Post by payter on Sept 23, 2023 11:02:05 GMT
Hey all. Thinking about pulling the trigger and buying a metal detector.
I've been interested since I was a kid and remember getting my first toy one back in the 90s and searching around with my friends. I remember digging in their field for nigh on 2 days thinking we had found some big treasure chest or something only to discover a big sheet of tin from a shed buried about a foot down.
Bought a cheap Maplin one years later after taking up a bit of archery for the sole purpose of recovering arrows as they'd get lost in the grass. That one died before I could think to do anything else with it.
I decided it would be a great past time to pick up again but then the milk was soured when I read about all the rules and regulations around it now. I'm not looking to go finding buried treasure or anything like that. Id be happy just getting out in the fresh air and learning a new hobby. I'd be quite happy finding ring pulls and shotgun cartridges to be honest. I love my fishing so it's more about the thrill of the hunt for me.
I love technical stuff too so the idea of diving into a new technical hobby does it for me.
I understand that you can't go near monuments or historically significant which is fine by me as I've no interest in doing that and I think that's fair but is it right that everything pre 2000 is classed as archealogical? That seems crazy to me. I understand that law states if you find something of archealogical significance you have 96 hours to report it. So by right, if I found a 20p coin from 1999, regardless of I found it detecting or not, I have to report that? It really does look like a witch hunt. Is there any hope of these regulations being relaxed so people can enjoy the hobby?
I am very conscious of staying on the right side of the law and it's these regulations that are making me nervous and are preventing me from instantly buying a detector.
Detector wise, I am starting off at a beginner level but being technical I would prefer a detector with some bells and whistles that I can learn and tune so I am more inclinded to go for a more advanced model over a simpler one.
I see the Minelab Vanquish range is well recommended and the X Terra Pro too. It looks as though the X Terra Pro has a few more bells and whistles but lacks multifrequency which is a shame. I am tempted to jump up a level and go for something like the Equniox 600 or the Nokta Legend but am finding it difficult to decided. I see you can get a nice discount second hand so I would consider that too.
Any help would be welcome. Again, the regulations have made me a bit windy about the whole thing but if I knew I could go out on my own land or a friends land, away from anything historical and just swing away finding harmless bits and pieces without any trouble I'd do it in a heartbeat. Thanks for reading and hopefully I'll be joining the hobby soon.