Metal Detecting Blog
A blog all about metal detecting and metal detectors
New holiday promotion for the Minelab Equinox 600 from BBH Metal Detectors offers a free 6" Equinox smart coil with its already great bundle a free Minelab Carry bag and Minelab Shell finds pouch.
15% Military discount available a well!
Check them out!
The new lineup of entry-level but feature packed metal detectors & the cost of technology advancement
As we've seen over the last several months, the majority of metal detector manufacturers have shifted focus towards more aggressively priced entry level machines. Minelab introducing the new vanquish 340 440, 540 metal detectors and nokta makro introducing the simplex, all in the $200-500 price range sporting the latest and greatest technology from their respective developers.
While the lower to mid range start adopting the newer technology the more high end metal detectors use, that begs the question; where is the high end metal detector market is heading? Are we due a followup from the king of the high end, the CTX 3030? what do garrett currently have in the works to potentially dethrone the almighty AT Pro and AT Max lineup? What new technologies are the manufacturers working on for their mid to high end machines we've not yet heard of?
The Minelab Equinox 800 & Equinox 600 was the biggest shift in the market we've ever seen, a first, truly all purpose multi-frequency machine that can detect just as good on the beach as it can on old farm soil and everything in between, at a very affordable price point. When manufacturers implement this type of technology and make it affordable to all, the whole industry benefits, more competition is created and industry innovation rapidly increases.
2020 is going to be an amazing year for our hobby. The technology we've been seeing in our computers and phones has been making its way into our metal detectors and accessories at a much faster pace than in the past. Technology like Bluetooth, GPS, digital imaging etc have all seen integration into our hobby and tools over the last couple of years, metal detectors are getting smarter, headphones are getting lighter and less wires, even pointers are utilizing a lot of this new tech and we can't wait to see what next year brings to our industry!
If you have any questions about any of our metal detectors please don't hesitate to contact us and as always, happy hunting!
Software upgrade 2.0 for the Minelab Equinox 800 and Minelab Equinox 600.
Get more from your Minelab EQUINOX metal Detector.
At Minelab, we get your passion. And like you, we never leave any stone unturned. It’s that same grit and determination that drives us to make every product and every innovation just that much better.
What is new?
Difficult ferrous targets — the common enemy for all detectorists. That is until EQUINOX. Hit the download on our EQUINOX update to make those pesky bottle caps, rusty nails and other falsing targets a thing of the past. Fire up the Minelab Update Utility and you’re on your way. It’s simple. You’ll experience the enhanced Iron Bias feature, improved EQUINOX 600 backlight and much more.
Improved Iron Bias
Iron Bias has been enhanced with the addition of a new Iron Bias settings profile. The original EQUINOX Iron Bias 'FE' settings will still be available, but there is now the option to switch to the new Iron Bias 'F2' settings, which have an improved capability to reject a much wider range of difficult iron targets, including bottle caps.
EQUINOX 600 Backlight Brightness
The EQUINOX 600 now has the ability to adjust the backlight brightness to an additional 'Low' setting that matches the minimum setting on the EQUINOX 800. This 'Low' brightness is ideal for detecting at night and in low light conditions.
Download the Minelab Equinox 2.0 update by clicking here!
As always feel free to call or email us with questions or to purchase a minelab product. Minelab Military discount available!
Based on feedbacks received from our Nokta Makro customers at many events from users as well as customers reaching out to us through forums and emails, we (Nokta Makro) decided to incorporate both auto and manual ground balancing to the device. The Field and Park modes still can be used without ground balancing in many areas but for experienced users and tough conditions, ground balancing can now be done automatically as well as manually.
This has been the major update on the device along with some other minor changes.
We apologize for the delay but at the end of the day Simplex+ just became more powerful than it was before. Thank you for your understanding.
Every year around this time, many parents rejoice at the prospect of a bit of peace and quiet while their little ones head off back to school. For metal detectorists, back to school is usualy the green light to get out and start hunting those once packed parks and beaches!
As many of you know, September usually brings in some cooler weather and even a bit of much needed rain, if you've ever tried to detect on fields during the summer, you know how much of a challenge digging in dry dirt can be. Back to school time is the perfect opportunity to get into metal detecting if you've been considering it as a hobby, almost all of the parks that have been bustling during the summer vacation months will be deserted, leaving you all alone to dig up any treasures that may have been left behind.
Beaches and rivers are also prime hunting grounds during back to school weeks, summer sees huge tourism which usually means lots of lost jewelry and electronics scattered around the shores to be found. If your looking to get started with metal detecting, now couldn't be a more perfect time to begin! Please check out our large selection of metal detectors and as always, give us a call if you have any questions and Happy hunting!
45 year old Jaroslaw Musialkowski, and his brother Marcin discovered 200 coins whilst detecting at an undisclosed location on the site of the Battle of Roslin. The massive haul of over 44 ancient coins was found after a third visit to the site.
The battle of Roslin saw more than 20,000 loose their lives when the Scots defeated the English armies, it's believed that of the 30,000 English soldiers who entered the battlefield, less than 2,000 survived.
The ancient coin spill is currently being evaluated by the National museum of Scotland, current estimates put the coins dates around the time of King Edward I who reigned from 1271-1307. Experts believe the coins may have been used to pay mercenaries during the epic battle.
The coins which were found earlier this year were discovered alongside some ancient pottery and have yet to be appraised, we expect them to fetch a pretty penny though! From the images posted online, it seems the dectorist who hit this jackpot was swinging a Garrett ACE 400, a great entry level machine that can find just as well as some of our more expensive units!
If you have any questions or are looking to get started on your treasure hunt, check out our wide selection of metal detectors and feel free to contact us if you have any questions, and as always, happy hunting!
Need another reason to get out and detect today? How about the 1894-S Barber Dime that just sold for $1.3M!
A Businessman in Utah just paid a whopping $1.32 million dollars for the Dime at auction last week. Apparently this dime was one of only 24 that were ever made. The proud new owner is a coin collector working to complete his collection of every coin minted from 1792 to present.
The coins were struck at the San Francisco Mint on June 9, 1894, the Professional Coin Grading Service said in a statement. The service certified the coin's condition and authenticity.
Rare 1943 copper coin fetches a pretty penny in auction: $204,000
The dime once belonged to Jerry Buss, the late owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers. It last went up for auction in 1988.
Another 1894-S dime sold in 2016 to an anonymous buyer for almost $2 million. Maybe there's one in that next hole your about to dig, or come out of a spill at the old farm house you've been eyeing? All we know is we'd sure love to see one of our customers find something as epic as a barber-s!!
It's becoming a trend these days, this is the 2nd monster nugget we've reported on in almost as many months! This time from a metal detecting prospector and enthusiast from Ballarat in Victoria, AU.
Mr Day found the nugget after digging a small signal which turned out to be a bullet casing on an old farm pastureland. After digging the .22 bullet, the detector continued to give signal so he kept digging and unearthed the fist-sized monster about a meter deep.
Collectors from all over the world are already contacting Mr Day to purchase his find, gold nuggets this size are incredibly rare and hold much more value than their weight in gold to some collectors willing to pay a premium for a specimen this big.
Mr day proceeded to buy an even higher end metal detector shortly after his discovery, finding something like that would sure give us the old gold fever! Congratulations to him and we hope you all have as much luck in your hunts!
Metal detecting as a hobby continues to gain mainstream momentum, more and more manufactures are starting to invest in their marketing efforts to bring new audiences to the scene. Nokta Makro's latest commercial for their groundbreaking metal detector and imaging system is the perfect example of bigger budget marketing promo pieces done well. Have you checked out their new commercial yet? What do you think of manufacturers investing in marketing and promotion this way?
On a side note - we're really excited about the new Invenio, We love seeing innovation in this industry and Nokta Makro are killing it lately with their newest products, check out our Nokta Makro metal detector lineup and as always, drop us a line or give us a shout if you have any questions about these, or any of the metal detectors we sell!
Carbon-fiber Rods and Shafts from Steve’s Detector Rods now available at BBH!
Big Boys Hobbies is pleased to announce that high-quality carbon-fiber rods and shafts from Steve’s Detector Rods are now available here, through BBH! “Steve’s” offers 100% carbon-fiber lower rods for Minelab’s CTX 3030 and Equinox series detectors, as well as complete carbon-fiber shaft systems for the Equinox 600/800.
Steve’s rods and shafts are constructed of top-quality, high-strength, lightweight 3K carbon-fiber tubes, and durable, engineering-grade plastic components, and are individually hand-assembled in the USA, using specially formulated, high-tech epoxies and adhesives.
The CTX 3030 and Equinox lower rods come in standard lengths of 32” and 26”, respectively, and are available in custom lengths, upon request. Both rods include rubber washers; the CTX 3030 rod includes a short length of protective cable wrap to eliminate any potential for wear on the coil cable sheath where the cable enters the lower rod, while the Equinox lower rod includes a stainless-steel spring button for compatibility with the stock Minelab shaft.
Steve’s upper shaft for the Equinox is 35 ½” long, is nearly 30% lighter than the stock shaft, and includes 4 cuff-adjustment holes and 1 control-box handle hole (with the holes in the same positions as on the stock shaft), along with a rubber end cap. With the elimination of the twist-lock joint which connects the upper and middle sections of the stock shaft, Steve’s one-pie e upper shaft yields a lightweight, durable, wobble-free alternative, which substantially upgrades the fit and feel of the unit.
The upper shaft also features a heavy-duty clamp-type cam lock, with clamping tension adjustable as necessary via a convenient thumb screw. The thumb screw, along with the clamping lever pivot axle and the cam lock’s attachment screw, are all made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel (with the attachment screw providing easy removal of the cam lock, should replacement ever be necessary).
As a result of its superior clamping strength, Steve’s cam lock also permits elimination of the spring button holes in the shaft. With lower rod adjustment lengths therefore not limited to specific button-hole locations, easy and unlimited lower-rod adjustment length can be made by simply flipping open the clamping lever on the cam lock, sliding the lower rod to your desired position, and the closing the clamp – yielding fast, easy, and rock-solid attachment of the lower rod to the upper shaft.
When the upper shaft is paired with one of Steve’s Equinox lower rods, the result is a complete replacement of the stock shaft -- that features the aesthetic appeal of carbon fiber, in a superior-strength, lightweight, wobble-free shaft system for your Minelab Equinox 600/800.
If you would like to learn more about Steve’s carbon-fiber rods and shafts, please don’t hesitate to contact us! Bart@bigboyshobbies.net or call at 405-206-9010