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Fisher 1280x with 10.5" Search Coil Metal Detector

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$61.89 in Free Accessories
with 10.5" Search Coil Plus FREE Metal Detecting & Treasure Hunting Accessories

Fisher 1280x with 10.5" Search Coil 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

Instruction Manuals

SKU 12-2840
Manufacturer SKU 1280X-10
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 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

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 Panel 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
Included Free Accessories - Sku: 64-KITC - Total Value: $61.89
Customer Reviews

Average Rating

4.3 average of 10 reviews


Review by TOMMY R. NEW YORK. on November 30, 2017

I have been using Fisher Detectors for 30 years or more. The Fisher 1280x is one of my best water detectors I have ever used fresh or salt water.
I mostly water beach and water hunt and it is outstanding. I also have the Fisher AT PRO, AT GOLD, and now the AT MAX, land use. Never had any problems with any of them. If you are a beginner or pro you will never go WRONG with a FISHER DETECTOR............... ONE ROLEX MENS WATCH with my 1280x in 2016 in 4 feet of saltwater. IT PAID FOR ALL MY DETECTORS. I KID YOU NOT. Know the type of detecting you want to do and FISHER HAS THE RIGHT DETECTOR FOR YOU AND IT WILL LAST YOU A LIFE TIME. (SOME DAYS YOU FIND NOTHING AND SOME DAYS


Review by Ralph P.

Review by Ralph P on March 25, 2016

The Fisher 1280x Aquanaut detector is easy to handle on land, but harder in the water. Not enough weight on the coil. With no depth meter, it's hard to determine how deep to dig. With no discrimination, you have to dig all signals. Battery case, in time, will leak. Having some sort of ring attached to battery housing would help to hook on to your belt loop and not have to lay down when recovering target when searching in the water. Detector is light enough to search for a long time. I think the cord is too long, as with all metal detectors and is cumbersome when wrapping around the rods.


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 so 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 came 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 I 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 times, especially when I'm at a fresh water pond or lake.

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