Minelab Equinox Basics

Minelab Equinox Park Modes

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Park: Great for high-trash recreational areas, including most general detecting

Park Mode is for searching in urban parks, or other recently inhabited sites where there may be coins and jewellery. There is often also lots of common metal litter including aluminium foil, pull-tabs, bottle-caps etc. Park Mode is a good starting point for other general uses, such as freshwater detecting, or use for artefact hunting by accepting all ferrous Target IDs.

Park Mode default settings will provide great depth, accurate target resolution and sufficient discrimination in trash-cluttered areas typical of recreational parks. With Frequency set to Multi, Park Mode will be the most sensitive to a wide range of targets, while rejecting much of the trash. If in doubt in a new area, or when first detecting, try Park mode first!

park1-300x241Park 1: General / Coins

Park 1 is optimised for modern coins and larger jewellery with a default discrimination pattern set to reject many common aluminium foil-like targets (Target ID 1). Therefore this is the ideal profile to start with to learn EQUINOX, before experimenting with the other Modes and more specialist settings.

Park 1 Multi-IQ processes a lower frequency weighting of the multi-frequency signal, as well as using algorithms that maximise ground balancing for soil, to achieve the best signal to noise ratio. Hence Park 1 is most suited for general detecting and coin hunting.


park2-300x246Park 2: Fine Jewellery

Park 2 is better suited for smaller targets and greater trash densities. It will detect a wider range of targets including low conductors (or higher frequency) targets, e.g. fine jewellery. All non-ferrous targets are accepted by default. Recovery Speed is also increased to clearly identify good targets masked by iron trash. Target Tone is set to 50 to allow greater audible target identification rather than relying more heavily on the visual Target IDs.

Park 2 Multi-IQ processes a higher frequency weighted multi-frequency signal while ground balancing for soil.

Park Detecting Hotspots

In order to maximise your detecting success, keep an eye out for areas where people gather. These may include park benches or under trees and other shady spots where people have been sitting, or at recreation grounds near clubrooms or spectator stands. After festivals or events, there are often many objects to find (especially coins that have been dropped), but you may be in competition with other detectorists!

Always make sure you are allowed to detect in public parks, recreation areas and private property.

Difficult Areas - Aluminium Foil


Reject Target IDs 1 and 2 in the discrimination pattern for Park Mode Search Profiles. Modern parks typically contain a high amount of aluminium shards from discarded trash (e.g. drink cans, pull tabs, ring pulls, etc.) As aluminium is a non-ferrous very low conductive target, its Target ID falls within the same range as fine jewellery.

Park 1 is a good option in highly contaminated parks. Rejecting Target IDs 1 and 2 (or higher if the unwanted aluminium is larger in size) may also help with digging less trash.


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