For awhile now I’ve been detecting without a pointer. And I’ve become quite good at narrowing my target down, I can get it to a 5-10cm location (I’m using a 10x5" coil which helps a little).
In the future I will have a micro pointer. But the only time I expect to pull it out will be during underwater detecting (possibly night detecting - as it has a light) as things can shift underwater & the less messing about & disturbance of silt the better.
[Runs off to fit an on-off LED light to my detector coil.]