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Decembers competition is for the best caption, as you can see Finlay the Retriever is a real star, he even has his own Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/finlayretriever/

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All you have to do is sign up to be a member of the XP Classroom this will allow you to enter your caption into the comments section.

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The best caption will be announced 26th December 2016, the prize is an XP T-shirt and Baseball Cap.

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The XP Deus Group Training Day

I was contacted by Liam Nolan from the MDF forum and I asked if it would be possible to hold an XP Training day for his forum members
I didn’t need much persuading as the chance of meeting new XP Deus users and talking about their feedback is something I never turn down, plus the chance to make some money for my charity made it worth driving 150 miles each way.

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I arrived the night before and met up with some of the dig members, the hospitality was great and I can’t thank them enough for making me feel very welcome, I could tell straight away that this club had a good solid foundation with really good people working behind the scenes. Nigel from Regton turned up just in time for dinner and we all sat around talking detecting.
The next morning we headed off to the dig venue to be greeted again by some of the team, half smiles appeared from wind-swept faces, with hoods up, tightly gripping cups of tea, my initial thoughts were “This could go 2 ways” depending on the weather.

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The day started with heavy wind and heavy rain forecast for later in the day, thankfully it held off until late afternoon, we had a great day and met some wonderful people who are a real credit to the hobby.

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The XP Deus training event went very well , the very next day we started receiving positive feedback from those who attended. We look forward to more future training days.

Thanks to Liam and the MDF forum members for making us feel very welcome, we raised £350.00 for Macmillan.

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The new XP factory is finished

XP are pleased to announce the new factory extension is now finished

XP Metal Detectors very quickly out grew their original premises due to high customer demand.
The new building is based in the beautiful city of Castanet-Tolosan.
The city of Castanet-Tolosan is located in the department of Haute-Garonne of the french Midi-Pyrénées region
The new building looks fantastic and will house some very exciting future projects along with the very latest metal detector production line technology.
As many people know the new XP Version 4 update is just around the corner along with some exciting new products, the future is looking very busy for XP.

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XP Deus finds Celtic coins

A day of dreams with my XP Deus

To say I was excited was an understatement, I had found my very first Celtic stater (albeit a contemporary forgery) on a new permission as well as a really nice quinarius of Emperor Allectus along with a few other Roman bits and pieces. The story picks up with my second visit to the farm.

It’s was quite a drive to the permission from my home so I was up early to make the most of my day. On arriving at the farm I was somewhat dismayed to see the gates to the fields locked, the farmer appeared and told me that the bottom of the lane had flooded so not to take my car down there. So, my first job was a 1 mile walk with all my kit !

As I got closer to the fields I had a choice of three fields to go at, at this point it would have been easy to just go straight to the field where I had found my stater last week, but I needed to start on the other fields at some point so with the help of a very technical method (eenie-meenie-minie-mo!!!) I selected my field. As it happened it was the stater field anyway!!

I carried on around the track to take me to the top end of the field where I wanted to start. I hung my backpack off a tree and got ready to go, the first few signals were the usual junk we pick up, 2 shotties, and a bit of non-ferrous scrap. This continued for the next half hour as I worked my way around to a bend in the hedgerow.

The next signal was unmissable, my XP Deus sung out loud and solid

I stuck in the spade and heaved a clump out, quick sweep and the target was in the clod. Out with the probe and within seconds my first coin was in my hand…. A lovely Trajan Denarius shining back at me! Now that is not a bad start in anyone’s book! I admired it for a few seconds and tucked it safely away into my finds box.

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Unbelievably two more steps and the Deus is singing to me again, a slightly higher tone this time so I’m thinking copper coinage. Sure enough after a quick dig a George III half penny is in my hand. This was quickly followed by another one in close proximity, so I’m thinking a mini Georgian pocket spill has occurred at some point in time. Both these coppers were in very good condition as opposed to the usual blank disc which is always a bonus.

I had a quiet few minutes as I worked around the corner of the field and decided it was time to stop to answer nature’s call! Job done and zipped back up I turned around and started swinging again, after two sweeps another ear bashing signal came through so I was guessing another copper coin. In actual fact it turns out to be a nice lead brooch/mount and I am presuming Roman in age.

Next signal was one of those “do I don’t I” sort of ones, from one side it was pretty good but from the other side almost nothing. I’m glad I dug it because after a couple of minutes probing around I had a lovely little buckle in my hand complete with its pin. No wonder the signal had been scratchy this thing was tiny!

The next few signals were a selection of Roman grots and even the odd minim thrown in for good measure. The signals on the minims were as you’d expect very quiet but good enough to dig. I had never found one before and was amazed by how tiny they actually were, but some detail could still be made out on them showing tiny radiate heads.

I checked my GPS to see what sort of tracks I was making and decided I would do one more stubble free row before turning back to where the majority of my finds had been showing up. I walked a few steps over some un-detectable stubble until I found another combine-flattened row I could get a clear swing in.

XP Deus finds haul

After a few paces I had another scratchy signal, I was pleased to see a small broken fibula in the clod I thought I was walking away from signs of habitation so the XP Deus gave me more and more confidence. A bit further on I had yet another minim so from never having found one before I now had four in total….I love this machine !

Now in true metal detecting story style

I was getting to the end of the run and about to turn around when I had a proper ear splitter of a signal it was giving the indication of being right on top so I went straight in with the probe. Sure enough the probe sounded
off as soon as it hit the soil so I gently lifted a bit of soil with my hand trowel. Probe back in and I’m right on it, a glimpse of gold!! Could it be?? At first when I lifted it out I thought it was a button, but as I turned it over I realised… this was another stater. It looked more golden than the bronze cored one I had found previously, most of the gold plate had fallen off that one, but it still had a bit of “rot” on it which in my head I knew meant it was another bronze core contemporary forgery, but still, what an amazing find! I took a minute to gently pick the dirt out of the detail and I could see the abstract shape of the horse, I was buzzing and shaking like a leaf! I put it securely away in my finds box and gathered my thoughts to set off again.

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With more enthusiasm than ever before I decided to do the entire row before doing an about turn and coming back down the next clear row. I had done maybe 20 paces when I got a great signal just in the first cut of stubble, I flattened the stubble down a bit with my boot to try the signal from another angle and it was really sweet. In went the spade and I took a clump out, stuck the probe on the outside and it’s bang in the middle. I picked the clump up and it fell in two pieces, I rotated the piece still in my hand to use the probe on it, but I didn’t need to. There sticking out of the side of the clod was the sweetest sight any detectorist wants to see… this was no forgery, this was undeniably the real deal!

I gently picked out the stater and it looked as good as the day it was minted! I could immediately tell it was heavier than the 2 bronze core ones I had found and the edges bore the tell-tale splitting of those ancient hammer blows. I would love to tell you I danced like a lunatic and howled in excitement, but to be honest I fell onto my backside and just sat staring at it in my hand. I don’t know how long I did that for, I was in a bit of a haze if I’m honest and time was against me as I had to collect my daughter from her Aunt’s house. Eventually I got up, filled in my hole and put the coin in my box.

I only had 20 minutes left, but couldn’t really concentrate on swinging the coil, all I could think about was what had just surfaced and was now in my finds box. I even managed to pull up another brooch but it was all a bit of a blur.

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The mile back to the car was surprisingly easy, there was a definite spring in my step despite me having been in the field for 6 hours. The farmer was stood talking to one of his workers when I appeared back, “any good?” he asked. “Aye, not too bad to be honest” I replied. I showed him my finds and he was fascinated with what I was showing him and telling him. “All that is under my feet?” he asked, “well I’ll be buggered!” Classic farmer comment if ever I heard it!

This is my fourth year of detecting and my first season with the XP Deus. I doubt I will ever have another day like this one, but I will try my best! When I detect any fields I name them on Google Earth on my laptop, they have various names like “button field” and “Eddy field”, this one I have called “Field of Dreams” and I hope there are more to come, I’m sure there will be now I have the XP Deus !
By Chris B …Oscar 6972 on Garys detecting Forum

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Sign up for our free quarterly XP newsletter…All you have to do is send an e mail to : xpcompetition@gmail.com  with the words xpnews in the subject box and you will be entered into our prize draw.
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1st prize is a signed copy of the shortcross legends book by Gerry Slevin worth £39.00
This is the only book you will ever need it is written in such a simple way making an ID of English Voided Short Cross Coins is easy for beginners to the most experienced. This book give’s precise information including the Moneyer that was responsible for coins bearing his name, along with the name of the mint he worked at, circa 1180-1247 Making it more accurate to ID, King, Class, Date plus both Spink and North numbers for cross reference in the fastest possible time by using special written fonts to give a true reflection of the lettering and punctuation marks on each coin So it really is a case of what you see on the coin is what you see in the book.

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2nd prize is a top quality XP polo shirt plus a baseball cap

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3rd Prize is 2 XP baseball caps

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The prize draw will be selected at random and take place on December 15th 2016

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XP Deus Lite Pairing Coils

Pairing XP Deus search coils…what does it mean ?

At some point you may want to take advantage of the excellent after market coils XP Metal Detectors have to offer, in order for your machine to work with a new coil you will have to pair it with the headphones.
This is a simple procedure and will only ned to be done once. Basically you are asking the coil and headphones to talk to each other.

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Pairing is done by following this simple procedure.
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XP Charity dig report

Once again our small metal detecting club raised another £150 for Macmillan cancer research,today’s charity dig was restricted to 15 XP club members

For only a small amount of people the finds rate conversion was fantastic, some Roman and hammered coins came up in nice condition the XP metal detectors worked really well on the sandy soil near to the River Thames.

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The soil conditions provged to be quite difficult, one side of the field had very bad iron contamination and the other side had no iron but very sandy.
The Deus gave a lot of feedback, you could hear when the soil conditions changed.
The two popular programs today were the Fast site and the popular Hot program.

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Here is just a very small selection of our finds
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A fantastic day’s metal detecting with the Deus and thanks to all who contributed to this great charity

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Lidar Mapping

Lidar mapping has been around for many years,  it will appeal to many metal detectorists as it is now becoming a very important method of unlocking hidden parts of our history, Lidar is an aerial mapping technology in which laser beams are reflected from the earths surface to an overflying aircraft equipped with on-board GPS and IMU sensors. After analysis the acquired data determines the precise elevation and location of terrestrial objects and man-made features.

 LiDAR is an accurate and effective method for creating three-dimensional topographical aerial maps and highly accurate surveys

LD1LIDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging,

LIDAR systems allow scientists and mapping professionals to examine both natural and manmade environments with pin point precision, and can help make digital elevation models for use in geographical information systems, to assist in emergency response teams, mapping, archaeology and in many other applications.

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English Heritage (now Historic England) recognised the potential for lidar to record very slight earthwork remains and contracted the Environment Agency Geomatics Group to fly a survey of Stonehenge
Since then they have worked with a number of lidar providers looking at different areas of the country with extreme levels of success.
Here is the link
Historic England and Lidar mapping

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Lidar is going to be the future of metal detecting research

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XP Deus lite saving programs

If you are using the XP Deus Lite version 3.2 with the headphones you can easily save your favourite programs into the spare memory slots, are you using your XP Deus Lite to it’s full potential ?.
The Deus WS4 and WS5 offers great performance as standard, by making custom changes you can take your machine to another level.
Follow this link to find out how to do it :
Saving your new settings using the XP Deus Lite (Deus Ws4, Deus Ws5)

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XP Deus advanced settings

If you want to make settings very close to Gary’s hot program, load up the factory Deus Fast and change :
Tones : Full
Discrimination : 0, for Hot 5 use discrimination 5
Iron volume : 0

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We raised £150 for Macmillan

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We had another XP sponsored metal detecting dig today and raised £150 for Macmillan cancer research

xp-macmillan-dig-nigel15 attended our small metal detecting get together and some nice finds were made, mainly hammered coins.

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It was good to see Nigel from Regton an a social basis rather than business.

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Great company and a pleasure to raise money for such a worth while cause.
Land owners if you can offer some land we would love to raise some more money with your help.

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XP official home page

XP Metal Detectors 8 rue du développement, ZI de VIC31320 CASTANET-TOLOSAN FRANCE.

www.xpmetaldetectors.com

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