Falcon Small Gold Detectors
Normally we never recommend anyone take a pin-pointer out gold detecting. Normal Pin-pointers don't have the proper discrimination and ground balance to deal with ground mineralization associated with gold (black sand, heavy iron).
But the falcon isn’t really as much a pin-pointer as it is a very sensitive small short-range metal detector designed to find gold and other metals.
You can use the Falcon to find gold in sample pans, in small tight crevices large gold detectors can’t reach, in bedrock, or in sample rocks like quartz specimens.
You can adjust the range and sensitivity of the falcon, as well as ground balance it. The closer the range, the more sensitive it is. Adjusting the range is simple, just twist the two rings at the top to make them either farther apart, or closer together. Tweak the sensitivity so it’s just on edge of being unstable.
When using the Falcon, you scan the dirt or rock until you find a target, then move the tip of the falcon towards and away from the target. If the Falcon sounds off on the way towards the target, put not when pulling away, it’s likely gold or another non-ferrous metal. If the Falcon sounds off while pulling away from the target, but not going towards it, the target is iron.
Finally, if the Falcon sounds off both going towards and pulling away from the target, it could be any mix of metals, and should be investigated. The Falcon doesn’t have audio modulation, it will make the same sound on a large deep piece of gold as it will a shallow small piece of gold.
Want to locate the highest value dirt at your site? The best way to know if you are where the best gold is, is to SAMPLE the dirt. Do it right at the site without having to have water WITH THE MD20. Simply put your sample in a plastic pan, shake it a little as though you were panning it, then run the MD20 probe under the bottom of the pan where you would expect the gold to be. Only the thickness of the bottom of the pan separates those tiny pieces from the tip of the probe. No sound? try another sample. Only a few hits? get the next sample to the left or right of the last sample. Keep sampling to find the best gold. It’s FAST, FUN, and EASY with the FALCON MD20. NOTHING HUNTS LIKE A FALCON!!We sell inexpensive, comfortable headphones…we would rather hear the surrounding sounds (rattles, growls, etc) in addition to the gold. Check the products page. Knobs too loose? An easy fix for making knobs harder to turn is to buy 2 small O rings, the type that can be found in a hardware store. Remove the knobs by backing out the screw in the side of the knob, then pulling the knob off the shaft. Slide the O ring down over the shaft, replace the knob on the shaft and tightening the screw. Adjust the knob up or down on the shaft/O ring to get the tension you prefer. This will have no effect on your warranty. What’s the copper ring for? There is some uncertainty on how to use the sliding copper ring on the probe. A good analogy might be the focus ring on a flash light. When the copper ring is on the black line you get a wider beam. When the copper ring is pushed toward the red line the beam gets more narrow. When the ring is pushed beyond the red line the beam collapses and the unit will continue to sound. For better stability set the copper ring on or near the black line. Copper ring too loose? Remove the slider with the copper ring from the probe and cable assembly, by sliding it off the cable end. Slightly scar the inside of the slider with a knife then slide it back on the probe. For extra tightness you may carefully use the tip of a hot soldering iron to scar the inside of the slider. Does your MD20 need to be recalibrated? To check the calibration on an MD 20 do the following; 1 Turn the Auto Gnd Bal knob fully to the left (fully counter clockwise) 2 Set the copper ring on the BLACK line 3 Turn the MD20 on with the sensitivity switch (fully to the left but on) 4 Slide the copper ring toward the RED line The MD20 should sound as the copper ring crosses the RED line. If it sounds off within a 1/16 inch either side of the RED line it is within calibration limits. If it is out of calibration, please call us at 480-396-1181, we can talk you through the calibration procedure over the phone. There is only one adjustment that works, if you try to do it yourself without calling us, you may void your warranty.