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Thanks for posting the results in your test bed.  Subscribed to your channel

I watched the prior videos as well and really appreciate your efforts.  Your soil may be just a tad less mineralised than mine but from what you just showed I have no doubt that It will equal and most probably exceed what I have seen with my current machines in ground using larger than stock coils.

Need to thin the herd again.

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In my opinion Equinox exceeds BBS/FBS on low conductors under almost any conditions. BBS/FBS has the edge for depth on silver in milder ground, but as ground mineralization increases there is a crossover point where Equinox pulls ahead on silver also. It does in my ground.

There is this huge east/west disconnect on all forums as regards low mineral ground versus high mineral ground. It is the root cause of most of the stupider debates I see online. People who hunt high mineral ground understand low mineral conditions but many people who only hunt low mineral ground refuse to listen to people who know their stuff about high mineral ground. It can get very frustrating when people refuse to believe that a CTX has no better than moderate depth in my ground and is beat by many good single frequency machines in that regard. The CTX holds accurate target id to a certain point then just loses it. A Deus or F75, Impact, whatever will usually punch deeper but with less accurate target id and really just turn into ferrous or non-ferrous at depth.

Equinox melds the depth of a good single frequency unit with the accurate target id of a BBS/FBS machine in my soil. I can run rings around any BBS/FBS machine in my ground. There are some great single frequency machines that will match Equinox for depth here on most targets pretty consistently, but they lack the target id accuracy.

But the low mineral guys simply refuse to believe it. It has to all be hype or lies. Funny how more and more of us must be liars! :laugh:

Thanks Scott - really great video.

European Detectors Versus U.S. Style Detectors On Target Masking

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I never understood the effect of high mineralization either.  Until I took the DFX to Montana and tried to run it like I was still in Tennessee dirt. OMG. I probably would have done better with a kiddie sand shovel and a plastic spaghetti strainer.

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9 hours ago, Steve Herschbach said:

In my opinion Equinox exceeds BBS/FBS on low conductors under almost any conditions. BBS/FBS has the edge for depth on silver in milder ground, but as ground mineralization increases there is a crossover point where Equinox pulls ahead on silver also. It does in my ground.

There is this huge east/west disconnect on all forums as regards low mineral ground versus high mineral ground. It is the root cause of most of the stupider debates I see online. People who hunt high mineral ground understand low mineral conditions but many people who only hunt low mineral ground refuse to listen to people who know their stuff about high mineral ground. It can get very frustrating when people refuse to believe that a CTX has no better than moderate depth in my ground and is beat by many good single frequency machines in that regard. The CTX holds accurate target id to a certain point then just loses it. A Deus or F75, Impact, whatever will usually punch deeper but with less accurate target id and really just turn into ferrous or non-ferrous at depth.

Equinox melds the depth of a good single frequency unit with the accurate target id of a BBS/FBS machine in my soil. I can run rings around any BBS/FBS machine in my ground. There are some great single frequency machines that will match Equinox for depth in my ground on most targets pretty consistently, but they lack the target id accuracy.

But the low mineral guys simply refuse to believe it. It has to all be hype or lies. Funny how more and more of us must be liars! :laugh:

Thanks Scott - really great video.

European Detectors Versus U.S. Style Detectors On Target Masking

A nice piece Steve.

Should be a sticky on a lot of the other forums or some thing very similar explaining.

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Calabash  - I think Park 2 is pretty deep on mid-conductors  and great on high conductors as you demonstrated, but you might find Park 1 to be even deeper on high conductors overall (but not the deep open gold earring) for two reasons, one is the lower default recovery speed but also because the Multi IQ is biased to lower frequencies (therefore favoring high conductors) with Park 1 vs. Park 2..

Totally on board with Equinox and depth.  Killed it at the beach with 1+ ft. coin finds of all denominations.  Blew me away.

And we are of like mind regarding Equinox and Deus HF complimenting each other, especially for me in high mineralized conditions.  Exactly where I am headed in terms of updating my "arsenal".

Keep up the great work!

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I am not so sure Park 1 is deeper per se but it gets back to signal to noise ratio. Park 2 and Field 2 are "lighting up" tiny stuff that would be ignored in Park 1 or Field 1 and that can fight a person only seeking coin size targets. Park 2 and Field 2 may test as deeper by a small amount on some targets, especially low conductive ones, but it does come at a price in more noise from both tiny stuff and ferrous falsing plus potentially the ground itself. The costs and benefits have to be weighed one against the other. In the end it just comes down the the ground and the operator. There are no pat answers.

Instruction manual pages 23-24 (emphasis added):

Park 1: General / Coins
Park 1 is optimised for modern coins and larger jewellery with a default discrimination pattern set to reject many common aluminium foil-like targets (Target ID 1). Therefore this is the ideal profile to start with to learn EQUINOX, before experimenting with the other Modes and more specialist settings.

Park 1 Multi-IQ processes a lower frequency weighting of the multi-frequency signal, as well as using algorithms that maximise ground balancing for soil, to achieve the best signal to noise ratio. Hence Park 1 is most suited for general detecting and coin hunting.

Park 2: Fine Jewellery (Fine in this context means small)
Park 2 is better suited for smaller targets and greater trash densities. It will detect a wider range of targets including low conductors (or higher frequency) targets, e.g. fine jewellery. All non-ferrous targets are accepted by default. Recovery Speed is also increased to clearly identify good targets masked by iron trash.

Target Tone is set to 50 to allow greater audible target identification rather than relying more heavily on the visual Target IDs. Park 2 Multi-IQ processes a higher frequency weighted multi-frequency signal while ground balancing for soil.

Field 1: Coins / Artefacts
Field 1 is for general hunting with high trash rejection. This assists in locating desired targets more easily. The default discrimination pattern is set to reject Target IDs 1 and 2 (most coke signals).

The first Tone Break is set so that Target IDs 1 and 2 will produce the same low tone as ferrous targets. Field 1 Multi-IQ processes a lower frequency weighted multi-frequency signal, as well as using algorithms that maximise ground balancing for soil, to achieve the best signal to noise ratio. Hence being most suited for general detecting and coin hunting.

Field 2: Fine Coins / Artefacts (Fine in this context means small)
Field 2 suits locations with high target and trash densities. It will better detect small hammered coins on their edge or at greater depth. The default discrimination pattern is set to reject Target IDs 1 and 2 (most coke signals).

Target Tone is set to 50 tones to enhance audio identification and Recovery Speed is faster. The first Tone Break has been set so that Target IDs 1 and 2 produce the same low tone as ferrous targets. Field 2 Multi-IQ processes a higher frequency weighted multifrequency signal while ground balancing for soil.

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8 minutes ago, calabash digger said:

It will smack a 22 lead in park 2..... lol

Bird shot is what worries me. :laugh:

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1 hour ago, Steve Herschbach said:

(quoting the Equinox operations manual) "Field 1 Multi-IQ processes a lower frequency weighted multi-frequency signal, as well as using algorithms that maximise ground balancing for soil,..." (emphasis mine)

I was asking about ground balancing on another thread, and the above snippet from the manual brings up yet another related question.  Although the operations manual says default ground balance is 0 in the six non-gold modes, and ground balance can be manually set between -9 and +99, I'm now wondering, based upon the above emphasized quote, if the 0 value triggers the processor to do some kind of special ground balancing (different from tracking) compared to a manual balance of -1 or +1, 0's nearby neighbors.  Any insight there, anyone?

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