It’s summertime and in many areas of the country it’s just too hot to get out and detect during the day. Rather than risk sunburn and overheating while you search for treasure, you should consider hunting after the sun goes down. Learning to metal detect in the dark may help you with more than just avoiding the sun. Have you ever started a successful detecting trip in the afternoon, only to have to cut it short because it got dark? Or had to wait for workers to leave a construction site for the day, leaving you with a limited amount of time to search? Those are just a couple of situations in which knowing how to detect at night would be helpful.

Of course, the biggest difference hunting at night instead of during the day is that you will need light. You don’t want to damage any finds while digging because you couldn’t see them clearly, or trip and fall while you’re carrying expensive equipment. But lighting up the area that you are searching can be tricky – you can’t easily handle your detector and pinpointer, your digger, and a flashlight at the same time. There are some simple solutions for lighting your search at night though, that don’t require you growing a third hand. The following are five great ideas.

#1 – Take a Detecting Partner

Perhaps the easiest fix for light when you’re detecting at night is to bring someone along with you to hold a flashlight. Even those who may not share your passion for metal detecting might find it more exciting to hunt at night.

#2 – Use the Moonlight

If you pay attention to the phases of the moon, you’ll know when the best nights for hunting by moonlight are – anytime there is a full moon and a clear night your eyes will adjust and you’ll be able to see pretty clearly.

#3 – Buy a Pinpointer with a Light

You probably have a pinpointer already, but did you know that you can get one that has a light built in? You can, and you should if you want to detect at night. You may have to be diligent about keeping the dirt out of the way, but pinpointers with lights can be a great addition to your detecting toolbox.

#4 – Use a Headlamp

Using a headlamp that straps right onto your head is the smartest way to go for night detecting. They use LED lights, so they are bright, they are relatively inexpensive, and you can easily find them online.

#5 – Install a Flashlight App

There is an app for everything these days, so if your smartphone doesn’t already have a flashlight app, you can easily install one (most flashlight apps are free). This isn’t the number one choice for lighting up your search area at night, but it is a good option if you find yourself without alternatives. Be sure that you have a cover on your phone so that it doesn’t get dirty.

Give night detecting a try. You’ll stay cooler in the summer months and you’ll be able to detect longer, and that’s great news for detectorists.