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

NiteStar NS-60 Model DMI Unit, Distance Measuring Instrument, Cables & Brackets are Sold Separately

Specifications for Selected SKU 287-NS60
Model Number NS-60
Power 9 to 16 VDC, negative ground 90 mA at 12 VDC (max)
Accuracy ± 1 foot per mile ( ± 0.19 meters per kilometer)
Speed Sensor SS-10 speed sensor
GPS Receiver WAAS enabled USB GPS receiver
GPS Accuracy ± 2 meters
Resolution 1 foot (1 meter)
Display Back lighted 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)
Indicators Up / Down arrow, AEC, Code, Mark, Count Hold, Display Hold, Calibrate
Keypad LED back lighted (3 brightness adjustments and off), 15 key, touch-tell silicon rubber
Speed Displays vehicle speed 0 to 199 (mph, kph, fps)
Calibration Four vehicle memory
Auto Distance Conversion Feet, miles, kilometers
Pre-distance Capable of starting at a known distance
Output Pulse 0 to 5 VDC (low going high)
Automatic Error Correction Compensates for sensor error due to vehicle's dynamic motion
Material Calculation Area, volume, tonnage, cost
Interval Counts Elapsed distance from last mark, begin / end accumulation
Memory 0 - 99 memory locations, unlimited with laptop computer, 20 preset plain language events
Communication RS-232 in / out, selectable baud rate (300 - 600 - 1200 - 2400 - 4800 - 9600)
Input Channel One 8-bit 0 - 5 VDC analog, one 0 - 5 VDC digital
Output Channel One 0 - 5 VDC Digital
Length 7 1/2 in
Width 22/25 in
Height 2 1/4 in
Temperature Rating 32°F to 158°F (0°C to 70°C)
Warranty One year parts and labor, 90 days on install and sensor kit

DISCLAIMER: Specifications are subject to change without notice. For additional specifications and details, please contact us!