The Excitement of Metal Detecting
It is the human spirit to explore, strive, discover & turn every rock looking to see what is there. For some of us the rock turning is literal, & so too is the eternal desire to find something really cool or valuable. The hope is to find ones fortune, to discover the undiscovered, be successful & for some it is a way to fund a lifestyle that is deeply ingrained.
Outdoor people are born & nurtured to be outdoor people but as they get older the extreme sports can be a bit taxing for old joints. So what becomes of older outdoor people? Well, many of them are still there in the outdoors living the lifestyle they love, maintaining their health & staving off the ravages of old age by embracing an unusual activity using metal detectors.
Whether it is the daily hunt for coins on our thousands of kilometres of inhabited coastline or a plunge into some of the most desolate & remote areas of our continent’s interior, you will find someone with a metal detector. Younger devotees even make a career of it as professional prospectors. For some it is a hobby, for others the lure of the hunt & the riches to be found is about living the dream. For some it is the escape from the rat race & for others a practical means in difficult economic times to maintain a lifestyle or just stay afloat.
Is finding a lump of native gold unearthed from the dirt exciting? You bet it is. Gold fever is real! At over $1500AU an ounce it will give you an income, supplement the pension or your wages for a better quality of life very well. Make no mistake about the ability of the old beach comber we have all seen. Picking up a $100 or more a week of lost coins, jewellery or metal possessions can produce a nice little addition to the meagre fixed income of the pension & provide a great outdoor experience for the soul as well. But you don’t have to be old to do this. Nor do you need to be fully fit. People with disabilities can do this activity. It is not gender specific & kids just love the hunt. Maybe getting a bit older is truly a chance to relive ones all too short childhood. Regardless, people search for gold, coins, caches or relics for many different reasons. More recently we have seen the rise in interest of people searching for meteorites.
Just imagine for a moment if your kids spent the day along a popular beach with their metal detector looking for coins. Suddenly the fun is producing pocket money & the activity has pulled them away from the screens & into the fresh air. There is no age limit on this, just the fun of digging up cool, lost stuff. But there are detectors & there are “detectors”. How does one ever sort out which is the best. The price varies widely, the technology is very different in some detectors & the purpose has become an important factor.
When considering which detector will suit you there are 4 considerations & they must be addressed in this order:
- What am I going to be doing with my detector? What will I be looking for?
- Where do I live [as this will strongly influence the type of detecting I will do mostly]? Where will I be?
- How much time am I going to spend doing this activity? [1 Saturday per month or maybe 6 days per week?]
- How big is my budget?
As you can see money is NOT the first consideration. There are cheaper & more expensive detectors & they all exist because each model is right for someone but there is no one size fits all.
Generally, the first question answered tells us whether you are a treasure hunter, gold prospector or perhaps a bit of both. The second question will strongly influence what you buy because your environment is a fixed variable [unless you are nomadic]. The third questions measures your commitment level because it MUST be answered before you ask the last question which is about your budget. If you are going to be prospecting for gold in Western Australia 6 days per week for 7 months of the year, a $200 starter off VLF detector will be a poor choice. By the same token, a $9,500 pulse induction detector would be completely wrong for a pensioner on a fixed income who lives by the beach & wants to do a bit of coin hunting a couple of time per month. There are also a few people who sit around the middle & want a general purpose detector that is capable but not necessarily a master at anything specifically. These exist too.
So here is my suggestion. Research the internet [manufacturer websites etc]. Youtube is great for opinion from the masses. Forums are great for asking specific questions & gleaning a sampling of opinion also. Talking to a seller of detectors will also provide a different perspective. Reading reports, field tests etc to see how that fits in with the other info will help. But, talking to someone who has been doing it a long time is often the most real information you will get.
Goanna Gold Detectors was established in 2007 by Bob & Judy Buss because they are the “prospecting people for prospecting people” & with almost 40 years of experience they are leaders in the field of metal detecting. They have a retail business in Greta NSW but service the nation by helping people reach for their dreams & goals online, in person, with field training days, with information, with organized campouts, treasure hunts & with top of the line products that they know well. It has been their passion & they are well suited to nurture this passion in others too.
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