Jump to content
chainicin

Equinox 600 For My Very First Detector?

Recommended Posts

I always said that when i turned 50 i would treat myself to a metal detector. i am fortunate enough that i can afford an equinox 600 and everything i'm reading says it's really packing a lot of punch for the cost. 

i'm looking for something to work across a lot of environments, including beaches. i couldn't have less of a specific need in mind- i want something that works pretty well anywhere i might pull up. if i dabble with a cheaper Bounty Hunter Land Ranger Pro will i notice where it comes up short? will i quickly wish i had just bought the nox?

and i'm also worried about the learning curve. i don't want to spend all my time fine tuning if i don't really know how to fine tune. i realize i kind of want it all so that's why i am here for a reality check.

being honest with myself, it's not something i am expecting to do too frequently right now- i sadly don't have the time. but i would love to take it on road trips and vacations as an extra something to do. maybe 10-15 days a year.

minelab-equinox-600-metal-detector.jpg.1
Minelab Equinox 600 metal detector

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Equinox is setup for easy use right out of the box. If your hunting for coins in the park, press Park 1 or 2. If your at the saltwater beach, press beach 1 or 2. Relic hunting a field? Press Field 1 or 2.  I maybe over simplified the process a little, but any of those factory settings used where they were intended will get you great performance.. When you get more experienced you can start tweaking for even better performance and set it up the way that fits your hunting style. If you don’t catch on to detecting like you thought you would, the Equinox should be easy to sell. The hardest part of learning to detect for someone new is probably target Recovery. 

Bryan

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Welcome to the forum

I can't speak for the Land Ranger but the Nox is a safe bet.  Don't be concerned about this perceived learning curve that people think the Nox has, that's only if you want to dabble with trying to get more out of it, the default settings are perfectly fine and in most cases the best settings anyway.  All you really need to do is pick the environment you're in with it's menu system.. park, beach, field or gold if you go for the 800 and start swinging, it has auto ground tracking so you don't need to worry about ground balance it and has auto noise cancel for emi so that too is simple... it's a very easy detector to use and a first time user of a metal detector could pick it up no trouble at all.  Once you get experienced at least it has all the bells and whistles so you can play with the settings later on.

If you're only going to use it 10-15 days a year the Nox battery is something to consider, it's a fixed lithium battery so you may shorten it's life with no enough use, it's not just easy to replace AA's or 9v batteries like some other detectors have.  Hopefully you decide you want to use it a lot more than you think ?

 

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Welcome to the forum.

The advice so far has been good. The Equinox 600 is a great metal detector. Three things you might want to do besides turn on and go in Park 1 (that is the best place to start according to most of us here) is change the default 50 tones to 5 tones,  learn how to do the automatic noise cancel of the detector for finding the best frequency to operate at in order to minimize EMI or electromagnetic interference, and to lower the sensitivity of the receive signal if the detector is still too noisy so that the noise, whether caused by EMI or ground noise feedback can be minimized. In most places sensitivity between 15 and the default 20 works great and there should be very little noise except for targets in default Park 1. I would worry about your batteries too with 10 to 15 days per year of use, so charge them at least every three months. Even in the cold of winter I use my Nox 5 to 10 hours per week!  I use it at least twice that much per week the rest of the year and I am just getting a good handle on it. Your only learning curve hurdle may be from not using it enough to remember how to operate it....... I suffer from that with some of my other detectors. Also, get a decent handheld pinpointer like a Garret, Whites or Quest.

 

good luck,

Jeff

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks all. No one seems to think the nox is overkill for a newbie. I am really hoping for something i can grow into and this seems to fit that goal.

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very good choice.

?

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great detector, I have been using mine since early last summer.  Starting out, do use the factory settings and then go from there to tweak it for your personal preference and locations. Don't be afraid to so some digging, reference the tones and depth and you will be rewarded! Don't be afraid to make adjustments as you go, just try to remember (or write it down) the settings and locations as well as what you recovered.

Equinox 600

Great machine - Good Luck.

 

 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think it is perfect for a beginner and oldtimer too.

i just got a 600 to be used on the beach here in Santa Monica.

I know from last year the 800 was very good on the beach and I expect no less from the 600.

Good luck to you and keep it swinging!

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

May I suggest the Equinox 800 for the extra features. It is worth the investment, IMHO.

I believe the 800 would also sell faster should you decide to do so.

Best of Luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Similar Content

    • By mann 2
      Hello, I'm new here!


    • By GB_Amateur
      I was out hunting today, nearing the end of the session.  A young man (mid-20's?) approached and said 'hello' so I pulled off my headphones and returuned the greeting.  He stated that thanks to a high school teacher who was a detectorist he was interested in adding the hobby, and asked for some advice on getting started.  I inquired about his goals and what he was willing to invest.  His response was that he wasn't sure what kind of detecting he would do, but he had about $200 to get started.  The answer was easy -- get a Simplex.

    • By bethanyb1201
      Hello all.... I recently had my Nox 800 and my V3I destroyed in a vehicle accident. My question is.... Do I wait till next year to buy a detector hoping new "suprise" tech will come out or Just buy a 3030 and call it a day??? Ty in advance
    • By Skookum
      I’m always trying to learn how to correctly identify evidences of the older workings.  These piles caught my attention because they look like old dry washing header piles, but there are no discernible tailings piles. The rock piles are quite flattened, perhaps this means they are old. But, the other mysterious finding is that there are relatively no large rocks found between the piles.  This is in contrast to the surrounding terrain, which is homogeneously strewn with rocks of variable size. This makes me wonder if the piles were formed by detectorists trying to get a more level surface. Then, again, I don’t see any recent evidence of recent diggings due to the flatness of the ground.  Is anybody with more experience willing to share their take on it?
       





    • By devilsrenegade
      Seen this on E bay, could this be a china fake ?  said it came with wireless module and headphones and was under warranty until dec 2020.

    • By Joel
      I found this medal in a private 1800's yard and thought it was a military medal but could not locate anything that matched.  It appears to be copper with material that was apparently inlaid on the front. Any help or ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.


×
×
  • Create New...