ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Metal Detecting - Getting The Most From Online Map Researching

Updated on February 7, 2011

  One of the biggest challenges that most metal detectorist come across is finding new locations to hunt. I myself do a far amount of research, going over old maps, online recon, and a lot of footwork. Finding new places to hunt is not that hard, you just have to put all the pieces of the puzzle together.

  The World Wide Web, better known as the Internet, is changing the way we experience our treasure hunting. Being able to search for sites, from the comfort of our favorite chair.

  The old method we would spread out that old  battered, coffee stained street map and look for  schools, city parks that we haven’t hunted lately. The new and improved method involves sitting at the computer, viewing aerial photos, then zooming in to get a close-up look at  potential sites. Many of these online mapping sites, allow you to viewstreet level pictures from satellite images, so you can view possible sites and the landscape around the site, long before you head out to the location. Giving you the heads up, you can tell whether the layout is rocky, grassy, hilly, or wooded, and  then  find out how good it may be for treasure hunting.

  This aerial view technique is a handy tool,  for metal detectorists, it  can allow you to spot  those vacant lots, forgotten hiking trails, old home sites, and property lines thet you would otherwise miss. Google Maps is a great site for some up to date map data, and they are easy to use, 


Terraserver  and National Geographic are similar to Google Maps, but they also provide some cool  “birds-eye,” views, and it gives you more of a sense of  the dimensions, other than the standard satellite images.

 Another valuable resource is Google Earth. It’s a free download program, and not a web site, so you have to install it on your PC. Once youv'e  installed it you can fly to anywhere on the planet, zoom in on the location, and see some interesting features. This is useful in urban areas, since they have added what are called “Street View” images. Google sent out vans packed with state of the art "360-degree cameras" to capture all the major urban areas on film, taking photos every few yards. You should see those images by selecting the "Street View" overlay, then clicking on any of the camera icons that appear for available thoroughfares.

 Google Earth works with another great site called Panoramio, which allows you to post your photos of the area. Fortunately, millions of Google Earth surfers have already posted their photos to the site, so when you look at an aerial photo, and you select the Panoramio overlay, you should have access to hundreds of stock photos for any  area. This helps you assess whether or not the location is good for metal detecting.

  You should take advantage of these mapping sites. Best of all, is that it allows you to look at public areas and land where you wouldn’t think to explore using a paper map. The online maps show hiking trails, bike lanes, beaches, property lines, privies, old out buildings and tons more of  those tiny little micro-sites that are hidden from the everyday view.

  Surfing the Internet lets you tap into the power of information, so why not take full advantage of it . This will greatly expand your horizons for treasure hunting, and better locations for your metal detecting. Good Luck!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)