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Metal detecting is a fun and profitable hobby. It sounds like a lot of fun to me. Finding lost treasures, helping others who have lost treasures, walking in the outdoors — all of these are part of this fascinating hobby.
Getting the Right Equipment
My original thought was that you could buy whatever metal detector the local hobby shop had and then head out to the nearest empty lot to start finding fun stuff. It turns out there’s a lot more to this hobby than that. It actually requires learning, practice, and making some interesting decisions.
The first bit of education required involves the type of equipment you need to acquire. It turns out there are different pieces of equipment depending on what you’re looking for and where.
According to Clive of hobbyhelp.com/metal-detecting/ there are different quality of detectors, as well as different types of coils for detectors. These coils are different, depending on where and what you are looking for.
Useful Additional Equipment to Take with You
You will also need a hand digger to get to your found treasure. This needs to be used with care if you are not on your own land. A bag to hold your finds makes it easier to continue after a find. A pinpointer to really home in on a found object is also necessary. Additional coils, coil cover to protect the of your detector, and a bag made for carrying your detector and other equipment are all useful.
Check Laws That May Apply to the Location You Are Hoping to Search
Another point made is that legalities count. Some areas (like National Parks) are legally protected against metal detectors. It is, in fact, illegal to hunt for or move or take any artifact. The penalties can be quite severe, so learn your legal responsibilities.
An interesting fact is that metal detecting on private land (with permission of the landowner) is in fact quite likely to be interesting and fun. It makes sense, since we often use the outdoors for running, jogging, walking or bike riding. These activities can jog loose everything from jewelry to coin purses, all waiting for your sensitive search efforts.
For Fun and Profit
So, where’s the profit, if you’re prone to find fun but not valuable treasures? One easy way to make a few bucks is to offer to help others find valuables or emotionally treasured items that they’ve misplaced. You would get the fun of searching, as well as, the possibility of the joy of returning their treasure to them.
A Fun and Profitable Hobby
This is just a quick post to point you towards the fun and profit that might await the new metal detectorist. I hope you will check out the above link and use Google or other search engines to find other, more complete resources. More than anything, I hope you find a new activity that brings your both pleasure and profit!