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bigrex

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So, I'll keep this short, but this seems like the kind of question you can never get a set answer to, or at least it is difficult to pin down. I'm interested in hearing any stories or accounts of your deepest find with a Eureka Gold, and I suppose any other types of VLF detectors. I realize depth is a limiting factor for these types of detectors, and that is the reason for my question, to pin down a few possibilities as far as it relates to depth and target size. Thanks for any responses.

RCB

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Yes thats a tough one to answer, so much depends on settings, soil and target size. I have not used my Eureka Gold very much, so im not to sure about its full capabilities. I have done alot of air testing and testing in my test garden. I have to say that I still seem to get better results overall from my GMT. Im sure if I tweaked the settings on the Minelab and just used it more often, I would get at least equal results.

I also get great results with my Fisher GB II. I have a few different coils for the GB so its far more versatile than the others, plus its so light that its my main VLF.

I think it would be safe to say that all three I mentioned are pretty much equal in performance if you take the time to learn them and get your settings correct. The Minelab offers 3 different Freq's so that could be a plus for someone who plans to hunt coins and other items.

Overall my deepest finds with any of these has been 8 - 10 inch's

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RCB the Eureka Gold is a great machine...if you want to increase you

chanches of finding good gold and you know of an area that has produced

large deep nuggets in the past then get the Coiltek WOT 15" round coil...

you'll be amazed at the depth you can get using the mid or lower frequency...

Good luck

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Hey Bigrex, I used a Eureka Gold for many years in the Redding, Ca area and it served me well. I never used any of the other frequencies that the Eureka offers, only the 60 on sensitive with adjustments for gain. With this setting I was finding sub grainers at an inch or so, and pieces close to an ounce any where in depth from six inches to 16 inches. The Eureka is a very good unit, but just like most units you have to spend time with it. I never used another coil other than the stock eliptical. I used the Eureka exclusively for almost ten years and literally pulled pounds with it.

As far as results with other VLF's: Whites 6000 DI Pro, the old timers will remember this unit, was good on a half ouncer an inch or two down.

Whites Goldmaster series, this was one hell of a unit right up to the VSat. I had just about the same results as the

Eureka Gold. The units that came out after that just did not impress me, I think the DFG, something like that, had a

meter window sticking up in the middle of nowhere. That works really well in the manzanita and other brush. I guess it

would be ok in the open.

I used a Fisher 660 Mother Lode and I guess they must have been experimenting with it while developing the original

Gold Bug. When Gold Bug II came out it quickly became the best vlf around. I did very well with the Bug but I was

more content to use my Eureka Gold.

When the Minelab 3000 came I got one and did very well in all my old areas digging deeper targets than I ever had

before. I still tell my friends though that probably 90% of the gold I have found with the 3000 I could have found

with my Eureka Gold.

Now, back to the present, I still use my Ishmael modified 3000, but I now clean up with the new Gold Bug Pro. I have

talked about the Gold Bug Pro's performance and my satisfaction with it on the other forums. A lot of people are

looking at the new Gold Bug Pro as a toy, just a cheaper unit of the Gold Bug series. It is not a toy, and will

surpass the Gold Bug II in many ways. It just has so many features, like I said, you can read some of my comments on

the other forums.

These are my just my opinions, TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS

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Thanks for the replies Whylee, Garimpo, & trinityau, I have heard about the wot coil, I know about the claims of finding quarters at 18" + inches, just curious as to how that translates to a quarter ounce nugget for instance, I'm guessing maybe that cuts it in half to about 9", but that is just a wild guess of course. Six to sixteen inches for the larger targets does sound impressive for a vlf trinityau, thanks for the additional information in the write up about other detectors for comparison. I just pulled the trigger on a used Eureka Gold, looks like I'll have to look into a wot coil next. If I find enough gold, I think I'll save up for a PI again.

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Thanks for the replies Whylee, Garimpo, & trinityau, I have heard about the wot coil, I know about the claims of finding quarters at 18" + inches, just curious as to how that translates to a quarter ounce nugget for instance, I'm guessing maybe that cuts it in half to about 9", but that is just a wild guess of course. Six to sixteen inches for the larger targets does sound impressive for a vlf trinityau, thanks for the additional information in the write up about other detectors for comparison. I just pulled the trigger on a used Eureka Gold, looks like I'll have to look into a wot coil next. If I find enough gold, I think I'll save up for a PI again.

Without the WOT coil, you'll hear a 1/4-oz nugget (if it is flat to the coil) at a maximum depth of 11" - With the large WOT, you can add perhaps another 2"-4" in depth. You have a super machine, but it will take time to learn what its saying when it starts whispering. I think all the comments you got were outstanding. I LOVE this forum! - T

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Without the WOT coil, you'll hear a 1/4-oz nugget (if it is flat to the coil) at a maximum depth of 11" - With the large WOT, you can add perhaps another 2"-4" in depth. You have a super machine, but it will take time to learn what its saying when it starts whispering. I think all the comments you got were outstanding. I LOVE this forum! - T

Thanks Mr. Solomon (Terrance sir) for clarifying further. Yes, the whispering vs ground noise and repeatability, etc. I always have to remember to pay attention to the subtle stuff. I used to own an XT18000, so I imagine the performance will be similar, but I did not use it enough to really get a good feel for depth capability.

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