Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

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Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by detectorman5050 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:57 pm

I think that a telescopic carbon fibre shaft would be a nice addition to the Equinox 800. I have managed to find some manufactured by a UK company called Raven. They are 125 quid.

Was curious if anyone has bought one, and their opinion of it? Personally, I would want one for the summer, so I can put the Equinox in a backpack, and go out on my bike.

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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by Hairyhands » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:50 am

Crawford's do a beauty at 89 pounds. Have a look. It's really lovely I'm going to get one as the cam lock is great feature and the one on my explorer lasted 10 years and was still going

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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by Badger1935 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:55 am

I don't think that any of the available carbon fibre poles telescope enough to fit in a backpack.

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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by Hairyhands » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:03 am

Sorry. No that's one wouldn't fit that I suggested

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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by Badger1935 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:26 am

Badger1935 wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:55 am
I don't think that any of the available carbon fibre poles telescope enough to fit in a backpack.

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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by chrisbham » Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:12 pm

Not carbon fibre but there is a universal telescopic shaft by MarsMD which is good. It's like a heavy-duty Deus shaft and collapses quite small.

Just got one myself, check my latest post on my account. ::g

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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by fred » Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:33 pm

Posted in error (see below). :D
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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by Hairyhands » Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:40 pm

fred wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:33 pm
There was a traction engine called a Genie. Haven't yet found much detail on it but at least that would explain how it came to be in a field. ::g
Are you mixed up with another three Fred lol

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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by fred » Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:43 pm

Hairyhands wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:40 pm
fred wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:33 pm
There was a traction engine called a Genie. Haven't yet found much detail on it but at least that would explain how it came to be in a field. ::g
Are you mixed up with another three Fred lol
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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by detectorman5050 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:35 pm

Badger1935 wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:55 am
I don't think that any of the available carbon fibre poles telescope enough to fit in a backpack.
I use a sack type bag with draw cords on it. I'd imagine you could telescope the detector down, and carry it on your back, even though some of the detector is still protruding from the top of the bag?
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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by Badger1935 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:40 pm

Just out of curiosity I have measured mine and fully collapsed it is 1 meter long and its the shortest top pole available.

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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by principia » Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:22 pm

Maybee possible to use the universal carbon shaft from Golden mask for the equinox?
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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by Easylife » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:06 pm

Does anyone know what the standard Equinox shaft weighs? x;
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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by equinox » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:30 pm

Hairyhands wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:50 am
Crawford's do a beauty at 89 pounds. Have a look. It's really lovely I'm going to get one as the cam lock is great feature and the one on my explorer lasted 10 years and was still going
i have the crawford carbon shaft on my 800 comes in same weight as the standard shaft no slop now,i recon we should all get a credit from minelab for making such a poor shaft.

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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by Hairyhands » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:04 am

I agree I'd have paid 950 for it with a carbon shaft. Most would I think

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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by tommyb » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:16 pm

I have the raven telescopic shaft. with coil flat on ground 1m long. with coil folded up 114cm long.
pic of nox and bag i had made for it.
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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by Runnerflash » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:09 pm

Their are many sellers of carbon fibre tubing online in the UK that would be suitable for the Equinox, (or indeed for most detectors) the two isssues you face to enable a satisfactory manufacture is as follows -
Firstly, Obtaining the correct camlock to fix the lower coil shaft to the carbon fibre tube, these are relatively hard to source.
Secondly accurately drilling the fixing holes in the tubing for the display and the arm rest, difficult but not impossible, A word of caution, glass fibres and the dust are extremely damaging to your health

As a photographer an elegant solution would be to adapt a monopod, this would then be truly telescopic and has the advantage of having ready made twist locks.
The cursory investigation of the monopods I have though shows an incompatibility between the monopods internal diameter to lock onto the coil shaft and the outside diameter to fix the display and arm rest.

I am now on a mission to try and come up with something so if successful will post the progress.

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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by detectorman5050 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:15 pm

tommyb wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:16 pm
I have the raven telescopic shaft. with coil flat on ground 1m long. with coil folded up 114cm long.
pic of nox and bag i had made for it.rsz_img_20190111_145633457.jpg
And how do you find the telescopic shaft overall?
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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by tommyb » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:08 pm

detectorman5050 wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:15 pm
tommyb wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:16 pm
I have the raven telescopic shaft. with coil flat on ground 1m long. with coil folded up 114cm long.
pic of nox and bag i had made for it.rsz_img_20190111_145633457.jpg
And how do you find the telescopic shaft overall?
Had it about 5 months had to re-glue the coil fitting as it came loose. but its been great and does the job find. very easy to adjust and no pins to worry about.

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Re: Telescopic Carbon Fibre Shaft for Equinox

Post by Runnerflash » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:42 pm

After much research I was unable to source a monopod that offered the correct external tubing diameter to fit the control display and the arm support.
The current Equinox has a 22mm diameter external tube and an internal diameter of 20mm to slide over the coil shaft, so giving us 1mm tube thickness.
The nearest I could get to was a 5 section monopod of external diameters of 26, 23, 20, 17 and 14mm, even if we could discard the top section and the two bottom sections we only end up with two tubes with a combined length of 500mm(we need 1000mm).
I will continue my quest as it would be a good project to complete.
In the mean time I have purchased a shaft lock for £16, a top tube cover insert for £1.20 and a 1000mm length of Matt carbon fibre tubing (the glossy finish was a bit loud!) for £21.50. For £38.70 I will have a very rigid structure, I do have to drill all of the mounting holes for the control display and the arm support but at least I can say it’s all my own work.
Will post an image when it is all completed

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