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  1. I'm not sure if it's just my machine or the way the Equinox behaves, but, when I first go into pinpoint mode, my audio seems muted half the volume of 25. After a couple of passes, it goes to full audio. Anyone else have this happen?
  2. About All Metal Mode

    Avez vous utiliser le mode tous métaux ? Est il un parametre unique quelque soit le mode de recherche ou bien est ce que les parametres changent en fonction du mode de recherche ?
  3. I see the Equinox is USB updatable with new firmware, this is great and one of the things that makes me want to get one even more. I like the idea of buying something that will in future get free improvements over time, new features are possible, lots of tweaks and no doubt a few bug fixes. This is probably a question more directly for Steve however when Steve was testing the Equinox prior to release he said there were changes and made it so he was unable to properly learn the machine due to the changes and now its gone retail he can get to learning it properly. Was this due to getting a new Equinox sent out every few months with modifications (unlikely) or did you get firmware updates to flash onto it that kept changing it? The big feature at the end that impressed you was the Multi IQ on Gold mode, was this drastic improvement just based on a firmware update? I assume no hardware would need changed for this. This really peaks my interest as there could be so many modifications and improvements over time to the firmware the machine could even get much better, or more customized to the users own preference.. Larger fonts, smaller fonts, different icon pictures and so on. As with lots of hardware that has updatable firmware, people end up hacking the firmware to do changes they want to do, and improvements they want. I can only imagine the possibilities if this was done to the Equinox, I'm sure they've got the firmware encrypted but really, how strong would that encryption be, I doubt they'd spend hundreds of millions on protection for it, even game makers who spend huge amounts of money on protection can only keep their games from being hacked for a few weeks, a few months at most. Exciting times ahead.
  4. “My involvement with EQUINOX has been purely around the Gold Mode, leaving the testing of the coin & treasure modes (Park, Field, Beach) to the experts in these areas. Typically, a general-purpose metal detector has a token gold (or prospecting) mode with much lesser performance than a dedicated VLF gold detector. Not so with the EQUINOX 800…” https://www.minelab.com/anz/go-minelabbing/treasure-talk/equinox-the-gold-hunter
  5. When I programmed my CTX, one of the things I wish it offered was a 6th tone bank with ability to customize. Or said another way, a ferrous bank, and 5 non-ferrous banks (or more). This may have been addressed or answered in another thread, but is the E800 capable of creating more than 5 customized tone sections on the "ID-ometer". The great video by Bill S shows how to move each of the sections in 5 tone, and change the tone and volume for each... which I will make some similar adjustments when I finally get my E800... but it leaves me wanting just a skosh more... one more section for those dime/quarter/silver tones (in my soil), so I can differentiate between copper (Indian Head to Lincoln cent) and clad dimes/quarters/halves/dollar - silver coins (understanding some thin silver coins may hit down in the copper or even zinc range). I have a tendency to dig almost anything at and over a nickel tone, so this isn't a huge issue for me... and of course the 50 tone will give a calibrated range of tones from bottom to top... but having that sweet high tone jump out above all others would be a nice thing. :) Tim.
  6. Well i got my new 800 yesterday and after fitting it out onto my Anderson shaft and lower Terra 705 rod i got up early this morning for a 5am start . I stayed on the beach till around 9.30am . When i got there i saw that the beach looked good , i was expecting a poor beach after the last search look bad . And hoped for a Gold ring . Anyway i got started and i noticed i wasn't really getting that much depth , it was in Beach 1 mode and i put it into 50 tones and upped sens to 24 . Tested it in the water and all was fine there .But i wasn't getting that much depth . Another real disappointment was the headphones , they are the same low muffled tone of the Koss which i hated and never bought with any of my Minelab's after my first 2 Explorer's way back. They give such poor sound that everything sounds deep and i could not hear anything below around 8 inches ! and even large Aluminium was sounding quieter than normal at that depth . Anyway i kept going and even though there seemed to be a lack of deep targets i was getting plenty of shallower targets . Lots of coinage and some old Pennies and knackered Half pennies , even had 5 unidentified foreign coins and 2.20 Euros . I was able to find a Silver ring next to iron nails and had a steel ring and a junker too but no Gold this time . I cannot say i am very impressed yet with the Equinox . I am going to have to get a couple of 3/8 to 1/4 inch adaptors for my own Gray Ghost headphones and see how they are with this machine . I wont be using the ones supplied again if i can help it . Dont want to seem too negative but maybe its because i have had too little sleep lately and not studied the machine fully . It was done on the red eye today . Next week i hope to have adaptors , if not i will use my Explorer 11 for Thursday next . Really hope my fears are unfounded . I cannot download a picture , keeps failing .
  7. In most high-end metals detectors, the number of vdi points that can be displayed is 100 or more, why is Equinox scaling reduced to 50 points? What problems could arise from this compression? Less selectivity and more chance to dig trash? Perhaps I-Q allowed this compression for greater selectivity? Have they reduced the points to get more VDI stability? I have not yet got my hands on Equinox but I plan to do some testing to see if this compression brings disadvantage in the search. What do you think?
  8. I went out this morning and did a auto GB in a couple of places in my yard, one read 5, the other 6. Does anyone have bad dirt that they have GB'd in? I'd like to know what kind of numbers, really mild and some harsh soil reads come in at.
  9. There are so many newer users to some of the digital readout detectors who are getting the Equinox and even new 1st time buyers of a detector, you need to know. This is not an Equinox flaw..it is with most detectors I have tested. When hunting parks or even old yards and you decide to reject the common US 1 cent, it is zinc and not copper. So yes it would seen to be wise to do so...as you can still find the older copper wheat back cents....YES....Not so fast my friend. Many of the really old Indian Head Cents read the same as a zinc cent and even a few of the early teens wheat backs do as well on many machines. So here is the TRICK from a salty dawg. I accept zinc cents and Use the DEPTH INDICATOR to see if it is shallow or deep. Very seldom will a zinc cent be deep as the older copper coins and especially the IH cents.
  10. Changing The Shaft?

    Is it possible To change the shaft easily?
  11. I hit a super trashy, saltwater bay beach yesterday after work for a quick hunt. Not my first choice for locations or style of hunting but it is close to my home and I was itching to swing the Equinox. Pulled a few silver coins and very little trash. I prefer eroded ocean beaches with moderate trash. The brass ring had me for a minute...it rang in the 20's, was tarnished but it rubbed off just enough to see a glint of yellow. So far so good! Beach 1 and 2 GB - Auto 0 Sensitivity 18 (mostly) went to 21 briefly 2 tone (reject 20 and under) for cherry picking high conductors in heavy trash Recovery 3 Iron Bias 0 and 1 https://youtu.be/Sq8KV79OtIU
  12. Tall Men

    Hi from the UK. ( Worcester ) I was thinking of purchasing a Equinox 800 . Though being 6ft 7in tall I was a bit put off by its stem size. Do any of you know if there is going to be a tall man stem for this new detector ? If so when might it be available for us tall people
  13. I have my first of 2 800's and will give it a dry damp beach hunt tomorrow morning . The beaches are a bit built up so dont expect much in finds this time . Maybe ? I wont do any changing of settings , as soon as its charged i will do any adjustments here at home and live with it for this search . I want a proper manual and i wish there was an adaptor for my Gray Ghost 1/4 inch headphones in the box . Also i have no idea how to pair the phones to the machine so i will use them wired up to the machine. Roll on 5am .
  14. I posted this question on another forum too trying to get some clarity.. It seems to me after reading the manual a few times that Park 1 and Field 1 might have the same Multi-Frequency Weighting.. Same with Park 2 and Field 2.. Are the only differences between say Park 1 and Field 1 the stock discrimination pattern, tones, Recovery Speed and Iron Bias settings? If this is the case, I can use Field 1 to basically make another custom Park 1.. This would be good to know.. Bryan
  15. First day on the beach with the ZEQ. Took me awhile to get rolling,,,, dug a lot of foil at VDI 1,2,4,,,, Bottle caps at 12-15, pull tabs 23 i think.... But coins ring out hard and repeatable,. The ring I found is probably costume--don't know because I have only found one before and that was a recovery in Lake Tahoe. Found a 25 cent spill as i was heading back to the parking lot which was fun because it was by the boardwalk and all the tourists started milling around watching,,,the coins kept coming. I got 2 quarters in one scoop and then right after that I got two dimes in a single scoop ---everyone was coming over taking pictures---- Not of me of course, but the detector...hahaha-- Here is a video link and a few pictures too.... https://photos.app.goo.gl/ssS05ggK0eoT678m2. https://photos.app.goo.gl/awwdYVfIbnKQL9872
  16. The reason Equinox is special really is simple. It is because it is truly different. Any detector is a set of parameters. At the most basic it boils down to combinations of frequencies and coils. VLF or PI. Whatever. Take any detector to a spot, and detect until you can find nothing more of interest. Now, by simply changing the coil, you can make more finds missed previously. You have to change the parameters. Hunt a spot to death with detector A. For example a Garrett AT Pro running at 15 kHz. Now switch to a different detector, perhaps Whites MXT running at 14 kHz. Slightly different machine with slightly different coil and frequency. A missed find or two commonly appears because what one machine misses another may hit. Jumping to something like an E-TRAC is an even more radical change, and again new finds may be made. Short of firing up a PI and digging every item out of the ground, most experienced detectorists know that no one detector gets it all. For that reason I am a contrarian. If everyone else is using detector A someplace you can bet I am going to give detector B a go. I have found that being different often pays off for me. The are limits to sheer physical depth. The fact is more depth is not the secret to new finds in many cases. We need different processing methods that can find items missed by what went before. Unfortunately in recent years it has got to where “new” detectors are just old detectors with a fresh coat of paint. I think now people are starting to realize what Minelab has been saying all along. From http://www.detectorprospector.com/metal-detecting/minelab-multi-iq-technology-details-explained.htm ”Multi-IQ is Minelab’s next major innovation and can be considered as combining the performance advantages of both FBS and VFLEX in a new fusion of technologies. It isn’t just a rework of single frequency VLF, nor is it merely another name for an iteration of BBS/FBS. By developing a new technology, as well as a new detector ‘from scratch’, we will be providing both multi-frequency and selectable single frequencies in a lightweight platform, at a low cost, with a significantly faster recovery speed that is comparable to or better than competing products.” and “Within the Multi-IQ engine, the receiver is both phase-locked and amplitude-normalized to the transmitted magnetic field – rather than the electrical voltage driving the transmitted field. This field can be altered by the mineralization in the soil (in both phase and amplitude), so if the receiver was only phased-locked to the driving voltage, this would result in inaccurate target IDs and a higher audible noise level. Locking the receiver to the actual transmitted field, across all frequencies simultaneously (by measuring the current through the coil) solves these issues, creating a very sensitive AND stable detector” and finally “For each frequency the detector transmits and receives there are two signals which can be extracted which we refer to as I and Q. The Q signal is most sensitive to targets, while the I signal is most sensitive to iron content. Traditional single-frequency metal detectors use the Q signal to detect targets, and then use the ratio of the I and Q signals to assess the characteristics of the target and assign a target ID. The problem with this approach is that the I signal is sensitive to the iron content of the soil. The target ID is always perturbed by the response from the soil, and as the signal from the target gets weaker, this perturbation becomes substantial. With some simplification here for brevity, if a detector transmits and receives on more than one frequency, it can ignore the soil sensitive I signals, and instead look at the multiple Q signals it receives in order to determine a target ID. That way, even for weak targets or highly mineralized soils, the target ID is far less perturbed by the response from the soil. This leads to very precise target IDs, both in mineralized soils and for targets at depth.” Got all that? Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t because while I get the gist of it I admit this stuff is over my head. More to the point for me personally it does not matter enough to me to make the effort to get my head fully around all that. There are going to be those that think it’s all hogwash. Whatever. Having used Equinox myself I figured out real fast the basic truth here - Equinox truly is different than anything else to date. That is the Equinox Edge. The secret is in the difference itself, not the details of the technology. We have a rare opportunity to put a detector over the ground that is not an old model with a fresh coat of paint. From an in use operational perspective there are no true experts with this machine. I got a head start, granted, but I have a lot to learn about Equinox because for most of my use so far I was trying to learn a moving target. It’s only now I can actually learn the machine. Again “It isn’t just a rework of single frequency VLF, nor is it merely another name for an iteration of BBS/FBS.” Anyone who takes off the cynic hat and actually believes that statement should really know all they need to know. Fresh slate, we all start from scratch. It is the fact that Equinox is different that makes all the difference in the world. It can’t put finds back in the ground, but if you are going to have a decent shot at making new finds in old ground you have to try something different. And that my friends is why Equinox is special.
  17. Facebook video with a peek at the new 6” coil near the end...
  18. I'm thinking Field 1 for deep rings in sand and Field 2 for chains with sand over a shallow hard pan.
  19. Thanks to Steve's forum and all the Equinox users, and yes even the folks who haven't gotten their units. Some good questions are being asked. I am really impressed with what I have seen on this forum. Totally professional and loads of mutual respect shown. Some new members here too. This is great. All I can say to the new(er) members - don't be bashful. Hop in and share your thoughts, ask questions, etc. Warmer weather and more Equinox units in the field- even more fog will lift.
  20. Very well done - this should help people a lot...
  21. Day 2 Hunt

    Well, I must say today was very interesting in more ways than one. I went back to the old high school again today expecting to dig more nickles. That didn't happen, but, I was able, after digging quite a few beaver tails, to call then before digging them. They rang up in my soil at 11-12 solid hits. Yesterday the nickles read a solid 13, I did get fooled a couple times by ring tabs. I was able to dig my first silver today, a 41 Merc at 4-5" read 24-26, it was a screamer. I was running 5 tones, recovery at 5, 0 iron bias, sens at 20, park mode1 manual GB. After a couple of hours of digging a dozen or so small items that read from 8-19, I decided to cherry pick. I went into Park 2, 2-tones, recovery speed at 4, tone break set to -9 -20 with the volume turned all the way down, lowest tone pitch possible, manual GB, sens 23. I was only able to hit a wheat sitting on top of the ground where a pipe had been put in and then a copper bracket about an 1" long at 9". This is where it gets interesting. I got the hit on the bracket , very intermittent high tone, very iffy hit. I knew before digging how deep it was by using my Periscope Probe, I hit it at a solid 9" I decided to run thru each mode to test how each one would sound, each mode hit the target, but, not very clean. This was the eye opener, when I came back to Park 1, the signal cleaned up considerably. The tone was cleaner and more consistent, then I remembered reading in the quick start guide that Park 1 was for general hunting and coins, while Park 2 was for fine jewelry. I'm only guessing, but, Park 2 must use a different set of frequencies than Park 1. I quickly did a master reset and modified Park 1 to 2-tones, recovery speed at 5, tone break set to -9 -20 with the volume turned all the way down, lowest tone pitch possible, manual GB, sens 23 I worked my way back to my car getting ready to leave. On my final pass I get a repeatable high tone and a bouncing 23 every other pass. When I pinpointed the number stayed at 23. Again, using my Periscope, I made contact with the target at 9" cut the plug, dug out the dirt down to the 9" mark. I located the target again with my probe, took my finger and pulled the dirt off the coin exposing a shiny looking coin You can see in the photo the dirt I pulled off the coin. I measured the depth and sure enough, a little over 9" That's exactly what I was hoping to see, deep silver , proper ID on top of that. I scanned the hole again and got another hit off to the side about 6", repeatable, ID at 24-25 down 7". I'm thinking double silver baby!!! Well, it turned out to be a jack :) I left there thinking it may be time to sell my new CTX, I don't think I'll be using it any time soon, why would I??? I had a Deus, Etrac and now the CTX in the last 3 years, I may get beat up for this, but, I see no need for having any other machine after seeing what I've witnessed in just 9 hours of hunting. I've been hunting on and off for almost 30 years, I'm very excited about this machine and the potential once someone puts in the time necessary to master it. I've gone from being a believer to being a knower after what I've seen in just 2 days!!! BTW....In 2-tones, Iron Bias is not adjustable, the option isn't avaialble. Also, I've decided I'll need to video a few of the deeper hits before digging so that I don't get called out for exaggerating my digs.
  22. I purchased an Equinox 800 hoping to put a little more fun into gold prospecting and try my hand a coin/relic detecting. I've put about 5 hrs detecting time in, first in a really trashy shallow bedrock wash then in running through old drywash tailings. 5 hrs is not enough to really get to know the machine and I was not able to get that coil over undug gold, but some initial observations can be shared. In the shallow bedrock, littered with bits of ancient decomposing food cans from an old mine camp, Nox is awesome. I ran it in the standard Gold I setting, with no discrimination. The rotting can trash was unmistakable in the -3 to -5 VDI reading. Modern steel items like machine fittings etc, sometimes ran up to +2, but lead and my test nuggets consistently gave VDI of 8 to 10. A 1 gram test nugget consistently hits 9 to 10. Hot rocks show up in the -7, -8 range. In the drywash tailings, I was looking for depth and the ground was a little hotter. I ran in Gold II with the sensitivity between 19 and 21 where conditions allowed. Again, ferrous trash was unmistakable with good logical VDI numbers. I ran into a lot of hot rocks in the -8 VDI. Given that I could not get the coil over undug gold, I opted to do a little testing with test nuggets. First, a .2 gram nugget sounded off perfectly to about 3 inches, VDI at depth is iffy. I think more depth is possible on that size with a little more tweaking. Then, a 1 gram nugget down 6 inches in the fine drywash tailings. Tone was unmistakable, but the VDI was all over the place. I went down 8 inches and the tone was clear, but now the VDI starting hitting at -8, the same place as a hundred hot rocks I had been over and had quit digging. I'm still not sure how to interpret that bit. More practice and more testing. Ideally, an undug target is the place for that, I just need to get over one. My one gripe is that the coil is very bump sensitive. That spoke design catches on brush and the tops of rocks causing a hard chirp from machine. A few times I was trying to work that 11 inch coil down between rocks and every bump gave me a chirp or 2. It really breaks the concentration when you're trying to find those whisper signals. At this point I would not opt for the 800 as my exclusive gold prospecting machine. Good thing I have the workhorse GPZ for that.