metal detecting tips Archive

Calculating the Diameter of a Cannonball from a Fragment

Sometimes it’s hard to estimate the diameter of a cannonball with only a fragment, so here’s a quick way to calculate it using two rulers and a bit of geometry in just a few seconds.  After a while you’ll be able to just look at the fragment.  This does require a fragment similar to what

Detecting.US changes for 2013 – Advocacy, Research and Advancing our Hobby

This site will be focusing its mission in 2013.  I will be reducing the “hobby blog” material and increasing the advocacy and research side of things. The overall mission of the blog is to curate/host conversations related to advancing our hobby by increased credibility and dialogue.  I will be reducing my regional focus on Kentucky.

Metal Detecting Community on Google+ Is Live – and it’s cool!

Google rolled out their answer to Facebook Groups yesterday, it’s called Google Community.  It’s full of the slick, modern and mobile friendly features that Google+ has.  I think it will be a big improvement, especially for those using smartphones. Most metal detecting forums are created with 10-year-old software and are a bit clunky.  This system

Excellent Article on Detectorist/Archaeology Cooperation on Battlefields

Some Facebook friends shared with me an excellent article. “….Although portable metal detectors have been used recreationally since the development of the equipment in the mid-1940s, little common ground had been established between archaeologists and metal detecting hobbyists. It would have likely continued this way if not for a wildfire in 1984 that consumed the tall grass covering the

Why I Always Ask Metal Detecting Permission in Person

When we ask permission to access private property, what impacts whether people will say yes or no?  We must understand the motivations and habits of information consumers.   So I read a lot of research like this about how people behave.  When it crossed my desk recently and I immediately thought about how it applies directly to