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  1. I never look at the clock because it’s so small. I use my smart watch which gives me lat/long information as well as time…much more useful and easier to see. just the view from my foxhole….
  2. I use a modified General program when in fresh water lakes. Nice and smooth, quiet and effective.
  3. 100% Agree Chase. I'll wait and see what is shown after verifiable use in the field. Recall the advertising hype over the Equinox's waterproof capabilities? How'd that turn out for the user in shallow water applications? Didn't quite live up to the hype did it.
  4. Tracking is my default setting for the east coast Florida beaches I hunt. Our beaches are pretty much uniform in mineralization so I find the tracking option stable and easy to use. Works well for me here but certainly not on all beaches everywhere.
  5. Outstanding work in every regard! Military class rings are exceptionally meaningful to all of us who have them. They mean much more than just a reminder of the education and training we went through. You did a magnificent thing in my view. Your dedication and total effort means much more to the recipient than you'll ever know. A salute to you sir!
  6. Yes, mine keeps perfect time but I never use it. I rely on my smart watch which is much easier to see and gives me a lot of useful information.
  7. I’ve had them out 3 times for around 3 hours each time and they ran strong throughout. It’s the coil that uses battery power more than anything.
  8. Yes, I have those and they're very nice. Comfortable, excellent sound, link up with the remote is flawless. Waterproof to 1 meter....not a dive set of headphones. Keeps out ambient beach noise very well. Folds up conveniently for packing. XP build quality is apparent. Those attributes are ones I very much appreciate. I can unreservedly recommend them.
  9. I did not adjust the sensitivity setting below 95. My test objective was to limit the number of variables in this particular case to just the salt sensitivity. However, a test that maintains the salt sensitivity constant at a given level and adjusts only the sensitivity setting would certainly be worthwhile.
  10. As promised in a separate post, I conducted a test to determine the lowest salt sensitivity setting possible that allowed for stable operation and greatest depth detection. What prompted this test was the conflict in the hard copy user manual compared to the on line version. The hard copy stated that the higher the salt sensitivity setting, the more that targets with a TID of around 30 would be attenuated. The online version stated that the lower setting would attenuate those same targets registering a TID of around 30. I questioned the hard copy version saying that if the higher salt setting was true, then why not just use a salt setting of 1 and be done with it. To clarify this whole thing I tested two separate targets on a wet salt sand beach where the waves would come in and completely cover the test area. I chose that area to ensure that the salt mineralization would create some level of chattered response. The two targets used for the test were a small and very thin 10k ring whose TID registered as a 45. The second target was a thin gold chain with a TID of 33. I buried them both at a constant depth of 4 inches. I didn't want to go any deeper so as to avoid depth limitations impacting the results as a separate variable throughout the test. With a sensitivity setting of 95, I did the normal frequency scan with the reactivity set at 1. Ground balance was a constant 86. I then started with a salt sensitivity setting of 9, scanned both targets separately and then incrementally lowered that setting until I reached a salt sensitivity of 1. As expected, the higher the setting, the more chatter was present but the detectable signal was stronger. As I lowered the setting the more stable the Deus II operated but the signal strength was reduced incrementally until it was gone. I continued to raise and lower the setting until I found what I considered the "sweet spot"---that setting where the chatter was minimized but the target signal was a definite "digable" one. On New Smyrna Beach that day, under those test conditions, the "sweet spot" was a salt setting of 5 for the gold chain and 2 for the gold ring. To caveat these findings, keep in mind that my results at New Smyrna Beach that day would most likely be different than the same test run at Virginia Beach for example. Every beach is somewhat different so my "sweet spot" settings are not the universal gospel for every salt water environment according to Colonel Dan. Your results on your beach may very well differ....and probably will. Bottom Line: adjust your salt sensitivity to best suit the conditions you face that day on your beach.
  11. Chase, that setting (used as a start point) is what I intend to determine on Sunday. 😉
  12. One would assume that 9 was high and 1 was low. 😆 However, thru my testing on Sunday, I'm going to establish my salt sensitivity start point by determining whatever level is the most stable that can reliably detect that small gold ring....regardless of the number or what the manual says. I'm going after the "sweet spot." If that's 1 OK, if it's some other number, that's OK too. My only interest is optimal performance.
  13. In a separate thread, I addressed the question asking why one shouldn't just set the Salt Sens at 1 Based on the manual position on page 18 which says that the higher the Salt Sens setting is, TIDs less than 30 would be attenuated. The hard copy manual clearly uses "higher" as shown. Later I saw where the on line version states that the "lower" the Setting, the TIDs less than 30 would be attenuated. On Line Manual It seems that XP has a discrepancy here. In any case, I intend to test this on Sunday to try and determine what effect low salt sens settings have on a thin 10k ring. I'll post my observations shortly thereafter. Just be aware that there is a discrepancy in the manuals.
  14. I'm going to give the theory a true test on Sunday by using this thin 10k gold ring in the wet salt sand of New Smyrna Beach. I'll post my observations soon thereafter.
  15. midalake, I use tracking on our beaches and it works fine. The mineralization on our beaches is very uniform so tracking works well.
  16. Sandheron, yes, I saw that but the manual I have references higher levels of salt sensitivity settings. I honestly haven’t experienced attenuatiion in my testing. Using my modified beach sensitive program, the lower TID targets are detected easily. I’m sure I’m missing something here. No old cavalry guy is more clever than the XP design engineers! 😆
  17. Coming from years of a Minelab back ground, admittedly, I am still learning the nuances of the Deus II. Given that, I’ve been experimenting with my Salt Sensitive setting. I’ve been lowering this setting incrementally and now have tried it all the way down to 1 and see no downside. In fact, I see a more stable Deus than ever before. I’ve tested this setting for depth and sensitivity and have not seen any degradation of overall performance in a salty environment. Thinking about this, here’s my logic. With a setting at 9, the Deus is the most sensitive to salt. As we continue to lower that setting, the sensitivity to salt is reduced incrementally. At some point the Deus II becomes stable in a wet salt environment. Given that the lower the setting, the less sensitive it is to salt, why not just lower it down to the lowest setting of 1 so that it is the least sensitive possible? After all, we aren’t trying to detect salt so why not eliminate the effects of that salt as much as possible? Where am I off base here? What am I missing? What’s the downside to a Salt Sensitivity setting at 1?
  18. Chase, I am very happy with the 925 part....no question. 😁
  19. Yes it was an eye popper…. Peaking out of the wet sand at me 😳
  20. This one had my heart rate going for about 2 seconds until I saw the 925 on the inside. I knew immediately that no 925 ring would have an authentic diamond of that size. Turned out to be zirconium. Mary said that although it had a nice sparkle, I should keep it with my other junk rings! 😂
  21. Outstanding haul. Yes, you will be able to track down the Texas A&M owner easily and they will be very grateful to get that one back! Good job...
  22. I'm a Florida beach hunter and I've used Minelabs for years...Etrac, Safari, Excal, CTX, Equinox and Vanquish. I now use the Deus II exclusively for many of the same reasons cited above. The overall performance on the beach is better than the Minelabs in my opinion....sensitivity at depth, reactivity/separation, customizable, weight, compact, rugged, stable in a saltwater environment and this one really is waterproof! Minelab's current offering of coil choices however bests XP to date...no question. Granted, the Minelabs are excellent machines no doubt, but XP has fielded state of the art with the Deus II...in my opinion and it's just my opinion based on years of using and now comparing Minelabs to the Deus II. I also owned a Deus I years ago but sold it because it just couldn't compete with the Minelabs on saltwater beaches. It was a selectable frequency machine that just wasn't up to the challenges presented by any saltwater environment. Now that XP has fielded the Deus II, that shortcoming has been overcome....and in a superior way. But as I always say, that's just the view from my foxhole...your view may very well differ.
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