NiteStar Distance Measuring Instruments

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The NiteStar is a Distance Measuring Instrument (DMI) designed to accurately record distances and survey coordinates as you drive. The device records distances for logging points along a given route and gives you linear distances with a high degree of accuracy. It is easy to use and displays measurements right in your vehicle. The NiteStar has endless uses when vehicle-obtained distances are needed.

The NiteStar is used in conjunction with a speed sensor mounted on the firewall or under the dashboard. This sensor transfers speed signals to the NiteStar for measurement and display.


  • Convenient way to gather accurate distances
  • Easy to install and use
  • Measurements are displayed right in your vehicle
  • Stores location data for later review or inventory


  • Roadway or railway lengths
  • Paint line or guardrail lengths
  • Cable or pipeline lengths
  • Pole or sign spacing
  • Inventory of signs, guardrails, etc.
  • Truck, bus or postal routes
  • Material calculation for construction or repair
  • E-911 address mapping
  • Accident reconstruction
  • Passing / no passing zones


  • Accurately measure distances at ± 1 foot per mile
  • Converts distances to miles, feet or kilometers
  • Capable of detecting bi-directional distance (up / down)
  • Displays distance intervals between points of interest
  • Extensive internal memory for storing data
  • Optional power adapter cable to derive 12 VDC from the cigarette lighter or auxiliary power socket
  • Cables and brackets are sold separately


Additional Product Specifications:

Feature NiteStar instruments
Accuracy ± 1 foot per mile ( ± 0.19 meters per kilometer)
Auto Distance Conversion Feet; miles; kilometers
Automatic Error Correction Compensates for sensor error due to vehicle's dynamic motion
Calibration 4-vehicle memory
Display Backlit liquid crystal panel (3 brightness level adjustments and off); 6-digit distance (mi; ft; km); 4-digit interval distance; 3-digit speed (mph; kph; fps)
GPS Receiver WAAS-enabled USB GPS receiver
GPS Accuracy ± 2 meters
Indicators Up / Down arrow; AEC; Code; Mark; Count Hold; Display Hold; Calibrate
Keypad LED backlit (3 brightness adjustments and off); 15 key; touch-tell silicon rubber
Material Calculation Area; volume; tonnage; cost
Output Pulse 0 to 5 VDC (low going high)
Power 9 to 16 VDC; negative ground 90 mA at 12 VDC (max)
Pre-distance Capable of starting at a known distance
Resolution 1 foot (1 meter)
Speed Displays vehicle speed 0 to 199 (mph; kph; fps)
Speed Sensor SS-10 speed sensor



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