Dan’s Guide to the Minelab XTerra 705

Dan Blackwell reviews the Minelab XTerra 705 in our latest video. He also gives a brief guide to metal detecting for any budding detectorists out there, or those who just wish to sharpen up their skills.


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Gateway To Treasure – Metal detecting in Essex

Three of our most avid detectorists recently decided to take to an Essex field and place a small wager on the outcome of the day. Two of the gang are regular contributors to the Joan Allen Facebook & Twitter accounts, as well as our blog, so it’s a great opportunity to get an insight into their trips out and find out a bit more about them.

Each of our avid fans bet £100 that they could discover the oldest artefact during the excursion. During their time out in Essex they discover a wide variety of items from differing eras such as World War II and the Roman Empire.

The question remains though… who won the bet?

N.B. All three remain good friends…even after Daniel’s “ancient” find!

Neil’s latest finds with the Minelab CTX3030

A regular on the Joan Allen blog, Neil Jones has been writing about his latest finds that he’s found with the Minelab CTX3030.

In his last blog – Detecting made Simple – Neil gave the CTX3030 a full review and showcased some of his top finds with Minelab’s premium detector. Here’s Neil’s latest blog:

With the growing season in full swing and no fields to search, I was desperate to go searching.

While out driving I noticed the car boot field and thought that I’ve not done that for a while so decided to have a couple of hours on there.

This field gets searched quite regular by other detectorists so I wasn’t expecting too much. I pulled up and got my gear out of the car.

When I do this type of searching I only listen for and dig the higher signals and in this case numbers for pound and two pound coins, plus any thicker or bigger jewellery that might of been dropped. The coins come through at around 29-39.

When I search this type of site I have the sensitivity lower down at 18 and gain at 22, as i am just going for the loud and proud surface and near surface signals. I also swing quite fast which makes a change from being slow and low. The program I used was conduct 50 tones with Gordon`s (“Iron hearted Gog”) tadpole in the lower right corner.

I climbed over the gate and did the short walk to the field and started to search. It was about eight minutes before I got my first high signal which was a one pound coin, I had ignored five or six medium and low signals which takes some doing as you have to be strict with yourself.

The next signal was a two pound coin. It’s a good buzz seeing the larger thick round shape in the soil, another high signal saw me retrieve a small but thick silver ring with a rectangular red stone set within it. I love the thrill of jewellery, be it silver or gold or even costume jewellery.

After several more laying on the surface pound coins which were fresh drops I dug a lovely solid silver brooch in the form of two leaves together, this find I really liked and was my favourite from the field.

Two cheap metal rings followed in succession and then more pound coins. All in all in two hours I had 18 coins, three rings and the brooch, seven of the coins were on the surface.

I found the CTX to be precise and spot on at identifying through tone and numbers, none of the targets were deeper than three inches and as usual the machine was a joy to swing.

The CTX is a great coin shooter and I can’t wait to try the field in a month or so hoping for some fresh drops.

To read all of Neil’s stories, visit the Joan Allen blog and see his finds on the Joan Allen Facebook page.

10 Things that happened on this day in History: November 1

At Joan Allen we love our History, and we love to find out about interesting facts or events that happened on this very day back through the years. We picked the top 10 interesting things that occurred on this day throughout history, along with a handful of births and deaths.

Swot up on your facts and take a few minutes to think back on how this day might have been once…

Can you think of any interesting things that happened on this day in History?


1512 – Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel (the ceiling of it anyway) is unveiled to the public for the first time.

1604 – November 1 is a good day for William Shakespeare, as Othello debuts for the first time,

1611 – Seven years after Othello, Shakespeare’s The Tempest debuts at the Whitehall Palace in London.

1800 – John Adams becomes the first US President to live in the White House.

1911 – The first bomb in combat is dropped, in the Italo-Turkish War.

1945 – Australia joins the United Nations

1952 – Forty-one years after the first bomb is dropped in combat, the first large hydrogen bomb is dropped by the USA in the Pacific Ocean.

1981 – Antigua and Barbuda gain independence from the United Kingdom.

1993 – The Maastrict Treaty takes effect, marking the beginning of the European Union.

2000 – Serbia joins the United Nations, a year after the Kosovo War.


1762 – Spencer Perceval, Prime Minister of the UK

1877 – Composer Roger Quilter

1960 – Apple CEO Tim Cook

1963 – Footballer and current QPR manager Mark Hughes

If you are into your history and metal detecting, make sure you share all of your latest finds on the Joan Allen Facebook page.