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  1. #1
    Sep 2005
    Puget Sound
    Minelab CTX 3030, Whites DFX
    11369 times
    Metal Detecting

    First Hunt with the CTX - New Sights, Sounds & Silver!

    Hi all,

    Got my CTX on Friday night and couldn't wait to get out and use it. I am training for a half marathon right now so after a couple hours of training yesterday I wasn't feeling up to it.

    I hit one of the handy neighborhood sidewalk strips permissions for a couple hours this morning and it went very well. I just used the standard Silver setting on the CTX and set it to 5 tones.

    My first takes vs. the DFX are:
    -CTX does a better job discriminating zincs and bottle caps. Any time something hit in the 30s it was one of those two. It became very predictable.
    -High tones ring up sweet but I couldn't really tell the difference between a copper penny, dime and Quarter.
    -I found some impressive stuff (pennies standing upright, a tiny little gear at 8 inches) that I don't believe I would've found with the DFX.
    -I only found 1 nickel so I don't have a good feel for what those sound like.
    -Because the CTX is more powerful than the DFX it's also more sensitive so I couldn't detect as close to cars without getting a signal.

    I understand that a 45 is a highly conductive signal and a 01-15 is a low conductor, but what does the first batch of numbers mean? Like a 12-45. What is the 12?

    Here are my finds today:
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    Keepers are a 64D Rosie and 36S wheat. It was really nice not having to worry about the machine in the rain! I think I'm going to like it.

    Thanks for your help and happy hunting!

    Edit: Should also mention that this ties my brother and I with last year for most silvers in a year. 2018 will be our year!
    Last edited by washingtonian; Feb 25, 2018 at 08:20 PM.

  2. #2
    Apr 2011
    Seattle, Washington
    919 times
    Nice to see you getting your silver! Hopefully the CTX keeps it up
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  3. #3

    Aug 2017
    SW Missouri/Oklahoma
    Minelab CTX 3030; Minelab Equinox 800
    12568 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Congrats on the good time with Your CTX. I
    Believe the 12 is the amount of iron present In the object. I'll look it up.
    Fe:Co ( Ferrous:Conductivity )
    Last edited by Digger RJ; Feb 25, 2018 at 11:34 PM.
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  4. #4
    I'm from Mexico

    Dec 2015
    AT Pro, BH Tracker IV
    2619 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Congrats on ur finds n the new machine
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    Profanador de tumbas numismaticas

  5. #5
    Low & Slow 2C Below

    Sep 2017
    SW Washington
    CTX 3030, XP DEUS, Excalibur II Garrett ATP, Whites DFX, Tesoro Golden µMax, & YUP->Custom Waterscoop
    3233 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by washingtonian View Post
    Edit: Should also mention that this ties my brother and I with last year for most silvers in a year. 2018 will be our year!
    Welcome to the world of CTX. CONGRATULATIONS on your nice finds. Now that you have tied your brother we need to spot test you for “performance enhancing drugs” and I think the CTX qualifies as PERFORMANCE ENHANCING L L

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    Wayne Gretzky: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

  6. #6

    Jun 2014
    S E Kansas
    CTX 3030 / XP DEUS / TRX PINPOINTER, Garrett Carrot
    315 times
    Metal Detecting
    Heres a BIG TIP on the 3030. If you havent read / bought the book by Andy Sabisch, DO IT NOW. It explains everything in detail. It is a MUST READ for any CTX3030 user. As a matter of fact I own Antiques Detectors and give one to any of my customers with a 3030 purchase.
    Try changing your tones to "Combined", I think you will get the difference in tone you want.
    The "12" line is like the "magic" line on the 3030. Generally speaking, here in my part of the world , silver coins ring up 12/43-12/47. Nickels 12/10-12/12. I have found IHP anywhere from 10/38, 11/39, 12/39. It depends on what program you are running ie...ferrous coin, ground coin, heavy trash. All of these settings will effect your VDI. I find ground coin to give the most consistent VDI. If I can assist just holler. You wont be sorry you bought this machine. Good Luck and Happy Hunting.

  7. #7
    If I were you I would pay less attention to the numbers & more attention to digging. I glance at mine for a second just before I dig. 2 sweeps over, start digging.

    'Time isn't money it's finds, unless your finds are money' 08/12/17
    'No good comes from thinking about how much time we waste detecting, as wasted time is good soul time' 25/06/08
    A real man thinks about detecting every 6 seconds.
    'They look over their shoulder, I look to the ground' 30/09/12
    We can not understand ourselves unless we understand our HISTORY.
    I open my prezzies out of lumps of mud. 02/10/19
    PMA:Positive MetalDetecting Attitude.

  8. #8
    Charter Member
    Oct 2014
    Garrett: AT Pro, AT Gold & Infinium; Minelab: Explorer SE, II & X-terra 705; Tesoro: Tejon & Outlaw; White's: V3i & DFX
    30042 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Congratulations on the new machine! Like with any machine, take your time and really learn every setting and how the interact with each other...makes a huge difference.
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  9. #9

    May 2013
    City of Rensselaer (upstate NY)
    Minelab Equinox 800-Explorer SE -Sovereign-GT- -Whites 6000 Di pro SL-Specturm XLT.
    7063 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Nice hunt..
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  10. #10

    Jan 2017
    29 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    If anybody is interested I have a youtube channel where I show people how to use the CTX3030

  11. #11
    Charter Member

    Jul 2015
    Port Allegheny, Pennsylvania
    E-trac, Excalibur, XP Deus, & CTX 3030.
    21548 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Congrats.on your maiden voyage on the CTX 3030.
    As has been recommended, pick up a copy of Andy Sabisch's book on the CTX 3030. He has also put out some outstanding books on the Explorer and Etrac, as well as the XP DEUS.
    Learning the tones will take some time and practice. In a short period of time, the tones will grab your attention as your coil goes over a good target.
    In the beginning, I had a tendency to check my numbers. Here are some that you don't want to overlook.
    13-13, nickels, 12 - 24, nickel or gold. (I also recovered an 1864 IHP on this number)
    8 - 48, Half Dollar, 01 - 43, Silver Dollar.
    There is a chart in the book that you can copy and laminate. I used one which is pocketsize and acted as a quick reference. (Also known as a; Cheat Sheet).
    Welcome to the World of CTX and congrats on your finds.
    Last edited by against the wind; Mar 08, 2018 at 08:08 AM.
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  12. #12

    Oct 2013
    brunswick md
    4455 times
    Relic Hunting



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