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Rattail-1927
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01 August 2018 05:44 pm

New at metal detecting, had my machine about 3 weeks, I have been coin shooting at my local fresh water beaches and got about 10 dollars in mainly silver, 50 sinkers and 100 or more pop tops, bottle caps etc ,
I have a X-terra 705 and I love it , I’ve been Gb , noise cancel and today been fiddling with sensitivity, yesterday I had it on 21 and was working a treat, today I started getting what I call ghost signals, wave the ground and get a signal and can’t find anything, I worked out about 18 sens is about right , my question is should I ground balance with beach mode as it’s not salty water , any ideas , thoughts??


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silver
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01 August 2018 06:03 pm

Give it a try anyway (that way you learn those controls)
And sandy beaches (even fresh water ones) could still be sporting minerals traveling along the river length towards the old briny.... thus the machine giving falsies at 21. wink
not that I'd know at all lol


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Rattail-1927
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01 August 2018 06:32 pm

Thanks silver, as I said I’m a newbie so any advice is good, any idea how to clean up my finds .?
I was thinking steel wool but I’m thinking it’s going to get old very quickly, lol .


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01 August 2018 07:17 pm

Well mate I would just press ground balance for 3 seconds...it will Auto balance...set sensitivity at about 15-18..FOR GOLD i HAVE BEEN USING ABOUT 25.!but you are going ok I'd say...a lot to learn with mine as well but whatever conditions you come across your bound to be effected by various mineral variation so I'd say ground balancing 's a must mate...have to get my head a little further into the the flam'in manual I think!...look up the detecting threads here mate ...sure to have the answers yer lookin for! thumbsup thumbsup tongue ...just keep plugg'in away mate...I haven't pulled a nugget yet but I'm snagging the odd bit o' lead...old lipstick case thingo.. and a few bits o' wire lol lol best o' luck with it! thumbsup


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01 August 2018 07:34 pm

Rattail-1927 wrote:

Thanks silver, as I said I’m a newbie so any advice is good, any idea how to clean up my finds .?
I was thinking steel wool but I’m thinking it’s going to get old very quickly, lol .

Å few of our members use tumblers for cleanup when it comes to spendables if they need it at all. Search icon is your goto for concise info if it's not forthcoming.


What a great day ! ,... " I'll see you in the field ".

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04 August 2018 08:32 pm

I also have the 705 and have been detecting for about 6 months, mainly on salt water beaches, which are a great place to learn. The 705 definitely struggles on the wet sand though.

I suspect you would still do better to have the machine running in beach mode and leave tracking on. A fresh water beach is still likely to have more in common with sand in salt water beaches than soil in a park. The tracking function ensures that the ground balance is continually adjusting as you move across different ground, but you’ll still need to adjust the sensitivity as you shift between the wet (back off sensitivity) and dry zones (up the sensitivity).

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Rattail-1927
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05 August 2018 01:49 pm

Not sure whether to use auto tracking, I read in the manual if you are trying to get a target smack on center it says it will balance the target out .... and u will lose it.


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05 August 2018 07:06 pm

I was worried about that too, but in practice I've found it just doesn't happen, at least on the beach. Give it a try on your next target. They recommend you switch tracking off when you find a target but when you enter pinpoint mode, it's automatically switched off anyway. Ground balance and sensitivity are the two most important settings so worth playing around with these 705 settings.

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227dick
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05 August 2018 10:47 pm

I have used my 705 with auto tracking on all the time on the beach or field I have never lost a target best machine on the market for the price noise cancel and ground balance once and your good for the day leave auto tracking on

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Rattail-1927
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06 August 2018 10:00 am

Thanks guys ! How important is threshold, it’s one thing I haven’t tried altering yet , I don’t have headphones and I can hear the low pitched hum and when it goes quiet moving over a unwanted target so I’m gathering it’s ok ??


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blackdiamond
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06 August 2018 11:10 am

If you can just hear the threshold you're about the right level. Headphones (I prefer ear buds) do help. I always hunt in all metal mode on the beach as there's generally not an overload of targets and it's easy to dig. I just like to hear everything at this stage, including the iron.

One of the best things I've found is to read the manual and Randy's ebook again and again, then make a few notes after each hunt. It spurs new thoughts and things to try, and that info takes on new meaning, especially as the 705 has so many features. No-one knows everything, all part of the fun!

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06 August 2018 03:12 pm

Yeah I’m using discrimination (1) unless I get a “blip” the I toggle to all metal, haven’t got headphones yet but I got earbuds and an adapter but the earbuds don’t reach ... lol , I haven’t found any jewellery yet but it just loves coins, deepest coin about 8-9 inches , I can’t wait to get on a sea beach even if I only get coins , any of u guys do any park shooting ?
I’d love to do some but I’m wondering it digging plugs and of course cleaning up after myself will draw the wrong kind of attention..... I’m not game to Ask at the council either as I can’t handle rejection.... haha .
Thoughts or experiences welcomed as we only have one beach and although I just keep finding coins even though I’ve been over it about 3 times it just keeps giving!


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06 August 2018 05:57 pm

Council workers don't work nights or weekends! Keep them small and neat and no one will notice.


Prospecting must be like fishing, the big one keeps getting away!

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06 August 2018 08:45 pm

Only use a screw driver so no plugs no complaints most people who approach me say good youre airrating the grass

Rattail-1927 wrote:

Yeah I’m using discrimination (1) unless I get a “blip” the I toggle to all metal, haven’t got headphones yet but I got earbuds and an adapter but the earbuds don’t reach ... lol , I haven’t found any jewellery yet but it just loves coins, deepest coin about 8-9 inches , I can’t wait to get on a sea beach even if I only get coins , any of u guys do any park shooting ?
I’d love to do some but I’m wondering it digging plugs and of course cleaning up after myself will draw the wrong kind of attention..... I’m not game to Ask at the council either as I can’t handle rejection.... haha .
Thoughts or experiences welcomed as we only have one beach and although I just keep finding coins even though I’ve been over it about 3 times it just keeps giving!

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06 August 2018 11:28 pm

I'm just getting into parks now. It can be hard work compared to beaches, a lot of digging junk. But there can be more and certainly older coins and interesting relics. I prefer to keep a low profile hunting parks. Even though we all do the right thing, I'd rather not have to explain myself. There's a good section 'Digging techniques for sensitive areas' on this site.

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Rattail-1927
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07 August 2018 09:55 am

Yes the Beach is good , getting practice finding targets, I’m not sure if I’ve had enough experience to use a screwdriver (i seem to dig a hole rather large) , I do pinpoint but I seem to be off .... lol.
I was talking to a guy walking his dog yesterday and he said the council runs a rotary hoe through the beach twice a year and that’s probably why I’m not finding anything old


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