Video: Metal Detector Swinging Technique – Beginner’s Need to See!

On your first metal detecting outing, you may have found a few coins, nails and metal debris. You might not be excited, but there’s a reason why! Don’t get discouraged. Your swing technique really IS important! Here are 4 expert “Swing Technique” tips:

  1. Keep your search coil as close to the ground as possible. Swing parallel to the ground. The biggest mistake is swinging like a pendulum or an ark. You will miss targets this way.
  2. Swing slow. Each pass should be at least 2-4 seconds.
  3. Overlap swings to make sure you don’t miss valuable targets.
  4. To guarantee you are covering the most ground, go over the ground in the opposite direction in a grid like fashion with your detector.


Here are Three Beginner’s Whites Metal Detectors:

  1. Whites CoinMaster Metal Detector
  2. Whites TreasureMaster Metal Detector
  3. Whites TreasurePro Metal Detector


*Video Courtesy of Whites Metal Detectors


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Want the Best Metal Detecting Locations? Check with a Real Estate Agent!

Local experts are able to point you to new sites to go metal detecting.

Local experts are able to point you to new sites to go metal detecting.

We always talk about doing site research before setting out with a metal detector. This is because you will be more informed about the area you’re searching and what you’re searching for. Before devoting time aimlessly swinging your detector, why not check the local library for historical information about your city? The librarian can direct you to the “town room,” or section of the library with historical maps, surveys and deeds. Then you can pinpoint the sites of old homesteads and municipal buildings. Detecting these locations gives you a better chance of finding relics and other treasure.

Get Leads & Detailed Information by Asking Real Estate Agents & Contractors!

Want to get really creative about finding great treasure spots?  Detectorist and author, Phil Goodson, Sr. suggests finding real estate agents in your area. Maybe you know of an agent. If  not, ask your friends and acquaintances for their real estate contacts. They have unlimited access to property information—both past and present—which is why they’re so knowledgeable about neighborhoods. Agents can tell you how old homes are in your area and even a homeowner’s name and address. This will be extremely helpful if you need to get permission to search the property. There’s a TON of detailed information that is open to the public, but most people don’t know how to get it.

Don’t forget contractors for “insider” information. Contractors know when and where digging and construction is happening. They can tell you when businesses and homes were built. And possibly most important, they know if the dirt was brought in from another location. If it’s dirt from an old homestead of farm, there’s your next search location! Spring Sale on Metal Detectors 2017

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How to Recover Elusive Targets & the Garrett Pro Pointer Pinpointer

Metal Detecting 101 – The “Halo Effect”

Metal detecting and the Halo Effect. Learn what it is, why it occurs and how to successfully retrieve your targets.

Metal detecting and the Halo Effect. Learn what it is, why it occurs and how to successfully retrieve your targets.

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

Garrett Pro-Pointer II Pinpointer

Garrett Pro-Pointer II 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 ProPointer AT Pinpointer

Garrett Pro-Pointer AT Pinpointer

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

You will find just about every type of target recovery tool at Just click on the Browse Shop tab in the top navigation, and you can Shop Accessories. There are subheads for each accessory category, making it easy to find what you’re looking for.

To learn more about the safe recovery of coins and other valuables, be sure to read the following articles from our Learning Library:

What are the Best Digging Trowels and Shovels for Metal Detecting?

What are the Best Metal Detector Pinpointers?


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New Video: Digging Clean Plugs while Metal Detecting

This “Top Tip” video from 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.

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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.

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How to Find Coins with a Metal Detector

Metal Detecting for Coins, Beginners Tips from

There are many, many coins out there that people have lost over the years just waiting to be found.  If you have a metal detector, you can be the person who unearths them.  The best coin hunting metal detector will feature a medium search coil, a good target identification system, a built in pinpointer, and while not needed for all areas, a ground balance control so you can search successfully even in highly mineralized soils.

Local Metal Detecting Sites

After you’ve selected your machine, you’ll want to find a good spot to search for coins.  People lose money nearly everywhere.  The more popular the place, the higher the likelihood you might find coins there.  Consider how many people visited the location in the past as well as today.  The older the coins the more they’re worth, so searching the parks, drive-ins, swimming holes, and other places like these that were frequented in days gone by can yield some very interesting metal detecting finds.  Other tips for coin shooting with a metal detector can be found in these articles from our learning library:

What are the Best Metal Detectors for Finding Coins?

Tips for Finding Coins in Your Own Neighborhood

How to Get Started With a Metal Detector – The Best Metal Detectors for Beginners Blog: a Reading Lounge for Detectorists

As you surf the web, there are many blogs dedicated to the passion of metal detecting. The blog is that and so much more—it is a single blog destination with a wealth of articles specific to detectors and treasure hunting. A resource-rich niche blog catered specifically to metal detector enthusiasts,’s blog is the one to bookmark. With several different expert contributors, it’s almost like getting one-on-one coaching from a detectorist with years of field experience.

The blog is updated frequently and covers the whole scope of treasure hunting topics, new product announcements, equipment field tests/reviews and articles written for all types of users—such as beginners to the hobby. All archived articles are searchable 3 ways: scroll through the categories on the right-hand navigation, browse recent posts or search by month and year. According to Daniel Bernzweig, his team really enjoys maintaining the blog. “When you are writing about a topic you genuinely care about, it comes through in your posts. Your readers will be able to see instantly that you know what’s important to them. We’re all on the same page.” One other feature found on each blog post, are icons for you to easily share with friends and family via Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or email.

Blog Categories and Recent Articles

Articles in the blog space are archived for easy retrieval. Simply select from the blog categories below and you can scroll through until you find the information you’re interested in.

New Products: experts stay on top of all of the latest detector equipment and accessories. Find details on new metal detectors as soon as it’s available. Recent post: The new Makro Pointer Waterproof Pinpointer

How-to Tips & Advice: Here, you’ll find the latest metal detecting tips and how-to advice. Recent post: How Metal Detecting Can Teach Us About History

Customer Finds: Reinvigorate your passion for metal detecting with stories about treasure finds from customers from all around the world. Recent post: Check Out My Metal Detector Finds Section For Great Treasure Finds Stories

Product Reviews: Field tests and reviews on the latest models are all housed in this category. Recent post: Bounty Hunter Platinum: One Detector that Does it All!

Special Promotions: All of our sales and promos, current bonus offers, bargains, discounts & more can be found here. Recent post: Annual Holiday Sale on Metal Detectors 2014

News: Stay on top of the latest treasure news—we glean facts & information from a wide variety of metal detecting manufacturers and organizations. Recent post: Find Fellow Metal Detectorists With the Club Finder

Metal Detectors are Ideal for Seniors with Free Time

Metal Detectors for Seniors

We can help seniors find the right metal detector that best fits their treasure hunting needs.

Many retirees find themselves with nothing to do and all day to do it. If you have extra time on your hands, it puts you in a great position to take up the hobby of metal detecting. Carefully scanning a park or campsite or combing the beach for treasure takes time—which is stretched thin for a majority of the population. Those who are fortunate enough to have free time should seriously consider purchasing a metal detector (or suggest it as a gift). Treasure hunting can add variety, excitement and adventure to your life!

“… look for a model that is lightweight with at least a few added features. This will set you up for success without going overboard …”  Michael Bernzweig of

Seniors/retirees can read about hidden treasure and long lost caches, research their locations; then, set out with a metal detector in hot pursuit. What type of metal detector is best suited for seniors? Michael Bernzweig of offers his advice: “If you’re just starting out, look for a model that is lightweight with at least a few added features. This will set you up for success without going overboard. Turn-on-and-go detectors are a great option for seniors.” Popular features include target identification display, a large easy-to-read LCD screen, visual depth indicator and multi-tone audio target identification. Learn about the benefits of metal detecting and types of detectors in our hand written article entitled Why Metal Detecting is the Perfect Hobby for Seniors.

One last item we would like to touch upon. Many have the idea that people who metal detect are mostly retirees or mostly kids and children. Well the fact is that the average age of metal detectorists is around 36 years old. So yes, it is seniors, kids and everyone in between who enjoys the thrill of a metal detector and the excitement it brings to life.


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Deep Seeking Detectors Find Buried Treasure

Deep Seeking Metal Detectors

When trying to find treasures buried deep within the ground, you'll need a deep seeking metal detector that can help you locate it.

Have you happened upon an exciting tip regarding the whereabouts of a buried treasure also known as a treasure cache? It may be the opportunity of a lifetime! With the right equipment, it’s possible to unearth enviable treasure. Obviously, caches exist in all different shapes and sizes; it depends on who buried their treasure and what the circumstances were. If you anticipate that the cache is deeply buried, you’ll need a deep-seeking or two-box metal detector. Daniel Bernzweig of offers this advice, “Try to determine the depth of the cache. Within an arm’s length seems to be most frequent. However, over time, caches have been recovered from depths different than where they were originally buried.”

Deep-seeking and two-box metal detectors will generate the best results for anything buried deeper than 1 meter. A ground two-box metal detector can penetrate the earth using special search coils that transmit signals. Once the signal reaches the treasure, it bounces back to the metal detector, which pinpoints the location. Learn more about deep search metal detectors and their specialized purposes by reading: What are the Best Two Box and Deep Metal Detectors? This article details how to go about searching for a treasure cache and walks you through which deep seeking metal detectors will help you get the job done.

Bring Your Metal Detector Along when Geocaching

Metal Detectors for Geocaching

Metal detectors have become a great tool for people getting into geocaching as it provides them with another tool to use while hunting for treasure.

The sport of geocaching is catching on like wildfire throughout the USA and worldwide. It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to get started with geocaching if you’re interested. All you need to do is 1. Visit geocaching websites to learn a bit about how it works. 2. Select a specific geocache and get the GPS coordinates. 3. Locate the geocache—put your name in the logbook and document the time/date in the website log. Not only is locating a geocache a personal achievement, the sport evokes a sense of community. Geocachers are all logging the same finds; they also help each other with traveling to geocaching locations.

There are several reasons why geocachers like to utilize metal detectors while they are out on a mission. For one thing, it can speed up the treasure hunting process when you are so close but just can find the cache. Metal detectors can help locate the geocaching coins that many times are buried with a cache.

Geocaching and Family Fun

Geocaching is exciting, even more so when done as an outing with the whole family. Bringing a metal detector along will help to pique the interest of all members of your family no matter which activity they get involved with. When geocaching or metal detecting as a family, you will be sharing an adventure and making memories that you will treasure for years to come. For even more fun, let’s combine geocaching and camping. There is an RV camping resort that just wrote a blog post about geocaching and camping called “GPS Treasure Hunting – A Camper’s Guide to Geocaching“.

Michael Bernzweig of says Geocaching or camping alone are great hobbies shared by many of our customers. When you combine them with the hobby of metal detecting, all in one, the possibilities will seem endless Michael suggests you learn more about metal detectors and geocaching by reading two insightful articles that we have written: Metal Detectors are Useful in Geocaching and Geocaching with a Metal Detector.