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Thread: Equinox 800 owners - was it hard to learn?

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  1. #1
    us
    Jan 2018
    North Atlanta
    Equinox 800, 6" coil, ProFind-35 pinpointer, sold: AT Pro with stock coil, Nel Thunder, Garrett 5" x 8" coil, Garrett Carrot.
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    Equinox 800 owners - was it hard to learn?

    My last detector was an AT Pro for three years and various detectors back to 1988.

    When I sold my AT Pro and bought my Nox 800 in March 2018 I was quite surprised at what I didn't about detectors in general. The 800 took a long while of study of forum comments, Clive's two books and many hours of hunting. I am just now feeling very comfortable with and in control of the 800. I think I learned more about metal detecting in the last 6 months learning how to use the 800 than in all my years of detecting.

    What was your experience coming to the 600 or 800 from another manufacturer than Minelab? I figure owners of other Minelab detectors would have had an easier time learning the 800. Also what is your major disappointment with the 800? Mine was the hype that it could unmask non-ferrous objects among ferrous only to learn about Iron falsing problem. That was my major disappointment. Mostly everything else was a big plus in my book. Oh, yeah i really don't look at the depth indicator. It is of little use since it will report a surface coin 1-2 bars down.

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    us
    Mar 2011
    San Diego
    Equinox 800, Treasure Probe IV, E-Trac, 3 Excal 1000's, White's GM3 V-sat. White's TM808, VibraProbe, 15" NEL Attack, 5X10 Joey, Steath 920ix and 720i, TRX, etc....
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    I went from White's to Minelab over a period of years. When I got the Equinox 800, it wasn't a difficult learning process. I use the same method I've used in the past when getting a new machine (I've had probably 20 new ones over the last 48 years), I go to the beach and dig everything for a good 100 hours. You learn in a hurry doing that. I actually like it's performance in heavy iron. I find it works great. I'm very pleased with the machine, but, if I had to point to one shortcoming, I would say being able to I.D. a bottle cap. I still dig tons of those. They just sound too good to ignore. Other than that, I have to say it's one of the best machines I've ever used.
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    us
    Jul 2015
    Near Ground Zero for Insanity
    XP Deus with HF Coils and Mi6 Pinpointer/ML Equinox 600/800/ML GPX 4800/Garrett ATX/Fisher F75 DST/Tek Delta/Whites MXT/Garrett Carrot/Piranha Relic Shovel
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    Yeah, the beach in wintertime is also where I was able to learn the Equinox too. Recovering targets is easier there and you can just dig it all an work on your tone ID muscle memory. On the dry sand you can experiment with any mode, not just beach. It is a great detector proving ground if you are lucky enough to have nearby access to one.
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    us
    Aug 2013
    OC, CA
    XP Deus, Equinox 800 720i Stealth Scoop
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    Coming from the CTX it seemed way easier to learn for me. The layout and key functions on the controller seemed logical.
    Plus, all I hunt is the beach so as vferrari says it’s a great testing ground.


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    Jun 2012
    Oklahoma
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    Quote Originally Posted by pulltabfelix View Post
    My last detector was an AT Pro for three years and various detectors back to 1988.

    When I sold my AT Pro and bought my Nox 800 in March 2018 I was quite surprised at what I didn't about detectors in general. The 800 took a long while of study of forum comments, Clive's two books and many hours of hunting. I am just now feeling very comfortable with and in control of the 800. I think I learned more about metal detecting in the last 6 months learning how to use the 800 than in all my years of detecting.

    What was your experience coming to the 600 or 800 from another manufacturer than Minelab? I figure owners of other Minelab detectors would have had an easier time learning the 800. Also what is your major disappointment with the 800? Mine was the hype that it could unmask non-ferrous objects among ferrous only to learn about Iron falsing problem. That was my major disappointment. Mostly everything else was a big plus in my book. Oh, yeah i really don't look at the depth indicator. It is of little use since it will report a surface coin 1-2 bars down.
    I agree with you on the learning curve. It's been a slow process of learning, coming from Garrett. It was tough to watch all the more advanced detectorist pick up the 800 so quickly. But I eventually ascertained that most people picking it up quickly were Minelab or Dues owner. I rarely deal with iron falsing. My biggest issues is aluminum showing up in the coin numbers. I was pretty good at discriminating with the pinpoint function on my ACE. I still haven't refined that skill with the 800. I'm not digging shallow full size aluminum cans any more but the park I hunt at has tons of cans, caps and can slaw. My last time out, I dug a can lid that was 12" down. I don't even know how it got that deep.
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    us
    Jan 2018
    North Atlanta
    Equinox 800, 6" coil, ProFind-35 pinpointer, sold: AT Pro with stock coil, Nel Thunder, Garrett 5" x 8" coil, Garrett Carrot.
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    I have had soda can lids do that to my 800. Sounds like a silver coin. I wonder who cuts off a soda can lid and discards it? As to deep, I have found them deep also. Maybe construction or landscape workers chunk the cans. but just the can lid?

    In field 2, 50 tones I can identify most soda bottle caps easy with a little whoop at the end and not crisp clipped sound like a coin. Hard to describe the whoop, maybe just a little tone change trailing.
    Last edited by pulltabfelix; Jan 12, 2019 at 01:24 PM.
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    us
    Sep 2012
    sd
    xp deus , Equinox 800
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    ATP was pretty simple , Then I went to deus to confused . I still have my deus but only used it once last year .I dug so many bottle caps and deep rust with the deus I lost all interest and picked up the 800 . Like a duck to water with the 800 .I found more and better items with my 800 in one season than all others combined . No learning curve just good finds and way less junk . I do better with the larger factory coil . Small coil like nails to much .
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    us
    Feb 2016
    Los Angeles
    Equinox 600, Minelab Safari
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    I came off of a ML Safari so the Nox was an easy transition into listening for the tones. My best education on this machine comes from lot hunting. It's like a hardware store under the soil. I run into every type of metal, relics and coins... and I like it more so than parks.

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    Apr 2017
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    To me it was easy to use, just choose one of the presets and go. I found a silver chain on the first day and gold on the second. I have used a TDI sl, Garrett Atx, sovereign gt and Excalibur. My first detector was the TDI and I started off in the dry sand with it. When it comes to the Equinox the only things I have changed from the presets are the sound and pitch of them. I switched the gold to give me a high tone and silver a low. I only hunt beaches and never ground balance and this has worked great for me. I’m rather new to detecting and all the experts that have this machine don’t ground balance either even in black sand. I have found more gold and silver with this machine then any other. The only thing I don’t like about the detector is the grip.
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  10. #10

    Apr 2016
    South Western PA
    ACE 250 with DD coil Equinox 600
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    Coming from a Garrett A250, it was very challenging to learn the 600. Now, after a few hundred hours, I love it. Use Field2 and lower sensitivity if you are digging to many false high tones. Also keep the Horseshoe on and listen for pure tones that donít drag iron with it.
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    us
    kcs

    Feb 2015
    ohio
    Nox 800, AT pro, 8.5x11 and 5x8 and nel storm coil Deus ws4 with 11 inch coil, hf coils
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    I also came from at pro then I went to deus then on to equinox, equinox is much easier to learn than the deus. but overall if you did good with the at pro you will do better with the nox.

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    us
    Jan 2018
    North Atlanta
    Equinox 800, 6" coil, ProFind-35 pinpointer, sold: AT Pro with stock coil, Nel Thunder, Garrett 5" x 8" coil, Garrett Carrot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1942 merc View Post
    ATP was pretty simple , Then I went to deus to confused . I still have my deus but only used it once last year .I dug so many bottle caps and deep rust with the deus I lost all interest and picked up the 800 . Like a duck to water with the 800 .I found more and better items with my 800 in one season than all others combined . No learning curve just good finds and way less junk . I do better with the larger factory coil . Small coil like nails to much .
    so far the 15 x 12" coil is my "go to" coil. hunting large parks and fields. The increase coverage is really sweet. No problem with weight, I use a swing harness. Maybe some extra depth, but it seems to me it make all signal sound clearer and more solid TID's. Like several said on these forums, lowering recovery speed is essential with this coil. I run mine at 4. and sensitivity between 19 - 22. Runs real quiet and picks out some stuff I and others have missed in a public soccer field.
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  13. #13
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    us
    Aug 2013
    OC, CA
    XP Deus, Equinox 800 720i Stealth Scoop
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    I watched so many YouTube videos on the operation of the Equinox that by the time I had one in my hands it felt familiar.
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