Hunting For Meteorites Among Pesky Hot Rocks?

The meteorites you see here were found by one of our MetalDetector.com customers.

The meteorites you see here were found by one of our MetalDetector.com customers.

Meteorite hunting is a thrilling hobby, with falls being reported all the time. Here’s a question we often get: “Which metal detector best cancels out “hot rocks” without discriminating metallic iron?” A great question… since meteorites contain iron-nickel metal!  Seasoned meteorite hunters point to the XP DEUS as one of the best detectors for the task, because it is sensitive to both nickel and iron. Famed meteorite hunter Twink Monrad has located most of her meteorites using the XP DEUS’s exclusive “Goldfield setting.” Read her story Meteorite Hunting with my XP DEUS Detector.

 

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2018 XP DEUS Boot Camps Announced For Indiana, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania

XP-Portage-Boot-Camp

The XP DEUS Boot Camp is a fun full day event that starts with an in depth class room learning session and ends with a practical hands on field session. Register for one today! Make new friends, gain new knowledge and take your hobby to the next level.

We are are pleased to announce that Andy Sabisch, well-known author, treasure hunter and veteran XP DEUS user, will be conducting several more XP Metal Detectors Americas authorized XP DEUS Boot Camp training courses. After attending this event you will come away with a solid understanding of all the features found on the XP DEUS metal detector.

Portage, IN – April 21, 2018
Instructor: Andy Sabisch

The first Bootcamp of 2018 is set for the city of Portage, IN. We have visited the area before and the location was ideal for both attendees and their families that wanted to spend the day in Chicago. As we found in past Boot Camps, sites one might think have been hunted to death are just waiting for the right detector with the right settings to pull out even more keepers. Indian Head cents, silver, a few pieces of jewelry and some great 1800’s relics turned up as natural finds. The location is convenient to the Interstates and the hotel we are using is suited for families with an indoor pool and things to do locally or in Chicago. For more details on the location and tickets to reserve your spot, click on the This Link. You are not buying a ticket at that point, simply getting more information on the Portage, IN location and the event itself.

XP-Americas-Team

The XP Americas team attended the Branford, CT Bootcamp along with co-instructor Todd Yerks. It was a super class with some great finds turning up in the field. Pictured (from Left to Right) Bill Ladd, Michael Bernzweig, Moe DiPinto, Daniel Bernzweig and Andy Sabisch.

Toledo, OH – April 28, 2018
Instructor: Andy Sabisch

The next Bootcamp of 2018 is set for the city of Toledo, OH. Located just off the Ohio Turnpike and in an area that has something for every member of the family, Toledo is set to be a great location for the Bootcamp. The site we will be holding the Bootcamp at is not in a hotel but there are several hotels a short distance away. For more details on the location and tickets to reserve your spot, click on the This Link. You are not buying a ticket at that point, simply getting more information on the Toledo, OH location and the event itself.

Albany / Cohoes, NY – May 26, 2018
Instructors: Andy Sabisch and Todd Yerks (CT Todd)

The Bootcamps head to the East Coast in the Albany area. Centrally located for hunters coming from western, downstate and upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts, it is a perfect time to get tuned up for the 2018 season!  Todd Yerks will be the co-instructor and he will be sharing his techniques for recovering relics throughout the area. Located just off the Northway, the hotel is easy to get to and is ideal for family members that might want to come along. For more details on the location and tickets to reserve your spot, click on the This Link. You are not buying a ticket at that point, simply getting more information on the Albany / Cohoes location and the event itself.

Gettysburg, PA – June 23, 2018
Instructors: Andy Sabisch and Hugh Campbell

The Bootcamp returns to the historic town of Gettysburg, PA. The site where two great armies were locked in conflict for three days in 1863 changing the history of the country is a perfect location for a Bootcamp if you are interested in history and more importantly, being able to put your skills to the test that you gained from the classroom session to the test in the field. We will be hunting on ground that saw troops during the battle and having been there before, some amazing finds have come to light. With a large outlet mall and dozens of shops in town as well as tours and other attractions, feel free to bring the entire family and make it a long weekend trip. Hugh Campbell will be the co-instructor and he will be sharing his techniques for recovering relics  that he has honed from his time with the Deus. For more details on the location and tickets to reserve your spot, click on the This Link. You are not buying a ticket at that point, simply getting more information on the Gettysburg location and the event itself.

Give Kids a Holiday Gift That Keeps On Giving With A Metal Detector

The modern and easy to use Bounty Hunter Gold Metal Detector

The modern and easy to use Bounty Hunter Gold Metal Detector – a great choice for kids.

Giving children a gift that keeps on giving is often something we strive for during the Holidays, but rarely do gifts for kids actually end up meeting this lofty goal. Metal Detectors for kids are different though. When you give your son, daughter, grandchild, niece, nephew or other lucky child a metal detector this Holiday season, you’ll be giving them a gift that will give back for many years to come in a variety of ways.

Introducing children to metal detecting through your Holiday gift can give them:

  • A chance to learn about history, geology, ecology, and much more.
  • Opportunities for exercise and fresh air.
  • A way to meet new people by joining metal detecting clubs and engaging with the community while out metal detecting.

Of course your Holiday gift also has the potential to give back by leading them toward valuable treasures as well. While there are many more “trash targets” dug up by metal detectorists than treasures, the potential exists to find something valuable with every outing. This alone is exciting for children and reason enough they’ll like your Holiday gift.  The other benefits of metal detectors for kids are just icing on the cake – or Holiday cookie.

To get you started here are 7 of our recommendations for the best metal detectors for kids.

Giving a gift that can give so much to its recipient isn’t always this easy. But it can be this year when you give the children on your Holiday shopping list a metal detector. Take a 2 or 3 minute read of our buying guide article (with video) entitled Selecting the Best Metal Detectors for Kids and Children.

Hottest 2017 Holiday Gift? The New Garrett AT Max Metal Detector!

Easy-to-use controls on the Garrett AT Max metal detector.

Easy-to-use controls found on the Garrett AT Max metal detector.

The all-new Garrett AT Max has arrived. It is IN STOCK and ready to be shipped to you TODAY. This is the perfect holiday gift!! Garrett engineers took everything customers have been asking for and built it into one detector! This is the best of the AT Pro and AT Gold detectors combined, with even MORE. The most notable new feature is AT Max’s built-in Z-Lynk wireless technology with included wireless headphones.

Here’s why the Garrett AT Max is on course to be the hottest-selling detector on the market. Did we mention? NO MORE WIRES! True All metal Mode. New Backlight, More detection depth, larger display and much more!

  • New Garrett MS-3 Z-Lynk Wireless Headphones with Auto Pairing
  • No delay in target signal, no interference with other wireless devices
  • Consistent Solid Tone in Highly Mineralized Soil
  • Auto Ground Balance Window allows users to hear faint signals
  • Greater Detection Depth with Enhanced Sensitivity. Sensitive enough to pick up small gold nuggets!
  • Optimized 13.6 kHz Frequency for excellent detection on a wide range of targets
  • Fully Waterproof to 10 Feet (3 Meters)
  • Display Backlight for visibility in dim lighting
  • Larger Display Numbers

In field tests with detectors in the same price range (and even higher), the Garrett AT Max came out the clear winner when it came to depth! The AT Max comes standard with the 8.5” x 11” DD PROformance searchcoil, but all Garrett AT searchcoils are compatible. This is a holiday winner! Order today for the best gift EVER!

AND, when you order this detector now, you get a BONUS gift of a FREE pinpointer probe or a $100 Restaurant Gift Card!!

Get Her Something She’ll Actually Like this Year and Give Her a Metal Detector

Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector For Her

The popular Garrett AT pro is a top choice for any woman on your Christmas list this year.

There are a variety of different Holiday gift ideas available today for your wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, or that other lucky woman on your shopping list. Jewelry, books, clothing, pictures, computers, and collectibles are just a few that come to mind. But have you considered giving her a metal detector this year?

Metal detectors make fantastic gifts for any lady you’re shopping for this Holiday season who enjoys time outside, exercise, opportunities to learn and discover new things, and of course, a chance at finding valuable treasure like jewelry, gold, antiques, coins and more! Not only that though, metal detecting is also a hobby that you can do together, as a family, and, she can also join metal detecting clubs for further learning and fun with this unique hobby.

With all of these benefits it’s easy to see that when you give her a metal detector it will end up being something she actually likes and uses throughout her life, not just a gift she’ll smile about and put in her drawer. This isn’t a benefit many Holiday gifts for her will offer. So, why not consider giving her a metal detector this Holiday season and give her a gift she’ll remember for many Holidays to come.

Here is a list of the top 11 metal detectors for her to get you started. You can also find metal detecting accessories including digging shovels, pinpointers, carrying cases and more to add to this special gift idea for her.

For girls ages 8 and under we recommend the Bounty Hunter Junior Target ID metal detector.

Making sure all the special guys on your list are happy can be easy when you check out last week’s blog post “Why you should give him a metal detector this holiday season.”

Garrett Pro-Pointer AT Review – Waterproof Pinpointer from Garrett

The Garrett Pro-Pointer AT is currently one of the most requested metal detector accessories we have in stock; and with very good reason. Even the pros are excited about this fully submersible, all terrain hand held pinpointer and you’re sure to be too.

“The Garrett Pro-Pinpointer AT has taken my detector results to the next level. Super accurate, all weather and easy to use.” – Customer review submitted by Bill S.

Garrett ProPointer AT Pinpointer

Garrett Pro-Pointer AT Pinpointer

It’s based on the already fantastic Garrett Pro-Pointer II but, like the Garrett AT Pro, Garrett AT Gold and new Garrett AT Max metal detectors, their Pro-Pointer AT also includes all of the enhancements users have requested over the years. This has made for a spectacular product that detectorists are understandably really thrilled to use.

Waterproof Pinpointer

One of the most well known features of the Garrett Pro-Pointer AT handheld pinpointer is that it can be submersed in up to 10 ft underwater. This makes it ideal for SCUBA diving with your metal detector as well as for those all terrain treasure hunting excursions.

This pinpointer has a lot of other neat things to offer metal detectors too including a “lost alarm” that will alert you after the pinpointer has been unused for 5 minutes; an invaluable feature that will help you find the pinpointer if it’s lost in the field, as so many are! Garrett also gave the Pro Pointer AT a nice bright color to make it easy to find as well. We want you to be in-the-know, so when you hear someone say “Garrett carrot”, that’s their Pro-Pointer AT!

In addition to these features you’ll get to enjoy a fast re-tune which is important especially when you’re searching in mineralized ground. The Pro-Pointer AT also has a 360 degree detection area, vibration and sensitivity controls, and an LED light so you won’t miss anything. With a feature set like this users are raving about this hand held pinpointer.

Here are just a sampling of the customer reviews and comments we’ve received regarding the Pro Pointer AT:

Customer feedback on the Garrett Pro-Pinpointer AT.

Customer feedback on the Garrett Pro-Pinpointer AT.

Bill S: “Next Level – The Garrett Pro-Pinpointer AT has taken my detector results to the next level. Super accurate, all weather and easy to use. No matter how small the target, it will let you know.

Thomas V: “I have been metal detecting for 20 years, sometimes it takes some people a long time to get it right. I got a Pro-Pointer (Garrett) and I can cut my time looking for my target 75 percent. Get one! I also got a better digging tool. I have more fun now.

Michelle H: “I gave this to my boyfriend as a Christmas gift and he is over the moon about it.

Robert Hoover: “This Probe is Incredible! Metals can’t hide from THIS probe. It will tell on metal more than a little sister about your secrets. Price is better than anything even IF close to comparable. One of my grandsons realized that it detected BETTER than his toy detector and used it by itself to find targets. Lots of targets. He called it his “Golden Carrot”. This probe is worth every penny and getting it on MetalDetector.com at their sale price is AWESOME. I’ve ordered a second one to come with the ATMax. Garrett Pro-Pointer AT is my Probe of Choice!

Ken: I was hesitant about purchasing the Garrett Pin Pointer AT, but now that I have it, I kick myself for waiting so long. Really helps with not having to dig deep holes.

If you’d like to learn more about this revolutionary pinpointer from Garrett, please visit our Pro-Pointer AT product page. You’ll be able to watch a video review of the Pro Pointer AT, view a full product spec sheet and more so you can get as much information as possible on this pinpointer to be sure it’s the metal detecting accessory for you.

 

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Why You Should Give Him a Metal Detector This Holiday Season

Bounty Hunter Platinum pro with 11" DD Metal Detector

The Bounty Hunter Platinum is a top seller for the holidays and all year long.

Making sure all the special guys on your shopping list are happy this Holiday season can be easy when you get them a metal detector. Whether it’s your son, grandson, father, grandfather, husband or other lucky guy, get him a metal detector this year and you’ll be giving him a gift that gives back for many, many Holidays to come.

Metal Detecting as a Hobby

Metal detecting is an ideal hobby for guys of all ages because it gets them outside, in the fresh air, digging in the dirt and finding treasure. Plus, they’ll meet other metal detecting enthusiasts, make discoveries about the area’s history, and so much more. Gifts for him don’t usually offer all of these benefits but, metal detectors do; and all in one package!

Best Metal Detectors

To get you started here are the top metal detectors any guy on your Holiday shopping list can have fun with:

If the guy you’re shopping for already has a metal detector you can give him metal detecting accessories like a pinpointer, digging tool, carrying case, or new search coil this year. Whatever you choose you can be sure he’ll like your gift because metal detecting and guys of all ages go well together. So give him a metal detector this Holiday season and you’ll be giving him a gift he’ll use and enjoy for many years to come.

Searching for “Coin Spreads”- How to Pinpoint and Dig Them

Whites Dig Master Digging Tool

Whites Dig Master Digging Tool for recovering your metal detecting treasure finds.

Searching for old coins is exciting, but searching for “coin spreads” is even MORE exciting! What is a “coin spread?” Well, back in the day, it was very common for people to bury small caches of coins and other valuables in the ground. Burying coins was easier than trying to keep them safe inside a home, so former farmland is a hot commodity for cache hunting. People often forgot where to dig and/or forgot to retrieve their treasures.

“As real treasure finds go, a coin spread is one of the most realistic for anyone with a metal detector to make.” – Daniel Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com

In the 1800’s and early 1900’s, farmers and homestead owners buried their valuables inconspicuously in socks, Mason type glass jars or small wooden boxes. These containers decay over  time, leaving metal valuables intact and in the ground. During plowing season, coin sacks are brought closer to the surface. And over time, coin sacks break and the coins are spread across a small area of land. Sometimes, handfuls of coins are found altogether. If you stumble upon a coin spread, adjust your metal detector’s sensitivity to easily pick up coins.

Pinpointing and Digging a Coin Spread

Once you’ve pinpointed a small area where a coin spread is present, it’s time to dig up your treasure! The depth of your digging area should be no less than ten inches. Each few inches of soil should be carefully removed from your target area and examined for the presence of coins. Move slowly and carefully! If your metal detector has multiple search coils, use the smaller search coil. Adjust the sensitivity of the metal detector and scan every scoop of dirt. When you’ve dug deeply enough, stop for a few minutes to examine the “walls” that you’ve created by digging. A large piece of tarp comes in handy; you can spread your dirt on the tarp to better spot coins.

Methods for Digging up Coins

Every detectorist has their favorite method of digging. Just remember: it’s important to maintain the integrity of coins when digging (no scratching) all the while doing your best at leaving the ground as you first found it. That’s why there are tried and true methods for digging up coins.

  • The Plug Method: Use a small search coil to determine the approximate location of your target. After locating the target, take note of the depth and cut a square block of soil. Lift under your target so you can recover it. A tool with a serrated edge, like the Lesche digging tool makes this work easy. After you’ve located it, replace your block of soil so it’s restored to its former appearance.
  • Alternate Plug: Dig up a half-circle, a “v”-shape, or cone-shaped hole.
  • Use a Handheld Pinpointer Probe: Experienced detectorists often use a pinpointer to locate their target. After determining your best search location, use a handheld probe to search the hole or continue digging until you find the target. You can also search the flap area for the coin if it is not visible.

Necessary Tools for Coin Retrieval

Here are a few of our favorite tools for pinpointing and digging up coin spreads:

Metal Detector Pinpointers and Probes

Makro Pointer Waterproof Pinpointer

Garrett Pro-Pointer II Pinpointing Metal Detector

Garrett Pro-Pointer AT Waterproof Pinpointer

Whites TRX Pinpointer

XP MI-6 Pinpointer

Metal Detecting Trowels and Digging Tools

Whites Dig Master Tool

Garrett Edge Digger with Sheath

Pro Digging Trowel

Saw Tooth Pro Digging Trowel

Fisher Teknetics Ultimate Recovery Tool

What Are Metal Detector Search Coils and Which One Should You Choose?

A larger search coil will detect deeper plus cover more ground. Detech 13" Ultimate Search Coil pictured above.

A larger search coil will detect deeper plus cover more ground. Detech 13″ Ultimate Search Coil pictured above.

One of the most important parts of a metal detector is it’s search coil. Search coils help determine in part how deeply the metal detector can search, the size of treasure it can find, the way the machine reacts to the type of ground you’re hunting, and more. Let’s take a minute to talk about the types of search coils available and how to determine which metal detector search coil that would be best for you.

Search Coil Size: Small, Medium or Large?

Search coils come in small, medium, and large sizes. Smaller metal detector search coils will find smaller treasures closer to the surface, like gold flakes for example. Larger sized search coils are used for finding larger items like treasure caches of coins that are buried deeper underground. Mid sized search coils fall in about, you guessed it, the middle with regard to the size and depth of treasure they can locate.

The type of metal detector search coil has an effect on your treasure hunting as well. The two most widely used search coils found on metal detectors at this point in time are:

  1. Concentric
  2. Wide Scan

Concentric metal detector search coils offer improved target discrimination while you should choose a wide scan search coil if you’re hunting in a location with heavy ground mineralization like the wet salt water beach.

One company to look to when selecting an additional search coil is Detech. Detech makes search coils for a wide variety of metal detector models from today’s top brands. For more on metal detector search coils, all they do for your machine, and which one is the best for your current needs, please enjoy these articles from our learning library.

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Detech Chaser Metal Detector

The Detech Chaser Metal Detector, a great unit for deep coin hunting.

Using a metal detector is a science in itself—particularly, discerning  its individual beeps and tones. Once you have mastered your detector, you can focus on how deep you are finding targets. Some hobbyists only focus on targets that are buried 2-5″ deep. Others swear that their best targets are buried much deeper. Civil War relic hunters often talk about great finds buried 10″ and more underground. If you are looking to find better treasures, you may consider a detector that is built to find deeper targets, such as the Teknetics T2, Fisher F75. or Detech Chaser. One well-known treasure hunter who makes videos, “Aquachigger,” always digs deep holes while searching 1800’s homes- finding “Seated Liberty” quarters, Indianhead pennies, muskets, belt buckles and buttons.

Listening to Your Signals

The textbook coin signal is “round”. What this means is that for coins laying flat, the signal has the same characteristics no matter what angle you scan it. As you walk around the target while swinging the coil back and forth, a coin sound will be smooth and repeatable. If it beeps for half an inch one way, the “round” signal will beep for half an inch every other way. Oversized objects (like pop or beer cans), may give loud signals from one angle, but no signal from another.

Get the Most Depth Out of Your Detector

Here are expert tips to get the best depth out of your metal detector:

  1. Turn up the Sensitivity.  You can find the optimal setting for the particular conditions you’re using, but you’ll have to fine-tune it.
  2. Adjust the Ground Balance to be neutral or slightly negative. If your ground balance is positive, it’s easy to overlook a lot of stuff.

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