Wndsn Telemeter Instructions

Telemeters setup, operation, and maintenance.

Many uses of the Telemeter are apparent after simple instructions, but some techniques require some in-depth practice and special attention to detail.


Initial Telemeter Setup

To install, knot the string to the card through the provided hole. Measure a length of 57.3 cm (22.44 inches) from eye to card. You can make a knot at the end or a loop; for measuring distances, hold onto the string with your teeth.

Initial setup

Note that you can measure any dimension; width, height, etc., as long as it's on a plane that is perpendicular to you, the trigonometry doesn't care where in space the triangle is located.

Q: Why is the string length so important, and what's special about the 57.3?

It says "baked-in trigonometry"; also, on the tool itself, there is a hint: For d = 57.3 cm, arctan(s/d) in deg = s => 1° = 1 cm

The explanation is the definition of radian, or rad: The length of an arc of a unit circle is numerically equal to the measurement in radians of the angle that it subtends; one radian is just under 57.3° (when the arc length is equal to the radius). The circumference subtends an angle of 2π radians.

Now, at a radius (hence the string length) of 57.3 cm, 1 cm in measured size subtends exactly 1° and makes for elegant calculations; D = S * d / α where:

  • D = distance from eye to observed object of known size
  • S = known size of the object observed
  • d = distance from tool to observer's eye
  • α = the angular size of the object observed at the distance d

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