Anyone who detects in streams and underwater should consider the Nokta Pointer Pinpointer. It is fully waterproof and can be submerged to 1 meter (3 feet) for 30 minutes at a time! Professional performance is in the design; Nokta Pointer features 10 levels of sensitivity control, a bright LED light and “Lost” alarm with auto shut-off. Target alert options include audio, vibration or both. And what REALLY sets the Nokta Pointer Pinpointer apart is the included bonus kit: 2 hard shell cases (1 with scraping blade), carrying pouch, finds bag, belt holster and 9-volt battery. This is pinpointing to the extreme!
If you’re a beginner metal detectorist, you are probably asking, “What other equipment do I need?” You’ll want to get started using your new detector right away, so by all means—take your detector out in your own backyard or the local park – even without headphones or gloves. It’s also a good idea to read your detector’s user manual—and even a few field test reviews about your specific unit before you’re off to the races. The instruction manual will give you pointers and explain the detector tones and settings, so you’re not confused when you are out using your unit. As far as the other equipment you may need, the list below highlights “necessities” as well as “best case scenario” equipment.
Metal Detecting Necessities:
- Headphones: A must. You are going to need a good headphone set. You can try a pair that you have at home to start with because they may very well be all you need. However, a set of headphones designed to go with the machine are better. Recommendation: do not use the “ear-bud” type. Headphones will help cancel outside noises and help you distinguish the tones and signals given off by your detector. Do use a pair that has volume control.
- Digging Tools: Obviously, you are going to have to have some way of digging in the ground to get your finds. Depending on the conditions of the soil in the area you are hunting, a larger digging tool would be handy.
- Tool Belt: You will need. Get a tool belt with at least 3 pockets so that you can sort your finds in the field. It is recommended that you keep coins in one pocket, relics and other items in the other and tools in the third pocket. One of the best we’ve seen is the Pro Series Deluxe Cordura Finds and Tool Pouch.
- GPS Device: Important. Getting lost should not be part of metal detecting. When you’re ready to go back to your vehicle, your GPS tells you the straight-line direction you need to go and how far you are away from it.
- Compass: Need. Even if you have a GPS, always carry a compass. You never know when the GPS might stop working or you accidentally lose it. A compass will direct you where you need to go.
- Towel or a Piece of Plastic: Smart diggers recommend placing the dirt you dig on a towel or plastic for two reasons: 1) you can sift through the dirt to make sure you are not leaving a treasure behind. 2) It makes it easier to replace the dirt/sod back in the hole in order to leave your site in the same condition you found it.
Best-Case Scenario Accessories:
- Coil Cover/Rain Cover: This will help prevent scratches, holes and marks on your search coil. They are not expensive. A rain cover will protect your detector from unanticipated rain showers. It is a good idea to try to keep your electronics dry.
Search Coils: After you have been detecting for a while, you may want to move into a larger coil. They can search deeper for specific treasure you may be searching for. A smaller coil allows you to detector where standard and larger sized coils cannot reach. Some areas are closer to park benches, chain link fence and under large shrub bushes that while large today, 50 or 100 years ago would have been smaller.
- Pin-Pointer: A metal detecting pinpointer will help you locate each item precisely instead of digging up a bunch of ground. Popular models include the Waterproof MakroPointer, Whites Bullseye TRX, Garrett Pro Pointer II and the waterproof Pro-Pointer AT. See also: Pinpointers buyers guide article with a video.
- Knee Pads: You can find knee pads specifically for metal detecting, or just get some made for all-purpose or soccer.
- Back Pack: If you do not have a back pack, you may want to get one to store your other stuff in, so that it is all together and ready to carry in the field.
- Magnifier: Most detectorists like to identify their findings right away. Some type of hand-held magnifier or eye loupe will help identify these objects when you find them. A flashlight and a headlamp with a LED bulb are also handy.
Need Metal Detecting Accessories?
Now that you have a new metal detector, you may need to equip yourself with metal detecting accessories. Headphones are definitely a necessity, so if you didn’t get them with your metal detector, pick up a pair for more accurate detecting. They block out background noise and allow you to hear specific signals. A metal detecting pinpointer will help you locate each item precisely instead of digging up a bunch of ground. Digging tools designed for metal detecting will help tremendously in rough turf and when dealing with branches and tree roots. Find metal detectors and all of the accessories you need here at MetalDetector.com!
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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This “Top Tip” video from MetalDetector.com examines the importance of using proper digging methods & tools while metal detecting in a grass lawn setting. Learning proper target recovery skills is important for every metal detectorist. In this quick instructional video, you will learn a simple recovery technique that leaves the ground as if it was never touched. After watching, we bet you will be recovering targets like a pro. The digging tool used in the video below is the Garrett Edge Digger with Sheath.
– View this metal detecting video directly on YouTube.