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Theodolite

Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:30 pm
by dbhguru
NTS,

Don Bertolette and I are working on an article for the Journal of Forestry's Field Notes on new equipment items and iPhone applications. On this article we are concentrating on Theodolite, an iPhone/iPad app. Theodolite measures horizon and elevation angles, and azimuth. The app allows the user to measure the height of a vertical object by marking the top and base of the object looking through the camera lens. The horizontal distance is then supplied to a calculation routine to obtain the vertical height of the target. Here is a screen shot using Theodolite.
TheodoliteWOImage.jpg
The target is a section of the white oak across the street. You can see a yellow disk on the trunk. From the point I took the measurements, the 3-point tangent routine of the TruPulse 200X gave a height 31.583 feet. On a horizontal target distance of 127.333 feet supplied by the TruPulse, the Theodolite routine gave a height of 31.73 feet. The difference between the TruPulse and Theodolite amounts to 1.8 inches. This is actually a test of the two clinometers in terms of how close they are. The challenge is to mark the top and base of the target through the camera lens. This can easily be the source of significant error. Lots of practice is essential for the use of this app.

Bob

Re: Theodolite

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:39 pm
by Larry Tucei
Bob- Any chances of working with an Android App? Larry

Re: Theodolite

Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:39 am
by Don
Larry-
I do believe that Hunter's Theodolite can be run on Android platforms...
-Don