By avoiding these common mistakes, new detectorists can increase their odds of success in the field.
There are many different types and levels of metal detectors, from entry level detectors to advanced metal detectors. One common mistake that new detectorists make is buying a detector that is too complicated for their skill level.
This can cause most new detectorists to get frustrated and give up. They get overwhelmed with the settings on their detector, and may even make their machines unstable from making a bunch of adjustments to the settings while not really understanding what each setting does. The best plan of action for a new detectorist is to start out with an entry or mid level detector, and keep it simple at first.
Some veterans say that you should buy whatever detector you can afford, but that isn’t always the best policy for the reasons mentioned above. When you were 15 years old and ready to drive, you were not ready for a Formula 1 race car yet because you weren’t advanced enough yet to drive a race car.
There is something to be said about the old adage “K.I.S.S” or Keep It Simple Silly… When first starting out in metal detecting you want to focus more on finding good targets and less time learning a ton of settings on a metal detector. As you advance in your level of understanding your metal detector, you will know when it is time to upgrade your machine.