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|Interesting Intertwined Ring Design|
Find and photo by Dan B.
Below you can see how it looked when found.
|Same Ring Shown Above.|
I haven't posted many pictures lately. I've been having some trouble with the camera I usually use.
There will soon be new book out that was written by a salvage crew member who worked on 1715 Fleet wrecks. Keep watching and I'll let you know when it is available. This one will be different than most of the others. It takes a unique perspective. More on that in the near future.
I don't often talk about specific metal detectors, but I do sometimes. I think most detector tests aren't worth much. Many are done by people who either don't now how to use the detector or only barely know how to use it. Some detectors take a while to really learn how to use them well. Others not so long.
I came across some YouTube videos demonstrating a line of detectors by DRS Electronics - a German company. The low end detector starts at around $4,500 and the upper end system costs around $45,000. At those prices you should expect something good.
It appears from the DRS videos that the DRS Ground Exper Pro, the $4,500 detector, that the detector has truly exceptional discrimination capabilities. The video shows the detector being able to discriminate out both iron and lead and still detect and identify gold. That is a good trick. From the video it would appear that the discrimination capabilities exceed those of other detectors costing up to $3000 or more. It looked as if the detector was capable of allowing the detectorist to dig nothing but gold, if that is what they wanted to do. That would be great for some situations - if it actually works well.
As you probably know if you've been reading this blog very long, generally speaking I encourage digging everything. Don't just see the trash, but get rid of it. There are however situations when discrimination and target ID, if it is accurate enough, would be very useful.
One thing I think I saw mentioned in a DRS video is the statement that strong batteries are required for accurate target ID. From what I've seen with other detectors, I'd say that is true for most detectors. Also, with many detectors, depth makes a difference. Deep targets are not identified as accurately as shallow targets.
Back to the DRS detector. Not only does it appear from the video to have exceptional discrimination and target ID capabilities, but it also can produce target images. You can see the round shape of a coin, for example, or the more rectangular shape of an aluminum can. Images can be displayed on an iPad that comes with the detector or your own smart phone.
I seem to remember years back seeing advertisements of detectors that displayed target images like that. Was it Whites or Garrett? It seems that it didn't catch on at the time. Does anyone remember that, and if so, why it didn't work out. Am I just dreaming, or does someone else remember that.
Three types of coil come with the GroundExper, including a large coil for detecting large targets meters deep.
Here is a link if you want to look into it.
I'm not advertising this detector or company. I have never used a DRS detector and would never draw any strong conclusions about a detector without having used it or at least seen a demonstration.
I would like to hear from anyone who has used a DRS system or seen it demonstrated in person.
I also recommend not buying any detector without a personal demonstration, especially something this expensive or advertising capabilities that seem so remarkable.
Again, it does seem like years ago I saw advertisements of detectors that provided target images on a display screen, but I don't know what happened with that.
It looks like beginning Saturday and lasting for about a week, we'll have a four to six foot surf. That isn't bad.