Below are a few metal detecting tips that will hopefully help those taking up our incredible hobby. The metal detecting tips section has been added as a basic list of things to consider when thinking of buying a detector and the extra kit that may come in handy out in the field.
Buying A Metal Detector
Some things to consider before purchasing a metal detector:
- What is your budget?
- Where will you be metal detecting?
- What are you searching for?
- Are you technology savvy?
- Are you able to use heavier detectors over long periods of time?
- Are you tall? Is the detector stem a suitable length for your height?
- Read reviews. Many forums offer excellent advice it’s free!
- Try before you buy (especially if your thinking on purchasing a more expensive machine.)
- Search for the best possible price available!
Before You Leave
What to do before leaving for the field:
- Research your site as much as you possibly can.
- Check detector is in good order battery levels are sufficient for your planned session time.
- Check the weather for the day of planned session pack correct clothing for conditions expected.
- If you detect alone tell someone where you are going when to expect your return.
Some of the basics that may come in handy :
- Plastic bags to cover detector if the weather takes turn for the worse.
- Mobile phone.
- Sturdy footwear NO steel toe caps!
- Spare alkaline batteries.
- Water soft brush for cleaning finds in the field.
- Small bags to protect items recovered.
- Basic first aid kit.
- Pen paper.
- Hot drink.
- Lastly, most importantly don’t forget your detector!
Basic Detecting Tips
Basics that will improve find rate:
- Set your detector correctly for the conditions your field presents.
- Use correct coil for ground conditions.
- Keep your coil as close to the surface as possible.
- Swing your coil slowly.
A few Metal Detecting Tips On How To Successfully Metal Detect
Know your Metal Detector
Modern metal detectors are capable of great things when set up correctly but can be confusing and noisy things at first! Read the manual, know what each setting does. Look for hints and tips on the internet. Out on the fields experiment. Learn, learn, learn, it will take hours and hours until you are on the same frequency as your machine! In our site you can found information about technical specifications of Metal Detectors.
Research your site
There are some excellent websites such as Google Earth & old maps. Get as much information about your site as you can. Use the information to try and work out where the best places to metal detect might be.
What? Yep, go out with a positive frame of mind, it works wonders!
Take your time and enjoy the hobby.
What Should I Do If I Find Something That May Be Treasure?
You must report all finds of treasure to a coroner for the district in which the item/s were found either 14 days after the day on which you made the discovery or within 14 days after you realised the find might be a treasure.
Always Remember This 5 Simple Detecting Rules
- ALWAYS obtain permission for land
- ALWAYS respect the country code
- ALWAYS fill in holes
- ALWAYS remove rubbish from the field & recycle
- ALWAYS respect the Treasure Act 1996. The report finds covered by the act to the correct authorities.
Metal detecting is a great way to keep fit. Endless hours walking up and down fields. Some days finding lots, other days finding nothing! Those who persist are rewarded. Only the lucky few go out and find great things straight away.