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TREASURE HUNTER’S CODE OF ETHICS:

1. Respect the rights and property of others.


CARE & FEEDING
2. Observe all laws, whether national, state or local. LAND STAR ™
3. Never destroy historical or archaeological treasures.
4. Leave the land & vegetation as it was. Fill in the holes.
5. All treasure hunters may be judged by the example you set. Always obtain Metal Detector
permission before searching any site. Be extremely careful with your probing,
picking up and discarding of trash, and ALWAYS COVER YOUR HOLES!

OWNER’S MANUAL
KEY POINTS
BOUNTY HUNTER
This Detector System has two distinct systems in one:
5-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
1. ALL METAL No-Motion Mode: In this setting, detected targets will
First Texas Manufacturing Co., Bounty Hunter Detectors
cause the detector to sound off for as long as the target is under the
are warranted against defects in workmanship or materi-
als under normal use for five years from date of purchase searchcoil—motion is not required to detect a target. When operating
to the original user. Liability in all events is limited to the in the ALL METAL Mode, adjust the GROUND BALANCE to ensure
purchase price paid. Liability under the aforesaid War- proper mineral elimination; it is required to push the GROUND TRAC
ranty is limited to replacing or repairing at our option any touchpad after adjusting the GROUND BALANCE. All targets will be
Bounty Hunter Detector returned, shipping cost prepaid, detected with a medium tone.
to First Texas Manufacturing Co., and upon examination
shall disclose to First Texas Manufacturing Co.'s Satis-
faction to have been thus defective.
2. Motion DISCRIMINATE Mode, NOTCH and AUTO NOTCH Modes:
Operates with Three Tone Audio Target Identification, SENSITIVITY
Control and Automatic Ground Balance—the GROUND TRAC touch-
pad does not apply in these modes of operation. Iron is detected in
the DISC Mode. The DISC/NOTCH Control is used to set the level
for the rejection of various trash items. Motion is now required to make
a detection—items will be tuned out if coil is not in motion.

NOTE: Do not attempt to test unit by placing a coin or metal objects


onto a floor. Most floors contain metal which will interfere with the
detector’s operation.
First Texas Manufacturing
11900 Montana Ave.
® El Paso, TX 79936
CAREFULLY READ THIS ENTIRE MANUAL BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO OPERATE
(915) 855-4206 YOUR NEW LAND STAR METAL DETECTOR.
BOUNTY HUNTER BOUNTY HUNTER
INTRODUCTION LAND STAR

CARE AND MAINTENANCE LAND STAR


Your Bounty Hunter Land Star is de- 3. NOTCH: allows for tuning in nick- Your Land Star Metal Detector is an example of superior design and craftsman-
signed to be effective in all areas of els, gold rings and silver/copper ship. The following suggestions will help you care for your metal detector so
treasure hunting. Coin-shooting, relic coins while eliminating most pull- you can enjoy it for years.
hunting, and gold nugget shooting are tabs. Can also be adjusted to other
some of the many ways your detector settings.
can be utilized. Handle the metal detector gently and carefully. Dropping it
4. AUTO NOTCH: automatically re-
can damage circuit boards and cases and can cause the metal
jects most junk targets while retain-
Metal Detecting can be a lifelong pur- detector to work improperly.
ing nickels and small gold items.
suit available to all ages. The hobby
is completely dependent on the type
of equipment being used and the
OPTIONAL Use and store the metal detector only in normal temperature
operator’s expertise. With the elec- ACCESSORY environments. Temperature extremes can shorten the life of
tronically advanced Land Star metal electronic devices and distort or melt plastic parts.
detector and diligent practice you will The best coil to use depends on where
achieve a level of expertise making and what you will be targeting when
the hobby of metal detecting very re- you are in the field. If you are looking Wipe the metal detector with a damp cloth occasionally to
warding. The first step towards this for deeply-buried objects, a medium- keep it looking new. Do not use harsh chemicals, cleaning
goal is to carefully read this manual sized coil, such as the standard 8-inch solvents, or strong detergents to clean the metal detector.
before attempting to operate your new coil that came with your detector, is
Land Star metal detector. more efficient. If you're looking for tiny
objects and coin-sized objects that are The coil is waterproof and may be submerged in either fresh or saltwater. Be
The Land Star’s features include: not buried too deeply, or using your careful to prevent water from entering the chassis. After using the coil in salt-
detector for gold prospecting, a 4-Inch water, rinse it with fresh water to prevent corrosion of the metal parts.
Dual LCD Display — displays the coil might work better.
probable type of metal being detected Modifying or tampering with the detector’s internal components can cause a
and the probable coin depth. The Bounty Hunter 4-Inch Gold Nug- malfunction and will invalidate your detector’s warranty.
get Coil is highly sensitive and offers
Slow Sweep Discrimination — dis- superior performance when hunting
tinguishes between different metals for small objects (such as gold nug-
efficiently, even when the detector is gets or small pieces of jewelry), or in
swung at slow speeds. mineralized or highly trashed areas.

Three-Tone Audio Discrimination Because of its smaller size, the 4-Inch


— sounds distinctive tones for differ- Coil has a narrower detection field and
ent categories of metal objects to is less susceptible to interference from
make target identification easier. trash items. This makes it better able
to isolate precious metals in trashy
Four Modes of Operation — areas.
1. ALL METAL: detects all types of
metal without discrimination.
2. DISC: lets you detect valuable
metal objects while rejecting most
junk targets. ®

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TROUBLESHOOTING LAND STAR

TABLE OF CONTENTS LAND STAR


The following troubleshooting steps you’re sweeping. If it is an odd piece ASSEMBLY.................................................................................................4


may assist you in case you’re having of metal that the detector cannot rec- S-Rod Assembly............................................................................. 4
problems with your Land Star. ognize, the meter will also not lock in. Mounting the Coil............................................................................ 4
Sometimes, oxidation can also make INSTALLING BATTERIES..........................................................................5
YOUR DETECTOR IS EMITTING the meter ID arrows and tones jump Resetting the Detector.........................................................................5
FALSE SIGNALS WHEN YOU’RE IN around. This may also occur if the USING HEADPHONES................................................................................6
THE FIELD. SENSITIVITY is set too high. Listening Safely.............................................................................. 6
Traffic Safety.................................................................................. 6
Your SENSITIVITY may be set too YOUR DETECTOR IS NOT STABLE BASIC OPERATION....................................................................................7
high. Try cutting back the SENSITIV- AND HAS A PULSING, DISTORTED Turning on The Detector................................................................. 7
ITY slightly until the false signaling TONE INSTEAD OF A CLEAR Setting the Mode............................................................................. 7
disappears. Remember, to swing your TONE. Reading the Display...........................................................................8
coil slowly. Some false signals will oc- Low Battery Indicator...........................................................................9
cur on highly rusted metals, but if the This can occur if you’re operating near Depth Indicator.....................................................................................9
signal does not repeat over the same another detector or near power lines THREE TONE TARGET IDENTIFICATION...................................................10
area while passing the coil over it, then that can interfere with the frequency TESTING YOUR DETECTOR...................................................................11
the target is usually not worthwhile. that the detector operates on. FINE TUNING...................................................................................12 & 13
Adjusting Sensitivity........................................................................12
YOUR LCD READOUT IS NOT YOUR DETECTOR IS EMITTING A Adjusting Disc/Notch........................................................................12
LOCKING IN OR ID’ING WHILE CONSTANT LOUD TONE OR CON- All Metal Mode and Ground Trac.........................................................13
PASSING OVER A TARGET & STANT REPEATING TONES Disc Mode.....................................................................................13
THERE IS MORE THAN ONE TONE Notch Mode.....................................................................................14
BEING EMITTED BY THE DETEC- This usually occurs when the batter- Auto Notch Mode..........................................................................14
TOR OVER THE SAME TARGET. ies are low. Try replacing your batter- GROUND BALANCING...................................................................15
ies with two new alkalines to deter- IN THE FIELD TECHNIQUES.............................................................16
This will usually occur when there is mine if this is the cause. Pinpointing....................................................................................16
more than one object over the area Coil Movement.......................................................................16 & 17
TROUBLESHOOTING..............................................................................18
CARE & MAINTENANCE.........................................................................19
Treasure Hunter’s Code of Ethics............................BACK COVER
WARRANTY INFO.................................................................BACK COVER

ALL METAL MODE DISC, NOTCH and AUTO NOTCH


Constant Tone Over Target When Target Sounds Off Only When Detector
Detector is Held Still is in Motion



$ $

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ASSEMBLY LAND STAR

LAND STAR

Searchcoil After selecting your choice of mode electrical interference, or by large ir-
for operation, swing the searchcoil regular trash objects. These signals
Searchcoil Cable gently side-to-side, slightly overlap- are easily recognized by their often
ping each sweep as you move for- broken or non-repeatable nature.
ward. Make sure you keep your
searchcoil approximately 1" above The Land Star is a very sensitive and
Lower Stem ground as you search. Raising it in the deep-seeking detector. It will loudly
Connector sweep or at the ends of your sweep respond to many targets that other de-
Upper Stem tectors would only emit a weak signal
will cause false readings. Move slowly,
hurrying will only cause you to miss for. Because of this, trash-induced sig-
Plug
targets. nals and other sources of interference
Bolt Knurled Knob Upper may emit signals that seem confus-
Stem Most good objects will re- ing. The main key to handling these
spond with a good repeat- types of false signaling is to dig only
Button able signal. If a signal those targets that emit a strong re-
does not repeat after peatable signal. As you sweep the
swinging the coil di- searchcoil back and forth over the
rectly over the sus- ground, learn to recognize the differ-
pected target a few ence between the signals that occur
times, it is more than at random and signals that are stable
likely trash metal. and repeatable.
False signals can
Assembling your Land Star Metal 3. Wind the searchcoil cable around be caused by When searching very trashy ground,
Detector is easy and requires no spe- the stem. Leave enough slack in trashy ground, it is best to scan small areas with slow,
cial tools. Just follow these steps: the cable to let you adjust the coil short overlapping sweeps. To prevent
when you are hunting on uneven erratic signals and difficult pinpointing
1. Using the supplied bolt and ground. Then tighten the knob at in trashy areas, consider purchasing
knurled knob, attach the search- the end of the searchcoil. the Bounty Hunter 4-Inch Gold Nug-
coil to the lower stem. Attach the get Coil System.
control panel to the upper stem Note: To adjust the coil, simply loosen
with the two knurled knobs sup- the knob.
plied.
4. Insert the coil’s plug into the
2. Press the button on the upper end matching connector on the con-
of the lower stem and slide the trol housing. Be sure the holes
lower stem into the upper stem. and pins line up correctly.
SWEEP ➟
SIGNAL ➞
Adjust the stem to a length that lets Cautions:
you maintain a comfortable upright WHAT READS …MAY ACTUALLY BE THIS
posture, with your arm relaxed at your • Do not force the plug or you might LIKE THIS
side and the searchcoil level to the damage it.
ground and about 1/2 to 2 inches
above the ground. • To disconnect the cable, pull out the
plug. Do not pull on the cable.

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IN THE FIELD TECHNIQUES LAND STAR

INSTALLING THE BATTERIES LAND STAR


PINPOINTING COIL MOVEMENT Notes:


• The low battery indicator, along with
Accurate pinpointing takes practice When swinging the coil, be careful to all other arrow indicators, lights
and is best accomplished by “X-ing” keep it level with the ground about one briefly when you turn on power, so
the suspected target area. to two inches from the surface. Never you know the detector is working
swing the coil as if it was a pendulum. properly and the batteries are good.
1. Once a buried target is indicated
Release Clip of • If the low battery indicator stays on
by a good tone response continue
Battery Door continuously, replace the batteries.
sweeping the coil over the target in a
narrowing side-to-side pattern.
2. Take visual note of the place on • Many metal detector problems are
the ground where the “beep” happens caused by weak, dead, or improp-
as the coil is slowly moved side-to- erly connected batteries. If the de-
WRONG
side. tector does not come on, has weak
3. Stop the coil directly over this spot volume, will not tune properly, has
on the ground. erratic operation, or drifts, replace
4. Now move the coil straight forward the batteries.
and straight back towards you a Batteries
couple of times. • You can extend battery life by us-
RIGHT
Connected
5. Again make visual note of the spot ing headphones. A headphone jack
on the ground at which the “beep” oc- is provided and can be used with
curs. any 1/4-inch stereo-type headset.
IMPORTANT: Your Land Star metal
6. If needed “X” the target at differ- detector requires two 9-volt ALKA-
ent angles to “zero in” on the exact • Remove the batteries if you do not
LINE batteries.
spot on the ground at which the plan to use the detector for a week
“beep” happens. or more.
Follow these steps to install the bat-
teries.
RESETTING THE
1. Carefully remove battery compart- DETECTOR
ment door by pressing release
clip at right side of door. The detector might “lock up” and
2. Snap one battery onto each of the sound a continuous tone if you have
The coil should be swung in a half-circle
movement as illustrated above. Repeat this
terminals, and place the batteries low battery voltage or are testing the
motion every step you take to guarantee that inside the compartment. detector with the searchcoil near a
the area is being covered thoroughly. 3. Replace the compartment door by large metal object.
carefully inserting opposite side of
clip first. Then press carefully • Check and replace the batteries if
down on clip side until battery necessary.
When pinpointing a target, try drawing an “X”, door snaps in place.
as illustrated, over where the tone is • Move to a different testing location.
being emitted. Caution: Only use fresh batteries of
the required size and type. • Reset the detector by turning it off
and on repetitively.
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USING HEADPHONES LAND STAR

GROUND BALANCING LAND STAR


Using headphones (not supplied) with Listening Safely When searching in the ALL METAL Lower the searchcoil as de-
your metal detector makes it easier mode, it is important that the detector scribed in Step 3. If the detector
to identify subtle changes in the To protect your hearing, follow these be ground balanced to offset the ef- still emits a tone, repeat this
threshold levels for better detection guidelines when you use head- fects of any minerals present in the procedure. When the detector
results, and also reduces drain on the phones. Purchase stereo head- soil or to balance the effects of saltwa- no longer emits a tone upon
batteries. phones that have right and left volume ter when you search near the ocean. lowering the searchcoil to the
controls. ground, then it is properly
The Land Star Metal Detector has a 1. Begin with the GROUND ground balanced for that area.
stereo headphone jack. • Set the volume to the lowest setting BALANCE knob adjusted
before you begin listening. After you to Preset and lift the search NOTE: always be careful that there is
To connect headphones, insert the begin listening, adjust each volume coil about waist high in the no metal on top of or under the
headphones’ 1/4-inch plug into the control to a comfortable level. air. ground where you will be ground
headphone jack on the front panel. balancing, otherwise you will not
• Do not listen at extremely high vol- be able to determine if the tone
Traffic Safety ume levels. Extended high-volume lis- 2. Push the GROUND TRAC being emitted is caused by miner-
tening can lead to permanent hear- TOUCHPAD and release. alization or metal. If you think you
Do not wear headphones while oper- ing loss. To allow the unit to stabilize, might be over metal, move to an-
ating your detector in traffic areas.
push the touchpad 2 or 3 other spot and proceed.
This can create a traffic hazard and is • Once you set the volume controls, times when first going into the
illegal in some areas. do not increase it. Over time, your ears ALL METAL mode. IMPORTANT: When adjusting the
adapt to the volume level, so a vol- GROUND BALANCE knob counter-
Even though some headphones are ume level that does not cause discom- clockwise, be careful to turn it in small
designed to let you hear some out- fort might still damage your hearing. 3. Lower the searchcoil to increments—This will assure that you
side sounds when listening at normal
about one inch above the achieve an optimum threshold level. If
volume levels, they still present a traf-
ground. If a tone is not being you feel you've turned the knob too far
fic hazard.
emitted, then the Preset counterclockwise, you can turn it clock-
position is the proper ground wise using the same ground balanc-
balance for that area. If a ing procedure until a tone is being
tone is being emitted by emitted and then cut it back counter-
IR
GOLD RANGE SILVER RANGE
the detector, proceed clockwise slightly until a tone is no
ON $1
SENSITIVITY
/F
OI
L DISC / NOTCH by lifting the longer being emitted.
searchcoil waist
P R O B A B L E T A R G E T I D

LOW BAT high in the air Saltwater Balance: To balance the


OFF HIGH LOW HIGH again. effects of saltwater use the same gen-
POWER
10
DEEP
8 6 4
MEDIUM
2 0
SURFACE
eral procedures as used for ground
P R O B A B L E C O I N D E P T H

ALL AUTO
balancing. The difference is that the
DISC NOTCH
METAL
PRESS FOR TARGET MODE
NOTCH
PRE-
SET
GROUND BALANCE control will re-
HEADPHONE
GROUND
TRAC
HIGH quire a higher setting to balance out
4. Turn the GROUND BALANCE saltwater effects.
knob counterclockwise slightly,
about an eighth of a turn. Push Anytime the GROUND BALANCE
Headphone Jack the GROUND TRAC touchpad control is moved, the GROUND TRAC
once again and release. touchpad must be pushed afterwards.

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LAND STAR

BASIC OPERATION LAND STAR


NOTCH AUTO NOTCH MODE Now that your metal detector is as- gets will have three distinct tones. The
sembled, please read this section DISC/NOTCH control can now be
thoroughly before using your Land adjusted for discrimination. By turn-
Star. ing the DISC/NOTCH control clock-
ALL AUTO ALL AUTO
METAL DISC NOTCH NOTCH DISC NOTCH wise the detector will first eliminate
METAL NOTCH
PRESS FOR TARGET MODE PRESS FOR TARGET MODE
TURNING ON YOUR small iron objects, then medium iron
GROUND HIG GROUND HIG objects. Turned higher, larger iron
TRAC TRAC DETECTOR objects are eliminated followed by
items such as foil and aluminum while
Hold the detector in a comfortable still detecting silver and copper—de-
NOTCH TOUCHPAD AUTO NOTCH TOUCHPAD position and turn it on by rotating the pending on how high it is set. Most
combination POWER/SENSITIVITY gold and nickels will also be eliminated
It is often desirable to eliminate some The purpose of the AUTO NOTCH is
clockwise about 3/4’s of a turn. The when tuning the DISC/NOTCH con-
pull-tabs without rejecting nickels, to provide a preset notch window for
detector sounds three beeps, LCD trol clockwise for higher discrimina-
since many types of gold rings are automatic discrimination of most trash
arrows momentarily appear and unit tion. When the DISC/NOTCH control
also rejected along with the nickel. items without the loss of nickels and
presets to the ALL METAL mode of is placed fully counterclockwise (Low),
most small gold objects. In this mode,
operation. When first turning the unit the detector will pick up all metals in-
In the NOTCH mode, the DISC/ the detector emits a low tone (for most
on, the GROUND TRAC touchpad cluding iron, nickels, and gold rings
NOTCH control now functions as a small gold and nickels) and a high
must be pressed in order to bring up along with pull-tabs and copper/silver
variable notch rejection window. The tone for copper, silver, and brass.
the sensitivity for good detection. If coins.
notch can then be adjusted to reject,
not, check that the batteries are prop- 3. NOTCH: By pressing the NOTCH
or “notch out”, selected types of pull- The DISC/NOTCH control now wid-
erly connected and make sure they touchpad, the detector will automati-
tabs or other trash. ens the discrimination window; for in-
are not low. cally reject iron and can then be fine
stance, zinc pennies and screw caps
When using the NOTCH feature, most can also be eliminated by turning the tuned by the DISC/NOTCH control for
iron and small foil will be automatically control clockwise—yet, nickels and SETTING THE MODE selective elimination of various junk
rejected. small gold will be retained. In the items while still detecting nickels,
AUTO NOTCH mode, the discrimina- small gold and silver/copper coins.
Your Land Star has four modes of 4. AUTO NOTCH: This mode will au-
To set the NOTCH, use a pull-tab of tion window can be made wider but
operation: ALL METAL, DISC, tomatically reject iron and most pull-
the type to be rejected. the beginning position cannot be
NOTCH and AUTO NOTCH. tabs yet retain detection of nickels and
changed. Expect some targets to be
Adjust the DISC/NOTCH control to a junk items, even if the detector emits most small gold rings. The DISC/
1. ALL METAL: Press the ALL NOTCH control will increase the width
point at which the tab, or other desired a tone. Besides nickels, other items
METAL touchpad after first turning of the NOTCH as it is turned towards
object is “notched” out, or rejected. that might emit a low tone include foil,
the unit on. The unit will then respond HIGH, making possible the rejection
some pull-tabs, and small gold rings.
to all types of metal without any dis- of screw caps and zinc pennies, yet
Now check a nickel to be sure it is still Besides copper and silver, other items
crimination. GROUND BALANCE still detecting nickels and many gold
accepted. Note that some pull-tabs or that might emit a high tone include
adjustment will be necessary (see rings.
tab pieces have nearly the same de- brass and other metals.
GROUND BALANCING on p.15). Note: Some gold rings will not be de-
tection properties as nickels and some
The detector will not require motion tected in AUTO NOTCH mode of op-
gold rings. These items cannot be Note: If you're ever not sure about
to detect a target in the ALL METAL eration. A small percentage of pull-
separated. which mode the detector is operating
mode. tabs will still be detected, especially
in, simply press the touchpad of the
2. DISC: By pressing the DISC touch- pull-tabs that are broken in half in the
desired mode you want to be using at
pad, the detector will now require shape of a “beaver tail”.
that moment.
motion to make a detection and tar-
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LAND STAR

MODES OF OPERATION LAND STAR


READING THE DISPLAY ALL METAL MODE DISC MODE

The LCD displays are located at the Note: When the arrow points to a coin,
center of the control housing. The dis- the detector could be sensing either ALL AUTO ALL AUTO
METAL DISC NOTCH NOTCH DISC NOTCH
plays show a probable identification a coin or another type of metal (such METAL NOTCH
PRESS FOR TARGET MODE
of the object (on the target ID read- as jewelry, tokens, medals, or even PRESS FOR TARGET MODE
GROUND HIG GROUND HIG
out), as well as the probable depth of junk metal). TRAC TRAC
the object in inches.
GOLD/SILVER range: Indicated on
LCD Displays the top of the readout. The gold spec- ALL METAL TOUCHPAD DISC TOUCHPAD
IR
ON
GOLD RANGE SILVER RANGE

$1
trum is to the left of the meter and the
silver spectrum is to the right. Other
/F
OIL
SENSITIVITY DISC / NOTCH
When first turning the unit on, the de- To change operation mode to DISC,
P R O B A B L E T A R G E T I D types of metal fall under both spec- tector presets to the ALL METAL
LOW BAT simply press the touchpad labeled
trums such as iron, foil and nickel un- mode. The DISC/NOTCH control will
OFF
POWER
HIGH
10 8 6 4 2 0
LOW HIGH
DISC.
DEEP MEDIUM
P R O B A B L E C O I N
SURFACE
D E P T H
der the gold spectrum and copper not affect operation in this mode.
ALL
DISC NOTCH
AUTO
pennies under the silver spectrum.
HEADPHONE
METAL
PRESS FOR TARGET MODE
NOTCH
PRE-
SET The DISC/NOTCH control knob now
GROUND HIGH
TRAC
By pressing the ALL METAL touch- functions as a standard variable dis-
1¢ ZINC: Indicates that the target pad, the unit will return to ALL METAL
All Arrows and Low Bat Come On criminator.
When Unit is First Turned On
probably is a zinc penny. Will usually from any other mode.
emit a medium tone when targeted.
As you rotate the DISC/NOTCH clock-
The LCD target display will give a vi- Other targets, such as large gold, will The detector will not require continu- wise from the LOW position, it rejects
sual readout of the probable type of also fall into this category. ous motion to detect a target in this iron, foil, nickels, many gold items,
metal being targeted and what de- mode of operation. pull-tabs, and screw caps (in that or-
nomination of coins are detected. The S-CAPS: Indicates that the target
der).
LCD target display will usually lock probably is a screw cap or other types The ALL METAL’S GROUND TRAC
on when a target is being detected of metal such as bottle caps. Medium- pad must be pushed each time after
and not lock on when the unit “falses” sized gold will also fall into this range, the ALL METAL mode is selected, in-
or an object is borderline discrimi- as well as large aluminum items. cluding when the unit is first turned
nated. on, so that the unit is correctly tuned.
PULL TAB: Indicates that the target
The target ID readout displays vari- is probably a pull-tab. Some small This will lock in wherever the
ous coins and metal objects, and a gold will also read as pull-tab. GROUND BALANCE is adjusted. It
range from GOLD to SILVER. When is also required that every time the
the detector senses a target an arrow IRON/FOIL: Indicates that the target GROUND BALANCE is adjusted, to
will indicate the probable target being is probably iron or foil. Some rusted again push the GROUND TRAC re-
detected. oxidized iron will occasionally regis- tune touchpad.
ter in the silver range.
GOLD RANGE SILVER RANGE
IR
ON $1
/F
OI
TIVITY L DISC /

P R O B A B L E T A R G E T I D

LCD Target Readout Showing


Detection of 25¢

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SETTING THE CONTROLS LAND STAR

LAND STAR

NOTE: All of the target indications are PROBABLE DEPTH INDICATOR:


used as symbols and a visual refer- Each arrow will lock on and stay on
ADJUSTING ADJUSTING DISC/ ence of what is being targeted. Many estimated depth in inches for coin-
SENSITIVITY NOTCH CONTROL other types of metal can fall under any sized objects until another target's
KNOB one of these indications. There is al- depth is detected.
IR ways a trash to treasure ratio when LOW BAT
ON
/F
$1 detecting; the LCD allows a visual ref- GH LOW
SENSITIVITY
DISC / NOTCH
erence to minimize the trash only—it 10 8 6 4 2 0
will not completely eliminate all trash DEEP MEDIUM
P R O B A B L E C O I N
SURFACE
D E P T H

items. ALL AUTO


D METAL DISC NOTCH NOTCH
PRESS FOR TARGET MODE
LOW BAT INDICATOR: Will blink
OFF HIGH GROUND HIGH
POWER LOW HIGH
when turning the unit on to indicate TRAC
that it is working. If the indicator comes
on and stays on, the batteries need
replacement. Touchpad Modes of operation with Depth
Use SENSITIVITY to adjust the Only applies when unit is not operat- Indicator arrow at 4 inches.
detector’s sensitivity to conditions that ing in the ALL METAL mode. The Shown are five Touchpads including four
P R O B A B L E T A R G E T I D
can cause it to respond erratically. For DISC/NOTCH control knob adjusts for modes of operation. The GROUND TRAC
LOW BAT Touchpad operates in the ALL METAL
example, broadcasting antennas and different levels of discrimination.
mode only.
power lines can cause false signals.
When operating in the DISC mode,
Be careful to not operate the SENSI- the level of discrimination is increased
TIVITY so high that the Target Read- by turning the control clockwise from
out becomes erratic and false tones the LOW position. NOTE: Some Gold
start emitting. items will also be eliminated as the
control is turned clockwise.
Rotate SENSITIVITY clockwise to in-
crease, or counterclockwise to de- When operating in the NOTCH mode,
crease the detector’s sensitivity. the DISC/NOTCH control establishes
a reject window. Items falling within
To determine how high to adjust the this window will not be detected.
SENSITIVITY, turn the SENSITIVITY
clockwise while listening for false sig- In the NOTCH mode, the width of the
nals; if the unit starts to chatter, emit- rejection window is fixed.
ting false signals, reduce the SENSI-
TIVITY slightly until the chatter stops. The DISC/NOTCH control will move
the window to different object settings,
For maximum depth of detection, al- but the window width remains fixed.
ways set SENSITIVITY as high as
possible.

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BOUNTY HUNTER BOUNTY HUNTER
LAND STAR

TESTING YOUR DETECTOR LAND STAR


THREE-TONE OLD & NEW PULL-TABS: These will


AUDIO TARGET usually emit a medium tone or no tone
1. While testing the unit for its capa- 5. Zinc pennies will emit a medium
at all if in the NOTCH mode. If a pull-
IDENTIFICATION (ATI) tab is broken in half, the “Beaver Tail”
bility to pick up coins and other tone instead of a high tone as do
objects, always test away from other copper pennies, quarters, and
part will emit a low tone. There are
metals—a good start is outside on dimes.
When the Land Star is in the DISC or also pull-tabs that are bent and folded
the ground. You cannot test a unit
NOTCH modes, its Audio Target Iden- or highly oxidized that may emit a low
indoors on the floor, because there 6. Do not swing the coil, or the test
tification (ATI) system automatically tone.
is usually metal in the floor that may object, too quickly or it may give you
classifies metal objects into three cat- conflict with the detector’s signal or a false signal. When repetitively
egories, to make it easier to identify COPPER, SILVER & BRASS: These
even mask the signal completely. passing the coil over the object,
the type of target being detected. metals usually will all emit a high tone
allow a few seconds to pass to give
in the DISC, NOTCH or AUTO
2. If you’re not picking up coins or the detector a chance to recover
The detector sounds three different NOTCH modes.
metal, even though your coil is close from its last reading.
tones to distinguish between catego- to the objects to be detected, there
ries of detected items: a low tone for Note: When operating in the ALL
is a chance that you are not maneu-
small gold and nickel; a medium tone METAL mode, Three-Tone Audio Tar-
vering the coil properly. Do not
for most old and new pull-tabs, some get Identification shuts down and only
move the coil too quickly and try not
gold and zinc pennies (dated post one constant medium tone is emitted
to sweep the coil less than an inch
1982); and a high tone for silver, when a target is detected.
away from the object.
brass, and copper including pennies
(dated pre 1982). 3. In the DISC, NOTCH or AUTO
NOTCH modes movement is re-
IRON & STEEL: In the DISC mode, quired before the unit will recognize
most iron and steel objects will emit a a target. If you’re air testing, you
low tone. On occasion, if the iron is need to point the coil to the ceiling
highly oxidized, a high tone may be and make sure there is no metal
emitted. For instance, some rusted near the coil whatsoever (see illus-
bottle caps will emit a high tone and tration). The object you’re testing
indicate on the LCD readout in the with needs to be swung in a side to
Zinc
SILVER range. In the NOTCH and Pennies side motion before the detector will
(Post 1982)
AUTO NOTCH modes, iron and steel be able to recognize it. In the ALL
objects usually will not be detected, METAL mode motion is not required
except for oxidized and rusted items For proper air testing, place detector on
to detect a target. table, rotate coil towards the ceiling as
as described above.
illustrated above. After properly rotating the
4. Not all gold rings will give you a low coil, remove any watches and rings from your
GOLD & NICKEL: All nickels and tone. Some gold rings fall in the pull- hands, and make sure no metal in the table
Copper is in close proximity to the coil. Test the
small gold items will emit a low tone. Pennies tab range and may emit a medium
Larger gold items will emit a medium (Pre 1982) detector by sweeping a metal object across
tone similar to the pull-tab. Some the coil. If the object is not ID’ing properly, try
tone; the LCD will still read under the pull-tabs, especially if they are bro- waving the object closer to the coil while
ATI (Audio Target Identification) falls in
gold spectrum. It is recommended three categories—Some iron and steel ken in half, will give you a low tone making sure the surface of the object is not
when specifically hunting for gold will emit high tones depending on on edge—for instance, a coin’s surface is
similar to most gold rings and nick- more accurately detected than its edge.
items to dig both medium and low oxidation (level of rust)—Audio response
is not 100% accurate and should only be els.
tones.
considered a reference on average.

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