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Target Identification – an Amazing Metal Detector Feature!

Display screen on the Fisher F5 Metal Detector

Display screen on the Fisher F5 Metal Detector

Did you know that today’s metal detectors actually TELL you what target is being signaled? When you first set out treasure hunting with a metal detector, you will notice the different sounds and tones your machine makes. You’ll hear low grunts and higher-pitched signals. Then, when you look at the LCD display on your detector, you’ll see numbers and/or bars illuminated on the screen. This is the Target Identification indicator. It indicates which type of metal is being transmitted. Usually, the target Identification has an iron section, a gold range and a silver range. Some indicators are extremely detailed, while others are more simplistic. It depends on the price of the model and how sophisticated the circuitry is. Target ID is important, because it can save you a lot of time before you start digging. If you’re hunting a trashy area, you may not want to spend hours digging up old nails and bottle caps.

Understanding Target ID Numbers

The numbers displayed on a detector’s screen give even more detail about your target. Target ID numbers are different per manufacturer and detector model. Your user’s manual will have a section explaining what the numbers are pinpointing. For example, on a Teknetics detector, the Target ID code of 88 likely represents a silver dime. Fisher “F” series models list dimes between 64-66. Whites detectors use ‘Visual Display Indication’ to represent targets. A U.S. quarter on a Whites detector has a VDI value of about 85.

As a beginner, it is important to dig up all targets your detector signals. You’ll then understand how your detector reacts to each type of metal. Later, you may choose to use Discrimination. Discrimination can eliminate trash targets: pull-tabs, foil and iron trash so you don’t even get a signal when trash is found. In fact, when hunting for jewelry at the beach, Daniel Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com says discriminate out iron plus coins at the top of the display screen. By Concentrating on the middle gold range, you up the chances of finding gold jewelryA whole new world of possibilities has been opened for new detectorists because of metal detector advancements – this includes entry-level models!

Owners of the Fisher CZ-21 Underwater Metal Detector- “It is the BEST Purchase Ever!”

Fisher CZ-21 Underwater Metal Detector

Fisher CZ-21 Underwater Metal Detector

Waterproof to 250 feet and exceptional in salt or fresh water, the Fisher CZ-21 Metal Detector gets five-star ratings. Underwater hobbyists LOVE the discrimination abilities of the dual frequency (VLF) Fisher CZ-21. According to one reviewer, “The CZ-21 is easier than a PI machine. I am finding a LOT more treasure and digging a lot less!” The CZ-21 is extremely deep-seeking; volume settings above 5 amplify faint, deep signals. Discrimination features: Target I.D.: Slow Motion, Silent Search Discrimination and  Auto-tune: Motion, all-metal with threshold. In Target I.D., high tones represent coins, mid-tones signal gold and low tones are usually iron. The CZ-21 also features advanced Pinpoint and touch-pad Ground Balance with manual and pre-set options. Fisher CZ-21’s dual frequency (5 kHz or 15 kHz) is designed for precision on land and underwater. Waterproof headphones and hip-mountable control housing are included—for ease while scuba diving and snorkeling. All this plus the CZ-21 will ground balance right down to salt  for smooth operation at the ocean!

“2016” Treasure Finds – This Year’s Amazing “My Finds” Entries Here at MetalDetector.com!

A 2 Reale coin from 1723 is a great find! Read all the stories in MetalDetector.com's "My Metal Detector Finds"

A 2 Reale coin from 1723 is a great find! Read all the stories in MetalDetector.com’s “My Metal Detector Finds”

Every metal detecting find that evokes excitement is extraordinary, and each treasure find is significant! At MetalDetector.com, we don’t believe that one person’s find is more intriguing than another. We simply encourage hobbyists, newbies and veterans, to share their stories of success in order to inspire an encourage. It is truly inspirational to read about fellow hobbyists’ finds in their own neighborhood that are rare, exciting and sometimes very valuable. We encourage metal detectorists to share their treasure hunting finds to motivate others, while teaching tips and tricks. Here is a sampling of amazing metal detecting finds that are posted on MetalDetector.com’s  “My Metal Detector Finds” for 2016.

  • Jan., 2016- CT: Small Cache of Silver and Gold

Using the Garrett AT Gold, two friends hunted an old 1770s homestead in January, 2016. After junk hits and an iron nail, they stumbled upon a cache. The loot included 5 Spanish Reales, an 1812 5 dollar capped bust gold piece and an 1819 capped bust quarter! It was pure excitement! Read full story

  • March, 2016- TN: George Washington Ang. Fourth of March 1789 Button

A 73-year-old active detectorist was in his hometown at a 1790 mansion house digging away at a plug and saw this roundness that he thought was a flat button. After retrieving it, he realized it was a once-in-a-lifetime find—a button  reading March the Fourth 1789! See story

  • June, 2016: My 1837 Half Dime

Using the Whites Coin Master, Carl Clark of New York found the best coin of his life—an 1837 half dime!  Right next to it was a 1908 Indian head penny. Carl says he is glad he purchased the Coin Master as his first metal detector, as it has proven itself over and over! Read full story

 

  • May, 2016: Well, That Was Quick!

Anthony of  Schenectady, NY always wanted to get into metal detecting. With a Bounty Hunter unit as an entry-level detector, he got started on his own backyard. After finding tons of coins, he was hooked. On his third day of detecting, he found an 1805 Liberty head large cent about 4″ deep. Needless to say, he is now hooked!  Read full story

Read True Stories from “My Metal Detecting Finds”

Share your OWN exciting discoveries at “My Metal Detecting Finds!”   You will be entered into the best stories prize sweepstakes pool! You can win exciting prizes including this month’s Makro Waterproof Pointer.

 

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Garrett AT Pro: Underwater Metal Detector to 10 Feet

Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector

Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector – for use on both Land and Underwater

Get ready for summer water metal detecting with the Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector! This unit is widely known as a #1 all-around metal detector; and endorsed by treasure hunters on popular TV detecting shows. But let’s take a look at its underwater capabilities. The Garrett AT Pro metal detector with Garrett waterproof headphones, can be submerged in water to a depth of 10 feet; so it is designed for wading and shallow-water detecting. Water hunters find more gold treasure than their landlocked  counterparts. You can easily detect up to neck deep or even snorkel to find overlooked treasures! This VLF detector offers so many amenities, all while being so easy to use, it is hard to list them all: Standard and professional audio mode, Pro Mode Audio, high-resolution iron discrimination, Digital target ID on 0 to 99 target identification scale, Fast Track ground balance, Iron Audio, and electronic pinpointing, to name a few. The Garrett AT Pro was built for both salt and freshwater treasure hunting—for oceans, lakes, rivers and streams. The intuitive, Hi-Res LCD display screen with easy button interface makes treasure hunting fun and lucrative!

Did you know? We stock all models of Garrett Metal Detectors here at MetalDetector.com including accessories for all current Garrett detectors.

Whites MXT All Pro Metal Detector – The Gold Standard Among Detectors!

Whites MXT All Pro Metal Detector

Whites MXT All Pro Metal Detector

What makes the Whites MXT All Pro Metal Detector one of the elite units among the competition? This detector takes discrimination to a whole new level! The VDI numbers on Whites MXT All Pro differentiate this model with detailed information between junk and valuable targets. It’s easy to learn the VDI number of coins (separating clad from silver), rings and jewelry, gold and pull tabs with Whites MXT All Pro. MXT All Pro boasts 3 SEPARATE programs designed for specific treasure hunting. Each program: • Relic, • Prospecting and • Coin/Jewelry features its own unique display screen, target response and special audio frequencies. Additionally, Whites MXT All Pro is redesigned with an ALL-NEW KEYPAD for simplicity in the field, brand new “Ground Grab” functionality and high-efficiency display backlighting.

Did you know? We stock all models of Whites Metal Detectors here at MetalDetector.com including accessories for all current Whites detectors.

Big Summer Sale on Metal Detectors 2016 from MetalDetector.com

Big Summer Deals on Metal Detectors, Accessories and Promotional Offers:

Our 2016 Big Summer Sale on Metal Detectors is Here!

Brothers Michael and Daniel Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com invite you to enjoy our Big Summer metal detector Sales promotion.

Brothers Michael and Daniel Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com invite you to enjoy our Big Summer metal detector Sales promotion.

At MetalDetector.com we understand that summer is the best time of year for many of us to get out and have some fun. Whether this is your first time visiting our website or you frequent our site often – we appreciate your support of our family business.  Summer is the best time of the year to get out and enjoy the fun hobby of metal detecting.  As Spring showers bring new life to the landscape, the warmer weather and longer days of Summer let us all get out and enjoy the hobby. From metal detecting on land to treasure hunting under water – the hobby offers something for everyone.

No matter where you are located, you can take advantage of our annual MetalDetector.com Summer Sale on metal detectors. Beginning now and running through Midnight September 22, 2016, you will find our best metal detector deals and special values. Feel free to Contact Us with your questions or comments. Our Learning Library of metal detectors and the articles section is a great place to learn about selecting equipment. It’s a great resource on metal detectors and accessories for those just getting started with metal detecting.

Here are the offers included in Our Big Summer Metal Detector Sale:

1. Exclusive for our MetalDetector.com customers from Bounty Hunter are the Platinum, Titanium and Gold Models. Each are huge on features and include a jumbo display to see your treasure before you dig. All this and priced far below what you would expect.

– (Top Pick) Bounty Hunter Platinum Metal Detector (Save over $280) Our Best Selling Model Bounty Hunter Metal Detector at the Lowest Price of the year. Free Headphones, Full-Size Carry Bag and Bonus Accessory Kit Included. List Price: $579.95 Big Summer Sale price: $299.95 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $26.36: Get Details — Also see: Bounty Hunter Platinum Pro with 11″ DD Search Coil
Bounty Hunter Titanium Metal Detector (Save $150) Premium middle of the line model features both audio and visual target identification and 2 preset modes. Free Bonus Accessory Kit Included. List Price: $399.95 Big Summer Sale price: $249.95 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $21.97: Get Details
– (Hot Starter Unit) Bounty Hunter Gold Metal Detector (Save $100) Turn It On And Go Treasure Hunting with both audio and visual target identification and preset controls. Free Bonus Accessory Kit. List Price: $279.95 Big Summer Sale price: $179.95 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $15.82: Get Details

2. Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector as seen on Digers TV Show. (Save $105) Discover the all-terrain metal detector — perfect for finding coins, jewelry and relics on land, on beaches and even under water! List Price: $699.95 Big Summer Sale price: $594.95 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $52.28: Get Details

3. XP DEUS Metal Detector with WS4 Display + 9″ OR 11″ Search Coil + FX-02 Heaphones (Save $301) Easy To Use – Wireless Metal Detector with Ultra-Fast Response – See targets in, around and under iron & other items! List Price: $1,100.00 Big Summer Sale price: $799.00 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $70.19: Get Details

4. Makro Racer Metal Detector (Save $115) Developed for searching coins, jewelry and relics, the Makro Racer offers you the ideal combination of cutting-edge technology and advanced design. The Racer features a simple, easy-to-use menu design. List Price: $587.00 Big Summer Sale price: $499.00 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $43.87: Get Details

5. (Kids and Beginners) Bounty Hunter Legacy 1500 Metal Detector (Save $60) – Huge value in a beginners detector with three tone audio and visual display target identification. Includes Free Bonus Accessory Kit.  List Price: $199.99 Big Summer Sale price: $139.99 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $12.31: Get Details

6. Garrett Ace Metal Detectors Series – Get extra free accessories from Garrett with each Ace 400 and Ace 300 while supplies last:

Garrett Ace 400 Metal Detector (Save $59.99) – King of Garrett ACE metal detectors. The Garrett ACE 400 includes advanced features like Iron Audio, Digital Target ID, and Frequency Adjust to help you dig more treasure and less trash. Free for a limited time: Includes headphones, environmental coverup, coil cover. Includes Free Bonus Accessory Kit. List Price: $399.95 Big Summer Sale price: $339.96 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $29.89: Get Details
Garrett Ace 300 Metal Detector (Save $44.99) – Garrett has placed big features into the ACE 300—Digital Target ID, solid detection abilities, a new audio system, and more—for a price that’s hard to beat. Includes headphones, environmental coverup, coil cover. Includes Free Bonus Accessory Kit. List Price: $299.95 Big Summer Sale price: $254.96 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $22.42: Get Details                            – Garrett Ace 200 Metal Detector (Save $22.99) – The first metal detector in the Ace series. With the quality and performance of the Garrett ACE 200, you can begin finding treasure right away! Free Bonus Accessory Kit. List Price: $199.95 Big Summer Sale price: $169.96 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $14.94: Get Details

7. Teknetics T2 Metal Detector (Save $550) High-performance multi-purpose professional grade metal detector. Re-introducing the American “Classic” high end metal detector at a NEW mid-range price. List Price: $1,049.00 Big Summer Sale price: $499.00 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $43.85: Get Details

8. Tesoro Tiger Shark Underwater Metal Detector (Save $112.35) With 8″ search coil. The Tiger Shark is a true dual function metal detector. Hunt on land, at the beach or dive down to 200 feet under water. List Price: $749.00 Big Summer Sale price: $636.65 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $55.98: Get Details — Also see: Tesoro Tiger Shark with 10.5″ Search Coil

9. Makro New JeoHunter 3D Dual System (Save $2499.95) One System – Includes Everything You Need To Locate Large Treasures At Extreme Depths and as a Full Color 3 Dimensional Image! List Price: $6,499.95 Big Summer Sale price: $4,000.00 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $351.46: Get Details

10. Fisher F44 Weatherproof Metal Detector (Save $50) 9-Segment Visual Target ID + 4 Tone Audio ID. Rain or shine, your Fisher F44 detector will be by your side. List Price: $399.00 Big Summer Sale price: $349.00 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $30.69: Get Details

11. DRS Electronics Ground Exper Pro Metal Detector (Save $1300) See full color image scans of targets both large and small. The Ground Exper can distinguish between trash such as a soda can and valuable targets like a single Gold coin. Locate treasures as deep as 5 meters below the ground. List Price: $7,800.00 Big Summer Sale price: $6,500.00 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $571.50: Get Details

12. Whites MX Sport Metal Detector (Save $50.95) This waterproof unit can do it all! Beach hunting, relics, coins and jewelry. 7 search modes to help you find treasure both at the beach and on land. List Price: $799.95 Big Summer Sale price: $749.00 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $65.80: Get Details

13. Makro Gold Racer Metal Detector (Save $124) Advanced gold prospecting: At 56 kHz frequency, the Gold RACER detects the tiniest gold nuggets while ignoring harsh ground conditions and hot rocks in gold fields around the world. List Price: $823.00 Big Summer Sale price: $699.00 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $61.40: Get Details

Here are the Metal Detector Accessories on Sale:

1. DepthMaster Audiophone II Metal Detector Headphones (Save $40) Professional metal detecting headphones. Coiled cord. Dual volume controls. Works with all metal detectors. Hear the oldest, deepest targets. Our best selling headphone for metal detectors. List Price: $79.95 Big Summer Sale price: $39.95 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $3.52: Get Details

2. Gold Metal Detector Accessory Starter Kit (Save $219.85) Contains All the Accessories You Need to Go with Your Metal Detector: Headphones. Digging Trowel. Carry Bag. Free Bonus Golden Doubloon Replica Coin. Our best selling metal detector accessories kit. List Price: $289.80 Big Summer Sale price: $69.95 – Buy With 12 Monthly Payments As low as $6.15: Get Details

Our Annual Big Summer 2016 Metal Detectors Sale is Now in Progress!

Remember, as you shop metal detectors, these special promotional offers are good only at MetalDetector.com and valid while supplies last. Be sure to take advantage of these offers now as they end at Midnight on September 22, 2016. Feel free to Contact Us with your questions or comments.

Florida Shipwreck Hunters Find $4.5 million in Spanish Treasure

Brent Brisben, right, and crew with gold coins they recovered from a shipwreck off the coast of Florida.

Brent Brisben, right, and crew with gold coins they recovered from a shipwreck off the coast of Florida.

This past summer, Brent Brisben and his shipwreck salvage crew made the discovery of a lifetime—$4.5 million in Spanish gold coins! The Florida treasure hunters uncovered 350 Spanish coins (including gold coins and nine rare pieces) which were part of a Spanish fleet’s sunken trove. In 1715, a hurricane overturned 11 Spanish galleons off Florida’s East Coast, sinking all of them while en route from Havana to Spain. Brisben’s company, “1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels,” made the discovery in shallow waters off Vero Beach, Florida. The salvage operation lasted five days.

Riches Were Resting in the Ocean for Three Centuries

A three-man crew aboard Brisben’s boat S/V Capitana chose this search site because it was close to a previous discovery. William Bartlett, the diver who spotted the haul, remarked “The gold looks like it fell into the water yesterday.” The riches have been resting on the ocean floor for 300 years. Remarkably, it was 300 years to the date when Brisben’s crew excavated the treasure trove. Among the coins, nine rare “Royals” were found, that were made by the order of a Spanish king. According to Brisbane, each of the Royals is unique and worth around $300,000. Brisbane added that the Royals are being transported to the King of Spain. And although Brisbane’s salvage company owns the rights to the wreckage, the state of Florida is entitled to 20 percent of the artifacts recovered. The remaining coins will be distributed among Brisbane, his father, and the other crew members. According to an article on ABC News.com, artifacts found from the galleons will be displayed in a Tallahassee museum.

Treasures are Waiting to be Uncovered

This is an incredible discovery for many reasons. From a historical aspect, Spain and the U.S. can now piece together the story of the ill-fated Spanish fleet. The treasure trove is also a testament that underwater treasures can still be found by shipwreck divers! What’s really intriguing is that the diver who spotted the coins is a recreational diver. According to William Bartlett, his occupation is a kitchen and bathroom remodeler. Many Florida treasure hunters do this as a hobby and work under contract with a salvage company. Bartlett didn’t comment on how much he would receive, but said, “I’m just a guy on a boat living the dream.”

What Equipment do Salvage Divers Use?

Brisben explained, “We salvage these shipwrecks by boat after researching the area where we think the artifacts remain. All of these artifacts are under multiple feet of sand, so we go out and excavate the sand.” Equipment that shipwreck divers use include scuba gear and a deep-seeking underwater metal detector. Pulse induction (PI) detectors are the deepest seeking underwater models and they perform exceptionally in saltwater. A VLF (Very Low Frequency) underwater detector can also be used for shipwreck diving as long as it’s depth rated. Most underwater detectors operate at depths of up to 200 feet. Learn more about prices and models of Underwater Metal Detectors. Other underwater equipment includes boat-towed metal detectors, magnetometers, ROVs, lighting and camera/video devices; pingers and receivers. Magnetometers are important because they pinpoint iron and steel. Since ships deteriorate over time, salvage experts look for metal targets such as anchors, cannonballs and weaponry. Shipwreck hunting is a highly specialized area of metal detecting. If you are interested in learning more, check out the following articles from our Learning Library of Metal Detectors:

How to Give Him a Gift He’ll be Excited to Open This Father’s Day!

The Father’s Day shopping season is in full swing and, if you’re like most of us, you’ve got a few hard to buy for guys on your list.  Not to worry, we have a Holiday gift idea for you that nearly any guy is sure to be excited to open – a Metal Detector.

Why give him a metal detector this Father’s Day season?  There are quite a few reasons actually.  Here are just a few:

The Chance to Find Valuable Treasure

Give him a chance to find real treasure!

Give him a chance to find real treasure this Father’s day!

The chance, no matter how great, of finding valuable treasure is reason enough to give your husband, son, father, grandfather or other guy on your Holiday shopping list a metal detector this year.  Lost jewelry, antiques, coins, and gold are just a few of the items of value you might find buried right beneath your feet while treasure hunting with a metal detector.  The prospect of finding them at any given moment that you’re out with your metal detector is exciting to say the least.  As a result, nearly every guy will end up liking your gift when you give him a metal detector.

A Reason to Get Back to Nature

Many guys like gifts that get them outside and back into nature; and metal detectors do just that.  Whether you head out into the park, search the lake, visit the beach, or go metal detecting in the mountains the great outdoors and metal detecting go hand in hand.

The Opportunity to Fit Regular Exercise Into Their Routine

When you give him a metal detector this Father’s Day, you also give him an opportunity to become healthier by engaging in regular exercise without him even realizing it!  Walking, often for miles swinging a metal detector and digging up targets are a natural part of metal detecting, yet they’ll help you stay fit and healthy when done regularly.

In addition, giving a guy a metal detector also offers him a chance to discover local history, learn more about science, and engage with other hobbyists in the metal detecting community among other benefits.  As you can see when you give him a metal detector this year, he’ll receive so much more than just a machine.  For many, metal detecting becomes a hobby that enriches their lives in a variety of ways for years to come; and that’s quite an achievement for a Holiday gift.  So stop your search and give him a metal detector this year for a gift even the hardest to shop for guy is sure to be excited to open.

Selecting from the many hobby metal detectors is a breeze with our hand written buying guide articles. Here are some of the most popular articles to help you choose from the best metal detectors for finding coins and jewelry, relics, gold nuggets and meteorites. There’s even a quick guide on choosing the must-have best metal detecting accessories.

Metal Detecting Holiday Gifts for Men on Fathers Day 2016

The Garrett AT Pro - One of the great metal detectors for dad on Fathers Day 2016.

The Garrett AT Pro – One of the great metal detectors for dad on Fathers Day 2016.

Metal detecting is becoming a popular outdoor hobby these days, partly due to all of the reality TV shows that chronicle the adventures of detectorists. If the man in your life loves shows like “Diggers” and “Rebel Gold,” surprise him this holiday season with the gift of a lifetime – a metal detector! Before you decide on the right detector, here are a few questions: do you think he will be hunting for coins, historical relics, gold, or all of the above? In the beginning, most new hobbyists want to search for everything. Experts say a good first detector is an all-purpose unit. For example, the Garrett AT Pro, at around $600, is considered one of the best all-around metal detectors on the market. Of course, there are detectors at lower price points, as well. If you are purchasing a detector as a surprise holiday gift, consider your budget before choosing a detector. Below is a list of our top sellers at prices from low to high.

Top 5 Metal Detectors for Fathers Day 2016

Be sure to visit our Learning Library of Metal Detectors, which is chock full of information you can use right now, in choosing the best equipment for that special man in your life!

Whites Bullseye TRX Pinpointer – Save Hours in the Field!

Whites Bullseye TRX Pinpointer made by Whiles Metal Detectors

Whites Bullseye TRX Pinpointer made by Whiles Metal Detectors

For locating treasure in the hole 10x faster, rely on Whites Bullseye TRX Pinpointer! Like a miniature metal detector, this unit fits easily into any digging hole to precisely locate treasure you have targeted. Whites Bullseye TRX is waterproof up to 10 feet and is completely automatic (no tuning needed). Features include: LED light, audio/vibrate alert, auto “power off,” lost pinpointer alarm and much more! Loyal Bullseye TRX owners say this pinpointer beats the competition because of its tip detection and ground balance “ratchet,” which instantly zero in on your target. According to Ashtro in NC, “Where it is pointed is where your target will be. With tip detection, the Bullseye TRX is the best bang for your buck!”

 

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