Garrett ATX: Australian Sub-Gram Gold Nuggets.

In this short demonstration video, we check the response of the Garrett ATX with it’s stock DD searchcoil on tiny gold nuggets in highly mineralized Australian ironstone clay/gravel which is typically encountered in our goldfields. The advantage that the ATX provides to Aussie prospectors over current PI machines is the ability to detect very low conductive, sub-gram nuggets with a DD coil.  Most prospectors will be utilizing monoloop coils for their sensitivity on small gold, the penalty is that in hot and variable ground, the monoloop will experience unstable and variable thresholds to the point where it may become unusable. With the ATX stock DD, you now get stable operation in very hot ground on sub-gram gold. All this with a single setting (no complex switch settings) and the option of two modes of operation: Motion, and Non-Motion.


Experienced prospectors will know that a test bed cannot fully replicate actual field conditions, such as varying mineralization, soil moisture content, soil air voids, ambient noise, ambient temperature, threshold settings, coil swing technique and the fact that the gold has been in the ground for many millions of years – but this test bed demonstration will serve to illustrate the usefulness of the ATX with the standard DD coil in adverse environments. The ATX is no re-badged Infinium or Recon-pro, it is new technology that provides a real advantage on small gold in hot ground. This comes with no sacrifice to the ability to detect large nuggets at depth. We hope you enjoy this short demonstration and find it informative. More ATX goldfields videos to follow soon! Happy Prospecting! Warren and Colleen.



2 thoughts on “Garrett ATX: Australian Sub-Gram Gold Nuggets.

  1. Hi Warren and Colleen,

    The mighty ATX has finally arrived. It came yesterday, November 29. Today, November 30, I took it for the first time to my nugget patch. Within the first ten minutes it struck gold! It was the very first target for the day. Talk about sub-gram pieces, this one is a sub-half-gram piece. It weighs in at 0.39 gm. Under 10x magnification it looks more like a small specimen than a solid nugget. The gold is very angular and shows no signs of having moved very far from its source. The particular part of the patch today’s nugget came from has produced four or five other small pieces in recent times – one found with the Infinium and the rest found with the AT Gold. But I missed today’s piece with the other detectors, even after several passes with each of them that would have taken me right over it. The ATX signalled the small nugget with a loud and clear response – so loud in fact that I at first thought it could possibly be a junk target of some kind. The detector was set at maximum sensitivity. I use Gray Ghost Amphibian headphones on the ATX and the Infinium (and Nugget Busters on the AT Gold); they are very effective at helping to further enhance the detector responses, but today I could have been using the speaker instead of headphones and the signal from the nugget would still have been easy to hear.

    The little nugget wasn’t particularly deep – about two inches. The ATX can pick up a 0.1 gm piece at that depth, so I am not surprised at the ease with which it hit the 0.39 gm piece. While the performance of the ATX over freshly buried targets is very impressive, it’s those tiny pieces of gold that have been buried in undisturbed ground over a very long period of time that really tell the story of just how good this new Garrett detector really is – I tell you, folks, I am hugely impressed! Today was a good start to prospecting with the ATX. It also pulled out a couple of buttons and a musket ball at good depth from the same ground today – what else have I missed in previous hunts???

    Well, that’s my first experience with the new ATX in the field outside of my own backyard (in my backyard it made short work of finding several targets yesterday, including a uniform button with an anchor motif – no crown on this one – in ground I have hit literally dozens of times before with just about every detector and coil combination, including the Depth Multiplier on the GTI 2500, in my arsenal).

    We are probably going to hear a lot of amazing stories about this new detector. I don’t doubt that for a moment. It will be great to see more of your videos showing your ATX (and the mighty Defender, of course) in action on the goldfields. Keep that camera rolling folks!

    David K.

    • David,

      Well that is just a great story mate – anyone who picks up an ATX will know that Garrett have really produced something special here. All the old ground is new again! We appreciate you sharing your story and hope that is the first of many nuggets that the ATX will get for you. All the best mate and Happy Prospecting! Warren and Colleen.