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Running the Vista X Discrimination at the Pre-Set

I have hunted this old house many times and used almost every detector out there. I did well with the Vista X and the discrimination at 30. I decided to back it off to the pre-set and see what I would find. As you can see, there were targets that I left behind. A couple of them were surprising. A number of flat buttons, overall buttons, the campaign fob from the 1904 presidental race. It seems to do exceptionally well in the area of brass and copper with the pre-set.


Jim Robertson

Active member
Wow Richard that is great to know. It is a very strong detector for sure. Thanks for the information.

Joseph in Alabama

Active member
Nice Digs Jim!
The Vista X is impressive detector..
Anyone thats enjoys a single tone detector would really like the 2 tone Vista X.
Not sure what coil setup You were using but the mid size 8x6 coil is great around those old home sites..stay safe. joe


New member
You done well with the X. I would have liked to have seen all the rubbish you dug up with the disc set at pre-set or were you checking the targets with alternative disc.


Great finds, Richard! It's surprising that high conductors like those copper items didn't give good signals with the disc set to 30. Do you think it's because they were deep, or does the machine just recover faster from nearby trash if the disc is at 20?

I think there are a couple of factors.. Yes, one is depth but the other is a very aggressive discrimination circuit. Here is what I have out in my circumstances.
a nickle on top of the ground will discriminate out, say at 35
you can not expect to find nickles deeper than 4-5" unless you turn the disc. back by 5 or so. I was hunting with my nephew who was using an Equinox who ran into the same thing.
He was in the coin range on the discriminate and got some good fines but I went behind him, with considerably less discrimination, and got 4 silvers... That is why I use as little disc as possible.
Thanks Richard