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Nikon Nivo 3.C Prism / Reflectorless Total Station

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The NIkon Nivo Total station has a fast, long range EDM measures in both prism and reflectorless modes. Measure precisely to objects up to 500 m away without the need for a prism

Item ID: 3CTS
Condition: Refurbished
Warranty: 90 Day Exchange


* Nikon Nivo 3.C Prism / Reflectorless Total Station


Nikon Nivo 3.C Prism / Reflectorless Total Station
Nikon's next generation total station is the Nivo™ Total Station, available in two exciting lines: the Nivo C Series and Nivo M Series. Both of the Nivo series are the absolute leaders for go anywhere measurement tools. Compact in size and lightweight, they are convenient to carry over long distances. All Nivo models are supported with legendary Nikon high clarity optics, allowing clearer images in bright and low light conditions, making measurements easy and reducing eye stress.

The fast, long range EDM measures in both prism and reflectorless modes. Measure precisely to objects up to 500 m away without the need for a prism*. Nivo models come standard with a traditional optical plummet which can be upgraded to a laser plummet. All models include a lumi guide for stakeout assistance.

The Nivo C Series is designed with a feature-packed Windows® CE touch-screen interface. Field application software functions are supported by the world class Spectra Precision® Survey Pro™ field software for all your surveying and construction measurement needs.

All Nivo C Series solutions are designed with high productivity in mind, including a dual face display for efficient high precision angle and distance measurements. Work all day long with endless power using hot swappable batteries, you'll never need to worry about interrupting your workflow to change a battery again.

To assist you with the multitude of data needs of the 21st century, the Nivo C Series includes:

  • Support for USB memory sticks
  • Wireless cable-free Bluetooth connections to external data collectors
  • USB High-speed data transfer port


  • Survey Pro software onboard
  • Windows CE touch-screen
  • High quality Nikon optics
  • 1", 2", 3" and 5" angle accuracies
  • Prism and reflectorless measurements
  • Easy-to-use 2nd face keypad
  • Hot swappable batteries
  • Compact, rugged, and lightweight
  • Cable-free Bluetooth®
  • Optional laser plummet


Range with Nikon specified prisms (Good conditionsii)
With reflector sheet 5 cm x 5 cm ( 2 in x 2 in)
Nivo3.C 1.5 m to 300 m (4.9 ft to 984 ft)
With single prism 6.25 cm (2.5 in)
Nivo3.C 1.5 m to 5,000 m (4.9 ft to 16,404 ft)
Range reflectorless modei
Nivo3.C Goodii Normaliii Difficultiv
KGCix (18%) 280 m (920 ft) 250 m (820 ft) 200 m (656 ft)
KGCix (90%) 500 m (1,640 ft) 500 m (1,640 ft) 300 m (984 ft)
Shortest possible range 1.5m (4.9 ft)
Accuracyv (Precise mode)
ISO 17123-4
Prism ±(2+2 ppm × D) mm
Reflectorless ±(3+2 ppm x D) mm
Measuring intervalv
Prism mode Precise mode Normal mode
Nivo3.C 1.5 s 0.8 s
Reflectorless modevii
Nivo3.C 1.8 s 1.0 s
Least count 1 mm (0.002 ft) 10 mm (0.02 ft)
ISO 17123-3 accuracy (horizontal and vertical); 3"/1 mgon Nivo3.C
Reading system Absolute encoder
Circle diameter 62 mm (2.4 in)
Horizontal/Vertical angle Diametrical
Minimum increment
Nivo3.C Degree: 1"; Gon: 0.1 mgon
Tube length 125 mm (4.9 in)
Image Erect
Magnification 30× (18x/36x with optional eyepieces)
Nivo3.C Effective diameter of objective 45 mm (1.8 in)
Nivo3.C EDM diameter 50 mm (2.0 in)
Field of view 1°20'
Resolving power 3"
Minimum focusing distance 1.5 m (4.9 ft)
Laser Pointer Coaxial Red Light
Type Dual-axis
Method Liquid-electric detection
Compensation range ±3.5'
Communication ports 1 x serial (RS-232C), 2 x USB (host and client)
Wireless communications Integrated Bluetooth
Internal Li-ion battery (x2)
Output voltage 3.8 V DC
Operating timeviii
approx. 7.5 hours (continuous distance/angle measurement)
 approx. 16 hours (distance/angle measurement every 30 s)
 approx. 20 hours (continuous angle measurement)
Charging time
Full charge
4 hours
Level vials
Sensitivity of circular level vial 10'/2 mm
Optical plummet
Image Erect
Magnification 3x
Field of view
Focusing range 0.5 m (1.6 ft) to ∞
Display face 1 QVGA,16 bit color, TFT LCD, backlit (320x240 pixel)
Display face 2 Backlit, graphic LCD (128x64 pixel)
Laser plummet (optional) 4 levels
Memory 128 MB RAM, 128MB Flash memory
Processor Marvell PXA300 XScale 624 MHz
Dimensions (W x D x H) 149 mm x 145 mm x 306 mm
 (5.8 in x 5.7 in x 12.0 in)
Weight (approx.)
Nivo3.C 3.8 kg (8.4 lb)
Battery 0.1 kg (0.2 lb)
Carrying case 2.3 kg (5.1 lb)
Operating temperature range –20 °C to +50 °C (–4 °F to +122 °F)
Storage temperature range –25 °C to +60 °C (–13 °F to +140 °F)
Atmospheric correction
Temperature range –40 °C to +60 °C (–40 °F to +140 °F)
Barometric pressure 400 mmHg to 999 mmHg/533 hPa to
 1,332 hPa/15.8 inHg to 39.3 inHg
Dust and water protection IP66
Class B Part 15 FCC certification, CE Mark approval. C-Tick.
Laser safety IEC 60825-1 am2:2007
Prism mode: Class 1 Laser / Laser Plummet (optional): Class 2 laser
Nivo3.C Reflectorless / Class 1 laser
Nivo3.C Laser Pointer: Class 2 laser

i Measuring distance may vary depending on targets and measuring conditions.
ii Good conditions (good visibility, overcast, twilight, underground, low ambient light).
iii Normal conditions (normal visibility, object in the shadow, moderate ambient light).
iv Difficult conditions (haze, object in direct sunlight, high ambient light).
v ±(3+3 ppm × D) mm –20 °C to –10 °C, +40 °C to +50 °C
(–4 °F to +14 °F, +104 °F to +122 °F)
vi Measuring time may vary depending on measuring distance and conditions. For the initial
measurement, it may take a few more seconds.
vii Measured to KGC 90% at 20 m (65 ft)
viii Battery life specification at 25 °C (77 °F). Operation time may be shorter in low temperatures
or if the battery is not new.
ix Kodak Gray Card, Catalog number E1527795