Nautilus DMC-IIBPrice: $770
Based on 7 reviews
Excellent relic hunter, but a few problems
At the beach in dry sand the detector is good, but sand gets on the coil and makes it heavy. You've also gotta swing it at a slower speed than other detectorists. Otherwise, it works well.
In wet sand it works poorly compared to others. Hard to use and you only have one tone to work with. This is not a surf hunting detector. Get a beach unit or stick to the dry sand, unless you have very nice ground to work with.
Sometimes in the sandbox (if sand is wet) my unit basically loses it's discrimination capability and you've gotta use all-metal to find targets.
But if you've got a field to cover, just ground balance it and touch it no more. You can detect for hours without even looking at the unit in your hand. I find that really neat. It just hums over good soil, and works well in snow.
If you're going to be using it in mud, cut the bottom off a plastic bag (clear ones that come in rolls) and thread the back over the control box. Secure with Velcro ties. This works great at the beach, keeping the unit clean.
8" coil is the best for coinshooting. 10" for areas where you need to cover more ground or are looking for bigger targets.
On my unit, discrimination above 40 tunes out gold.
Ian from San Diego, CA
DMC2B -The KIng Relic Hunting In Good Soil
Chuck Acton from USA VA
DMC2B - New Lighter Design
The only limits is the use in Hot soils, but if set All/metal correctly and lower Transmit power you can still hunt, but must set Ground balance alot to hunt. In Avg/Sandy soil still today the DMC2B is still the King In Depth And great sen. to Brass, silver, and Gold due to its 14 Freq.
Chuck Acton from Va
A Totally Different Kind of Machine!
The design isn't new, this machine has been around for some time with only minor upgrades the biggest being a recent offer of a Whites rod modification for much improved handling.
But basically it's been the same machine for over a decade.
I've been into this hobby since the 1960's and have used most of the most expensive and popular detectors made today. The Nautilus IIB is the deepest practical VLF detector made today. That is, if it is properly learned.
First, one cannot learn this machine by air tests. It will air test extremely well but that form of testing is very misleading (which is true with most brands).
Next, one cannot master this machine in a few hours time in ones backyard. One can do very well with it right out of the box but to master it takes a lot of work.
Next, the IIB is a “fast swing” machine. The depth greatly improves with a fast coil swing speed. This is good because it means covering more ground area faster. In the discrimination mode my IIB will detect a clad quarter at 12 inches with a slow swing speed and 16 inches with a fast swing (10-inch coil wet mild soil).
Next, the real beauty of the IIB is its true all-metal mode. But learning the relationship between the discrimination mode and all-metal mode, one learns how to find those targets way beyond the ability of the other brands to reach. The Nautilus “pros” listen for tiny “ticks” made in all metal (all-metal is much deeper than discrimination mode) to find those Civil War buttons 20+ inches deep.
The Nautilus is a true American made machine. Its parts are all the best quality with no cheap toy elements.
Originally I thought of the IIB as only a relic machine. But after having owned 3 machines I now know it's just as much a “coinshooter” as a relic machine. The secret is to learn it and there are many helps offered free online.
At under $600 brand new this detector is a real bargain!
Allen from Michigan
For Serious Relic or Coin Hunters Nothing is Better
The circuitry of the DMC2's is more adjustable and relays more signal information to the user than any other detector. Also if you know how to use the Nautilus I believe it is just as good in iron as a Tesoro, especially if you use a 6 or 8 inch coil. (They have a great selection of coils - 6",8",10",&15") I own a T2 and several Tesoro's and they will get targets that my Nautilus misses but my Nautilus gets a lot more targets behind the T2 and Tejon. If I had to have one detector it would be a Nautilus DMC 2B hands down. For the price Nautilus sells for they are by far the absolute best bargain in detectors out there (I see used ones often in the 300.00 range). I have dug buttons close to 20" in good sandy soil with the 2B using a 10" coil -- none of my other detectors have ever come close to that!! In my book NAUTILUS RULES!!
RV from GA
A Superior Machine For Those Who Know How To Use It
John S. from Manassas, Va.
Powerful But Unstable
It is a quality built machine with great depth potential but it needs more engineering to be brought up more in line with today?s detectors. Years ago it led the other brands in depth but now they?re closing in and some have passed it by (in my opinion).
The Tesoro Tejon is by far a better relic and coin hunting machine. It seems even deeper than the IIB and is much more fun to use. It?s lighter, faster, easier to learn, just as deep (maybe deeper), great for wading, and comes with a lifetime warrantee as apposed to Nautilus? two-year warrantee.
M.B. from Michigan