Hello. I'm new here. 😀
I have recently bought a new 540, after having had an Explorer for years. Now that I'm back working from home instead of away, I have more time to use a detector, so I thought I'd invest in a good one. I have all kinds of places to go and search, but recently decided to try my luck in a small river nearby. I have never detected in water before, but my reasoning was that this stretch of water has been a ford for centuries, so surely there have been interesting things dropped at some point.
Anyway, I have found a strong signal at 40/41 and managed to pinpoint it in the water. It's fast-flowing, but only about 8" deep, with smallish rocks and pebbles and gravel in the riverbed. I've managed to dam it up at bit at one side which has made the interesting area a bit shallower, but obviously I can't build a proper dam - it would be helpful, but I'd get into trouble!
If I were in a field, my instinct would obviously be some sort of coin, maybe even gold, but I'm not very scientifically-minded really, so I wondered if you guys might answer a couple of questions before I try to find a way of getting at the object. (I do have a pinpointer too, which has also picked the signal up. I don't think it's all that deep, but of course as soon as I move a rock or pebble the hole begins to fill up again.)
So, firstly, does the object being underwater affect the signals at all?
Secondly, is there a good way of getting at things in water that you can recommend? (I have thought of taking an old colander and using it as a sort of scoop!)
Looking forward to hearing about all sorts of things and learning some new things too.
Kind regards, Jonnty