Treasure hunting using metal detectors is a great outdoor activity which can be a hobby, as well. The excitement of finding your own treasure gives you a sense of adrenalin in finding old, but valuable, stuff. This characteristic of this hobby can also bring you good income. One important part of the metal detector is the face plate. The face plate is where the different controls of the detector are situated. They differ on usage based on the manufacturer of the device.
- Follow the manual of your metal detector on the instructions on how to hold it and look for the face plate. It is usually where the controls are located on order to operate the detector. It is easy to see and mostly located near on where you are holding it.
- Turn on the device with a clasp or turn the face plate knob.
- The type and number of control of the metal detector depends on the manufacturer and the cost of a specific model or type. The two common controls or metal detectors are usually sensitivity and discrimination.
- Set the sensitivity of your metal detector by turning the knob labeled "sensitivity" on the face plate. The setting ranges from 0 to 10. The sensitivity can establish whether you can find a coin or a ring.
- Set the discrimination of your metal detector to screen such stuff as iron tacks and other bits and pieces with metal properties that you do not want to find.
- Set the mode of your metal detector. Some metal detectors allows your to set the mode by letting you set it on "gold mode," for example, if you want look for gold items. Always check your manual on how to specifically use this feature and other specifications of your metal detector.
If your metal detector doesn't work properly, make sure it has enough battery charge. Also, make sure you're working in an area where you can easily find metallic objects stuck under the ground. For example, it's best to use metal detectors on beaches or empty lots. Using these on roads and indoors might not be as fun, as you would be catching all sorts of metallic objects.
Metal detectors are a reliable companion in your treasure hunting. Operator skills and familiarity are the only limiting factors that you may encounter, though. But with the right practice, and the means to read results on your metal detector, you can be successful with this hobby. When you first receive your metal detector, make sure to follow the quick start tests and tuning procedures included on the manual. Then, test the device in on your backyard or lawn.
After using your metal detector, keep the device properly and protect it from dust, extreme temperature and humidity. Always clean it with a soft cloth as often as you can. Taking good care of your device allows you to enjoy this hobby for a long, long time. Good luck and happy treasure hunting!