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Metal Detecting Maine!

People often wonder why there is such a buzz about metal detecting and why more and more people take to the hobby each year. There is no real answer, but hopefully through this site and forum we can help others better understand the concept. Most detectorists simply enjoy finding a piece of history left behind to disintegrate in the ground. Imagine holding a button torn from a soldier’s uniform in the 1790s or a belt buckle from the same era, or even holding between your fingers a 1724 King George the 1st Half Penny. It actually makes you think about who worked the fields on which you currently stand with your detector, and all the more anxious to see if you can dig something up and actually hold it in your hands... it's never too late to give it a try. Here are a couple tips that might help you get started if you're new to the hobby:

Investing: You can begin detecting with a minimal investment. Detectors can be purchased for as little as $100 and as much as $1,000 or more. Many accessories are available to make your detecting experience more convenient but are not necessary to fully enjoy the hobby. Choosing which detector to buy is the most difficult task involved. Determine what your budget allows and shop within that price range. You can always upgrade at a later date.

Research: Beaches, school yards and parks are great places to detect, but if you are seeking relics and old coins, a little research is necessary. Detectorists enjoy researching the lands they plan to detect. History may have been their worst subject in school but today they are avid historians for their area. There are many, many ways to research your area. This topic has its own sub forum on the message board accompanying this site.

Information on this site will be continuously updated and the accompanying forum will offer a wealth of information. Feel free to sign up (there is no charge to become a member of the forum) and browse around. We welcome everyone to share their finds, experiences and inquiries whether you are considering taking up the hobby as a newbie or you are an experienced detectorist.

We encourage anyone with a little interest to at least give this fun, family oriented hobby a try, but be cautious where you swing your machine. Permission is necessary to detect on private property and federal laws protect historic lands. If you are unsure if detecting is allowed in an area you plan to visit, ASK ahead of time. It can save you a world of headaches as well as preserve the reputation of your fellow detectorists.
Thanks for checking us out –

We hope to see you on the forum! Good luck, and happy hunting to all...!

~The MDM Team~

clipSome firsts at 1850s home

Yesterday at 11:50:49 PM by Blacksmith | Views: 18 | Comments: 2

I traveled up the coast to my home town this weekend and had the opportunity to detect my grandmother's 1850's home and property that has been in her family since then, and never been detected.  Front/side/back yard, huge fields, flower bed, garden, lawn, sliding hill, old store location in a field... Way too much to detect in a few hours!

I found several wheaties 1919 through 1955 (nope not a doublestrike), a no date buffalo nickel, a 1943 merc, a couple old spoons, some square nails, some doodads and whatsits. I'm a sucker for a nice square nail and a big one cleaned up nicely.

I finally found my first gold ring, a smallish men's 14k men's plain band under one of the ancient apple trees.  Seeing that gold poking out of the dirt was VERY cool. 

And that's not even the best part of the trip. The best part is that I got to introduce my Dad to metal detecting.  We started at 10:30am, and before we knew it the clock read 3pm. We didn't even think about eating lunch. The Prizm V is a great beginner machine IMO and he was detecting and finding things in no time. My Pro-pointer that went for a swim in the ocean this winter decided to crap out during this hunt so we had to stick fairly close to share the other one (but not close enough to cause falsing with my T2SE), but that was good because it allowed me to help with questions and help find some tougher targets. I have no idea where the time went, but can say hands down this was my favorite hunt ever.

Oh yeah he found stuff too. :) He found a 1946 rosie, some clad, spoon handle, small cup that is cut off at the top of the pic, square nails, whatsits, and shells but two other items I thought were very cool. One is a tiny, super-thin "win dime" "play one" game token thingy with what looks like a steaming cup of coffee on the front. The other is a 1965 metal vehicle registration tag (the light makes it look like 85 but it's a 65). I thought that was very cool.

The pic is a shot of everything we found minus the more boring trash. I hope my first resizing effort on the iPad works. It looks like the resized pic is a lot blurrier than the orig so I'm hoping it is sized appropriately, but will correct if necessary.

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