While all click will detect different types of metal, Minelab metal detectors are premium performance machines designed for specific purposes. Whether you are a serious gold prospector, coin and relic hunter or just looking for an adventure with the family, Minelab and Miners Den Australia are sure to have a product for you. Miners Den Australia specialises in the sale and service of Minelab’s premium range of metal detectors in Australia. Of the metal detectors we tested, the Bounty Hunter Titanium Camo was the best at estimating depth. This means the field is about half to two-thirds the coil’s diameter, making it more accurate deeper into the ground than a concentric coil.
They achieve great depth on soils with high mineralization and wet sands. Read the manufacturer’s booklet to make sure the whole detector is waterproof. Water resistant has the lowest water capability – it will keep the rain out and deal with damp grass.
Detection Consents and licences are only given to named individuals for specific sites. As a general rule, the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will not grant consents for the use and/or possession of metal detectors except to suitably qualified archaeologists or persons who will be working under professional on-site archaeological supervision. Under the National Monuments Acts 1930 to 2004 it is illegal to promote, whether by advertising or otherwise, the sale or use of detection devices for the purpose of searching for archaeological objects.
For instance, if you kept finding nails and soda can pull-tabs that were reading at target IDs between 25 and 35, you can use notching to eliminate that range of numbers and only get readings for values below or above. Discrimination comes in handy because it allows you to filter out metals you don’t want to find, like soda can pull tabs and other trash. But this round of testing was scheduled during wintertime, which meant we were fighting frozen ground, cold temperatures and snow outside of our lab.
There’s no quicker way to become frustrated with the hobby than buying a complicated detector you don’t understand. If no, then you’re probably going to want to start with an entry-level machine.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to cover large, open areas like beaches and farm fields, a larger coil might be a better option. The only real advantage it has over the DD (in my opinion) is that it can be easier to pinpoint your target.
Some experienced detectorists are willing to share their best hunting grounds. Go to places where you’re more likely to find objects such as the beach or a park, and do your research online.
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Before a Consent to use a metal detector is issued, the applicant will have to make clear that the use of the device is in accordance with best archaeological practice. Unless you have a licence from the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, it is also an offence to dig or excavate for the purpose of searching for archaeological objects, or anything of archaeological interest, even though you may not be using a metal detector.
One of our technicians brought in a similar piece from another metal detector, and we were able to test. We have to include the fact that this metal detector arrived at our lab missing a piece of the arm. The Garrett Ace 400 is a high-tech metal detector with a comprehensive control panel. We’ll point you to the metal detector that’s right for you.
If I decide to buy a detector I will post my observations also in this thread. There is a Garret AT PRO/GOLD version that costs about 600 euros and a cheaper one called ACE 250 (260 euros) that are said to have good price/quality.
A kilohertz or a kHz is the number of waves a metal detector can send into the soil. If you’re on highly mineralized ground, you’ll know because the detector will sound like a firework – turn down the sensitivity. That metal detector will end up flying off a cliff because it’s uncontrollable and really, really annoying. In highly mineralized soils detecting can be almost impossible because your machine is barraged with iron particles and screaming its head off with excitement. The worst mineral for metal detectorists is iron because it’s conductive and sets off your machine.