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Omega 8000 and 8500
Posted by: RichW
Date: January 12, 2017 12:53PM
I seldom ever see posts on these machines anymore. Wondering if 8000 users have moved on to different machines and also wondering why the 8500 is talked about so little. Does the 8500 have issues or what?

Re: Omega 8000 and 8500
Posted by: TP63
Date: January 13, 2017 04:05PM
I've got an Omega 8000 and really like it. I'm frozen in right now waiting for spring. Never used a 8500 some have commented about the audio though

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Posted by: Monte
Date: January 15, 2017 09:35AM
8000 Version 4, of which I owned four of them. That was a better, and more 'fun-to-use' Coin Hunting model than the modified IDX Pro, MXT Pro and XLT's and others I had during that period.

I used the standard or 8" round Concentric coils in open, sparse-target areas, but mounted the round 5" DD coil often to work in and around metal structures, trash, etc. I had hopes of the 8500 being an improvement, but I spoke with three dealers and two 8500 users who disliked it for many reasons. To me is was a dud! I wish they would have continued to produce the 8000, and I am still looking for a creampuff condition V4 to add to my detector arsenal. Some of those 8500 users I spoke with went back to the 8000 themselves. A great Coin & Jewelry Hunting detector, and better than its replacement.

Monte



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My Regular-Use Detectors:
Nokta:
Impact, FORS Relic and FORS CoRe (Using mainly the 'OOR', 5", 4X7½, 5X9½ open-frame DD's or 7" Concentric coils as needed. Other coils on-hand.)
Tesoro:
Vaquero, Silver Sabre µMAX and Mojave (With either a 6" or 7" Concentric coil in use, or maybe 8X11 DD on the Vaquero.)

Other Specialty Use Detectors from:
Compass, Makro, Nokta, Tesoro and White's
Note: Detectors are listed alphabetically by Brand, NOT in my order of preference for use. Additional search coils on-hand in accessory bags.

Pinpointers: Using Nokta and Makro Pointers.
Headphones: Using the Killer B 'Hornet'.

*** All working well today to make memories for tomorrow. ***

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Re: Omega 8000 and 8500
Posted by: dfmike
Date: January 15, 2017 10:33AM
Monte, I saw you had a 8000 V5 on offer in the classifieds. In what way did you like the V4 more ? In other words, what did you find so desirable about the V4 ? Also, what did you didn't like about the 8500 ? Thanks.



Active detectors: Fisher F19 LTD, Nokta Fors CoRe, Makro pointer and way too many coils.
Previous detectors: Bounty Hunter Discovery, Fisher F44, Omega 8000 V6, Minelab X-Terra 705, Fisher F5

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Re: Omega 8000 and 8500
Posted by: BarryL
Date: January 15, 2017 10:47AM
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dfmike
Monte, I saw you had a 8000 V5 on offer in the classifieds. In what way did you like the V4 more ? In other words, what did you find so desirable about the V4 ? Also, what did you didn't like about the 8500 ? Thanks.

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also would like to know how much difference between the v4 and v5 is Thanks Mike not hijacking you post just thought we could get both answers here hope you don't mind

Re: My opinion favors my favorite Omega, the
Posted by: Gamma_Joe
Date: January 15, 2017 05:16PM
Hi Monte,

Same kind of question as from dfmike and BarryL.

I have an Omega 8000 v6 and a Gamma 6000 v1.

Comparing them for EMI/RFI at moderate-to-high sensitivity settings (say, above 80), the Omega v6 is quiet while the Gamma v1 chatters away.

With sensitivity on both machines set at 90 ...

... the Omega v6 (stock 9x5 coil) gives 9 inches on a silver dime, while the Gamma v1 (NEL Sharpshooter coil) gives 7 inches.

... the Omega v6 gives 10 inches on a clad quarter, while the Gamma v1 gives 8.5 inches.

Those are on air tests, and getting a solid, repeatable signal. Both machines could go another 1.5 inches for an "iffy" signal.

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(Probably a Gamma later version could do better than this version 1.)

It sounds like maybe you prefer the Omega version 4, and I'm wondering about that.

Joe

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Re: Omega 8000 and 8500
Posted by: dfmike
Date: January 15, 2017 06:11PM
Maybe V4 is just hotter and perhaps more noisy ? I still see lots of brand new 8000's for sale but the prices remain quite high despite the more recent 8500.



Active detectors: Fisher F19 LTD, Nokta Fors CoRe, Makro pointer and way too many coils.
Previous detectors: Bounty Hunter Discovery, Fisher F44, Omega 8000 V6, Minelab X-Terra 705, Fisher F5

Re: Omega 8000 and 8500
Posted by: conehead
Date: January 21, 2017 03:41PM
Hello Everyone........I own 6 detectors right now but my favorite machine for my kind of hunting is the Omega 8000 v-4 fitted with the NEL Hunter coil.
Now I will say that you can have some problems with EMI around power lines or an electric fence.
The light weight of the unit even with the Hunter coil on it, means I can hunt for several hours at a time pretty easy and I'm 63 years old.
I've owned mine for 5 years now and of all the detectors I've had over my 37+ years of detecting the Omega is rated #1 in my book!
H.H.......conehead

Re: Omega 8000 and 8500
Posted by: jim tn
Date: January 22, 2017 07:15PM
I had a version 4 and then a v 5 8000. The v 5 was far quieter then the v 4 and slightly deeper. I traded my v 5 in on a Omega 8500. No emi issuers at all with it and found it to be even deeper then the v 5 8000 I had. Un-fortunately, it falsed pretty bad. In a trashy park setting or iron laden spot there was just to much falsing for it to be enjoyable. I keep hoping I will hear the falsing situation has been resolved, but as of yet, not. Am very tempted to buy another 8000, but would like to know it was a V 6. HH jim tn

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