Metal detecting is a fascinating hobby (some say “sport”) that is gaining more and more attention, due to TV shows like “Diggers” and news reports of recovered treasures. Metal detectors are used by construction crews to find buried pipes and cables before digging, by coin hunters in local parks and playgrounds, by gold prospectors looking for nuggets, people searching old settlements for relics, and even by archaeologists looking for ancient buried ruins.
Many people end up buying a metal detector for one reason, then branching out to explore other areas of the hobby. The same detector that is good for coinshooting can also find relics, or can be used at the beach to look for lost jewelry. More than a few people have bought a cheap detector at the local hobby store to find a lost wedding ring or set of keys, and have been “bitten” by the treasure hunting bug.
You don't have to start out with a $1000 machine to find things, Plenty of experienced detectorists with a $150 machine have followed directly behind “newbies” with an expensive detector and found things they missed. It isn't the price of your machine, it's how you swing it! Check our guides to decide on a metal detector suited for your interests and your budget, as well as tips on different types of treasure hunting:
This guide is aimed at covering some of the basics that apply to all types of metal detecting.