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Mark Williams metal detecting blog posts

At the age of 25 Mark bought his first Minelab Eldorado MkII and with grand visions of great riches to be found he was hooked well and truly on metal detecting. Mark soon discovered that the world of coin & relic hunting was not just about the lost riches that are out there but the many different areas of history that can be learned by researching something he has found.

Mark has been very successful over the years with some amazing coin & relic finds. This year Mark has upgraded to a Minelab E-TRAC which has enabled him to move to a new level of coin and relic hunting, more than quadrupling his finds. Mark says it is very hard to name a favourite find, however he would lean towards an ornate cricket buckle from the mid 1800’s for relics and his latest addition of an 1850 Victoria half crown for coins.

You can find Mark's own blog; to have many useful tips and encouraging stories of successful hunts.


CTX 17 Worth Its Weight In Gold Part II

September 25, 2013 09:00am

My last blog was about the advantages of using the CTX 17 while hunting on beaches and I must say that I am still pulling out some great finds, including a few more rings and heaps of silver coins (florins, shillings, sixpences etc.) that have been there for a long time. Next I will cover parks & ovals to discuss the advantages of using the CTX 17 and the Volume Gain feature for both shallow and deep targets. My settings this time, although similar to what I use on the beach have a few small variations. 

Posted by Mark Williams on September 25, 2013 09:00am | 2 Comments

CTX 17 Worth It's Weight In Gold

September 06, 2013 11:25am

Since writing my last article about the advantages of understanding the CTX 3030 to get the best out of it, I have spent many hours using the CTX 17 coil to see if adjusting the volume gain would make much difference. To my surprise and delight I have had some awesome results going over ground at the beach, parks and ovals that I had previously hunted with the CTX 11 coil.

Posted by Mark Williams on September 06, 2013 11:25am | 2 Comments

Ups & Downs Of Volume Gain

April 05, 2013 03:07pm

These days we are bombarded with gadgets loaded with special features, the CTX 3030 is certainly that way inclined, but if we are too lazy to experiment and familiarize ourselves by using them, what is the point?

When the CTX 3030 came out I quickly spent a lot of time getting my head around what its capabilities were, all the time knowing full well that even if I understood these features it would take some time for them to sink in. I have found that if I know what it can do, then it opens up my mind allowing me to develop different techniques in various situations to improve my detecting.

Posted by Mark Williams on April 05, 2013 03:07pm | 2 Comments

The benefits of GPS Mapping

November 30, 2012 10:15am

There has been a lot of questions as to the benefits of the GPS Mapping feature of the CTX 3030 and to be honest I was unsure of its usability when it came to practical coin & relic hunting. I can remember sitting down and reading the manual while scrolling through the features of the GPS mapping, thinking to myself, where could I possibly use features like WayPoints, FindPoints, GeoTrails, GeoHunts and the list goes on, I was really struggling with the concept.

Posted by Mark Williams on November 30, 2012 10:15am | 1 Comment

Going to the next level

September 28, 2012 11:05am

Layer upon layer

Have you ever wondered when you are consistently digging coins at a certain depth, maybe that’s the limit of your detector’s ability, or is that as far as the coins have been able to go? The answer to this is yes and yes in some cases you are definitely hitting every target, but other times you are at your detectors full depth and there are coins below. Sometimes after I have been over and over an area until it stops producing, I have sat back and imagined if there is another level of coins lying just out of reach, maybe even just millimetres away.

Posted by Mark Williams on September 28, 2012 11:05am | 0 Comments

PRO-FIND 25 - The quiet achiever

July 23, 2012 10:00am

When I first heard that Minelab could be working on a hand held pinpointing device, myself and a thousand others all sighed and thought it’s about time. There is always so much expectation of a great product whenever Minelab release something new, and for all you serious diehards the Minelab PRO-FIND 25 is not about to fail the reputation of this leader in the field of metal detection technology.

Posted by Mark Williams on July 23, 2012 10:00am | 0 Comments

Old Ground Becomes New

June 08, 2012 11:30am

It is exciting when you find a place that is so good that you just can’t wait to go back there, but it is equally as sad when that place starts to run out of targets. This was the case with a place I have named “The Bottomless Pit” for just that reason

Posted by Mark Williams on June 08, 2012 11:30am | 0 Comments

CTX 3030 and the CTX 06 Smart Coil

May 25, 2012 05:12pm

My detecting has been taken to a whole new level by combining the 6-inch CTX 06 Smart Coil with the Minelab CTX 3030, a very lethal combination that I have aptly nicknamed “The Separator”.

It took some time to get used to swinging a 6-inch coil as you don’t cover much ground, a bit like painting a wall with an artist’s brush while concentrating very intently for the slightest signals. It is amazingly lethal due to the CTX 06 coil’s capability to move in between targets separating the ferrous from the non-ferrous with surgeon like precision

Posted by Mark Williams on May 25, 2012 05:12pm | 6 Comments

CTX 3030 The separator

May 11, 2012 10:00am

Wow! That was my response when I first set eyes on the CTX 3030 metal detector, it was so unique looking and I didn’t know whether I should detect with it or pick it up and launch a missile out of it. Either way it looked impressive and it was apparent that there is something pretty special about what was in front of me, it looked powerful.

Posted by Mark Williams on May 11, 2012 10:00am | 2 Comments

Cutting it fine with small coils

April 17, 2012 09:23am

Everyone that detects parks, ovals and old sites for coins and relics know that sometimes it is almost impossible to detect where there is a multitude of bad targets in the ground. These trashy areas will wreak havoc when using larger coils as they can mask the good targets often found in close proximity to rusty iron, pull tabs etc. Most of the time I use the 11-inch Double-D stock Minelab coil with my E-TRAC, but recently I have been challenged by a couple of friends to give a smaller coil a run...

Posted by Mark Williams on April 17, 2012 09:23am | 3 Comments
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