Still early days but if Makro are going to release a waterproof Racer, I am sure it will have a direct effect on the Garrett AT series sales. If the Racer3 has the same abilities to hunt at salty beaches and highly mineralized soils like their previous models, then they will no doubt be a force in the metal detecting industry.
You only have to look at how quickly they respond to their customers wishes to know that both Makro/Nokta are leading the industry when it comes to new & exciting technology.
This in my opinion will no doubt be the ultimate in metal detectors, however we must also be cautious when it comes to manufacturers releasing waterproof units. You only have to look at the recent release of the Whites MXS to know that its a little harder when it comes to waterproof units.
This is certainly the area Garrett has dominated in for quite sometime now and their latest release, the AT MAX, will be hitting the shelves next month (Aug).
Three amateur archaeologists recently discovered the biggest stash of Viking gold ever found in Denmark.
At 900 grams (1.948 pounds), the stash is comprised of seven attractively made bracelets. Six were made out of gold, and one was of silver.
The Sønderskov museum was very excited about the bracelets, which were recently handed over to them. They date back to 900AD, and are decorated in a style typical of high-class Viking jewelry.
They were found by Poul Nørgaard Pedersen, Marie Aagaard Larsen, and Kristen Dreiøe, who created the amateur metal detector club “Team Rainbow”.
They discovered the bracelets in a field located in Vejen. The three will receive compensation for the find before the museum puts the artifacts on display.
The museum had previously considered searching the field for artifacts, as a 67 gram gold chain was discovered there in 1911.
A spokesman for the museum said the recently discovered bracelets were likely related to this chain.
Peter Pentz of Denmark’s National Museum said, “To find just one of these rings is huge, so it is something special to find seven.
The Viking Age is actually the ‘silver age’ when it comes to hoards. The vast majority of them contain only silver. If there is gold, it is always a small part, not like here, the majority.”
The previous largest find of Viking gold was made in Jutland, and weighed 750 grams.
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“When I pulled it out of the ground, it was like digging up a gold bar. I was so thrilled,” said Vinck.
It wasn’t a gold bar but it was valuable, just not the monetary type.
“I made it my mission to find the owner,” said Vinck.
The item, lost in 1942, belonged to Army soldier James L. Thompson. The veteran of three wars lost his dog tags during his training in the Arizona desert.
“I took a picture and called my friends right away,” said Vinck.
He then went on the internet to research Thompson and see if he could find him. The search would eventually lead him to a family friend that connected Vinck with Thompson’s granddaughter and then son.
“He didn’t know his father trained in Arizona,” said Vinck.
The two men spoke for a few minutes before Thompson hinted he would like the dog tags and even offered to pay.
“I told him 'I will just give it to you,'” said Vinck.
The tags were placed in the mail and sent to Bobby Thompson in North Carolina.
“It means everything to us,” said Thompson.
Vinck sent a few other items he found in the area to Thompson in hopes it would give him a link of sorts to his father’s past.
“It’s overwhelming,” said Vinck.
The desert hunter calls searching the desert with his metal detector an “obsession” that teaches him about the past, while keeping him excited him about the future.
After a day on the beach, your spouse looks at you and says, "I lost my wedding ring." She slumps over, realizing that her expensive, one-of-a-kind, 1-carat diamond is gone forever because the chance of finding that ring on a crowded beach in the sand is next to impossible. Who are you going to call?
Larry Royal, 65, of Arroyo Grande, a retired commercial fisherman and equipment operator who now hunts for lost treasure.
Seven years ago, Royal's wife died. After her loss and numerous surgeries, Royal couldn't move from his couch. His doctor told him unless he improved his health and got up, he was going to die. That's when he made the life-changing choice to dust off the metal detector and head to the beach.
then, the longtime resident has lost 100 pounds and continues to hunt
Pismo Beach three hours a day, seven days a week, rain or shine. He also
can be spotted at Avila and Shell beaches.
"I find coins, tent spikes, cans, watches, cameras, rings and other jewelry," he said.
A single coin found buried in the dirt of a parsnip field turned out to be worth £12,000 at an auction.
The rare penny, which was probably minted in Lincoln during the time of Viking king Sihtric Caoch almost 1,100 years ago, has been called "the find of a lifetime" by experienced metal detectorist Richard Scothern.
The 45-year-old welder, from Pinxton, stumbled upon the coin in a field near Newark on Boxing Day last year
The discovery was made in Shropshire before Christmas when the piano's new owners had it re-tuned and repaired.
The collection consists of an undisclosed number of full and half sovereigns, dating from 1847 to 1915.Experts believe the coins may have been "deliberately hidden" and could yield a "life-changing" sum of money, with a full sovereign worth at least £220
A policeman who found £15,000 of gold coins with his metal detector has been sacked for cheating the landowner out of a share of the treasure.
PC David Cockle last month admitted theft and keeping the proceeds of the sale of coins found in a Norfolk field.
A misconduct hearing was told Cockle had agreed to a 50:50 split with the farmer of anything valuable he found.................
Nokta had brought out yet another top range metal detector, which is directed more towards the more dedicated relic hunter having their TDI targets as 0-20 as ferrous and 21-99 as non-ferrous. This is a change from previous FORS detectors which had 0-40 as ground/ferrous.
I will add very little regarding the Relic and how it performs as I do not like to kick on too much about gear I haven't had the pleasure to own. Needless to say I am more than happy to provide you with a couple of links to some expert opinion on the New Nokta Fors Relic Metal Detector.
Here are some reviews from two well respected legends in assessing metal detectors -
For more inquiries regarding the Fors Relic or any other Nokta/Makro ground imaging equipment, please check out the Nokta section on our Support page for your local Dealer -
IT WAS a chance discovery which turned out to be the biggest hoard of historic coins found in modern times and could be worth more than £1m.
Armed with a metal detector Southampton man Paul Coleman, who almost didn't bother digging down, unearthed the unique cache of more than 5,000 Saxon coins.
Now that historic stash, which took more than five-and-a-half hours to dig up, has been officially declared a treasure trove.
The coins included a uniquely stamped coin made as a result of a mix-up at the mint and some which coincidentally had the finder's surname written on them.
No modern valuation has yet officially been placed on the coins but experts said that the hoard's contemporary worth was three times that of the manor where they were found.
Some experts estimated the hoard to be worth more than £1 million.
The coroner at the treasure trove inquest heard that Mr Coleman made the discovery on December 21 last year when he was out with fellow members of his metal detecting club the Weekend Wanderers.
Mr Coleman said: "I wasn't going to go but I was talked into it.
"When the detector started beeping, it felt like the size of a manhole
cover and that's also what caused me to nearly not dig it up. Anything
of that size is normally a manhole cover or a squashed bucket."
> Did you know?
The best nugget in Bruns' book has to do with Alexander Graham Bell's role in elevating Chester A. Arthur to the presidency. As you may recall, Arthur's predecessor, James Garfield, was shot but not immediately killed by the bullet fired at him on July 2, 1881, by "frustrated office seeker" Charles J. Guiteau. Doctors spent several days trying to figure out where the bullet had lodged. This was extremely difficult because the X-ray machine had not yet been invented. Basically, the doctors had to keep cutting Garfield open and poking around. Bell showed up at the White House with an experimental metal detector he'd devised with Simon Newcomb, another scientist, using sound-amplification technology adapted from the telephone. Bell had previously used it to find bullets lodged in the bodies of Civil War veterans and thought this noninvasive technique would work on Garfield, too. But when Bell tried to use the machine on Garfield, it didn't work because, unbeknownst to Bell, Garfield was lying on a coil-spring mattress (apparently still a novelty in 1881). The doctors cut Garfield open one more time, Garfield's heart gave out, and he died. Had Bell known that Garfield was lying on a newfangled mattress--or, alternatively, had Garfield not been pampered with such luxuriantly up-to-date bedding in the first place--Garfield might have served out his presidential term.
Nokta Impact - 2016
There was a sneak peek look at the upcoming Nokta Impact metal detector at the Trade show in Paris recently. Its still early in its development stage and is due to be launched next year. If these pictures are in indication of what to expect then I cant wait to get my hands on one -
The best just got a whole lot better.....
We are proud to announce the new -
Nokta FORS GOLD +
Built on the famous FORS platform, the FORS Gold+ offers advanced gold prospecting capabilities. Operating at 19kHz frequency, the FORS Gold+ features a new advanced All Metal Mode with iSAT (Intelligent Self-Adjusting Threshold) and 2 discrimination modes all designed for harsh ground conditions. The two included waterproof Double-D search coils make the FORS Gold+ the best choice for prospecting in rivers and streams as well.
Get one in time for summer
ESTIMATED AVAILABILITY DATE: OCT 20–27th
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The 'Green' Machine - Teknetics T2
Fantastic to see this top of the range flagship re-introduced back on to the market at an affordable price - Contact you local dealer for more details...........
The modern metal detector was first widely
distributed in the 1960’s and was originally used by the military
to find land mines.
Now it’s used in airports around the world for security purposes and anyone can purchase one to look for lost relics.
Here are some of the best finds in history:
In 1977, a California man found a 4.9 kg gold nugget with 132 pieces of gold inside of it. It was later known as The Mojave Nugget and is the largest piece of gold ever found.
In 1980, an English man was searching in an Irish bog and found a gigantic gold chalice studded with amber along with its accompanying tray and strainer, the Ottawa Citizen reported.
In 1989, an Australian man found a 12-inch long gold nugget shaped like a boot. They named it Boot Of Cortez after the famous Spanish explorer. It sold in an auction in 2008 for over $1.5 million, the Post Chronicle said.
In 2007, a father and son metal detecting team in England found an ancient Viking treasure trove of silver and gold worth over 750,000 pounds, the Daily Mail reports.
In 2007, a 78-year-old English man found a Roman coin used in 155 BC from the time where England was a Roman territory. It was truly the find of a lifetime, the local South Devon paper reported.
In 2008, an English man found an Anglo-Saxon 18 carat gold cross that experts say dates back to the 7th century, the UK Daily Telegraph reports.
In 2009, an English man found an ancient Anglo-Saxon collection of 1,500 pieces of gold and silver, CNN reports. Over 11 pounds of gold and 5.5 pounds of silver were found.
In 2009, a Scottish man went into a field and found a set of gold Iron Age necklaces worth over $2 million, UPI reports. The necklaces were amazingly in perfect condition
This past June, a Swiss gardener was tending to a lawn when he found 10 gold bars worth a total of $126,000, Huffington Post reported. He gets to keep the bars if it isn’t claimed within five years.
Also this past June, a 52-year-old historian was walking through St. Helens when he unearthed a bronze age axe head that dates back to 1800 BC, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Just last week, a 13-year-old New Mexico boy
found a two-pound meteor in the ground that had been buried for
10,000 years, the LA Times says.
Another quality manufacturer I feel I should mention is RUTUS Metal Detectors. Their flagship RUTUS Alter 71 looks to be an amazing piece of kit and from the positive feedback hitting the forums from trusted users of the Alter 71, you can bet there will be more to come from this relatively new addition to the world of detecting.
Now I am getting to that age where it takes a bit to get me excited (godsend really having a dodgy ticker lol), however the NEW gear to come out of Minelab looks to be hitting a home run by all accounts. Both the Equinox 600 Series & Equinox 800 Series are as close to metal detecting perfection as one could hope to have in a metal detector & I don't say that lightly. If there is a one detector does it all, then the Minelab EQ800 Series might be just the unit for you. BUT I am getting ahead of myself here as you will have to wait to early January 2018 to see if indeed it is as good as it gets, finding your chosen targets.
Minelab have also gone on to add two NEW additions to their Pin Pointing range with the Pro-Find 15 & the Pro-Find 35. Both waterproof, however the Pro-Find 35 has two different responses help you to identify ferrous junk from nonferrous treasure. This is an entirely new design and unique to Minelab Pointers. They are also rugged and waterproof backed up by a reputable manufacturer. I had to say that as my daughter is a Minelab nut :)
Recently First Texas rolled out the Fisher F75+ & the Teknetics T2+. Both very capable metal detectors which have lead the forefront of design and performance since the F75 & T2 were first introduced. This highlights the smarts behind First Texas and although these new releases are not the latest in mind boggling technology, they are still up there with the best of the rest which really does say something for longevity of those designs.
Built tough, water-proof and great depth. It will be interesting to see these go as I will be looking at getting one in to compare with the Pointers that I have used in the past.
Good times ahead.
Well this update is long overdue so I better get it posted. I hope you all do have a Great Christmas celebrating the togetherness of families & look forward to a brighter, healthier 2018.
Take care fellow Hunters -
NEW - Garrett AT MAX
Finally something for the Garrett fans to get excited over. Not much to see in earth shattering new features, however it appears that this detector has a fair bit going for it over the AT Pro & AT Gold -
It will be good no doubt to get the early feedback on how it performs in the field -
Whites MX Sport
As some of you may be aware, Whites released their MX Sport earlier this year with initial mixed reviews. Their promotional videos had this new detector as being a giant killer when it comes to competition and even stating that it will surpass their very own flagship units. It was hard to know what to expect with this unit as there was very little mentioned prior to its release so it makes you kind of wonder, who carried out the Beta testing on the MXS and who were the initial field testers who gave so much praise with their initial findings.
Right from the outset the MXS was plagued with software issues which required the new owners to package up their MXS and return to Whites to have the software upgraded. This I believe has eventuated in 3 or so software updates to try to rectify problems, Just when we thought they were getting on top of that the screens were cracking due to the unsuitable plastic. All the time while this was going on there was very little from Whites regarding the MXS and in fact I followed this entire debacle closely and I am still to this day astounded as to how Whites management managed to escalate this situation more by not communicating with their customers.
All I can say is if you are looking at getting the new Whites MXS then make sure they have the issues sorted and you have a great after sales service person looking after you. The problem with Whites is that their MXS will eventually be fixed however I feel with their current management in place there is not much hope for Whites -
However in saying all of that if the MXS did indeed perform to what we were told to expect I am sure it certainly will be a fantastic addition to any arsenal -
Metal Detector Comparisons
Arena Detector has conducted three test videos of which I would like to share with you -
The first shows just how well the Makro Waterproof Pointer is made & is put to the ultimate impact test -
The next is a test conducted using various Coin/Relic Metal Detectors - Go to near the end if you just want to see the results -
The next is a test conducted using various Gold Metal Detectors - Again, go to near the end if you just want to see the results -
Make of the test results what you will.
Could it be a New Garrett?
Who knows if all this latest speculation on the launch of a new Garrett metal detector is true or not but all I can say is...... its about time -
There has not been too much to shout about out of the US camp for a while however if the rumors are true then hopefully Garrett has not only improved on their waterproof platform, but also improved it enough to at least keep up with those Turkish units.
Now don't get me wrong - I loved my AT Pro when I had one and I swore black & blue that they are the best ALL round unit for NZ but that was before I went on to try Minelabs Makro's & Nokta's - I know for sure the AT series wont keep up, however depth is not everything when you have a fully waterproof metal detector now is it?
Unfortunately the above was looked into by Garrett USA and it was found to be a joke put out by a member of the public - oh well...I suppose we will just have to carry on waiting...
Although I did not keep this unit for that long it did in fact prove one thing to me that had me quite surprised. For quite an old metal detector it certainly did not lag behind the likes of the Fisher F2 - Teknetics Delta 4000 when it came to depth and sensitivity. It is well made being the first all metal detector I have ever owned. You could tell it was built with quality components but not only that, you can also understand why Tesoro have lifetime warranties on their equipment. They are indeed built tough and so a great job even by today's standard. Of course these are now fast becoming rare and are hard to find. If you do however manage to find on in your grandads garage or up in the loft, don't automatically think its an old junker. It could just be the first of your treasure on your way to much more .........
Makro Racer Metal Detector
This was one metal detector I had been waiting to get my hands on ever since I started following Makro many years ago & the Racer did not disappoint. A well built metal detector with the latest in ergonomic design makes using it a breeze. Easily one of the best all round VLF's on the market today which will compete against some of the more well known brands. It comes with many features which shows that the Makro Racer has indeed been made by people who care about their customers. Vibrating handles for night hunting or those with hearing impairments through to the LED light shows a lot of thought has gone not only into the performance of the metal detector, but those little extra's that make hunting that little bit easier.
It will perform with the best of them on a salt water beach, park hunting, relic hunting or gold prospecting.
If you are only looking for a one does it all unit, then the Makro Racer is a fine choice.
Teknetics T2 Metal Detector
Now being a firm believer that one should not try to offer advice on a metal detector they themselves had not used I am now bordering on the ultimate hypocrisy of them all by offering a review on a metal detector that I have not used. I am however basing my findings for the original T2 from my dealings with the manufacturer of the GF2 and the subsequent GoldFinder2's I have tested and owned. I also understand the hate for many things Chinese, especially in this industry but I love metal detectors. All metal detectors, from all around the world. I love to test them & pick holes in them, I love to use them so I have a right to share as much information about that product as I can to those of you are busting your nuts in the field. I have always prided myself on standing behind what I sell or say so it is important for me to remain as impartial as I possibly can so if I think there is a better tool for the job that I don't have - I will get it or tell you where you can get it from.
Now with all that said it on to the reviews -