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!
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.
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.
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:
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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Father’s Day 2017 is coming! Do you need a GREAT gift for Dad or Grandpa to show them how much they’re appreciated? MetalDetector.com has you covered—on any budget, large or small. A new metal detector is a gift ANY Dad would love (and brag about!) Decent entry-level models start at around $150; and mid-range units start at around $400. If Dad (or Grandpa) already has a metal detector, accessories are ALWAYS appreciated! We have listed popular metal detecting accessories below. Gift certificates are also among Dad’s favorites! MetalDetector.com gift cards range from $25–$1,000, so Dad can pick out what he really wants, and YOU can spend the amount you’re comfortable with.
Metal Detecting Accessory Gifts
Pinpointers and digging tools are probably the best-selling detecting accessories, followed by beach scoops and “finds” pouches. If Dad needs a pinpointer, this is an affordable Father’s Day gift he’ll love.
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- The Lesche Digging Tool is extremely durable and cuts through the toughest soil conditions. It is available in a right serrated blade (for left handed folks) or left serrated blade (if they are right handed.) See ALL Digging Tools
- Sand Scoops for Beach and Water Treasure Hunting.
- MetalDetector.com Gift Certificates are a GREAT last-minute gift idea because they are emailed to your recipient with a gift message or emailed to you, for in person gift giving!
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Celebrate Father’s Day in style and wish him the best from all of us 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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For coin-hunting buffs and newer treasure hunters, there is no greater rush than digging up a valuable old coin. Millions of coins worth untold sums are just waiting to be recovered by a hobbyist with a metal detector. So, if you are armed with a metal detector and a bit of enthusiasm, there’s a good chance you’ll unearth a wealth in coins! Some will be clad coins: modern coins with an inner core of copper and outer layers of nickel-copper alloy. But, there are older coins underfoot which are much more valuable and dated. These include: Indianhead and Wheat pennies, Buffalo nickels, Barber dimes, Liberty and Washington quarters, Liberty-walking half dollars and many other types of silver coins. Older silver coins are made of near pure silver, not alloy.
Lost & Buried Gold Coins are a Hot Commodity!
Believe it or not, U.S. gold coins are still found by hobbyists today! The first gold coins issued by the United States Mint started circulating in 1795. From 1838 to 1907, $20 Liberty Head gold coins were minted; followed by $20 Saint Gauden gold coins from 1907 to 1933. These, and other ancient foreign coins are unearthed by coin shooters. Experts say that a dedicated coin hunter can recover from a handful to over a 100 coins on any given weekend. Basic clad coins at “face value” can easily be cashed in at a Coin Star machine. But more importantly, older coins are worth several times their face value. As seasoned hobbyists say, “A single coin can be worth thousands of dollars. But, even a few weekend’s worth of coin shooting can pay for your metal detector.”
Digging Tools Needed for Coin Shooting
When you are setting out to dig up coins, it’s important to figure out which tools you will need. There’s no sense dragging a shovel if you won’t need it. The type of digging tool(s) you’ll need really depends on your soil conditions and the depth of coins. Some areas only require a probe and a screwdriver. But in tough terrain, you may need a small hand shovel or a serrated digger. Serrated diggers, like the Lesche Digging Tool and the Garrett Edge Digger are often a lifesaver when it comes to coin shooting. They are made of high-quality steel for strength and durability; and their serrated edges cut through weeds and brush. Both diggers also come with a sheath that hangs from a belt on your waist.
How to Skillfully Dig Up Coins
When digging up a coin, try not to stick your bare hand into the hole to feel around. Your target may turn out to be a piece of jagged metal. Instead, wear gloves and use your digging tool to bring the soil and target to the surface. Most detectorists like to use the “flap” method to dig up a coin. Using a trowel, cut out three sides of a square into the grass, digging about 3 or 4 inches deep. Then, you use your digging tool to lift the flap up and expose the hole. This leaves one side of the square attached to the rest of the grass, so some of the roots remain intact. This leaves less visible damage and the grass will grow back easily. At this point, you can sift through the soil until you spot your target. Or, as many seasoned hobbyists suggest: a handheld pinpointer makes easy work of finding a coin. Pinpointers, such as the Garrett Pro-Pointer AT and Makro Pointer can be used inside your hole to locate the target or when searching through mounds of dirt you’ve already dug. Upon recovering a coin, do not rub the coin between your fingers. Most soils contain a lot of sand and silica which will scratch the surface. Lastly, be sure to go over the area again with your detector. Some coins are part of a “pocket spill” and it may just be your lucky day!
Got a great “coin find” story to share? Be sure to post your story and a photo of your find on “My Metal Detector Finds.” Here, you can read about amazing finds posted by everyday detectorists. The stories are fascinating and they’ll inspire you to get out treasure hunting!
If you’ve just purchased or received your first metal detector during the holiday season: Congratulations! You are about to embark upon the most exciting hobby of your life! The first order of business is to read over your owner’s manual and detect a little bit in your own yard. Secondly, you should consider what other equipment you may need to make your detecting adventures easier and more successful.
Although most accessories are optional, there are definitely tools that make this hobby more enjoyable. Among them, you will need some kind of digger to retrieve your finds. Some detectorists use diggers as simple as a screwdriver or small gardening tool, but when you are recovering deep treasures in rough turf, you may need a full-sized detecting shovel. Hand-held pinpointers make finding coins and relics a lot faster. Most detectors have a pinpoint mode, but the hand-held units fit easily inside the hole as you dig, making for speedy target retrieval. Headphones not only save on your battery power, but they allow you to hear faint signals—which is really important!
Metal Detecting Pinpointers
A small pinpointing probe is one of the most useful pieces of equipment that you can carry. Pinpointers are little detectors in themselves; and their job is to check the inside of your hole to precisely locate the target you are digging. Metal detecting pinpointers save you time and frustration, along with objects that you would otherwise lose. You’ll hear stories from other detectorists about targets they couldn’t find after extensive searching and why they never leave home without a pinpointer. The Garrett Pro-Pinpointer II and Garrett Pro-Pointer AT are excellent models as well as the Makro Pointer and White’s Bullseye TRX.
Hand-Held Diggers and Shovels
You really can’t do without some type of a digger when metal detecting. Remember—holes need to be dug conspicuously and thoroughly covered up afterwards. This is especially true when digging on private property! Detectorists are always worried about fellow hobbyists ruining the future of detecting by leaving messes and holes behind. Diggers come in many shapes and sizes, from small hand trowels to industrial garden spades. They are normally made of stainless steel, either with the head welded to the shaft or made all in one. It’s important to use a sharp implement that will do the job and will not leave you with an unwieldy hole…The ideal size for the blade is about 4 inches across, and about 5-6 inches high. Among the most popular diggers is the Lesche digger with a serrated edge—it is designed to easily cut through roots and tough ground conditions.
Headphones should always be used as they enable you to hear the faint signals; not just the obvious loud ones. Detecting without headphones in public areas may disturb other people and draw attention to yourself. There are many high-quality detecting headphones on the market, and they are very affordable. Experts recommend buying the best pair you can afford without breaking the bank. You’ll find a variety of metal detecting headphones at all different price points.
Belt Pouches and Kneepads
A pouch that has a few different compartments is very handy as you don’t want your good finds mixed up with junk targets. Hobbyists often say they keep coins in one pocket, relics and other items in the other and tools in the third pocket. Also, a few small plastic bags are useful for smaller, valuable finds. Many detectorists recommend kneepads for kneeling down on rocky or rough ground. It really depends on your digging style, and you’ll discover what works best for you as you get into the hobby!
Metal Detecting 101 – The “Halo Effect”
There is a certain adrenaline rush when your detector finally emits a strong signal after hours of hunting. Now it’s time to recover your treasure. You dig up a plug of soil and start scanning the plug with your detector. If it responds to the plug, it is usually easy work to break the dirt apart until your target is located. If you do not get a response on the plug, then it is time to scan the hole. If your metal detector gives you a response on the hole, continue using your digging tool to remove small chunks of dirt from the hole. You can take individual handfuls of dirt and wave them in front of your search coil until you have located a piece of treasure. But what happens if your metal detector has signaled, but you can’t seem to find the target in your plug or in the hole? Don’t give up looking, whatever you do! A great find may still be within arm’s reach, however elusive it may be.
The “Halo Effect”
Metal detecting hobbyists get stumped when they’ve done all this recovery work and still come up empty-handed. Interestingly, there is such a thing as the “halo effect,” which amplifies a target—but makes pinpointing difficult. The halo effect is a process that happens when a metal object is buried in the ground for a long period of time. Ions from the metal oxidize and seep into the surrounding dirt, making the target seem bigger. This can cause small targets to seem like large signals, but it is also the reason older targets can be easier to locate than new ones. Veteran treasure hunters report encountering coins that gave a signal MANY times—only to disappear when trying to retrieve them. Their advice is to dig down further until you find the coin or other item. There is a really good chance it is still in the hole!
Here’s Why Hobbyists Carry a Garrett Pro Pinpointer
There are other scenarios that can make it hard to find a target. You may have knocked the target on its side while digging; or in sand or soft soil, the target may be sinking each time you dig. If your metal detector has a pinpoint mode, try that, before you give up. Searching endlessly for a target is extremely frustrating. It’s times like this when you really need a pinpointer! You see, the halo effect has been broken when you cut a plug of soil. Therefore, your detector no longer sees the target. However, a small hand-held metal detector—such as the Garrett Pro Pinpointer may be your answer. This tool easily fits into any size hole and features side scanning capabilities. The Garrett Pro-Pointer alerts you to your target with an audio indicator and the handle vibrates. The audio sounds a series of beeps that get faster as the pinpointer gets closer to the coin or object. The same goes for the vibration feature, which increases as you get closer to your target. You’ll be glad you have a trusty pinpointer when the treasure is at hand.
Garrett gives you choice with two pinpointers that include the weatherproof Garrett Pro-Pointer II and the orange waterproof Pro-Pointer AT. Simplicity is what you will notice on the Pro-Pointers and also, on all Garrett metal detectors that the company produces. Ease of operation, yet with features to grow into as you gain experience in the field.
Double and Triple-Check Your Hole When Retrieving a Target
Don’t forget that there are often multiple targets in one hole. Experts say this happens all the time—whether it’s a small cache or coins were in a container that spilled or disintegrated. You never know why, but one target can indicate more in the same vicinity. One detectorist reports finding $12 in quarters in the same hole!
Find Target Recovery Tools at MetalDetector.com
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A hand-held metal detector pinpointer will not only speed your recoveries, but will also keep you from damaging your finds in the hole. This new video is a primer that goes hand-in-hand with our article and guide, What are the Best Metal Detector Pinpointers? This video looks at the benefits of using a metal detector pinpointer and the types of features you can choose from. Enjoy the video and feel free to contact us with any questions or help in selecting or comparing the best metal detector pinpointer for you.
Right here at MetalDetector.com, you can read some of the best metal detecting finds stories in our My Metal Detector Finds section. You may also enter your own My Metal Detector Finds story from July 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015 for a chance to win a MakroPointer, a hand-held Pinpointer. Be sure to submit your best find for your metal detecting story. You can include multiple photos and even a creative video with your submission. Once your story is published, you can share it socially or by email with your friends.
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Whether your metal detector has a built in pinpointer feature or not, we highly advise you to carry a hand held, electronic pinpointer with you on all of your metal detecting excursions as well. Here’s why –
1. Hand held pinpointers are easier to use than the pinpointer on your metal detector while you’re actively digging up a target.
2. They also zero in on a more direct target area than your machine even when using the smallest search coil to help decrease your target retrieval time.
3. An electronic pinpointer will decrease your digging time too; something every metal detectorist is always hoping for!
4. Using a hand held pinpointer helps make unearthing your treasures safer. The more you know about where the treasure is, the less likely you are to nick, scratch or otherwise damage it.
5. And, metal detecting is less taxing to the land you’re metal detecting when you use an electronic pinpointer. The more precise you can be the less you have to dig.
There are a variety of different types of metal detecting pinpointers to choose from. To find the best hand held pinpointer, consider where you do most of your metal detecting. If you like to go near the water, you’ll want a water resistant device, if you’re out hunting for gold you may want a more rugged pinpointer. From here, you’ll want to consider size, depth rating, and other more specialized features like these. For more on how to find the right pinpointer to meet your needs, please read our article “What are the Best Metal Detector Pinpointers” as well as these other related articles: