First post so apologies if this is in the wrong place or asking a question that has been asked a thousand times.
I’m an Englishman now living in beautiful Titirangi, West Auckland who is interested in getting into detecting. As is always the case in NZ, there seems to be slightly limited options in terms of equipment, but I’d rather purchase from an NZ supplier.
I’d love to pick your collective brains on how to get started, especially around purchasing my first metal detector. So here are my details:
Me: 6ft2, physically active, so weight isn’t too much of a problem. But I’d rather not be stooping! A reasonably technical mind, but not really a knob-twiddler. Happy to plug-and-play to start off with. This hobby represents more fun than science to me.
Where: Beaches predominately I presume - although I assume west coast beaches are a no-go given the iron sand?? Is this correct?? Also domains, fields, and creaky old farms and riverbeds. Any good spots in this part of the country?
Budget: This would be a gift, so hoping to keep it around $500. Some flexibility on this.
I’ve been looking at the Garrett ACE 200i and the Garrett ACE 3001 as their on budget. Also the Minelab GO-Find range (44 and 66) but here conflicting things about them. I like how they pack away, as I travel around a lot. There’s also the Minelab X TERRA 505 which is expensive, but may be worth it? Both these brands are readily available here.I’m open to looking at anything however.
I also spotted CScope CS4PI. Looks good for beaches (although not west coast right??) and almost in budget! I notice it markets itself very much as specilaist beach detector. How is it in fields and paddocks etc?
Anyway, and help and guidance is really appreciated.