We met up with another detectorist who also has permission here and has been detecting this patch for over 8 years and uses a Déus V4.
We had a look at a field drilled with winter wheat which was quite advanced but had only been disked previous to seeding.
A few pieces of Medieval pottery, lead and a hammered short-cross were recovered.
We moved to the field next door which was also drilled with winter wheat but had been ploughed. Unfortunately, the crop growth was too advanced and therefore made it impossible to fieldwalk and detect effectively.
Even so, we recovered quite a few Medieval artefacts here despite the crop height.
We arrived at another set of fields about 4 miles away which had been rolled but not drilled as of yet.
2 more hammered coins in the form of cut-halves and a gold half soveriegn of Queen Victoria dated 1860 came up, oh.... and tonnes of tiny lead fragments!
Overall, we recovered; 3 hammered coins, a gold half-sovereign, 2 Jettons, 3 Medieval mounts, a Medieval book strap, lead artefacts, skillet leg, Medieval dagger chape, 2 Medieval thimbles and a lovely lead bag seal with an intricate design.
What may be surprising is what coils found the main finds! See below to find out which found what.
V4 & HF Coil
The Three machines ran the new V4 software and fitted with the 13" x 11" coil and the 11" coil. The third machine ran the V4 software with the new HF coil. All machines were in GMP Mode and Manual tracking, 18khz for the first two machines and 29khz with the new HF coil.
The results show that no matter what coil or frequency you use, you've got to walk over it for the coil to register it. This is a statement I've made several times and is supported by several surveys we've conducted using identical machines, coils and frequencies. It all comes down to which line you are on!
The 13" x 11" coil recovered all three hammered coins and the 11" coil recovered the gold half-guinea. It was a matter of bad luck that the new coil had missed these four particular recoveries as the HF coil connected with all targets that the other machines had identified.
Again, the battery life was excellent for the HF coil. Whilst the Control Unit was showing 1 bar, the coil was still showing fully charged after 9 hours use.
At switch-on we've noticed that the coil LED only flashes twice, we wonder if others had noticed this?
XP MI-6 Probe
Moving on to the XP MI-6 Probe; these were holstered in the probe pocket attached to the finds bags. The supplied holster wasn't used only for the simple fact that we're used to using the attached holsters.
The new holster does appear to be quite tight but this may be due to newness. I'm sure at some point they will be used.
We think the MI-6 may have been designed with left-handed people in mind as we both thought that the button is on the "wrong" side and kept having to turn over the probe to access the on-off button. But however, thinking about it, you would normally have the detector in your right hand leaving your left hand free. Using the harnesses leaves both hands free, I suppose we'll have to start being left-handed. I guess that you could use a trowel in your right hand whilst simultaneously using the MI-6 in your left hand.
The on-off button is quite firm and took a little getting used to, this was probably due to the constant turning the probe over 180 degrees and locating the button again.
When switching on, the button had to be held for about 1 to 1.5 seconds for the probe to connect to the Control Unit and 'phones. This results in a double-tone alert in the 'phones and the probe display appearing on the Control Unit.
A dozen times, when switching on, the probe display appeared on the Control Unit but the 'phones were still connected to the coil. This may be due to the on-off button being pressed in one quick press/stab action instead of holding the button for the 1 to 1.5 seconds delay.
Holding the on-off button for 3 seconds accesses the probes program mode.
The probe should remember the last probe program that was used, ie program 7 for connection to a Déus. The other six programs are for use with machines other than the Déus.
Once successfully connected to the Control Unit, the top of the display shows which search coil program you are on ie; Prog 2 GMP etc.
The probes battery condition is displayed to the left and the central area is taken up with the pin-pointers proximity to the target.
Below this is the menu access allowing you to alter various aspects of he probes performance.
The two main changes from the factory settings for me was setting the sensitivity from 30 (factory setting) to 50 (Max) and Audio to Pulse instead of Pitch (factory setting). I found the pulse tone very loud but seemed precise when locating targets. Rob on the other hand preferred the Pitch setting and left the sensitivity at 30.
No doubt I'll be playing about with these settings.
Switching off the MI-6 returns the Control Unit display to the coil settings and results display.
The XP MI-6 is of the highest build quality and despite any foibles, it is a winner over the Garrett AT Probe especially for Déus users. This is not said lightly as the Garrett AT is a great piece of kit without doubt.
For us, the main advantage is the audio coming through the 'phones. It's a really odd feeling having been used to the familiar bleep and buzz of the Garrett over 7 years of use.
The next advantage is the battery saving as our probes are in constant use as you may understand and we go through quite a few batteries over a season.
We found the MI-6 extremely sensitive to the smallest of targets, perhaps I may reduce the setting over the coming weeks?
There are certainly enough settings to fine-tune the probe to exactly what you require, both in performance and individuality.
High Definition images of the days finds can be seen here.