# What is a staff compass?

## What is a staff compass?

Staff compass A staff or surveyor’s compass is a box compass very much like the hand compass, but instead of being hand-held, it is supported by a wooden “Jacob’s” staff (or tripod).

What is Jacob’s staff used for?

In surveying. In surveying, a jacob staff is a single straight rod or staff made of nonferrous material, pointed and metal-clad at the bottom for penetrating the ground. It also has a screw base and occasionally a ball joint on the mount, and is used for supporting a compass, transit, or other instrument.

How much is a surveying transit Worth?

Common transits can start at about \$200 and go to \$1,000 or even more for older makes, less common makers or rare models. Original boxes with tripods will always add to the value as will any accessories, such as tools or plumb bobs.

### What is difference between surveyor compass and prismatic compass?

Difference between Prismatic compass and Surveyor compass?…Welcome back.

Prismatic compass Surveyor compass
Graduation in prismatic compass are marked from 0∘ to 360∘ Surveyor compass is divided into four quadrant and graduation are marked from 0∘ to 90∘ in each quadrant.

What is the use of a cross-staff?

The cross-staff is an instrument used to measure angles and altitudes, consisting of a trigonometrically graduated staff and one or more perpendicular vanes moving over it.

Who invented Jacob’s staff?

Levi ben Gerson
The original Jacob’s staff, or cross-staff, was a single pole device credited to Levi ben Gerson (1288-1344), who was one of the leading Jewish mathematicians of the 14th century. The pole was marked in degrees, and the altitude of the stars could be determined by using a sliding wooden panel on the rod.

#### How do you make a Jacob’s staff?

1. Decide what length you would like the staff to be: 1.0 m or 1.5 m.
2. Cut the pipe to be 1 cm LESS than your desired length.
3. Place the PVC end caps on either end of the pipe.
4. Use the marker and tape measure to mark the pipe at 10 cm increments.
5. At alternate intervals on the staff, wrap electrical tape between the notches.

What is surveyor chain?

In 1620 an English mathematician and astronomer named Edmund Gunter described a surveyor’s chain with 100 links, measuring 66 feet (22 yards or 4 poles) overall. By this design, one square chain equals 484 square yards, ten square chains equal an acre, and eighty chains equal a mile.