing weights? Yep, they'll sound off like "gold", too. Matter of fact, the best machine for your needs has been mentioned above and is a pulse induction machine. So, bottle caps and anything else the size of a coin, including coins, will sound the same. No discrimination, dig it all.
    Not trying to deter you, just the facts.
    How about possibly renting one a few times to be sure it is the right hobby for you?
    GOOD LUCK! Amazing amounts of gold has been recovered from the water.
    So is there really no way of knowing what you are hitting on until you dig? Will a gold ring make a different sound than a lead weight or a beer can? I am primarily interested in detecting in a large body of water that is busy with tourists swimming and who lose jewelry every day out there. I wish they made a detector that would just hit on gold. Sure would make things easy.

  9. #9
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    Tom

    Jul 2012
    Mesa AZ
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    A detector that only hits on gold? Yes, wouldn't that be something. Then everybody could just get rid of their current detectors because who'd want to dig anything else? That's the same dream we've all had, but reality is that if you want to dig gold, you have to dig just about everything else. Due to the different size and purity of gold targets, it can register just about anywhere on the VDI scale meaning you have to dig those targets to see what it is. You can for the most part eliminate iron (ferrous) targets like nails but that's about it. Gold can hit anywhere in the Non-ferrous range along with brass, copper, silver, aluminum, etc.
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    44 Years detecting
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    Current Arsenal: Minelab Equinox 800, Makro Multi Kruzer, White's DFX w/BigFoot x 3, Tesoro Tiger Shark

  10. #10
    us
    Sep 2011
    Denver, Colorado
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    Well said, Tom.
    I have found gold rings that I thought for sure was either a nickel or an aluminum pull tab based on the machine info. Rarely do I ever say to myself while detecting, "hey that's got to be a gold ring" before I dig the target. If and when I did, I was wrong 99% of the time. There is soooooo much more trash dropped than gold jewelry.

  11. #11

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    Thank you everyone for your suggestions and input. I will go with the Minelab and be prepared to dig everything, and like it.
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  12. #12
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    Sep 2011
    Denver, Colorado
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    We fully expect you to show us a pile of gold jewelry soon! No need to show us the trash, but feel free to take pics of that pile as well and share, if you wish.

    GOOD LUCK OUT IN THAT WATER!

 

 

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