Metal Detector Review : Nautilus DMCIIB

Metal Detector Review: Nautilus DMCIIB

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Hi Guys, in this post I want to write a bit about one of my favorite detectors. I know that the Nautilus is really old now, but since the company built some really good detectors, I am happy to post a short review. The Nautilus does not receive a lot of publicity these days and if you are interested in getting one, you might have to check out the forums or sites like eBay or Amazon to get a used one. But as it is such great detector, I’m actually a little surprised that there aren’t any more people who still use it for certain sites.

First of all, the Nautilus DMCIIB is absolutely NOT for everyone. In fact, if you have poor health or are not used carrying a really heavy detector that can´t be folded like the XP Deus, this is not for you! After one day of searching, you will really feel your arm muscles and it´s just a heavy piece with a large box.

In regard to the maximum depths it can reach, the Nautilus DMCIIB is one of the best detectors. Period. With this detector, you will find a coins or ammo shells in  a depth that usually can´t be reached with most of the modern day detectors. In my tests, I reached depths of 14″ and more with no problem. And this is really not an exaggeration. I mean, it always depends on the size of the object, but the Nautilus is really good at finding deep targets. One of the biggest advantages of this detector is that you can hear two different types of signals at the same time. The good ones on one ear and the stuff you do not want to find on the other. That´s a really revolutionary Tek and though there probably are a whole lot of newer detectors that can outperform the Nautilus in regard to the reaction time and the quality of the discrimination, that´s a very cool feature to have if you want to dig everything. You can turn the all-metal sound off and hear only the metals that you are after. I mean, I know a lot of people who do not dig iron…like ever. And for those people, this really is a fantastic feature. Of course, you have similar features on the newer detectors too, but I never had a detector that made it possible to hear the good signals on the left ear and the irony signals on the right. That´s just some cool thinking.

But hell no, the Nautilus DMCIIB is absolutely not an easy detector and i can´t recommend it for people that aren´t used to ground balancing a detector yourself! There are many detectors that do that automatically, but the Nautilus requires a fair amount of knowledge to do that and most people who are using it, probably walk around with the wrong settings and therefore, can´t tickle out the best performance out of the detector. The Nautilus is a strong detector; but with the wrong settings, it will make you crazy.

Besides, this is an American made machine and that fact alone should be enough to spark your curiosity! And on top of that comes a very good performance, IF you know how to use it.

The Nautilus DMCIIB goes very deep, is exact and very, very heavy! So you need to be used to the machine in order to be able to tell what kind of signal you have there! For beginners and people who expect top performance the moment they turn on the machine without any balancing work, this is probably not the right choice and you will have to dig a lot of holes during the first months. But if you can handle it, you will outperform a whole lot of modern detectors! The Nautilus is a wonderful machine for people who like to dig deep holes on sites that are cleaned out..and in most cases, it will find something where you didn’t get any signals with other detectors.

The operation frequency is 14 kHz. In my eyes, that´s a great frequency for large relics, but not so much for very tiny objects. If you are after things the size of a rice corn, I´d probably recommend a detector like the XP Deus or the AT Pro. But if you are after large objects in larger depths, this machine is perfect and can find a lot of cool stuff-

It runs with 4 x 9v PP3 alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries that will last for approximately 20 hours. That’s actually not so much in comparison to other detectors! The good performance definitely takes its toll on the cost of the batteries. But as it uses standard 9V batteries that can be bought in every supermarket, it won´t be that hard to get replacement batteries in case you need some fast.

I guess I should say that the weakness of the Nautilus is definitely its very slow reaction time, that sometimes caused a whole lot of camouflaging. That´s really the only reason I am not using it on more sites, than just on sites that are already sweeped it. It´s sometimes kinda hard to locate the target, which is why I can only recommend it in combination with a GOOD pinpointer, such as the Pro Pointer AT or the new one from Minelab.

Unfortunately, the American Website is no longer active but there is a website in the UK that is offering machines, spare parts and repair broken detectors.