Last Post 22 Apr 2022 10:45 PM by  Oran Kangas
Waterproof Detector Advice
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Oran Kangas
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22 Apr 2022 12:51 AM
    Waterproof detectors are coming down in price. Are we there yet, so that working the stream banks is economically attractive?
    KEVIN HOAGLAND
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    22 Apr 2022 02:54 PM
    Oran,
    I think that we are closer than ever before in a stable waterproof Detector for nugget hunting. Detectors like the Minelab Equinox 800, Garrett AT Gold and a couple of others are performing exceptionally well and have a sub $1000.00 price point. Detectors like the XP-ORX Although the control pad is not waterproof, XP's removable pad is a great option as well. All these detectors are capable machines.
    I hope this helps.
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    22 Apr 2022 10:45 PM
    Thank you for your expert advice, Mr. Hoagland -- Sorry, I mean Kevin. :)

    The problems I see with these detectors is a depth scan on only 12 inches and a width scan of slightly more than the coil width (typically under 12 inches). Of course, width scan is considered unimportant due to the recommended lateral sweeping performed manually.

    Being a lazy mammal, I fantasize about attaching a detector to a fixed position on the back of a boat & gentlly floating down stream letting the current do the sweeping. Down anchor on a hit & life is good.

    Current detectors seem to come up short in that regard, even the PI units.

    However, the new emerging technology of Ground Penetrating Radar offers hope ... at a considerable price. The Detech SSP 5100 comes with a 1 meter X 1 meter coil! It can detect to a depth of 4 meters. All for the princely sum of $2,000.

    What are your thoughts on this emerging technology?

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