Metal Detecting after a Storm
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Metal Detecting after a Storm

After any heavy storms, you are bound to see a metal detectorist out sweeping the beaches for freshly uncovered valuable finds.

Layers of sand are added to beaches every day and valuable items are buried underneath the sand, but when a storm comes the sand gets pulled off the each, revealing all the lost valuable items that have not been found in decades. Storms can also find lost treasures that were inside the ocean floors onto the beach sand.

Storms toss and turn everything, bringing what’s at the bottom up to the shoreline. This helps you find gold coins, and jewels that have been lost for centuries.

We have some great metal detecting gear that is perfect for beach hunting after a storm. Beach scoops make sifting through sand much easier for you. And waterproof earphones will help you metal detecting after a big storm.

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Top Metal Detecting Tips: Best Places to Metal Detect
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Top Metal Detecting Tips: Best Places to Metal Detect

Choosing a place to metal detect with your metal detector is especially important. It will determine what you find and how you are going to find. If you detect on the beach you are more likely to find lost jewellery, coins and watches. If you visit war sites, you are more likely to find war relics like buttons and shell castings.

Metal detectors have a rule of thumb to hunt where many people have walked or congregated. Many popular sites include beaches, parks, schoolyards, playgrounds, sports fields, bike or hiking trails, picnic areas and outdoor play theatres.

Start with the history of your town. Most cities keep historical information on file at your local library. This information will help you find treasures. When you visit your local library take a look at the section on local history. Ask the Liberian to help you. Research stories about celebrations,

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Why Multi-Frequency Metal Detectors Are Not The End All and Be All - For now
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Why Multi-Frequency Metal Detectors Are Not The End All and Be All - For now

In this blog, I look at multi-frequency detectors comparing them to single-frequency detectors and offer my humble opinion of why the hype over multi-frequency detectors is overrated. For now.

A multi-frequency metal detector typically outputs 3 - 5 different frequencies simultaneously. In simple terms, the advantage means a target that is missed by a certain frequency might be picked up by the other remaining frequencies, thus increasing your chances of a find. However, when the detector sends multiple simultaneous frequencies, it requires a lot of processing, which comes at a performance cost, negatively impacting depth and reactivity.

Multi-frequency metal detectors are very good for beach detecting and use in saltwater. They tend to be more stable when compared to most single frequency detectors.

A good example of a multi-frequency metal detector is the popular Minelab Equinox 800, featuring a range of 5 frequencies: 5kHz, 10kHz, 15kHz,

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See The Most Valuable Finds with a Metal Detector!
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See The Most Valuable Finds with a Metal Detector!

Metal detector finds can hold huge historical significance and be worth millions of dollars. So its no wonder that detectorists are out there trying to find valuable items with their metal detectors. Here are some of the most valuable metal detector finds of all time.

Michelle Vall was metal detecting in January 2019 in Scotland when she found a 17th-century rind believed to have once belonged to a courtier of King James II. In September 2020 it went up for auction and sold for $18.000. Val also found a rare gold coin and it sold for $52.800 at an auction.

One lucky metal detector struck gold while gold prospecting in Australia, the gold nugget was found in May 2019 and weighed 1.4kgs. Such a large gold nugget is rare to find and this valuable item was valued at $100.000.

In November 2019 a metal detectorist in England found a very rare coin; it was an iron age caractacus coin. This coin is approximately

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The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Gold Prospecting
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The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Gold Prospecting

There are plenty of uncertainties when it comes to gold hunting here we take a deep dive into the world of gold prospecting.

VLF - Very low-frequency Metal detectors are a single or multi-frequency machine that consists of a continuous sine wave. The Sinewave goes under the ground to find a target and once it finds a target, the machine charges a target, releases an eddy current and sends a signal back through the machine.

A common misconception for these types of metal detectors is that you cannot get depth out of a VLF metal detector. This is not true, as long as a VLF metal detector is correctly set up and you are using the right metal detector in the right conditions with the right coil on your machine, you can get depth with this type of machine.

As long as you can keep it stabilized, ground balanced, and the sensitivity is set correctly on your machine, this can help you find some of the smallest gold pieces.

PI - Pulse induction metal detectors is a metal detector that talks and listens. Not like the VLF Metal detector a PI metal detector is not a continuous sine wave it is a pulse, on-off. These metal detectors will do better than VLF machines is mostly higher mineralized soils because of its measuring. However, there are places like low mineralization areas where your PI metal detector will simply just not work to its fullest potential and in these places, you are better off with a VLF metal detector. For example, if you have excessive cold or hot rocks and or weird salts, there have been times when a VLF metal detector has been outperformed by a PI metal detector.

There is no best metal detector. Each metal detector has different pros and cons and it’s all about using your machine to the best of its ability. As mentioned previously, it helps to have a VLF machine and a PI machine because you just don’t know what the conditions or ground will be like. It also helps to have a variety of machines, if possible.

Top Metal Detectors for Gold Prospecting:

The XP ORX Gold Detector with Wireless Headphones is a high-performance gold prospecting metal detector super sensitive to small gold nuggets as found in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Africa.

Garrett ATX Met

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Ultimate Review Of The Nokta Makro Midi Hoard Kids Metal Detector
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Ultimate Review Of The Nokta Makro Midi Hoard Kids Metal Detector

The Nokta Makro Midi Hoard is a waterproof metal detector that is perfect for children under 10 years old. Get your little one started on the path to discovering valuable items. This metal detector is easy to use and will provide your youngster with hours of fun outdoors. Metal detecting will help you get your children outdoors to enjoy hours of lots of fun, exercise and learning. This hobby is always great for family activity.

The Nokta Makro Midi Hoard metal detector is the first waterproof metal detector made for kids aged 8 - 12+ years.

Now you can start them young with a lightweight, waterproof and kid-friendly metal detector. Being collapsible it can be extended up or down to cater for younger or older kids for exactly the size that they need.

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Top Metal Detecting Tips for Beginners
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Top Metal Detecting Tips for Beginners

Metal Detecting is a great hobby, however, it is easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated, especially when it seems like the only thing you are finding is trash.

Of course, practising is the key to any hobby, and metal detecting is no exception. There are a few things that you can do to make detecting much more enjoyable and productive.

To help you get started here is some top tips for Beginners:

The most important rule when out metal detecting is that you have permission before hunting on a property. It is not always easy to get permission, but it is just part of the hobby and you will need to deal with it. Getting caught without permission can have serious consequences and may affect other detectorists too.

When you get permission to go hunting on a property, make sure that you fill up any holes to ensure you are allowed back. Your goal should be to leave the area looking as good, or even better, than before you arrived to metal detect.

big mistake that beginners make is to buy a metal detector that is too difficult to use. If this is the first metal detector that you are buying, look for an entry-level model that is powerful enough for real metal detecting but won't overwhelm you with all its features and different settings.

Having the right metal detecting gear is important. You do not need to spend a fortune on gear when you are starting but there is some essential gear that every metal detectorist needs, this includes gloves, digging tools, headphones, and batteries. You should also take a basic first aid kit, cellphone, water, snacks and insect repellent when you are out metal detecting.

It is vital to wear suitable clothing depending on the weather conditions. Bring along an extra waterproof jacket as you never know when you could get caught in an unexpected rainstorm.

It sounds quite obvious but gets into the habit with double-checking your metal detecting gear before you head out hunting. Many detectorists have experienced the frustration of getting to their target area, only to find out that they left their digging tools or headphones behind.

Every metal detector is different so it is important to be comfortable and know how your metal detector works. Understanding your metal detector makes every hunt allot more enjoyable and you are more likely to find more valuable finds.

Start by reading and re-reading your instruction manual. As you work through the manual, try out each of the settings so that you can feel comfortable when out hunting. It is also a great idea to create a testing location at home, which should contain all different metal objects, this was you can practise responding to all the various signal tones that your metal detector reads and picks upon.

Parks, popular woods and other public locations are some of the best places for metal detecting, but it is best to avoid them at the busiest times of the day.

Aside from people getting in the way, you’ll also spend a lot of time answering repetitive (although well-meaning) questions about what you are doing. Instead, try to detect public places at times when there are fewer people around.

It is a good idea to keep a log of each hunting trip. This doesn’t need to be complicated but should include the location, date, time of day and what you found. You can use a spreadsheet or just a pen and paper for this.

Metal detecting is not a complicated hobby and there are no "secrets" only the experts know – but it can seem that way when you are first getting started. There’s a lot to learn about your detector, the environment and targets, so practice is essential for improving your skills.

While nothing substitutes being out in the field with your metal detector, we hope the tips above can give you a head-start and they make your hunting more enjoyable!

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Keep safe while out metal detecting
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Keep safe while out metal detecting

Metal detecting can be a very exciting hobby. You are bound to find all kinds of things from civil war relics to valuable coins and jewellery, not to mention finding gold, your finds can often cover your costs on your metal detector and its gear. Metal detecting can make anyone a little curious and with that in mind, you do need to consider a few precautions when out hunting with your metal detector.

Firstly all metal detectors need the right accessories with them when out metal detecting. That includes a first aid kit, bug repellent spray, sunscreen, water and snacks. You will also need to invest in a good pair of gloves. You should use a pinpointer to avoid having any unnecessary digging through sharp objects.

If there is no cell phone signal where you are out hunting you could consider using walkie talkies. Go hunting with someone else if possible, but if you

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Underwater Treasure Hunting
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Underwater Treasure Hunting

If you want to hunt deeper water. Scuba gear allows you access to some of the deepest shipwrecks. Many detectorists try to locate lost shipwrecks and go hunt them, and many have found plenty of lost treasures. If you are wanting to detect anything deeper than rivers and beaches, you will need to use scuba gear.

Freshwater rivers are some of the best places to metal detect for lost treasure. Many detectors have pulled out firearms and other great Civil War relics from streams that saw battle in the war. In addition to Civil War relics, some treasure hunters have found coins, jewellery, and other valuable goods. One of the best things about rivers is that in many cases, they are shallow enough to allow for wading with a waterproof metal detector and do not require the use of snorkels or scuba gear.

Some metal detectorists find lakes to be their most productive areas when hunting for treasures. Try looking for lakes in your area that are visited often and have a beach area, picnic areas, campgrounds and playgrounds. These areas all have coins, silver and gold jewellery, and a variety of other values goods. Wading into the water from the beach might be the single best way to find all kinds of underwater treasure hunting is full of adventures and opportunities to find some really valuable and very interesting treasures. Whether you are using scuba diving equipment or snorkelling, You do want to know where the places are to hunt underwater, what to expect to find and what exactly underwater hunting gear you are going to need.

The best way to find lost treasures underwater is with a metal detector. Whether you are hunting shipwrecks, along beaches or in a river. Metal detecting gives you all these different options to hunt for any lost treasures. Underwater treasure hunting is one of the greatest ways to find valuable treasures underwater and connect with passed time history. 

Snorkelling and searching for buried hidden treasures with a metal detector is a great way to gain access to deep water situations without needing to use scuba diving gear. While you will not get the same depth, snorkelling is much less complicated. Depending on where you are planning to hunt, snorkelling with a metal detector might be the best way to go.

If you want to go a little bit deeper, snorkelling is a great option for this type of treasure hunting.

Beaches are hands-down one of the best places to search for valuable jewellery, as the tides from the ocean help to bring all of the valuable items to the surface of the bottom quite frequently. Many detectorists like to wade into the deeper water and use their metal detector there, finding all kinds of silver and gold earrings, rings, and watches. This is an especially great place to hunt when it is a heavily visited area.

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Do I need an additional coil for my metal detector?
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Do I need an additional coil for my metal detector?

Some detectorists go their entire lives hunting with the same coil, but many others will invest in an additional search coil that helps their hunting style in one way or another.

A search coil that you invest in has great potential to improve your metal detectors performance in a big way. Often metal detectorists will look for a DD search coil that offers you greater depth or higher sensitivity, and this greatly improves the detectors ability to find small targets at much deeper depths. This is very important as many tiny objects such as gold nuggets and small relics can be too deep that a normal average coil could not pick up.

Another interesting reason that metal detectorists invest in an additional search coil is that they can help them hunt either more of the ground or hunt for a longer period. To hunt more of the ground, metal detecting enthusiasts go for a large DD search coil, this kind of coil can cover a lot of ground with each swing. In big wide open spaces a large search coil is ideal because you can swing widely without hitting any targets.

Metal detectorists also invest in a second search coil if they are looking for a lightweight option. Some DD coils can be very lightweight.

A final reason that pushes detectorists to invest in an additional coil is area-specific problems. The problems can range from high soil mineralization to high trash areas. Finding the proper search coil for issues like these can help you be more efficient and will keep your hunts going smoothly. It is very hard to metal detect in areas with high trash volume if you are using a large search coil, and that is where the smaller coils come into play. Area-specific issues are always important to consider if you are deciding whether or not you should purchase a new coil.

One of the biggest advantages for large search coils is their ability to cover a lot of ground with each swing. You will cover far more ground at the end of the day with a large DD coil compared to a smaller coil. This benefit helps with wide-open areas where there is not a ton of trash.

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