Field (& Some Lab) Equipment

Biogeographical

DBH Tapes

DBH Tapes

Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) tape. Tape 2 is 10m, the rest are 8m.

Core Sample Holder

Core Sample Holder

Core sample holder that can be used with Increment Borers.

Increment Borers

Increment Borers

Increment borers for sampling softwood trees.  Requires training.

quadrat frames

quadrat frames

PVC frames, various sizes.

GPS & Navigational

Sextant

Sextant

U.S. Navy Bureau of Navigation Mark II Sextant

Garmin GPS 76

Garmin GPS 76

Garmin handheld GPS.  3-5 m accuracy.

Trimble Juno GPS

Trimble Juno GPS

Trimble Juno SB Level 1 (code) GPS Receiver 3-5m accuracy with SBAS differential correction, uses Terrasync.

Trimble ProXH GPS

Trimble ProXH GPS

Submeter GPS, separate GPS and Recon datalogger.

Meteorological/Atmospheric

Sling Psychrometer

Sling Psychrometer

Used to measure relative humidity.

Skymaster

Skymaster

Similar to the Brunton Sherpa, this device can measure windspeed, temperature, relative humidity and barometric pressure. 

Barometer

Barometer

Handheld barometer with an analog face.

Dwyer Wind Meter

Dwyer Wind Meter

Wind meter for collecting wind speeds from 2-66 mph.

Soil, Sediment, Rock Sampling & Analysis

Chisel tool

Chisel

7.5 in chisel for collecting samples. 

Analog soil thermometer

Analog soil thermometer

Analog soil thermometer with readings in both F and C.

Eijkelkamp Gouge Auger

Eijkelkamp Gouge Auger

This auger comes with a dead-blow mallet and a bent spatula.  It can be used for hard soils.

Hanna Thermocouple w/ Probe

Hanna Thermocouple w/ Probe

Hanna thermocouple with probe can measure temperatures from -50 to 250 C.  The probe is 10mm in width and 500mm in length and can tackle the toughest soil.   Thermocouple comes in a hard case. 

Hydrology & Water Quality Instruments

Swoffer Flow Meter

Swoffer Flow Meter

For use with Swoffer Rod for measuring depth and positioning propellor at optimal depth for velocity average with depth.

Salinity Refractometer

Salinity Refractometer

refractometer for salinity measurement.

YSI Multiparameter

YSI Multiparameter

Our kit comes with a combination pH/ORP probe, DO membrane kit, conductivity/temperature probe, a 4 meter cable, and a PC interface cable.  There is also buffer solution available for calibration. 

USGS Pygmy Current Meter

USGS Pygmy Current Meter

For use with USGS Flow Rod for measuring depth and positioning the meter at the right depth of flow.  Used with either headphones or digitizer.

Handheld Surveying Instruments

Laser Technologies Impulse 200 Laser Rangefinder

Laser Technologies Impulse 200 Laser Rangefinder

Laser Technologies Impulse 200 Laser Rangefinder, with compass module.  Best used on a range pole for steady readings.

Opti-Logic Laser Rangefinder

Opti-Logic Laser Rangefinder

Easy to use laser rangefinder, accurate to 1 m.  Reads distance & vertical angle, with built-in settings for horizontal and vertical distance, and tree height.

Abney Level

Abney Level

Sokkia Abney Level with 5x Magnification.

Brunton Survey Master Duo

Brunton Survey Master Duo

Similar to the Suunto Tandem, the Brunton Master Duo combines a clinometer and a compass. 

Surveying Tapes

60 m (200 ft) non-metallic tape

60 m (200 ft) non-metallic tape

100 m Metallic Tape

100 m Metallic Tape

100 ft Non-Metallic, Lufkin

100 ft Non-Metallic, Lufkin

100 ft Non-Metallic Tape

100 ft Non-Metallic Tape

Surveying Instruments (High Accuracy)

4.5 inch Transit, David White

4.5 inch Transit, David White

For the mechanically-minded, non-powered types:  not electronic -- no batteries -- completely opto-mechanical.  Takes patience and practice, but you can get accuracy to minutes of horizontal and vertical angle.

Auto Level

Auto Level

Telescopic (optical) level.  Use tape or stadia readings for distance.  

Used with stadia rod in meters or feet.

Laser Level

Laser Level

Laser level. Used with laser sensor (in laser level box) mounted on suitable rod, such as the Direct Reading Laser Leveling Rod.

Leica Total Station (Builder 503)

Leica Total Station (Builder 503)

The Leica Builder 503 Total Station is a relatively easy-to-use instrument, but has exceptional accuracy: 3 seconds of angle horizontally and vertically.  See the SFSU Guide for a shortened version of the manual focused on our uses, which are going to be for capture of survey points, referred to as an "As-Built" survey (the instrument also does "Layout" for construction.) 

Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS)

dji Spark

dji Spark

The 300-g dji Spark can't be programmed to fly autonomously, but it has a decent camera that can be used to map using GCPs and manual flying even with no GPS.  The procedure uses Free-Flight mode in Pix4Dcapture, which triggers the camera at specified spacing.

dji Phantom 4 Advanced

dji Phantom 4 Advanced

The DJI Phantom 4 is a popular, easy-to-fly UAS that  integrates a decent camera (1" CMOS 20 Mpixel 100-12800 ISO, FOV 84° 8.8 mm (24 equiv) f/2.8-f/11, autofocus) on a gimbal.  One advantage over the Phantom 3 is locking propellers. 

3DR Solo (with RedEdge)

3DR Solo (with RedEdge)

Configured as a platform for the MicaSense RedEdge 5-band sensor, shown here with downwelling light sensor and GPS mounted above.

3DR RTF X8 octocopter

3DR RTF X8 octocopter

Payload capacity:  800 g.

Research or educational use requires a FAA-certified remote pilot on the field team and project approval by the SFSU UAS Review Board.

Lab and Field Equipment

7x-45x Stereo Microscope

7x-45x Stereo Microscope

Binocular 7X-45X zoom stereo microscope on a single-arm boom stand, with 30mm widefield, 10X eyepieces, single-arm boom stand, 45 degree inclined binocular oculars, 6.5:1 magnifying zoom range and 4" (100mm) working distance.

Abrams Stereoscope

Abrams Stereoscope

To be used for viewing a stereoscopic pair of separate images.

Furnace

Furnace

For Loss-On-Ignition studies of organic matter content of soil samples.  In this lab, use a relatively low-temperature (360 to 375°C).

Mirror Stereoscope

Mirror Stereoscope

Mirror stereoscope for measuring and mapping features on stereo pairs of aerial photography.

Miscellaneous Field Equipment

Caving Helmets

Field Plotter Kit

To be used with: Alidade, Plane Table, and Plane Table Tripod.

Caving Helmets

Caving Helmets

Petzl caving helmets.  Some are available with a helmet lamp. 

Handheld Radios

Handheld Radios

 Motorola handheld radios.

Sound Meter

Sound Meter

Used to measure noise pollution. 

Tripods

Autolevel tripod

Autolevel tripod

Convex top autolevel tripod, for quick setup of optical autolevels.

K&E Yellow and Red Flat Top

K&E Yellow and Red Flat Top

Wooden tripod (a bit more stable but heavier than aluminum tripod).  Used with total station, digital level, laser level.

Plane Table Tripod

Plane Table Tripod

To be used with the plane table. 

Topcon Yellow Flat Top

Topcon Yellow Flat Top

Aluminum.  Used with total station, digital level, laser level.  

Rods

Homemade Range Poles

Homemade Range Poles

Available in feet (left) or meters (right).  Used with hand levels.

Laser Level Sensor

Laser Level Sensor

For use with Laser Level, and stored in its box.  Mounted with bracket (also in laser level box) on a suitable rod such as the direct-reading laser-level rod.

Mr. Long Arm Painter Pole

Mr. Long Arm Painter Pole

Extends to 7 m, to be used for an elevated platform for photography.  Includes camera mount.  Only appropriate for light-weight cameras at its full extent.

Prism Rod (Seco)

Prism Rod (Seco)

Extends to 4.65 m.  Marked in meters for water depth reading, Used with Prisms.

Cameras & Sensors and Vehicles

Canon S95

Canon S95

The Canon S95 is a versatile but inexpensive camera with a global shutter, so it works well with on a UAV platform.  Run the CHDK intervalometer to take pictures at regular intervals.  We have three of these, one unaltered, the other two with the IR blocking filter removed, one with a filter mount, the other with an NGB filter installed internally.

GoPro camera

GoPro

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition.

MicaSense RedEdge Multispectral Camera

MicaSense RedEdge Multispectral Camera

The MicaSense RedEdge 5-band sensor was designed primarily for precision agriculture applications, where farmers can look for moisture and other stress on their fields, but also works well for vegetation mapping.  It captures narrow bands of blue (centered on 475 nm), green (560 nm), red (668 nm), near infrared (NIR, 840 nm), and red edge (717 nm), allowing for accurate detection of vegetation health and discernment of species based on their spectral signatures.

Bicycles

Bicycles

Available for checkout.  See Map Librarian.