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Old 04-16-2019, 01:18 PM
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Default Equinox First Hunt (2 Gold & 2 Silver)

After taking a year + off from detecting I finally got the itch to get out again. I previously had an excal which over a year I found 140 grams of gold from primarily water hunts. When I stopped detecting I sold both the gold and the excal... While this was a great machine for water hunting here in south Florida I wanted to try something different this time around.

The Nox appeared to fit the bill with all of the latest technology it has to offer. My only issue was I couldn't find any solid reviews on using a Nox over an Excal for water hunts, most people on this board who have an Excal & Nox appear to prefer the Excal for water hunts, mostly because their afraid the Nox can't hold up to surf hunts combined with noise chatter created from the surf.

I wanted to give my feedback on the Nox coming from someone who only water hunts. First of all I found this machine to be just as solid as the Excal when it comes to hunting in the surf zone. It's just as easy to swing around in the water, especially with a plugger carbon fiber shaft. I might end up using epoxy on the coil to add even less drag, but I don't mind keeping the coil cover on. As far as chatter, this was my first time using it and yes, it does have chatter in the water, but it's also easy to correct. I started in beach mode 2 at a sensitivity level of 20 and recovery speed of 4. This setting had quite a bit of chatter. I found a sensitivity level of 17 in surf zones, and a sensitivity level of 18 in calmer areas lead to almost no chatter. Ghost headphones (no more bright yellow headphones!) also helped amplify the target sounds making it easy to distinguish chatter from an actual target.

With the control box underwater I'm still able to read every signal # on the display screen. This allowed me to view the depth of the target and avoid all penny signals leading to better finds in a trashy area.. to me, this is a huge advantage over my old excal, digging every single target gets old fast when you have a penny every foot or two.

On this hunt my strategy was to dig every low or high # target which gave a repeatable signal. Pennies appeared to be in the 16-24 range, so I completely ignored these targets. In a less penny infested area, I'll dig these, but it's nice to have the option. With this strategy I was still able to get the higher range silver targets as seen in the picture.

As far as depth, imo, this machine goes much deeper than the excal in the water. I was using a stealth 720i scoop and many of the targets were out of reach with a single scoop. I'm attributing this to the 11" coil over the 10" excal coil.

The best part about hunting with an equinox is after 6 hours in the water I can get out and take my headphones off and not have a constant hummm sound from dealing with the threshold of the excal. It's a nice change to have a silent hunt with only targets providing noise feedback.

I guess the only negative I can really think of with the Nox is the pin pointer mode doesn't seem to work too well in the water. There may be an adjustment to fix this, however, I wasn't able to get accurate readings because of feedback from waves affecting the signal. Even without being able to use the pinpoint mode I was still able the retrieve every target.

The gold ring is marked 375, the hoop earring is marked 14k and the 2 silver rings are marked 925. Not bad for the first hunt with a brand new machine. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come!
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Old 04-16-2019, 01:28 PM
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Congrats on a great 1st hunt! I have noticed some of the same observations as you. I didn't care for the silent mode on my CZ which is one of the reasons I parted with it. I like the threshold hum of the Excal and my SS when I had it. For this reason, I run my sensitivity higher on Noxy and have learned the differences between chatter and targets. I may experiment going your route just to see though. Continued success getting back out there and stay away from MY beaches! .

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Thanks Felix!

Maybe it was the cheap yellow headphones that come with the excal that annoyed me most. I think you switched yours out...

If you can post the gps coordinates of your beaches that would be helpful I may have some additional research to do on this machine.

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Nice, detailed report

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Congrats on NOXing out of the water with your maiden voyage hunt!

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Great description of the Nox in the water and under. I agree with your description of the chatter and the PP in the water. I found the heel and toe method works best for me in the surf. I find the target with the front and then the back of the coil and put my foot down at the back, set the 720i at my toe and then move it back about 4 inches and scoop. Great finds and happy hunting.

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That's a good first hunt.....

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Originally Posted by dirtydog View post
Great description of the Nox in the water and under. I agree with your description of the chatter and the PP in the water. I found the heel and toe method works best for me in the surf. I find the target with the front and then the back of the coil and put my foot down at the back, set the 720i at my toe and then move it back about 4 inches and scoop. Great finds and happy hunting.
Interesting! I'll have to try that next time. It is a large diameter with that 11" coil. Maybe I was digging too far back from the targets that took multiple attempts... Thanks!

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nice finds

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Thank you for the detailed report on the Nox. I have also been off my local beaches for a few years and getting ready to pickup a Nox.

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Congrats on the gold and silver! Sounds like a great water hunt. Thank you for the details.

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Nice finds congrats on the gold and silva!

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Great hunt and a good write up

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Originally Posted by Joshc214 View post
If you can post the gps coordinates of your beaches that would be helpful I may have some additional research to do on this machine.
23.4162 N, 25.6628 E (This is where I found the Rolex!)

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I Google it and saw the picture of the camel jockey that lost the watch. Too funny. Wonder how many others Googled the coordinates as they were loading their detectors in the car.

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Originally Posted by FelixtheCat View post
23.4162 N, 25.6628 E (This is where I found the Rolex!)
Lol That's hilarious...

That's a lot of sand to cover!

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23.4162 N, 25.6628 E (This is where I found the Rolex!)
Is that Egypt??? yeah I looked!

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Originally Posted by Joshc214 View post
After taking a year + off from detecting I finally got the itch to get out again. I previously had an excal which over a year I found 140 grams of gold from primarily water hunts. When I stopped detecting I sold both the gold and the excal... While this was a great machine for water hunting here in south Florida I wanted to try something different this time around.

The Nox appeared to fit the bill with all of the latest technology it has to offer. My only issue was I couldn't find any solid reviews on using a Nox over an Excal for water hunts, most people on this board who have an Excal & Nox appear to prefer the Excal for water hunts, mostly because their afraid the Nox can't hold up to surf hunts combined with noise chatter created from the surf.

I wanted to give my feedback on the Nox coming from someone who only water hunts. First of all I found this machine to be just as solid as the Excal when it comes to hunting in the surf zone. It's just as easy to swing around in the water, especially with a plugger carbon fiber shaft. I might end up using epoxy on the coil to add even less drag, but I don't mind keeping the coil cover on. As far as chatter, this was my first time using it and yes, it does have chatter in the water, but it's also easy to correct. I started in beach mode 2 at a sensitivity level of 20 and recovery speed of 4. This setting had quite a bit of chatter. I found a sensitivity level of 17 in surf zones, and a sensitivity level of 18 in calmer areas lead to almost no chatter. Ghost headphones (no more bright yellow headphones!) also helped amplify the target sounds making it easy to distinguish chatter from an actual target.

With the control box underwater I'm still able to read every signal # on the display screen. This allowed me to view the depth of the target and avoid all penny signals leading to better finds in a trashy area.. to me, this is a huge advantage over my old excal, digging every single target gets old fast when you have a penny every foot or two.

On this hunt my strategy was to dig every low or high # target which gave a repeatable signal. Pennies appeared to be in the 16-24 range, so I completely ignored these targets. In a less penny infested area, I'll dig these, but it's nice to have the option. With this strategy I was still able to get the higher range silver targets as seen in the picture.

As far as depth, imo, this machine goes much deeper than the excal in the water. I was using a stealth 720i scoop and many of the targets were out of reach with a single scoop. I'm attributing this to the 11" coil over the 10" excal coil.

The best part about hunting with an equinox is after 6 hours in the water I can get out and take my headphones off and not have a constant hummm sound from dealing with the threshold of the excal. It's a nice change to have a silent hunt with only targets providing noise feedback.

I guess the only negative I can really think of with the Nox is the pin pointer mode doesn't seem to work too well in the water. There may be an adjustment to fix this, however, I wasn't able to get accurate readings because of feedback from waves affecting the signal. Even without being able to use the pinpoint mode I was still able the retrieve every target.

The gold ring is marked 375, the hoop earring is marked 14k and the 2 silver rings are marked 925. Not bad for the first hunt with a brand new machine. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come!
Welcome back after all that time and congrats on the silver and yellow!
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I have an etrac and an AT pro but I want to do more water hunting. Might sell the AT pro and get myself an Nox. Seems like everyone loves theirs.
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