Tesoro Cibola - Finds Silver In Tall Grass

tabman

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I took the Cibola out for an early morning swing to beat the heat. I arrived at the site at 6:15 only to find that the grass hadn't been cut like I was told it would be, so I went down the street where I've found those silver half dollars to see if there was anything else left.

I didn't find any silver, but I did find a few more clad coins and a couple of wheat pennies. Finally I said what the heck, I'm going to swing my coil over that tall grass on the lot down the street to see what I can find.

My second target was a 1943 War Nickel. Most places the grass was about 4 inches above the dirt, so I really had to pay attention to those faint audio signals. I heard a faint soft whisper in the discriminate mode and then switched to all metal and I was still hearing the faint whisper. I dug down into the dirt about 5 inches or so and popped a 1942 Mercury Dime.

I also found 6 more wheat pennies and few clad coins. I know that this yard has more silver in it, but the heat, high humidity and tall wet grass from a heavy dew was taking its toll on me. So, at a little before 9:00 o'clock I decided to head for the house and wait for the grass to be cut, before going back to that site.

My settings were: discrimination was set just high enough to discriminate out nails, a slight hum on the threshold, a little negative on the ground balance and full sensitivity. Coil: NEL Sharpshooter.

On my way home I found another place to detect, but from the looks of the ground I won't be detecting there until we get some rain. The ground is getting rock hard!

tabman

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You ole silver hound! Glad to see that old "dumb phone" technology still works to find metal objects in the ground.
 
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You ole silver hound! Glad to see that old "dumb phone" technology still works to find metal objects in the ground.

It works surprisingly well.

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WhiteTornado

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Nice finds! I'm a fellow Cibola owner so I have a couple of questions if you don't mind. I understood the settings you used except for, "a little negative on the ground balance". How did you achieve that? I thought the Cibola only had auto-ground balance which happens as soon as you turn on the machine.

Also, it says you're using a NEL Sharpshooter coil. Did you swap that out yourself or did you send it back to Tesoro? I thought I read that if you changed coils on a Cibola, the new coil might not be tuned to the machine properly and the auto-ground balance might not work correctly. Which is why Tesoro recommends you send it back to them for tuning.

Trying to learn more about my Cibola, so thanks in advance for the tips.
 
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Nice finds! I'm a fellow Cibola owner so I have a couple of questions if you don't mind. I understood the settings you used except for, "a little negative on the ground balance". How did you achieve that? I thought the Cibola only had auto-ground balance which happens as soon as you turn on the machine.

Also, it says you're using a NEL Sharpshooter coil. Did you swap that out yourself or did you send it back to Tesoro? I thought I read that if you changed coils on a Cibola, the new coil might not be tuned to the machine properly and the auto-ground balance might not work correctly. Which is why Tesoro recommends you send it back to them for tuning.

Trying to learn more about my Cibola, so thanks in advance for the tips.

God help me for not being able to be more clear in what I'm saying. I have a 'modded' Cibola. A ground balance and a trigger switch for the 'all metal' mode and pinpointing were added. In other words, I have a fancy Vaquero. I bet that did have you scratching your head a little. Sorry about that.

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My hero is still findind silver.Great job Tabman.Finding it a little eaiser to get around on the forum.I really like it.HH
 
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My hero is still findind silver.Great job Tabman.Finding it a little eaiser to get around on the forum.I really like it.HH

Thanks. It's mostly about knowing how to find good locations to detect. I took my hunting skills and applied them to metal detecting.

I'm glad that you like the forum site. It has a lot of good information to soak up and it's also a fun place to post.

I want to see pictures of your finds!

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I took the Cibola out for an early morning swing to beat the heat. I arrived at the site at 6:15 only to find that the grass hadn't been cut like I was told it would be...

"Hey...YOU! YES...YOU! Cut your GRASS Laddie..." :laughing7:

I've been hitting places around 6am as well - it's about the only time I can stand it! Good to see you over here and that the silver train keeps on chuggin! New places open up daily so no end in sight...just hope we keep getting rain at least once/week!
 
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"Hey...YOU! YES...YOU! Cut your GRASS Laddie..." :laughing7:

I've been hitting places around 6am as well - it's about the only time I can stand it! Good to see you over here and that the silver train keeps on chuggin! New places open up daily so no end in sight...just hope we keep getting rain at least once/week!

I offered to cut the grass for one old fellow so I could get closer to ground with my coil, but he said that he could do the cutting himself and he did a find job.

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