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Ctx and palladium 
Posted by: stephenscool
Date: December 27, 2017 06:56AM
Recently purchased a new to me ctx. Will be using it exclusively for wetsand saltwater. Been playing around with the beach mode and have found that the ctx will null on palladium, 1 damaged 18k white gold and a white gold 9k ring. Clear signals on yellow gold, pt, and silver.
Still very new to this machine and dont understand most of the terminology. What are the best settings for knocking out iron and stainless steel only while keeping the greatest depth ?
Btw, I live where the Minelab videos and YouTube are firewalled nationally

Re: Ctx and palladium 
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: December 27, 2017 07:45AM
Stephen...I’m not a beach guy but most go wide open I understand. Keep at it,you will LOVE what this machine can do!:smile:

Re: Ctx and palladium 
Posted by: stephenscool
Date: December 27, 2017 07:56AM
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IDXMonster
Stephen...I’m not a beach guy but most go wide open I understand. Keep at it,you will LOVE what this machine can do!:smile:
Thanks for the reply IDX.. can you elaborate on "wide open"? I chose beach but in both pattern 1 and 2 the ctx billed on the damaged 18k, pd950, and 9k rings.
Is there a pattern that just knocks out iron/ss?

Re: Ctx and palladium 
Posted by: Ben Town
Date: December 27, 2017 08:26AM
Stephen
I had a simalier situation on my machine accepting large silver on a coin mode I was useing.
One of the great things about the CTX is put it on the bench and open that modes Discrimanation until it accepts the metal your conserned about.
You can just do it one box at a time until your satisfied it will accept the object, maybe a little extra room if you like.
You can’t go wrong, just adjust the Discrimanation to your liking .
Let us know how it worked for you
BT

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Re: Ctx and palladium 
Posted by: Jason in Enid
Date: December 27, 2017 08:31AM
open your discrimination pattern until just the bottom right corner is blocked out, or you just set the FE disc line at something like 27 to 30 and you should eliminate the vast majority of junk. Run the detector in manual sensitivity as high as you can until you just get an occasional false. I havent looked lately but I would the screen2 of the beach mode should get you what you need.

Keep in mind, the CTX works great on salt beaches but it wasnt designed as a jewelry hunter. You have to accept the bad with the good. BTW- most detectors have problems with broken rings, they dont give solid signals so it confuses the detector.

Re: Ctx and palladium 
Posted by: stephenscool
Date: December 27, 2017 09:05AM
I went through the rings 1 x 1 and when it was rejected I just hit the accept button. Hopefully it saves the settings. I only get to go to the beach once in a while and don't want to spend all day testing patterns. I will likely bring the rings in question and bury them in the wetsand to be sure I'm hitting them.. one of my main beaches has several ctx hunters.. I also found 4 pd rings during the summer there following with my pi.

Right now using beach, pattern 2, auto +3, manual accept for the rings in question.

Feels like I'm flying a spaceship rather than operating a detector.
I guess everything has a learning curve .. access to videos would sure help

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Re: Ctx and palladium 
Posted by: Champ Ferguson
Date: December 27, 2017 09:34AM
Stephen, you are on the right track. Spend a bit more time learning about how to customize your discrimination patterns. There are lots of forum topics on doing this + study the appropriate CTX manual section- those should make up for you lack of access to videos. Good Luck!



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Re: Ctx and palladium 
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: December 27, 2017 02:15PM
Stephen,

If you are interested, I would be glad to chat with you by phone. I think there are some things I could tell you that might make things make "more sense" to you, fairly quickly.

I'd be glad to help; send me a PM if interested and I will give you my number.

Steve

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stephenscool
I went through the rings 1 x 1 and when it was rejected I just hit the accept button. Hopefully it saves the settings. I only get to go to the beach once in a while and don't want to spend all day testing patterns. I will likely bring the rings in question and bury them in the wetsand to be sure I'm hitting them.. one of my main beaches has several ctx hunters.. I also found 4 pd rings during the summer there following with my pi.

Right now using beach, pattern 2, auto +3, manual accept for the rings in question.

Feels like I'm flying a spaceship rather than operating a detector.
I guess everything has a learning curve .. access to videos would sure help



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Re: Ctx and palladium 
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: December 27, 2017 05:49PM
All good advice IMO,as long as the disc isn’t hiding too much. Just don’t get overwhelmed,it has basic settings that you will do well with,and more complex stuff you can learn about it and how it acts. IF you put in the time you will be VERY glad you did. If not,you’ll never know how good it really is.
Can I ask where you live that YouTube is banned?

Re: Ctx and palladium 
Posted by: stephenscool
Date: December 28, 2017 06:24AM
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Jason in Enid
open your discrimination pattern until just the bottom right corner is blocked out, or you just set the FE disc line at something like 27 to 30 and you should eliminate the vast majority of junk. Run the detector in manual sensitivity as high as you can until you just get an occasional false. I havent looked lately but I would the screen2 of the beach mode should get you what you need.

Keep in mind, the CTX works great on salt beaches but it wasnt designed as a jewelry hunter. You have to accept the bad with the good. BTW- most detectors have problems with broken rings, they dont give solid signals so it confuses the detector.
I've settled on something similar to your settings. This is great when running in manual sensitivity.
Just curious.. Have you tried gb over a bottle cap or ss target? Then running it hot in manual sensitivity with noise cancel. I see a lot of potential in this machine with enough experience and experimenting.

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Re: Ctx and palladium 
Posted by: Jason in Enid
Date: December 28, 2017 07:33AM
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stephenscool
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Jason in Enid
open your discrimination pattern until just the bottom right corner is blocked out, or you just set the FE disc line at something like 27 to 30 and you should eliminate the vast majority of junk. Run the detector in manual sensitivity as high as you can until you just get an occasional false. I havent looked lately but I would the screen2 of the beach mode should get you what you need.

Keep in mind, the CTX works great on salt beaches but it wasnt designed as a jewelry hunter. You have to accept the bad with the good. BTW- most detectors have problems with broken rings, they dont give solid signals so it confuses the detector.
I've settled on something similar to your settings. This is great when running in manual sensitivity.
Just curious.. Have you tried gb over a bottle cap or ss target? Then running it hot in manual sensitivity with noise cancel. I see a lot of potential in this machine with enough experience and experimenting.

No I haven't. ITs been discussed before, and I had plans to try it, but every time I get out to detect I forget and dive into the hunt.

Re: Ctx and palladium 
Posted by: stephenscool
Date: December 28, 2017 07:19PM
Thanks for the help Steve. The pm messages were a great help. Thanks for taking the time
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sgoss66
Stephen,

If you are interested, I would be glad to chat with you by phone. I think there are some things I could tell you that might make things make "more sense" to you, fairly quickly.

I'd be glad to help; send me a PM if interested and I will give you my number.

Steve

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stephenscool
I went through the rings 1 x 1 and when it was rejected I just hit the accept button. Hopefully it saves the settings. I only get to go to the beach once in a while and don't want to spend all day testing patterns. I will likely bring the rings in question and bury them in the wetsand to be sure I'm hitting them.. one of my main beaches has several ctx hunters.. I also found 4 pd rings during the summer there following with my pi.

Right now using beach, pattern 2, auto +3, manual accept for the rings in question.

Feels like I'm flying a spaceship rather than operating a detector.
I guess everything has a learning curve .. access to videos would sure help


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Re: Ctx and palladium 
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: December 28, 2017 07:21PM
No problem, Steve. Glad to try and help!

Have fun learning it; it's a powerful machine that does a great job on the beach...

Steve



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Lesche 38D Ground Shark "King of Spades"

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