Below are a few metal detecting tips that will hopefully help those taking up our incredible hobby. The metal detecting tips section has been added as a basic list of things to consider when thinking of buying a detector and the extra kit that may come in handy out in the field.

Buying A Metal Detector

Some things to consider before purchasing a metal detector:

  • What is your budget?
  • Where will you be metal detecting?
  • What are you searching for?
  • Are you technology savvy?
  • Are you able to use heavier detectors over long periods of time?
  • Are you tall? Is the detector stem a suitable length for your height?
  • Read reviews. Many forums offer excellent advice & it’s free!
  • Try before you buy (especially if your thinking on purchasing a more expensive machine)
  • Search for best possible price available!

Fisher F11

  • 3 Modes of Operation: JEWELRY, COIN, ARTIFACT
  • 4-Tone Audio-ID
  • Weight: 1.04 Kg

Fisher F11 Specs

There’s 6 levels of sensitivity / depth adjustments, plus a coin-depth gauge. The 3 modes of detecting include “JEWELRY”, “COINS”, “ARTIFACTS”. An additional this odel is very lightweight.

The Fisher F11 Metal Detector is a great metal detector that I love a lot. The first thing that I really like about this metal detector is how easy it was to put together, it literally only took me no more then ten minutes to assemble the Fisher F11 metal detector.

This metal detector is perfect to use for coin shooting, gold prospecting, and relic hunting, and I have personally found a lot of items using the Fisher F11 Metal Detector. I like the size of the Fisher F11 because it is perfect size and it is easy to store away.

The Fisher F11 is lightweight and very easy to carry around and use. I like a lot of the features that the Fisher F11 has and my favorite feature would be the large LCD screen because the screen provides numeric target identification screen, and this comes in handy often. The user interface is also very easy to use and I also like how great this metal detector can pinpoint coins and other metals, the accuracy is truly amazing.

The Fisher F11 metal detector runs smoothly and the battery life on the Fisher F11 is great and the metal detector has a long battery life. I also liked the affordability of the Fisher F11, because it was not really expensive and I felt that the few hundred dollars it cost was well worth the money. The metal detector is also very durable and it seems as if it is impossible to break the Fisher F11.

Before You Leave

What To Do Before Leaving For The Field:

  1. Research your site as much as you possibly can
  2. Check detector is in good order & battery levels are sufficient for your planned session time
  3. Check weather for day of planned session pack correct clothing for conditions expected
  4. If you detect alone tell someone where you are going & when to expect your return

Basic Kit for Metal Detecting

Some of the basics that may come in handy for beginners:

  • Plastic bags to cover detector if weather takes turn for the worse
  • Mobile phone
  • Sturdy footwear NO steel toe caps!
  • Spare alkaline batteries
  • Headphones
  • Trowel
  • Pinpointer
  • Water & soft brush for cleaning finds in the field
  • Small bags to protect items recovered
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Pen & paper
  • Hot drink
  • Lastly & most importantly don’t forget your detector!

Metal Detecting Tips

Basics that will improve find rate:

  • Set your detector correctly for the conditions your field presents
  • Use correct coil for ground conditions
  • Keep your coil as close to the surface as possible
  • Swing your coil slowly

Helpful Advice

As responsible detectorists please respect below:

  • Read & understand the Treasure Act Of 1996
  • Record position of finds
  • Report finds to your FLO
  • All land in the United Kingdom has an owner, whose permission is required before you can use a metal detector
  • REMEMBER it is illegal to use a metal detector on a scheduled ancient monument without permission from the necessary authorities

Mteal detecting UK - Nighthawking is a crime
Read & understand the Treasure Act Of 1996


The following finds are treasure under the TREASURE ACT Of 1996, if found after 24 September 1997. In the case of category 2, if found after 1 January 2003.

  • Any metallic object, other than a coin, provided that at least 10 per cent by weight of metal is precious metal (that is, gold or silver) and that it is at least 300 years old when found. If the object is of prehistoric date it will be Treasure provided any part of it is precious metal.
  • Any group of two or more metallic objects of any composition of prehistoric date that come from the same find (see below).
  • All coins from the same find provided they are at least 300 years old when found (but if the coins contain less than 10 per cent of gold or silver there must be at least ten of them). Only the following groups of coins will normally be regarded as coming from the same find:
    • hoards that have been deliberately hidden
    • smaller groups of coins, such as the contents of purses, that may been dropped or lost
    • votive or ritual deposits.
  • Any object, whatever it is made of, that is found in the same place as, or had previously been together with, another object that is treasure.
  • Any object that would previously have been treasure trove, but does not fall within the specific categories given above. Only objects that are less than 300 years old, that are made substantially of gold or silver, that have been deliberately hidden with the intention of recovery and whose owners or heirs are unknown will come into this category.

NOTE: An object or coin is part of the ‘same find’ as another object or coin if it is found in the same place as, or had previously been together with, the other object. Finds may have become scattered since they were originally deposited in the ground.

What Should I Do If I Find Something That May Be Treasure?

You must report all finds of treasure to a coroner for the district in which the item/s were found either 14 days after the day on which you made the discovery or within 14 days after you realised the find might be treasure.