This means you can use the detector in shallow freshwater locations, such as the edge of creeks or rivers, as long as the control box stays dry. This is calibrated to the average ground conditions, not for highly mineralized soil, and can’t be adjusted. The higher the mineralization, the more “falsing” and “chatter” you’ll get from a detector. For that, you’ll need to spend more money on a model such as the Garrett AT Gold or Fisher Gold Bug 2. What they can’t do is hunt for gold nuggets and flakes.

It has a great search tool, where you can type in keywords like the name of roads and streets close by to the land, the farm name, the village or town name etc. Copy Paste this number in to the “Old Maps” website in the OS Grid Reference box click search.

A 2 digit Target ID, which ranges between 1 and 99, is also on offer. Its coil, though not waterproof, has enough sturdiness to handle humid conditions. You can also adjust the sensitivity of this model and a low battery indicator comes built-in on the unit. Finally, while its coil isn’t waterproof, what the BHJS does provide is a weather-resistant coil, which is normally enough to handle humid conditions.

Depending on how old the child is, you might want to start with a detector that’s not super heavy. Most of these machines will be PI and should be used in areas where gold is known to be found. The benefit to using a multi-frequency detector in salt water is that you can discriminate out unwanted targets. All you need is to be hit by one wave while digging your hole, and the machine is toast if it’s not waterproof.

First one will enable you to find any metal object while the second one will make the device very sensitive to the metal presence and it will make constant tone which will become louder as you are closer to target. Most beginner metal detectors are automatically tuned and have already defaulted many settings which makes it easier to use it because you can just go outside and start your search. There is also the depth of the metal object, sensitivity range and other.

As long as you do not submerge the detector fully you should be absolutely fine. Anymore depth than that really is overkill and unnecessary, especially when just starting out in the hobby. The Garrett Ace 250 is good on the dry sand part of the beach. Ideally though when first starting out you need to dig all signals so you can learn what the machine is telling you. That means when you swing across the target both directions you get a good signal each way.

This will be a very detailed guide aimed at the beginner and seasoned detectorists alike. You can unsubscribe at any time and we’ll never share your details without your permission. For instance, if you kept finding nails and soda can pull-tabs that were reading at target IDs between 25 and 35, you can use notching to eliminate that range of numbers and only get readings for values below or above.

You will need a good beginner metal detector with a setting that can handle hunting in these locations if you want to have success. Many of the same considerations apply if you want to hunt for treasure with your beginners metal detector in heavily mineralized soil, such as the soil where gold dust is commonly found. You also run the risk of the salt in the sand and water damaging the coil of your beginner metal detector beyond repair. Detecting gold requires a level of sensitivity that isn’t needed for finding coins made of base metal. The beginner metal detector works on the principle of selective discrimination.

The major benefit to PI machines is their superior depth in highly mineralized areas like salt water beaches. But you’re depth will be severely limited to the point where it’s not even worth it to detect. Most all round machines will do just fine for relic hunting. You’ll also want to avoid a pulse induction machine – or PI for short. Frequency and depth have an inverse relationship, so the higher you get, the less depth you’ll get on coin-sized targets.

The rugged construction of this metal detector makes it perfect for use in harsh conditions and hostile terrains. It can also be operated in an all-metal mode and its advanced level preset mode nullifies the detection of minerals and ores present in the soil.

There is very simple view-meter which will show you if you found the metal object. Submersible waterproof coil and lightweight design are other features on which you should focus. It’s preventing false signals to happen that can frustrate you if they start to happen often in your search. Easily to read display is very important if you are yet to learn everything about metal targeting.

The world of metal detecting can be a confusing place for beginners. Note: If you’re not sure where to hunt, check out my guide to the best places to use a metal detector.