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My First Day & First Gold With The Eq 800

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Bugger it, that was the review I'd been waiting for...  I'm ordering one! 

-- Order placed.


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Really nice small gold, congrats kiwi..... I also got my Equinox 800 the other day, and tested it with a small .10 (tenth of a gram) little picker nugget, and it picked it up nice and loud and clear both in the 20khz and 40 khz freqs...


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20 minutes ago, DolanDave said:

Really nice small gold, congrats kiwi..... I also got my Equinox 800 the other day, and tested it with a small .10 (tenth of a gram) little picker nugget, and it picked it up nice and loud and clear both in the 20khz and 40 khz freqs...


Looks like Minelab has went and done it again! 


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It's fun finding gold with the 800.  A detector, headset, scoop and a pick.  Once you get it in the scoop it sings to be rescued.

Your experience with the headset was similar to mine but I think your 'work around' didn't give you the power you will find once you charge the bluetooth set.  I plugged my supplied bluetooth into the WM08 and found things at the beach but it was muffled.  The next time I went out I turned them on and what a difference.

I think you could 'hear' with the volume all the way up but it was not powered.  I later read that the WM08 is designed for headphones to be attached ... not the bluetooth.  I had used them just as I do other headphones but I don't think (someone correct me) they are normal headphones ... if they are then they still sound better charged and amplified like a booster.  

I didn't do anything with the iron bias or the recovery speed when I found my two nuggets.  I will the next time.


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18 hours ago, Dig It said:

I know that feeling of It's Got To Stop Snowing First !!!  :angry:

Off the charts JW! Dig it , finally stopped here after 3 weeks :laugh:Ig

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Great job detecting those tiny pieces JW.

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On 3/4/2018 at 2:00 AM, Mop said:

Thanks JW for the review,

This is looking like the perfect second detector for my kit as I holiday at the coast. In a previous Minelab talk you spoke about the GM as being a great tool in your kit, would the Equinox 800 do the same job as your Gm100?

Hi there Mop, Detecting for this tiny gold isn't really my cup of tea as I usually end up with a pocket full of shot gun pellets & not a lot in gold weight for all the effort that goes into it. I would rather spend the time with the Zed & get bigger deeper gold. Sometimes though it isn't all that much bigger..... of lately. :rolleyes: But I do know of a few little hot spots that seem to carry this small gold & it is a bit of a novelty & bit of fun to chase it every now & then. I always carry the GM 1000 with me in my truck & generally use it as my discriminator & pin pointer when I get down into a bit of a deep dig with the Zed. I do have to admit that the GM 1000 has found me quite a bit of small gold from Zed digs that the Zed didn't pick up on. Both down in the holes & small bits in the dig out piles from the initial Zed dig. The Zed had picked up on a bigger deeper bit & the GM mopped up the crumbs. The EQ 800 with the 11" coil wouldn't do the same job down in the hole but probably would on the dig out piles. Thanks. :smile:

Thank you to the rest of you for your comments & kind words. I am out of likes for the day.:rolleyes: The EQ 800 has really surprised me with its tiny gold capabilities. Despite what I have read & seen from others out there finding gold with it. It truly is something special & the Multi IQ is something else. There really is some voodoo magic going on there with that 11" coil & such tiny gold. Gosh....I wonder how the little 6" coil is going to go & even the bigger coil. Exciting. Cheers

Best of luck out there

JW :smile:

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Pretty amazing small gold finds. A good detector in the hands of a good operator.

Fun to read.

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A lot of these detectors have become so good now it's all about the operator, John (kiwijw) finds a lot of gold compared to me, we are in the same hunting grounds.  He could go swing his Monster for a day and come home with a reasonable loot, I could do the same with my Monster and be EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY lucky to get 1 small little piece.

I'm still learning, it's more about learning where gold deposits itself, John's put countless hours into educating himself on this, I have much work to do.  


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10 hours ago, kiwijw said:

Hi there Mop, Detecting for this tiny gold isn't really my cup of tea as I usually end up with a pocket full of shot gun pellets & not a lot in gold weight for all the effort that goes into it. I would rather spend the time with the Zed & get bigger deeper gold. Sometimes though it isn't all that much bigger..... of lately. :rolleyes:

Hey John,

Are you finding the VDI numbers are helping rule out the shotgun pellets or do they come up the same as small gold?

Also, does waving your hand in front of it set it off like the Gold Monster? I'm still not used to not being able to do that, I did it all the time with my GBP and T2, will I still be forced to use a scoop?


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