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3 Professional Tips for Meteorite Hunting with a Metal Detector

Garrett AT Gold Metal Detector

Meteorites are best found with gold nugget prospecting detectors such as the Garrett AT Gold Metal Detector pictured above.

Metal detectors can find a lot of different things, including meteorites! Many meteorites that fall to earth are made up of iron and nickel. As a result, metal detectors are adept at helping unearth them. If you’d like to go meteorite hunting with your metal detector here are three professional tips to help get you started:

Head for the Desert

Although meteorites fall everywhere around the earth, because of their structure, meteorites are better preserved in drier climates. So, while you may find a meteorite near you, if you head for the desert or other arid area the likelihood of finding a meteorite is much higher.

Bring the Right Accessories

Given the composition of meteorites, metal detectors can help you find the majority of them. Look to gold prospecting metal detectors since the feature set you’ll need for meteorite hunting is similar.

In addition to your metal detector you’ll also want to bring along metal detecting headphones, a good digging tool, and a GPS. If you have a good carrying case for your finds this is helpful too so as to not damage any meteorites or other treasures you might find.

Get Your Meteorite Documented

After you find a meteorite, having a professional review and document of its finding will add knowledge and value to your specimen.

For more information on meteorite hunting with a metal detector, please enjoy these related articles from our learning library.

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Remote Operated Metal Detectors and Equipment for Treasure Hunting

JW Fishers Sea Lion ROV 2 with remote operated metal detector

Ready to find deep sea treasure is the JW Fishers Sea Lion ROV 2 with remote operated metal detector.

Often, when you’re searching for underwater treasure deep in the ocean, it’s safer and more efficient to use a remote operated metal detector. These machines can be operated from a ship above the location you’re searching without the same depth and pressure issues divers must manage. With the advances in technology, the remote operated metal detectors and equipment available today are better than ever.

Remote Operated Vehicles

Using a remote operated vehicle is an ideal way to explore the ocean floor. With the right equipment you can see everything the ROV sees, all from the safety of your ship. Remote operated vehicles are generally used in professional treasure hunting operations as well as by military personnel, law enforcement, and marine search and recovery operations.

Remote Operated Metal Detectors

One of the accessories you can get for an ROV is a remote operated metal detector. As your ROV travels, you can use it’s remote operated metal detector to find treasure buried on the ocean floor and for other purposes as well. Then either the ROV or divers can return and unearth the targets.

Other ROV Accessories

Other popular ROV accessories include camera and video systems as well as lighting systems. With this type of equipment you can actually see what the ROV is seeing instead of relying on it’s signals. Some of these lights and cameras can be used by SCUBA divers as well alongside their handheld underwater metal detectors.

For more on how to explore the ocean with underwater metal detectors and equipment please take a look at these related articles from our learning library.

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What to Look for in a Beginner Metal Detector

Introducing kids of any age to metal detecting can give them the opportunity to enjoy a hobby that can help them learn about history, geology, science, electronics, and so much more.  Not only that, they’ll enjoy exercising in the great outdoors, digging up unknown treasure, and maybe even cashing in on what they find!  Some of the things kids might find while out metal detecting include

  • jewelry
  • coins
  • antique toys
  • colonial buttons
  • civil war relics
  • gold and precious minerals
  • meteorites

A beginner metal detector is usually fairly good at finding all of these types of targets.  However, there are more advanced machines on the market you can work up to that are designed to be more sensitive to one type of treasure or another.

Important Features for Kids

Children’s metal detectors should also be lightweight, and feature an adjustable handle.  This way no matter what size your child is he or she can comfortably hold and swing the metal detector for hours of enjoyment.  For more on what to look for in a children’s metal detector, please review these related articles from our learning library.

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Fisher F11 Metal Detector Video Review

This week we were excited to get a sneak peak at the new Fisher F11 metal detector from Fisher Research Labs. This first model in their newest “F” series line-up is sure to fit any budget. This feature packed entry level detector has a street price of just $159 and offers unsurpassed features at the price.

Daniel Bernzweig of Detector Electronics Corp. said “we were pleased to see that they did not cut any corners and have delivered exceptional quality at an affordable price.” He went on to say “the new design is lightweight, battery efficient and ergonomically comfortable.”

This new model offers three modes of operation: Jewelry, Coin and Artifact modes. Above the the F11 are the Fisher F22 and Fisher F44 metal detectors which are fully weatherproof models. If you are just getting started or are looking for a backup detector, you will not find a model with more features for your dollar. We particularly like the 9 segment visual target identification display. With this feature, you can easily identify and seperate trash from treasure. Four tone target identification let you hear what’s in the ground before you dig.

See our Fisher F11 Metal Detector Unboxing Video and Field Test Review:

This model helps you quickly isolate your target with a no motion pinpoint mode. Adjustable sensitivity and volume controls let you further tune this machine to your style of metal detecting. Like all Fisher metal detectors, the F11 is covered by a 5 year warranty.

Complete details on this new model are shown on our Fisher F11 Metal Detector product detail page. On this page you will find videos, a detailed product catalog specification sheet and more. Be sure to contact one of our product specialists for help in choosing the best model for your needs.

Travel Channel TV Show Made in America Features Garrett Metal Detectors

Garrett Metal Detectors as seen on tv

“Made in America” TV show visits Garrett Metal Detectors in Garland TX

We’ve enjoyed Garrett metal detectors for years, and a while back the hit Travel Channel TV show, Made in America, shared the story of these fantastic machines with the rest of the world. Each year the show, hosted by former Cheers star John Ratzenberger, would visit around 40 businesses that make and manufacture their products in America. Garrett metal detectors writes of their experience on the show:

It’s an honor that Mr. Ratzenberger considered Garrett Metal Detectors for his TV series Made in America. My father began building his first metal detectors in our garage in Garland, Texas. And although we’ve grown into an international company over the last 40 years with worldwide partners, we’re proud to keep all of our engineering and business practices at home in the US. – Vaughan Garrett of Garrett Metal Detectors

If you’d like to explore Garrett metal detectors, please visit our Garrett Metal Detectors page for hobby units. Check out our Garrett Security Metal Detectors page for a look at the walk-through, hand-held and ground search metal detectors also made in the USA by Garrett.

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What You Need to Know Before Metal Detecting for Shipwrecks

Metal detecting for underwater shipwrecks and treasure.

Metal detecting for shipwrecks and treasure. Above: Diving with the Garrett Infinium LS Metal Detector

Metal Detecting for Shipwrecks is exciting. There’s a great deal you need to know before you get started though. From the local laws regarding shipwrecks to what type of metal detecting equipment you’ll need, it’s important to educate yourself before metal detecting for shipwrecks so you don’t make any mistakes.

In some areas, shipwrecks are valued as graves for those whose lives were lost when the ship sank and as a result, they’re untouchable. In other situations governments are interested in unearthing the gold and other treasures for monetary and historic value. This point of view informs their policy with regard to diving for shipwrecks and you’ll need to be aware of the area’s regulations long before you go metal detecting for shipwrecks.

Selecting Under Water Metal Detecting Equipment

Once you’re certain you can dive for the shipwreck you’re interested in you’ll need the right metal detecting equipment for the job.  In many cases the team will start with a boat towed metal detector. This device allows you to search a wider area more quickly. Then you can take your underwater metal detector in for a closer look. Depending on the shipwreck you’re looking for you may also consider an ROV (remote operated vehicle) which can come equipped with an underwater metal detector as well as lights, mechanical arms, and more.

For more on metal detecting for shipwrecks please enjoy these related articles from our learning library:

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Tesoro Metal Detectors Introduces Delta 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan Search Coil

Tesoro Delta 11" x 8" Wide Scan search coil

Tesoro Metal Detectors has just announced the availability of their new Delta 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan search coil for use with the the Tesoro Vaquero, Tejon, Lobo SuperTraq and Cibola metal detectors.

Today Tesoro Metal Detectors has announced the availability of a brand new search coil option for the Vaquero, Tejón, Lobo SuperTraq and Cibola metal detectors. The new Delta 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan search coil features a new “Responsive Signal Design” (RSD).

Get the Most From You Tesoro Metal Detector

With RSD technology you can give your Tesoro detector the best advantage possible when working in heavily mineralized sites. This Tesoro Delta search coil will give your tesoro metal detector more coverage and a better balance of depth and sensitivity.

Wide scan coils such as the Delta are less affected by ground mineralization. Wide scan is also referred to as DD or Double D.

The Tesoro Delta 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan Search Coil has a 4 pin connector, is carbon in color and includes a scuff/coil cover. The 8′ coil wire allows for use on all styles of Tesoro metal detector configurations.

Watch our First Look Tesoro Delta Wide Scan Search Coil Video :

For complete details on the new Tesoro Delta 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan visit our product detail page. In Living Color: You can see the coil in action by watching our in the field test Video of the Tesoro Delta 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan search coil.

Tesoro Metal Detectors Introduces Epsilon 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan Search Coil

Epsilon 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan search coil

Today Tesoro Metal Detectors announced the availability of their new Epsilon 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan search coil for use with the the Cortes, Deleon, Silver uMax and Outlaw metal detectors.

Today Tesoro Metal Detectors has announced the Epsilon wide scan search coil for use with the Silver µMax, Outlaw, DeLeón, Cortés metal detectors.

This new 11″ x 8″ high performance search coil will let you get the most out of your existing Tesoro detector.

The Epsilon features Tesoros’ new “Responsive Signal Design” (RSD). With RSD technology you can give your Tesoro detector the best advantage possible when working in heavily mineralized sites.

This Tesoro Epsilon search coil boasts a bright white design and will give your tesoro metal detector more coverage and a better balance of depth and sensitivity.

Wide scan coils such as the Epsilon are less affected by ground mineralization. Wide scan is also refered to as DD or Double D.

The Tesoro Epsilon 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan Search Coil has a 5 pin connector and includes a search coil cover. The 8′ coil wire allows for use on all styles of Tesoro metal detector configurations.

Watch our in the field First Look Tesoro Epsilon Search Coil Video:

For complete details on the new Tesoro Epsilon 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan search coil visit our product detail page. Be sure to see our in the field First Look Video of the Tesoro Epsilon 11″ x 8″ Wide Scan search coil on our MetalDetector.com YouTube Chanel.

Metal Detectors Find Antique Bottles and Treasures in Former Privy Pits

Finding antique bottles isn’t always easy; unless you have a metal detector.  If you do, you can find these precious antiques in a variety of different places.  Many years ago, people would have backyard dumps and privy pits for getting rid of solid waste instead of town garbage services and sewage lines.  These are the places to look for antique bottles with your metal detector today.

While metal detectors will not locate bottles directly, they will lead you to the best place to start digging on a site. A metal detector will help you locate the bits and pieces of metal trash and relics that are common on old dump sites. – from Best Metal Detectors for finding Antique Bottles by Daniel Bernzweig

After they were done being used, these privy pits and dump sites were covered over with dirt and forgotten about.  If however, you have a deep seeking metal detector or a relic hunting type of metal detector with a large search coil, you can get deep enough to see what’s under there.  Once you’ve found a good digging site, be sure to use your pinpointer and a small metal detecting shovel or digging tool to ensure safe digging for you and the precious antique bottles you’re hoping to find.

Old privy pits and dump sites can be excellent spots to not only find antique glass bottles, but also old coins, lost jewelry, and other types of treasures from years gone by. For more information about metal detecting for antique bottles take a look at these articles from our learning library.

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Treasure Products Vibra Phone 280 Review

Treasure Products Vibra Phone 280

The Vibra Phone 280 can be easily attached to your metal detector and will help make it easier for you to find buried treasures by turning those beeps into vibrations.

When you’re out in the field metal detecting, sometimes, the audio of your metal detector can’t be heard for one reason or another.  Possibly your hearing is diminished and it is challenging to hear the sounds. Or maybe you are working a site where the background sounds are loud; or you just don’t want to make a lot of noise. Whatever the reason, the Vibra Phone 280 is the answer.

Easy to Use Metal Detecting Accessory

Made in the USA, the Vibra Phone 280 is a separate device, only 7 inches in length and weighing in at just 8 oz, that works with your current metal detector to transform it’s beeps and buzzes into vibrations.  It’s easy to use (simply plug into the headphone jack on your metal detector) and comes with clips that allow the Vibra Phone to mount right onto your machine with a convenient snap on/off mechanism; no tools or modifications to your metal detector required.

The Vibra Phone also features manual sensitivity and pulse width adjustments to make the device highly customizable and allow it to work seamlessly with nearly all hobby metal detectors; except those made by Fisher and Minelab.

Vibra Phone 280 Reviews:

Big Red shares - I bought the Vibra Phone 280 for my wife who is deaf so she could come along metal detecting with me sometimes.  It’s worked really well for her and I can see if you were somewhere where you need to not make any noise, this product would be the perfect choice!

L. Mike reports - The Vibra Phone 280 works great! 5 Stars all around.

As you can see there are a variety of ways the Vibra Phone 280 can be helpful to metal detector users of all kinds.  To learn more about this fantastic little metal detector tool and decide if it’s something you too might find helpful in your metal detecting work, visit the Vibra Phone 280 product page.  Here you’ll find the instruction manual and product catalog, along with a video overview of the Vibra Phone, as well as product specs, and more.  The Vibra Phone 280 is a unique metal detecting accessory, and one you and your fellow hobbyists might find incredibly useful in your field work.  Change those beeps to vibrations today with the Vibra Phone and enjoy metal detecting on a whole new level.

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