By Steve Herschbach
A reference collection of threads about the Minelab Equinox, grouped into rough categories.
Minelab Equinox 600 Data & User Reviews
Minelab Equinox 800 Data & User Reviews
Minelab Equinox Software Update 1.7.5 Released
Minelab Equinox Software Update 2.1.12 Released
Equinox 600 / 800 Full Instruction Manual (English pdf 5.59 MB)
Equinox 600 / 800 Getting Started Guide (English pdf 847.71 KB)
Equinox Battery Charging Recommendations And Warnings
Minelab Equinox Parts & Accessories Page
Some Equinox Videos Done By Purchasers
Can I Be Critical Of The Equinox Here?
Equinox 600 Versus Equinox 800
Minelab E-trac, CTX 3030, Excalibur Versus Equinox
Minelab Multi-IQ Technology Explained
Selectable Frequency And Multiple Frequency
Tips For Getting Started
Equinox and Electrical Interference (EMI)
Short Bursts Of Intense Static Or Interference
More Tips For Getting Started
Even More Getting Started Tips
Latest Tips For Getting Started
And Yet Another Getting Started Tip
Loose Rods, Wobbly Rods, Rod Flex
Important Tip - Global Vs Local Settings
Minelab Equinox Factory Presets
Minelab Equinox Tones & Advanced Tone Options
Video - Adjusting Zones, Tones, & Tone Volumes On Equinox
External Speaker Not Turning Off When I Plug In Wired Headphones
Headphones That Work With Nearly All Detectors
Equinox Recovery ( Detect Speed ) Settings
Recovery Speed & Target Masking
Recovery Speed & The Conveyor Belt
Ground Balancing The Minelab Equinox
Equinox High Mineral Tips
If The Audio Is Open Gate Or The Snap Shot Type ?
Iron Bias - What It Is
Why Only 50 Points Of Target ID Resolution?
Nickels Versus Tabs
Bottlecaps & Equinox
Target ID Normalization
Some Minelab Equinox VDI Numbers
Another Equinox Target ID Chart
Target ID Numbers Can Vary With Search Profile & Frequency
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UK Target ID Numbers
Canadian Target ID Numbers
Australian Target ID Numbers
Jewelry Target ID Numbers & Tones
How Metal Detector Discrimination Works
A New Way To Do 50 Tone Audio
Is Park 2 The Magic Mode??
Park 2 Compared To Field 1 Or Field 2?
Park 1 & Field 1 versus Park 2 & Field 2
Multi-IQ Frequency Weighting Differences Between Park & Field Modes
Number Of Saved Profile Slots For Custom Settings
User Profile Button
Gold Nugget Detecting Tips
More Tips On Nugget Detecting With Equinox
More Equinox Gold Prospecting Tips
So What Is Gold Mode Exactly?
Equinox First Gold Nugget Photos
My First Equinox Gold Nuggets
Equinox, Micro Nuggets
Target ID Numbers For Gold Nuggets & Gold Jewelry
Complete Set Of Equinox Physical Measurements
Remove Or Reposition Equinox Handle & Pod Assembly?
Waterproof Connections & Audio Jack Sizes
Equinox, Lithium Batteries, & Air Travel
Equinox Battery Life Test
Minelab ML80 Wireless Headphones
Check ML80 Battery Level
Equinox Future Firmware Updates
Minelab Discount For U.S. Military
2018 - Year Of The Equinox!
Minelab Equinox - The Best All Around Detector I Have Ever Used!
The Simple Reason Why Equinox Is Special
The Video I Have Most Enjoyed So Far - What Makes Equinox Special
I Saw In A Video Where Equinox Got Beat By....
Early Minelab Testers Question??
Equinox 800 - My Take, Commentary, And Testing
Is The Equinox A Deep Seeking Machine??
Gold Coin Found With Equinox
By Steve Herschbach
Minelab has five key products under development. It should be a pretty good bet that with the CTX 3030 being so old it does not even appear on the timeline below, that a product refresh is in the works. We also all know Multi-IQ was a big success. And one thing I know about Minelab, is the V2 version of anything is the one to die for. They usually come out with something totally new as proof of concept, and then the next version or two refines that into everything it really can be.
The main question I have is the hardware. Will the new model still use the existing CTX housing? It’s a little heavy, but well balanced, and does allow for much more battery capacity. Or do they use the Equinox design? Hard to imagine in an upscale model, so I’d kind of doubt that. Something brand new, with the best features of CTX, but lighter weight? A new design would help keep the price down, which is a key now if you really want a best seller.
New Minelab Ultimate
The most requested thing in Equinox is more target range, so mating a CTX type display with Multi-IQ would seem a bit of a no-brainer. All I know is that if a Minelab can successfully put the best of CTX and Equinox together in a single detector, something that would make owners of either of those detectors want one, it could be another major home run for Minelab. And yes, it is the next detector that I personally am waiting for, now that I finally got an Impulse in my hands. Well, and whatever follows the GPZ 7000. Impulse plus CTX replacement plus GPZ follow up is what I’m shooting for as my future personal lineup.
By Dances With Doves
I buried my 1.2 ounce 14k yellow gold chain at measured 10" in very wet dirt and tried pk1 sens.21 50 tone recovery 4 and F2-7 which I never use in turf and a got a soft but not bad signal with mostly a 2id with almost no iron id showing up.i would dig this if I was going for chains. That is more then I expected for park 1 with high iron bias.This is the limit for this target for a signal you would dig on target information.
I like a bit of a challenge and, during the recent lockdown here in Oz, I decided to tune my Nox 800 to hunting just threepences. For those who don't know, a threepence used to be Australia's smallest silver coin before converting to decimal currency in 1966. They weigh about 1.3 grams and are 16mm in diameter. Once free to roam, i went to an old goldfield that lasted from 1855 to the late 1930's. There were a couple of old homesteads in the area that lasted until the mid 1970's. I figured i had pretty well worked out the best settings for the coin and was pleased that, after a full day's hunt, I detected 14 of the little beggars. I didn't get back to put in other hunt for larger coins as it persistently rained for the next three days and I was lucky to get my vehicle and caravan out through the resulting boggy bush tracks. Still, I have narrowed down several old homesites and, what I believe was, an old pub site. Now for another leave pass from the Minister for War.
I've been wanting to take the QED to the beach for a while now, it has a Mode 11 beach mode which is very deep, its essentially just a mode that has ground balance disabled at 7.5uS pulse delay.
The beach I went to was only just over an hour and a half from home. I live about as far from a beach possible in NZ. I also wanted to try out my new Fisher F-Pulse pinpointer as it's meant to handle salt water beaches, my Garrett Carrot AT doesn't, last time I tried to use it on the beach the wet sand was setting it off like mad and it would not balance to the wet sand.
The good news is the F-pulse worked fine, handled the wet sand well.
I took a photo of my QED all geared up ready to detect.
The weather was shocking, About 3 degrees with snow on the forecast for later tonight, strong wind and showers was what I was dealing with. I was going to be near the beach which is why I took my detector, the purpose of the trip wasn't to go detecting, the detecting was just a bonus. I decided I'd put the X-Coils 15" spiral coil on it as it's my biggest GPX coil, it's also very sensitive and deep so seemed a good fit. This beach is just huge and people spread out all along it as you're allowed to drive your cars on it, so there is no "good busy spot" like on normal beaches.
On the dry sand Mode 11 (Disabled Ground Balance) worked well, it was perfect actually and I was digging deep bottle caps. I'm more of a discrimination type person so was getting pretty annoyed digging junk. I was however surprised how deep I was digging these bottle caps. It felt like I was regularly digging junk at 12". I got sick of that real quick so I jumped back in my car and drove down closer to the water, I was using my car as a bit of a wind break the weather was that bad.
As I was closer to the water I was no longer able to use Mode 11, the no GB mode, it's my first time using the QED where I've had a response from the ground raising and lowering my coil. I'm not used to bad ground 🙂 The beach has a fair bit of black sand, not terrible like some of NZ's beaches that are virtually pure black sand.
I ended up having to go to Mode 5 with a gain of 6, settings I've never used before, I always run things flat out but I didn't like the ground response I was getting, If I kept the coil level to the ground the No GB mode worked OK, although I wasn't sure if that would mean depth would be affected so I wanted to be balanced, I was able to ground balance now after a bit of fiddling around with manual ground balance. I'm not good at dealing with bad ground, it's something I'm not used to at all.
My first target as I got down near the water was an old NZ 2 cent coin, then a rusty old beer bottle cap and a few pull tabs and an old rusty weird looking bit of scrap metal and a few more bottle caps and then....... to my surprise a coin I've only found two of in my entire time detecting, a NZ silver florin!!!! from 1933 too, the first year NZ made a Florin and a harder to get date. I went to take a photo and my damn phone was flat! It was deep too, I tilted my coil sideways in the big hole I dug with my scoop and it was almost the depth of my coil, and the coil is a 15" coil. I took these photos of it when I got home.
It's not all nice and shiny silver like the coins I find in the grass, I will try clean it up a bit somehow. My silvers from the sports fields always come up looking new.
I decided to leave after that, the weather was getting to me and the wind was freezing. I had achieved what I wanted to do, test the QED out on the beach. It worked well enough, certainly deep and good ground coverage with such a big coil, I'd rather use a detector with discrimination and Target ID's for beach hunts though.