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    Detectors, gold....that's it.
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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. Good point about the Ground Balancing, Steve. It's a basic fact that different fq's apprehend the ground differently and separate targets from it differently. Any cross comparisions would be skewed. I'll say it--kind of like the "caps" thing--too may hackers laying out the half baked as fact. cjc
  2. that flowable silacone sealant is a great product ive recomended it a lot. got a nice jumper to dodge the proprietary plug thing and was not thrilled by the volume of my CTX yellows on the EQ. HR's are better but back when i got mine they had terrible structural issues.--wish something was available--audio is so critical with this machine. cjc
  3. A machine with the sophistication of the Equinox is much more readily able to identify iron by how it responds on the cross-sweep. This is because iron is more like the ground than a non-ferrous target. You could say that it is fully “grounded.” Many larger iron objects will sound off well from the standpoint of the first target sweep but when you check them on the cross sweep they lack consistency. In effect the detector is reading an interaction between ground and metal--rather than just metal. This interaction is not stable or “complete” in the same way as a solid, consistent target like a coin or ring. You could say that the detector is reading a changing “process.” With a high gain detector like the Equinox, understanding this one simple bit of theory will save a lot of digging. Another basic method to get a better idea if a signal is iron is to simply compare how loud it is with the depth meter reading. A blaring response that reads full depth is probably something larger than a coin or ring. As well, where you see a response that seems to change location or needs to be “coaxed” to give a response--suspect iron. In that some of the Equinox’s more complex iron muting features (Iron bias) can reduce depth, having a good command of these inherent, checkable differences between an iron signal and a non-ferrous one can help your accuracy a lot. Picture Caption: Basic signal quality differences: ferrous (L) versus non-ferrous (R). This is how the well-known bottle cap ”tell” method of removing the coil to produce a low tone works. Whereas a good target is either heard or not, a cap has a surrounding field that produces a low tone. From: “The Minelab Equinox: From Beginner to Advanced” By Clive James Clynick
  4. Thanks Elf--really looking this one over given the price. cjc
  5. That's true, Chase it's not much of a warning especially when you compare any bias setting to something that's wide open in the iron like an Impact. I do give a more direct warning about using the pre-set of "6" in either of the Beach modes and suggest looking for other ways to accomplish stability or in iron definition. It's a "cheat" like Auto Sens on the CTX--no substitute for good audio recognition and target testing. Thanks for your feedback first I've had! Want a comp? Shoot over your address. regards clive
  6. Hope you like it--Im going to send one to Steve and see what he thinks as well. Regards, clive
  7. I'll take one too. Got the "Nox" and the beach is getting too crowded...cjc
  8. Did put up an excerpt. I've never been on TV though.... cjc
  9. It's true Steve you have really written a lot about this one--some great and informative material. Thanks also for providing such a great forum for the exchange of ideas. Understanding what questions people are asking has really helped to give me direction on this project. Kind Regards, clive
  10. Book Excerpt: "Iron Bias" (Settings X 6 + long press, “+” or “-“ to adjust, “Detect” to exit).The need for an Iron Bias setting on the Equinox derives from the operating characteristic of a high gain detector. While the Equinox’s sophisticated electronics act to inhibit inconsistent responses like iron, at the same time because there is so much Sensitivity going down into the ground there is still the possibility of iron falseing taking place. This involves iron objects that have very unusual properties such as a spike nail upended, or something large enough to mimic a non-ferrous response by overwhelming the machine’s circuits and coming in at the top of the discriminate range (termed “wraparound”) While these are usually recognisable by target testing (cross sweep for one), at the same time there is a need for a control that regulates the level of consistency in a target which is assigned the audio (rougher or broken tone) of iron. This feature is also useful to relic hunters or anyone wanting to hunt for coins in dense iron. You have the choice of trying to knock the iron out by way of the Equinox’s software, or opening up the machine to get cleaner, fuller responses on iron in order to hear what’s mixed in with it. In effect, “Iron Bias” is a filter. Whereas the ground’s signal represents a large, unstable, response, a good target can be seen as a small, narrow and consistent response. “Iron Bias acts to mediate the “line” where this distinction is made. This doesn’t just include iron—but any object which contains multiple metals. So “Iron Bias” can be used to change responses from bottlecaps, corroded coins—anything that’s not “clean” metal such as silver, copper aluminum or gold. It’s worth noting though that with some targets that are comprised of both iron and non-ferrous metal, “Iron Bias” may act to “clean up” the signal—making it sound better. This is similar to the way that many rusted targets will sound better after several passes of a BBS detector (Sovereign / Excalibur) coil. The machine’s built-in bias is removing the inconsistent parts of the signal. Conversely, a lower setting can emphasise the alloying of an unwanted target--effectively “breaking it up.” It’s worth noting though that because all metal in the ground “mixes” with it’s signal (corroded or not), using high levels of “Iron Bias” acts to reduce detection of all targets. Understanding how “Iron Bias” works is an important lesson in how detectors work. In effect, they don’t just “punch down” though the ground to detect a metal target. Instead, what a detector does is to assess both the ground and any metal that’s in it and then separate the two—based upon this consistent / inconsistent scale. This is the scale that an “Iron Bias” control operates on. “Iron Bias” can also be used a tool to moderate the effects of “black sand” by changing the machine’s response to the large, scattered inconsistent response it produces and promoting any “clean” metal targets that are mixed in with it. It also has the potential to stabilize the detector in “black sand” by reducing the Sensitivity to this erratic signal. This may require a higher or lower setting depending on the conditions.When many hunters want to get the maximum depth with the Equinox, they take the “Iron Bias” right down to “1” or “2.” With this setting it’s generally agreed that frequent “Ground Balancing” of the machine helps to reduce the response to iron. The “trade-off” here though is that you will still be “fooled” by more iron false signals. From: "The Minelab Equinox: From Beginner to Advanced" by Clive James Clynick Thanks for a great forum Steve! cjc
  11. Author John Steinbeck once said "...write what you know...." Just no goldfields here--sorry. Im going to hunt some nuggets end of April If I learn anything in two weeks it will go in a Vol. 2. cjc
  12. The Minelab Equinox: “From Beginner to Advanced” Clive James Clynick is the author of some 20 previous detector “how-to” manuals, numerous articles and product reviews. In this detailed and informative book he explains the Minelab Equinox’s ground breaking technology and how it can help you to find treasure. Customizing the Equinox for your Conditions and Targets Sought. “Multi IQ” and High Gain Detector Operating Characteristics. Understanding and Applying the Equinox’s Features. Audio, Meter and Coil Control “Skill Building.” Beach, Shallow Water and “In-Iron” Skill Building with the Equinox. The Equinox as a Gold Jewellery-Hunting Machine. “Reverse” Hunting with the Equinox. Bottlecaps and Other Problem Targets. (111 Pages, Softbound, $16.95): Ordering: http://clivesgoldpage.com/
  13. note that the stock 5 tone ( B2 = 20)lets all parts of a screw cap ring in together. if you were to take that cut off up to 22 or 24 they are more likely to break up. 50 tone also adds more detail to the alloys in a screw cap. in the stock 5 tones they do sound pretty good though. cjc
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    High Mineral And Equinox Tip

    It's great to see others at the exact same stage of testing this machine--and reaching the same conclusions. For sure A/M is the way to go--in Park 2, 50 tones has a nice fluid transition that tells you a lot--more than disc actually in that you already have the (A/M) bad news (corrosion, no symmetry, doesn't stand out against the background) right there. Very nice way to run the Eq. Really alerts to the deep low conductors well that way--gotta experiment with the speed and "gap" next. Hope to hell it does that in salt although those modes with the low weighting seem kind of muted by comparison to P2. Anything with rust is much more obvious this way. cjc
  15. cjc

    Visiting With Jim Straight

    A legend and an inspiration to us all who swing a detector. cjc