Theodolite Transit

What is the difference between a theodolite and a transit?

They are the same thing. Europeans tend to say "theodolite", which is the older term. Americans tend to say "transit." It's the tripod thing you see surveyors toting around. You use it to measure how much one point you're standing on is higher/lower than another point you can see.

Here's what the Wikipedia has to say about theodolites/transits: (more at the wikipedia article URL below.)

A theodolite (Amer. "transit") is an instrument for measuring both horizontal and vertical angles, as used in triangulation networks. It consists of a telescope mounted movably within two perpendicular axes, the horizontal or trunnion axis, and the vertical axis. These must be mutually perpendicular. The condition where they deviate from perpendicularity (and the amount by which) is referred to as horizontal axis error.

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David White LT6 900 Meridian 22X Optical Level Transit
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Zeiss ETh3 Electronic Precision Theodolite Transit Scope w Carrying Case
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Wild Heerbrugg T1A 182070 Vintage Swiss Transit Engineers Theodolite
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Vintage 15 Large Brass Optical Surveyors THEODOLITE Transit Surveying Alidade
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CST Berger 135 Surveying Transit Level Scope w Hard Case Free Shipping
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Antique 1904 1910 Buff Buff Mfg Boston Surveyors Level Transit Serial 7224
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CST berger 56 DGT10 5 Digital Transit Theodolite from Authorized Dealer
CST berger 56 DGT10 5 Digital Transit Theodolite from Authorized Dealer
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Topcon Transit AG 20B Level Telescope w Case Free Shipping
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DIETZGEN 6100 SERIES VINTAGE LAND SURVEY TRANSIT LEVEL WITH WOODEN CASE
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VINTAGE KE KEUFFEL ESSER CO SURVEY TRANSIT WITH WOODEN BOX
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Bosch GRL250HV Transit Tripod and Case Good Condition
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Pentax Transit Tripod Digital Transit tripod aluminum survey tripod adjustable
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David White LT6 900 Meridian 22X Optical Level Transit
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Dietzgen Transit Theodolite Model A w Case
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CST Berger Electronic Digital Transit Theodolite Model DGT20
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David White PATH Transit TR303 with Case
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Zeiss TH43 Theodolite TRANSIT
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Vintage David White Instruments Level Transit w Case
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Wild Heerbrugg T1 Theodolite Survey Transitwith carrying case
Wild Heerbrugg T1 Theodolite Survey Transitwith carrying case
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Lietz TM20C Transit
Lietz TM20C Transit
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lietz transit
lietz transit
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Sears Craftsman Transit Level Kit Surveying System with Tripod  Grade Rod Stick
Sears Craftsman Transit Level Kit Surveying System with Tripod Grade Rod Stick
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Vintage Dietzgen Transit Theodolite Model A Survey Transit Tokyo
Vintage Dietzgen Transit Theodolite Model A Survey Transit Tokyo
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