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  1. I need a quick opinion as I'm ready to pull the trigger on one or the other. I can get the Eureka gold like new or a used Xterra 705 at a great price and need some opinions quick. Thanks much! Terry
  2. Here is a link to a terrific article about beachcombing with the Minelab X-Terra 705. Lots of great technical notes here so print out or copy to your computer before this external link expires. Beachcombing With The Minelab X-Terra 705 by Matt Renshaw
  3. So my trip is coming up i asked left right and center as it is hard to get a straight answer......so i may take my Xterra and use it .I guess GPX and Z are far too long to learn in 2 weeks ......Deus even in 80khz may struggle with OZ soil........not many Deus in Australia yet.....Have you ever tried the prospecting mode because this what i may use RR
  4. Version 4901-0073-4


    Minelab X-Terra 705 Instruction Manual, 4.8 MB pdf file, 58 pages Minelab X-Terra 705 Data & Reviews Minelab X-Terra 705 Gold - Steve's Review Minelab Metal Detector Forum
  5. Version 4901-0071-4


    Minelab X-Terra 305 | 505 Instruction Manual, 5.19 MB pdf file, 78 pages Minelab X-Terra 305 Data & Reviews Minelab X-Terra 505 Data & Reviews Minelab Metal Detector Forum
  6. Version 2011


    Understanding Your X-Terra by Randy Horton AKA Digger (Minelab) 14.51 MB pdf file, 96 pages Information on how to properly set up your X-TERRA, how to better understand its functionality and how to maximize its performance for specific sites. Minelab X-Terra 305 Data & Reviews Minelab X-Terra 505 Data & Reviews Minelab X-Terra 705 Data & Reviews Minelab Metal Detector Forum
  7. I was doing some Googling and tripped over this October 2006 article by Des Dunne. Des is an extremely knowledgeable detectorist who used to work with Minelab and had a key role to play in several models. Good stuff, print it out or copy to your computer before this external link disappears someday. http://www.minelabowners.com/xterratips.pdf Minelab X-Terra 705 Gold metal detector
  8. Since we have a wide range of experienced people from all over the world here, I was curious about after the fact thoughts about a relatively old detector - the Minelab X-Terra 70 or newer X-Terra 705. In my experience the coin discrimination modes on the X-Terra 705 rated as “very good” whereas the threshold based all metal prospecting mode is “top notch”. It was interesting to watch at Ganes Creek, Alaska the shift in the latter years. For a long time it was White’s MXT ruled supreme. In the last few years though the X-Terra models came on strong. The main reasons cited were: 1. Light weight 2.9 lb design 2. Superb ferrous discrimination 3. The ability to compensate for interference from nearby detectors (an MXT Achilles Heel) The main reason I bring this up is the recent price decrease to $499 (from $699) made me replace the Fisher Gold Bug Pro ($649) on my short list of Steve’s Picks as a recommended entry level “do it all” detector also suitable for finding gold nuggets. The X-Terra 705 is far more than just a nugget detector, with all the features of detectors that literally cost nearly twice as much. The X-Terra series is rather unique in that you can change the detector frequency by using different specially tuned coils (3 kHz, 7.5 kHz, and 18.75 kHz) It is the nugget prospecting part I am most curious about, having never really employed the X-Terra as a prospecting detector myself outside of field testing. Does it work at all for gold in Australia or does the mineralization slay it? Any other commentary from people in Oz, the U.S. and elsewhere - likes, dislikes - all welcome. What is it best at and where does it fail? I will link to this as a feedback thread later, assuming you all have some responses. Thanks! Here is an old video of a Kevin Hoagland with the X-Terra 70. The 705 is identical as regards the Prospecting Mode so this is a good introduction for those unfamiliar with the machine.
  9. Hi Guys. i bought my exterra 705 this year sorely for prospecting gold nuggets in Zimbabwe. Can anyone help me with the best prospecting settings. I have ventured around where some other people previously found gold but found none so im begining to wonder if the exterra 705 was a good choice or maybe its the settings that i am not getting right. Thank you
  10. Was looking at detector prices lately and noticed the Xterra 705 has really dropped in price for new. Kind of makes me want to go around with it again. Also noticed MarsMD offers multiple frequency coils for it now too, which is a big plus. What to do? what to do? HH Mike
  11. One year ago My husband and I decided to try our hand at metal detecting.We were total newbies with a steep learning curve. We purchased a used Xterra 705 for our starting machine. We downloaded and printed Randy Horton’s Xterra guide and have read it many times. It is a valuable tool for any Xterra owner. We spent the last year educating ourselves on the basics of metal detecting and getting to know our machine. We are feeling pretty confident about the Xterra except for one issue. I am looking for advice on any errors we are committing or if we possibly have something wrong with our detector. We have contacted minelab, but they never got back to us about our issue. So here goes... We are having an issue with TID numbers with in ground silver. We have several old silver coins we use for testing. They air test perfectly per published Xterra TID charts. When we place a coin (dime, quarter or half dollar, doesn’t matter) in a dug plug and cover, the coins register as ferrous (-8, -6 or -4) every time regardless of the coil we have installed. We have the stock 9” 7.5 kHz and the 6” 18.75 kHz Double D coils. We cannot get silver to register as anything but ferrous in the ground. The depth does not matter. We usually run in all metal or discrim 1 on occasion. We go through a set up each time we arrive at a place to detect that includes noise canceling, threshold, sensitivity and manual ground balance, although we usually detect in auto ground balance. We use 99 tones and silver in the ground has a ferrous “thunking” sound to go along with the TID numbers. We have reset to factory setting several times in the hope of solving this issue to no avail. We are out of ideas and possibly need service. Thank you for reading this far. Any advice or suggestions are welcome and appreciated.
  12. Tuesday evening after work i went to the beach again , even though it was a bit cooler and misty i thought maybe there would be something to be had. I got to the beach at around the same time as the last time at 7.15pm and used my Terra , i took the Nox with me in case the lower beach looked suitable to detect . But it didn't , using the Terra is easier on my beaches on the dry tops. I searched the same beach as last time plus another East and by 10.30 i was almost finished when a couple with a torch appeared and were looking for something . They said the Girl had lost a Silver ring , they seearched one area but i thought after looking that they must have lost it slightly further away . And i was right , within a few minutes i had found it . So thats 19 i have had this year , though i dont have a picture of it . My total finds for this search were 2 Junk rings , a junk ear ring , the Silver ring (returned) and £30.69p and also 2 Pencil sharpeners ! My next search will be with the Nox further West on Thursday morning for low tide . Time to find Gold , if its there . I know fresh coinage might be boring to some but to me its what pays for my machines and thankfully it does. It will be a sad time when it all finally goes cashless , finding coins will be very nostalgic .
  13. I am going out on my first detecting trip I think I'll be using an xterra 705. The area I am interested in is south western idaho generlly around silver city the war eagle mine and a few other spots up there> I still have alot to do in terms of research and permission. I t looks promising , rugged and well who knows? Does anyone know if this is what you would call a mineralized soil area? I may drive on over to the Jordan valley area of oregon as well. any knowledge on this location? Thanks in advance.
  14. An acquaintance has asked if I'd help him find some shotguns he buried several years ago. They are wrapped in oilcloths, sealed in PVC pipes (~3 in = 7.5 cm diameter) and buried about 20 inches (half meter) deep according to him. He says he can show me the approximate location within about 10 m. If all this is accurate it seems like an easy task.... Then again, he also said someone in his family (without him being present) tried to find them with a detector and couldn't. That could be due to a lot of reasons as I'm sure you are already thinking, but my concern is that they may be buried more deeply than he remembers. Which of the following would be your first choice? 1) TDI/SPP with 12 in round mono and 16 V battery pack. 2) X-Terra 705 w/15 in Coiltek 3kHz. 3) Gold Bug Pro (19 kHz) w/15 in Nel Attack. 4) F75 black (13 kHz) w/11x7 in^2 coil operating in cache process. Assuming he has the time and patience I'm going to have all four with me to do a comparison, but I'd like to start with the one that gives me the best chance. Your advice is appreciated.
  15. I've never used an aftermarket coil on my 705. There are some out now in dual frequency which is interesting.Any one use aftermarket coils and any issues. Like or not?
  16. Is one of these any better than the other for nugget hunting or are they about the same? How do they stack up compared to the GMT? Any input appreciated as always. Thanks
  17. Are these almost identical machines? Just wondering, a friend of mine has one that might be for sale. He indicates they are almost identical, but why? The 70 was discontinued in 2007. All thoughts and replies are welcome.
  18. I'm considering buying (yet) another coil for my ML X-terra 705 -- 15 inch DD operating at 3kHz. Often Minelab and Coiltek offer complementary (different size/frequency/winding) coils, but in some cases, as what I'm considering, they offer coils that appear to be quite similar. Given that the Coiltek costs about 50% more, I'm wondering if I should apply the "you get what you pay for" standard advice or save $100 for a future coil purchase.
  19. I've wondered for years about how the F19 would compare to the Minelab 705 with the high frequency coil? Love to read anything on this topic. Thanks.
  20. I had been running my threshold setting at 7 to get the slight hum in my phones and it finally dawned on me this is not an optimum setting for picking up deeper fainter signals since a setting closer to 0 should be best. Having always ran the detector volume control in the upper ranges and using the headphones to control the audio level, I decided to switch it around by setting the headphones to max and using the detectors volume control to set the overall audio level. This made a huge difference, now I can get that same slight hum with a threshold setting of 2. Subjectively there seems to be much less modulation on the deeper targets where now coins in the 10"+ range are much louder hits. I'm also running the detector volume control at 4 to 5 to get the same audio volume I was getting before with it set in the mid 20's. Tom OK so I decided to do some air tests to see what difference there is in audio modulation and on coin size targets there is a difference in audio the last few inches. First number is a full audio report distance (or as close as my ears perceive it), second number is the distance target lost. The difference between is the amount of audio modulation where the target volume decreases to the point the signal is lost. The first column is with the headphone volume at max and threshold audible at 1 setting (0 is silent), second column is detector volume at max with threshold at 7 (6 silent) Headphones max......................-... Detector max dime............. .............9" /10" ...- ..7" / 10" Buff nickel......9-1/2" / 10-1/2" ...-.. 8" / 10-1/2" IH penney..........10" / 10-1/2"....-....9" / 10-1/2" As we see there is no difference in detection distance between the 2 settings but a more modulated audio response with the detector volume at max. I also tried the dime with the detector volume at max with a 0 threshold setting and the results were a full volume report to 6" with a max detectable distance of 9", for a 1" loss. Because of this it is apparent that ML has designed the threshold level to follow the volume setting (7 equals 1) which would allow max sensitivity when the detector is used without headphones in cases where a high volume setting is needed to overcome ambient noise. The loss of response on the dime indicating a negative threshold setting because at this volume setting 6 is actually zero. Since these were coin sized targets and not tiny nuggets the difference could be even bigger when nugget hunting.
  21. This is primarily a coin and jewelry hunting topic, I think. Getting more experience with different detectors, I'm wondering if I'm seeing a common (but hopefully not guaranteed) issue. What I'm referring to is called 'wrap-around' and I'm sure it has other names. Basically the low end of the induction balance (IB) ID scale is low conductivity iron and high end is pure silver. But sometimes with iron you get a high ID, usually in conjunction with the low ID. I've had this happen on three detectors but don't remember it on a 4th. The three are: White's DFX-300 w/ 950 concentric coil (least experience), Teknetics Gamma 6000 w/ egg-shaped conc. coil (intermediate experience), and Minelab X-Terra 705 w/ both 7.5 kHz 8.5" round conc. stock coil and Coiltek 3.0 kHz 6" round DD "Digger". I don't remember this problem with my Gold Bug Pro with any coil. I go into detail here with the 705 because I've used it the most in iron infested sites. The lowest ID on the 705 is -8 and the highest is 48. (All even numbers except 0 in between occur but never odd numbers -- by design.) Iron is anything below 0; high conductive coins (Cu and Ag alloys) are above 35 (usually) with silver dollar being highest US coin at 46. (Don't know what a pure silver round would read, maybe 48, but who drops those?? ) In the US Midwest we mostly have moderately low iron content (at least compared to US West) -- may be exceptions in iron mining areas like Minnesota and Michigan Upper Peninsula. I've seen phase auto at 35 with the 7.5kHz coil and 8 or 9 with 3 kHz "Digger" (don't know why the disparity...). I run max tones (~30 of them?) in "Coin and Jewelry" discriminate and alternate between "all metal" and notching Off below 0 and also notching Off 48. Note: this detector has a prospect mode but that operates quite differently and I haven't used it for hunting coins, although I see that some have. Even with the notching described above I get 46's and even 44's on iron targets. In all metal I can hear the jumping between iron ID's and high conductive ID's, but this can (and does!) happen when you're going over a coin near a nail, for example. The hope was that I could listen to tones and not have to look at the screen, but that doesn't seem to work well for me in the iron infested parks I hunt. I'm sure with more experience (and, yes, I've read Randy Horton's "Understanding the X-Terra" multiple times) I'll get better, but I still find myself, even in max tones, having to look down at the screen way more than I would like. So I guess I have a two part question: 1) is this an inherent problem in all coin hunting and multipurpose IB detectors, and if not, which ones are immune to it? 2) Do you have tricks, besides over-notching, to work around this problem? I've found enough old coins that I don't want to notch out halves (ID=44), because I know, although rare, they are out there. Lastly, I'm not interested in modern coins, although those come with the territory. So far I've found old coins at shallow depths (4 inches or less) and none deeper, although I'm sure they are there. I dig lots of pulltabs (square but mostly ring & beavertails) and don't mind that. There are coins in that zone and I'm willing to put up with the Al in order to find them.
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