That is great news, pleased that you have made "quite a number of finds". I suspect your detecting technique is now much better than when you started, and knowing the machine makes a massive difference.detectorman5050 wrote: ↑Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:27 pm
Hello again. I've been using the ACE 250 for a few weeks now. Mainly on beaches, dry sand, pebbly beaches, and even wet sand. I've made quite a number of finds, ranging from a mysterious 'silver' looking necklace with 'diamonds' on it (can't see any hallmark,) to very annoying black rocks that like to 'kid on' that they are metal.
Over the weeks, I've become more familiar with the machine's limitations, and have developed more realistic expectations. I am quite confident that my machine is not defective, and is performing as it should. I've also invested in a second hand pinpointer off Ebay, which has greatly reduced the number of abandoned holes I dig.
Once again, thanks for all the help. I really enjoy taking my metal detector out on a regular basis, even if I don't hit 'Viking Gold.'
Re the "mysterious 'silver' looking necklace with 'diamonds' on it", if you are not sure what it is then get it checked out, its probably a kids one and cheap metal and paste but you never know. Not all silver is hallmarked (it could be from overseas or low quality) - I found a signet ring the other week that I thought was silver but it was not hallmarked so got it checked out and they confirmed that it was (but as not stamped they could only call it "white metal" so only worth £10).
I find a pinpointer significantly reduces the frustration when trying to locate a very small target and makes the job so much easier, so well done on getting one.
Newcomers often think that every outing will produce great finds, it does not happen that way!, so initially you might have been expecting too much, but its great to see that you have now "developed more realistic expectations" but are still enjoying the hobby.
To put this in perspective I had an hour on the beach on Saturday and found £3.20, I consider this a good day as parking was £2.20 so I was a pound in profit
On the down side early in this thread causes for "falsing" were given including renforced concrete from seawalls, at one point I did try to dig a slipway - I did not believe how far it stretched down the beach, nor how deep it was