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  1. Yep, Bass Pro bought Cabelas out. Now both stores carry the same items. It is kinda odd strolling through one or the other store and seeing Bass Pro/Redhead stuff in Cabelas and Cabelas stuff in the Bass Pro store. At one time they were big competitors. Dicks Sporting Goods can pound sand. I wouldn't take a free bottle of water from them if I was dying of thirst.
  2. The highly mineralized soil part of your equation is going to make this tougher on you VS someone else that is just wanting to eliminate iron. Any detector has trouble dividing the ground minerals from iron and then again to divide the iron from non iron...particularly in ground where the mineralization IS a form of iron ore. What typically happens is that the non iron targets will start to "read" as iron on most machines, or at least the ID is dragged down into the iron range (or up, depending on how you look at the iron scale). Now, for nails and such...that is hard to say too. It depends on what metal the nails are made of to start with, and what degree of decompose they are in. I have been in several sites and encountered nails that MUST have had some kind of copperish metal applied to them or something, because they read well on most any machine. I agree with Steve though...play around with the newer iron bias settings. You can set it aggressive and that will cut out a lot of the iron falses but you will also lose some depth. I tend to go the opposite direction and try to find a good balance of depth but not to the point that I start getting into a lot of iron that fools me. That number will vary so it does take some experimenting while out in the field. I can set my Equinox up in the test garden and especially with the new FE adjustments, can make it sound off perfectly on a 12 inch minie ball. The original iron bias settings couldn't make it do that...it was a mixed signal, mostly iron sounding. The catch to that is, that a lot of the deeper iron will also now start to make a good tone at that setting.
  3. NASA Tom has eluded to this on his forum and I have experienced it myself with the Equinox in particular. That being, just because the detector is quiet...i.e. not erratic or pulsing...does not mean that it is safe guarded from emi. It is called silent EMI, and sometimes it is hard to pick up on it. The Equinox seems to be more prone to it than a lot of other machines and in most of my documented cases, a depth reduction of 2-3 inches seems to be the average (compared to the same settings in a non emi area). Tom says the Fisher CZ series is the least prone to emi of any machine he has used; but the CZs do a terrible job in the soil where I'm at. So even in that regard, an emi hindered Equinox will do better for me than a non hindered CZ.
  4. It is no secret I have a huge dislike for most people in general. The more nosey they are, the bigger my dislike of them. I figure I mind my business, and they should mind theirs. But that is often the opposite of what most do. One day I had a crazy idea and the even crazier part is, that it works, and works extremely well. I have an old park close to my house that I like to detect, but it is popular with snobby people that walk/job the walkways around the park. They will give you the stink eye big time. The crazy idea was...I had noticed the local city workers usually wear a hi vis safety vest when they are working, and nobody even seemed to pay them any mind or attention. So I bought one and gave it a try while detecting. It works so well I will never go hunt a public area without it. I guess people just assume you are doing cleanup work or some kind of maintenance and leave you alone.
  5. If you are a fisherman, you will get this and if not, it will be Greek to you. The setting adjustments on the 600 vs 800 remind me of a 5 speed trolling motor vs a variable speed trolling motor. On a 5 speed, with each "click" movement, it jumps quite a bit over the previous setting. You have 5 of those speeds and the biggest one is top out speed. The variable speed motors have a rolling dial...the max and low end speeds will be the same as what is on the 5 speed. The difference is, you get to control those "in between" speeds instead of just jumping from one to the other. A person can get by with a 5 speed, but once you go to a variable, there is no going back. In trolling, I've seen it to where fish seemed to key in on baits at a certain speed...say 2.5 mph. On a 5 speed trolling motor, one setting may be 2 mph and the next be 3.2 mph. So you'd end up not catching those fish that a variable speed trolling motor would have let you key in on. On the 600, that's what you are getting...the equiv to a 5 speed trolling motor. Whereas the 800 lets you get those inbeween settings for finer tuning. In a lot of places, you may never need it. But there will come a day when that slight difference can make all the difference in the world.
  6. The explanation of the Beach mode stability and performance in mineralized ground was put to me, in this way: is a combination of it using lower transmit power and the frequencies are lower weighted than any of the other modes. Lower frequency machines have traditionally done well in mineralized ground. For results in the air, the other modes do detect coins and jewelry better. But that comes with a cost in being bombarded with false signals and noise in mineralized ground. A good signal can simply get lost in the noise. On most forums, particularly the Nox forum at Findmall, when people ask for setting help for freshwater, 99% of people will say "the beach modes are designed for saltwater beaches. You will get better performance in the Park or Field modes". I guess better is a relative term. If I can use the other modes with stability, I will but it looks like in some freshwater places...probably on land too...where the beach modes seem to do a great job.
  7. Just my opinion but I think a big part of the Equinox mystery is that there is so little hardcore factual info about what makes it tick. I'm always looking for an edge and keep an open mind toward listening to what others say and or their experiences/data. I currently have all the little books/guides on the Equinox and every one of them is filled with hearsay and guesses as to how this or that works. Not at all what I was hoping for. Take the detect modes for example. On most other detectors, those modes are nothing more than saved programs that have different discrimination patterns and tone options. It's no big deal to jump from one to the other and you can know you probably aren't missing anything unless that particular mode has it discriminated out. It's different on the Nox, because each mode acts like a different machine. The only clues to how to utilize the Multi IQ and the modes, are found in a few short words in a chart from Minelab. Everything else at this point...books included...are just guesses/theories. A lot of us have had this machine for over a year now, and speaking for me personally, I still haven't wrapped my head around a full understanding of the machine. Sure, I have found a lot of stuff with it but I'm always doubting myself with it, wondering if I have missed something by not selecting the optimal mode. This almost always leads to me rehunting the same areas with different modes and a lot of mode flipping while I've got a target located. It is nice for a change, to read someone's direct involvement with the product, to begin explaining a little more of what this or that does instead of it all just being mysterious and educated guessing. I find myself in the boat of always wanting to learn. Based on what I've learned, I can take that and apply that knowledge to helping me make a more solid choice in finding optimal performances for me. Maybe even making a light bulb click on, to something I had not given any thought to. In my case for recovery speed, I personally experimented a lot with that, and still do from time to time. Over in my world, in more severe mineralized soil, I found I get better target response by using the faster recovery speeds. However I admit, I have actually never really experimented much in Park 1. Most of my hunting has been done in Park 2 and the Field modes. I have dabbled into the Gold modes some due to some claiming astonishing performance in mineral vs the other modes for relic hunting. I can't say that has been my experience with those particular modes. I seem to have better success in the regular modes and opening the whole disc screen (horseshoe button). Now, a great example of something I would have never thought to try: I discovered this a couple weeks ago at a badly mineralized freshwater beach I hunt. This particular beach, a machine like the CTX 3030 would null continuously due to the ground being so bad. That particular machine wants to run single digit sensitivity there. The Nox is extremely chatty in the Park and Field modes there. In fact, all machines I've had there are that way, some are useless at it. Nothing is deep there, so the way I always hunt it is to just lower the sensitivity down to extremely low levels and scoop the solid hits. This helps but does not eliminate the falsing on the Nox. I read on one of the forums where another person was experiencing this, and had tried the Beach modes and they said their machine was quiet as could be. By my understanding, the Beach modes on the Nox are just for salt beaches and salt water. Everything you read on the forums say to use the other modes for freshwater. Well guess what. I gave the beach modes a try and the Nox is insanely quiet on this beach now. I can run my sensitivity up to 18-20 and not hear a sound until the coil is over something worth scooping. See, I would have never figured to even try that since the books and manual says it's designed for saltwater use, and that there is no way to ground balance in it.
  8. That is awesomeness! I swear though, I know her doppelganger; she is an archery shooting friend of mine. They could pass for sisters for sure.
  9. GB_Amateur -- One site in particular made me take note as to hunting in different modes. I was hunting a Civil War camp and hunted about half of it in one of the modes. I can't remember which but I did do a video of it and the following hunt. Anyway...that first day I recovered several minie balls and larger pieces of camp lead, etc. I came back the next time and finished the camp area...then kinda skimmed through it in a different mode. During that skimming process, I realized I was going to have to rehunt the entire area...cause now I was finding small brass, buttons, etc that I had somehow missed. Sure enough, I think the 2nd hunt produced a half dozen buttons, smaller bullets, etc whereas the first one was mostly .58 cal bullets and 1 button. Oddly, I have NOT hunted all that much in the Field modes. In my particular testing, I have favored the Park modes. Currently, I admittedly have been using/testing the Tarsacci MDT detector more than the Equinox. Except for in the water.
  10. I had the luxury of being able to go back to some of these swim areas when the water level was dropped this past fall/winter, and recovering all/any targets that remained after hunting all summer and early fall. It was clear to see why these had fallen through my scoop. Just a short list....small split shot sinkers, .22 LR bullets, swim trunk drawstring eyelets, etc. These were all mostly single digit hits on the Nox, with some venturing into the 10-11 range. I didn't find any jewelry doing this, althoughI was hoping to. I use a Stealth 920 scoop, so it does have fairly large holes. I bought a scoop with smaller holes but find it more trouble to use because it keeps too much in the basket...rocks, clay, etc. Takes a lot of digging to find what's in the basket. The only effective way of using it was to actually make a floating sifter out of pool noodles and dump all the scoop contents into it. That grew a little annoying to me, so I reverted back to the Stealth scoop. If I realize that what I am scooping is falling thru, I just move on now. Another thing I failed to mention is that the Nox can make it somewhat difficult to decide what to use when it comes to what mode to use. Nobody is absolutely clear as to what the "secret sauce" does between the modes....say Park 1 vs Park 2. When all other settings are changed to make them match...disc, iron bias, tones, etc...there is still a difference in how each mode handles/responds to particular targets. I have all the books written on the Equinox, have read lots of posts over the year too, plus my own trial and error testing. At best, everyone is still guessing as to what is going on, based on Minelab's description of the algorithms and weighting. But here's the thing in a nutshell as it just happened to me a couple weeks ago...just one example. I was hunting a freshwater swim area looking for a ring that a young lady lost over Memorial Day weekend. I had pretty much cleaned this beach out last yr of all trash and such so any signal located meant that it was a recent drop, which is exactly what I was looking for. Well, as far out as I could get while keeping my head above water (not diving). I hit it with Park 1, because to me, it runs quieter and I was looking for a recent drop. I was finding a few recent coins out in the water. But no ring. I hunted for an hour and covered most of the suspected lost zone...the area she said she was in when she noticed it missing. I had actually turned around and was rehunting it from a different pattern direction (thinking maybe I had missed getting the coil over it) when I got a scratchy one way hit. I kept going over it and over it. Down in about thigh deep water I could see a round shiny object on the bottom that looked suspiciously like a ring. Something told me to try Park 2....flipped over to it and that signal was high tone, loud and clear repeating every sweep over it. Park 1...broken up. Hmm. Checked disc...it was the same (everything positive was accepted, 50 tones, iron bias at 1, recovery speed the same) and Scooped it and there was her ring. I decided to just rehunt the whole area in Park 2 just for kicks. Found a lot more small junk but also found 1 more ring and even some more coins that took me a few scoops to get (meaning they were deeper). The catch there is...I was also able to get out deeper than I could last year. Last year it was unseasonably wet...rained pert near all summer. So water levels were higher than normal. This summer has already started out dry and I noticed I was able to get out considerably further than I could last year. What would have been 2 feet over my head in depth last yr, is now just around shoulder deep. Anyways, Park 2 is typically more noisy overall for me but did respond better to this particular ring. Ring had no stamp in it for metal type. The young lady said her father had made it to fit her and that it had a lot of sentimental value to her. Whatever the case...it was just one recent example of many like it that I have personally saw over the past year. I like having the versatility at my disposal but don't like how easy it is to pass right over and dismiss a good target as trash in one mode but then it turn into a no brainer "dig me" in another mode. Especially in an area when something good could turn up all across the metal size and compilation spectrum. It truly is like having multiple detectors in one. When time has allowed, I have often hunted an area in one mode, then rehunt it with a diff mode to see what turns up. I have been surprised by this several times now.
  11. Editor note: split from https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/9945-my-salt-water-report-card/ I agree with ya on some of your points and grades. After a year of using the Equinox, I can give a fair assessment on where it ranks and how it compares to other detectors for the uses that I do. If I were solely a beach hunter, I would personally feel more confident with a CTX 3030. I personally feel it has more depth to it in that arena. Even in freshwater, I put a good season of water hunting in with the CTX and all last year with the Nox. I found more rings last year with the Nox but I also found triple as much small junk that slowed me down...stuff that fell through the scoop, and or just disappeared. This alone has me wanting to snag a good used CTX. On saltwater beach...this is an even stronger feeling of favoring the CTX to me. I personally didn't mind the weight of the unit. I find the screen is easier to see on the Nox, particularly in direct sun light. I even like the feel of the Nox. I just feel from what I see, that the 3030 has more muscle to it in that area. I can't ever remember having a target that disappeared/vanished on me once I scooped a hole while hunting with the CTX. I had some I almost gave up on cause they were so deep though. The Nox will do the Houdini act in salt sand and in dirt....it doesn't like open holes at all. When it comes to hunting in mineralized soil and coin/relic hunting back home...this changes big time. Even though the CTX is revered as a great coin machine, it is handicapped a lot by red dirt. The Nox runs circles around it there. Like night and day difference. Hunting in iron...same thing. Heavily favored to the Nox. This leaves me in a split mood. Most of my summer hunting IS in the water for jewelry, albeit freshwater. The Nox will find the same rings as the CTX...but it also wants to lock onto those small pieces of crap that fall through the scoop. I need to figure out a way to have both and hope the wife doesn't find out ?
  12. Tracking info says my copy is in my mailbox. Will dive into it tomorrow and see what is shaking. Am interested to see whom he tapped for settings and such. It is my opinion that the people that had them the longest, are on this particular forum, and thus would have more experience behind them. I ran across a self proclaimed expert a few days ago on social media. He is one of the YouTubers that actually lives near me and hunts the same areas...so the dirt is similar. He was telling how bad the Equinox does and that it's a terrible over hyped unit and he is extremely disappointed in it. I called him on it as my experience is the exact opposite of his. As it turns out, he's had it exactly 2 months, but was going on like he knew everything there was to know about it because he has been detecting 25 yrs, knows how to set metal detectors, etc. Turns out he didn't even know how to noise cancel it or GB it. But yet he was giving advice and his expertise on the machine itself. Lol Hopefully Andy didn't tap someone like that for the book. Just cause they are popular on social media or YouTube, don't mean they are knowledgeable..
  13. Haha I didn't even have to mention a name and ya'll got the reference. For me, it is more of the over posting fatigue that gets me. I can't stand a whole lot of talk that doesn't go anywhere. Like spinning tires. Asking questions for the sake of hearing yourself talk. I'm definitely interested in the new machine but until I get one in hand, I don't have anything really to say about it. A lot has been fretted over due to an imaginary price...I really don't care. I say, the people that want one are gonna find a way to get one. If it does what they say it does, it wont take long of seeing their buddies who have one torching them every hunt...they'll find a way to get one too. Some people also just need to swallow their pride and come to grips that they can't afford everything they want in life. I love to fish. Would love to have a new 18 foot aluminum boat with a 60 hp 4 stroke on it. Those are about $25,000 now. I drool over the Trackers every time I go to Bass Pro Shops. But I can't afford one of them right now. Maybe some day. But right now my budget is more inline with a sit on top fishing kayak haha. I'm good with that though. I'm not on the manufacturer's forums whining about how the price should be more inline with my budget.
  14. My take on the GB issue is simple. Test it for yourself and go with whichever gives you the best results. I have areas of mild ground and areas with severe ground. In every place I have tested the "leave it at 0 vs ground balance" on actual targets, it has widely favored ground balancing. Your area may be different. It's a simple test to do and a setting to change back to. In my opinion, that is better than just relying on what you read or what others have said. If I took to heart what people say on the internet forums, then validated 12" Fisher CZ machines and only Ireland made FBS machines can find silver coins. And or, a Tesoro Mojave can do everything these other machines can do. And if you go by what is said on YouTube channels and social media...the Garrett AT Series is the pinnacle detector series of the world. I know all that to be hog wash...but point being, test it out for yourself. I've had an Equinox since April/May last year and it gets the most use of any of my machines.
  15. I had to come here for a break and a breath of fresh air. All the current detector threads on Dankowski have been taken over by one individual....everything related to gulf side Florida beach hunting with the Equinox, MDT 8000, and now the Impulse has to go through him for approval or so it seems. I've got fatigue from his posts. I feel sorry for LE.JAG cause everything he posts over there, this individual hits him from all sides when he does.
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