Culpeper and Equinox 800

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    Steve Engstler
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    Going on my first organized hunt this weekend in Culpeper and using a new Equinox 800. Any recommendations or tips for using this machine in this area? I am still learning the detector so I am looking for basic info outside of what is in the manual to get started and enjoy the weekend. Thanks in advance for any suggestions offered.

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    • #3305
      Profile PhotoSteve Engstler
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      Thanks for the tips. While I only dug trash iron, I had a lot of fun and, with these tips and assistance from some of the other people at the dig, learned a lot about my machine. Looking forward to joining y’all at the spring DIV.

    • #3258
      Profile PhotoMichael Inscore
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      Hey Steve.  As I’ve only used my Nox 800 in Culpeper once before (most recent Spilman DIV), I don’t have a ton of experience with it in the hot dirt.  It was my backup to my GPX but I honestly was really surprised at how deep (relative to over VLFs) it would detect signals.  I had used a White’s MXT on past DIVs and almost couldn’t get a signal on a bullet sitting on top of a clod of dirt!  But like Eric said, I’d try to hunt in the woods if you can as that dirt is usually not as hot.  Be sure to ground balance A TON while you’re detecting as the varying mineralerization of the ground will cause issues and you will likely miss deeper targets.  I’d also be sure that the ground balance tracking (little squiggle line upper right corner) is turned off.  You don’t really want the machine self adjusting itself for the ground since you again may mask some signals that are deeper.  I’d also dig in all metal mode (horseshoe) and dig everything that’s a repeatable signal.  I usually take a three ringer and small brass piece (GS eagle button) and dig a small hole and bury it for each of them.  That way I can get a feel for what it might sound like.    For the location I was at at Spilman, about 6 -8″ was about as deep of a signal as I could detect.  But it all depends on the dirt.  Good luck out there and hope to see you at a future DIV.

      Michael

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      Profile PhotoSteve Engstler
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      Thanks for the tips. If I get picked for DIV-L, I will look into renting a GPX. This is not a DIV event, this is another group.

    • #3250
      Profile PhotoEric Smith
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      Try hunting the wooded areas, sometimes they are easier on vlf’s. Also, dig every signal as good targets will sound like iron. I would recommend renting a GPX from Keith Leppert. He rents them out for DIV’s. Thanks and happy hunting!

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