Hunting For Meteorites Among Pesky Hot Rocks?

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

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

The Best Metal Detectors for Finding Meteorites

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Metal Detecting Accessories and Necessities

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Yes, Metal Detectors Can Find Meteorites

If your hobby takes you to wide open deserts, chunks of meteorites may be preserved there and are prime for picking with a metal detector. Not only is meteorite hunting exciting, these space rocks sell for a very high price. You can see how much they’re selling for on eBay; in fact, a specimen from Russia called Meteorite IIE iron octahedrite is priced at $39,000 and there are hundreds of “watchers”! So, what exactly are these celestial rocks? Scientists say meteorites are remnants of asteroids or possibly comets that survive a fall to Earth. They are often found out west in dry climates where iron-nickel composition is preserved.

You can find meteorites with most metal detectors made for finding coins and jewelry. However, if you want to increase your odds of locating them, a gold prospecting metal detector is ideal. These models have a low frequency and sensitivity to small objects. The VLF design is better at locating small fragments of metal. Research is a huge part of meteorite hunting, as you will need to know where “falls” have taken place. A household magnet is a helpful tool to bring along—most meteorites are magnetic. Check out our Learning Library for helpful articles about your hunt such as: How to Use Metal Detectors to Find Meteorites.

Planning is as Important as Equipment when Gold Nugget Hunting with a Metal Detector

If you’re going gold nugget hunting with a metal detector, you’ll need to be sure to do some planning first.  In fact, good planning is nearly as important as a good gold prospecting metal detector.  After all, if you’re not where the gold is, you won’t find any!

Some of the things to look for in a good nugget hunting spot include researching locations where gold was found before.  Signs of previous gold panning in an area include dredge tailings, and placer deposits.  For more on what to look for in gold prospecting spot, please take a look at our article Gold Nugget Hunting with a Metal Detector.

Selection Simplified – Gold Nugget Hunting Metal Detectors

As far as selecting your gold prospecting metal detector, the ground balance control is of the utmost importance.  Gold is generally found in more highly mineralized soil conditions and you’ll need to filter out the extra chatter this will create for your metal detector.  From there you’ll want to look at other features such as target identification and a built in pinpointer.  To help you find the best gold nugget hunting metal detector and accessories, please also review these three articles from our learning library:

What’s the Best Gold Prospecting Metal Detector

Choosing a Metal Detector Headphone

Metal Detecting Accessories and Necessities

Is it Possible to Find Meteorites with a Metal Detector?

Finding Meteorites and Gold Nuggets or Gemstones with a Metal Detector

When searching for meteorites or gold and gemstones, you need to have the right metal detector as it will make it easier to find them.

Locating meteorites with a metal detector is both exciting and possible. With all of the attention in the recent media about today’s Meteorite explosion over the Ural Mountains in Russia, it causes one to ponder. The shear magnitude of a meteorite impact is an awe inspiring event. In a Reuters news story entitled “Meteorite explodes over Russia, more than 1000 injured”, the details and extent of the impact can truly be felt. Our thoughts & prayers are with anyone in the affected area.

Meteorites can be broken down in to three main categories:

1. Stony Meteorites

2. Iron and Nickel Meteorites

3. Stony-Iron Meteorites.

While the category of stony meteorites can not be detected with a metal detector, the last two categories of meteorites can easily be located with the correct metal detector that is sensitive enough to do the job. Be sure to read our article on meteorite hunting with a metal detector entitled “What are the Best Metal Detectors for Finding Meteorites?”

Others ask an obvious question, is it possible to locate Gemstones with a metal detector. This is a really good question—with an interesting answer. Michael Bernzweig of says, “A metal detector can’t specifically target gemstones because they are not composed of metal. However natural gold, such as gold nuggets, is often found with precious minerals. So, in your quest for gold, you may come across gemstones such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds.” In gold prospecting, these are called indicator minerals. Along with iron and Quartz, certain minerals indicate that gold is nearby. Many treasure hunters search for gold in the hopes of also finding gold and gemstones.

Using a metal detector that is designed to locate gold is an innovative way to acquire precious gemstones. According to hobbyists, there is nothing like the thrill of finding gemstones (and gold)! Many say that one successful outing with a gold detector can pay for the unit. You can find great quality gold detectors in entry-level, mid-level or advanced ranges. There are two articles in our Learning Library that are must-reads for those who want to learn about targeting gold and gemstones: What’s the Best Gold Prospecting Metal Detector? and How to Find Meteorites, Gold & Other Precious Minerals with a Metal Detector.