Treasure Talk

Treasure Talk

The Warwick Wonder

May 01, 2015 08:39pm

Over the past weeks Aussie Digger (aka AD) has been sending me a steady flow of pictures of small nuggets up to 5 grams in size that he has been finding with the GPZ 7000. Well a man can only take so much of this and after getting an open invitation to come up any time I decided to bite the bullet, pack my GPZ 7000, head up and give it a go.

Posted by Mark Williams on May 01, 2015 08:39pm | 0 Comments

Eolian Gold Deposits

April 30, 2015 10:26pm

Eolian placers are a special type of residual gold deposit that prospectors should be interested in because the gold is shallow and richly concentrated - a condition well suited to exploitation with a metal detector.

Posted by Chris Ralph on April 30, 2015 10:26pm | 0 Comments

Treasure Diving with the Excalibur II (Part 2)

April 22, 2015 06:35pm

Following on from my blog about settings and techniques for using the Minelab Excalibur II on SCUBA, I’d like to share one of the great dives I have enjoyed chasing treasure underwater.

 

Posted by Mark Gerlach on April 22, 2015 06:35pm | 0 Comments

My Method for Ground Balancing the GPZ 7000

April 20, 2015 07:49pm

After having spent quite some time with the testing and development of the GPZ 7000, and coming to grips with the new technology in this detector, I thought it would be great to share with you my ‘best’ method of getting up and running with all of the initial steps you need to carry out when turning on the unit and properly adjusting it to suit the conditions. While these steps are contained within the Field Guide and Instruction Manual, I have added a few practical tips of my own to help you out. So here they are:

Posted by Jonathan Porter on April 20, 2015 07:49pm | 3 Comments

Advantages of the Coiltek 10” x 5” CTX Coil

April 17, 2015 08:03pm

Are you spending too much time digging those deeply buried nails?  Here are some ways you can fine-tune your techniques, when using the Coiltek 10”’ x 5” elliptical coil for the C TX3030.

Posted by Randy Horton on April 17, 2015 08:03pm | 1 Comment

A Growing Confidence

April 13, 2015 11:48pm

As I live in South Australia I often feel I was born in the wrong state when it comes to chasing gold. Friends of mine from all over Australia are always telling me about a patch they found and how much they got on the weekend etc. This always leaves me pondering how good it would be to live closer to where the high gold bearing areas are. When it comes to gold, South Australia has only produced a drop in the bucket compared to other states but if you put in the hard yards there are still some nice bits to be found. I recently went to a much hunted out area (because that’s all we have here) to see what the GPZ 7000 could find.

Posted by Mark Williams on April 13, 2015 11:48pm | 2 Comments

Gold Trip to Costa Rica (Part 1)

April 01, 2015 10:02pm

I have been travelling to Costa Rica for a few years now, taking a metal detector in my hand luggage in the hope to find some gold nuggets out in the jungles.

Over the years I’ve had reasonable success using the Minelab GPX 5000, last year finding 4 grams including a 1-gram nugget on my hotel’s beach. Okay, this is not the greatest of examples of success, but considering the challenging environment it’s not surprising I list this meager gold with pride.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on April 01, 2015 10:02pm | 0 Comments

Treasure Diving with the Excalibur II (Part 1)

March 28, 2015 12:27am

Minelab’s Excalibur II metal detector is indisputably one of the best beach and water hunting detectors on the market. However, from the beginning this detector was designed for going underwater and finding treasure.  Being a keen SCUBA diver I couldn’t wait to take my Excalibur II for a dive when I bought it, and it didn’t disappoint! 

Posted by Mark Gerlach on March 28, 2015 12:27am | 0 Comments

Examining the GPZ 7000 Menu and Display system

March 21, 2015 12:17am

The GPZ 7000 comes with a menu and control system which is something very new for Minelab’s gold oriented metal detectors. In looking at it initially, it is clearly a close relative of the system used on the CTX 3030 – Minelab’s flagship treasure hunting detector. Some prospectors who do quite a bit of treasure hunting will already be thoroughly familiar with the menu system of the CTX 3030, but for me, although I do my share of coin, jewelry and treasure hunting, my passion is really in the area of gold prospecting so previously I had only spent a short time examining the menu system of the CTX. However, from the first time I saw the CTX 3030, I admired it’s easy to operate menu and display system. I have to say that I have long wished for an easily viewed menu screen system while running my GPX 5000. The new handle mounted menu controls on the GPZ 7000 makes this all possible and it is just as easy to use as I had hoped for.

Posted by Chris Ralph on March 21, 2015 12:17am | 0 Comments

Putting the Minelab GPZ 7000 to the GOLD test

March 03, 2015 02:16am

By Nenad “Gone Beepin” Lonic

Well, the much anticipated GPZ 7000 has finally been released, and while some users put their name down for one before they really knew any info, others have been waiting patiently for more info to emerge, mainly performance reports from the field. In my opinion, a gold detector should be judged by its ability to find the gold that is still in the ground, so that’s what I did; just put my harness on, switched on the GPZ and went swinging in spots where I have found gold previously. Now, if you are hoping to hear about all the ounce plus pieces I found to date, well then you can stop reading now. It is still early days, and South Australia is generally gold poor, and the Adelaide Hills even more so. With only 3 public areas available to swing a gold detector, you can imagine they’ve copped a fair hammering, so in saying that, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of finds with the GPZ 7000. Fingers crossed that larger nugget with my name on it is waiting for me across the border. But before I get onto the field results, I just want to say a few words about the new Search Modes and the audio.

Posted by Nenad Lonic on March 03, 2015 02:16am | 0 Comments
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