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The DRS Advanced Resistivity Scanner Reveals What Truly Lies Below Your Feet

The Advanced Resistivity Scanner (ARS) from DRS Electronics

The Advanced Resistivity Scanner (ARS) from DRS Electronics

DRS Electronics designed the “Advanced Resistivity Scanner” (ARS) to cater to experienced, sophisticated treasure hunters. This is a deep seeking 3D radar metal detection device that eliminates the guesswork involved in traditional metal detecting for treasure. Locate underground gold, cavities and even water. With probes linked to cables attached to a control box, you can scan at least 200 meters down using “resistivity measurement”—or electrical currents. The DRS Advanced Resistivity Scanner sends 110 Volts of electricity underground— which bounces off and interacts with the other probes. In essence, it’s a geophysical system that measures how strongly metal opposes the flow of electricity. Coupled with 3D radar and an included tablet PC with specialty software, the DRS Scanner displays your target’s exact identification, size and depth in 3D. Instantly see if you’ve found gold, copper, silver, iron, water or a void, which could  be a treasure cache! Simply pre-set your intended search area, attach the probes and cables, and place the control box where you are searching. If junk is underfoot, waste no time. Move on to find the REAL VALUABLES!

 

Garrett AT Gold Underwater Detector: Hunt Rivers, Streams and Gold Fields

Garrett AT Gold Metal Detector

Garrett AT Gold Metal Detector is an All-Terrain Best Seller!

Hand’s down, the Garrett AT Gold Metal Detector gets top ratings as a prospecting detector. This is a deep-seeking, all-terrain metal detector with an 18 kHz frequency- the best frequency for finding gold. The price of raw gold is high (recently $60/ per gram; $1,850 per ounce), so it is no surprise that detectorists who live in gold country hunt rivers and streams in search of pay dirt!  The rugged, high-performance Garrett AT Gold delivers BIG TIME with its advanced underwater design. Top features include: • True All-Metal Mode – provides deep detection and sensitivity for small nuggets, • Iron Audio – Hear discriminated iron and adjust mid-tone range, • Digital Target ID- from 0 to 99 (ferrous starting at 1 and highest conductive items at 99), • Tone Roll Audio offers enhanced target information as you pass over targets. Waterproof up to 10 feet. According to one MetalDetector.com reviewer: “I found 13 specimens of gold ore on an old tailings pile next to a road in S. Wyoming. The AT Gold is very sensitive. I am confident I will have no trouble detecting rare coins and gold nuggets down to 8″ deep or more.”

– Read all: Garrett AT Gold Metal Detector Reviews

First Treasures: Inspiring Top My Finds Story

9 Year Old Anna of Ohio showing off her recent find.

9 Year Old Anna of Ohio showing off her recent find.

It is always exciting to see young treasure hunters get involved in the hobby of metal detecting. Earlier this year, one of the top finds stories was submitted by Tim Clark. Tim is an avid metaldetectorist and the uncle of a young new treasure hunter in Ohio named Anna. The story is entitled “Gold on the First Try!” and is a fun and quick read.

Tim Clark wrote in to say “Just wanted to share with you a photo of Anna with her new Makro pin pointer. Although I’m the one that submitted her story, she definitely deserved the prize. She was so thrilled! Her first words to her Dad after receiving it? “Let’s go metal detecting right now!”

I think I’m now Anna’s favorite great-Uncle!

Thanks again,

Tim Clark
Mansfield, Ohio

Anna pictured with the Makro Pointer her uncle recently presented her with.

Anna pictured with the Makro Pointer her uncle recently presented her with.

PS I first started detecting early in 2014; since then, five of my friends have bought metal detectors because of my passion for the hobby.”

Editors note: Our family has been involved in the hobby for over forty years. Michael and Daniel Bernzweig started with their first metal detectors at the ages of 5 and 10 respectively. That was 1975 – since that time, our family hobby and passion has turned into a full time business. We love seeing others get started with their first metal detectors.

Kids Metal Detecting- Get Outdoors, Away from the Computer

Fisher F22 Weatherproof Metal Detector

Fisher F22 Weatherproof Metal Detector

Kids need exercise, mental stimulation and fresh air—and reports show they aren’t getting enough of it! A lack of stimulation and immediate gratification seems to be the reason why kids aren’t willing participants anymore when it comes to team sports and classroom activities. As parents, we need to insist upon physical activity—away from computer screens. Psychologists say computer technology disconnects kids emotionally from family and friends.  Instant gratification is now posing a problem in most U.S. households and classrooms. Kids are BORED in school because the “visual drama” of games and video is not there. This will become a huge problem for achievement in the future!

What can we do? The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests time limits for TV/internet/social media for all age groups from 3-18 years old. Physical activities and hobbies  are the only solution—and should be pursued by all parents! Metal detecting is a fascinating “kid friendly” hobby that can engage almost ANY child. Using electronics is exciting while listening for metal signals. Kids learn about science and geology while detecting, among other things. Even finding 1 quarter is a major achievement and can be celebrated! You can only imagine a child’s excitement when the coins pile up. Metal detecting makes what would otherwise be a boring story into an interactive adventure!

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“Is This an Important Relic or Coin?” How to Identify Treasures Found

Learn more about this metal detecting find and your own found treasures in this helpful article.

Learn more about this metal detecting find and your own found treasures in this helpful article.

It’s exciting when you actually dig up a metal treasure, but frequently you don’t even know what it is – especially if you’ve found a relic! It probably looks ancient and valuable, but what is it? Experts advise not to tamper with your target too much before you know what it is. For instance, don’t scrub dirt off abrasively or use soap and water right off the bat. There are hundreds of metal detecting experts and communities who can help you identify items.

The Art of Identifying Treasures

When you find your first artifacts, you obviously want to know what they are! Before you know how to clean your find, you need to identify it. Ask a fellow detectorist for help. There are other resources, as well. Many museums have identification facilities. Check to see if any museums in your area offer this service. Another great reason to visit a museum is you will see tons of artifacts and be able to relate items when you make your own discoveries. Antique stores and coin dealers are also very useful to detectorists. They can help you identify finds; dealers often publish coin lists which you will likely reference often. Metal detecting books and magazines are beneficial to most detecting hobbyists. For example, experts recommend the book, “Whitman’s Official Red Book: A Guide Book of United States Coins” for identifying coins. MetalDetector.com offers a huge selection of metal detecting books, magazines and videos. You can find a book specifically geared towards Civil War relics, if that is your niche. Treasure Hunting magazines typically publish a monthly “Question & Answer” section in which readers’ finds are identified by experts. By the way, if you do buy metal detecting magazine, save them for your archive. It’s a great way to build up your own reference library.

Ask Mark Parker- Magazine Q & A Example

The metal detecting magazine Western & Eastern Treasures features a monthly column called “Ask Mark Parker.” Relic and coin expert Mark Parker selects photos from hobbyists interested in identifying their finds. He researches each find and provides detailed insight as to what it is, as well as its estimated value. One reader dug up an old brass lock in Colorado engraved “St. Louis” on both sides. He was interested in any information about his find.

Mark Parker’s response, “Your warded padlock dates from the early 1900s, and although there are no maker’s marks, the style is very similar to that of locks made by the E. T. Fraim Co. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. As for the “St. Louis” name, it’s been suggested that this is one of a number of locks issued to cash in on the enormous interest and enthusiasm surrounding the St. Louis World’s Fair, or Louisiana Purchase Exposition, held in 1904. It’s a fairly common but collectable little item, usually retailing around $20.”

Identifying your treasure is among the most exciting aspects of metal detecting. For more information, check out MetalDetector.com’s Learning Library. Read about these related topics:

Monster Gold Nugget Found in Butte County, California

The dream of finding gold is still alive! This is exciting news for amateur prospectors, who really just want to snag a small nugget for simple gold satisfaction. Long-time detectorist and web blogger “Digger Bob” shares a success story that is encouraging and motivational for amateur gold prospectors! His story: a “monster” gold nugget was found in the Butte foothills in Northern California. Weighing in at 6.25 troy lbs. and 75 oz., this huge nugget was discovered with a metal detector at a depth of 12″. The nugget was deposited on a small feeder creek/stream which fed from the main water channel.

Gold Detectors will ALL Find Gold

“Digger Bob” believes that any decent gold detector could have located this nugget, but says that it originally sounded like a trash signal. Because small nuggets had previously been detected in the same area, he knew to dig it up anyways. Gold detectorists always advise digging up ALL targets for this exact reason. Many times gold signals get ID’ed as trash targets – then turn up as gold. As it turns out, this huge gold nugget was sold at an auction for approximately $400,000!. “Digger Bob” points out that it IS really like hitting the lottery or finding your own “retirement fund.” The point is—gold is still absolutely out there, waiting to be discovered!

Common gold states include:  Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Search and Compare all Gold Metal Detectors at MetalDetector.com

 

Whites MX5 Metal Detector- Highly Versatile, Yet Affordable

Whites MX5 Metal Detector

Whites MX5 Metal Detector

Looking for MORE THAN an entry-level metal detector without breaking the bank? Whites MX5 is the perfect machine for detectorists who hunt all terrains, including saltwater beaches. Whites MX5 is packed with high-end features including a backlit display for evening hunts, two operating modes (Coin/Jewelry and Beach), Automatic Ground Balance with AutoTrac® and Notch Discrimination. Whites MX5 can accept or reject targets in each of its 20 VDI segments.

Fans of the MX5 detector model say you can easily pinpoint a quarter 10″ deep in mineralized soil. One owner raves, “Whites MX5 is the best metal detector on the market for the money. The things I love most about this detector are its distinct tones, depth & threshold.”

Garrett ATX Multi-Frequency Military-Grade Metal Detector: Underwater to 10 Feet

The Garrett ATX metal detector deepseeker package includes everything you need to locate deep treasures. The package includes the ATX with 12” DD coil, Land headphones, Soft storage/travel case, Garrett Detector Sling, AA alkaline and rechargeable batteries, Battery charger, 20" Deepseeker Mono Searchcoil and Military-grade Garrett hard case.

The Garrett ATX metal detector deepseeker package includes everything you need to locate gold nuggets, gold jewelry and even deep treasures.

World-renowned shipwreck diver, author and Master Scuba Instructor, Dan Berg, says that determined shallow-water treasure hunters can easily find diamond and gold rings, jewelry and valuable artifacts while water hunting. Berg explains that HIGH-quality underwater detectors will pay for themselves, as their deep-seeking abilities will uncover valuables lost by other machines. The Garrett ATX is a waterproof military-grade unit that provides maximum detection on all targets at the same time. This is due to its multi-frequency motion and non-motion modes — automatically adjusting while you search. Advanced ground balance handles rapidly changing terrain; and extreme sensitivity of the Garrett ATX is designed to uncover gold (from underwater jewelry to tiny gold nuggets). Garrett ATX’s exclusive “DD” search coil enhances detection of the smallest targets. The ATX is an extreme all-terrain metal detector, favored by prospectors for finding nuggets, as well as relic-hunters and shallow-water detectorists. The Garrett ATX is endorsed by “Diggers” Tim Saylor and George Wyant! Waterproof to 10 feet.

Choose the Garrett ATX Metal Detector Deep-Seeker Package to locate deeply buried treasure caches!

 

Reference: “Beach and Water Treasure Hunting with Metal Detectors,” by Capt. Dan Berg

Beach Hunting: Dry Beach or Wet Sand for Most Success?

What could be better than simply enjoying the sun and the sand while on vacation? Finding treasure of course!

What could be better than simply enjoying the sun and the sand while on vacation? Finding treasure with a metal detector of course!

Summer is an exciting time of year for detectorists, because beaches are in full swing. Crowded beaches equal more success finding treasure. It’s also the perfect time for beginners to get excellent metal detecting experience. Beaches are chock full of coins and lost jewelry, so this is the place to get your feet wet. Dry beach is typically easy to dig, while wet sand can yield lots of treasure carried in from the tide. So, when you get to the beach with your metal detector, where should you begin?

Beach Layout and Best Treasure Hunting Areas

Here are the spots most beachcombers visit: the “dry,” the “wet,” the “towel line,” the “water line” and if you get lucky- the “coin line.” The dry beach can yield lots of trash, but look for activity centers like volleyball courts, horseshoe pits and other places where sports are played. Try to get to the beach early, before these areas are populated. The “wet” is the wet sand area that is exposed during low tide. Many beach hunters swear by the low tide line as it can be the most productive for gold jewelry. If the tide is low for most of the day, most of your good items will be at the low tide line. The water line is where the water meets the sand. When the tide comes in, it pushes a lot of items with it—the moving water is what carries everything. It also tends to bury heavier objects, (gold as an example). The towel line is where everyone sunbathes and lays their belongings, so this can be productive. And a “coin line” is a line of coins that runs parallel to the beach. This is due to physics and how the tide pushes objects of similar weight together. Where there are lot of coins, there may be jewelry.

Beach Detectors and Sand Scoops

For dry sand metal detecting, most beginner metal detectors will perform well and display probable targets on your screen. For wet sand detecting on a salt water beach, a Pulse Induction (P.I.) unit may be the way to go, as VLF detectors can tend to get erratic.  If the water line and shallow water detecting are your niche, check out underwater metal detectors.

Keep in mind, you will also need a sand scoop or digging tool. Find a great assortment of beach scoops, from hand held to long-handled scoops with buckets at MetalDetector.com.

Look for our upcoming article about learning how to “read the beach” for even more valuable tips!

 

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Garrett Sea Hunter Mark II Underwater Detector: Patented Technology and Highly Accurate!

Garrett Sea Hunter Mark II Metal Detector being used in the ocean.

Garrett Sea Hunter Mark II Metal Detector

Owners of the Garrett Sea Hunter Mark II Metal Detector give it a remarkable 5-star-rating! The Sea Hunter Mark II is a Pulse Induction detector that delivers precision when snorkeling, scuba diving or beach hunting for treasure. This model is fully submersible to 200 feet. To handle salt water conditions, Garrett designed the Sea Hunter Mark II with its patented “Discrete Trash Elimination Mode.” This feature eliminates junk targets, while notching in gold with similar frequencies. This is a huge time-saver for serious underwater hobbyists!

Underwater Metal Detector Features

The Sea Hunter Mark II offers several elite features including 3 search  modes, sensitivity/depth adjustment, adjustable Audio Threshold and submersible headphones. Reviewer Randy K. says, “With the Sea Hunter Mark II, I have found a $20k diamond ring along with tons of other jewelry- as deep as 2½ feet down.” Satisfaction is guaranteed with Garrett’s Sea Hunter Mark II!