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Definitely took a left turn at Albukoikee on this one...
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: September 16, 2017 05:30PM
Just a completely different deal. Looks like they mounted it on a Compadre chassis! I'm a great believer in Minelab,maybe even a fanboy. But I'll let this one ride the wind awhile and see if it's a game changer or not. Above ALL...I need performance and ID at depth. That's ME...hopefully it's up to the task!

Re: Definitely took a left turn at Albukoikee on this one...
Posted by: Explorer.se
Date: September 16, 2017 06:46PM
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IDXMonster
Just a completely different deal. Looks like they mounted it on a Compadre chassis! I'm a great believer in Minelab,maybe even a fanboy. But I'll let this one ride the wind awhile and see if it's a game changer or not. Above ALL...I need performance and ID at depth. That's ME...hopefully it's up to the task![/quote

Same here IDX I might not have to spend my money on this one, we shall see!


Re: Definitely took a left turn at Albukoikee on this one...
Posted by: BigTony
Date: September 16, 2017 08:41PM
IDX, the other thing folks talk about these days - how will it perform in iron?



BigTony

Re: Definitely took a left turn at Albukoikee on this one...
Posted by: chipper97
Date: September 16, 2017 08:54PM
Even if the Equinox doesn't ID at depth quite on a par with the E trac and CTX I think I'd still consider getting one. I think it may have astonishingly fast recovery, very Deus like, going by some Youtube video's I've seen.

Re: Definitely took a left turn at Albukoikee on this one...
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: September 16, 2017 09:22PM
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chipper97
Even if the Equinox doesn't ID at depth quite on a par with the E trac and CTX I think I'd still consider getting one. I think it may have astonishingly fast recovery, very Deus like, going by some Youtube video's I've seen.

By now I've dug enough old coins that are 7-9" deep with every conceivable other metallic item in the hole with it using the CTX AND the Explorer2 so I'm not worried too much about recovery speed. I've watched a lot of videos where guys are sweeping the coil erratically and way too fast. Personally,I'm not sure that it's a "processor speed thing" with our current beloved machines as much as it is the speed of the audio generator. I've had MANY situations where the screen is wide open (with both machines) and there is a garbled low/high or low/mid-ish/high tone coming through. Then as soon as I switch to a high and tight disc pattern to get rid of the low/mid tone the high tone turns clean and obvious. Why? I'm guessing the audio gate can't switch fast enough to supply 3 separate clean sounds,so it does the best it can. When I apply disc,it doesn't have to send those two extra signals down the line,just the high tone...so the high tone becomes clear.
If the reviews come out on the Equinox and it's just renewing old hunting grounds,I'm in. I'll see what shakes out...

Re: Definitely took a left turn at Albukoikee on this one...
Posted by: chipper97
Date: September 16, 2017 10:57PM
You're probably right IDX. I've been swinging an Explorer SE and E trac for the last 3& 1/2 years and I sweep the coil at a moderate pace. I honestly don't think I miss much due to masking. But sometimes I do wonder when I read about the lightning quick Deus, or Impact, F-75 etc. in iron. I'm tempted to think I need another "tool" in the box for these iron infested sites. I guess it's a good thing in a way that the FBS machines are a bit heavy. It certainly discourages me at least from whipping through a site at break neck speed. Slow and low and I believe our Explorer's and CTX's will separate the goodies from the trash quite effectively in the vast majority of detecting environments. And of course nothing touches them for accuracy at depth. As you say we'll just have to wait and see how things shake out with the Equinox when it's put through it's paces in the field.

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Re: Definitely took a left turn at Albukoikee on this one...
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: September 16, 2017 11:05PM
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chipper97
Even if the Equinox doesn't ID at depth quite on a par with the E trac and CTX I think I'd still consider getting one. I think it may have astonishingly fast recovery, very Deus like, going by some Youtube video's I've seen.

I hear you, chipper. But you said it yourself... "very Deus like." That, for me, is the point. I've been tempted to try a Deus. Don't have the cash, but tempted. I realize that most coins that are still left in heavily hunted public spots are either A. too deep for most machines/detectorists, or B. too "masked" by iron or other junk, for most machines/detectorists.

How do you combat "coins being too masked" with the best of today's technology? Fast recovery, separation ability, using the right frequencies are part of that; in other words "Deus-like," as you said.

How do you combat "coins being too deep" with the best of today's technology? Superior depth, AND -- SUPERIOR ID CAPABILITY THROUGH THE WHOLE RANGE OF THAT DEPTH.

Right now, FBS users have the "depth part" covered, including superior ID at depth. THIS machine, the Equinox, may be able to meet or exceed "Deus-like" units for hunting for coins in iron/nail environments. BUT -- for this machine to be THE SUPERIOR unit, to "make all other single-frequency VLF machines obsolete," as Minelab claims, it MUST, in my opinion, meet or exceed the FBS platform in terms of both DEPTH, and especially ID ACCURACY AT DEPTH. Otherwise, if it is going to take two units to have the "best of both worlds" (depth and unmasking), then it is just as easy for me to have FBS as one of them, and, say, a Deus, as the other, as it would be to have an FBS for one, and an Equinox for the other. If this is to be the game-changer that I hope it is, then I truly believe it has to do BOTH -- meet or exceed the DEUS as a fast machine for hunting in iron, AND, AT THE SAME TIME, meet or exceed the FBS units as deep machines with unparalleled ID accuracy at depth.

Steve



Minelab CTX 3030
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Garrett ProPointer AT
Lesche hand digger
Lesche 38D "King of Spades"

Norman, OK

Re: Definitely took a left turn at Albukoikee on this one...
Posted by: chipper97
Date: September 17, 2017 12:45AM
Steve, I see what you are saying and I agree. If the Equinox's multi-frequency tech. isn't as capable as FBS tech in providing equal or superior ID at depth then it isn't "the game changer" that Minelab touts. We'll still be in the same situation of needing multiple units to meet the accuracy at depth problem and the unmasking in dense trash problem. It seems at this early stage that the Equinox will have "deus-like" recovery but other than claims that it goes very deep, nothing has been verified in terms of accuracy at depth. That is the great question going forward which we'll have to wait for. But if Brandon Niece is relegating his CTX to second string maybe just maybe it really does have the potential to meet both dilemmas. I'll be following this very closely. We just might be in for a real shake-up in the detecting universe.

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Re: Definitely took a left turn at Albukoikee on this one...
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: September 17, 2017 01:33AM
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chipper97
We just might be in for a real shake-up in the detecting universe.

I am REALLY hoping so! I'll be following it very closely, as well...

Steve



Minelab CTX 3030
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Garrett ProPointer AT
Lesche hand digger
Lesche 38D "King of Spades"

Norman, OK

Re: Definitely took a left turn at Albukoikee on this one...
Posted by: Blank Planet
Date: September 17, 2017 02:34AM
if in the market for a mid priced detector that does most things pretty well then why not :biggrin: after all its the nokta/makro garrett market they are after..

hey might be wrong but not about to sell off my Deus CTX and etrac because some guy on youtube said so :buds:

BP

Re: Definitely took a left turn at Albukoikee on this one...
Posted by: goodmore
Date: September 17, 2017 07:04AM
There will be plenty of time and a long Winter to do the research on this detector. Multi frequency and waterproof are a great start. Goodbye to the Sovereigns and Excalibur if it has depth.

Re: Definitely took a left turn at Albukoikee on this one...
Posted by: minelabking
Date: September 18, 2017 03:48AM
Fact of the matter is I know for a fact I will be buying this detector to go along with the rest of the minelabs and deus I own currently. I believe it's going to be a great machine. On the other hand I'm not a fan of wired coils these days. Now to see what the good people over at Xp will do because it's all about the sales and the bragging rights of being the best. Well done Minelab.



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Re: Definitely took a left turn at Albukoikee on this one...
Posted by: Clad2Hunt
Date: September 20, 2017 07:36AM
Waterproof, light, and muti-freq. The 800 is going to make a great beach machine. I will be comparing it to my ET when they are released.

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Re: Definitely took a left turn at Albukoikee on this one...
Posted by: Southwind
Date: September 20, 2017 07:43AM
I don't care about speed and all that. If it's a E-Trac at 2 1/2 lbs It will be mine.



The real treasure is in the hunt...

Re: Definitely took a left turn at Albukoikee on this one...
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: September 20, 2017 07:49AM
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Southwind
I don't care about speed and all that. If it's a E-Trac at 2 1/2 lbs It will be mine.

And mine! Electrical impulses,magnetic waves,etc only travel so fast....the machine needs time to accurately assess a target. If it does what the etrac or even Explorer does regarding depth coupled with ID then sign me up!

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