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13/1/22

A Happy New year to you all

Only been out a couple of times in the last month or two due to on going medical problems . meaning i cannot dig or stamp a clod in

I made the mistake the other day of watching a youtube video I am still recovering from the experience! I’d love to go out with some of these clowns and blow their tests out of the water, the way they max out one detector and then detune the one they are testing it against is unbelievable, they are all obviously funded by the manufacturer/retailer and probably given a discounted/free detector to do it with.

19/1/22

It is much sadness that after a long battle, my friend and Detecting partner for many years lost his fight for life on Tuesday 18th January.

Julian Lee or 'Darcy' as everyone would know him by, was a gifted detectorist and very lucky (finds wise) and able to sniff out the best bits under the ground, while those around him found buttons!

His Historical knowledge was second to none.

He worked with me for several years, cleaning /testing and sometimes repairing detectors, i have loads of stories i could tell about him but below is one of them.

Sometimes i have a gut feeling about something, it does not happen very often but is always right, i had a vision that there was a Gold Coin on a particular footpath , the Footpath ran diagonally across a 15 acre field , i spent a few weeks detecting on the footpath , 10 yards either side , up and down, up and down, i was detecting with Lee at the time and he went off in the distance doing his own thing, then a car drove along the track, it was Darcy, he had been under par for a few weeks so had not been out with us, he parked up and wandered across the field to me to see if we had found anything, he said he felt a bit rough but needed to see if he was able to detect, he walked in front of me, got a signal and up popped a Gold ring with a 1960's Sovereign in it,  he said he was too tired and went home, one signal , my Gold Coin ! ahgggggggggggggg

Similar things happened on many occasions i will tell more another day.

I’m sure in the future he will guide me to a nice find or two, because that’s the kind of Guy he was!

So, RIP Darcy.

18/3/22

Back again, i seem to have most of my medical problems under control now except my back, oh the joys of getting old!

Deus 2 yet ,but hopefully soon !

got my Nokta Legend yesterday, got to do a few more tests on it yet but will report soon

23/3/22

Tried the Legend on my test bed and it was very quiet , not very deep and not great among iron, i was not too impressed, went on youtube to see if i was missing something and found there was an update available , thought i'd try that before it went for sale on my website, not very straight forward to do and a novice on a computer would struggle.

Well what a transformation, signals were a lot louder , it was deep, Discrim seemed good, still not as good as most for picking stuff among iron, but not bad.

I used it on Sunday for a couple of hours and quite enjoyed it . did not dig any iron with it on a field that seemed to have more than it's fair share, it was stable and at times made me think i was using an Equinox.

So i think once Nel or Detech bring a coil out for it ?, then it will be probably be deeper than an Equinox?

Sold my Equinox yesterday and it's now on it's way to Northern Ireland, (i do have another!) could not really justify keeping two of them, as i will be keeping the Legend and my Deus 2 arrived yesterday also, so i have quite a few to use at the moment, not had chance to use the Deus yet (or even switch it on)  Detector sales are manic at the moment and i cannot clean them fast enough ! 

28/3/22

It took my Deus two out on it's first outing today , i had to phone a friend last night to ask him what his settings were as he has had his Deus for a few weeks, he gave me his settings but warned me the settings he had given to me were off an earlier software version that he thought was better , i put the settings in to my Deus 11 and decided that i would run it over my test bed first to see what happening and to give me some idea of the set up, it was garbage , i had to tweak quite a lot of things to get the same results i was getting with my Deus 1, I took it out for a couple of hours, it was very stable ,very quiet  i dug 20 holes and got 12 finds, Seven of the holes resulted in iron, all of them had holes in them /Iron buckle/ chain link/washer, every non ferrous find today was deep 9'' to 12'', i did not find anything shallow until the last two signals , that was a relief , seemed like it only did deep items!

I have a long long way to go with this one, but on my first trip out i noticed a lack of grey areas , it was either Yes/No or Iron with hole in it, it was just too easy, i had a brief go with it in relic mode (no discrim) , this was a field full of iron there was not a lot of feedback at all , in fact it was noisier in my General settings with the discrim on 6.

Not quite sure what is going on , but with more hours i'm sure i with find out!

31/3/22

Not sure what is happening lately but every new detector to appear does not seem to be the finished item, the detector is released , normally not great , then the updates appear, normally improving the detector , sometimes not, it's as if we are are all now being used as detector testers ?

There are a load of detectors sent out to the youtubers to push the detector , most of which have no idea what they are talking about, these youtubers will be putting their views forward and the updates will start, why not get the detector bang on in the first place, before it is released

A few recent examples, Garrett Apex , absolute garbage when released , Update made it nearly half decent but still garbage

C-Scope Evo, non starter, not even worth an update , who the hell was testing this one

Equinox, great detector but updates seemed to have made it whose 

Nokta Legend , not great out of the box but twice as good with the first update

XP Deus 2, who knows

12/4/22

Went out with the Deus 11 last week to a very, very worked out site, 2 acre bankside  where we have found a lot of Roman bronzes and similar over the years, been battered with Minelab GPX 5000's , thought the Deus 11 might find a few bits, but no it didn't, 3 non ferrous signals in 3 hours and the same with the Equinox.

I have found that the Deus 11 has far better discrimination ,stability and audio than the original Deus, it is a pleasure to use, can't get any more depth out of it than the Deus 1 , in fact the Deus 1 is slightly deeper, but fine margins, still working on it !  I need another 10 hours on the test bed.

It's not great on my iron tests so far, but they are difficult and it could be my settings, could be a trade off because i'm trying to get more depth out of it.

The Deus 2 is more sensitive than the Deus one, found a few Air rifle pellets at depth

19/4/22

Deus 11

Findings so far

Up to now it’s a very good average machine, on a par with every other top end detector on the market today for good around detecting it is not great at finding stuff among iron and cannot be used as a ‘winkling detector ‘ i.e. a detector that you can used to tease finds out of iron infested sites , but for normal detecting it does the job, it certainly (at the moment) does not do anything any different than any of my other detectors to justify me keeping it.

Still trying to get some joy out of trying to get it to at least match the Deus 1 on depth, when i try to push it i get very dodgy audio/ broken signals, i have spent hours on my test bed so far trying to get the ultimate settings’

Not every one has a test bed or the time or interest in trying to get the ultimate settings and to get the most out of a detector, so they pick a pre-set program, wack the sens up and off they go, the preset programs are very basis and do not do much at all, but if you are a plough detectorist where it’s all about running around getting all the shallow targets before the field gets seeded it’s ideal, the Discrimination is 200% better than the original Deus, the audio is better and the numbers on screen keep up with the audio signal

23/4/22

After another couple of hours changing settings and testing I came up with a very noisy but deep seeking program to try out tomorrow, beware when changing settings because you might not get the results you thought you might, always test your changes to see what difference they made, a lot of the options when adjusted make a lot of different, not always in a positive way, and will give very odd results, I have played about with 100’s 0f detectors to get the best out of them, this is maybe the biggest challenge I have ever had, reminds me of the C-Scope EVO 6000.

If you keep it simple then it’s excellent, but I’m trying to push it to it’s limit’s and it’s fighting back.

No point in me keeping it if it does not improve my armoury , my thoughts were if I put it on Deus Mono, which is the Deus 1,and tweak it up then it should be better then my old Deus, wrong, nowhere near.

24/4/22

Tried my new settings today, found loads of stuff, nothing exciting ,but a few Musket balls at about 12’’ ,also George 111 Halfpenny at similar depth, I need to now try it out on one of my worked our sites! So we will see what happens next.

28/4/22

Another couple of hours on the test bed tonight and i have got it going even deeper! Discrim suffers a bit but ideal for a worked out or very clean pasture site, problem is of course with a multi freq detector is that it picks up everything, if used in all metal, so if for instance there is a George 111 Halfpenny with a nail down the same hole it will average the signal out, the signal from the Halfpenny may give you a TID number of say 80 and the nail a 0 , so we end up with a TID number of 40, for you number diggers then this may be one you will leave as it's in the Silver foil area.

Overall i found 5 tones to be the best option , seems to make a big difference, with both the tones and the tone breaks as to what you you dig 

My settings to follow shortly 

3/5/22

Used it with my superdeep settings last Sunday, but it was totally the wrong field , it was full of large odd pieces of iron that you would rarely get in any field, bad choice, i had to wear my headphones around my neck because of the head banging signals i was getting, i had to move off the field fairly quickly , i put it back onto my normal detecting settings, not mind blowing,  but useable .

My Super deep settings , to be used on worked out sites with little or no iron, ridge and furrow e.t.c

Sensitive as the base program or the Deep program for large objects

Discrim -6.4 (Discrimination kills the performance)

Sensitivity  98 (or whatever you can get out of it)

Freq shift 3

Iron Vol  1

Reactivity 1

Audio Response 7

5 Tones

Tone 1 202 khz-6,4

Tone 2 400 khz

Tone 3 500 khz

Tone 4 700 khz

tone 5 900 khz

B Caps off

Notch off

Silencer 0

Audio out 9

Audio type PWM

Square Audio is great until you push it to it's limits they it very dodgy, PWM is a lot clearer

Using any level of discrimination knocks the performance back

5 tones seems to be the best option

The Tones and tone breaks need a lot of work to get them as you would like them

For Normal detecting use these settings, using 'General' as a base, Square Audio is very good in this mode.

This detector is a pleasure to use in normal detecting situations, but it fights back if you try to push it, but pushed to it's limits it is better than anything out there.

My Super deep settings are as good as it gets, unless you know different !

Relic and Gold programs are useless,  as is Fast, no idea what it's like on a beach not got there yet, hopefully soon!

4/5/22

Well forget all that, back to square one!

I did the latest update tonight, 7.1 or whatever it was, run over my testbed quickly due to lack of time to see if anything had changed, my 'Normal' detecting program that is very good but not a game changer was awesome!, something had changed big time, so on to my Awesome 'game changing program', which i thought would now be unbelievable , it was terrible , yesterday it was awesome, so back to the drawing board, i'll get back on the test bed and sort something out, better be quick before the next update comes out!

But the best detector ever is in there somewhere, it's just about finding out where.

11/5/22

Latest info below

My Super deep settings , to be used on worked out sites with little or no iron, ridge and furrow e.t.c

Sensitive as the base program 

Discrim -6.4 (Discrimination kills the performance)

Sensitivity  98 (or whatever you can get out of it)

Freq shift 3

Iron Vol  1

Reactivity 1

Audio Response 7

5 Tones

B Caps off

Notch off

Silencer 1

Audio out 9

Audio type PWM

This is what i have ended up with as my best settings (at the moment)

I went out for a couple of hours on Sunday to a very ,very, worked out site, normally only get 5 or six signals all day !

I got 10 none ferrous signals in 2 hours, the most note worthy being a Roman Fibula , i got the Signal in a very well battered area, it blew my head off with the above settings, before i dug it up i went though all the preset programs with the sensitivity wacked up to 98, none of them gave me any signal at all? so i presumed it would be a fairy deep item whatever it was , imagine how shocked i was to see it was a Fibula at only 3'' deep! so is it how bad are the preset programs or how good are mine?

Next signal was a 303 bullet at 12'', easy target (on my settings) but again none of the preset programs gave a signal.

The preset programs are very tame so if you you are using yours on them even with the sensitivity turned up then you you are wasting your time and money

The three settings that make hell on a difference are Reactivity /Audio response and discrimination as a mod on any of the preset programs.

Any discrimination used makes a big difference to performance, but is needed in some areas with a lot of iron, nails come in at a very loud number 2 , the signal from all other iron i can live with as it's few and far between on most fields.

Tried notching out the number 2's but again it kills it, so i have knocked up another program with the discrim at 2.5 so i can used it in nail infested areas, albeit, taking a hit on the performance.

Now if XP could do what Minelab have done with the Equinox and put a volume option on the tones then that could sort it and it would become very useable in all metal, and would make it probably  the best detector on the market!

Just before packing up my latest testing session , i tried again to get some performance out of the Relic mode as a lot of people are using it, still can't get anything out of it that makes me consider using it, or maybe i am missing something? please let me know.

For some reason i then put my settings into Deus Fast program , that was mind blowing, no idea why, i would have thought that would have been the worse of the lot, but the problem with it was it went a lot deeper than the info on the screen, where as on all the other deep programs i have created the on screen info keeps up with the depth allowing you to use it without discrim, because it is very accurate (Unlike the original Deus),  could be something to do with the Deus fast program using a singe freq like the original Deus

I will work on this one!

18/5/22

Had a go with the legend tonight with the latest update, looks like they have killed it, it's now a Multi freq Simplex .