If you’ve ever seen someone wandering around town with a strange contraption in hand and wondered what the heck they were doing, it’s likely they were either metal detecting or engaging in some sort of criminal activity….
But for the sake of argument, let’s say they were metal detecting. You might have thought it looked strange, something you certainly wouldn’t try. Well, I’m here to tell you that if that’s the case…you’re really missing out!
Metal detecting is one of those hobbies that most people know about–but not everyone has tried it.
If you’re someone who’s never tried metal detecting before, there are a few things you’ll need to consider before embarking on your metal detecting adventure.
Buying the Metal Detector
Metal detectors range in price from around $50 to over $1000. Before purchasing a metal detector, there are a few questions you’ll want to ask yourself.
What’s Your Purpose?
Different kinds of metal detectors are made for different kinds of detecting. Are you most interested in coin collecting? If so, a multi-purpose detector will do.
Are you planning on detecting on a beach? Then make sure you purchase a detector made–you guessed it–for the beach. It’s really as simple as that.
How Much of a Detector are You?
Is metal detecting your new full-time job? Or are you going to try it just a few times a year? If you’re serious about metal detecting, a more expensive detector might be ideal. However, there are plenty of quality affordable options out there as well.
As a last point of advice, choose a well-established brand. Search online for customer reviews and consider several options before purchasing a detector.
Other Tips for Beginners
Know your area
Part of the fun in metal detecting is the opportunity to explore new areas. Map out places around town that you think might be ripe with “treasure” before embarking on your metal detecting adventure.
Enjoy the junk hunt
Let’s face it: you may find some gems, but you’re also going to find a lot of junk along the way. Metal detecting can be extremely rewarding, but it may be frustrating if you go home empty handed. The best way to overcome the frustration is to enjoy the junk hunt. It’s all part of the experience!
When and Where to Go
While you can go virtually any time, consider your personal preferences. If you hate bad weather, don’t force yourself to go just because you bought the metal detector the day before. On the other hand, if you hate crowds, a rainy day might be the perfect time to go. Metal detecting is a hobby which tends to get noticed. If the attention bothers you, go in the early morning or even nighttime when there wont be crowds.
For beginners, the best place to practice might your own backyard! That way you can get the hang of it before going out into the “real world.” After you’ve mastered the yard, venture out into town. If there’s a beach nearby, you’re in luck! Beaches are favorites for metal detector hobbyists.