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Minelab Equinox 800 (Tips and help)

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So I wanted to start this so that everything could be in one place when looking for help on the Equinox 800.

I'm new to using any type of metal detector. I've only been at this for about four weeks with the Equinox 800.

I'm only hunting in parks around my house. I'm finding coins and junk all the time.

First tip I will give is get a good pin pointer. Helps with quicker recovery. So you can get to the next target quicker.

Second is dig all your targets. What I have found is sometimes I think I'm going to dig up junk, it actually been a coin.

So settings that I've been using is Park 1.

The only thing I change from the factory settings is the sensitivity.  I take this right up to 25, then back it down so that it runs smoothly.

The first thing I do after turning the detector on is Noise Cancel followed by Ground Balance.

I use the Auto Ground Balance then the Tracking Ground Balance.

This works best for me as I am new to all of this.

There might be better ways than what I've said, so I'm happy to listen to any advice and give it a go.

Thanks Victor.

 

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Watch the videos on you tube that NuggetShooter has made about the Equinox....VERY IMFORMATIVE

Ya can't go wrong with any of his videos but the ones on the Equinox are  Great.

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I'm posting up some u-tube stuff that may help getting to know the Equinox 800.

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If anybody can answer this question on gold 1 or 2 should I have the all metal selected when I search for gold. I have had that on at timeless and get a lot if -8 or -9 readings

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13 hours ago, Allen said:

If anybody can answer this question on gold 1 or 2 should I have the all metal selected when I search for gold. I have had that on at timeless and get a lot if -8 or -9 readings

Based on my roughly 10 hours of time with the 800, I would say you've got the gain too high and are not ground balanced properly.

In mineralized ground, you'll need to slow your swing to allow the 'electronic gizmos' to keep up.  At least that was my experience.

Gold 1 or 2 shouldn't matter and you should hunt in all-metal as much as possible.

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I would like to thank you for the comments. I know when I do a manual ground balance it comes up between 4-10 for number. I have not seen the manual ground balance go above 10 at any of my times. I do have the constant ground balance on as well each time. 
when I go out this week I will try with all metal. Maybe you can answer another question. If it is hitting gold should the number be between -9 and plus 15. I do did everything up. 
thabks for your comments

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Tiny gold nuggets should read the same as tiny lead birdshot.  1 or 2

If the nugget is larger, it could be 13.  Which is the same as a nickel.

Anything between those numbers should be dug up.  But if you're looking for gold, you should really dig everything anyways.

Trash and/or mineralized rocks can mask or change a signal.  If you want to be successful, you have to verify your targets.

Sometimes the gold is under the trash.  If you walk away on a trash signal, you'll miss the gold.

If you're getting a lot of -8 or -9, and lots of 98 and 99....  Then the machine is still struggling to process the ground and the ground balance can't keep up.

Drop the gain a bit more, re-ground balance, and try to slow your swing to lessen the erratic performance.

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7 hours ago, LukeJ said:

Tiny gold nuggets should read the same as tiny lead birdshot.  1 or 2

If the nugget is larger, it could be 13.  Which is the same as a nickel.

Anything between those numbers should be dug up.  But if you're looking for gold, you should really dig everything anyways.

Trash and/or mineralized rocks can mask or change a signal.  If you want to be successful, you have to verify your targets.

Sometimes the gold is under the trash.  If you walk away on a trash signal, you'll miss the gold.

If you're getting a lot of -8 or -9, and lots of 98 and 99....  Then the machine is still struggling to process the ground and the ground balance can't keep up.

Drop the gain a bit more, re-ground balance, and try to slow your swing to lessen the erratic performance.

 

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Thanks for the tip. I will try that Thursday when I go back to my hunting grounds that I have picked out in AZ

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