Visitor's Corner - New Additions
This section allows returning visitors to quickly find 15+ recent additions - tutorials, articles, and stories.
IMPORTANT NOTE 1: My e-mail address has been changed to 137_mdwtwi32sergei@Remogmail.com. If you need to contact me, please make sure you use the new address which is assigned to the button below.
IMPORTANT NOTE 2: If you want to see changes on any page, RELOAD IT a couple of times!
NOTE: I am regularly adding small portions of new content to existing sections and pages, which may be not announced here.
A Twitter widget is also placed on the bottom of this page, so you could leave a tweet or follow me (my username is metal_detect) right from this web page!
December 10, 2015:
During the metal detecting season of 2015, I conducted many field tests with the XP Deus and some other metal detectors, which resulted in development of some quite effective search programs for coin shooting and relic hunting. I would like to write and post new articles based on my newly obtained practical knowledge and conclusions as soon as possible, but what keeps me away from doing so is a high necessity of reformatting and remodeling my website completely to make its pages mobile friendly. This must be done before anything else and unfortunately takes longer than I thought. So please be patient to see lots of exclusive reading material in the near future. Cheers!
December 2, 2014:
I modified and updated my old article - "Hot Rocks: How To Identify & Eliminate Their False Signals" which now contains FIVE pages instead of one, and all in-depth useful information on Hot Rocks, their Types and how to ID and reduce, if not eliminate, their false-metallic signals. My article also includes info on 1) downsides of using Automatic Ground Balance and Automatic/Semi-Automatic modes, 2) Conductive Wet Salts, and 3) Positive & Negative Offsets of detector's Ground balance. Please RELOAD each page a couple of times to see changes.
August 2, 2014:
I modified page 8 of a section on XP Deus Settings and added an article - "Factors That Affect VDI Readings of Non-Ferrous Targets" which contains useful information for ALL metal detectorists. Please RELOAD each page a couple of times to see changes.
August 1, 2014:
I added an article XP Deus Air Test and Sergei's 100-Target VDI Chart for US Coins and Relics. The article contains a VDI chart for both good and junk targets commonly found in the North-East USA. All targets of six classes (junk items, coins, buttons, silver rings, gold items and other items) are arranged according to their VDI values in ascending order. My VDI chart allows for quick visual reference; thus, making it easy for every Deus user to determine the most efficient tonal break points in 3-, 4- or 5-tone modes of Discrimination.
July 27, 2014:
I added more useful info to my in-depth Guide to Searching Around Cellar Holes, which I also revised. Added now are visual characteristics of cellars of homesteads of two time periods (pre-1800s and from late 1800s to mid-1800s), visual clues to remnants of former cellar holes - now either depressions or earth mounds, and a secret search technique for getting deepest (i.e. oldest) coins from "pounded" hunt sites with cellar holes. Please RELOAD each page a couple of times to see changes.
June 19, 2014:
I added my in-depth Review on DetectorPro Grey Ghost Headphones for XP Deus, which includes my field-test report, photographed reactions of XP Deus users on the Grey Ghost headphones, Pros and Cons, a few words on phony reviews and promotional videos, my comparison of the wireless Grey Ghost headphones to the XP WS4 headset, and a few useful tips.
April 30, 2014:
I added a new story (Story #8) - "Opening Metal Detecting Season in Upstate New York in February" to Detecting in USA section. This story describes two metal detecting outings in Upstate New York during snowless winter of 2012.
The story consists of two parts: Part I covers a metal detecting outing with my old buddy Rodney in Town of Palatine, Montgomery County, and Part II covers the outing with my good friend Tim Myers in Petersburg Township, Rensselaer county. This story could be an example of extreme metal detecting carried out by enthusiasts who is addicted to the hobby, live in northern states of the country, and, to fight the winter dreariness, attempt to cheat the winter. It is a fun read. Enjoy!
January 25, 2014:
ANNOUNCEMENT: I will be giving a presentation - "Metal Detecting & Treasure Hunting in Eastern Europe" + "bull" session of questions and answers at the Empire State Metal Detector Association (ESMDA) club meeting in Latham, New York, at 7pm (usually people arrive at 6:30 and BS in the parking lot prior to the meeting) on February 24th, 2014. If you would like to attend the event, meet with me and ask me questions, interact with other metaldetectorists, participate in raffles (prizes will include some stuff I will bring from Russia and a Teknetics G-2 metal detector), make new friends, please visit the ESMDA's official website - http://www.esmda.org/directions.cfm, for more information and directions to the meeting place. I hope to see you there! Cheers! :)
December 4, 2013:
NOTE: I have not recently added any new articles due to remodeling of all pages (a couple of thousands) of my website in order to keep it compliant to the current World Wide Web standards (HTML5). This is not a simple process for me as I do not have any special education in web design, and it may take me a while to complete this project.
Also, I would like to point out that even though my website is of a simple magazine-like format, it is hard to have it displayed the same way across all modern browsers because some of them, such as Windows Internet Explorer 8 (abbreviated as IE8) and lower versions, and Mozilla Firefox, do not support certain conventional standards of the WWW design. These browsers are simply do not keep up with recent developments in web technology.
For example, the early IE versions may drastically mess up the displayed website's layout, and the Mozilla, as well as some browsers that are utilized in mobile devices, may not display important links on web pages. Without complex encoding, it is impossible to create a webpage layout which would be displayed the way it is supposed to in every browser, but I am going to do my best in optimizing my web pages so that they would look decent across the most modern browsers while being "friendly" enough to all visitors of my website.
The "fixed" pages will appear upon completion of their remodeling, and after I am done with this urgent project, I will resume working on new how-to articles and stories. So please be patient while waiting for them to be published. Cheers!
June 30, 2013:
I added the first article - How To Decipher XP Deus' Ambiguous Audio Responses To Targets of Part II - "Practical Tips for Metal Detecting with XP Deus". This article explains all types of questionable signals and how to decipher them using simple techniques and features of the XP Deus. In terms of knowing all types of ambiguous signals that may be encountered during metal detecting hunts, the article may be useful to operators of other "tonal" metal detectors with a 1-Dimensional Discrimination scale. Other articles of Part II will be posted upon their completion in the future.
May 7, 2013:
I finally added a long-waited article - XPlained Deus V2.0, v3.0, v3.1 and v3.2 Settings, Features and Modes. This article contains lots of useful info for the XP Deus users, both beginners who have been trying to figure out the Deus' settings and experienced detectorists who have been trying to create optimal search programs for specific search conditions and metal detecting tasks. The article is voluminous and explains key settings that affect the XP Deus' performance. This is why it is best to read and reread it a couple of times, and make notes if necessary.
April 8, 2013:
I added a detailed How-To Tutorial - How To Make Your Metal Detector Headphone Operation Wireless. This tutorial shows how to utilize a digital wireless headphone system for turning your regular land metal detector into a semi-wireless machine. Metal Detecting without a "leash" and the hassle of cords will allow you to enjoy the hobby even more and remain competitive in a "game" whose set of rules has been changed by the factory-made wireless metal detectors.
February 6, 2013:
I added a detailed 50-picture tutorial - How To Clean Coins & Jewelry with Electrolysis to my NOW COMPLETED Guide to Cleaning, Preservation & Conservation of Coins. The winter months is the best time not only for research but also for cleaning numerous clad and badly corroded coins that have been put in a box for later.
January 28, 2013:
I added two tutorials - How To Remove Tarnish From Silver Coins and How To Straighten A Badly Crumpled Silver Coin Without Special Tools, to my Complete Guide to Cleaning, Preservation & Conservation of Coins which has been revised, and a few more cleaning methods were also added.
January 6, 2013:
I added an amazing compilation of images of finds supplied to me by an English treasure hunter Dave who relic hunts and coin shoots in Eastern Lincolnshire, UK - Dave in UK - Relic Hunting & Coin Shooting, to Best Finds of Other Treasure Hunters Around the World section. The compilation consists of 34 photos and represents finds dating from the Iron Age to the WWI period. Also included is Dave's short note on metal detectors he had used since 1980. Dave started using the XP GoldMaxx Power metal detector last season, so hopefully he will supply me with more pictures of his new great finds.