Deus Settings and programs, the 2 most asked about topics concerning the XP Deus metal detector, not only in Australia but the world.
Having used the XP Deus metal detector in a LOT of varied conditions in Australia I can confidently say one thing. The settings that work in one location do not often work in another.
Now to give you some idea I have hunted Beaches from Yeppoon in Queensland down to Batemans Bay in NSW and every single one is different.
The Main Beach in Yeppoon is very mineralised and has hundreds of tiny bits of copper and iron from the boat builders years ago it is a BEAST to detect and often I come away very disappointed with my results. That beach requires quite a few adjustments to settle Deus down, But the treasure I get from there is awesome and although good finds are few and far between they are worth it.
The next beach south is exactly the opposite and I can hunt that beach with ease, using just the WET BEACH or DRY BEACH program pretty much in factory pre-set.
Parks are no different and things like fertiliser even make a difference to the soil chemistry and therefore conductivity. Not to mention the other things like soil composition, moisture levels, trash levels etc etc that affect the way your detector works.
So I here you ask what are the best settings to use on the XP deus in Australia?
The best settings are the ones that work for you in your area. Plain and simple.
What you need to do is learn about the 10 Factory programs. Look in the manual at the back and the settings are all set out for you so you can compare. Take a look at each of the settings and you see that the programs are very different from each other.
These factory programs have been provided to give you the widest range of BASE programs to start with. You can then Tweak each of these for your conditions and hunting Style on that particular day.
You see every program that XP Deus has built in was designed for a particular scenario, it’s just a matter of selecting the one closest to your hunting style for that day then tweaking it.
The next thing you need to learn is what settings adjustments do to your machine. Learn what reactivity actually is and how it relates to TX power. Learn how sensitivity affects depth very little if your other settings are correct. Learn what differences audio response make and how different frequencies work.
For example, if your looking for DEEP coins then you don’t want to use the Deus FAST program or and modifications of it. Deus FAST was never designed for maximum depth it was designed for maximum separation of shallow targets. So when your looking for deep coins a program like RELIC is more suited. The settings of RELIC are designed to give you more depth by using a slower recovery speed while also adding some power.
Still many people go to the Deus fast program or the HOT program (a variation of the Fast setting) and are disappointed with losing some depth. Remember use a program to suit your style and the conditions on that particular day.
Frequency is another factor in gaining depth. the tendency is to go for the Higher frequency 18khz and I would say most Deus users are using this frequency. Better results are achieved with 8 and even 4 khz on DEEP High conductivity targets.
Remember LOW Frequencies like HIGH Conductors and HIGH Frequencies like LOW Conductors. That’s why gold detectors run such high frequencies, gold is a pretty low conductor compared to a silver or copper coin.
Don’t rule out those lower frequencies, they are excellent, and if your looking for max depth should be used a lot more than your using them now.
The basic fact is this, Other people’s programs may not work in your area and your programs may not work in theirs.
Our Hunting areas are as unique and varied as you can get and so are the programs and settings XP Deus users are using in their particular areas.
Most experienced Deus users have a few programs that they go to straight away when they get to a new area. After trying one or 2 of these they then make the necessary changes, if they are needed, and get on hunting.
The Newer user of the deus spends a lot of time changing settings and often trying to reprogram a factory pre-set into something it was never meant to do.
I can fully support the use of the XP Deus HOT and COLD Programs programs on the deus, they are excellent starting points for most hunts.
But you really need to get into the manual and look at the different programs and their settings. Look at WHY the settings are different and what changes each of those settings makes to the detector.
You really need to learn the relationship of each setting with the detector as quite often you may find yourself changing the wrong thing.
My biggest tip is to use FULL Tones when you can. It gives you an appreciation of different targets and it really unlocks the Deus’s ability to separate trash from treasure. It is confusing at first, but once you get used to it the information you get back is incredible and you can make rapid decisions on whether or not to dig.
Please don’t get caught up looking for programs for hours to use on your Deus. Spend that time developing your own settings by modifying the factory programs to suit your conditions and hunting style and getting to know your detector better.
Learn the machine, I can’t say this enough. Once you learn the Deus there is not much better out there for coin and relic hunting and even picking up the odd gold nugget if you get the chance.
Have Fun Guys and Gals and whatever machine you use GET TO KNOW IT, quite often massive increases in results can be achieved by learning more about what you are swinging.
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