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  1. I always peel mine off prior to going in the water. I place it on a used sticker pad , ie. a piece of that waxy type paper that you peel a sticker off. I have some large fragile stickers for parcels and use one base half of these. Then I can re-use the screen protector easily. One tip for people who re-use them to get the dust etc off the sticky side ...is to get some scotch tape or masking tape and tear off 6" or so - loop it - put it over your finger tips - roll it around the sticky side of the screen protector to clean the lumps and dust off. Minelab supplied a sticky sheet to remove dust in the original box but mine wore out months ago. I water hunt a fair bit. Sorry to disagree with Steve but I have lost screen protectors underwater when i forgot to take it off, they seem to slide off easier if any water gets under them or a wave hits you. I hunt in the ocean that has waves but I only go out when the waves are small. So if you dont submerge the control unit you will probably be OK leaving it on.
  2. As said previously EMI and interference from other detectors is an issue with these types of events...due to the closeness of many detectors. You can try to get out away from others as much as you can during the event. With you Equinox maybe changing to a single frequency might help you if detector chatter becomes a problem. Personally I would lower the Sensitivity too and most (or all) targets are usually shallow or on top. As Cal said most comps have a coil size limit of 11" to keep a level playing field as best as they can. good luck and have fun, they are a good social day and a chance to talk with other detectorists.
  3. Congratulations Mike. One off your list and its a beauty 😊 Can I ask you out of curiosity, what you have left to go on your Bucket List ?
  4. Hi there, A lot of Equinox users switch to single freq. when EMI is bad. But also use 5 or 10khz as a way to check iron ...and have it as a User profile for a quick button press operation. I have inadvertently left 10khz on and found coins. have you seen this (Minelab link) yet ? https://www.minelab.com/eur/go-minelabbing/treasure-talk/dealing-with-bottle-crown-caps?fts=89261&f89261=321321 happy swinging NSC
  5. Hi Mitchel , Give them time, this is the first generation of Equinox. Maybe the next generation might get a little closer to the CTX's target ID info. Maybe with that it will be closer to CTX's price too ? 😁 Either way the future of Minelab multi-frequency looks bright. Happy swinging... I am off to the beach and its over 100 degrees farenheight today. NSC
  6. Hi, this old thread is worth noting if you dont know already. Good luck with it.😊
  7. Hi Steve, Your shafts look great and you put a lot of thought and work into your systems. I have been using a lead counterweight for 3 months with the 15" coil. But, as Chase says the weight does take it toll and fatigue arrives earlier. Especially for me as I have shoulder issues. Now I am not using anything and going better - able to go longer with the lighter set up. The key thing is to have the shaft extended correctly and not extended so far as cause an un-natural arm swing action...this is with any detector & coil combo. But each to their own and we come in all shapes and sizes, what feels comfortable for me is not for someone else. I wish you success with your venture. NSC
  8. sorry mate, I am not really following you in the context of what we were talking about We were talking about a shift in ID numbers Normal TID for AUD coin is $1 -22, $2- 21 ...yes the smaller coin is $2 and hence its TID 21 and the larger $1 is TID 22 ...but if the coins jackets is pierced and the insides start leeching out and mixing with soil minerals the TIDs can go up (usually) or they can go down (less often) I have dug broken down $1 coins at 20, 21, 23, 24. and usually they are a bit more jumpy These broken down coins have been in the ground a long time or in aggressive soil and have green and/or brown marks stick fast to their surface. I usually clean them up best I can with hydro acid and a scrub with a dremel for the bank but they still look a bit worse for wear.
  9. Congrats Yellowstone, Thats a beauty and one giant honker.
  10. Only to dodge EMI or to double check a suspected ferrous target in 10khz I love the advantages of multifrequency
  11. My 15 is pretty accurate as a rule on Aussie & old English coins but I am no expert on US coins. Only if the coins have begun to breakdown does the TID differ for me Once the coins surface breaks and its minerals within mix with the soils minerals a reaction occurs which changes the makeup of the coin a bit....this will skew TID numbers on every detector that I have owned. Either way the target still sounds like a keeper ie the tone still screams dig me. happy hunting 😊
  12. Yes... lowering Recovery will increase depth a bit Will it increase your targets ? ...thats a hard one. It should but only if targets are there to begin with. Happy hunting😊
  13. Depth IN the water ? I have had the 15" in the saltwater 4 times now and it hits deep on small targets ...But.... I find the depth meter is not always correct and I dont hunt with a measuring tape . In the water I am not about to to quickly swap over to the 11" coil to compare, I may never find that exact spot again. The only way I can see that comparison happening is for 2 hunters with the same machine and the exact same settings, each with a different coil to compare a signal and then dig it and try to measure its depth under 2 or 3 feet (or more) of ocean. As Chase said, there are so many variables that can affect depth I had to use Tracking & constantly adjust Sensitivity yesterday to keep it quiet due to black sand...but that is no different to 11" coil for this beach. IN the water everything is much harder - just extracting a deep target with wave action buffeting you and with fast collapsing sand can be a challenge (let alone measuring it) - as I found yesterday. The sand fell in as fast as I could dig, so only fast digging and accuracy worked. I find the 15 OK to swing underwater but obviously not as light as the 11. It seems to handle minerals and conditions equal to the 11. My 15" smacks a 5gram gold ring but depth measurement underwater is almost never going to be accurate IMHO.
  14. Gday cobber, yep I do, it helps the balance IMHO. Mine weighs 125grams - but it may depend upon how far behind the arm rest you put it I just did 3 hours up to waist deep in the ocean todays low tide with the 15" and found it manageable In the park the 15" is a dream to use. Happy swingin Darwoody 😊
  15. Yes, Jeff Herke (indian Nations Detectors) has been selling good solid metal arm cuffs for years He is great to deal with too. I had one on my ETrac a few years ago but didnt know they would fit an Equinox.
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