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Recently we had a Facebook comment about the Target ID difference between our older Explorer SE detector and the CTX 3030:
“One thing I've noticed on the CTX is that an all copper penny sounds just like a silver dime and both will read 12 43. On the Explorer SE coppers would show as 7 21 and silver 03 23. But it's a small sacrifice to pay to straighten out the graph curve into the 12 line.”
So, I thought it was worth revisiting the rationale behind evolving the Explorer FE/CO discrimination method into the one used in E-TRAC and CTX 3030…
There are various ways in which you may use the GPS mapping options included with the Minelab CTX 3030 and GPZ 7000 detectors. This Treasure Talk entry is for those who do NOT want to have any data saved on their detector and who do NOT wish to use the XChange 2 software. It is, however, still possible to find very good practical applications in this limited mode. The key thing to remember is that all information displayed to you will be lost as soon as you power the detector off.
Imagine finding the largest lead slingshot hoard in the Roman Empire…well we did, and once again in Scotland! Roman sling shot are made of lead and weigh approximately 50g. They also have very distinctive shapes and are mostly shaped like lemons or acorns. This might not sound like a deadly weapon to our modern ears, but in fact, expert slingers could sling these so fast, the projectile had the same velocity and impact as a .44 Magnum- very deadly indeed.
It’s no secret, detectorists aim to get things discovered and excavated. This month we’ll be looking at some of the different tools that detectorists use to locate and excavate targets. Each and every environment comes with its own set of challenges. It’s important to take a look at the environment that you’ll be hunting before you actually go out swinging. Unless of course, you have a ton of tools that you don’t mind hauling to every site regardless of the conditions. Sadly, I don’t think that’s the case for most of us. Keep in mind, while some of our main objectives are retrieving the target quickly and effortlessly, the main objective should be property preservation. The tools that we select to excavate our targets should leave the land looking as if we’d never been there when we’re done. So let’s start with a few basics that every detectorist should consider carrying to EVERY site.
It can bit of a challenge to try show how to pan for gold in a direct fashion without overwhelming people with too much information. So, while the PRO-GOLD Getting Started video does a great job of explaining the basics in a few minutes, many of the finer details were not fully covered. The intention of this blog (Part 2) is to provide more of this detail to enable people just starting out to learn more from my experience.
I have been very fortunate over the years to be able to work with companies and people in the metal detector industry. It is fun to rub elbows with those tasked with developing new products for prospectors, and nice to have some input on those products.
It should be no surprise then that I perked up when asked if I would be interested in working with Minelab on the introduction of a new gold panning kit. I have to admit after seeing many different kits over the years I was skeptical, but when I saw the prototypes of what Minelab was working on I was all in. The kit was already something I would use myself and that is always a key consideration for me. Minelab did a great job putting together a practical and well thought out gold panning kit.
Recently Steve Herschbach and I had the chance to give these pans a full field test and film two short videos about the kit and the basics of gold panning. The pans worked very well, so well in fact, that I even found gold with them when I wasn’t expecting to see any – but more on that in a bit…
Over the course of the next ten months or so, I’ll be taking you on a step-by-step blog and video tour of my recent book “The Metal Detecting Bible: Helpful Tips, Expert Tricks and Insider Secrets for Finding Hidden Treasures”. I know… I know… It’s a ridiculously long winded title. Now, I won’t be giving away all of the book’s secrets, but I will be expanding on the info and specifically applying Minelab technology to each chapter.
The first thing we’ll cover are the basic principles of how a modern coin, relic and treasure hunting metal detector actually works and some of the different technologies Yes, it’s the most boring part for some, but it’s also the most essential part! Hopefully this will give you an idea of which of Minelab detector will best suit your coin, relic and treasure hunting needs. Or maybe you’ll learn a little something extra about the one you already have?
Derek and I are just back from several days detecting in an English woodland, and let’s just say it was worth the trip (it’s a five hour drive). We always jump at any opportunity to detect in England as the finds there are more prolific and there is always a chance of ancient Roman finds, which are few and far between in Scotland. On top of all that, the weather is better and it was a chance to meet up with new detectorists and chat about our previous discoveries and of course, our Minelab machines
Welcome to part one of a multi-part series on using the GPS system that comes with the Minelab CTX 3030 and GPZ 7000 metal detectors. I own both these detectors and have found that the built-in GPS capability these detectors feature along with the XChange 2 software is an invaluable tool. Unfortunately, it is also a much underutilized tool, with many owners of these detectors never using it at all.