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# How to use a total station?

## How to use a total station?

(OP)
Sorry for the sacrilegious question, out of curiosity I would at least understand how such an instrument. I've had a rough idea of the rudiments of the theory (put up the instrument, collimate, etc..). I also have a Trimble 5600 of about ten years, without at least one couple of years and I tried to make measurements canonical (after putting the station etc..) pointing the prism supplied shown in these photos:

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Obviously made ​​the putting into the station and the instrument arranged, can measure as long as the prism is at a maximum of 6 meters from the instrument (the distance measurements that correspond with those read on the instrument verified on the ground with a tape), after which for greater distances the instrument remains in scanning without concluding any measure. You want to enlighten me? Excuse for my poor English, from Lexicool. Greetings from Italy.

### RE: How to use a total station?

Your posting seems to contain at least one factual error. Where are you getting: "can measure as long as the prism is at a maximum of 6 meters from the instrument?"

The Great Trigonometric Survey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Trigonometric_S...) of India in 1856 measured the height of Mt. Everest to within 10 m of current measurement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_everest) from well more than 6 m.

Have you read the Wikipedia entries:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodolite
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surveying
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_station

### RE: How to use a total station?

(OP)
Excuse for my poor English.
"My" Total Station is a TRimble 5600, DR200+. I cannot measure with it distances greather than 6-7 m. The instrument has not been used for two years. It ma be depend from backup battery?

### RE: How to use a total station?

This is not a repair shop. You should probably talk directly to a Trimble service engineer.

### RE: How to use a total station?

(OP)
>This is not a repair shop. You should probably talk directly to a Trimble service engineer.

This is really a good idea! Thank you very much!

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