Fisher 1280X Aquanaut Metal Detector with 10.5" Search Coil


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  • Search Coil: 10.5" 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 10.5" coil which will allow you reach deeper buried treasures than the 8" 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 The Fisher 1280X Aquanaut metal detector is equipped with a permanently wired 10.5", open round coil. The convertible control box allows you full flexibility with how you want to detect and dive.
  • SKU 12-2840-bundle
  • Product Type Metal Detectors
  • Best for Beach, Beginner
  • Factory Included Accessories
    • 10.5" 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 Fixed
  • 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
  • Waterproof Waterproof
  • Rechargeable System No
  • Exclusive Features Waterproof to 250ft, Permanently Wired 10.5" 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
  • 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

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    • ★★★★★ SUPER GREAT

    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.
    • ★★★★★ Reliable

    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.
    • ★★★★★ 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. Anyway, 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 jewelry 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 underwater, 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 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 jewelry and clad that I had missed. I also liked the red led light. I've 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 jewelry and don't get me wrong a lot of junk too.

    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 an all around detector that is operator friendly, affordable and will find treasure in the ground, give the 1280x a try and you won't be sorry.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Edward A.

    Review by Edward A on March 17, 2008

    Fisher 1280x Aquanaut Review: To qualify my review I want to let everyone know that this detector is my first metal detector. The only time I had actually used one before was while looking for property lines on a piece of property we had purchased, I rented one from a local rental company. I had wanted to get into metal detecting for quite a while, looking at many different types of detectors from gold detectors to coin shooters, but never had the money or the time to spend on the hobby. Both my wife and I are Certified SCUBA divers, and where we live in Washington there are lots of items that were tossed into the bay. This made the choice of a underwater detector a better decision. That, and the fact that there are beaches that can be detected, and having a waterproof detector is a great benefit.

    I have not had a chance yet to operate underwater, but I have checked out the local parks, (with permission, of course) and have found some coins. My lack of experience with the detector underwater is the only reason I gave the detector 4 of 5 stars. from ease of use and ease of learning to visual indicator, I am pleased with this purchase, and now that we have just purchased dry suits, I plan on using the detector underwater soon, as there is large area that is shallow and I don't believe has ever been detected before. The Fisher Aquanaut will be a great tool for exploring the bay, and I will report my findings in a later review.

    I purchased the Fisher 1280x Aquanaut to use while scuba diving in our local area. I had been looking for a metal detector that could do everything I wanted, but I couldn't find one that does EVERYTHING.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Mark W.

    Review by Mark W on March 17, 2008

    The Fisher 1280x Aquanaut works great! I found a 14k gold chain & cross, weighed in at 20 grams in Cocoa Beach, Florida. I also found lots and lots of clad. My husband found a 14k gold wedding band. We had problems with the machine at first - it stopped working while still under warranty so we sent it back to Fisher and they fixed it and sent it back to me... works great now! Awesome! It works great on the beach, works great in the water. It works good even in salt water and you can dive deep with this machine.
    • ★★★★★ Review by Anthony F.

    Review by Anthony F on March 17, 2008

    I am a scuba diver and I have been detecting for almost 9 years now. I started with an old White's PI 1000 that introduced me to metal detecting on land and the world of underwater treasure hunting. It was a great basic machine that detected all metals, but it had no sensitivity or discrimination settings. I quickly learned that I really needed was a machine with more control. I thought that Pulse machines were the only way to go, but they were way out of my price range. Then I found out about the 1280x Aquanaut. It offered the best for both of my worlds without putting me in hock. It's a VLF detector with all kinds of technical specs that some marketing specialist wrote up to make it sound impressive, but confused me because I really had no clue what they were talking about. But from my search on the Internet chat boards it seemed to be the best suited for my needs at a reasonable price. Not to mention this machine has been produced for over ten years so I figured it must be pretty good.

    So I got one. The first time I fired it up and swept it over my garden test field that I peppered with some clad and silver coins, a small gold ring, some rusty nails, aluminum and tin can bits and a big old rusty ax head, I knew I made the right choice. I simply played with the sensitivity and discrimination and was quickly able to ignore the junk and find the goodies. The first time I took it to a local beach I thought I would just play around some more and get used to it in the pop top riddled parking lot sand dunes. I wasn't playing long. I ended up finding several dollars in clad coin, a dozen or more pieces of jewelry (earrings, toe rings and what appeared to be a broken belly button ring...ouch!) and a Swiss army knife. I was still a novice at this point and thought it was more luck than machine or technique.

Questions and Answers
  • Posted On: 2/27/2021 By: Stephen

    Q: Hi, Do you have a service center for repairs? I have a 1280x that needs some repairs. If so how do I get the process in motion? Thank you, Stephen

    A: I am sorry, we do not have a repair center or do repairs. You would need to contact Fisher directly.
  • Posted On: 10/26/2020 By: walter waters

    Q: I have hunted with a 1280x for thirty years any need to update to a newer 1280 x .

    A: Give us a call and we would be happy to help with the upgrade! 855-535-0580 is the best to reach us at!
  • Posted On: 8/17/2020 By: Jerry Sparks

    Q: Does the 1280X come with the belt attachment or is it sold sepperate?


    The belt attachment is sold separately. 

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