How Deep Can a Metal Detector Find Targets

How Deep Can a Metal Detector Find Targets

The question: “How deep can a metal detector find targets?” comes up so often. This is not a straightforward question and there is no easy answer. Many factors play a role and influence how deep you can find metal objects with your metal detector. We will cover each of these factors in depth below.

Many factors play a role and influence how deep you can find metal objects

Soil Type / soil composition
The type of soil you are detecting in plays a very important factor. Soil varies in terms of mineralisation, moisture, and density.

The more mineralised the soil the less deep you will be able to detect. Mineralised soil has a significant impact on the depth you can search.

The moister the soil the deeper you can typically detect. This is because water is a good conductor and enables the signal to penetrate deeper. It is also for this reason that when detecting shortly after rain you usually find your best finds. Note, if it is too wet

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Choosing a Fishing Magnet
Magnet Fishing

Choosing a Fishing Magnet

Rule of thumb is to choose the strongest fishing magnet that you are capable of throwing 5 meters or more while it's connected to a rope.

As easy as that sounds you also need to consider if you want a single or double-sided fishing magnet, your budget vs magnetic strength and the weight of the magnet.

Budget vs Magnetic Strength
The stronger the magnet the more expensive it is. How far can you stretch your budget?

Single and Double Sided Magnets
A single-sided fishing magnet is where the attachment point of the magnet is on the horizontal top side of the magnet and the horizontal underside of the magnet is the magnetic end.

BIG John

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Do I Need a Licence to Metal Detect?
Metal Detecting Metal Detecting FAQ's

Do I Need a Licence to Metal Detect?

Do I Need a Licence to Metal Detect?

No, not in South Africa. However, this does not mean you may detect just anywhere. You may typically detect on all beaches without permission. You will need to seek permission from your local municipality when detecting on private property.

Detecting on historical sites and heritage sites is off-limits.

Remember the golden rule when detecting, leave the site in a better condition than you found it. That means taking the time to fill all your holes leaving no sign that you were there. Remove any and all junk you detect.

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Are There Any Good Places Left To Metal Detect?
Metal Detecting Metal Detecting FAQ's

Are There Any Good Places Left To Metal Detect?

A question we often get asked: Are there any good places left to hunt?

As the metal detecting hobby has grown in South Africa many of the obvious places to detect have been over-hunted. But don't despair there are still many places that have yet to be hunted and the latest metal detectors make it possible to find objects missed by older detectors.

Latest Metal Detecting Technology
Newer and better metal detectors are coming onto the market, replacing previous outdated models. They bring better metal detecting capabilities and features that make finding previously undetectable items now easier to find. This means you can now hunt in an area that would otherwise seem to have been hunted out and still find many hidden treasures.

Some examples of new metal detectors that are finding targets in already hunted out areas are the

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The Best Places to Metal Detect in South Africa
Metal Detecting Metal Detecting FAQ's

The Best Places to Metal Detect in South Africa

Every avid detectorist is always on the lookout for new spots to go detecting. As the metal detecting hobby is becoming more popular in South Africa there are fewer and fewer virgin places left.

Fellow detectorists are very hesitant and cagey about sharing new detecting spots especially those where they get good finds. Therefore finding out where the best places are to metal detect in South Africa is not that obvious. With a bit of research, applying some common knowledge and with a bit of luck, you can find your own virgin detecting spot rich in finds.

Beach Detecting in South Africa

If you live close to the beach then you will definitely do well to go metal detecting on the beach and in the surf.

We are lucky in South Africa with our warm summer weather and many long sandy beaches which attract thousands of beachgoers a day. This makes for the perfect place to go metal detecting.

As beachgoers unpack and pack up their

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How to Pinpoint On The Fly Using Your Metal Detector
Metal Detecting Metal Detecting How To's

How to Pinpoint On The Fly Using Your Metal Detector

To Pinpoint On The Fly is a metal detecting skill you need to master early on as it will save you loads of time and effort. The advantage of pinpointing accurately is that you will dig smaller holes and find your targets faster, leaving you with more time to detect and less time digging huge holes.

X Marks The Spot

When you hit up a good target swing slowly over the target. Keep your metal detector level and as close to the ground as possible as you sweep to your left and right repeatedly in a straight line.

Step 1
You are going to create an invisible "X marks the spot" and this is the first line of the X. Your detector will ping each time the coil passes over the target. Reduce the length of your swing to about 20cm left and right, and wobble your detector over the target until it is constantly pinging above the target.

You will soon get a feel as to where the target is under the centre of your coil along this first line of the

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Minelab Equinox Firmware Update / Software Upgrade 2.0
Firmware Updates Minelab Equinox

Minelab Equinox Firmware Update / Software Upgrade 2.0

OVERVIEW

Minelab Equinox 600 & 800 Firmware Update 2.0 released on 25 September 2019.

The Minelab Equinox Software Upgrade 2.0 adds a new Iron Bias settings profile to both the Minelab Equinox 600 and Minelab Equinox 800 Metal Detector metal detectors, as well as improving the backlight on the Equinox 600.

What is new?

Difficult ferrous targets - the common enemy for all detectorists. That is until EQUINOX. Hit the download on our EQUINOX update to make those pesky bottle caps, rusty nails and other falsing targets a thing of the past. Fire

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Can a Metal Detector Detect Diamonds?
Metal Detecting Metal Detecting FAQ's

Can a Metal Detector Detect Diamonds?

Can a Metal Detector Detect Diamonds?

No.

Quite simply: diamonds have no metallic properties. Diamonds contain no metal. A metal detector can only detect objects that contain metal.

The same applies to Gemstones and Pearls. We also get asked quite often if we sell Gemstone Detectors or if our metal detectors can be used to find pearls. Again, gemstones and pearls are not metallic and contain no metal so they will not be detectable with a metal detector.

However, you can detect Diamond Rings. Rings are usually made of gold, silver or some other metal, all of which can be detected using a metal detector.

What makes metal detecting such a popular hobby is hunting for rings on the beach in the hope of finding a valuable gold or diamond ring. If you are looking to find diamond and gold rings then yes, a metal detector is definitely capable of doing so.

Take a look at our various

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Nokta Makro Simplex+ Wireless Headphone Compatibility
Nokta Makro Simplex+

Nokta Makro Simplex+ Wireless Headphone Compatibility

The Nokta Makro Simplex+ Metal Detector features wireless audio which means you can connect wireless headphones to the detector.

If you have ever detected with wired headphones, you will know just how cumbersome the wire to the headphones becomes. The cable tends to hook onto everything, get's tangled, and at some point, the headphones will be unceremoniously ripped off your ears. The bain of every detectorist!

Any decent metal detector these days features wireless audio as standard, such as the Nokta Makro Simplex+ Metal Detector.

There are three ways to connect wireless headphones to the Simplex+:

1 ) Nokta Makro Wireless Headphones

The Nokta Makro Blue and Green Edition 2.4GHz Wireless Headphones are both compatible with the Simplex+ detector.

The Simplex+ WHP Metal Detector has a pair of Nokta Makro Green Edition Wireless Headphones already included as part of the package.

2) Nokta Makro EZ Wander Wireless Module

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