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Mark Gillespie

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  1. Mercury Dime Teaser

    I agree, the coal waste in my area are from salt size up to BB size. Each will easily attract to an average magnet. Even my PI will struggle until I increase the delay slightly. I'm still amazed at what I've found behind some of the best VLF machines in the world. But what I'm looking for from the Equinox is a more stable target ID deeper than 6" in the red, iron bearing clay of Virginia.
  2. Equinox And Monty's Nail Board

    You are exact right. The Deus is an extremely fast machine and will be the top contender for the lead spot. I have personally used the Deus for 2 years and have observed many of it's strong and weak hunting points.
  3. Why So Many People Not Sure Of The Equinox?

    Exactly and totally how I believe. You only live once, when it's over it's gone for ever. Enjoy every moment as if it was your last. I truly love this hobby and even my wife knows my passion for the sport.
  4. Equinox Plays In The Surf - Videos

    It appears he has passion for the sport like me. I've hunted some harsh conditions over the past 20 years, but not like this. Awesome
  5. So What Is Gold Mode Exactly?

    I have desired and conveyed a particular want in a motion all machine for years. It is simply an audio option of at least two different tones. One for iron, the other for non ferrous targets in a VLF machine. Is that to much to have asked for? I had one of the guys at 1st Texas reply with a similar statement, "it's easier said than done"
  6. "Iron Bias" What Is It?

    I agree 100%, it's actually quite fun to learn on my own. Sometimes you discover a first........
  7. On level 1 sensitivity it about matches my Garrett Pro Pointer. At level 3 it surpasses my Pro Pointer by at least an inch. Impressive. But will be great for bad ground.
  8. Three Ring Day Again!

    Awesome rings. I'm sure excitement filled your heart.
  9. Mercury Dime Teaser

    There is a lot of extremely important information in these two paragraphs. Even though I don't live remotely close to the area mention above I can inform all that this kind or very similar ground can and does, all but shutdown all VLF machines. I have many old school sites that will easily fall in the above category. I can take any VLF machine to these sites and you would think the entire area was nothing but a carpet of nails. The Fe04 meter on my F75 is also 6 of 7 bars. The material also attracts to a magnet with ease. These sites will be the first visited with the Equinox F
  10. Are these almost identical machines? Just wondering, a friend of mine has one that might be for sale. He indicates they are almost identical, but why? The 70 was discontinued in 2007. All thoughts and replies are welcome.
  11. X-Terra 70............. X-Terra 705

    I've found it nearly impossible to ever like a machine after I have the ones that are better. Does that make sense? I would not be happy with a slower than F75 machine.
  12. Why Would You Want The Equinox?

    Amazing view points as to why different hunters want this machine. But there seems to be a lot in common among each.
  13. Why do you want the Equinox? Maybe I should say why I want the Equinox? For me it is the accumulation of years of detecting and knowing, that in most cases new technology brings new benefits to the hobby. For the past 20 years I’ve seen a huge leap in technology. Both the computer industry (actually had a computer business for 10 years) and of course metal detectors have excelled at a phenomenal rate. Faster CPU’s allow more data to be processed and analyzed, for both. Like most treasure hunters I’m looking for the so called edge that allows me to excel in the hobby. The presumed hunted out sites come alive with additional treasures. This adds more excitement and rewards as time is spent learning a new machine. Then, all of a sudden you believe in the detector you’re using and the finds seem to come with little if any effort on your part. Amazing, yes, humans have the ability to excel if they believe in something and detecting is no exception. Now I’d like to bring in a particular machine. The V3i when running three frequencies opened up many a site where I live. My buddy, who first purchased the V3i whipped me at every site when it came to finding silver, so his nickname became Fred Silverman, hence the phrase. We spent many hours comparing targets and the majority of the time my machine didn’t give as good an audio or ID than his. I had the best detector that could be bought “not mentioning the brand”, but that didn’t make a difference. Then I bought a V3i and sure enough it made a difference for me as well. Loved the machine, but for me it was too heavy to hunt long at a time and having neck problems prevented me from keeping the machine very long so I had to sell. Bought a Deus, super light weight, but even it couldn’t compete with my friends V3i, multi-frequency. We did side by side comparisons, over several months, but even the Deus in my area couldn’t compete, so I sold. Coming full circle, the Equinox has what I’m looking for: Multi-Frequency like the V3i Light weight like the Deus Extremely fast like the Deus Adjustability like the V3i and Deus Multi-tone like the Deus and V3i Better price point, cheaper than both Then I must add all the other features wireless and waterproof. Just how I feel
  14. Amazing website. Very interesting.
  15. http://www.cabelas.com/product/MINELAB-EQUINOX-MTL-DETE/2671943.uts?slotId=0
  16. I agree, the processing of signals are starting to remind me of my PI. Interesting concept.
  17. Steve's Minelab Blog

  18. Deus HF Coils Commentary With Pics

    Coil size is one of my main concerns. Wondering how the larger coil might do in the cloud of nails areas where I usually hunt. Speed is of high importance, but large coil size tends to increase masking on a large scale.
  19. Deus HF Coils Commentary With Pics

    I too had the Deus for 2 years and would very much welcome your input on the comparison of the Deus and the Equinox.
  20. Very Unlikely

    After you've had the top of the line detector from what ever the manufacturer, it's almost impossible to settle for a lower end machine from the same company. Case in point, over the past several years I've owned, actually remember, seven Fisher F75's, some original and some the LTD mode. I've had the opportunity to try lower cost machines like the Gold Bug Pro, F19, F5, but can say for surety I've yet to find a machine that comes close to enjoying anything like the F75. I recently purchased a new F19 with the intentions of only using for relic hunting, but even though it is a great machine, it still can't fill the void filled by the F75. Just amazing, you get what you pay for, in most cases when it comes to detecting. It's something how companies put out a flag ship machine then do spin offs of lesser performance an features.
  21. Minelab Equinox Full Specifications & Brochures

    I believe it is........... this time...........
  22. Minelab Equinox Full Specifications & Brochures

    I'm struggling not to jump on this band wagon, but I'm afraid I'm loosing.
  23. Last Two Hunts

    I do the same thing when it comes to nickels. Over the years, the majority of all gold rings I've found ID at nickel or just below.
  24. Awesome find, you're ahead now.
  25. I would like to add one good point. Believe it or not I can tell by sound, almost 100% of the time when it's a hair pin under the coil. But to begin with it all sounded the same. Now, if I could hear a difference between a beer pull tab and a ring, that would be fantastic.