I know we have some metal detecting experts on the BOC, and I'm hoping you can save me several hours of research time. I need a metal detecter to serve a narrow nitch use I have in mind. Most likely (some things still in the air) I am moving to the heart of the Ozarks (a place I hold dear) for a career change. One activity I really enjoy when I am in the Ozarks is hiking though the hills and hollers looking for wild caves to explore. I also quite often run across old home sites and sometimes still sites (moonshining). I would really enjoy being able to run a metal detector and see what I could find. My nitch criteria is: Must be under $500 Must be lightweight for hiking (my pack already is north of 50# some trips) Must have great battery life as I will be out in the boonies for several days at a time Must store somewhat compact for packing Must be durable to take the trail life Hopefully will work in water (not sure if this is or is/not an option for any metal detector) Do they make such an animal? Thanks for any feedback.