Basic Metal Detecting Tips

Metal detecting tips

The Metal detector is not a magical device that can detect treasures for you instantly. It needs certain skills to add value to your metal detecting process and also enhance the life of the device. Just before getting onto the field, it is better to dig out some information about the device and the potential locations to get maximum benefits and avoiding time loss.

What is the best metal detector?

There is no best metal detector. The choice depends upon your age, location and the type of entities you are looking out for. These days you get separate detectors for coins, relics, gold, or artifacts with features that concentrates more on your target and less on the junk entities.

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Accessories required while hunting treasures outdoors

There are certain accessories to be carried along with the device when you step out for hunting. Gloves for hand protection, knife to dig out the ground and most importantly an earphone that helps you on avoiding any miss out on a slight beep sound, thereby resulting in spotting of a minute particle of interest too.

Which coil to buy?

Detectors are mainly equipped with two different kinds of coil. One is the concentric coil, which pinpoints the targets to the exact center of location. The other is the widescan coil that detects the target area of interest, but does not give you the exact coordinates. The exact point needs to be found by continuous digging of land.  For beginners, it is always recommended to use the concentric coil, because it helps locating targets easily.

Respect Junk!

You might initially get through only a lot of junk. Please do not lose your patience and throw that junk away. Take it back with you, else the next time you go to the same location, you get the same junk and the process never ends. Also at times, you might think that it is junk, but when you sort them later at home, you might realize, it could be of use to you. Be patient and keep going.

How to start detecting?

You surely need some practice before you step out to actual outdoor location. You could start with your garden or backyard and place certain different entities like coins, or small showpieces if you have at differential depths. This would help you learn the tool and the technique and the reaction of the device for separate entities at variable depths.

Once you think you are well versed with skills and techniques. Next immediate step is to get every bit of information possible about the potential locations and remember to seek permission or enquire about it. Also, enquire about laws in the country and the town you are targeting because the laws in the same town could be different for different types of hunting or vice versa. Once you are ready with all this, then get on your toes and move ahead to the prime location to start the actual hunting.

The possible locations could be beaches, old monuments, abandoned area, favorite camping sites, picnic areas, public parks, playgrounds etc.

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