Post By JT1080
Oct 07, 2012, 02:29 PM
Second time out, first finds (no pics)
Went out for my second time today.
My first try was at was apparently a deserted beach, or maybe I just didnt have my detector setup properly. Today my girlfriend and I went to a local park. I hit the swingsets, the ends of all the slides and some of the grass area. I didnt find anything spectacular, two bobby pins, a modern quarter, a few very small tin foil balls and a buncha trash. While the finds were not great, I learned a LOT about my detector and I'm sure I'll really like the hobby, I cant wait to go out again tomorrow!
Anywho, thanks for reading.
Oct 08, 2012, 04:35 PM
Bobby pins? If you can't descriminate out iron, you're going to have a long day at the park or beach. The only time I want to find iron is either when I'm looking for a stainless ring or relics.
Oct 08, 2012, 05:35 PM
My detector has descrimination features but I've been diging all targets, using all metal mode, as an exercise to learn how to use it. From what I've been reading, it's good practice for a beginner. One day as I become more advanced, and comfortable in the use of my machine, I can begin to learn the extra stuff it has to offer. I hope one day to use it to find gold nuggets, which I understand is pretty hard, so I'm trying to educate myself the best I can and get as much time under my belt as possible.
Oct 09, 2012, 04:17 PM
Ya know, I've been thinking about what you're saying, I decided to re-read about the learning curve and i'm finding conflicting info on the better way to learn. Either all-metal mode and dig all targets or using discrimination mode ans be selective on what i dig. What are the recommendations here? I'm obviously new to the hobby.
Oct 15, 2012, 10:54 AM
All metal is OK for now , but what we need is more info on the type of machine you are using, coil size ect ? Sensitivity is a area you need to learn. Swing speed ? Discrimination is a must if you dont want to waste time on booby pins Try some old homesteads, the parks are normally riddled with junk. Spend your time in the front yards, under the areas the old clothes lines might have been, along sidewalks or out houses.When you get better hit the parks when you can discriminate better, don't get yourself discouraged in you breakin period ! LOL we do need more info then we can help on settings and things that might really help you out. BUT NOTHING TAKES THE PLACE OF TIME IN THE FIELD WITH YOUR MACHINE !
Oct 16, 2012, 07:33 AM
Thanks for the reply, Grizzly.
I use a Garrett Scorpion Gold Stinger with the stock 5"x10" DD crossfire coil. I've watched countless videos on yourtube in reguards to swing speed and the basics of detecting. I can't be for sure if I have the speed correct as I dont know anyone else into the hobby. I do feel like I learn more each time I go out, though.
Oct 16, 2012, 02:24 PM
Do not forget me 24601
Sounds like you are doing fine. You might want to add a bit of discrimination. Enough so you can find a nickel. That way you'll mostly eliminate iron and foil. (Though foil likes to pretend, especially if it's tightly packed into a ball etc.) But you'll still be able to find most gold jewelry.
Originally Posted by JT1080
You'll find some areas are always giving. Others you'll fight to find a penny. And others that are so-so one visit, and just filled with coins and other goodies the next. Oh and I always check the area 10 ft or so in front, center, and 10 ft or so behind swing sets first. I've found multiple coin spills in and around swing sets. Don't forget to scan under the big playground structure...you'd be surprised at just how much can be hiding under them.
Don't forget the bus loading and unloading zones if you are at a school!
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