Using a metal detector for treasure hunting is a great form of exercise, a terrific excuse to enjoy the outdoors and potentially rewarding financially. The basic concept of the metal detector is to identify metallic objects under the surface of the ground. Even though the concept is simple, selecting the right metal detector can be a confusing task if you don’t know what features make up a good metal detector.
The majority of metal detectors are fairly lightweight, however you want a sturdy unit that will not break easily when transporting to and from your treasure hunting activities. Most metal detectors have a controller box with electronics including speakers, a display and batteries. There is an electronic coil at the bottom of the device which picks up the metallic objects beneath the surface. This is the antenna for the system and is probably the most important component of the device.
You will also need a pair of headphones in order to hear the feedback from the device when it identifies your hidden gold nuggets, lost watches, rings and other assorted goodies.
Using your typical metal detector is pretty straightforward and doesn’t require much practice before you are ready to be turned loose on your local beach or neighborhood park. The detector will provide an audible sound when you hover over a metal object. Depending on the detector you select, the unit may also give you visual feedback on its display when you get a “strike”. Others will even indicate the type of metal discovered and the approximate depth of the object in question so you can determine how long it will take you to uncover your treasure.
Your typical metal detector has a limited range for detecting items below ground and most only work up to an average depth of 12 inches. That may not seem like much, however you may be surprised how many items are located just below the place where you are standing. Other things to consider are the density of the ground, the size of the buried object and the moisture content of the soil and its composition.
Many people like to connect with other metal detector detectives and there may be a club or other community in your local area. This is a great place to pick up tips, suggestions and best practices. You may even get someone to give you locations of particularly good “fishing holes”. Common locations are outdoor concert areas, older rural properties and beachfront areas for those lucky enough to be near large bodies of water.
Do the research if you prepare to buy a metal detector as there are several makes and models to choose from and in several price ranges. Detectors vary in terms of sensitivity levels and effectiveness and it’s a good idea to research different models online. Amazon and other online retailers offer you the ability to read reviews on metal detectors to assist you in your selection process. Treasure hunters look for a dial that is easy to read, a detector that is lightweight and gives you hours of uninterrupted power.