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Detector Settings

I hunt with two machines that I know very well. The Minelab CTX and the XP Deus. These are two machines that compliment each other in many ways. The right tools for the job.

Here are my "go to" XP Deus settings for V4 hunting in the USA. These are the settings that I start with each day and then adjust if needed. This is a very deep program.


CTTODD  Program V4

DISC 6.5
Expert 5 Tones 120/6.5, 120/40, 648/68, 800/97, 120/99,
Break Points 6.5, 40, 68, 98 

SENS 93
Expert TX Power 3

FREQ 7.7

IRON VOL 2

REACTIVITY 1
Expert Silencer 0

AUDIO RESP 04
Expert Audio Overload 1

NOTCH 00-00

Ground Balance  Manual
Use Tracking to get a number then switch to Manual. Keep an eye on it.

Ground Notch 70 - 90

I use the Horse Shoe Theres just more information there.

The XY screen. I have done a lot of testing with this screen and what I find is that it locks up very nicely on coins. The problem I have with it is that it shows bad target for everything else. I like relics. If you hunt the XY screen I really do feel that you will miss out on a lot of targets that you would have been glad to have.

Things to remember

Tracking is a nice lazy GB settting, But to get the most out of your machine use manual GB and pay attention to it. Useing a + or - bias of two or three points on the GB setting can help. All ground is different. You will find your way.

If you move the reactivity setting it will automatically move the Silencer setting.

The greatest loss of detecting depth will come from too much Silencer and too much Reactivity. 
I almost never go above 1 for the Silencer and 3 for Reactivity.

I also build an identical program in the slot right next to this that I call CTTODD IRON. The only differance is that it uses 
FREQ 4. This helps with rusty iron and bottle caps. When you switch to this the target will break up if its junk. 
MOST OF THE TIME.

To do the iron check program you must turn off the ID norm setting or the numbers for targets won't change when you switch back and forth between programs.

Anytime you don't dig a target you take a chance.
If your on a old site you better just dig it.


Minelab CTX

I am a long time Minelab guy. I've had every machine starting with the Soverign all through the Explorers then the Etrac and now the CTX. If you have the CTX book written by Andy Sabisch my exact settings are in the book with pictures. If not then I say you couldn't spend a better $20 for your detecting then to get the book. My settings are very basic and very deep. I really don't hunt with any discrimination at all and I run manual sensitivity as high as I can go without losing stability 26/28. That's right I listen to all of it. 

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