Owning an XP Deus in Australia, The first month of detecting with my new deus metal detector has been interesting for a lot of reasons.
I have to start with this as before you open any new metal detector you have to at first handle the Box.
Removing the box from the main carton I immediately thought there was a problem, well 2 problems actually.
The box was light! This lead me to instantly think that the box I had in my hand was missing something, like maybe a metal detector.
The second moment of panic was when I turned the box on it’s back there was a rattle inside. Just a small one but something in the box was moving around.
So I stood there for just a few seconds thinking that it would be my luck to get the only half empty Deus box in History, that contained broken bits of whatever parts had made it in.
Opening the box I could see straight away that the stem had made it in, It was folded up and seemed so small. I took out the manual and Immediately saw the remote control Unit tucked away nicely. Then there was a bag with all the bits to put the deus together. Turns out the bits are 2 coil assembly bolts, a hip mount case, usb cable, arm band, charge clip for the coil and a set of WS4 Foam covers.
Then a small black Hardcase turned out be the WS4 backphones.
So I had a stem, a remote some headphones, a manual and the bits to put the thing together. But I could NOT see a coil!
After a second or two I found the coil tucked underneath everything else under a kind of false floor arrangement.
It was all, there! Happy days.
After emptying the box out, I found that the rattle was caused by a little plastic cover that goes over the mounting for the remote control on the stem. It covers the mount when you’re not using the remote connected to your detector.
Putting the deus together was pretty easy, all I had to do was bolt on the coil to the lower stem using the hardware provided. It was nice to see a spare set of hardware in the accessories bag so I was covered if I broke the first one.
Charging the units (WS4, Remote, and coil) was very easy as all three can be done from the one cable, It splits into three ports. It took around 1.5 hours to fully charge all three components as there was some charge in the battery already.
Starting up was very easy and as everyone does I hit the backyard to turn the Deus on for the first time as a metal detector and not just out of curiosity.
The Kit comes fully paired up, which means that the coil, remote and WS4 are all talking to each other and getting along famously. Nothing to do once it’s on other than to start swinging.
It was in basic program by default so I thought that will do and started to swing around the clothesline. Now I had no idea what VDI Numbers to look for or what tones to listen out for. I just wanted it to make a noise of some kind. Some previous study had helped, but with anew detector I quickly forget that in my enthusiasm.
Got a few scratchy sounds from the Deus and then it made a high-sounding tone that was a little faint but very clear. The 90 Degree turn technique provided a repeating signal. The VDI Number was fluctuating between 80,81 and 82.
I did struggle to pinpoint this off the tip of the coil. I had a pretty good idea of the location and the TRX wasn’t picking up the signal yet.
As it was my yard I just dug a semi bomb crater with no regard to the lawn or my wife’s attitude towards me sinking mine shafts around the yard.
About 4 Inches down I got out the TRX again and started to check the hole. The trx picked up the signal pretty quick but disappeared at the bottom of the hole. A certain sign it is on the side somewhere. A few ratchets later and there it was. a $2 coin standing on its edge in the side of the hole.
STOKED! The first thing I had found with my New XP deus was a $2 coin and not some bit of random trash or a busted peg.
More searching around the clothes line was fruitless with just a few bits of deep iron and a couple of bits of trash I had left there on previous swings with the 705.
My First Park Hunt with a Deus was a complete and Utter Horror story.
I hit the Skate park and as it so trashy I swung through the trash and all the tones where blending together, there where plenty of targets I just could NOT separate them or decide what to dig. The audio assault was incredible and after less than an hour I headed home with no decent finds.
Back to the manual and I discovered that Reactivity was set way to low. I had deliberately lowered the reactivity and sensitivity to try and dumb the Deus down a bit. I was wrong.
I should have increased the Reactivity to give me better target separation and sharper tones.
Back to the Park and the signals where much easier to separate and find, But I mostly dug trash with just a few small denomination coins.
I was little disappointed to say the least and back into study I went.
Te Beach was the next spot to try the Deus on and I headed to the main beach for a try. Started on Dry Beach mode and had to lower sensitivity and reactivity to quieten the Deus down. I dug a few bits of trash and then got quite a strong but quiet signal. It repeated with a turn so I started digging.
The TRX was giving me nothing but the tone kept up as the sand was removed. Finally with the entire TRX in the hole it made a sound. 2 more inches and I had it. An Australian 20 cent piece that was way down. I was amazed at how deep it was and had convinced myself I was digging something big and deep.
Now the WET Beach was a Challenge as the deus went maniac on me on Dry beach settings. I set it to WET BEACH and lowered the ground balance, reactivity to 0 and sensitivity down to 70. This silenced the Deus up a bit but it was still quite chatty.
I honestly struggled and changed too many things too fast, creating confusion so I headed home with my few finds and some satisfaction about the deep beach coin.
Next month I have a beach program that is working very well for me. I’ll refine it and make the settings available then.
Over the next few weeks I spent most of my time in Newcastle NSW and was spoiled with some very soft ground and expansive hunting areas including parks and beaches.
I spent about 20-25 hours with the Deus and had some excellent success. I did dig a lot of trash as you will see below but I dug some seriously nicer treasure as well.
Back Home I have been really working on my technique and learning the XP Deus functions and HOW they affect the way Deus reacts to certain targets in certain areas.
I have really changed the way I hunt to specifically hunt for a particular target in any given area and setting the Deus to suit.
If I want to target coins I set up for coins and either ignore or “notch out” the mid range targets.
If I want Gold rings I do the opposite and notch out all the bottle caps and twist tops that are not GOLD RINGS. Yes you dig way too many pull tabs when ring searching but that is the way of it.
The Deus actually has different VDI depending on the type of gold and size of the ring. they are very different and you are able to set the Deus to have different tones for each of the targets you’re looking for.
Yes I am still very new to the Deus but I have put in about 50 -60 hours now in short bursts and with a specific learning goal in mind. The quest is for knowledge of the machine and the finds are just a bonus at the moment.
Where the Deus shines is the complete lack of weight. it’s under a Kilo and there is ZERO Fatigue. I get more tired digging the holes than swinging the detector.
The target separation is simply INSANE. It allows you to cut through the undesirable targets and locate the good stuff.
A recent experiment on a very trashy hill was a complete success as I cut through all the pull tabs and targeted the high tones. I did dig a fair few old screw top bottle caps But managed about 10 1 and 2 cent pieces from an area 20 metres by 4 swings wide.
The High Tones from the coins where very clear and where so easy to pick out from all the other signals. I was super happy to have that ability and am looking forward to searching some known Pre-dec ground.
Owning a Deus is great and the detector certainly does not lack any power or detecting ability. in My case it is the Detectorist that lacks the skill. But as I use it more and More I am getting to love it. The way it folds for storage and transport is awesome and I can always get it in the car with the family. The 705 was a pain to fold up and quite often stayed at home on family gatherings.
NOT the XP deus it goes everywhere.
Next Month I will tell you more about settings for the DEUS and some of the program mods I have made with success. I’ll also let you know all the stuff I did wrong and that may save you some time.
Take care and happy Hunting.