By Steve Herschbach
“I have seen some confusion on the internet regarding the differences between the Minelab EQUINOX 600 and EQUINOX 800. I think that the EQUINOX 600 is being somewhat overlooked because it’s not the “top model” but, in my opinion, it is incredible value for a remarkably low price. I hope this blog will clear up any confusion and, in the process, show why I think the EQUINOX 600 deserves a second look by some people…”
I would like to understand more about what All-Metal Mode does. All the manual basically says is "this disables the current discrimination pattern so that all metal objects will be detected" I normally detect in Orchards using Park2 and Fields using Field2. My main interest is to find artifacts, Jewelry and Coins. My biggest challenge is the amount of farm-related trash such as horseshoes, odd bits of iron, etc. Often I will get a good steady signal in the teens in F2, or P2, only to find it is trash, so NOW my technique is to check it out with All-Metal as well and if I get the deep tones and minus signals I generally decide not to dig. Is this a sound technique? Ok I appreciate that if a coin is right above or below the iron then I may miss it, but I'm happy with that call.
Specifically, I wonder if All-metal mode in Park2 gives different output compared to All-Metal in Field2, i.e. are the different algorithm weightings of the different Search Profiles (P1.P2,F1,F2...) still operating or does All-metal override all these search profiles and it does not matter which Search profile you are in?
PS this is my first post. This is a great blog for the Equinox, I've been following it for months, well done Steve H.
Hi, I'm looking for tips about how to tackle high trash areas specifically when you get multiple varying signals in an area. Often I'm detecting in Orchards or pastures right next to farms that would have seen activity going back hundreds, maybe a thousand years. Or my back garden an ex-orchard in a rural village which over the years has been cultivated, had bonfires, lots of activity. In these areas I get many different signals all within a few inches of each other. Generally using P2 or F2, (I like 50 tones) and I prefer not to change any other settings, I dig out any stable solid figures/tones from say 7 onwards if they have no low tones/numbers when I test with All-metal mode. Having done that the remaining signals often are a mix of good signals, some good bouncing around, and negative signals. I'm trying to detect the "shape" of the signals, aiming to identify good positive signals that should be dug, but not sure about the rest. If I see a good solid signal say in the teens say with a -negative number when tested in all metal, should I dig in the hope of say a coin sitting over/next to ferrous, or should I leave alone? Often in the past, I've had a dig it all mentality to gain experience, but frankly in these areas that is not practical as I may just as dig randomly and see what's there with a pinpointer and not use a detector at all!
So i got my Nox and have messed around a little bit with it.
Main question i have is that if i am hunting for relics and coins, but the soil is highly mineralized (there is a gold prospect on the property and I pan gold from the soil, and there are tons of magnitite crystals free and in the rock matrix) what is the best mode to use, Field since target are spread out or Gold since the soil is so mineralized? There is an old road that cuts right past the old prospect pits. Most the ground i will hunt has the possibility of gold as well as relics lol.
The ground here gives the monster issues with hot rocks, the gpx does fine. While there is fine gold in the overburden i have yet to find anything big enough for a detector to locate.
Another question: a few of the hits i got with the 800 jump between negative numbers and 11 to 15. Ive attempted to dig these and cannot locate anything, and when i bring the gpx over it has no hits. So i understand negative numbers are generally hot rocks. But ive played around with some of my gold and most of the medium sized nuggets 1 to 4 gram ring up right around 11 to 15. So i keep chasing what? Hot ground??
Any insight is appreciated.
Hi Everyone just wondering about Gold Nugget Settings?.
I haven’t seen or heard much about Settings for hunting small nuggets and also hunting them in highly mineralised soils?.
Very interested to see how it’s going to compare against the Gold Monster, as it’s very sensitive on very Tiny bits.
So if anyone’s been having some great success with it I’d love it if you could please share some settings and tips.
Thanks Everyone for your time and help it’s greatly appreciated!!.
Has anyone used this method of avoiding iron? Any success?
"If you get a signal and you are not sure if it is iron or not, drop the frequency to 10kHz and swing over the target again, if the TDI numbers jump about, then it is probably iron, if it stays locked on the same number as in Multi, then it is worth a dig."
(reported by Bargeman in an overseas forum)