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Bear Scientific Optical Square

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The double prismatic optical square, also called double prism, has two prisms. The two prisms are placed in such a way that it is possible to look at the same time at a right angle to the left and to the right; in addition the observer can look straight ahead of the instrument through openings above and below the prisms. It is therefore possible to see the base line and the perpendicular line at the same time; no assistant is needed to check if the operator is standing on the base line, as is the case with the single prismatic square.

Setting out a right Angle using a Double Optical Square

Double Optical Square - Figure 1

Step 1 - The observer holds the instrument vertically above peg (C) on the base line. This can be checked with the plumb bob (see below) The instrument is slowly rotated until the image of pole (A), is in line with the image of pole (B)

Double Optical Square - Figure 2

Step 2 - The observer then directs the assistant, holding pole (D), in such a way, that seen through the instrument, pole (D) forms one line with the images of poles (A) and (B) (see below) The line connecting pole (D) and peg (C) forms a right angle with the base line.

Double Optical Square - Figure 3

Setting out a Perpendicular line using a Double Optical Square

Double Optical Square - Figure 4

Step 1 - Looking through the instrument the observer moves slowly trying to find a position on the base line. When the images of both poles (A) and (B) appear, the observer stops and rotates the instrument slowly until the images of poles (A) and (B) form one line (see below). The instrument is then in line with poles (A) and (B) of the base line.

Double Optical Square - Figure 5

Step 2 -The observer moves along the base line towards pole (A) or pole (B). He stops when pole (C) can be seen through the instrument and forms one line with the images of poles (A) and (B) (see below).

Double Optical Square - Figure 6

Step 3 - When the correct position of the instrument is found, peg (D) is driven into the soil right under the plumb bob. Peg (D) and pole (C) form the line perpendicular to the base line (see below).

Double Optical Square - Figure 7


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Bear Scientific Optical Square

Bear Scientific Optical Square

Large double optical square or double prismatic square. Used as a handheld tool for sighting between two poles or stakes. Facilitates a plumb bob and string for positioning over a point. Includes leather carry pouch.

Questions (2)

From japhet lottey | 2017-09-12 12:40:52

please can the optical square be mounted on normal dumpy level or theodolite tripod and attached plumb bob


Hi Japhet,
The Optical square is a hand held unit it doesn't have a mounting option. You can hang a plum bob off the base to position over a peg or sit the optical square on top of a survey peg to help with stability.

I hope this answers your question.

From John | 2017-07-10 21:20:59

Can it be mounted on the tripod?


Hi John, The optical square does have a camera thread. This can be used with an adaptor to mount to a standard construction tripod with a 5/8' x 11 thread. If you are wanting to do this for the purposes of positioning the unit above a point you could also consider using a plumb bob. This Double optical square has a slit on the handle on it for this purpose and can facilitate a plumb bob hung by it's string whilst using it hand held. For more accurate right angles at greater distances you might also consider hiring a theodolite.

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