Treasure Talk

Treasure Talk

Maximizing your area - Part 1

February 15, 2013 03:47pm

Being successful at metal detecting can be a direct result of the area that you hunt, but it doesn't have to dictate how successful you can be. Whether you live in area known for Civil War relics, a highly occupied area where numerous coins are found, or rivers where gold is commonly found, the ability to maximize that area is what makes some hunters successful while others are not.

Posted by Evan Granger on February 15, 2013 03:47pm | 1 Comment

Evan Granger - Introduction to Treasure Talk

February 12, 2013 04:20pm

I’d like to introduce Evan Granger as our newest member to Minelab’s Treasure Talk blog. Evan has been detecting since he was 12. Accompanied by his father and mentor, his first major find was a Mason jar cache of Morgan Dollars and other coins left in a post-hole bank. After that, he was hooked and has been metal detecting for over 28 years.

Evan has experience with several types of metal detectors and enjoys using new technology. His ability to quickly pick up a metal detector and understand it has been a key factor to his success. He loves the aspect of recovering and saving lost history.

Posted by Brenton O'Brien on February 12, 2013 04:20pm | 6 Comments

CTX 3030 Seawater setting

January 25, 2013 10:55am

The CTX 3030 Beach mode and Seawater setting is a really good combination of options for a shallow water hunter that likes to work the trough or first drop off in the water. This is the area in the water where sands are constantly shifting and waves roll up onto the beach, it is also the area that makes the CTX 3030 such an effective gold jewelry hunter.

Posted by Gary Drayton on January 25, 2013 10:55am | 5 Comments

Detecting in the Sixteen to One Mine - Part 2

January 22, 2013 09:20am

One might think that within not too long a period a person could run his metal detector over every inch of ground inside a mine. However because the Original Sixteen to One is a combination of a number of old mines and the property has been worked on a more or less continuous basis for well over 100 years, there are literally miles of old underground workings to explore and one could spend a lot of time going over every bit of the vein that was exposed in the walls of the old workings.

Posted by Chris Ralph on January 22, 2013 09:20am | 0 Comments

Detecting in the Sixteen to One Mine - Part 1

January 17, 2013 11:30am

Earlier this year I was given a very special opportunity to take my metal detector to one of the most famous underground gold mines in all of California, the original Sixteen to One Mine in the heart of the mother lode country at Allegheny. I was asked to give a little demonstration and talk about metal detecting technology, how it has changed and improved and to do some field testing of different types of detectors inside the mine.

Posted by Chris Ralph on January 17, 2013 11:30am | 0 Comments

Alaskan gold - Part 2

January 11, 2013 11:11am

The prospecting potential of the mining district where I visited included metal detecting for nuggets, but because there was plenty of water, the possibilities also included sluicing or high banking as well as suction dredging. The ground here was suitable for both pulse induction as well as VLF machines, most being fairly low mineralization, with some smaller areas strongly mineralized because of different underlying rocks. I brought both types of detector technology with me, as I wanted to be fully prepared. Although some larger nuggets have been found here, most of the gold is less than a half gram in weight. The gold deposits were well washed with nearly all the gold found within just the first few inches on top of bedrock. I spent considerable time detecting the bedrock on the bench areas above the creek that the miners had worked by hydraulic methods decades ago.

Posted by Chris Ralph on January 11, 2013 11:11am | 2 Comments

Alaskan gold - Part 1

January 08, 2013 12:22pm

Last year I received an invite to prospect a remote mining property in the interior part of Alaska during the summer of 2012. My companions for the journey were Steve Herschbach, who traveled with me to Australia last year, and George White. Now for those who aren't familiar with Alaska, access to the interior part of Alaska isn’t at all like it is in rest if the US. Alaska has far fewer roads and there are huge portions of the state that you simply can't get even close to by driving a normal automobile. Even the state's capital cannot be accessed by road - it can only be reached by boat or by plane. There are vast mountainous portions of the state with no roads for 100 miles or more. Unlike Western Australia where I visited last year, Alaska is not flat and gigantic mountain ranges block the way. So even if one wanted to drive cross country (as you could in Australia) that is simply not possible in Alaska, because the state is built upon a series of mountain ranges and swamps.

Posted by Chris Ralph on January 08, 2013 12:22pm | 2 Comments

I should have used the PRO-FIND 25

January 02, 2013 11:08am

The day looked like it was going to be hot and the humidity levels even at this time of the morning were already on the rise, I was loading my truck getting ready for an early bird assault on an old surfacing area that has been productive for me over the years and wanted to make sure I hit the ground running with everything ready to go before things got too uncomfortable.

Posted by Jonathan Porter on January 02, 2013 11:08am | 5 Comments

Back to the Golden Triangle

December 19, 2012 03:20pm

The time had finally arrived! I was on the plane flying back to the Victorian Gold Fields all the way from far North Queensland, meeting up with my old man to spend some time hunting down that elusive yellow metal. I had spent a lot of time gold prospecting around the triangle with my father over the years with both of us uncovering many great finds, so I was very excited to be going back to my old stomping grounds. To add to the excitement I would be swinging a brand new GPX 5000 as I recently traded in my GP 3500. I was also very keen to try out the new Fine Gold Timings on the GPX 5000 after hearing so many great things about this new Timing.

Posted by Angus James on December 19, 2012 03:20pm | 1 Comment

CTX 3030 Raising the temperature

December 14, 2012 04:37pm

Well its mid December 2012 and the good old United Kingdom is on the receiving end of a real icy blast. Temperatures at night are dropping to -10-15 and for us here that's cold.

One Wednesday morning mid this icy blast I had a day off work, sadly none of my colleagues did. So I pondered what to do with this day on my own... and within a milli-second had decided to go detecting with the CTX 3030.

Posted by Julian Evan-Hart on December 14, 2012 04:37pm | 0 Comments
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