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Cabin Fever

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  1. As an old coin hunter, I prefer the Equinox.. I was running an E-Trac at the time I purchased my Equinox and a CTX before that. I never did run my E-Trac again after my 800 arrived and I finally sold It. The Equinox is faster and deeper on all conductors in my soil and it’s light weight and wireless capabilities just make it a no-brainer for me. The Equinox is sparky so if you like a more refined, smooth hunt you may prefer an E-Trac or CTX. Bryan
  2. Not yet.. What started off as a mild winter in January turned in to record snows in February, so I’m just now starting up again.. Rain and soggy ground is making it tough. Probably be May before I get any serious time in detecting.. Good to see others scoring some silver on the forum. Bryan
  3. Nice find for sure. The lower then normal ID for that half was probably because it was on edge.
  4. Awesome coin! Even with the scratch which looks old, the value should be high considering it’s Details being at least Extra Fine. Bryan
  5. I can’t really add much to what others have said because it’s almost impossible to explain.. It just comes with many hours of experience, but the information in full tones can help you identify some falsing for example. There can be a harshness to the tones that give it away.. It’s not 100% all the time but when you add that information to the way the target reacts to your swing and pinpoint, it will help you make better dig decisions.. There is also a gratification that comes from finding a deeper coin using 50 Tones. Some can sound so good you would bet a decent sum of money that it is for sure a coin. The tone can literally put a smile on your face. It’s not just one tone. It’s a tight smooth blend of a tone that is hard to explain. Sometimes Im amazed at how my brain can grab a certain tone out of barrage of other tones and stop me in my tracks. It happens subconsciously and no doubt came from years of using full tones on other FBS detectors. Theres no going back now. I would feel greatly handicapped without the full tones. Bryan
  6. Nice hunt Cal! Thanks for sharing your adventure. Gives us who are stuck home buried in snow a chance to go along on a hunt. Bryan
  7. Yes, great report! Appreciate the details of the hunt. Congratulations on your well earned gold nuggets.
  8. I might be confusing things because I don’t run any of the factory settings on any of the modes. I went in and set them up for my style of hunting and I just tweak things as needed. All my Park and Field Modes are the same. Sometimes I go over to a different mode and mess with the settings for testing but rarely come out of Park 1. It might be easier if I just show you how I run my detector for old coin hunting. I run 50 Tones wide open most of the time. If I get in to very heavy aluminum, or EMI I will use my discrimination pattern which notches OUT 1-11 and 14-16. I have the ferrous region -9 through 0 Notched IN and always on. Volume is 25. Tone Volume is T1=5 and T2=25... Threshold=12... Threshold pitch 1... Tones=50.. T1=2... Recovery Speed =4-7...Iron Bias 0... Running this way I can hear all ferrous, but it is very quiet and is a low tone. I can listen to it all day with no bother. I like to hear everything under the ground and the ground itself. A silent detector is unnerving to me. Hope this helps. Bryan
  9. If you run in 50 Tones you can notch out any number including those within ferrous range. Bryan
  10. Ground noise shows up in the Park and Field 2 Modes a lot more then the 1 modes. Run 50 Tones and setup your iron range volume real low and the puttering shouldn’t bother you. If so, notch out a few of the lowest numbers like -6 through -9. That way you can still hear most of the iron. Bryan
  11. Macro Gold Racer is an awesome Detector. I’m not a micro jewelry hunter but I did witness its ability to be one. Check out this photo of small finds that were made while coin hunting with the big 15” coil. The thing I remember about it was the sea of tiny signals you could hear. The good stuff just really jumped out at you so you were able to ignore the tiny pieces of foil and such. Great audio detector. The ability to punch deep on Coins was surprising too considering it’s frequency. Both of these coins were very deep. Bryan
  12. Just make sure you have the latest firmware update and you should be fine in any mode. It fixed the big silver on edge problem some were having. I primarily run Park 1 for coin hunting and have no trouble finding coins on edge. Bryan
  13. Higher end treasure detector, be it a Equinox 1000 or faster CTX in an Equinox body is high on my wish list as well as an ultra light PI Detector.. Waterproof, Wireless and light. Bryan
  14. Hopefully some of those “new, improved metal detectors” make it to market this year. It’s good to see Minelab is doing so well. Bryan
  15. Found one of those oddball War Nickels that read high today. It’s a 43 S and rang up 17-18. It has a black corrosion on it that is real hard to chip off. Feels like a crusty Zinc.. definitely not a normal type of corrosion I’m used to seeing on a War Nickel which tend to come out nice and bright or with a slight yellow tinge . Also found a decent 23 S Buffalo that came in the usual 12-13. Bryan
  16. 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
  17. There is a lot of talk about modes and which is deeper.. you have to factor in that these modes are all set up different from the factory. My Park 1 setup looks nothing like how it’s setup from the factory. To test these you need to have them setup the same, as in same Recovery speeds, tones, Iron Bias etc. Someone might be getting deeper in one mode because of different Recovery speeds thinking it’s the frequency weighting of the mode. For example factory Park 1 runs a high Iron Bias which will affect depth, where as Park 2 runs on 0. I have not done any detailed depth testing between the Two modes but they both punch deep on coins. I have mineralized ground here in the Pacific NW and Use Park 1 for most of my hunting. It’s not setup like the factory Park 1. All of my modes are setup the same and I just tweak as needed on the fly. Full 50 Tones, Recovery 5 to start. Always 0 Iron Bias. Same discrimination pattern across the board, only used when things get ugly or my brain gets tired. I like to keep things simple yet optimized for top performance. Bryan
  18. Minelab improved the Audio Modulation with the Equinox firmware update as well as the depth meter. Still not as good as CTX and E-Trac but the Equinox is deeper then both in my soil. There is enough modulation to put a smile on my face when I hit a deep high conductor signal. Looking at your settings maybe try dropping your Recovery Speed a notch and try out the new firmware if you haven’t already. The 15” coil improved my deep coin hunting more then I had anticipated it would. I haven’t pulled it off since I got it. Bryan
  19. I agree with oneguy on the Lesche shovel. I have two of them but our parks flat out won’t allow them. If you can get away with using them, their the way to go. Bryan
  20. The Equinox is no doubt a deep coin detector. Especially with the 15” coil on. Deep coins surprisingly stay pretty solid although a little more quiet up to its maximum depth for me. Their not really “squeakers”. I run fairly hot and put up with more noise then some might, and I do everything I can to stay at 20 sensitivity or higher. I like to run 22-23 if I can and have found a lot of deep, old coins between 8-10 inches. I suspect few maybe slightly deeper but I have not been able to measure one past 10” yet. For the most part I run in Park 1 using 50 Tones, Iron Bias 0, and Recovery Speed at 5. I’ll bump Recovery Speed up or down a notch depending on conditions. I have my Tones and Audio customized so Iron is very quiet but still heard and that high conductors are as high as possible.. If EMI or too much mid conductor trash kick in, I hit the horseshoe button where my discrimination is set to accept 12-13 and 17-40. I will use discrimination to quite the detector before I drop below 20. I do a lot of Noise cancels and Manual Ground balancing throughout my hunt to keep my Detector at peak performance, especially if I know there are real deep coins at the location. I slow down when hunting deep coins and always keep my coil literally on the ground. I see a lot of hunters with their coils well off the ground. Every inch above the ground is an inch lost under the ground. I’m a ground scrubber! Sorry for rambling and probably giving too much information, but deep coin hunting in particular is my passion when it comes to coin detecting. I love the hunt. Bryan
  21. I mostly use the Raptor Model 31 by Predator tools. I also carry a Lesche but use the Raptor to cut most of my plugs. I am now testing the Hori Hori knife to possibly replace my Lesche. I need more time to figure that one out but I can’t imagine park hunting without my Model 31. I love that thing. Bryan
  22. Great hunt! That’s a sweet ring, and Silver quarters are hard to come by in parks these days. Time to put on the 15” coil hit that park hard! Bryan
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  24. I bought a beat up Diablo a few years ago and had Tesoro restore it for me. They still has some of the decals in stock so I bought a new housing, knobs , shaft and everything. The coil and some other internal part were bad too so by the time they were finished it was pretty much a new detector. They are a neat little detector although not the most powerful. Bryan
  25. Thanks! I just use steel wool with a little dish soap and water, or SOS pads. I try to leave a little color on the coin if I can to help bring out the details. I use a small piece so I can control the cleaning. It’s easy to over do the rim. Bryan
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