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OK where's the Equinox stand with the gold issue?
Posted by: Southwind
Date: October 02, 2017 07:03AM
I have yet to see any videos showing that the Equinox does any better on small odd shaped gold than the E-Trac/CTX which is crap. I would think being able to set it at a single frequency of 40 kHz (800 model) it SHOULD do very well, but I have yet to see anyone comment of the Equinox's gold ability, or lack there of.



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Re: OK where's the Equinox stand with the gold issue?
Posted by: GONEHUNTIN
Date: October 02, 2017 07:38AM
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DhNAcpBMcbY

I believe they are testing that in this video not to for sure!

Re: OK where's the Equinox stand with the gold issue?
Posted by: bulletman
Date: October 02, 2017 08:08AM
40 kHz certainly has the capability for some very small nuggets. Doubt it will compete with Minelabs upper end machines like the GPX series.

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Re: OK where's the Equinox stand with the gold issue?
Posted by: Southwind
Date: October 02, 2017 08:13AM
I'd just be happy for it to compete with the AT Pro or DFX. I have to keep two detectors, the E-Trac and AT Pro because the E-Trac, which an excellent deep coin machine, is a terrible tot lot detector. I'd love to find that one detector that does well at both.



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Re: OK where's the Equinox stand with the gold issue?
Posted by: Tyber0z
Date: October 02, 2017 04:43PM
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Southwind
I have yet to see any videos showing....

Yeah, because the machine was announced a little over two weeks ago, it's still in prototype, the release date hasn't been announced, and there's not a lot of information that's been released, let alone videos. Every day we see threads like this, and I can't tell what the point is.

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Southwind, I know where you are coming from.
Posted by: Greg (E.Tn)
Date: October 02, 2017 05:14PM
Wish I spoke French. :drinking:

The vid maybe answered a few questions, but methinks. It will quite some time before we get definitive answers.

I did like seeing how the detector handled the big iron object without even a peep of a false, while still being sensitive to the small gold.

At least we know now the detectors are ibeing used-- I noticed the bottom of the coil was pretty well worn.

Hopefully soon, some people in the states will get their hands on them and we will start seeing some testing in our soil conditions.

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Re: OK where's the Equinox stand with the gold issue?
Posted by: Jason in Enid
Date: October 02, 2017 06:01PM
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Tyber0z
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Southwind
I have yet to see any videos showing....

Yeah, because the machine was announced a little over two weeks ago, it's still in prototype, the release date hasn't been announced, and there's not a lot of information that's been released, let alone videos. Every day we see threads like this, and I can't tell what the point is.

same people keep asking the same questions which they know cant be answered. I have to wonder what the motivation behind them are.

Re: OK where's the Equinox stand with the gold issue?
Posted by: cobill
Date: October 02, 2017 06:56PM
Not a total answer to the gold issue, but found this on T'net forum from Treasure Hunter:

"I had a chance to play with Equinox 800 today and I can happily vouch for the fact it does find small gold chains using 20 kHz freq, It had no problem seeing a thin 14k herring bone chain. I didn't bury chain real deep, only about 4 inches but it was seeing it with no problem and chain was stretched out straight, not in a ball, tiny clasp and no charm on it. It won't replace the 3030 or Etrac but it will certainly have a place in my arsenal.

It is also like the excal in that it sees a gold ring with a piece of iron rebar inside ring if you turn 90° and rescan after the null in desc mode, the iron can also be discriminated out too and see a coin or gold ring under the iron. Earphones on 800 are nice and very comfortable.

I only played with it about 30 mins and wasn't able to take to the beach, maybe next time"
.:minelab:

Bill

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Cobill, that sounds promising....N/T
Posted by: Greg (E.Tn)
Date: October 02, 2017 07:26PM

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Equinox has gold issue?
Posted by: Rich (Utah)
Date: October 02, 2017 11:38PM
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cobill
"I had a chance to play with Equinox 800 today and I can happily vouch for the fact it does find small gold chains using 20 kHz freq, It had no problem seeing a thin 14k herring bone chain. I didn't bury chain real deep, only about 4 inches but it was seeing it with no problem and chain was stretched out straight, not in a ball, tiny clasp and no charm on it. It won't replace the 3030 or Etrac but it will certainly have a place in my arsenal.

It is also like the excal in that it sees a gold ring with a piece of iron rebar inside ring if you turn 90° and rescan after the null in desc mode, the iron can also be discriminated out too and see a coin or gold ring under the iron. Earphones on 800 are nice and very comfortable."
.:minelab:

Bill

Good news on the thin gold chains. As with newly announced detectors, information comes out a little at a time. Keeps the anticipation up. I guess the Pause between announcement and availability gives those interested time to save their 'spare' change. :jump:

Rich (Utah)



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Re: Equinox has gold issue?
Posted by: Southwind
Date: October 03, 2017 05:55AM
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same people keep asking the same questions which they know cant be answered. I have to wonder what the motivation behind them are.

It's a real simple question Jason. No motive other than wanting to know if it is better on gold than the E-Trac/CTX. Clear enough for you now or do I need to simplify it more?

Can't be answered? Looks like someone did a pretty good job just below your post.

We all know that small odd shaped gold, I.E. Chains/Pendents, are not a strong point of the E-Trac/CTX. In fact, that I why I still have to own two detectors.



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Re: OK where's the Equinox stand with the gold issue?
Posted by: MI-AuAg
Date: October 03, 2017 12:15PM
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Southwind
I have yet to see any videos showing....

Yeah, because the machine was announced a little over two weeks ago, it's still in prototype, the release date hasn't been announced, and there's not a lot of information that's been released, let alone videos. Every day we see threads like this, and I can't tell what the point is.

same people keep asking the same questions which they know cant be answered. I have to wonder what the motivation behind them are.

The Equinox was officially "announced" about two months ago, not two weeks, e.g., the parachute promo. The name wasn't "officially" released at that point, but the "leaks" gave everyone a good idea.

As to the audacity, and motivation of the people asking the questions. I don't see any grand conspiracy, nor unreasonable questions, just a lot of people who have seen some bold promotional releases, with little information, or validation of the claims within those promos. When you put a product out there with such fanfare, yet little information, common sense dictates that anyone with interest will have a desire for more information. There are of course, those who have already declared this new offering the best thing since sliced bread, with virtually no validating information, their minds are clearly made up, their prerogative to do so, I have no cause to question their motives. It may turn out to be just that, that remains to be seen? It seems to have good possibilities, yet nothing validated.

To spell it out: Question (definitions) 1. an asking; inquiry 2. something asked 3. doubt; uncertainty 4. a matter open to discussion Those things pretty much spell out the motivations of the audatious rabble, with the unherd of nerve to ask questions! No conspiracy, no nefarious motives, just interested people, very possibly frustrated by a lack of information.

Perhaps, the same people asking the same questions, and yet, the same people suggesting no one should ask questions or seek further information. This Equinox Forum, was opened well before the machine was put in the hands of the general detecting public, folks with no vested interest, other than how it will work for them. Since no information has been forthcoming to this point, only questions will remain, or declarations by the faithful as to it's (expected) wonders, as the case may be. That's what forums are about, don't try to silence the people with legitimate questions, they have just as much right to ask, as the folks who make declarations of it's wonders.

It's very clear the Equinox is in the hands of a lot of people. The dribble of videos that make suggestive, yet unclear demonstrations of what it may do, are all part of the promotional game. It's like throwing blood into shark infested waters. The sharks are there, circling, waiting, but unable to sink their teeth into that hunk of meat. There's plenty of answers right now, to the many legitimate questions being made. Minelab is simply choosing to hold back as part of their orchestrated promo, and eventual release of this one.



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Re: OK where's the Equinox stand with the gold issue?
Posted by: Tyber0z
Date: October 03, 2017 03:44PM
The user who started the thread didn't just ask a question - they stated they had "yet to see a video", as if this is unusual. I suggested that the lack of videos was due to the fact that the machine has only recently been announced. And an announcement of an impending announcement is NOT an announcement of the machine itself, by the way. I agree that people are asking a lot of questions way too prematurely; manuals, holiday deals, performance in x conditions, frequencies, etc, and I push back on these posts because seemingly the majority of threads in here are either suggestive of the notion that information is being withheld or at the very least, they encourage a discussion focused less on the machine and more on the flow of information and the behavior of Minelab. Need further proof of this phenomenon? See the thread in this forum about the Kellyco ML repair announcement; the user doesn't just ask or theorize about the meaning of the announcement, but instead end their post mid sentence which invites users to finish the thought. Reasonable people like you or I would follow up and find out that Minelab announced their own NA service center, but some of the conspiracy-minded folks might jump at the opportunity to conjure up another story about how ML is up to "something fishy". Call ME paranoid, but I think many of active users in here are just on this board to incite suspicion. I'd love to be proven wrong and see nothing but posts written without highlighting user bias, but I doubt that will happen.

To answer the OP's question - the Nox has 20 and 40 kHz. Might do well on small gold. There was also a Detectival video that showed the Nox hitting on a very small nugget in the test area, so despite you "having yet" to see such a video, one such video does exist. Let's wait and see how it performs when more testers release their findings.

Re: OK where's the Equinox stand with the gold issue?
Posted by: Charles (Upstate NY)
Date: October 03, 2017 03:53PM
If this helps I recently ran some tests on small gold using a 54 kHz coil, I think the Equinox at 40 kHz might do okay. The 54 kHz coil crushed my Explorer Se Pro coil on small gold, the Explorer couldn't get a signal on any of these gold targets even if you rubbed them on the coil. Here's how the 54 kHz coil did and the machine settings were not maxed out, I wasn't even using the machines gold mode.




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Re: OK where's the Equinox stand with the gold issue?
Posted by: dewcon4414
Date: October 04, 2017 05:52AM
Charles..... and that appears to be raw gold. Mixed gold may well be better. Im still waiting on the water report ..... im sure its going to be a good all around machine, but someone needs to get it wet in auzzie land.



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