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Fisher 1280-X Aquanaut Metal Detector- Endorsed by Experts

The easy-to-use controls on the Fisher 1280-X Metal Detector

The easy-to-use controls on the Fisher 1280-X Metal Detector

Hit the beach and find tons of treasure with the Fisher 1280-X Aquanaut Waterproof Metal Detector! This is a popular underwater scuba, surf and sand unit. If you’ve been researching the best underwater metal detector models, the Fisher 1280-X Aquanaut has most definitely been recommended! Owners can’t say enough about its automatic turn-on-and-go ease for salt water, fresh water and even land operation. It is water-resistant to 250 feet and provides up to 75 hours of battery life, thanks to Fisher’s patented quartz-crystal circuitry. This is a deep-seeking VLF unit with 10-level discrimination. Another stand-out feature—the control box converts to a belt mount (belt clip is included) for ease of entering the water. Underwater expert Daniel Berg says he always mounts his detector on a gear bag during transport, so all he has to do is turn the detector on and start scanning. Submersible waterproof headphones are included.

Related Article: Best Underwater Metal Detectors – Reviewing the Best Options

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More Than One Search Coil Will Help with Your Success!

Adding a larger or smaller search coil can lead to increased finds.

Adding a larger or smaller search coil can lead to increased finds.

As a beginner, your first metal detector comes with a “standard” sized search coil—and that seems perfect. It signals metal objects, and it’s very exciting to hear beeps while checking out your LCD display for depth and ID. But did you know that search coils are interchangeable for different detecting purposes? As you grow into the hobby, you will learn that one size search coil doesn’t “fit all”- they come in several shapes and sizes. The standard search coil is typically 7-11″ with a sufficient scanning width—sensitive to a wide range of targets. Great for beginners, these medium-sized search coils are usually the best for coin hunting and general purpose treasure hunting.

Benefits of Smaller & Larger Search Coils

If you hunt trashier areas, however, a smaller search coil will help you find valuables. Junk-filled areas are easier to work with a smaller coil, which will separate responses from undesirable targets. Smaller search coils usually range from 3-6″ in diameter. Larger search coils (12″ diameter and larger) are designed to detect deeper targets—including treasure caches. Offering much more ground coverage, you can hit targets more quickly and deeply than other search coils. Among the larger coils are “DD” coils, which cover more ground and detect less mineralization in one sweep.

In summary, most manufacturers allow you to attach search coils of different sizes and shapes to your detector. As you grow into the hobby, you may decide to equip your detector with a different sized search coil based on your hunting preference. To find interchangeable search coils for your detector, see the “Related Products” information for your detector model or check out MetalDetector.com’s Search Coil Options.

Whites TDI SL Metal Detector- Ultimate Gold & Relic PI Machine

Whites TDI SL Metal Detector

Whites TDI SL Metal Detector

Find tiny gold flakes or gold ‘pickers’ with Whites TDI SL Metal Detector—the ultimate gold nugget shooting detector! Pulse induction machines are known to penetrate deeper and handle highly mineralized soil. Whites TDI SL features full-control ground balance to filter out hot rocks, black sand and more. Trademarked features of this model include its lightweight design, threshold control, frequency control, pulse delay and waterproof search coil. At only 3.5 lbs., Whites TDI SL performs comparably to a much more expensive counterpart!

Proven Gold Prospecting Metal Detector

 According to TDI SL user Dan from Southern California, “the TDI SL is easiest to ground balance and produces a constant smooth threshold even in nasty mineralized soil.” It’s also a champion relic-hunting detector!

 

Related ArticleSelecting the Best Metal Detectors for Gold Nugget Metal Detecting

Backyard Treasures: Real Finds from People’s Own Property

1857 US one dollar gold coin found by a metal detector.

1857 US one dollar gold coin found by a metal detectorist at an old home site.

Have you checked YOUR backyard with a metal detector? The first question asked by new detecting hobbyists is “Where should I start hunting?” Believe it or not, the most obvious answer is the best: in your own backyard! And don’t forget to check the sides and front of your home, condo or apartment. You never know what’s been dropped or stashed there. If you live in an older home or property where old farm houses, sheds or buildings were, this is especially true. But even in newer neighborhoods, the soil could have been deposited from another location dating back hundreds of years ago.

Amazing Backyard Treasures:

According to an article on the National Geographic website, these amateur detectorists really DID find BIG treasure—just by detecting out back!

  • Underground Stolen Money:  In 1946, U.S. Army postal inspectors used a military metal detector to search a deceased postal employee’s backyard who was believed to have stolen money. They uncovered $153,150 buried in his backyard stashed in jars and cans!
  • Buried Model T:  1966: In Detroit, a man wielding a metal detector unearthed a Model T Ford that was buried in his backyard 40 years before.
  • JFK Conspiracy Info?:  In 1975, an amateur treasure hunter found a bullet where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The FBI determined that the bullet was different than the type fired by alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • Confederate Shell:  1997- Virginia: Two young boys using a metal detector unearthed a live Confederate Army artillery shell in their grandfather’s backyard.

Search Your Neighborhood for Big Treasure!

Even if you don’t find big treasure in your backyard, it may lie right around the corner!  An avid detectorist and author revealed that he got permission to search his local church grounds and found: three Indian head pennies, a rosary ring, four clad quarters and a 1797 Connecticut large cent.

Search your OWN backyard and neighborhood, and tell us about YOUR great finds at MetalDetector.com’s  “My Metal Detecting Finds!”  Your story will be entered into a contest to win a Makro Waterproof Pointer.

 

Related – Take a 2-3 minute read of the article we wrote: What are the Best Metal Detectors for Finding Coins?

Detectorists’ Dreams DO Come True! Silver Coin Hoard Found with the Garrett AT Pro

One lucky detectorist is keeping the dream alive for all of us who hope to find a coin hoard! Known as “Aquachigger” in his videos and metal detecting forums, this avid treasure hunter often searches rivers and streams. He spotted a river where he believed war relics would turn up, and started his shallow-water hunt. Aquachigger quickly hit on several silver coins in one concentrated area. Because the river floor here is bedrock, metals cannot sink any lower. This is perfect for uncovering coins, relics and gold. In his You Tube video that you can watch below: “OMG! I Found A Huge Silver Treasure Hoard Metal Detecting!” Aquachigger credits his Garrett AT Pro detector and Garrett Pro-Pointer for quickly signaling the silver coins. There was so much fence wire and lots of nails, he figures another detector may have passed right over the silver.

178 Silver Coins Found with the Garrett AT Pro!

Aquachigger’s Garrett AT Pro emitted a high pitch—with target ID reads from 89-90’s for silver. The AT Pro displayed 30’s when it passed over iron, making it easy to pinpoint the silver coins. After 5 or 6 trips to this riverbed hot spot, his total haul was 178 silver coins! The video is a worthwhile watch, as Aquachigger lays out all of his coins and explains what they are. A majority of the silver coin hoard includes U.S. halves, with the remaining pieces being Spanish 8 Reales, 5 franc coins and foreign (Brazil and Peru coins). It’s also interesting to read the comments about where this detectorist searched, how to find coins and how much the coins are worth. You can be next in a successful treasure quest!

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Relic Hunting Abandoned Home Sites

Metal Detecting for Relics

When it comes to metal detecting for relics, you need to know where to look and also have the right metal detector.

There is no shortage of locations that are ripe for the picking of long forgotten remnants of the past (a.k.a ‘relics’). Just bring along your metal detector and let the excitement begin! Among the hot spots to locate relics are deserted or abandoned buildings. Anywhere people once lived will yield treasure that can be located by a metal detector. Many times you will find rooms in abandoned homes that were left just as they were when they were lived in decades ago.

Detecting for relics is different than searching for gold or coins. Old houses and buildings can present hobbyists with a tremendous amount of junk iron and nails. For these sites, using a small amount of discrimination will prove highly beneficial. You don’t want to use too much discrimination so as to reject valuable targets. Daniel Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com advises “If you’re using a detector that has a visual target display, rely heavily on it to identify your targets. Correlate the audio and visual signals before making a decision to dig a target.” Recommended reading for relic hunters is What are the Best Metal Detectors for Finding Relics?

 

Related: See the Metal Detecting Code of Ethics

It’s Winter… But You Can Still Go Metal Detecting!

Depending on which region you live, winter can be a challenging time for metal detecting! Cold, northern climates tend to get bitter cold for part of the season. Detectorists in these areas say you would need a jackhammer to dig in snow and hard-packed icy soil. But they do offer winter hunting tips so you don’t have to put your detector away all season.

  • Take advantage of warm days, especially if there are a few in a row. The ground will start to warm up and become more diggable.
  • Ski resorts are lucrative detecting spots!! The cold temperatures make fingers smaller. So, when skiers take their gloves off, RINGS fall off into the snow. Best places to hunt include near the lodges, ski lifts and gathering places.
  • Tot lots usually have wood chips, which are easier to search in the cold.
  • Beach areas may still have a couple of inches of loose snow. You may hit hard-packed sand when searching deeper, though.
Winter: Perfect for researching new metal detecting sites

Winter: Perfect for researching new metal detecting sites

Utilize the Off-Season to Find New Search Areas

Too cold to treasure hunt today? This is a great time to research new detecting sites. Google maps is the ultimate resource; here, you’ll find old maps, topographical maps and aerial maps. A good start is to look up “old maps” in your city. Compare the old map with a newer map and look for homes that are no longer standing. On an old topographical map, homes are illustrated with little black squares. Old homesteads can yield great treasure finds—not to mention buried coin hoards! Check local history to see if any military events took place. The sites of battles and skirmishes are where valuable relics lie. One detectorist suggested printing a current road map on a clear overlay—then placing it on top of an old map for comparison.

Pick Out Your Next Metal Detector

Experts advise that you get out detecting at least three times a month. This way, you’ll stay familiar with your machine and keep up with the hobby. If you need a new detector, this is also a great time to research the latest models. Here are some of the hottest-selling models:

 

Don’t Ignore all “Junk” Targets (It Might be Gold!)

Find more gold treasures while metal detecting.

Find more gold treasures while metal detecting.

Discrimination and Target Identification are valuable, time-saving features on metal detectors. But experts advise against overlooking all targets that indicate aluminum or other “junk.” Your target may look or sound like a pull tab, foil, bottle cap, nail or tin; however, this can be deceiving. The fact is—old aluminum pull tabs have a similar ring tone as gold. It would be very unfortunate to pass up a gold or silver ring because you’re discriminating out potential junk.

“Dig Up Everything” is the Mantra of Many Detectorists

Discrimination blocks your detector’s response from targets you choose to eliminate. This is helpful for coin hunters, but not so much for relic hunters. Relic hunters usually err on the safe side by digging up anything that’s made of metal. Detectorist and author Dick Stout says, “Gold and aluminum are so close in conductivity, it’s virtually impossible to reject one target without rejecting the other.” So, consider what treasure you’re after. For relics and jewelry, your discrimination setting should be very LOW.

Target Identification – Audio is Just as Important as Visual

Target Identification has gotten sophisticated on all of the latest metal detectors. And many models claim they can precisely identify what you’ve found. Further, there are some advanced detectors that actually show you a visual of what’s underfoot! Target ID will show you whether your target is a copper penny (minted before 1982) or a zinc penny. It will distinguish between clad coins, silver, gold and other metals. Sophisticated detectors like the Whites Spectra VX3 will tell you the target you’ve found (nickel, quarter, gold, silver), but there is still overlap between pull tabs and gold. Get to know your detector’s audio tones, because this will help tremendously in distinguishing treasure from trash!

Whites Spectra VX3 Metal Detector- a “Dream Machine!”

Whites Spectra VX3 Metal Detector

Whites Spectra VX3 Metal Detector

Satisfied owners of the Whites Spectra VX3 Metal Detector say this IS the RIGHT detector for serious hobbyists! “The VX3 continues to produce more good finds than any other machine I have used in the past 30+ years!” So, what sets the Whites Spectra VX3 apart? First of all—it has all the bells and whistles of the highest-end detector with the ‘turn-on-and-go’ ease of Whites Coinmaster. Most importantly: 8 pre-set operating modes include: •Coin,  Coin/Jewelry, • Salt Beach, • Relic, • Prospecting, • Deep Silver, • Hi-Pro, • Demo. Modify any of the programs to suit your needs!

Whites Spectra VX3 is also “deluxe” because it features 3 frequencies: 2.5 kHz, 7.5 kHz, and 22.5 kHz for each type of treasure hunting. Spectra VX3’s high-resolution backlit display screen has target ID icons, VDI numbers, SpectraGraph technology and much more! Equipped for optional wireless VX3 headphones.

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