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XP Deus version 4 new features

So what changes have XP made to the Deus

The XP Deus version 4 update : A brief description

XP have made several changes to the version 4 free update, some things are very obvious, others you have to dig a little deeper to find, so here is a list of the most important additions and changes.

Reactivity 2.5, this new reactivity level is fast and deep, offering a good compromise especially when searching new terrain.
Program No10 GOLD FIELD : Improved Audio Response and reactivity.
Goldfield will give excellent results especially when combined with the new HF coils…Now difficult targets can easily be detected in mineralized ground.. The Tone menu has been removed.
Lower discrimination range : For those  who want more control over ferrous targets.
Negative discrimination of 0 to -6.4 makes it possible to locate previously rejected ferrous items, the lower discrimination range can also enhance the signature from deep targets which may have in the past been ignored. These new options also offer a big advantage when searching for specific targets such as ceramics or even meteorites.
Ground Effects: Improved Tracking / Each frequency adjusts to its own ground effect value.
Improved display and signal  processing compatible with the new HF 21 frequencies. The display now has the ability to handle detection frequencies up to 80kHz (18kHz before), now with 7 frequency offsets (compared to 3 previously).
DEUS is now compatible with a smart phone: Target information and other data can be sent by radio link to a smart phone. An app will soon be available to unlock these features.
New program No9 “HOT” : “Pro setting” this is a find everything program, based on the Full Tone audio mode with a very low discrimination. Hot is a very interactive program offering excellent feedback and target information.
New program No6 “DEEP”: “Pro setting” for locating deep targets, with moderate discrimination and specific signal processing.
Improved Non motion / static mode: Non motion modes are now more advanced offering better overall performance, with an improved sensitivity to small targets.
New processing : Faster processing power improves navigation and a range of other parameters. remote and headset battery life has slightly decreased to 18 and 20 hours respectively.
Normalization display is now a menu feature on the WS4 and WS5 headphones.
The headset volume is now stored when switched off.
The coil name in the coil menu have gone, the serial number is now used as the coil reference.
Erasing a coil from the list is done by replacing all characters with 0.
Audio tone can now be raised up to 993 hertz
The coil charging light is instantaneous, as soon as the clamp is attached the LED lights up.
Target Normalization mode is on by default (Normalization is not active with HF coils).

In this article let’s choose just one of the fantastic new features, the XY screen

The XY screen is an OSCILLOSCOPE DISPLAY:
Th XY has always been a Deus feature but it’s original form was for factory calibration, this new XY screen is far more advanced.
The XY screen provides a visual assistance and may improve the identification of difficult targets when combined with the audio sound.
For example: To aid the identification of targets that do not have a precise signature (some ferrous, cans …).
Here are some typical target signatures, however certain targets like bottle caps will have their very own target trace.

Choosing your graphic

Once is the graphic screen press the + or – keys to select your preferred graphic.
There are now 3 graphics to choose from- Once the XY profile has been selected it will become the default display.

The XY trace display magnification feature

The XY trace has 10 levels of adjustment, access this feature via the pin point button, simply press it for 2 seconds and you will see the Zoom function.
At the minimum setting a detected target will need to be quite strong to activate it….At the maximum setting the trace becomes very sensitive and may register EMI as a signal (image on lower right).
So try to find a zoom level that suits your requirements.


Deus program 9 Hot and Deus program 6 Deep.

We will have some technical video’s uploaded soon covering the XY screen in more depth.

Sonya strikes Gold with her XP Deus

Hi to everyone at XP… My name is Sonya I use an XP Deus and mostly hunt in the Huntingdon Region of Indiana.
I just wanted to let you know what your amazing machine helped me find recently.

I was out detecting in a field which showed an old home site on my 1866 map. I had been there several times with my AT Pro, and have found some neat relics including a few Indian Head pennies, but not much more in coins.
After upgrading to the Deus in October of last year,  roughly 3 months ago I  decided to go back in November to see if I had missed any deep targets.  On that day, I found another Indian Head, and 2 V nickels which was really impressive.
So eager to test the XP Deus some more I decided to go back again the next day, and guess what !! I found a BEAUTIFUL 1857 $1 gold coin!

So far this machine continues to amaze me with the way it finds!
I’ve only been detecting now for 15 months, 13 of those months have been with the AT Pro which got me 18 Indian Heads, a 2 cent coin, and a shield nickel.

So far, in 3 months with the Deus, I have found 6 Indian Heads, 2 V nickels, a shield nickel, a Large Cent, a Seated Dime, a Barber Dime, and of course my fantastic Gold coin.
I can’t say enough how pleased I am with this machine. I’m sure as I use it more and learn more about it’s wide range of options and features my finds and enjoyment will continue to increase.

I can’t wait to see what I find next!
Thank you for all you do at XP
Sonya

1857 Large Head Indian gold dollars.
The coins are are highly valued by coin hobbyists. These gold coins, designed by United States Mint Chief Engraver James B. Longacre, represent the third design type in the gold dollar coin denomination, which spanned from 1849 through to 1889.
As 1857 Large Head Indian Princess Gold Dollar measure just 15 millimetres wide, weigh in at only 1.672 grams, and contain a relatively small 0.04837 ounces of pure gold.

More Deus Gold from Denmark

I have had a great year detecting in Denmark with my XP Deus, with 3 items of pure gold, a German gold coin from 1483, a Viking gold pendant and a half gold arm ring from the Danish Iron age period.

This is a short story about my Viking Gold pendant


I was going through a very  low period with no good detecting  finds, so I was eventually  forced to change my search areas, after some enquiries I  got a permit to search a nearby field next to a old 11th century church.
My first plan of action was to hit the field with the Hot program as I had a good feeling about the place and wanted to know the hot spots and area’s of contamination. After less then a hour I had found a few coins dating back to 1275 and up, but suddenly I tagged a low sounding signal in the dry  ground, my initial thought were that’s foil for sure, a after a little digging I then stood with a lump of soil and could clearly see a gold colour in it, could it be?, surely not !….Bingo !

Yes finally my first Viking gold, from around 650 AD.

I am so impressed with the XP Deus I  bought a second one for my girl friend.

I just want to thank XP for a great machine.

Mikkel from Denmark

XP Deus user finds 3000 year old Tutulus

Bronze aged Tutulus unearthed after over 3000 years in darkness.

It was late September, 2016 I went out for a days metal detecting on a field I had been working with my XP Deus for several weeks.
The 12 acre corn field was surrounded by buildings, which was probably the reason for all the modern junk I found on previous trips.
On this particular day my hopes of finding anything good had sunk to an all time low, every target was either junk or a button from the 1800’s

After 2 hours I decided to head back towards my car, and true to form just like many other detecting stories I heard a beautiful signal, sometimes signals sound round and perfect, you just know it’s going to be something good.

The target ID hit around 80+ I dug about 12 cm into the gravelly earth to reveal a really strange looking object.
I was shaped like a mountain or round pyramid, on the outside the colour was very dark grey, almost black, on the inside was a chalky white.
This strange object was rather large, 3.3 cm tall and 3.3 cm at the widest point, and hollow in the middle. The outer edge was missing.
I really had no idea what it was.

During my drive home the item sat in the passenger seat, I was racking my brains trying to think what it could be, somewhere in my mind I could recall seeing something like this before….But where ?

When I got home I switched on my computer and searched the internet, these days you can get an answer for just about anything, it is a perfect tool for metal detecting information. I posted on a Facebook group and it was soon decided this is a rare Bronze Age Tutulus, possibly dating back 2000 years BC.
Over the next weeks I went back to the find spot and and 100 meters away found another piece of the Tutulus, the edge even matched.
The item was handed over to the archaeologists, it raised a lot of interest because the surface condition was so smooth.

2 months later, I found another piece, this time from the outer edge. There are still pieces from the outer edge missing, probably still in the field just waiting to be found.
I have searched this field before and after ploughing now.

The program I used was a simple to understand 2 tone, I like simplicity when using the XP Deus, sometimes a bleep dig program can be more effective than a complex custom setting. We are all different and like to hear different things. I strongly believe confidence in a program is a big part of success with the Deus, I always use a 2 tone program based around the GMP, program 2.
My special field is now named the ‘Tutulus field’, I am sure this area will reveal more interesting finds now I know the possibilities.

So what is a Tutulus ?
A Tutulus is not so much an item but an ancient stylistic shape, here are some examples.

The Tutulus shape can be seen throughout early times, most  Roman women’s hair styles were based around the Tutulus, also brooches and artefacts bear the same conical resemblance.

Could this be depicting the shape of an early round house ?

This is the simple 2 tone program I use it is called Gary’s Cold program

Load up the default Gold Maxx Power settings….Change
Discrimination…..6
Tones…2 tones >Tone 1 (202) Tone 2 (702)
Frequency….11.7
You can see how close to the factory pre sets these settings are, however small tweaks can make a big difference.

Steinar from Norway

Rare coin found in Norway

It was a Monday morning in the middle of April 2016, the weather in Norway was beautiful.

I woke up really early desperate to try out my new XP Deus metal detector.
I decided to pay a visit to a local permission, it was all grass and used for grazing animals. Over the years I have visited this farm with many different machines.

After a couple of hours I really started to understand the Deus and started to use different settings, it wasn’t long before I heard a really sweet high tone. I carefully cut a plug of grass and placed my pin pointer in the hole, at the bottom just appearing out of the dirt was a shiny object.


Yes Silver !! I screamed, I could see it was a pendant made out of an old coin…But what was it ?
I took some pictures using my phone and sent them to a good friend who is a coin expert, less than 2 minutes later he rang me with a lot of excitement in his voice.

Johann…Do you know what you have found !!!

I replied “An old coin but I don’t know how old”….He answered you have a Miliaresion, Constantine VII & Romanus  (913-959), and this is only the 6th coin of this type ever found in Norway.

Harald Hardrada was according saga tradition son of King Sigurd Syr Ringerike and Åsta Gudbrandsdatter, who also was St. Olaf’s mother. At the age of 15 Harald fought with his half-brother Olav at the battle of Stiklestad. After the battle he have fled to Gardarike and then on to Constantinople, where he worked for the Byzantine emperor in 1034.
For several years, Harald fought for the emperor in Sicily and Bulgaria, and eventually served as one of the emperor’s bodyguards. When he returned home to Norway, he had accumulated great wealth. On the return journey through Gardarike he married Grand Duke Jaroslav’s daughter EllisivSo.

The only way the pendant could have come to Norway is from Harald or one of his army who possibly dropped it passing through the small village of Ronglan.

  My head was in the clouds, still shaking with excitement I called my friends and family to tell them the good news,  the program I used on the day was Gary’s sifter program.
Johann

Only One Detector Could Hear This Coin Spill

XP Deus USA – This is my story about finding a deep coin spill.

THE LOCATION:

Greg and myself were invited to metal detect with a couple of friends (Dave and Joe) from Cameron County, Pennsylvania. I grew up there in a small town called Emporium. I travel back to that part of the state a couple of times a year to visit friends and family, go hunting, fishing, and of course, METAL DETECTING. It’s a beautiful part of the state nestled in the Allegheny mountains.

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During this trip, Dave had secured a permission for us to hunt that included a potential area where an old school once stood, an old hunting camp, and an old foundation possibly dating back to the late 1800s.

metal detecting location searching with the xp deus
EARLY FINDS:
At first, we all were finding loads modern brass bullets. We all came to the conclusion that a lot of shooting practice must have taken place at the hunting camp over its many years. In addition, we all dug a fair share of hunting camp trash (especially Greg).

Metal detectors on test
We did end up with some really nice relics which included Greg’s toy car, Dave’s pocket knife, Joe’s axe head, a few buckles, an old rail road key and much more.

  We all found a few coins which included Dave’s 1945 Mercury dime and Greg’s 2 Indian head pennies. But the coin spill really changed the day for me.

Metal detecting finds

HITTING THE COIN SPILL
Like I said, most of us dug a lot of bullets that day and because they contained brass, all of them sounded great. I also tuned up my “Audio Response” to 5 because I like to hear the faint deeps signals amplified and I’m glad I did on this particular day. I came across a good signal that sounded a lot like the other bullets we were digging. However, I wasn’t registering any VDI numbers so I knew it was deep.

After getting down to about 10 inches out popped a wheat penny. I was a little disappointed because I was hoping for an Indian head since the coin was really deep. I checked the hole again with my pin pointer and there was another signal and another coin. Then there was another coin and things began to get real interesting.

My coin spill with the XP Deus
I ended up pulling up 21 coins total from the same hole. It was my biggest coin spill ever. The coins ended up being all pennies but 5 of them were Indian head pennies.

1892 indian penny found with the Deus

The oldest one dating 1892. The rest were wheat pennies from the early 1900s but a great finds nevertheless.

old coin spill found with the XP Deus metal detector
MY DEUS SETTINGS:
The conditions were perfect for the XP Deus. The ground was wet, easy to dig, and almost no interference. The ground did have a lot of iron throughout the property but it wasn’t terribly bad. I set up the XP Deus with my favourite program called the MM314-12. I also have the MM314-4, MM314-8, and 18 respectfully. Each program is set up the same except the frequency which is represented by the last 2 numbers of the programs (listed above). I’ve been doing it this way to learn how some of the different frequencies react to the same target. If I feel I’m getting better results due to the ground conditions, I’ll switch programs to the one that best suits my area. Also, I really like using 5 tones and I set them up this way: (number on the left represents the tone frequency)
Tone 1 -100 0
Tone 2 – 100 0 > 28
Tone 3 –  496 28 > 60
Tone 4 – 603 60 > 77
Tone 5 – 800 77 > 99
My other settings include: Iron DISC = 0, Sensitivity = 93, Reactivity = 1, Silencer = -1 (sometimes 0). I had a difficult time ground balancing the Deus at first. I tried to manually set it by “pumping” but I couldn’t find a clean patch of ground so I ended up using “tracking” and watched the machine for a little while to see how it was tracking and then manually switched it to 81. I personally feel that you get a little more performance from setting up your ground balance manually if you can.

USA metal detecting finds
The XP Deus  and Depth.
I was super impressed with the depth I was getting on this particular site.
Sometimes I read  forums and hear people say that the Deus doesn’t go very deep – I totally disagree. It really depends on your conditions and how you have the machine set up.
On this day, 4 machines were being used. 2 AT Pros, 1 MXT, and my Deus. The other guys tried to locate the same coins I was hearing and none of their machines could hear the signals. Not even a small blip of signal could be heard by the other machines.
We were all pretty surprised and impressed with the XP and the depth it was picking up the coins. Clearly, the XP Deus had the advantage on this adventure.

You can watch adventure for yourself here :
Thanks for reading my report….Scott

Great story Scott…..Thanks for sharing.
The XP team.

XP Deus | Deep settings manual mode

XP Deus Deep settings
There are 2 question commonly asked by Deus owners:
What is the deepest program for the Deus?
How do I go deeper with the Deus?
I have based this article around these 2 questions they sound similar but are very different!

Part 1 What is the deepest program for the Deus?

Based on my experiences there is no single program to go deeper for everyone, there are too many factors to take into consideration.
A deep program may work on one persons land but may be very unstable on another’s. Some deep internet programs simply have higher sensitivity levels and the audio response turned up, this will not make the machine deeper, it will only boost the audio level on smaller targets and higher sensitivity levels can make an erratic operation.
Deep targets will sound small, so a smooth running machine is essential or you may miss a deep target thinking it is a false signal.

XP have designed 10 factory pre-set programs to give good performance and suit most world wide search scenarios…rest assured they are working on new adaptions all the time, your factory settings may very well require tweaking to enhance the performance on your site, or to make your detecting experience better suited for you.
Soil conditions and desired targets change all over the world, if you want a true deep program it must be designed for your site and most importantly your abilities.

Very soon in this article you will hear me mention the terms Auto Mode and Manual Mode, bear with me all will be explained.

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Hunting for deep targets with the XP Deus

Set up for your site
Before you decide to go out and hunt for deeper targets  perhaps it may be wise to ask yourself “what are my desired targets”, deep singular coins or deep hoards, as the machine may need to be set up in different ways.

As a rule of thumb site conditions dictate depth, mineralisation, heavy stones, iron contamination and regularly turned soil just to mention a few, can all greatly reduce a machines performance. Be aware that the target signal can change from good to bad in a matter of centimetres.
Suspicious signals are very often the result of ground consumption, as the target gets deeper, the ground saturation gets stronger and stronger until finally the target gives no response. Area’s with high mineralization will consume the target much quicker.
No matter what machine you are using, searching difficult soils very rarely yield deep targets – That’s my excuse anyway.

Quiet sites
Some sites may simply have no deep targets present…you cant find what’s not there!…however if I were to be searching for a buried hoard I think my best chances of success would be to start searching on a quiet site rather than a busy one.
Back in the day people would bury treasures somewhere quiet, not in the middle of a settlement, unless under the floor of a building I guess.

Deep Hoards
Some overseas detectorists only look for hoards and large treasures in remote area’s, they are not interested in small targets and do not care if the target is ferrous or non ferrous. They very often choose XP Deus settings that complement the larger coil. Popular settings are based around the All Metal or in case of mineralised conditions the Goldfield program, using the lower operating Frequency 4 kHz a slow Reactivity 1, Silencer at -1, and an accurate ground balance by using tracking or pumping.
Detecting in manual mode will always give a further advantage.

Small deep targets
Naturally small targets will never be found at great depths but they can be found at impressive depths using a higher frequency and manual mode.
This Gold coin was found by investigating a signal that I would normally ignore.

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Part 2 How do I go deeper with the Deus?

Let’s assume you have the best settings for your site and you are confident the machine is working to the best of your ability.
Note the key word here “Your ability”

So how are you going to play it ?,  like you normally do or are you going to try something different, remember you are specifically looking for deep targets, so what needs to be changed ?

I truly believe switching from Auto to Manual Mode will give you the desired results, many detectorists out there are using manual mode with great success, have you ever wondered why some people in your club or group are constantly getting good results….Because they are in manual mode.

What is Auto and Manual Mode and how do I find it in the Deus menu?
It’s not in the menu, it’s in your head and your attention to signal detail….9 times out of 10 when I run a Deus 1 to 1 session the clients are in Auto mode, they don’t realise it because that’s all they know.
By the end of the session they are all in Manual Mode this is because they have been shown and understand the grey area’s of the Deus audio signature, and have a vastly improved search sweep. Everyone has the ability it’s simply learning the Deus language and exercising a little patience while searching.

Not all detectors talk the same language, I truly believe the Deus is in a class of it’s own.  I think it is so sensitive to small changes in soil and target composition, it reflects in the audio sound. This is not a bad thing, but to get the best out of your machine it requires a little understanding.

Let’s take a modern digital camera, most have 2 modes Auto and Manual, personally I can not take a good picture unless it’s in Auto, there’s no shame in that, its how I get the best results. However I know if I took time to learn the camera and then used the manual mode my pictures would be far superior.
The difference between Auto and Manual mode is your state of mind, the question is how far are you prepared to go? The more you put into the Deus the more you will get out of it.

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In the field
Lets assume you are new to the Deus or just prefer an easy day, the factory pre-set Basic 1 offers a good choice, feedback is limited but it’s a great beep-dig program and fun to use. Because it utilises a higher discrimination with no iron tone the user is only drawn toward digging good sounding targets.

The Deus Grey area

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The Deus has what I call a grey area,  this the point where the target is neither good nor bad and more often than not this gives the deep target signature, Some describe it as a junk signal, I like to describe it as an audio question mark, all fields are full of audio question marks !

It is probably not a good idea trying to investigate loud suspicious signals, they will most probably be iron, providing you have the Audio Response set correctly the smaller deeper targets will be very obvious by the softer sound, 3 or 4 are popular settings.

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Good signals are good, Iron signals are bad, anyone can deal with those, but it takes extra patience and skill to deal with the suspicious signals. And this is where learning your machine is vital!

Using a more dynamic program, such as Program 3 (Deus Fast) and changing to Full Tone with 0 discrimination, can increase the feedback from the machine and those grey question mark area’s will be far more noticeable.
For those who prefer a single tone, Deus Fast and simply switching to Pitch mode does a pretty good job.

Manual Mode is a real confidence method and you will need patience, OK you will get caught out on a few pieces of deep iron, but I guarantee once mastered you will find good targets at impressive depths.
Article first published in the Searcher magazine

Understanding deep targets video

XP Deus understanding deep targets | VIDEO

This video shows how easily the ground can contaminate a good target.
As the target becomes saturated by the ground, the iron tone creeps in.

This is why using the Audio response is so important, if you can hear a target is deep, you can then better evaluate whether to dig or not to dig.
The XP Deus is a very sensitive and deep metal detector in the right hands, be brave and investigate suspicious signals if they are quiet.

Keep a look out for latest XP videos

Recovering lost items with the XP Deus

Lost necklace and pendant an easy task for the Deus

First of all we would like to thank the people at  Renesse South West Beach Pavilion for passing my information to clients, we offer a free search service and have had some great success over the years.

My story starts with a call from a desperate lady whose daughter lost a sentimental necklace with pendant in the dry sand, this was going to be a challenge, as there was no chain, it was a rope with a gemstone attached. The owner had informed me behind the gem stone was a very small iron ring, this meant my search must be made in all metal with no discrimination.
Thankfully some photos were taken on the day showing  the exact  location where the necklace had been lost , I headed towards the sandy area with my machine.

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I use several different types of metal detectors based on where the lost Items are located, I always like to use the XP Deus for these dry beach hunts as it is so versatile.

With a press of a button you can make fast changes, and with the ability to further customise your own programs it makes a great tool for the job.
After digging 56 beer caps and 11 pull taps I felt I needed to change tactics.

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I needed to Reduce my search area

Convinced the area I was searching was exactly where the owner was sat in the picture, but my gut feeling was telling me it was wrong.
My feeling was telling me to work further downwards.

Even as children we are always told you must always listen to your inner feelings, I am really glad I did because pretty quickly after the switch of location I received a really good solid signal.
Gotcha !!!, I thought …damn,  it wasn’t the necklace, it was a Gold  wedding ring, great find but we weren’t  looking for that.
Another 4 paces further and a I got a solid low iron tone, and for some really strange reason I knew this was it, my heart rate suddenly sat in my throat and I had goose bumps everywhere and sure enough it was the lost pendant.
How can feelings be so strong ?, this was a real spooky experience but an education.

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When I got back from the beach I called to the owners, they came over straight away on their bicycles. When they saw the Gem they were overjoyed and thanked me very much.
They wanted to give me way too much money although I couldn’t accept it. Payment is always nice but emotion is often more valuable than money.

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The owner told me the necklace was a birthday gift from her adopted daughter, it was very special and held lots of emotional value.

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Super happy with my day, my next task was to try to locate the owner of the wedding ring.
And thanks to some internet searches it only took a few hours to re unite the ring with another happy  owner.
Martin from the Netherlands
https://www.gevonden-verloren.nl/

DJ Laan detecting day Netherlands

DJ Laan detecting day Netherlands
I was honoured to be invited to a metal detecting event in the Netherlands , I wanted  to see how events were organised overseas compared to the UK.
When I was told the main event was 2 token hunts, I had my concerns based on what I know the English detectorists would say about such an event.
Would a token hunt generate enough interest ?
Dirk Jan owner of  DJ Laan assured me that this was also a social event and a chance to meet fellow detectorists.

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The Flight from Heathrow was only 45 minutes, more time was spent with the UK customs officers explaining the new XP pin pointer was not a Taser gun but a hand held metal detector, if anyone is travelling overseas with a detector it’s always worth bringing a magazine with you… it helps.
On the other side Dutch customs were a little more forgiving, at passport control the officer looked up and asked where I was going, I replied “I don’t know and if I did know I probably couldn’t pronounce it”. He gave me my passport back and waved me on my way.
Thankfully Mathijs was outside to collect me.

Who are DJ Laan ?

DJ Laan NL are a specialist metal detector shop owned and run by a father and son team, Dirk Jan  and Mathijs. The shop has been trading since 1980 and has a very large customer base.  I visited the shop in the beautiful town of Hippolytushoef,  and have to say I was very impressed with the attention to detail,  it was nice and spacious and well equipped with all makes of machines, artefact displays and metal detecting accessories. A real Aladdin’s cave for the detectorist.
Dirk Jan and Mathijs wanted to organise an event at the Schoonhoven in a town called  Hollandscheveld in the region of Hoogeveen, to say thank you to existing customers and welcome new prospective ones, which I thought was a very nice gesture.

The XP Marshall’s and organisers

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THE EVENT

The event was ticket only and limited to 250 people, behind the scenes Roy Hutters and his team worked very hard, Roy is a very good friend of the shop and respected member of the Dutch detecting world.
The tickets sold out very quickly even though it was a token hunt…which says a lot about the enthusiasm and loyalty of the Dutch detectorists.
The day started very early in the morning, it was a long drive to the event, the stands had to be set up and marshals needed to be briefed.
I have to say the event organisers and marshals did a fantastic job, everything went like clockwork, I know what stress it can be after recently co organising the XP rally.
DJ Laan’s stand was the main attraction in the hall which comprised of a bar and a very civilised restaurant area overlooking the lake and breath-taking scenery.
Mathijs and myself spent most of the morning talking to people about the new XP products, while Dad Dirk Jan talked to customers and took orders, it was a really busy event with lots of positive energy and high spirits.

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Metal Detecting

The day consisted of a morning and afternoon token hunt, 500 tokens were buried.
Once found the tokens were exchanged for raffle tickets and then entered into  the main prize draw.
The first prize was an XP Deus.

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I found the whole day very uplifting and overwhelmed by the amount of XP Deus users who attended, the comradery between the Dutch detectorists was something to behold.
DJ. Laan XP sponsored detecting day group picture.

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The Dutch hospitality

Well what can I say about the Dutch hospitality, It was second to none, I really enjoyed their company, the Dutch are truly fantastic people and ambassadors for our hobby.

What are my thoughts about token hunts now ?

I’m converted !! Everyone enjoyed the event and it proved to me that metal detecting rallies are not just about finding the best treasure, they are about being a part of a thriving community, throw in some drink and good food and you have it made.,

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The young man who won the first prize was congratulated by everyone, you could see by his face he was utterly speechless and in a state of shock.
I missed the other prizes because of my flight times and it was a 170Km drive back to Schiphol airport (Thanks again Mathijs).
I would like to thanks everyone who attended the event for your hospitality and for supporting our products. We are very much looking forward to next years event…..
Gary Blackwell

The XP Deus makes old metal detecting sites new again

Its been over 2 years since I acquired permission to detect a  piece of property that dates back to 1817. At first, the property seemed to produce some really nice relics and coins from the 1800’s but over time, those rich grounds started to dry up and my headphones went quiet.

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I spent 2 years detecting every inch of the property and included the use of flags to “grid off”  highly productive patches, just to try and get the maximum potential out of my search. I was just about ready to close the book on the property when a friend introduced me to the XP Deus.

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It happened last fall when four of us were detecting in the mountains of Northern Pennsylvania. Three of us were using the AT Pros but my friend was using the XP Deus .We were all hunting an old logging area dating back to the early 1900’s.

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The ground was iron infested.  I didn’t find much except a few axe heads and iron scrap but I was happy with those items.Then my friend dug a coin right next to where I was digging. I couldn’t hear it with my machine, but he could with the XP. He ended up finding 3 more coins that day while the rest of us found none. His ability to hear targets in the iron infested ground sparked my interest in the Deus. I spent the rest of the winter researching the XP and finally pulled the trigger and purchased the Dues in April of 2016.

Learning the XP Deus

I spent the better part of spring and summer really trying to figure out what I liked most about the XP Deus and what settings worked well in my conditions.
Out of the box, the Deus was easy to use but once I started figuring out how the “Reactivity” and “Silencer” settings worked is when things really started to make sense and the quantity and quality of my finds began to change.

After spending several weeks metal detecting in parks and playgrounds, I decided to take the XP Deus back to previous permissions, sites that I thought had been hunted out with the AT Pro. One of the first places I started to re trace my tracks was back at the 1817 property. It didn’t take long before I began finding some amazing coins. These were targets that I had clearly missed over the last 2 years. There was no doubt in my mind the Deus was finding targets that were laying in iron and next to trash in this badly infested ground. The target separation of the Deus  gives the user a big advantage, now I own and use this machine I don’t believe there is such a thing as previously hunted out grounds, so now I have started to hunt them all over again.

Since I’ve returned to the 1817 permission I’ve made some incredible finds. Some of my best coins include an 1864 Abraham Lincoln/Andrew Johnson presidential token.

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An 1851 three cent piece

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An 1828 Liberty Cent

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And my oldest coin to date, a 1723 King George I half penny.

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Having some patients is key. There can be a bit of a learning curve but I I’m a big believer in the machine simply because I have personally witnessed some amazing discoveries made with this machine.
My Program to detect in trashy and iron invested grounds.

I have a really great program that uses, 4, 8, 12, and 18 kHz. I usually start detecting the property in 12 kHz and once i think I’ve covered most of the grounds, I’ll hit it again using a different frequency and so on. I have had the best luck using 12 kHz. Included below are the settings I have been using at the 1817 permission:

My preferred settings
  1. Ground Balance: I manually ground balance using the pumping technique. I will do this when I see the ground conditions change or the machine becomes a little unstable. For this permission the front yard balances at 84 while the backyard balances at 72.
  2. Discrimination: I don’t use any. I like to hear everything.
  3. Reactivity (R) and Silencer (S) : R= (1) or (2) and S=(-1) but sometimes I do bump it up to (0)
  4. Audio Response: I like to use (5). I like to hear the faint deeps signals amplified.
  5. Transmitting Power: I usually stay at (2). I have messed with (3) but I think the machine is a little more stable at (2) for this program.
  6. Sensitivity: I always start at (99) but back down until the machine quiets down somewhere around (93-96). It will depend on the ground conditions. Sometimes I’ve had to tune it down to (87) .
  7. I use 5 Tones: This is how I have the tones broken out. These will give you the iron growl with good mid tones and great high tones for silver and copper coins (The number on the left is the tone frequency)

Tone 1 -100 0

Tone 2 – 100 0 > 28

Tone 3 –  496 28 > 60

Tone 4 – 603 60 > 77

Tone 5 – 800 77 > 99

  1. Notch Discrimination: I don’t use any.

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Thanks for reading my article.
Scott

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