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First Relic Hunt With X35 Coil. 1813 Coin Found.

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Right on man.

Once the honeymoon is over do you think you will have a preference between the Equinox 800 and the Deus X35?

Ill also ask the question in the context of you being a more general detectorist rather then you being primarily a relic hunter where TID is not as important.

I'm really curious because I based my decision to get the Deus originally from your videos. I patiently waited while there was that lul in your Equinox videos, when you got them going again it was a easy decision for me, I'm a big Minelab fan anyway.

My question has no consequence other then my own curiosity, every one wants to feel like they made the right decision. My old man also watches your videos, I'm sure he second guessed himself a bit when he saw your latest X35 video lolol. (He just sold his Deus for a Equinox) Not a big deal, I still have some Deus gear around. We are probably going to play around with the X35 and maybe some second hand HF coils in the garden.

Anyhow, thanks for the videos, I really enjoy the common sense, straight shooting comparisons.

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Both have there strengths …. Relic hunting in iron Deus hands down. Open field cleaner ground I like the Equinox. High emi areas I can run the Equinox there too. The Nox will hunt iron too but the Deus handles it better. If I could only have one for relics it would be the Deus.

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I agree the Deus is a great audio machine for relics. For my more general purpose detecting, I like something with a bit more resolution beyond ferrous/nonferrous. I relic hunt too, just a lot of my sites are mixed with modern debris. I don't do a ton of rural hunting where its just iron. Up here a lot of good stuff/history density is along the water's edge.

I have been finding the Equinox to be a lot deeper for a given recovery speed, which is nice because I feel less of the need to be changing frequencies or recovery speed as much.  I'm using 7 out of 8 recovery speed and digging targets at depths that would need reactivity of 2.5 to get with the Deus. The Deus was a breakthrough with it's versatility, with that versatility comes decisions.  (Do I hunt sifter or do I hunt deep?)

The Minelab is more comfortable at hunting deep. That last little bit of numerical ID that the Minelabs have is what has always made them stand out. It has found some things that the Deus wouldn't see. The Deus is fast OR moderately deep, however the Equinox is pretty fast AND pretty deep.

Man really tough decisions, they are both excellent machines.

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In my soil the Deus and Nox are close. Seems like the deus has a edge on deep targets here in my soil. The signal doesn't get as broken up as the Nox. I run a reactivity of 2 and then 2.5 in a heavy iron site but the majority of time I run a 2. At 2 its like the equinox on 6 as far as depth goes. I do like the Nox in more modern trash too and really like the quietness it runs in the field . It makes the deep stuff easy to hear. I like both machines but like you know they both have their places.

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Yes they both have their places.

The Deus audio is more descriptive as far as shape and a good non-ferrous tone vs the Equinox will give you a deep number, jumpy as it may be. That is what gives the Equinox the edge in modern trash, being able to still detect deep high conductor coins and relics below the modern trash layer.  I can happily hunt a Deus lite audio only in modern trash and be quite successful, but its not for everyone.

Before the FBS machines only had 26 tones I think. That concerned me about the Equinox, however once I read that the Equinox had 50 tones I was basically sold. It doesn't quite rip on the audio like the 100 + Deus tones, but it is a step in the right direction.

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