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Quest X10: Getting Started: Ground Balancing and Pinpointing

Quest X10 Tips and Advice

Quest X10 Ground Balancing and Pinpointing

Ground Balancing

Mineralization in the ground can affect how any metal detector performs. The more mineralized the ground is, the more the signal is being sent into the ground is affected which results in reduced detection depth, less accurate target identification, and more chatter as you sweep the coil over the ground. Your Quest X10 has the ability to ignore the effects of ground mineralization through its Ground Balance circuit. It is recommended that you use the Ground Balance function whenever you arrive at the hunt site to ensure the X10 is set properly.

To set the Ground Balance, press and hold the Ground Balance touchpad while pumping the coil towards the ground and then raising it about 1 foot. Continue the pumping until you hear a short beep and observe the Ground Balance setting as shown on the screen stabilize.

Quest X10 Ground Balance

  • While areas with no or very low levels of mineralization may not have a noticeable impact on the X10’s performance, it is recommended that you check the ground conditions whenever you start hunting.
  • If you notice that the ground conditions have changed from where you started, repeat the process to ensure the X10 is ignoring the mineralization present in your current search area.

Pinpointing Targets with the Quest X10

Locating a target is only haW the challenge when it comes to adding it to your collection … you still need to recover it. The more accurately you pinpoint a target, the faster you will be able to recover it and move on to the next target. Practicing on targets that you have buried in your yard will shorten the lime needed to become proficient at pinpointing targets and allow you to find more in the lime you have in the field.

Pinpointing with the Criss-Cross Method

Quest X10 Pinpointing

 

  1. Move the coil off to the side of the detected target.
  2. Press and hold the PINPOINT touchpad.
  3. Move the coil over the area where the target was detected in an “X” pattern (see figure to the left).
  4. Watch the screen and see where the shallowest depth reading is shown and the loudest audio signal is produced.
  5. The target should be directly below the point where the shaft connects to the coil at the indicated depth.

 

 

Pinpointing with the Detuning Method

  1. Move the coil off to the side of the detected target.
  2. Press and hold the PINPOINT touchpad.
  3. Move the coil towards the area where the target was detected.
  4. As the audio signal starts to increase, release the PINPOINT touchpad and immediately press and hold ii again. The audio response will disappear as the X10 detunes itself to the target.
  5. Continue slowly moving in towards the target area and repeat step 4 until you are receiving just a small, well­defined audio response from the target.
  6. When you have detuned the X10 to the point that you only get a signal over a small area, the target will be directly below the point where the shaft connects to the coil.

NOTE: If you detune it to the point the signal disappears completely, simply move away and start the process over again.

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