Treasure Talk

Treasure Talk

Right place, wrong time. No, right place anytime!

September 26, 2012 10:40am

No doubt we can all think of a situation where we have been in the right place, but at the wrong time, or even perhaps wrong place at the wrong time. Several days ago I got a call from a farmer to say one of his fields was ready for us. In my sheer enthusiasm and in thanking him I forgot to ask just what "ready" actually meant.

Arriving there we found it wasn’t quite "ready" as we would have liked. The field in question which is a huge Romano British settlement site was covered in stiff yard broom like stubble.

Posted by Julian Evan-Hart on September 26, 2012 10:40am | 0 Comments

The West Australian Adventure Video Blog - Part 7

September 14, 2012 03:30pm

When I look back on the latter part of trip with the benefit of hindsight’s 20-20 vision, I finally realise that what I was now noticing in Chris and Steve’s behaviour was mirrored closely to the freeing up of my own worries and concerns in trying to get them over gold each and every day. This phenomenon is a pretty common occurrence in the gold game, you at first manically try to find crumbs all day every day then towards the end of the trip tend to back off and relax, its then that things generally come into alignment. Chris and Steve now knew the drill; they had confidence in their detectors and felt more in tune with their surrounds which was then subsequently reflected in their gold finds.

Posted by Jonathan Porter on September 14, 2012 03:30pm | 0 Comments

Essential items to take detecting

September 10, 2012 05:00pm

  1. Some form of communication
  2. GPS
  3. First aid kit, body protection
  4. Spare water, food and fuel
  5. Matches or lighter

Let’s investigate this list in more detail.

Communication is an essential item and top of my list of “needs”. The very first requirement is a need to tell someone where you are going and roughly when you expect to be back. I know that we, as detectorists like to be secretive about our spots, but an early alert might just be the difference between coming home with assistance and not coming home at all. We occasionally see some poor blighters perish for whatever reason and no-one is sure of where to start looking for them.

Posted by Peter Cragg on September 10, 2012 05:00pm | 0 Comments

An educational day out with the CTX 3030 and its cousins

August 31, 2012 10:45am

Having a day off work simply meant a trip would be planned to detect somewhere. The question was where exactly? With harvest in full swing ploughed fields or even rolled ones are a scarce commodity as the farmers struggle to get the crop in before the next rain storm. For readers not living in Britain we have just had our wettest "Summer" since records began and that was I believe in the 18th Century. Anyway we found a suitable field, it was a field we knew well.

Posted by Julian Evan-Hart on August 31, 2012 10:45am | 0 Comments

Understanding the Sovereign GT - basic to advanced settings - Part 2

August 29, 2012 11:15am

Most people metal detect at the same sites on a regular basis, for a beach hunter that means discovering which level of manual sensitivity suits certain sites and adjusting the sensitivity control accordingly. Do not worry about setting the sensitivity too high, I assure you that your Sovereign GT will tell you if you have the sensitivity set too high. When making the transition from the beginner Sovereign user phase to the advanced Sovereign user the best manual sensitivity level is the one that produces the least amount of false signals.

Posted by Gary Drayton on August 29, 2012 11:15am | 0 Comments

Searching rivers and streams - Part 3

August 21, 2012 04:15pm

With the CTX 3030 on the market, river detecting has never been more accessible here in the UK. In this third blog I’ll run through my setup, settings and extra tips for using this great metal detector.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on August 21, 2012 04:15pm | 0 Comments

The West Australian Adventure Video Blog - Part 6

August 17, 2012 11:44am

Cement as the name suggests is very hard, requiring special methods and tools. In this blog post I wish to discuss the way I set up our GPX 5000s to get maximum performance in the location seen in the video.

Firstly the area was well known to me and as a consequence has seen a lot of attention with all previous models of Minelab detectors dating back to the SD 2000; as such it’s a very good litmus test to the effectiveness of any new Minelab design!

Posted by Jonathan Porter on August 17, 2012 11:44am | 0 Comments

CTX 3030 or Excalibur II – Which is best for me?

August 07, 2012 10:42am

"Should I sell my Excalibur II and buy a CTX 3030?" A friend had just called me and was asking me this question. For me the answer is easy....I keep my Excalibur and add the CTX 3030 to take advantage of its added features and benefits. I have a strong affinity for the Excalibur. I know the detector very well and when I turn it on it is like wearing an old pair of comfortable shoes and I know I am very good with it. But back to the conversation... I answered, "it depends what you want out of the detector?" I then asked "What were the three most important things for him to get out of the detector?" His answers were... 1.Waterproof, 2.Durable 3.Critically important to discriminate out selected coins.

Posted by Tony Diana on August 07, 2012 10:42am | 0 Comments

Minelab PRO-FIND 25

July 30, 2012 10:00am

Being asked to have a play with the PRO-FIND 25 pinpoint probe lacked excitement for me based on past experiences with similar devices due to a number of factors. Firstly a lack of sensitivity to small nuggets especially in mineralised soils and secondly my GPX 5000 would pick up my previous pinpointer from a long way away even when the thing was turned off!

Posted by Jonathan Porter on July 30, 2012 10:00am | 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
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