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.
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.
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.
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.
An 1851 three cent piece
An 1828 Liberty Cent
And my oldest coin to date, a 1723 King George I half penny.
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
- 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.
- Discrimination: I don’t use any. I like to hear everything.
- Reactivity (R) and Silencer (S) : R= (1) or (2) and S=(-1) but sometimes I do bump it up to (0)
- Audio Response: I like to use (5). I like to hear the faint deeps signals amplified.
- 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.
- 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) .
- 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
- Notch Discrimination: I don’t use any.
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