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GeoExplorer 6000 Review (Part 1 – Canopy Challenge)
April 7th, 2011 by Alex Mahrou
The internet tends to be a place of ‘ADD’ and short-lived attention spans when it comes to readers looking at content (trust me, I’m guilty). That’s why I’m deciding to publish my review of the new GeoExplorer® 6000 into four parts. Tiny bite size pieces are the way to go, given today’s hustle and bustle.
Welcome to part 1. On a cold snowy morning some few weeks ago, I took my GeoExplorer® 6000 loaner (from Seiler Instruments) out to meet Tim Smith, the National Park Service’s GPS Program Coordinator. If anyone knows about GPS under canopy, it’s this guy. Around a foot of snow had fallen overnight in beautiful Conifer, Colorado helping to load up the evergreen trees around our GPS test course. The loaded canopy can be a GPS unit’s worst nightmare. I thought to myself, “This was exactly how I’d like to put this unit through it’s paces”.
We occupied a total of three monuments. All of them were shot in with a survey-grade total station. The horizontal and vertical coordinates were of very high accuracy. Besides the GeoExplorer®, we hooked up a Zephyr antenna, and dialed in to the Trimble® VRSNow™ service.