1266-X & 1266-XB Deep Search Metal Detector Operating Manual F I S H E R R E S E A R C H L A B O R A T O R Y...
CONTENTS About Your 1266-X ... pg. 1 Condensed Operating Instructions ... pg. 2 Setting Up... pg. 3 Control Housing ... pg. 5 Discrimination Points ... pg. 6 Dual Discrimination ... pg. 9 Searching ... pg. 10 Pinpointing ... pg. 12 Target Recovery ...
The 1266-X was designed to excel in three ways: depth, discrimination and simplicity. It offers a better combination of these three characteristics than any other metal detector we’ve ever built. And we’ve been building metal detectors since 1931. Depth. Engineered to go deep in mineralized soil at high levels of discrimination.
CONDENSED OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS The 1266-X is basically a turn-on-and-go metal detector. It doesn’t take an engineer to operate it but you’ll have more fun and a better chance of making that BIG find if you have a complete understanding of what you’re doing. That’s why we strongly recommend that you read the entire manual.
Your 1266-X is just about ready to use. The only adjustment required is the angle of the search coil and the length of the stem. Take a look at Figure 1 and familiarize yourself with the parts of the 1266-X before proceeding.
SETTING UP REMEMBER • THE LONGER THE SHAFT, THE MORE YOU WILL HAVE TO BEND YOUR ELBOW AND THE SOONER YOUR ARM WILL GET TIRED. THE 1266-X IS BALANCED FOR COMFORTABLE SEARCHING IN A TIGHT SEMICIRCLE AROUND THE FRONT OF THE OPERATOR.
CONTROL HOUSING 1. DISC 1: DISCRIMINATE 1 is the search mode. The 1266-X automatically operates in DISC 1 unless the TRIGGER-SWITCH is pushed and held or pulled and held. DISC 1 is a full range discrimination mode. All types of metal are detected at the zero level and most small pieces of trash are rejected at the maximum level of ten.
As a general rule, you’ll be able to operate your 1266-X for an hour or two after the tone goes silent. 6. OFF/VOL: Power on-off and volume control.
4,5,6 and so on to 10. You will note that as you increase the level of discrimination, the 1266-X will reject some targets and continue to respond to Figure 3. Typical 1266-X audio responses over 1 inch deep targets with search coil sweeping 1 to 2 inches above ground.
For example, the small nail discrimination point may be 4 and the pull-tab discrimination point 6. 7. Push and hold the TRIGGER-SWITCH. The 1266-X is now operating in the DISC 2 mode. 8. Repeat steps 5 and 6 and you will note that the DISC 2 discrimination points are about the same as DISC 1 discrimination points.
The higher the degree of ground mineralization, the more pronounced this effect. This is where the 1266-X dual discrimination system comes in. Set DISC 1 at a low level (like 2 or 3) and DISC 2 at a higher level (6 or 7).
4. KEEP THE COIL PARALLEL TO, AND AS CLOSE TO THE GROUND AS PRACTICAL (See Figeure 6). This is When the stem is properly adjusted, the 1266-X is balanced for sweeping in a tight semicircle. Wide to the right for right-handers. Wide to the left for left-handers.
7. Keep the search coil moving at a comfortable rate. Remember that the 1266-X is a motion detector and responds only when the search coil (or the target) is moving while in the DISC modes.
You do not have to keep the coil moving to get a response in this mode. 1. Once the presence of a buried target is indicated by the “beep-beep” of the 1266-X, simply place the coil LIGHTLY on the ground, away from the target area. Pull the TRIGGER- SWITCH and hold.
Generally speaking, beachcombers do little if any damage to the environment while recovering targets. However, if you plan to use your 1266-X on lawns or in parks, your target recovery method can be very important. Two of the most successful methods are illustrated in a separate booklet enclosed with your 1266-X.
4. Practice pinpointing. There’s nothing sacred about the methods described in this manual. Many 1266-X users have developed their own pinpointing methods. 5. Always bury a coin when working in unfamiliar territory and check it at different discrimination and sensitivity levels.
8. When in doubt about the possible identity of a target, dig it up. 9. The 1266-X is an easy detector to use but if you’re having trouble with any aspect of its operation (pinpointing, searching, false signals, etc.) go back and reread the part of this manual...
“false signals” once in awhile. A false signal occurs when something that shouldn’t sounds like a good target. The 1266-X does a good job of rejecting junk but it is so sensitive that “hot” mineralized spots in the soil, large, can fool it pieces of junk, some kinds of bottle caps and pull tabs or trash less than 2 inches from the coil.
False signals may also occur in the Zero-Motion Pinpointing mode. When in this mode, the 1266-X detects all metals so you may pinpoint a piece of nearby junk instead of your good target.
5. Put the battery end cap back on and lock it in place by tightening the knob, finger tight only. NOTE: If either or both of the battery packs are installed incorrectly, the 1266-X will simply not turn on. The instrument will not be damaged. BATTERY RECHARGING...
Don’t leave your detector on and don’t continue to operate it more than an hour after the battery check tone goes silent. The optional 1266-X recharge kit includes (2) battery packs, (8) nicad batteries, (1) 110v, 60 cycle home recharger and (1) 12v negative- ground auto cigarette lighter recharger.
Your 1266-X doesn’t require a lot of care but there are a few things you should do to keep it in peak operating condition. 1. If you’re not going to be using it for a while, take the batteries out. Acid damage caused by leaking batteries can be severe.
Where To Use Your Metal Detector In The U.S. National Forest and Federal Lands—Metal detecting is allowed only by special permit acquired from the federal government. Each area has a district office. Corps of Engineers, Lakes, Shorelines and Lands—Permission has been granted only on predisturbed sites, such as beaches and attached swimming areas.
Length ... Extended ... 54” Weight ...3.9 Pounds Frequency ... VLF-Search ... 4.8KHz, Quartz Crystal Operating Modes ... DISC 1 Search Coil ... Type ... Concentric, Co-Planar Automatic Tuning ... Yes Automatic Ground Rejection ... Yes Built-in Detector Stand ... Yes Built-in Recharge Circuitry ...
7. Use of headphones may improve battery life up to 100 percent. Fisher Research Laboratory does not warrant suitability to specific use. Fisher Research Laboratory shall in no event be liable for any direct, incidental, consequential or indirect damages.
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