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Fisher 1280x

Sku: 12-2840
Retail: $829.95
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with 10.5" Search Coil Plus FREE Metal Detecting & Treasure Hunting Accessories

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Fisher 1280x Metal Detector
with 10.5" Search Coil Plus FREE Metal Detecting & Treasure Hunting Accessories

The deep-seeking, submersible, Aquanaut features automatic turn on and go operation for salt water, fresh water or land use. VLF discrimination, target strength LED and our patented quartz-crystal circuitry offers up to 75 hours of battery life. For added ease of use, the control box converts to a belt mount.

Kellyco has sold and distributed Fisher products since 1975 and was certified as Fisher detector experts since 1984! Buy with confidence at Kellyco where you always get more for your money.


  • Frequency : 2.4 kHz
  • Warranty : 2 Year Limited
  • Total Weight : 9.8 lbs (4.4 kgs)
  • Submersible : Depths up to 250 Feet
  • All-Terrain Versatility : Salt water, Fresh Water or Land Use
  • Sensitivity Control : Adjust Detector to Changing Ground Conditions

Factory Included Accessories:
  • 10.5" Search Coil
  • Waterproof Headphones

Additional Information

Manufacturer Fisher
SKU 12-2840
Factory Included Accessories
  • 10.5" Search Coil
  • Waterproof Headphones
Warranty Yes
Detector Type Beach & Water
Search Coil Type Concentric
Search Coil Size (in) 10.5"
Search Coil Shape Round
Search Coil Build Open
Waterproof Search Coil Yes
Interchangeable Search Coil No
Technology VLF Single Frequency
Arm Rest Fixed
Arm Rest Strap No
Adjustable Shaft Yes
Assembled Length Max (in) 49
Assembled Length Min (in) 33
Apps None
Audio Tones No
Depth Indication No
Control Box Mount Convertible
Frequencies 2.4 kHz
Number of Frequencies 1
Programmable Target Id No
Target Id Segments No
Target Id No
Threshold Fixed
Discrimination Adjustable
Pinpoint Mode No
Ground Balance Automatic Ground Tracking
Vibration Mode No
Search Modes 1
Search Mode Types Motion
Search Flashlight No
Display Type N/A
Backlit Display No
Volume Control Yes
Headphone Jack Hard Wire
Bluetooth Compatible No
Interchangeable Headphones No
Battery Type AA
Battery Quantity 8
Battery Life (hr) 65 to 75 Hours
Rechargeable System No
Exclusive Features No

Fisher 1280x Metal Detector

If it's in the Ground or in the Water a Fisher Metal Detector Will Find it!
Hunt anywhere with the 1280x Aquanaut Search on Land or in Shallow Water
Underwater Metal Detector, Discriminating, Simple to Use, Rugged and Affordable

1280x emerged

The deep-seeking, submersible, Aquanaut features automatic turn on and go operation for salt water, fresh water or land use. VLF discrimination, target strength LED and our patented quartz-crystal circuitry offers up to 75 hours of battery life. For added ease of use, the control box converts to a belt mount.

Technical Specifications:

  • 2 Year Warranty
  • 10.5" Open Search Coil
  • Weight : 9.8 lbs (4.4 kgs)
  • Operating Frequency : 2.4 kHz
  • Batteries : (8) AA
  • Search Modes : 1
    • Motion
  • Battery Life : 75 Hours
  • Adjustable Length : 33" - 49"


  • VLF Discrimination
  • Converts to Belt Mount
  • Submersible to 250 Feet
  • Ignores Small Pieces of Trash
  • Adjustable Sensitivity Control
  • Patented Quartz-Crystal Circuitry
  • Audio and Visual Target Response
  • Salt water, Fresh Water or Land Use
  • Automatic Turn on and Go Operation

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

4.6 average of 8 review(s)


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Review by Max F on October 11, 2012

I have owned two of these units. The first worked great, right up until my van was stolen with the 1280X inside. Van recovered, detector was not. So.. I bought another of the same. I usually search beaches and lakes and have been well rewarded. I have located many boxes of coins and junk jewelry and a number of nice gold rings, three of them by request from very sad people. Each was go glad to have their items returned. One was a large, fancy wedding band, recovered 3 years after being lost, far from where it was thought to have been lost. I returned it and received no thanks at all. Some people. The detector is GREAT... I also have a unit which is totally too complicated and too heavy for practical use. It's Fisher for me!

Review by George S.

Review by George S on August 19, 2009

I bought my 1280x with the small coil from Kellyco in 1991! I'm still using it today. I've paid for this machine over and over again. The first time I took it out I hit gold. It is so simple and easy to use and the longer you use it you learn all the sounds. So many times I knew something good was under my coil before I scooped it up. This machine rocks on small items too. I get the gold earrings and small goodies that other machines miss. I'm writing this now to say that in only 2 trips to the beach this year I have found close to 40 grams of platinum and gold. I found 2 platinum bands. One had a diamond and close to a grand in platinum alone. If you buy this machine, the only thing that will prevent you from paying for it is not using it.

Review by John F.

Review by John F on March 18, 2008

This was the first detector I ever purchased. At the time of purchase I had dreams of learning how to scuba dive then discovering shipwrecks and gold coins. I never did take up scuba, but I did use this detector to start me in the hobby. Since I never made it underwater, I became upon my coins by hitting the parks. Then I branched out into relic and beach hunting.

The machine is easy to use with the headphones and coil hard wired into the control box. When starting off, I didn’t have to think about what headphones I should use or which coil would be the best for my type of hunting. As long as I had batteries that were charged, I was good to go.

The control box is pretty basic, and I was easily able to use the machine. I would read the manual, play with the machine, and do some tests on coins and jewelry around the house. After that it was out into the backyard and parks which lead to coins from day one. With basic knobs of volume, discrimination, and sensitivity it still took me a few times out to get comfortable with my settings. I think that was more because I was new to the hobby and not because of the machine.

I went from finding clad, to older coins, to silver, and gold jewelry. The hard case makes it very easy to travel with. I even took it to Mexico with me on my honeymoon. After bringing a few gold rings to my wife on the beach, she would yell at me if I was sunbathing "get out there and find more gold.”

The one thing I did have a problem with was going into the wet sand. It seemed like the wet sand would cause an increase in false signals. In fresh water or dry sand the machine worked like a charm. I ultimately did change to a different detector that I felt might be better in wet saltwater sand.

This was a great starting water machine; and I never regretted owning this one. I even wish I still had it at time, especially when I'm at a fresh water pond or lake.

Review by James W.

Review by James W on March 17, 2008

I thoroughly enjoy scuba diving, so the obvious next step for me was to purchase an underwater metal detector: “the Fisher 1280X Aquanaut.” We did have a boat which made diving a lot easier. It’s also fun to search in and around dock spaces.

A few of my friends and I started a small part-time business that helped locate items people had lost in the water. Once, I tried to find a ring for a gentleman that his wife had made for him. I did finally manage to find it, though after 2 months of searching.

Another time, we were looking for a ladies wedding band. The search was difficult because the soil and sand was highly mineralized. However with a little more fine tuning and patience, we did find the ring.

A couple of times we were asked to find off-shore mooring anchors. Usually we had a description and a general location. What people forget is that time under water changes how many things look.

I did find my first piece of gold while diving. The marina owner told me about a customer that had lost a gold pen around the docks. I started looking as soon as I could. It’s difficult searching around docks because the legs are all steel, and it sets the metal detector off very easily. Any way, I kept up the search and finally I had a strong signal. However there wasn't anything on the bottom. What had happened was the pen was tangled in some weeds. So that's how I came by my first gold piece!

Review by Brian B.

Review by Brian B on March 17, 2008

I live in northern Ontario and really enjoy searching for jewelery and old coins. I recently purchased the 1280x to try some beach hunting without worrying about getting my land detector wet, so the 1280x was a reasonable price.

When I had first received the detector and opened the box I thought it was kind of well to be honest not a pretty detector, white shaft,brown box and red ear phones. But I had to try it out. It took me a while to get used to being able to put the whole thing under water, still thinking of my land detector it kind of makes your heart skip a beat but then you remember this detector goes underwater.

I really liked how simple it was to use the sensitivity and the discrimination. I would turn the sensitivity as high as I could without getting any chatter and the discrimination around 2 this made it very sensitive in the water and the depth was sometimes 12" deep. I am very impressed with this detector it picks up our Canadian clad really well. I have been over this one beach quite a few times and then tried the 1280x and couldn't believe the jewelery and clad that I had missed.

I also liked the red led light Ive noticed that sometimes you don't always hear the beep but the led light seems to always flash so you have two ways to know if you have found a target if you don't hear it you will surely see it. I have found many silver coins and a lot of gold jewelery and don't get me wrong a lot of junk to.

I have been detecting for at least 5 years and am very impressed with the simplicity and performance of this very affordable detector and would recommend the 1280x to anyone from the newbie to the pro.Almost forgot the detector is a little heavy on land but comes with a belt so you can hip mount the control box which reduces the weight dramatically, so if anyone is looking for a all round detector that is operator friendly,affordable and will find treasure in the ground give the 1280x a try and you wont be sorry.

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