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    Quote Originally Posted by OBXmetalDet View Post
    Interesting because that is what I was really thinking about. I want to hear as many opinions as possible before I drop several hundred dollars on a detector.

    If scuba diving is in your plans, then the Excal is the detector of choice. But, if only going down a few feet as stated in the OP, then the EQX is the best choice in my opinion
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    Quote Originally Posted by OBXmetalDet View Post
    Thank you all for the feedback. I plan on getting certified again in scuba in about 2 weeks. I would like to take my detector offshore a little bit. And eventually maybe even pretty deep.
    In that case, I'd get the Excalibur
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    Equinox does better on low conductors.
    If diving a dedicated diving machine like the Excal is top choice. Handles flowing through the water better and dives deeper. As stated above everything else the Equinox then.
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    You may want to watch Calabash Digger’s video comparing the Equinox and Excal on low conductors.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FiqwmeWa_xw
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    I should have been more clear and said that the type of terrain I would like to detect in terms of frequency are:

    1. Salt water beaches (70%)
    2. Dry land (20%)
    3. Underwater (10%)

    With this in mind, it looks like the Equinox 800 is the way to go. If I have this wrong, please let me know If you would like to add anything further, please do.

    1. Looks like it comes with an 11” coil. There are other sized coils you can buy as an accessory. Should I consider buying another coil? If so, what size and why?
    2. Has anybody dove with the Equinox 800 below 10 feet? If so, at what depth and what happened? I ask just in case I accidentally end up diving below 10 feet, at let’s say 15 or 20 feet.
    3. Most detectors seem to detect from 5 to 10” below ground. I think somebody said the Equinox 800 can detect a few feet down. Is this really true? If you have an Equinox 800, how deep can you typically detect on a salt water beach?
    4. How deep can you typically detect underwater at 10 feet?
    Last edited by OBXmetalDet; Aug 30, 2019 at 04:41 PM.
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    I was reading an Amazon review about the Equinox 800. It said that the battery is built into the unit, but then it mentioned something about a rechargeable battery. The review said that if you need to replace it, the warranty will be voided. Can anybody comment on this?

    Is the battery contained in the unit or is it on the outside? Is the battery rechargeable? If you have to replace the battery, how do you do that? When the battery runs out, what do you do to get a new one?

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    The Equinox has a rechargeable battery. If you open the box, you void the warranty. I doubt you'll have a problem with the battery before you're ready for a new machine.

    If you want an Equinox almost everyone I know had added an aftermarket lower shaft and 6" coil, so price will be about $1050.00.

    They have a 3 year warranty.

    It's good to 10', so if you want to scuba at all, you'll need an Excalibur. You might also check out the Detector Pro machines. They are advertisers here. I'm not extremely familiar with their products (I don't do water anymore.)

    Is there a dealer you can drive to in order to test drive a machine?

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    Battery is easy to change if needed. Seen a video on it, but like smokey said...it will last several years for sure. My guess would be in the 4 to 5 year range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OBXmetalDet View Post
    Thank you all for the feedback. I plan on getting certified again in scuba in about 2 weeks. I would like to take my detector offshore a little bit. And eventually maybe even pretty deep.
    don't think the Nox is 100% waterproof, whereas the Excal is
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    The Equinox is indeed 100% waterproof. At least mine are. Diving deeper than the recommended depth then I would go with the Excalibur.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OBXmetalDet View Post
    I should have been more clear and said that the type of terrain I would like to detect in terms of frequency are:

    1. Salt water beaches (70%)
    2. &nbspry land (20%)
    3. Underwater (10%)

    With this in mind, it looks like the Equinox 800 is the way to go. If I have this wrong, please let me know If you would like to add anything further, please do.

    1. Looks like it comes with an 11” coil. There are other sized coils you can buy as an accessory. Should I consider buying another coil? If so, what size and why?
    2. Has anybody dove with the Equinox 800 below 10 feet? If so, at what depth and what happened? I ask just in case I accidentally end up diving below 10 feet, at let’s say 15 or 20 feet.
    3. Most detectors seem to detect from 5 to 10” below ground. I think somebody said the Equinox 800 can detect a few feet down. Is this really true? If you have an Equinox 800, how deep can you typically detect on a salt water beach?
    4. How deep can you typically detect underwater at 10 feet?
    1. Like all detectors, having a variety of coils helps in certain circumstances. In typical beach hunting with vast amounts of open sand, I recommend the 15" coil. Around the fire rings, the 6". Land hunting will depend on the amount of trash and obstacles.
    2. I don't know how Minelab would determine how deep you dove if your machine flooded. Anyone?
    3. Target size, coil size, and ground conditions will determine how deep you can detect a target. I find it as deep or deeper than any other VLF machine I've used.
    4. Same answer as #3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cudamark View Post
    1. Like all detectors, having a variety of coils helps in certain circumstances. In typical beach hunting with vast amounts of open sand, I recommend the 15" coil. Around the fire rings, the 6". Land hunting will depend on the amount of trash and obstacles.
    2. I don't know how Minelab would determine how deep you dove if your machine flooded. Anyone?
    3. Target size, coil size, and ground conditions will determine how deep you can detect a target. I find it as deep or deeper than any other VLF machine I've used.
    4. Same answer as #3.
    What do you mean by fire rings? I looked it up but I couldn't find any information on that term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    The Equinox has a rechargeable battery. If you open the box, you void the warranty. I doubt you'll have a problem with the battery before you're ready for a new machine.

    If you want an Equinox almost everyone I know had added an aftermarket lower shaft and 6" coil, so price will be about $1050.00.

    They have a 3 year warranty.

    It's good to 10', so if you want to scuba at all, you'll need an Excalibur. You might also check out the Detector Pro machines. They are advertisers here. I'm not extremely familiar with their products (I don't do water anymore.)

    Is there a dealer you can drive to in order to test drive a machine?
    What does the aftermarket lower shaft do? Does it extend the shaft that comes with the Equinox? What is the benefit to buying a 6" coil? Remember, I am primarily planning on doing salt water beach detecting.

 

 
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