Metal Detectors I Currently Use, page 7
PULSE STAR II PRO Deep Seeking Metal Detector: My Review & Operational Tips
Pulse Star II Pro is a leader in its class of Deep Seeking metal detectors. I have used it during numerous relic and cache hunting outings, and the search results were amazing.
As any Pulse Induction (PI) metal detector (detector de metal), Pulse Star II Pro does not have the Discrimination function. However, it has two LED indicators - green for iron targets, and red - for non-ferrous targets, but these LED indicators are effective only with large and shallow targets, i.e. when the target's signal is strong enough (indicated by the gage meter).
The Halo Effect also takes its toll on the LED indicators' accuracy, thus making them inefficient in most cases. This was not crucial for the search process and really did not matter to me as I would rather dig up every "large" and deep signal while cache or relic hunting.
The Pulse Star II Pro is really simple to operate if you read, understand and follow the instructions carefully. The most important characteristic of Pulse Star II Pro is its reliability: it never gives out a false signal, and if there is a metal object within detecting range underground, the Pulse Star II Pro would not fail to indicate it.
The Pulse Star II pro has four operating modes (Sensitivity settings): the first mode - the most sensitive, can detect targets of a beer can size and larger, the fourth mode is for detecting only targets of a large size while completely ignoring the small junk.
If you operate the Pulse Star II Pro in first mode, prepare yourself for digging a lot of shallow and small trash as you would not be able to reject it at the highest Sensitivity setting. "No Discrimination" is an operational principle of any Pulse Induction metal detector.
The best way to distinguish a response to a deep and large target from responses to shallow and smaller targets is to count steps of the coil/frame carrier, beginning your count at the moment a signal is received and stopping your count when the signal disappears.
Also, moving the coil/frame sideways helps determine the target's size. At last, lifting the coil/frame up shows the strength of the signal. Just like with any regular metal detector, the more you move the search coil in different directions, the more Target ID information you obtain, the easier to determine if the target qualifies for digging.
To make this easier for yourself, obtain a steel probe with a T-handle especially designed for WW2 military relic hunting. This probe will save you lots of digging time as you will be able to examine the large targets buried deep before excavating them. However, before you learn your PI detector's "language" - its responses to various targets, you should dig up a lot of them in the beginning.
For its reliability and superiority to the VLF "deep seekers", such as the 2-Box metal detectors (White's TM-808, Gemini) and detectors like the Turkish Makro Jeohunter 3D Dual System (it did not impress me when I tested it), the Pulse Star II Pro has become very popular among the WWI and WWII military relic hunters. One of them told me that the Pulse Star II Pro pays off within the first detecting season of its usage. I think it is a great testimony to the Pulse Star's high efficiency, considering the price of this detector.
Two Small Cannon Balls Found with Pulse Star II Pro
Out of all PI detectors in this class, the Lorenz Deepmax X6 is probably the only match for the Pulse Star II Pro though I have never tested it, but a good friend of mine has. Anything else that you may come across is inferior to the Pulse Star II Pro, especially various clones of the Pulse Star II Pro such as, for example, the Bulgarian Gold Fish 2 Pro which I tested. They are sold at dirt cheap prices because they do not include EVERYTHING the Pulse Star II Pro has.
From my experience with Pulse Star II Pro, I found out that the 3-man team is the most efficient arrangement for conducting the search when the large square search coils/frames - 1m x 1m or 2m x 2m in size, are used. The rule is that no large metallic objects can be carried by the Pulse Star operator(s) while searching. During the search procedure, one person is operating the detector, the second person is helping to carry the search frame and digging, the third person is also digging and carrying the shovels, picks, crow bars along with a regular metal detector (for confirming "deep" signals). If the number of participants is limited, the tools can be left nearby or dragged on a rope at a distance behind.
The Pulse Star II Pro with a large square search frame can be operated even by one person, it would just take more time for digging the targets and carrying the tools from one excavation spot to another. Metal detecting with a large round search coil (a telescopic shaft is available) of 15" or 18" in diameter is easy as the control box is hip- or chest-mounted. However, the round coil is sensitive to the small-sized targets, and Sensitivity can not be reduced by switching to the fourth mode. Thus, a different approach to dealing with numerous responses to small iron trash must be taken, and this is the only inconvenience.
Overall the Pulse Star II Pro is an excellent deep seeker and can be successfully used in both treasure cache hunting and WW2 relic hunting endeavors. You can find Features and Specifications of the Pulse Star II Pro and read other users' reviews here.
Items from Artifact Cache Found with Pulse Star II Pro
If you would like to recommend this article to everyone, please click the button:
You can find and compare Specifications, Features, Prices, Users' Reviews and Ratings - all helpful Information, for all models of metal detectors available on the market today at Metal Detector Reviews Main Page.