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  Average Rating = 4.13 / 5

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17 of 38 people found this review helpful:

Review by:
Edward Abel
User Experience:
Newbie
Submitted on:
Mar 17, 2008
User Rating:
****


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 Drysuits, 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.
Edward Abel
Port Townsend, Wa

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60 of 62 people found this review helpful:

Review by:
Anthony Frazer
User Experience:
7+ years
Submitted on:
Mar 17, 2008
User Rating:
*****


I am a Scuba Diver and I have been detecting for almost 9 years now. I started with an old Whites 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 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. Its a VLF detector with all kinds of technical spec's 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.

Next I needed to work it under water. So I took it underwater at an old pier at a lake I hunted a few time with my old Whites with modest success. The Aquanaut tore it up! I found rings, watches, and old coins galore. That trip convinced me it was more the machine than my luck or technique. The Fisher 1280X Aquanaut is simple to adjust and effective to use wherever you go. Ive had it 110 feet underwater, full of sand on the beach, and accidentally got it completely slopped up with mud in a swamp(long and hilariously embarrassing story). The case and battery compartment is completely sealed, just hose it off when your done.

I highly recommend the Fisher 1280X Aquanaut as THE Ultimate All Terrain Treasure Hunting Detector. Special Note to Fisher marketing person: Feel free to use that last line!
Anthony Frazer
Painesville Twp, Ohio

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31 of 31 people found this review helpful:

Review by:
John Fallon
User Experience:
2-4 years
Submitted on:
Mar 18, 2008
User Rating:
****


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.

John Fallon
Woodbridge, Nj

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31 of 31 people found this review helpful:

Review by:
Brian Boros
User Experience:
4-6 years
Submitted on:
Mar 17, 2008
User Rating:
*****


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.
Brian Boros
Kirkland Lake, Ontario Canada

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Review by:
Mark Wilton
User Experience:
Newbie
Submitted on:
Mar 17, 2008
User Rating:
*****


The Fisher 1280x Aquanaut works great! I found a 14kt gold chain & cross , weighed in at 20 grams in Cocoa Beach, Florida. I also found lots of lots of clad. My husband found a 14kt 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.
Mark Wilton
Orlando, Florida

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