Fisher 1280X Aquanaut Metal Detector with 8" Search Coil

  • Fisher 1280X Aquanaut Metal Detector with 8" Search Coil
  • Kellyco Gloves for Metal Detecting
  • Kellyco Mesh Finds Pouch for Metal Detecting
  • Non-Metallic Composite Digger
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Product highlights

  • Search Coil: 8" Round 
  • Construction: Waterproof up to 250ft
  • Warranty: 2-Year Limited
  • Features: Coil and Headphones Permanently Wired for Full Waterproof Connection
  • Headphones: Included Wired Waterproof Headphones
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Product Description

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.

This Aquanaut metal detector is a perfect entry-level detector for a detectorist wanting to dive for sunken treasure. This machine is easy to use and ready to turn on as soon as you put the batteries in the battery compartment. With no ground balance or threshold adjustment, the Aquanaut is fine tuned to find targets at the beach or lake. The coil and headphones are permanently wired for a full waterproof connection. This setup includes the 8" coil which will allow you to get into smaller areas and crevices than the 10.5" coil option. The Aquanaut also features a convertible control box that you can remove from the shaft assembly and with an addition of a pouch or holster, can be added to your belt or slung over a shoulder. You can also pick up this chest harness if you want to sweep for treasure and stay comfy for longer.


  • 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
  • Manufacturer Fisher
  • Manuals

    Instruction Manuals

  • Quick Look Get ready to dive into summer with the Aquanaut metal detector from Fisher. Submersible up to 250 feet, you will be able to find deeper underwater treasures than ever.
  • SKU 12-2850-bundle
  • Product Type Metal Detectors
  • Best for Beach, Beginner
  • Factory Included Accessories
    • 8" Search Coil
    • Waterproof Headphones
  • Warranty Yes
  • Detector Type Beach & Water
  • 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
  • GPS No
  • 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) 60 to 80 Hours
  • Waterproof Waterproof
  • Rechargeable System No
  • Exclusive Features Waterproof to 250ft, Permanently Wired 8" Search Coil and Headphones
More Information

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
  • 8" 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

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    • ★★★★★ 1280 X w8" coil

    Review by The Pirate on August 20, 2022

    I have used and reviewed most underwater metal detectors made. I underwater and Shallow water detected since approximately 1984'. I have found the Fisher 1280 X w the 8" coil to be the Best and most versatile UW detector made.
    I tested several other UW detector brands. And have found when in the water being rugged and of simple use a great asset. One reason is the ability to set the detection and go. UW you don't have time to "anyalize" your target. Best results come from discrimination and recovery of the target quickly.
    The 1280 X is a very rugged detector and is simp!e to use. The tone on targets is wear it works out great. The 8" coil will be the best option when searching trashy area's that contain high value target's like rings and jewelry amongst wind blown trash on the bottom of lake or sea bed in front of Resort Area's. Were a 10" coil will make it difficult to separate target's. make sure to use a coil cover. The constant dragging of the coil on the water bottom will cause the coil the wear through. Keep extra covers. I use a hand bui!t scoop w a pipe insulation on it covered w plumbers tape. The Scoop will float upright allowing you to be able to find it easier should you let go of it. It will not fall to the bottom. The 1280 has a belt clip which is very handy. I will attach it to my waist or chest depending on what I am doing. Unless I am doing a quick shallow water hunt up to my waist and will leave it assembled. I used this model for well over 15 years almost every day in the summer months. Before I purchased a second and 3rd being the 1280x w 10" for large sandy areas w almost nobtrash. And the CZ 21 Quick Silver for minerlized areas in N Ca. . But this model helped me to recover well over 22lbs of Silver Coins. And over 1120 rings, Bracelets , Gold and Silver Chains , other Items All along California. Other handy item is I was able to use the handy Hard Case to lock it and bring it w me on trips to the Caribbean, Alaska, East Coast .
    In creeks,Rivers,Lakes,Swimming holes across America and abroad.
    By far the best well made UW detector. If you want to waste time anylizing targets with other detectors you can spend more $ on a more expensive one. Or quickly recover targets and go through them later to find the high value target's. It about quick recovery of targets. The Separate Battery Compartment and Sealed electronics is a Very big plus in waves. Nothing worse then ending a trip because the seal failed on your detector and getting your electronics wet. Ruining you detector and you day.
    Good Luck . Happy Hunting.
    The Pirate
    • ★★★★★ Excellent

    Review by Sailor on January 18, 2020

    Used this metal detector for yrs . Best on the market if you plan on beach and water hunting. Its paid for itself many times over .
    • ★★★★★ 1280X with an 8" coil, great value for the money......

    Review by Steve the beach hunter on April 9, 2019

    I bought my 1280X with 8" coil over 15 years ago from Kellyco, when they were lifetime warranty.....Last year, I sent it back to Fisher for an overhaul under the lifetime warranty, I'd used it so much I practically wore it out....They replaced everything under warranty, and I got back a brand new detector, STILL with the lifetime warranty intact!!...I have probably forgotten a lot of the many great things I've found with it in the water, it has served me very well....BEST PART, is that I paid just about the same amount for this detector as Kellyco is currently selling it for, that I paid for it 15 years ago. A REAL value, for an American made product ,amen!!
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