Metal Detectors For Fun

A lot of people enjoy metal detecting for the simple reason that it provides them with adventure, and discovering buried treasure. If you are someone who loves making discoveries, and are thinking of buying  a metal detector, or taking up a serious hobby, the read on about metal detectors for fun. Let`s get started.

Starting Out

Before buying a metal detector, you will first need to have an understanding of how metal detectors work as well as having the right equipment. The first thing that you will need to get, is a metal detector.

It is extremely important that you are careful in choosing your first one. “I remember my first detector being a Garrett Ace 150, this is a great value for money detector for the beginner”.

It is important to find the best metal detector for you. If you are a beginner, then the Garrett ace 150 will be a great starting point. These detectors retail at around £150.00.

One of the first things you have to take into consideration is your budget. How much can you afford to spend? I don`t really see much point in buying a detector for hundreds of pounds, as a beginner! But at the end of the day, the choice is yours. So, take the time out to learn about metal detecting first before finally buying your detector.

If you are excited about metal detecting and would like to make it a regular part of your life, then it is a good idea that you find a metal detector that is not too expensive. Make sure that you do not go overboard with your funds considering that you are only a beginner.

And should you want to, in the future, realize that metal detecting is a hobby for you, you can always buy another more expensive metal detector.

These metal detectors are specifically made for every kind of environment. Determining the environment and where you will most likely spend your metal detecting time, is just as important.

If you are going to use your metal detector in places such as parks and beach areas, then you need to purchase a metal detector for such environments.

But you can`t just go to the park and start digging up the ground, there are laws with regard to metal detecting. However, if you think that you will be spending a lot of your time in places like beaches, again you will require a permit for different areas depending on where you live.

Code of conduct with regard to metal detectors and the Hampshire cultural trust.

In addition, you will also need to consider the weight of the metal detector that you are going to be using as you will be carrying it around for hours. If the metal detector is too heavy for you then, you will have found another one that will be more suited to your needs.

That way, you will be sure to have much more of an enjoyable experience rather than an exhausting one. As a beginner, the Garrett Ace 150, only weighs 1.8kg and a good first time user option.

There are so many metal detectors which you can buy on the market and finding the right one for you is as important as finding hidden trinkets. Also, make sure that your metal detector works in different kinds of climates so that even if it rains or shines, you are sure that your metal detector will work correctly.

Metal Detecting Tips

Ask for permission

If you have chosen a place to detect and it is private property, get the permission from the land owner. If you show them the respect of asking first, they may be happy to let you detect. You can also share some of your finds with them.

But also, don`t be disheartened if they say no. Respect their wishes and move to another location. Maybe have two or three places in mind before you set off.


Always do some research first to learn about the area and what the area may have been in the past. You can learn anything you need to from researching on the internet.

Look at some old maps

Old maps are a good way to learn about an area, as new maps don’t show the past and how the land looked then They also show some great spots for detecting old churches, schools, and many other sites.

Do your metal detecting after a down pour

Metal detecting after a good down pour. Don’t be afraid of getting wet and muddy. The rain compacts the soil, bringing those buried treasures closer to the surface, although it will be harder and messier to dig.

Make sure your detector is protected from getting wet and dirty. “I personally prefer to dig when its dry”. Another good time to metal detect is after a field has been ploughed as this can bring some good relics closer to the surface.

Try using your detector on the beach

Use your metal detector on the beach. It is easy to detect treasure in the sand. It is also easier to dig. Also, the beach is a place where hundreds of people would have been hanging around in a week or so, there’s a big chance that you will find more valuable items there.

You may even find someone who is looking for a specific item they have just lost! It always feels good to help someone in need. With your help, they could retrieve their lost item.

Use headphones when detecting metal

You can use headphones with your detector because a lot of the time, there are small variations in tones that cannot be noticed especially if there are a lot of background noises.

Sand Scoop

Bring digging tools with you

Make sure to bring a spade or sand scoop.

Protect your search coil

Search coils are expensive so it’s best if you protect the coil with a plastic cap.

Wear knee pads and back support

Metal detecting involves a lot of bending and kneeling so it is advisable to wear knee pads. Think about back support as well. A simple weight lifting belt will help support your back.

Know the history of the place

Knowing the history of your town, city or other places is very much important to finding some good treasure hunting places.


A metal detector is an instrument that detects the nearby presence of metal. Metal detectors are useful for finding metal inclusions hidden within objects, or metal objects buried underground.

When you find, not if you find, nails, ring pulls and other rubbish of that nature, make sure you bag it and take it away with you. At the end of the day go out and enjoy yourself. And remember, take some food and a flask, it could be a long day!


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