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    Macro Racer 2, Sovereign X2 , Excal 1000, Excal 11, Anchor Electronics Barracuda, (3) GQA2, , Whites Dual Field (2), Fisher CZ21, CZ5, CS6PI...CTX 3030, Nokta Impact, Kruzer, Eq 800 w/p TDI Pro...

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  1. The Minelab Equinox: An Advanced Guide Excerpts from JR’S full review… Both books in his Equinox series are in 110-120 page range and small standard format of 8 ½ x 5 ½ inches. Don’t be fooled by the small number of pages. A lot of very specific Equinox information is packed in these two books that as of this review, are not found elsewhere. Due to the tight TID range of the Equinox that tends to stack different targets in a small range, you really need to be up on what I call “filter” tests. These are tests with different settings, coil sweep methods, meter readings, and audio responses to further ID a target as junk or dig. Clive digs in and spends a fair amount of time showing you how to learn to recognize the many common forms of junk we encounter so we can ignore them and dig the targets that are likely to be the targets we are searching. Of course he does explain no filtering tests are 100% fool proof, but what he explains should cut down on some targets that the filtering test indicate are recognizable as junk targets. One of my suspicions is that there may be a lot of people giving up on the Equinox. It is a very, very capable detector, one of the best ever made at its selling price. But the other price you pay is a very high learning curve that some will just not invest in. In the hands of an experienced detectorist who has taken the time to learn and understand how to use the Equinox’s powers, they will probably match up very well against a similar experienced detectorist using other brands of detectors in this price range and the next higher price range. Newbies tackling Clive’s two Equinox books are more likely to continue in the hobby than those who do not study his books. Both books are priced fairly for the amount Equinox specific information they provide. In my experience a lot of metal detecting books have included a lot of filler fluff to increase the page count so as to inflate the book price. There is no fluff in either of these two books. Every Equinox owner will gain some useful information from either one. Me when I buy a reference book for something I am interested in, I read it and keep it for future reference and often end up re-reading them. Here is an update to my review of Clive Clynick’s The Minelab Equinox: “An Advanced Guide”. I think this book goes deeper into the 600 and certainly the 800 than his first Equinox book. This is because the 800 has some more useful options over the 600. The other reason Clive has more time on the Equinox than when he did on is first book on the Equinox. Again, I will say I don’t go over his books topic by topic because you need to buy and read the book for this information. But I can tell you about a couple of areas that has been very helpful to me. As you should know by now that this detector is a high gain detector that reports darn near everything that passes under the coil. Thus this is where its chatty reputation comes from. In fact the first 2 weeks before I read Clive’s first book I thought my detector was broken. Especially in his second book he goes into more detail how to quiet down this detector using proper ground balance, noise canceling, sensitivity adjustments and recovery speed, mode and frequency selection and iron balance. All of these properly used will result in a quiet machine with little or no adverse effect on depth. In some cases with proper frequency and mode selection along with proper ground balance, noise canceling and sensitivity settings you will actually increase your depth and ability to find weaker targets. The next great area of book two is his detailed instructions on how to correctly ID trash targets by using proper filtering coil sweep techniques. Following this topic is a list of Target ID Numbers and ranges and what junk you will typically find in certain ranges and also what he calls anomalies (good signals among the junk targets) and what to watch for depending on the nature of the site you are hunting. He also explains the nature of some of the Equinox’s bias toward round coin sized objects. Finally someone gives us a lot of detail on Identifying junk targets and separating out the good stuff from the junk by various methods. I have heard bits and pieces of the above information in metal detecting forums and videos, but it is very nice to have all of it in a small book form. JR Thanks Kindly, JR. clive clivesgoldpage.com
  2. Review: The Minelab Equinox: An Advanced Guide http://www.clivesgoldpage.com/review-the-minelab-equinox-an-advanced-guide/
  3. Clive Clynick Facebook page The Review Reviews 1/ "The Minelab Equinox: An Advanced Guide" "Great 2nd book for the Equinox its full of great tips and how to use the machine in different situations. The advanced guide is not just for advanced users. All users of the EQX will find this book very useful. Clive has a wealth of knowledge and [a lot of] testing has gone into the book. “An Advanced Guide” should be your go to book for helping you understanding the machine! " JF, PA 2/ Clive has been able to show some of the best features of an incredible machine, this is an excellent read to assist in getting the most out of the equinox! - Minelab Detexpert/YouTube personality: Red Beard Relic Hunter -DJ Dowling
  4. Before I write anything on a machine I try and read everything that's been said so far. Gary did a tiny bit for the M/L "knowledge base" and then an article for "Searcher" that had only basic information on the Equinox. I found this to be very disappointing. When I had a face to face conversation with him he likened the EQ to a glorified V-Track. I enjoy Garys blog too but have a sense that he just lost interest on this one--a shame cause it's a cool machine that does a lot of things. Greatest hunter notwithstanding--there's more to being an "Expert"than being given a hat and blazer.
  5. Thanks BEACHHUNTER--great to hear from earth. It can be a tough and frustrating hobby at times--that's the guy I write for. Good Luck Detecting, clvie
  6. thats okay--I don't write for "the crowd". cjc
  7. you guys--I publish a book with the forword by Bill Lahr and Ty Brook--half of you don't even know who they are. no shortage of blowhards in this hobby and from what I m seeing you seem to admire one another--how convenient. And thanks for filling me in on how the publishing business works. Speak , oh oracle...
  8. ...nice guy but IMHO he just doesn't have the knowledge. Period. I can think of a hundred guys whose book I would read first. Sorry call em as I sees em. cjc
  9. Thanks a lot, David---second good review--I'll take it. Good luck with the big coil looking forwards to a full report here. Regards clive
  10. I don't like to dish dirt on an otherwise superb detector and to be fair I have a sense that if my bench tech had replaced the side clips too there would have been no problem after the repair. With the R & D that' must have gone into the CTX Im surprised that this has not been addressed more soundly. This second gasket is not even captive--it just sits on the outside of the case--nothing some black tape wont accomplish. My fix did work today something for anyone who has had a leak to try: Take the lid off a water bottle and cut out two rectangles 1/32 x 1/8". Get some tweezers and some crazy glue or mix epoxy. Put a puddle of glue on a surface, pick up each shim , dip it and place each one exactly on where the cell clip seats--on the battery holder. Trim with nail cutters. Use the clips to clamp for drying. This will make for a firmer seal. Be sure to use an (strong) elastic to secure the clips now. Then, to keep the sand out--apply two strips of black tape--top and bottom. Just funny--Im run this machine for periods of time problem free but then it has leaked several times in a row no matter how hard I try to make sure that everything is situated perfectly. This fix seems so far so good--two rechargeable cells later... PS scored this Italian cuff today18k 9.7 gt. seems to be working! cjc
  11. I've had mine fixed since new cell and all but first time in--seemed properly seated but fifteen minutes--full of water. Cant help thinking that new bulkkhead and all--it's the old clips; that are worn. Ive put a sliver of plastic in each side of the cell (Akalikne, not the second burnt out rechargeable) to make for a tighter seal. Not an impressive upgrade at all. Very hard pressed to trust this machine in the water now. Just can't seem to find a consistent way to keep it dry. Shame great performer. cjc
  12. First buyer, first review... I have both books now and they are awesome. I keep them close so I can study them on these cold days. Anyone one that has a Equinox needs these books. CM (thanks!)
  13. Announcing: “The Minelab Equinox: An Advanced Guide.”By Clive James ClynickOur postal workers here in Toronto have been ordered back to work—clearing the way for me to begin a full-on book launch of the new one: ”The Minelab Equinox: An Advanced Guide.” Thanks to those who have shown interest in the couple of dozen proofs so far. What I’ve tried to do in this book is to lay out the Equinox’s strengths. These are its operating characteristics: good noise reduction, effective built in bias, good target ID at depth, good low conductor sensitivity–to begin with. The general theme of the book is how to get the most from these strengths in the field—both depth performance and accuracy. This is a detector that gives quite a lot of information–audio and meter. Understanding some basic detector theory can help to make sense of this information–what it means. This theory is very simple and has to do with the fact that the ground forms part of the signal—and that there is a ton of information to be gotten from these “ground noises”–the amount of difficulty that the machine has in separating targets from it.I believe that the way to become more accurate with the Equinox is to have a good grasp of these basic general skills that are applicable to all situations. With this in hand—accurate, effective applications become much easier to develop. Although there are several “beach” programs detailed in the book—these are more for teaching purposes—they illustrate skills and principles that are generalizable across situations.Years ago when I got my first Sovereign–all you had was your manual. There were a few seasoned hunters who posted methods on the Findmall forum. I cut and pasted these and read this one sheet multiple times. This gave me a good general knowledge of how this detector operated. These methods—things such as coil control target testing (the various types of target test passes), all metal signal confirming, (tone and location on the ground) for example increased my accuracy dramatically. With the Equinox’s sophisticated processing and filtering—these kinds of super quick tests are much more effective and can give you a ton of target information. So this would be one general idea that’s covered in the book—skill building and developing your accuracy by understanding what the machine is telling you.Good Luck Detecting,CliveNovember, 2018