Leica robotic and Smartstation
I've only always used Topcon GPS and Total stations running Carlson SurvCE and am interested in a used, older but still reliable robotic total station. In particular, the models that can also be set up as a Smartstation. I'm not really sure which ones are capable, but I'm looking at TCRP 1203/1205, 1203+/1205+ models. What is the difference between the plus and non-plus models? Also, can the older 1103/1105 models be set up as a Smartstation. And what are the differences between say R100, R400, and R1000's? Please forgive my ignorance, as Leica is completely foreign to me.
Please weigh in with anything and everything.
First of all, welcome to the form.
I used the 1200 series with an ATX1230GG as a smart station for years until I replaced them with MS50s. The main problem I see with it at this setup is the ATX1230. That being said you can use the TCRP 1200s with both CS10/15 using Viva and CS20 using Captivate which opens up your GNSS options.
I think the main difference in the TCRP1200 & 1200+ series has to do with the internal boards but nothing major. The R number deals with the reflectorless measurement distance to a 18% surface.
The older 1100 series was never outfitted to be a smart station on its own and I'm not sure that the newer collectors will communicate with it.
1200+ changed the RL EDM to be the same unit as the Prism EDM, all red laser rather than infrared emitter, more stable alignment. Also changed from quad encoder to some kind of continuous quartz substrate. Distant recollection.
Smart Station was introduced on the earliest 1200's, data collector inside the instrument and RX1210 control surface only. Ran VXworks OS. When the RX1250 came out, it ran WinCE for an actual separate data collector (could be switched between TPS and GPS with the right licensing). Smart Rover and Smart Pole.