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This excellent  article is from the website Metal Detecting Hobby Talk.

Metal Detecting Etiquette                                                                        by Lee Wiese

Recreational Metal Detecting is becoming a very popular pastime as more
people enter retirement. Due to some great finds in England the hobby is getting
greater publicity though the news media, websites and of course YouTube
videos.  Many recreational metal detectorist developed their skills and ethics as
the hobby developed and matured, however, over the past few years many new
retirees have or are about to enter the hobby. These new hobbyist have no prior
experience or knowledge as to how to legally or actually practice metal detecting
in the field. This article will focus on just one aspect of the hobby - metal detecting

So what might be the definition of metal detecting etiquette?  

Etiquette for metal detecting can be defined as a form of ethical behavior
regarding metal detectorist responsibility, the actions of detectorist in their
dealings with each other, the use of land, abiding by the law, practicing correct
and acceptable social behavior in the field and by adhering to the Metal Detecting
Code of Ethics.
What Metal Detector Should I Get                                    By Patrick O'Masters
and what do I need to get started?

When metal detecting in the field I often encounter people interested in what I'm
doing. They usually ask questions about my best find or how metal detectors
work. Children often approach eager to find out what treasures I've found that day
or wanting to help in some way while their parents watch within earshot pondering
their own questions. I never mind a few questions and actually enjoy enlightening
folks to this great hobby.

Sometimes I encounter those who have decided that metal detecting is a hobby
they are considering and the questions lean more toward types and prices of
detectors or is one brand better than another. I almost always answer with a
couple of questions

What type of detecting do you plan to do? Often given puzzled looks, I will
continue by explaining that there are different types of metal detecting: electronic
gold prospecting, coin, beach, or relic hunting, underwater, cache hunting, or a
combination of some of these types. The type of detector you should buy is best
determined by the way you want to use your detector. What usually comes next is,
"How much is a metal detector?"

Metal detectors come are available in a wide price range depending on the type
of detector you need. For new detectorists I stand that it is best to start with a
reasonably-priced new detector until they decide that they enjoy the hobby. (it is
more work sometimes than it looks) There are also the costs of additional gear
and accessories (see below*) to consider when you begin detecting. Most
manufacturers have models suited for the beginning detectorist and like
automobiles, there are fans of different brands. Specialty detectors like
underwater or gold nugget-specific detectors tend to be a little (sometimes a lot)
more expensive. There are many good models suitable for multiple types of
detecting and the beginner may seem overwhelmed by all the choices.

With so many choices I always suggest visiting metal detecting hobbyist,
equipment manufacturer, and online dealer websites, joining a metal detecting
forum or two, or maybe even stopping in at a local dealer to comparison shop
and ask other customers about the products the shop is selling. In general,
detectorists are more than happy to share their knowledge with newbies and who
knows, a person may even up with finding an experienced detecting partner to
learn from.

Research is a big part of metal detecting and researching which metal detector to
buy is also a great learning experience. While price may not always be the
deciding factor on which detector is "the right one", shopping around will highlight
the many options available. Some dealers (both local and online) may also offer
free or discounted accessory items or training courses with your purchase which
can be a good deal if you are getting good accessories you already need.
(the best online detector
comparison tool I have found is on the Kellyco website)  

It never hurts to save a buck here and there when you can but buying a used metal
detector which may look like a sweet deal can really be a roll of the dice,
especially online from a stranger. It's always best that you know or trust the seller
and preferably have the opportunity to try out a used detector before plunking
down your hard-earned money. It's also worth considering things like product
warranty or the possibility that your machine may eventually need manufacturer
service. Local dealers will provide a one-on-one relationship and will often resell
good used machines taken in trade when a detectorist has decided it's time to

A used detector or less-expensive model from the local big box store may be
suitable for your needs but generally, the familiar detecting company names will
have a warranted machine suitable for your needs in a reasonable price range.

© 2014, AmericanMetalDetectorists .com

*Necessary accessory items:
Shovel and/or hand-digging tool
Pouch for finds and to carry out trash finds
Small drop cloth or towel to place dug soil while locating a target
Good-quality sand scoop (for beach hunting)

*Recommended accessory items:
A good-quality electronic pin-pointer
Knee pad(s)
Plastic shovel or scoop
Small container for special or fragile finds
Extra battery holder
First-aid kit

*other helpful accessory items
Magnifying glass or loupe
Pocket knife
Insect repellant spray
Tablet and pencil
Small pack to keep accessories in
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A great article for the new detectorist from the website

Metal Detecting Tips and detectors for beginners                  by Roger Barbrick

So you are interested in taking up metal detecting? You've seen the TV  shows,
you know friends that are into metal detecting, or you have just always wondered
about it (like I did), so you want to give it a try but you are not sure where to

What is the best metal detector for me to buy? This is the first question that
everyone usually asks me. Unfortunately, there is no one single answer for
everyone. Each metal detectorist is usually interested in a specific type of metal
detecting that cannot be met by one single detector. The best way to determine
what the best detector is for you is to evaluate what and where you want to be

After taking all of these things into consideration, then you will be able to find a
metal detector that fits your needs and your budget. Prices can range from $100
to $4000 so depending on what you can afford, will help you determine what
detectors you can even consider.
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Metal Detecting is a Lifestyle                                        By Patrick O'Masters

So you've decided that metal detecting is a hobby you want to get involved with.
You may have resurrected Dad's old detector from a dusty basement or were
sparked by one of the many television programs which have recently been airing
and have a nice new detector from the local big box store. Perhaps you did some
research on machines and have pulled the trigger on a model which will suit your
needs or you may even have been swinging your detector for a while and are
really getting the hang of it. Whatever your metal detecting level you will always
have questions. Beyond the need for simple information about how metal
detectors work and what to do with those knobs on the machine, detectorists are
always looking for tips on how to improve their “game”.

There is no better teacher than experience. Reading your machine's instructions
and hours of practicing with it will teach you a lot about how it works but nowhere
in those instructions will you learn how to find places where good targets are likely
to be found or how to narrow down a big stretch of beach when you only have a
few hours available to hunt. There are several places to get these type of
detecting questions answered from talking to that sunburnt fellow wearing plaid
shorts and headphones on the beach to some of the many metal detecting
websites and forums found on the interweb. Actually both these sources are great
ways to get advice (unless plaid shorts-guy doesn't want to be interrupted). If you
want to get good answers to your questions it is always best to seek the
knowledge of people who have real-world experience.

I began detecting only a few short years ago and fortunately have an experienced
detectorist as my mentor. Even so, we are both always looking for tips on how to
find more and better targets. We both belong to several detecting forums and web
groups where we have been happy to share what we have learned and are always
receptive to learning new things about the hobby. One of the most informative
sources I have found to get no-nonsense advice about metal detecting is an online
radio program called The Detecting Lifestyle Family. Every Tuesday night T.D.L.
F. spends about 90 minutes giving tips and advice on many detecting topics.
Hosts Dave McMahon and Leighton Harrington and a cast of some of the world's
foremost experts in metal detecting give great advice on myriad topics of interest
to the hobbyist and are happy to give in-depth answers to callers and online
queries. The station also includes an archive of past broadcasts. From their first
“glitchy” broadcast January 3, 2013 with hosts Dave, Dennis, and Kenny, the show
has blossomed into a top-notch informative resource for the detectorist.

Whether you are new to metal detecting or have been doing it for years, The
Detecting Lifestyle Family  radio show is one of the best places to get really useful
advice and great answers to your questions! You can hear their weekly broadcast
Tuesday nights at 8:30 p.m. eastern time on
1000 mikes or listen directly from the
radio widget right here on our website. You can also visit their facebook page        
to join the conversation.

Happy Hunting!