It is a hobby that many people around the world have found rewarding and enjoyable. The term 'metal detector' can also bring to mind the little security gateways you walk through while going to the airport or into a government building. Or it can also refer to various other high-grade pieces of equipment used in construction or mining. Seeing the benefits of what metal detectors can do, it's no wonder they are used in so many different fields. But if you are somebody with a great appreciation for hunting treasure, then you like many others will agree that a personal metal detector is the coolest one of them all.
As with many things in life, there are a lot of various options and types of metal detectors to choose from. And whether you are an expert or a beginner, you need to make a few decisions to make sure you're getting the right device. If you're just starting, you should probably be less concerned with all the fancy options that the more professional grade detectors offer because chances are you won't understand how to use it anyway. Instead, start with something more basic and cost-efficient to get you going and help you get a feel for the activity. Then, later when you have some experience under your belt you can go out and start looking at a higher quality unit with more features and functions. You'd be surprised how many of the bells and whistles on the fancier machines will start making sense after some time of just primary treasure hunting with a basic unit. it's probably because if you enjoy the hobby, you'll likely be on the internet learning more about metal detecting when you aren't out doing it.
Different metals will respond to different frequencies. Because of this, some of the average level and higher level detectors come with the ability to discriminate against particular metals using or eliminating certain frequencies. It can be a very useful tool and function depending on what you are looking for. You may want just to be looking for a heavier metal like what's used in quarters or fifty cent pieces. in that case, you would discriminate against the lighter, cheaper metals and so when your detector crosses over something small and light like a pull tab from a pop can, it will ignore it. It all just depends on what you want to look for and how you choose to do it. Some people like to use discrimination a lot and feel they do pretty good that way. Other people prefer to not discriminate against any metal and just dig up everything they find. They find lots of garbage that way, but they also claim to find more treasure that may have otherwise been overlooked.
The most important factor that you need to determine before choosing a beginner metal detector is the areas you will be primarily utilizing your metal detector. For metal detecting mostly on dry land such as your backyard, woods, playgrounds, fairgrounds, parks, etc., an all-purpose area or relic detector will be suitable. If you live near the ocean or other large bodies of water and want to utilize your metal detector in or under the water to find objects, you will need to purchase a detector that is waterproof. While many individuals assume that the depth range of a metal detector is one of the most important factors, this is not the case as the majority of metal detectors are all about the same when it comes to their range of depth detection except for models that are highly advanced and extremely expensive. Another important feature that a beginner metal detector should have is a display screen that shows the type of metal detected.
A good beginner metal detector will also have a setting that can be adjusted for the level of discrimination. This bias setting allows you the ability to "tell" your sensor to eliminate or ignore certain objects such as rusty nails, aluminum cans, or other unwanted objects and target only desirable items that contain metals such as gold and silver.
Most treasure seekers know that the next major find is more than likely beneath the sea. In today's market, several specially designed marine metal detectors can aid in your quest to find these sunken treasures. You must make certain, however, that you are purchasing the best and most technologically advanced detector available that can help you search for water, the ocean, a lake, or any other location.
Marine Metal detectors typically utilize PI-Pulse Induction technology. Unfortunately, these sensors often lack the dependability found in other models, but they can be useful in doing underwater searches. Another benefit to this type of detector is that it can detect objects that are larger in size. Silt and sand found on the floor of rivers and oceans causes Iost objects to submerge deeply in a very short time span.
Not all metal detectors designed for marine use are waterproof. Some units are completely waterproof while others only have certain parts that are water resistant. Those detectors that are semi water resistant can handle slight amounts of moisture but will be entirely ruined were they to fall into the water.
Advancements in marine metal detectors are beginning to surpass those made in devices used primarily for searches along the beach. If you aren't an active swimmer or don't plan to take up snorkeling anytime soon, you should consider the purchase of a water-resistant metal detector as soon as possible.
If you are utilizing your detector in an area that contains a high amount of "junk" or "trash," then you will most likely want to set the discrimination level of your metal detector higher to avoid consistently digging up unwanted items. However, in areas that have a minimal amount of trash you can set this level lower which will reduce your chances of missing the valuable items. To avoid any disappointment in the performance of your metal detector, it is best to purchase an entry level or beginner metal detector from a reputable manufacturer and avoid buying the inexpensive models seen in mass retail or toy stores.
The last consideration is whether to get a used or a new detector. A new detector, you get to enjoy the full manufacturer warranty and thus peace of mind. On the other hand, getting a used one, you can get a higher range detector. However, as a beginner, it is advisable to get something manageable to pick up skills and to learn. It's no point having a sophisticated detector with functions that overwhelm you.
Finally, with the above four consideration taken into account, it's time to research on the metal detectors available that meet your requirement. The best place to study is online or drop into a local dealer to talk and to ask questions. Remember you are getting a detector that will accompany you for the long term. Hence take your time and do not rush into buying one or you may end up with an unsuitable detector.