Like millions of people, Scott Anderson took to the outdoors the night of Sunday, Sept. 27 to see the supermoon lunar eclipse. Being a surveyor, he went about it a different way.

Dear Editor,

What makes this shot of the moon unique is I took it with my iPhone while observing the moon through the objective lens of my Trimble S6 total station. I took the photo from my driveway in San Jose, Calif.

I work for Kier & Wright Civil Engineers & Surveyors. I started with them March 2, 2015. I have been using the Trimble S6 paired with the Trimble TSC3 data collector since I started. We primarily perform commercial construction layout and buildings.

I have been surveying and using total stations for the better part of 16 years. I started with the Sokkia SET 3B back in Denver in the '90s. After moving to the Bay Area in the late '90s, I switched to all Leica equipment.

Now that most of us have smartphones, I thought of taking pictures through the objective lens of my instrument. It’s a bit difficult, but well worth it when the shot comes out nicely.


Scott Anderson

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