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Running The Equinox 800 In All Metal Single Tone At The Beach?


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This morning I was at Santa Monica beach with my Equinox 800 and the 15" coil.  There were at least 8 hunters there at 6:00 AM, 5 - Deus II's and 3 - Equinox 800's.  

Targets were sparse but everyone came away with some clad and at least junk jewelry.

On my way back to my car a buddy of mine who has switched to the Deus II from the Equinox 800 asked me what I was running at the beach.  I told him Beach 1, 5 tones, sensitivity at 20.  He told me that the best way to run an Equinox at the beach is in all metal single tone which he swears gets better depth, comparable to the Deus II.  He said that he hunts by ID and ignores the tone so he doesn't need any multi-tones.  I'm not a fan of all metal all the time but this guy is an experienced hunter who does very well.  It's tempting to try his idea out but my experience over the years is that on really deep targets I may not get a target ID but I will get a sound.  In his setup, without tone ID I would have no way of identifying the target if there is no ID on the screen.  And to be totally honest, the 800 is a depth monster.  I dug a nickel with a repeatable signal and TID of 13 in the wet sand at about 16".  

Any thoughts/opinions on this?

Bill

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I'm no expert, but I always go by the sounds more than the TID. TIDs will jump around sometimes and numbers of bad targets can mimic good targets, but sounds are often more accurate to me and give more clues about what the target is. That's just from my perspective, though.

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I'm sure Dave (midalake) will chime in eventually. 

I have about 100 hours saltwater beach hunting (not nearly enough to even tie the bootlaces on the pros) with the Equinox at mild to moderately black sand beaches. I usually hunt with the horseshoe button engaged, with 2 tones (ferrous/non-ferrous) and go by the sound both for possible conductivity and depth first and rely on target ID and the actual depth meter only on shallower targets.

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That's interesting. I haven't tried single tone. Haven't heard anything about single tone.

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26 minutes ago, midalake said:

These targets WILL have negative tid numbers

Great info! ?

What kind of negative numbers? As low as -9?

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The idea sounds plausible. I can't wait to try some tests. I wonder if it increases depth on land as well.

 

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