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Treasure Talk

Welcome to Treasure Talk, Minelab's metal detecting blog. We've handpicked the very best and most knowledgeable contributors to present regular metal detecting blogs on topics close to their heart. Plus we're asking you to join in and make it a conversation.

Our bloggers share their product knowledge, detecting experience, personal tips and tricks and anything else they want to discuss that might be of interest to the detecting community.

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In the ground is where detecting really counts!

June 22, 2016 12:00pm

Phil Beck
Phil metal detecting

Early in December 2015, Minelab relocated to a new shared facility at Mawson Lakes with our parent company Codan. As part of this move we designed and constructed a series of test lanes specifically to measure the performance of new metal detectors under various ground conditions to supplement existing laboratory and field testing.

Posted by Phil Beck on June 22, 2016 12:00pm | 0 Comments

Inside Team Minelab

May 30, 2016 04:37pm

Mark Williams
Mark Williams metal detecting blog posts

So often we go through life as consumers without really considering what actually goes on behind the scenes, be it our cup of coffee in the morning, mobile phones, computers, how we travel to work and the many thousands of products that we surround ourselves with to make life more pleasurable. So how much do we consider, when it comes to Minelab, the technology that is behind what I believe are the world’s best metal detectors, when we use them to find lost treasures. I was recently given the privilege of taking a tour through Minelab’s new headquarters at Mawson Lakes and have to admit I was surprised as to how much actually goes on behind closed doors...

Posted by Mark Williams on May 30, 2016 04:37pm | 0 Comments

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest

May 20, 2016 04:42pm

Gary Drayton
Gary Drayton beach metal detecting with Minelab Sovereign GT metal detector

Even after finding thousands of gold rings at the beach, and writing eleven beach & water hunting related books, some of the things I pull out of my scoop basket still surprise me!

When I first moved to Florida from England, I decided to make the most of the natural resources by changing from land to beach hunting. By natural resources, I mean white sandy beaches packed with year round visitors wearing platinum, gold and silver jewelry. A change of search areas also meant a change of metal detecting equipment better suited to beach and water hunting. I am a stickler for detail when it comes to treasure hunting, from equipment and research, to site selection and search techniques...

Posted by Gary Drayton on May 20, 2016 04:42pm | 4 Comments

Posting Photos from GPS Enabled Devices

May 06, 2016 01:53pm

Steve Herschbach
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There is a feature in digital photography whereby information about the photo can be encoded directly into the photo itself. This originally was just information about the photo including the original file name and camera setting information, date taken, etc. There are two common formats you are likely to run into - EXIF and IPTC. EXIF tends to be technical details about the photo, and IPTC is more about copyright, description, and other details useful for publishing. Details on EXIF and IPTC here.

Posted by Steve Herschbach on May 06, 2016 01:53pm | 1 Comment

Sometimes, luck plays a big part…

April 12, 2016 06:51am

Mark Gerlach
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Due to work commitments, I haven’t been getting out detecting as much as I would’ve liked to lately. So when I was able to get a Monday off work, I had no hesitation in planning on getting a good few hours of beach detecting in! Heading out early before dawn, I was armed with my CTX 3030, CTX 17 and CTX 11 coils and a flask of coffee...  

Posted by Mark Gerlach on April 12, 2016 06:51am | 0 Comments

The GPX 4800 with the Coiltek 18” Elite

April 04, 2016 04:09pm

Gordon Heritage
Gordon Heritage metal detector professional

I sometimes wonder if a new product truly out performs previous designs. Or is it that you rush back to your favourite detecting sites, full of confidence after reading initial reports... and then find targets missed on previous hunts that were within the capabilities of your old machine.

About a year ago I received a Coiltek 14" Elite mono coil. I could instantly see a marked improvement over my grey 14" mono coil. 

Posted by Gordon Heritage on April 04, 2016 04:09pm | 0 Comments

The GPZ 7000 – A Year in Review

March 21, 2016 01:56pm

Chris Ralph
Chris Ralph gold prospector

It’s been a while now since I wrote about my first experiences with Minelab’s GPZ 7000 during its testing phase (Testing the GPZ 7000 in Nevada and California). I’ve now had more than a year to use the GPZ, and I wanted to give a bit of an update, as I had one of my most successful prospecting seasons in years using the 7000, and to a lesser extent Minelab’s SDC 2300. I found loads of little pieces and also an impressive number of larger bigger nuggets at depth...

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Posted by Chris Ralph on March 21, 2016 01:56pm | 0 Comments

PRO-GOLD Panning Kit Introduction

March 01, 2016 10:34am

Steve Herschbach
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Well, Chris Ralph and I have had a bit of fun being involved in the development of a new gold panning kit just announced by Minelab. I lent my endorsement to the project because frankly, I think this is a very good panning kit. All people that pan gold a lot have their favorite features. I learned to pan gold with an old steel gold pan......

Posted by Steve Herschbach on March 01, 2016 10:34am | 0 Comments

Introducing the PRO-ALLOY Gold Tester

January 28, 2016 10:26am

Gordon Heritage
Gordon Heritage metal detector professional

While metal detecting in the fields of Europe, I often find coins and artifacts from a time period stretching over 4,000 years. Most of the copper alloy finds have a green verdigris patina, silver is grey and gold is usually gold colored. On some occasions I find an item that appears to be un-hallmarked gold, but because of ground conditions I can’t always be sure...

Posted by Gordon Heritage on January 28, 2016 10:26am | 0 Comments

Detector Air Tests - what are they useful for?

January 05, 2016 11:53am

Steve Herschbach
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This blog entry is motivated by all the videos I see posted online that compare one detector against another with the goal of determining which is “best”. Far too many of these rely on air test – in other words testing items above ground with the influence of the ground either completely removed. In my opinion air tests are completely worthless for evaluating in ground depth performance of metal detectors. In fact, I believe that when used to draw conclusions between two detectors air tests can be extremely misleading...

Posted by Steve Herschbach on January 05, 2016 11:53am | 0 Comments
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