Treasure Talk

Treasure Talk

A Tale of Greenstone Gold

October 09, 2013 10:10am

There are a number of different types of geologic settings that lead to the formation of gold nuggets. Some are rare, and some occur at many places around the world. One of the more common is associated with greenstone belts. Not every green colored rock is a greenstone, and what geologists are normally talking about with greenstone is a rock that once was black basalt on the ocean floor, but which has been subjected to the forces of heat and pressure that has changed the rock (metamorphic forces geologists call it).

Posted by Chris Ralph on October 09, 2013 10:10am | 1 Comment

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

Testing out the Minelab PRO-SWING 45

August 05, 2013 10:00am

One of the keys to success in metal detecting – whether you are hunting gold, relics or treasure - is that you need to keep at it. Success goes to those who are persistent and diligent in their efforts. The fellow who can only put in 3 hours each day will, in the long run, loose out to the fellow who is able to put in a full 8 hours or even more. It is especially true when you put in day after day of effort searching. You must not injure or wear yourself out.

Posted by Chris Ralph on August 05, 2013 10:00am | 0 Comments

The new Minelab PRO-SWING 45 harness

August 02, 2013 10:00am

If you own a GPX 4800, GPX 5000 or the new CTX 3030, you'll be interested in Minelab's new harness; the PRO-SWING 45.

All GPX models are supplied with a good quality harness, and the PRO-SWING 45 builds on this platform, taking it to a higher level.

The main inclusion with this harness is an integrated J-strut, designed to transfer the weight of the detector from your shoulder and neck, down to your hip...

Posted by Gordon Heritage on August 02, 2013 10:00am | 2 Comments

Target Signal Analysis Part 2: The three cons

July 23, 2013 05:00pm

When learning your detector's personality someone invariably chimes in with the, "you have to dig it all comment". The implied fear is that by using sound/display to selectively dig targets you may walk over the find of a lifetime. Thus I would like to address this ever present warning about "digging it all". I like to look at the three cons: The first con is context: It is simply where are your hunting and what are the conditions? Are you at the beach where digging it all is relatively easy and signals can be few and far between? Are you detecting in a lake that is very trashy with countless bits of foil and metal? Are you in a park where there are pieces of can slaw from cans that have been run over by lawn mowers. Also part of Context is when you are hunting? Is it a beach cut near a known wreck site after a big storm? Or is it a small creek site you have discovered way off the tracks that has never been detected? Context is everything!

Posted by Tony Diana on July 23, 2013 05:00pm | 0 Comments

CTX 3030 Target Separation... more than a random choice

June 28, 2013 10:35am

The CTX 3030 incorporates four different Target Separation options... Low Trash, High Trash, Ferrous-Coin and Ground-Coin. Selecting the proper Target Separation option will allow you to optimize the signal processing of your CTX 3030, to best match your site.

Posted by Randy Horton on June 28, 2013 10:35am | 3 Comments

Rally hunting with the CTX 3030... honesty paid off

June 19, 2013 11:10am

I was recently invited to participate in WWATS (World Wide Association of Treasure Seekers) Rally held in Antlers, Oklahoma. More info at I’m not a rally hunter, but welcomed the idea of meeting other hunters and having a chance to have some fun. So I packed up the CTX 3030 and headed out.

Posted by Evan Granger on June 19, 2013 11:10am | 3 Comments

What I listen for when chasing gold at depth

May 30, 2013 11:35am

There are some basic rules that should be at the forefront of your mind when detecting for gold, probably the most important one being to dig everything. No one can accurately determine if a signal is gold just by listening to the signal response, especially if the target is large or close to the surface of the ground. There is another side to gold prospecting with a metal detector that requires a different approach, this is often dictated by expediency due to time restraints and in a lot of cases an attempt to maintain some sanity, these areas are often in and around old diggings where there is a lot of trash from both modern and Old Timers.

Posted by Jonathan Porter on May 30, 2013 11:35am | 6 Comments

Palmer 2013 - Another successful event!

May 23, 2013 12:53pm

The years in between these events seem to go very quickly as all of a sudden the event was on. Held on the first weekend of May each year, the Palmer Crystal and Craft Fair incorporating the South Australian Detecting Championships proves to continue to be one of Australia's most attended events with over 100 entrants for the detecting sessions. Many of them pre-entered and the rest turned up on the Sunday ready to enter and talk anything detecting related.

Posted by Trevor Ferraresso on May 23, 2013 12:53pm | 0 Comments
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