Here are some finds from a few beaches and a caravan park early this week using the Minelab CTX 3030.


The settings used on the CTX 3030 for the wet sand on the beach were

  • Mode 2 (beach)
  • Pattern 2
  • Manual Sensitvity, set between 24 – 28 (choose the one that has a stable threshold)
  • Target Trace turned on (helps to identify bottle tops)
  • Seawater checked (helps to stabilise threshold and also have higher sensitivity)
  • Do a noise cancel
  • Sensitivity panel checked on the detect screen (to keep an eye on the recommended sensitivity level and the actual level)

 

On the dry sand I use

  •  Mode 2 (beach)
  • Pattern 1 ( to eliminate a lot of the junk)
  • Manual Sensitivity, set between 24 – 28
  • Target Trace turned on
  • Seawater checked sometimes (turn it on or off depending on best results)
  • Do a noise cancel
  • Sensitivity panel checked on the detect screen

 

At the caravan park I started looking for very shallow $1 and $2 coins.

The following set up was chosen:

  • Auto Sensitivity
  • Target Trace turned on
  • Do a noise cancel
  • Sensitivity panel checked on the detect screen
  • Save and New Mode 1 (coins) creating mode 6 then edit pattern 2 within this mode by rejecting all and then accepting the $1 and $2 coins. The whole screen is rejected (dark grey) except for 12-38 and 12-39. Using this mode for about half an hour I found nothing so I needed to change tack.
  •  I selected pattern 1 in mode 6 and immediately started picking up coins. Two encouraging finds were a penny and a shilling as I had never found pre-decimals there before. Lots of bottle tops were picked up off the ground and shown to the caravan park owners, so hopefully I will be allowed to go back there one day and give it another go.