Metal detector electronics has become a hobby that many enjoy. Those who would like to get the most out of their metal detecting understand a few tips and techniques that really bring in a greater reward. First, understanding that each metal detector on the market will have its own absolute maximum depth that is based on a couple of factors.
The electronic circuitry of the machine as well as the physical makeup and the diameter of its search coil. More experienced hunters understand that the way to finding the best treasures with metal detector electronics involves a keen eye, observant ear and a more comprehensive understanding of the machine itself.
Slow and steady is usually the name of the game but finding the right balance is key. It's tempting to begin by swinging your coil and being impatient about finding things, but going slow enables a deeper signal. How do you find the right speed for your particular metal detector electronics?
Simply place a coin on the ground and then experiment with different speeds. As you do this, be sure to hold the loop low to the ground. Anything more than an inch above and you're losing an inch of depth in your search.
Having a coil cover is important, because it's an investment that will protect your coil from damage while you gain much needed depth. Also remember to keep the distance short, because this will help you maintain control of your metal detector electronics.
As you swing your detector, note how far off the ground it tends to go at the end- this is where many hunters miss out and lose a great deal of depth. Move your whole arm, but don't bend at the wrist and keep your metal detecting parallel to the ground for the duration of your swing.
Though many detectors have variable discrimination, always use the minimum. Gold, in particular can be missed out on because of this. Keeping your discrimination at a minimum is a helpful way to ensure that you never miss a thing.
However, if you find yourself in a situation where you do need a higher level, such as junk conditions, you can tweak your discrimination a bit. Take a pull tab and put it on the ground. As you move the coil over it, increase your discrimination level so that it either stops all together or stutters. Though you'll miss out on nickels, this will eliminate junk and other problems, while still helping you find more coins.
Invest in some good headphones. You will want to purchase the kind that are larger and cover your ears because they help you to hear the deeper, more weak signals you may otherwise miss.
When looking into headphones for your metal detector electronics, look for individual volume control on each earpiece as well as a mono/stereo switch. If you're in doubt about what headphones will work best with the model that you have, you can always ask your metal detector dealer which type they recommend.
These are just a few of the best techniques that experienced hunters use to make the most of their metal detector electronics. If you find that you're someone who tends to miss out on all the good stuff while those around you pull in great treasures, try a few of these tips in your metal detecting.
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