MY opinion on the Deus 4.0.
By Rye Patch Ron
First off before I get into settings let me say this. There are NO settings for this or any other machine that are perfect for all sites like some people lead you to believe. You can achieve reasonably close to the same end results in different ways, these are mine.
Let me clear up one thing that I don’t think most people know about the Deus. ALL of the programs can be made to do the exact same thing with the exception of the Gold Program. The preset programs are just a quick way to choose one that is ready to go without any modifications. Some of them are ok for a lot of situations and for someone that doesn’t like to tweak things a bit but maybe not quite as good as they could be for your site. Now for the beginner there is not a thing wrong with one like Basic, GM Power or G-Maxx. They are all good programs and in some spots are very good. I have changed on how I run the 4.0 from the 3.2. I no longer worry about about iron wrap around. As far as I see there is no need but IF you choose to notch out the 98-99 iron numbers MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT GO ABOVE 98 ON YOUR NOTCH. The 97 number will disc out some half dollars and all Silver Dollars.
Let’s do some looking at the Deus menu to hopefully help you understand what each option does or can do. Now remember this is my opinion for the ground, trash and USA coins. The reason I mention this in different countries the soil and the targets that are being searched for is way different.
Discrimination: This setting does just that, it can and will remove SOME unwanted targets. I set it accordingly to the site and what I don’t want to find. This is not hard to figure out, if you don’t want to hear a square nail run the disc up to the number it takes to get rid of it. That usually is somewhere at 6.0 or more. Disc can be run as high as you need. It can depend on which Khz you are using.
Sensitivity: I set this one one of two ways. If the site is full on iron and I mean a lot not just some here and there. I will turn it down to in the mid 80’s. The reason for that is simple if the iron is real bad and it sounds like a machine gun when you swing your coil you are not going to get maximum depth. Also the higher the setting the more likely you are going to be picking up multiple targets and not be able to sort out the good ones. The Second way I set it is for a good spot where there is little or average iron in the ground. In this case I will turn up the sensitivity until it starts to chatter and become unstable then back it off 1 or 2 numbers.
Frequency: Now here is an ambiguous choice. The higher the setting 17 vs 4 is entirely up to you. At 17 you have a better possibility to find fine gold chains and small coins. At 4 khz you are unlikely to even hear a small gold chain. So it depends on if you want to find gold chains then 17 khz is the choice but you will lose some depth on deep coins. 8 or 4 is better for most coins except dimes. Also the 8 khz and 4 khz are not as sensitive to tiny bits of iron. I use 8 and 12 most of the time for coin hunting.
Iron level: This is a setting if you want to hear the iron targets. It sometimes helps to be able to listen to the iron and try to pick out a good target that might blend in with the iron if level it is set to 0. A setting of 2 or 3 will work fine to hear non ferrous next to ferrous targets in this instance. Now if the iron like I mentioned before is horrible then I will choose to run it at 0. I use the 2 or 3 setting if I am yard hunting in average conditions. Again your choice of what you want to hear or how quiet you would like your machine to run.
Reactivity: This setting is a big one! It sets the speed your machine will process what it hears. At 0 it still processes faster than most machines that are on the market. So you have to use your head and think here. Is the area you are searching fairly clear of iron and trashy stuff like aluminum? If so set it low for better depth. The lower the reactivity the deeper your machine can hear. If you have a lot of iron 3 or 4 but you will loose depth big time but allow you to help separate targets . As you get better with your machine you can run it lower and compensate by slowing down, listening and rechecking any higher pitch to see if it was a good target. If you just swing along and do not constantly recheck the maybe’s you will miss both deep and good targets.
Audio: This is just that volume of the signal. For me the higher it gets the more distorted it sounds and I use headphones most of time so 3 or 4 is fine. If you are not using them then you might need to run it higher. It does not increase the signal just the volume. It is not an amplifier.
Notch: Notch is used to discriminate out a single or group of numbers. For a group just select the notch from the main menu. If you want just one or two numbers then select the expert menu and blacken your choice. Most of time I don’t use a notch because of what other targets I might lose. Say you chose to blank out pull tabs. Then say goodbye to some rings. Again your choice.
Ground: You have several choices from manual to tracking. Tracking uses more of the machine’s resources to constantly check the ground and adjust. I use manual myself but you do need listen and watch your machine, adjust as necessary.
Think of the Reactivity and Silencer as filters because that is exactly what they are. The higher they are set the more filtering they do. The Reactivity filters iron and minerals in the ground. The Silencer filters EMI and some ground noise.
These are my settings that I START with and adjust as necessary.
For an iron infested site: I used program #6 with the XY option to help see the larger iron targets that will give you GOOD ID numbers from 90 to 97. You have to use your head and eyes here. If the big chunk of iron is deep it will sound good but the lines can be all over the place. Those are easy. If the lines are close and saying dig me then lift your coin up. If you can still hear the target 6″ plus off the ground then most likely you are over big iron. As for small iron that is what the discrimination settings is for.
Disc to 8
Expert mode 5 tones. Breakpoints and tones: 202-8 351-45 450-65 651-89 800 hears the silver. These are my choices they are your choice on both tone and breakpoints.
Sens: 87 TX power 1
Frequency: 12 khz
Iron Vol: 0
Reactivity: 1 Silencer 3
For your average yard hunting:
Disc. 6.0 or up depends on nails.
5 Tones as above.
Sens: 92+ set till chatter then back off. TX power 3
Frequency: 8 khz
Iron Vol: 2
Reactivity: 0 Silencer -1
Ok people that is how I run my XP DEUS 4.0