The metal detector used by the Meteorite Men TV show guys, and other thoughts on hunting for meteorites.
You may have caught an episode of the show “Meteorite Men” which features a couple of guys who go around the country searching for meteorites and have since been bitten by the meteorite hunting bug. Some of these little rocks from space are worth more than gold and if you find one, or a pretty large one out in the desert, you could be set for life.
You will need some good equipment to get started hunting for meteorites, but what is a good metal detector for meteorite hunting? The metal detector used by the Meteorite Men is a Fisher F75, which is a high end, feature rich, lightweight metal detector. When it comes to hunting for meteorites you may spend hours and hours searching and weight becomes a big issue.
Below is a YouTube video of the promo to the show, which briefly shows a glimpse of the Meteorite Men’s metal detector, a Fisher F75 The Meteorite men’s metal detector choice is based largely on weight and sensitivity. Discrimination is not of that much use out in the desert where there is little trash or junk but sensitivity is an issue for deeper scanning.
Below is the metal detector used by the Meteorite Men, a Fisher F75. Click on image for details
If you are looking for a good metal detector for deep meteorites, you might also consider a Whites TDI pulse scan. This model sends strong pulses down into the earth, so you can find buried meteorites up to several feet deep. It is a bit heavier than the F75. Of course just about any metal detector will pick up iron meteorites. You want one that is lightweight and sensitive. My own personal metal detector for meteorite hunting and other all around uses is a Whites Spectra V3, which actually features a factory meteorite program for optimal hunting settings.
How To Get Started Finding Meteorites With A Metal Detector
Basically all you need is a metal detector, even a cheap one will do, lots of free time, and empty desert to search in. Since meteorites are composed largely of metal, they rust. In wet climates they dissolve into nothing in a few decades and that is why most are found in desert climates. Places like Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and California have been home to many impressive amateur meteorite hunter finds. You will need the landowner’s permission on private land or if searching on public land, knowledge of the rules for your area. You will need a small magnet, since most valuable meteorites are magnetic, shovel and small backpack to carry these items, plus water, a hat and lots of sunscreen. Don’t just expect to go out and find a meteorite the first day or even week. Many amateur meteorite hunters search for years before finding anything. If it were easy, everyone would have one and meteorite values would not be that great. You can often find good metal detectors for meteorite hunting such as the Whites TDI or the metal detector that the Meteorite Men use, the Fisher F75 on eBay.