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    Ground balancing the 800

    If you use tracking is there a need to still ground balance the equinox?

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    No. It will adjust on the fly as soon as you start swinging the coil. Just set it and forget it. I would not use tracking in places where there is low mineralization such as white sand beaches, otherwise, I have seen little downside to using it, especially in highly mineralized ground that causes swings in ground phase over relatively small distances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vferrari View Post
    No. It will adjust on the fly as soon as you start swinging the coil. Just set it and forget it. I would not use tracking in places where there is low mineralization such as white sand beaches, otherwise, I have seen little downside to using it, especially in highly mineralized ground that causes swings in ground phase over relatively small distances.
    I love you vferrsri ♥️
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    Quote Originally Posted by Truth1253 View Post
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    Hey Truth, you may not love me so much after this. After some discussion with some other folks, one thing I did not consider is where you may have GB set from the last time you hunted. If that GB setting already in the machine is 50 or more points away from the actual site GB reading, it is probably prudent to do a manual GB first so you can initialize the GB setting "in the ballpark" at the start of the hunt so the tracking algorithm can take it from there, otherwise it is possible that your GB is still off for several swings until the tracking algorithm zeroes in on the right number. It will get there eventually if you don't do a manual/auto GB first, but it may take awhile longer. So it just makes sense to take the couple of seconds do that manual/auto GB first, then switch it into tracking.
    Last edited by vferrari; Nov 03, 2018 at 12:35 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vferrari View Post
    Hey Truth, you may not love me so much after this. After some discussion with some other folks, one thing I did not consider is where you may have GB set from the last time you hunted. If that GB setting already in the machine is 50 or more points away from the actual site GB reading, it is probably prudent to do a manual GB first so you can initialize the GB setting "in the ballpark" at the start of the hunt so the tracking algorithm can take it from there, otherwise it is possible that your GB is still off for several swings until the tracking algorithm zeroes in on the right number. It will get there eventually if you don't do a manual/auto GB first, but it may take awhile longer. So it just makes sense to take the couple of seconds do that manual/auto GB first, then switch it into tracking.
    That makes a lot of good sense. I hadn't considered that before but I will add that to my settings check list. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vferrari View Post
    Hey Truth, you may not love me so much after this. After some discussion with some other folks, one thing I did not consider is where you may have GB set from the last time you hunted. If that GB setting already in the machine is 50 or more points away from the actual site GB reading, it is probably prudent to do a manual GB first so you can initialize the GB setting "in the ballpark" at the start of the hunt so the tracking algorithm can take it from there, otherwise it is possible that your GB is still off for several swings until the tracking algorithm zeroes in on the right number. It will get there eventually if you don't do a manual/auto GB first, but it may take awhile longer. So it just makes sense to take the couple of seconds do that manual/auto GB first, then switch it into tracking.
    see that is the thing about Vferrari - his concern is always getting the facts about things to us, not just an opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vferrari View Post
    Hey Truth, you may not love me so much after this. After some discussion with some other folks, one thing I did not consider is where you may have GB set from the last time you hunted. If that GB setting already in the machine is 50 or more points away from the actual site GB reading, it is probably prudent to do a manual GB first so you can initialize the GB setting "in the ballpark" at the start of the hunt so the tracking algorithm can take it from there, otherwise it is possible that your GB is still off for several swings until the tracking algorithm zeroes in on the right number. It will get there eventually if you don't do a manual/auto GB first, but it may take awhile longer. So it just makes sense to take the couple of seconds do that manual/auto GB first, then switch it into tracking.
    Very good observations. The Equinox remembers the last detecting mode and settings used when you turn it off. If now you go to another detecting area where the ground conditions may be different than in the last place you detected, the ground balance and some of the other settings may not be the best. In this case it would be best to adjust the settings for this new detecting area.

    Anyway, on page 12 of the manual there are instructions to reset an individual Search mode or profile, instead of doing a factory reset. In this case only the local settings, which include ground balance, will be reset to factory mode. Just navigate to the search Mode you want to reset, and press/hold the Detect button for 5 seconds. This won't affect the volume level, and probably the threshold.

    Keep in mind that I am not as experienced as you are with the Equinox. I have only used about four times up to two weeks ago, and since winter has already arrived I have put it away until the next summer. I do spend a lot of time reading the manual and learning about the Equinox from those like you who have a vast knowledge of this detector.
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    21968 times
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    Quote Originally Posted by vferrari View Post
    Hey Truth, you may not love me so much after this. After some discussion with some other folks, one thing I did not consider is where you may have GB set from the last time you hunted. If that GB setting already in the machine is 50 or more points away from the actual site GB reading, it is probably prudent to do a manual GB first so you can initialize the GB setting "in the ballpark" at the start of the hunt so the tracking algorithm can take it from there, otherwise it is possible that your GB is still off for several swings until the tracking algorithm zeroes in on the right number. It will get there eventually if you don't do a manual/auto GB first, but it may take awhile longer. So it just makes sense to take the couple of seconds do that manual/auto GB first, then switch it into tracking.
    I love you even more. Thanks bro

 

 

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