Treasure Talk

Treasure Talk

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

Chasing the little ones and letting the big ones look after themselves

November 23, 2012 11:40am

Gold is a funny thing but more importantly people are even funnier! This might all sound a little cryptic but please bear with me while I elaborate. I often talk with detector operators either in the field as I travel or when they call me on the phone here at our business ‘Aurum Australis’. The biggest common denominator is their burning desire to find some gold, particularly the big ones like I find in my videos, so the general drift of our conversations comes down to what it is I look for in my search for those trophy nuggets I seem to find so regularly.

Posted by Jonathan Porter on November 23, 2012 11:40am | 0 Comments

Three new X-TERRA coils from Coiltek

November 16, 2012 12:01pm

A little over a year ago, Minelab authorized Coiltek Manufacturing to produce the 15-inch All Terrain 7.5 kHz DD coil for the X-TERRA. Since its release, the medium frequency 15-inch X-TERRA coil has been proving its capabilities to coin-shooters and cache hunters across the globe. However, recognizing that there are many other forms of “treasure hunting”, Coiltek continued working with Minelab in an effort to develop additional coils for the X-TERRA lineup. These efforts have paid off in the form of three addition X-TERRA coils. They include a new 15-inch All Terrain Double-D at 3 kHz, a 15-inch All Terrain Double-D at 18.75 kHz and a small 6-inch Double-D at 3 kHz.

Posted by Randy Horton on November 16, 2012 12:01pm | 3 Comments

CTX 3030 - Auto vs. Manual Sensitivity

November 13, 2012 10:52am

Everyone knows how well FBS (and now FBS 2) technology works on the wet sand, and on saltwater beaches, but recently I have noticed a little bit of head scratching among CTX 3030 users in regards to Sensitivity options – Auto and Manual. Some operators swear by running in Auto Sensitivity on the beaches, only to be told by others that Minelab’s advice is to NOT use Auto on salty beaches. Well to set the record straight, yes it’s true that in general Minelab don’t recommend the use of Auto Sensitivity on saltwater beaches and I’ll get to the reason shortly, but before I go on I have to say, if you have tried it and you are happy with the way your CTX 3030 performs, then by all means continue to use Auto.

Posted by Nenad Lonic on November 13, 2012 10:52am | 2 Comments

The CTX 3030 forces History to repeat itself

November 09, 2012 09:25am

We have been searching a large Roman site for the past 16 years now. When we first discovered it and gained permission hundreds of coins came off it as well as many artefacts. Of course such losses are finite and over the years finds declined in number.

Back in the old days of our group I was the very first to get a Minelab Explorer and almost immediately my finds rate as I learned the machine`s capabilities rapidly escalated. I was easily achieving 100+ coins a day whilst varied detector owning colleagues were struggling to get 25-35. This went on for a few months, but my joy and top position was short lived and soon ousted as all my colleagues went and got Minelab Explorers too.

Posted by Julian Evan-Hart on November 09, 2012 09:25am | 0 Comments

Target Signal Analysis - Part 1

November 06, 2012 10:30am

Having a fundamental understanding of sound analysis can be a great benefit in building your detecting skills. The first step is to break down the components of an individual sound. It is critically important to know concepts like, Attack, Sustain, Release and Tone.

This will train your ear in discerning what to listen for. But first you need to understand the concept of ‘vigilance’. Here is a great definition from Wikipedia:

Posted by Tony Diana on November 06, 2012 10:30am | 1 Comment

CTX 3030 – The best treasure detector just got better!

October 31, 2012 03:11pm

Since its release, the CTX 3030 has quickly earned a reputation as being a true all-purpose treasure detector, but in an effort to enhance its performance further, Minelab’s engineering and field test team have done a lot of work behind the scenes to make “the best even better!” Sorry, but I couldn’t resist that, because as a CTX 3030 user I am quite excited about having some new features to play with! This is the first CTX 3030 software upgrade with some great new features, to give users better performance and more versatility. So what’s new?

Posted by Nenad Lonic on October 31, 2012 03:11pm | 12 Comments

Shallow water hunting accessories

October 26, 2012 12:00pm

In this blog I will explain a few accessories that will compliment your CTX 3030 and make shallow water hunting much easier, starting with water hunting apparel.

I personally like to wear a wet suit when shallow water hunting for safety and comfort. Wet suits come in different styles from ‘shorties’ that just cover the torso with short sleeves and legs, to full suits covering the whole body. The thickness of the wet suit required will depend on the temperature of the water that you intend to search.

Posted by Gary Drayton on October 26, 2012 12:00pm | 2 Comments

CTX 3030 Threshold blanking

October 25, 2012 10:50am

One of the best things about FBS and FBS 2 detectors is their superior discrimination. Not only can you discriminate targets on their conductivity, you can also discriminate by their ferrous content simultaneously.

One of the things I’ve recently been reading on a few forums, are comments stating the new CTX 3030 has “still got the nulling problems of the E-TRAC”. I agree the ability to null, or blank the audio as Minelab refer to it, is still in the new detector… however, this is a feature not a problem.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on October 25, 2012 10:50am | 0 Comments

Tips on cleaning Civil War relics

October 18, 2012 03:40pm

Far too many times I've seen great civil war finds over cleaned by a novice relic hunter. In a word, don’t! Less is best when it comes to cleaning and preserving relics. I recommend doing nothing until you gain experience on how to clean and care for your civil war finds. This could also apply to coins and stone artifacts, but in this article, I'll cover civil war relics.

Posted by David Keith on October 18, 2012 03:40pm | 2 Comments
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