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Metal Detecting for the Beginner: 2nd Edition Paperback – May 10, 2010
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About the Author
Vince Migliore is a writer and researcher with an abiding interest in metal detecting. He has written several articles for hobbyist magazines, including Western and Eastern Treasures. The first version of this book (2009) has been the top seller in metal detecting for many months on Amazon.com.
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It has plenty of information pertaining to the selection and understanding of your first metal detector. It gives plenty of tips and many places to to continue your research. Many references to the detectors of today and mentions some from the past. It goes over all the subjects I could think of and then some. I found it to go about the critical information in several different angles to ensure all readers could understand it.
I love this book and now I know what metal detector to buy and exactly why!!
I already have scoped out sites to dig thanks to this book and YES! I DID FIND COINS IN MY OWN BACK YARD!
Being that I am a beginner I feel confident to recommend it to beginners. As to more advanced users... I will have to read it again a year or two from now to be able to give my opinion, lol.
Hope this helps, good luck and happy hunting!
The author walks you through the basics of how metal detectors work. There's some science involved, but truly, it will help you to grasp the basic principles. In fact, the author notes that "you WILL be gaining scientific knowledge" regarding weather, soil types, biology, physics, and electronics - and shows why, and where, this knowledge will help you find the 'loot.'
The discussion on digging tools is good, too, as well as other supplies you should bring along. (Kneepads? Well, yeah.)
The remainder of the book is dedicated to researching where to hunt. The number-one rule of this hobby is to "Search where lots of people have walked" - places where people congregate, both now and in the past. The tips include comparing current and old maps to find unexplored areas, perusing historical newspapers, seeking out old fair grounds and even just asking the locals where the old farms were. It's a bounty of good advice, and especially useful once you move beyond your town to unfamiliar areas.
This is the second edition of Vince Migliore's book, which - as explained in the product description - means an expanded discussion of Internet resources. This is also useful, though truthfully if you have basic research skills, you can find much of it yourself.
Time is money; this book will definitely help you make the most of your time - and, once you've got some experience, find the money.
I was hoping this book would help me make my mind up.
It did not although it gave me plenty of useful info, I ended up somehow unsatisfied.
The book gives lots of technical tips but where it fails in my opinion is to convince me that I am not going to waste a lot of time and money going for it. It does not really answer why the range of price is so large between detectors. Should I be ok with a $100 one or should I go straight to the $1500 one?
What is the history of metal detecting? Did anyone strike rich while doing it with a real treasure?
So, the book tells you the how fairly well but does not tell you the why or more specifically why not.
Oh yea, the kindle version does have some formatting issues ... All the apostrophes are quotation marks. Some of the paragraphs are combined ... Little pet peeve stuff like that. ;)