This post here for folks interested in Xp Deus, new users of detector and anyone else desiring more information.
Goal here is to make this more of a one stop shop for folks looking for information concerning Xp Deus.
I highly encourage all to read the version 4.0 manual.
It can be found online.
A lot of Deus units received by folks may indeed have 3.x manuals provided with their units.
After you use your new unit, go back reread portions of the manual.
And again repeat this.
It will take more than a few times to comprehend all.
And some in field use and testing will go a long ways in understanding some of what is stated in manual.
Deus is not a dead quiet running unit!!!!
It will chirp, if used to detect.
Don't be trying to get it not to chirp.
Deus, the way it IDs targets is a break away from tradition here when compared to most other Vlf detectors.
A person air testing their units, this air testing (as it relates to ID) don't paint true pic of how Deus actually works in the field.
A lot of what Deus can do, how it will sound, how it will react,,,these tendencies can be mimicked a great deal with on top of the ground tests using nonferrous objects and item made of ferrous commonly found while detecting.
Navigation of unit needs to be mastered.
The only way to do this is to navigate, and peek around.
Especially under the expert tabs.
New users should heed the data this meter provides to user.
It can and will affect some settings as far as performance.
User has options.
KISS priinciple should be applied here.
A pumping GB over clean ground to start off with.
Understand the icons for pairing of devices as depicted on remote (if applicable)
Understand the 2 boxes where ground phase data is supplied.
Be mindful of silencer setting, this setting can be changed on its own, depending on selected reactvity setting chosen.
Understand some audio volume while over deeper targets can be had with audio report levels 5 and higher.
Deus disc layout is not your typical disc layout.
If offers disc settings expressed in tenths with some settings.
New users IMO should steer away from all metal modes of detector excluding the use of pinpoint function.
Users should study the factory program settings depicted toward the rear of manual.
Users should learn what the term Vdi normalization means, and by turning this feature off,,,know how both means affect detector readings, and find out any advantages by using one setting or the other.
Understand Deus doesn't have a depth meter per SE,,,but does offer other means to judge depth (generally on coin sized objects).
Understand the notch feature.
It's use and affects is not exactly what a person would think, due to the way Deus IDs targets in the field.
When asking others for Deus advice,,,you should provide you soil mineral levels generally found in your sites.
Like refer to mineralization index meter readings as low scale, mid scale or 3/4 scale.
Deus will behave differently here depending on what the index meter says.
Users should learn how to marry their components themselves.
Very good chance your deus detector will arrive with all components married to one another.
Pay very close attention to proper charging instructions as far as how the charging clip is connected.
I think this information above.
Will get a person on their way.
Here is link with summary of what version 4 brings.
Here is link with actual Deus V4 users manual.
Now these links, when read and studied may cause some folks to asked some questions.
By all means ask.
With the talent of folks that visits and or post on this forum, you'll likely get an answer.
Folks will notice the Deus Lite package.
This is package without remote.
Here is some info shedding light on the Deus Lite package.
You may see this referred to as Starter Pack.
Here is what you have access to via wireless headphone module.
Factory program number selection
Remember some of the slots will be blank--- due to no upload
Ground balance-- only manual-- no tracking or pumping like you would have with remote
Number of tones,, to include pitch and full tones
Coil selection-- in case you have more than one coil
So you can see from above,,,you won't have access to the following,, remote purchase allows the following settings changes
Tone break setting
Tone freq setting
Iron vol adjustment
Auto ground tracking
Pumping GB option
Vdi normalization option
Xy screen option
Update version option,, or downgrade version option
Tx power setting
All metal mode(s) selection
I think this is most of what you miss with wireless headphone module use ONLY.
Additional comments here.
A person purchasing a Deus package without remote.
They can use another person's remote and infact update their headphone module and coil.
They can by using someone's remote, actually program their setup with programs that entail making changes to the settings outlined above. (Remote only viewable/adjustable settings)
If a user does this, they will not have a way to actually view (or change) these settings, but the settings will be felt by user when detecting.
So a person would need to write down their settings per slot number on remote to remember which settings apply.
Here's a link with multiple videos talking about Deus.
MI-6 pinpointer users manual
Xp classroom and skills center videos.
To conclude here.
Deus with latest released High Frequency coils looks to have made the Deus a better gold nugget finder.
So even though this post is in the coin and relic section, gold nugget hunters may find this info useful too.
By Steve Herschbach
The new Deus HF elliptical coil has just slightly smaller dimensions than the 10" Gold Bug 2 coil. The Gold Bug 2 coil is solid and the Deus coil is an open web design. Even more important, the GB2 coil is a concentric as are all Gold Bug 2 coils. The Deus coil is a DD coil. This means the Deus has a more complex response on small shallow targets than the GB2 coil but the DD design may have advantages in more mineralized ground over the GB2 concentric coil.
By Steve Herschbach
This is a very preliminary report. I want to emphasize that I am a newbie on the XP Deus. Although I purchased an 11" Deus V3.2 model almost two years ago, it was with the express purpose of being able to test the V4 update with the new high frequency coil options for gold prospecting. I decided I was better off just starting fresh with version 4.0 before really digging in and learning the detector. I do get the hang of detectors quickly but this does show what can be done by somebody who went out barely knowing the machine.
The other catch is that I picked a location that favors the Deus with relatively mild soil for a gold location, so mild I could run the machine full out to get the maximum possible sensitivity with the machine. These results are not going to be as easy to obtain in extreme mineral ground. You have to start someplace however and being new to the machine I wanted to give myself someplace easy to start. Finally, the goal here was to find the smallest gold I could so for the purposes of this report - smaller is better.
These nuggets were recovered over the course of a day. Ten nuggets, 4.7 grains total weight. There are 480 grains per Troy ounce and with an average weight of less than half a grain I think you can agree this is some pretty small stuff. The smallest bits are probably near 1/10th grain or 1/4800th of a Troy ounce. Click picture for larger version.
The new HF elliptical coil running at 74 kHz is clearly in the same league as the 71 kHz Fisher Gold Bug 2, 45 kHz Minelab Gold Monster, 56 kHz Makro Gold Racer, and 48 kHz White's GMT. However, the devil is in the details and it will be some time before I sort out how the machines compare under more difficult and varied conditions.
Again, I am not an expert with the Deus and so the settings I mention are not to be taken as "the best" or anything like that. I was actually gold prospecting so the primary focus was to find gold, not to test every possible combination of settings on the Deus. With 10 program options and numerous settings that will be a longer term project. I obviously wanted to try the Gold Field program 10. After a little experimenting I settled on the GM Power program 2 as an alternate disc mode to try. Getting from program 10 to program 2 is only a couple button pushes, so I bounced back and forth between the two programs and tweaked settings higher as I found targets and could compare readings.
Gold Field is a threshold based all metal mode with what I find to be a rather pleasant digitized buzz. That's me of course, others may differ on that point. I was able to run sensitivity full out at 99. All my work was done at 74 khz, the default highest frequency setting without trying to push it higher via the offset. I figure the coil is tuned at 74 khz and so stuck with that for now. Manual ground balance about 84.
GM Power I got sensitivity to 94 with only minor falsing. I reduced reactivity (similar to SAT for you nugget hunters) to 0 from the default of 2 and ran the audio response (audio boost) up to 7 (max).
Both modes exhibit just a little touch sensitivity at these high gain levels. This might be tamed with the ground notch but I have not fooled with that yet and it did not bother me at all anyway.
What I found was Gold Field has a softer response in general but that my boosted version of GM Power banged hard on the little bits. Not unlike going from all metal mode on the Gold Bug 2 to the Iron Disc mode. Instead of faint threshold variations you get a strong "beep". The difference is that the Gold Bug 2 Iron Disc mode has an obvious loss in sensitivity. The Deus by comparison in this particular situation actually seemed to work better in GM Power mode, but that is mainly the boosted audio at work.
I left the disc settings at the defaults for GM Power which worked well - low tone iron, higher tones non-ferrous. I ran the IAR (iron reject) in Gold Field at 2. This was just enough to cause ferrous to break up. Higher settings would blank most ferrous completely but getting to aggressive can also eliminate weak gold signals. The ferrous discrimination worked very well in both programs. GM Power in particular was pretty awesome in the nail pits with iron tones firing off like a machine gun. I bumped reactivity back to 2 in the dense trash.
Anyway, this is a very preliminary report and so no point getting too deep into it as I will probably modify my opinions and settings as I get more time on the machine. Right now this is a high price option if all you need is a prospecting unit, but for a person wanting one machine to do everything XP just kicked it up a notch. If they introduce a dedicated gold unit at a lower price similar to the Depar DPR 600 it would be very competitive. For now this is an option for somebody that wants a detector for more than just gold prospecting since the Deus is a superb coin, relic, and jewelry detector.
The elliptical coil and rod assembly is just 1 lb 13 oz (1.8 lbs) and so a true featherweight. At 5' 11" I have to run it fully extended and at that it does flex a bit, but I did not find that bothersome at all. A solid coil cover will be good as there are too many coil edges that want to hang up on rubble and sticks. A minor quibble however as the machine is a joy to handle, especially when reaching uphill waist high and higher. A great unit for poking in and around bushes and other obstructions. The coil is hotter at the tips which also helps in poking into tight locations.
Early days but the final word is that I am happy with this coil so far after all the wait. Time will tell how it handles the really bad ground and how it fares directly against some of the competition.