Metal detecting as a hobby can be extremely satisfying, and can even bring some good income if you manage to find valuable stuff and sell it later. The majority of beginner treasure hunters dream of big finds that will make them rich to say the least, and famous at most. However, if they jump head first into buying all kinds of stuff, and run in the field nearby to dig out all the trash, they will likely end up disappointed and upset.
To minimize the risk of becoming disappointed in this cool hobby, check out three the most important tips you should keep in mind when making your first steps as a treasure hunter.
How To Learn Detecting
Before diving into practical tips, remember that detecting, as everything else, is a skill to be learned and developed with time and effort. Even if you learn all theory by heart, you will have fails when in the field.
The first tip is to really research all types and models of metal detecting machines. Read and watch videos about brands, about product series, about pros and cons, about hidden drawbacks. Watch other treasure hunters using every model on YouTube. Explore relevant web resources. You have to know exactly what model you need, for what type of search, and what features will meet your expectations. Then go and purchase the best product you can afford.
Even before you purchase your machine, think carefully about your locations. Where exactly are you going to search? Are you actually able, physically and legally, to search in these locations? Will you have time, money, and company, to go to remote locations? Make sure that your purchase is not waste of money, and that you will actually be using the device in a more or less regular manner.
Be objective and think critically. You may dream of gold prospecting, but there is no gold even found in your area, or even state, or country. So, it makes no sense buying a machine for that. Instead, you may spend every second weekend on a crowded beach, so maybe an underwater device will do.
Get used to the thought that you will dig out more trash than treasure, and you will need to spend endless hours with your machine in the field before you learn how it reacts to different targets.
These three tips will help you to keep it real, and develop your skills fast.