NOKTA/MAKRO METAL DETECTORS
NOKTA IMPACT ---- NEW FOR 2017
Many have not heard about the Turkish company named Nokta. It has been around for some time, producing metal detectors. Over the past two years tremendous effort was put into building hi-performance metal detectors. A company that builds detectors with features and performance for demanding and professional treasure hunters. That are easy enough for the beginner and novice to operate and find treasure with. American detectorists especially wanted a metal detector(s) designed and built for them. Not what some marketing team decided the next detector model should be like for high profit yields. Notka took the time to ask the US pros as well as those in other countries what they wanted. Prototypes were sent out, tested, reprogrammed, design changes and improvements implemented in record time. What takes many companies years, up to 10 years to get right, Nokta fast tracked in a year or less and put into production. The Impact is such a model. I was happy to acquire a current production unit. After using the Impact just a few times, it is definitely a model to consider if in the market for a new detector. Especially if your living in Canada that will effectively find Canadian steel clad coins.
Here's a bit of background information about Nokta taken from Nokta's website:
About Nokta Metal Detectors
Since its foundation in 2001, NOKTA METAL DETECTORS, with its technological know-how and experience in the detector industry, has adopted a growth & development focused vision and became a world-known and well-respected technology producing company.
With its R&D department, expert engineering staff and well-trained administrative and technical personnel within its structure, it engages in research and development activities on an ongoing basis to provide excellent customer service when meeting customer expectations. In line with 'Advanced Engineering Tradition', it is equipped with all the technological infrastructure, patents, quality and security registrations required as per global standards.
Nokta Metal Detectors, whose main expertise area is metal detectors, offers a broad range of personal and commercial products used for a variety of purposes, including Hand Held Detectors, Body Scanners, Gold Detectors, Coin Detectors, Treasure Detectors, Deep Penetrating Detectors, Mining Detectors, Military Detectors, Ballistic Detectors, Technical Detectors, Industrial and Security Detectors.
Recent experiences I have had with the Impact posted on several forums
June 24, 2017
Had the Nokta Impact out today.
First off let me say this is a detector of high quality all the way around. Looks sharp and balances nicely!
I studied the manual, some one was surprised I was a rare soul who even read the manual, guess many don't after buying a metal detector, they just wing it.....
Also, read many posts on a number of forums regarding operation and set-ups.
It was suggested as a new owner, and not having hunted with it to stick with a factory pre-set program modes. This would be a good way to get a feel how it operates and how it responds to targets. Took the advice and decided to try the DI4 which is a 4 Tone Discrimination mode. Left all settings as pre-set. used the new 5x9 coil, ran 14khz.
Hit the road in a rental Mitsubishi RVR (I like it) with plans on hitting one of two schoolyards. Blue sunny skies when I left the house. About 3/4 of the way there, it got dark, about 1/2 mile from the school, the black clouds opened up with torrents of rain. Turned around headed back towards home, hoping to hit a well detected schoolyard where the sun still shines. Dang, those black clouds raced me home. Every stop light the rain caught up to me. Decided to just go back home. Then ran a few errands while the rain came down, then the sky turned blue and sunny, the wind was drying things up nicely.
Well loaded up the Mitsu again and made another attempt at that schoolyard. 20 minutes later after battling traffic and traffic lights, pulled into the schoolyard. Perfect! Grass was dry and the ground moistened just enough to make for some easy digging.
Grabbed all my gear along with the Impact headed for the grassy areas. Plugged into the Impact my Deteknix wireless headphones (they work excellent with the Impact). Turned on the power to both the detectors and the headphones. Followed the easy ground balancing procedure, only took about 4 seconds to ground balance. A few coil bobs and away you go.
DI4 mode worked just like the manual said it would, the Impact sure sees a lot of targets. Started digging target ID numbers from 5-90 to see what they were to get a good feel about ID'ing them as well as seeing where the Canadian clad would number out. From what I found today, in the short time I had to play with the Impact--It will find steel clad coins. I thought they were easy to pick out, even with some bounciness. Most of the coins were 4-6" deep. Two dimes straight on edge were found in the sides of two holes at 5", what was odd they read in the 70's numbers, most detectors would see these in the low iron range everyone discriminates out. The Loonie was 6" deep, a 1968 quarter was at the same depth, they were dig me numbers and dig me audio sounds.
Was having fun, then heard something loud, a boom in the distance, saw these mean grey black angry clouds baring down on the schoolyard. kept a close eye on them. Kept detecting my way back to the Mitsu, had the door opening remote handy. A blitz of lightening and a clap of thunder....yikes, time to pack up and get the heck out of Dodge. Then the rain came.
Had about 2 hours of hunting time in and was able to find out what the Impact is capable of using one of its many detecting modes. So far I like it and it reminds me of a number of other detectors I have used. Funny thing Keith Southern who has been running the protoype Impact felt it had a little or a lot of DNA so to speak from these detectors: F75/T2, 705, MXT, Relic, Racer, AT-PRO. I had in a way, similar thoughts. Which is a good thing, look how many detectors you won't need to buy and try.....If you owned one or more of those detectors listed, you have a head start in learning to operate the Impact, if and when you decide to buy one.
July 2, 2017
Had a choice this morning, head out to the park that was packed solid last night with people watching Canada day fireworks. Or head off to a couple school grounds and dig for treasures buried for many years.
For today’s first hunt:
Decided not to hit the park after I awoke and headed out the door at 6:30am. Headed out for one schoolyard to see if the Impact could pull out something from this well hunted school.
Today, the Impact with the 5x9 coil, was going to be used only in the DI99 mode. Discrimination mode with 99 tones. Low tone for target ID 0-15 and different higher tones for target numbers 16-99.
Was going to leave it in stock configuration settings except, the coil frequency. Set the frequency at 20khz, generally used for gold hunting. I also grabbed my wired Killer B headphones that I modified with different speakers over grabbing the wireless headphones. My wired headphones just sound so much cleaner and crisper..................
Arrived at the schoolyard, sun was out and the grass was all wet, just hate wet grass.......
Fired the Impact up, ground balanced and away I went. Hit a few targets dug them up, junk, a penny, then a ring---a gold ring---hoping. When I removed it from the ground it was broke in the back of the band. Just stuffed it in my pocket to check out later. Figured it was just gold plated pot metal. It’s so hard for any metal detector to even pick up a gold ring that is broke. And this was a thin ladies ring.
Detected this schoolyard for another half hour and started to run into some coin targets and some other stuff. Man o-man was there small foil, and I mean everywhere. I dug it to be sure, really tiny pieces at 4”. Have to say the 20khz frequency sure lit the area up, just like the older Fisher Gold Bug detector.
The Impact just cruised thru the stuff, separation between targets was fantastic. ID numbers were very tight on the foil, it was really easy to pass it on by. The tones also gave it away. The Impact shined with a higher tone along with higher ID numbers when there was a coin amongst the foilage. At 20khz found some very tiny targets, see the little stuff on the right side of the tray. At this point about 2 hours passed, very educational experience in DI99 mode. Had to make a concious effort not to stray into another mode, its so easy to do with a press of a button. Hung in there and proceeded to hunt the large play field. Not may good targets, what was found was an average of 6” deep. Mostly pennies, one was a 1932 King George penny, nothing special, just cool to find. Had one of the deepest schoolyard coin finds ever. Had a good high tone signal, don’t recall if I based digging on the ID number. Anyways started digging down after cutting a 5” plug. I don’t see the target, dug around another inch, still nothing, grabbed my pinpointer, shoved the tip down the hold. Yupper, still there right straight down in the center of the hole. Dug some more, pinpointer said go deeper. Figured by this time it was iron junk.
Down this deep, might as well go a bit deeper...LOL There it was at 9” , a real 9”, measured it. It was that 1932 penny mentioned above.
After finding that 1932 penny, spent another two hours in that playfield. Learned that the Impact would give out a high tone without an ID number, seemed to always be at least for today, a clad Canadian dime about 5-6” deep, on edge or canted on an angle.
The sun was no beaming down , getting warmer and my feet were soaked from the earlier wet grass.
It was time to break away from this schoolyard and hit one more before I get sun burnt.
By the way, that maybe gold ring I found after cleaning it up was 9kt gold.
Today’s second hunt:
Took a 5 minute drive down to another school yard with running track, soccer field and a football field.
The football field was fenced off, started off detecting around the soccer field. The Impact was acting like a jitterbug, there must have been some buried ultility lines where I was detecting. The EMI was a chore to deal with, could not get the Impact to settle down. Kept on detecting and it was a do-able thing. Did find several coins that broke thru the falsing. When I had enough, headed to the sports field in the back of the school. Conditions were much nicer, some EMI along one particular fence bordering the tennis courts. Found some coinage, nothing exciting to shout about. Probably spent about an hour here before calling it quits. The sun was too bright and my stomach was asking for food and water, packed up and went home.
Today’s third hunt:
Wife thought I had enough, told her that I was going back out later in the day........went the sun isn’t feeling as mean. Loaded up the car and took a 2 minute drive down the road to a soccer field. One you need to be very careful with your holes. This place I have hunted numerous times with numerous detectors. The last hunt with a Tesoro Mojave did decent, thought by now there would be just about nothing left to find except trash. Boy, was I wrong. Found a pile of scrap’in change, most in the 5-6” range. Haven’t found anything deeper than that here. The Impact played nice here, happy with the results.
Once again, finding overall the Nokta Impact works excellent finding Canadian clad coinage, CA clad coin target ID numbers do bounce, most no more than a couple numbers which is better than many detectors out there. It is getting easier to tell trash from treasure every time out. Can’t wait to try out the next detector mode. Only other issue I had today besides the school EMI was EMI from my Deteknix Pinpointer. It’s a PI device, when turned drives the Impact crazy even with the search coil pointed 4’ away from it. That’s only when the detector is operating at 20khz, no issues at 14khz or 5khz.
July 10, 2017
Had about an hour or two for a quick Sunday afternoon hunt. I was going to switch to the smaller coil, then decided leave the 5x9 on.
Ran down the road, OK, drove down the road about 7 minutes to a school I hit numerous times. Just wanted to see if the Impact could find anything "we" missed.
Found a Toonie, a quarter, two dimes, a nickel and about 25 pennies, part of a toy gun and the usual trash. Gave up when my wrist started to ache, the ground was dry and hard to dig in areas that should have been moist after the monsoon amount of rain over the past two weeks. Maybe after a few years the place will be worthy again to go hunt.
Another long day detecting with the Impact. Up at 5am and out the door by 6, early risers get the clad...LOL
Had three places to try, made it to all of them.
Today the Impact was going to be used in DI3 mode, Disc mode with 3 tones, factory presets, 14khz.
The first place was huge, it would take a week to cover every inch, picked a spot near a baseball diamond that appears to have been there for some time.
My first signal was a good target, a Toonie ($2), great way to start the day. Scanned the hole again, whoopie another Toonie. For the next 3 hours, I was pulling out mostly Toonies, Loonies ($1), quarters, nickels and dimes, not so many pennies. All the while thinking this place is going to be great. Finished off the approx. 200'x 200' area then decided to see what the rest of the site was going to be like. My dreams were dashed, it sucked, for 2 hours wandered around. Went back to the area that was producing and grid detected cross wise to see what I missed. Not much, maybe about 10 coins, by the way found a thin silver ring.
To finish off the day, headed over to a couple spots I have done in the past. Wanted to see if the Impact could scrape up a few coins. Oh yeah, it did, made it worth checking again. First silver dime in a long time, found about $4 or so, and lost a Loonie. Was wearing my other pouch which didn't have a real wide opening, so the Loonie never slid into the pouch. It slid over the pouch and got away.
The Impact gives off a distinct audio tone when it finds quarters, nickels, Loonies and Toonies.
Overall, had an excellent day.
July 15, 2017
More practice with the Nokta Impact at another school yard, bright and early this morning. Had the search coil to the ground at 6:10am.
I like it when you start off finding a Toonie.........and a loonie. The Impact gives off such a nice tone with a corresponding target ID number, you know you hooked onto one of these coins.
So I scooped up about $28.00 or so in change, one Toonie missing the center portion. A silver dime, sterling cross, 2 sterling rings and a bunch of other odds and ends.
I have settled on DI3 (3 tone) mode for clad hunting, again using the 5x9 coil at 14khz. Tried some of the other modes but, kept coming back to DI3.
With any luck it won't rain Sunday morn, will get out again.
September 16, 2017
Spent a lot more time hunting with the Impact and alternating it with other detectors. I
have come to the conclusion it is my favorite overall VLF detector.
Was lucky enough to get one of the new 7" concentric search coils for the Impact. It's a killer coil in every way. When they are made available for sale, its a coil worth to purcahse. Smooth, stable, crisp target report, excellent separation and depth capabilities.
If its there and you swing the search coil over it, you'll find it with the Impact.
To this day, I have found the performance and features of the Impact fit my detecting needs and the soil conditions encountered. Truly one of my favorite detectors to date.
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