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Thread: It arrives Friday

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  1. #1

    Feb 2019
    Carson City NV
    Equinox 800, AT Pro
    110
    300 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    It arrives Friday

    I ordered an equinox 800. I’m a noob to Minelab and semi noob to detecting(6 weeks). What is the best starting point to set this up right? Does Minelab have a good video series?

    Want to take it for a spin this weekend. Most likely an old site with iron or nugget hunting, or both.
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  2. #2

    Feb 2017
    Pa
    EQ 800 & 600, Fisher F75 +, Tesoro Tejon, Tesoro Conquistador, Bounty hunter Tracker iv
    2,395
    3700 times
    Metal Detecting
    There's a few really good youtube videos on setting up the 800 and just about everything else on them. Probably more Equinox vids on there than any other machine made. Just try to learn the menu layout then it's all easy from there.
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  3. #3

    Feb 2013
    Longview, Texas
    1,099
    1864 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    If I was new I would not adjust anything at first, just use the factory settings until I got some time in on the machine
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  4. #4

    Feb 2019
    Carson City NV
    Equinox 800, AT Pro
    110
    300 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    As far as hunting iron sites which program would you use?

  5. #5
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    Hawks88

    Aug 2012
    Niagara falls
    Equinox 600, fisher gold bug pro.
    6,525
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Welcome to tnet from Niagara Falls. Congrats on the purchase of your new equinox. Great choice. Good luck.
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  6. #6
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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
    3,914
    6103 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by CarsonChris View Post
    As far as hunting iron sites which program would you use?

    Don't wory about iron at this point. Just use Park 1 out of the box at the default settings and get some swing hours in. Dig everything so you truly learn how the machine responds to junk and keepers. Focus on both the audio and the numbers, in time the audio will tell you more than the numbers ever can. Wirk on perfecting your oinoointing skills. See what the machine sounds like and how it behaves in all metal (no iron discrimination, one touch of the horseshoe button) on various targets. Use the quick start guidance ML provides:

    Pair your wireless headphones.

    Select Park 1

    Noise Cancel

    Ground Balance. (Optional unless your ground is highly mineralized)

    Adjust sensitivity down to remove chatter if necessary (don't bother increasing it from the default at this point you will likely just be introducing noise without realizing it)

    Swing Away. (Try test targets at first then go hunting in the field)

    Have fun.

    Ask Questions

    Rinse

    Repeat
    Last edited by vferrari; Feb 12, 2019 at 09:11 AM.
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  7. #7

    Apr 2016
    South Western PA
    ACE 250 with DD coil Equinox 600
    2,719
    7811 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Congrats on your new toy! Park1 is a great starting mode to understand the detector. When you note “old site with iron” are you referring to an old dwelling littered with nails and other bits of iron or are you out in the desert with natural iron in the soil? If you are at an old homesite don’t be afraid to turn the sensitivity all the way down to 15 help isolate the targets and greatly reduce the falsing and noise.
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  8. #8
    Charter Member
    us
    Nov 2012
    Maryland
    XP Deus, Tesoro Cibola
    11,909
    19578 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (7)
    Don't make the mistake of trying to tweak the machine for a few weeks, at least. Use the factory presets, go S...L...O...W and dig it all, to see where the targets fall in. You'll get the hang of it pretty soon. Avoid nail pits at first if possible.

  9. #9

    Feb 2019
    Carson City NV
    Equinox 800, AT Pro
    110
    300 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by pa-dirt_nc-sand View Post
    Congrats on your new toy! Park1 is a great starting mode to understand the detector. When you note “old site with iron” are you referring to an old dwelling littered with nails and other bits of iron or are you out in the desert with natural iron in the soil? If you are at an old homesite don’t be afraid to turn the sensitivity all the way down to 15 help isolate the targets and greatly reduce the falsing and noise.
    I will probably go look at a place the wagon trains to California stopped at to rest. Lots of iron on the ground and broken bottles. I believe it to be the last watering hole for a long way in one of our deserts. Plus there’s nuggets out that way.

 

 

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