Instrument related works

The library and part of the collection.
Figure 1: The library and part of the collection.
Eager to know more about the instruments in my collection I started collecting books pretty soon after I acquired my first instrument, although the pace was quite slow in the beginning. Then in the year 2000 I started studying the history of 16th - 18th century navigational instruments for which I checked many a period book in several collections world wide (most of them in the Netherlands though). Of the latter I kept a spreadsheet in order to remember which ones I had read and what I found in them. A recent donation of a substantial amount of books on land surveying made me decide to broaden the system I used. Instead of sticking to my spreadsheet I upgraded it to an internet database, allowing me to check my collection from any place with an internet connection.The entries in my catalogue are divided in Manuscripts, Books (period, facsimile and reference), Manuals, Catalogues, Maps, Plates, Postcards, Articles and Periodicals. Most articles and pre-19th century entries are (partial) digital copies, while most later works are here 'in the flesh'. Being listed in my catalogue does however not mean that I fully agree with their contents, but that - for some reason - they were useful for my research. Neither does it mean that the books I read are limited to what can be found in this catalogue. Visitors can search and view the titles of all entries, while users with the right permissions can also view my notes. In order to enter the catalogue, please click the button below. If you have questions or comments regarding my catalogue or recommendations on related titles to read, don't hesitate to contact me.


Printed Publications


  1. N. de Hilster, 'Het Zonneprisma van Roelofs: aanvullend desnoods kritisch commentaar', in: De Hollandse Cirkel, Jaargang 18, nr. 1, (2016), pp.2-8. [A response to an article by Prof. L. Aardoom on the Roelofs solar prism, published in the previous edition of the bulletin, with additional historic and practical info]

  2. N. de Hilster, 'The Navigational Scales of the Triangular Quadrant', in: Slide Rule Gazette, Issue 16, Autumn 2015, pp.94-97.

  3. N. de Hilster, 'The Triangular Quadrant as a navigational instrument', in: Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society No. 126, (2015), pp.34-41.

  4. N. de Hilster, 'Vier eeuwen Nederlandstalige landmeetkundige literatuur', in: De Hollandse Cirkel, Jaargang 17, nr. 2, (2015), pp.50-65. [An article on four centuries of Dutch land surveying literature, with an extensive list of known Dutch publications]

  5. N. de Hilster, Maskelyne Astronomer Royal (book review), in: The Mariner's Mirror, 101:2, (2015), pp.229-232.

  6. N. de Hilster, 'Error in GNSS Augmented Heading Systems: The Effect of Antenna Height Difference on Heading Quality', in: Hydro International, October 2014, Volume 18, Number 7, (2014), pp.17-21.

  7. N. de Hilster, 'Observational Methods and Procedures for the Mariner's Astrolabe', in: The Mariners Mirror 100:3 (August 2014), (2014), pp.261-281. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Mariners Mirror 100:3 on August 2014, available online.

  8. N. de Hilster, A.P.M. Pieters 'AGA/Minilir, de Eerste Zelfvolgende Tachymeter', in: De Hollandse Cirkel, Jaargang 14, nr. 4, (2012), pp.141-147. [Article on the AGA-Minilir, the first autotracking total station]


  9. N. de Hilster, 'Hoe oud is de Theodoliet (en was de dioptra er ook n)?', in: De Hollandse Cirkel, Jaargang 14, nr. 4, (2012), pp.137-138. [Sequel to the article on the history of the theodolite, this time discussing its relation to the dioptra]

  10. N. de Hilster, 'Hoe oud is de Theodoliet?', in: De Hollandse Cirkel, Jaargang 14, nr. 2, (2012), pp.50-53. [Article on the history of the theodolite]

  11. N. de Hilster, 'Water Crossing Surveys at a New Level, First Order Height Transfer with Sighting Distances Above One Kilometer', in: Hydro International, January/February 2012, Volume 16, Number 1, (2012), pp.16-19.

  12. N. de Hilster, 'Water Crossing Surveys at a New Level, First Order Height Transfer with Sighting Distances Above One Kilometer', in: GIM International, February 2012, Volume 26, Number 2, (2012).

  13. N. de Hilster, 'Overgangswaterpassingen op een nieuw niveau', in: Geo-Info 2012-2, (2012), pp.17-19. [Dutch version of the articles on Water Crossing Surveys]

  14. N. de Hilster, 'De ongewisse toekomst van museum Boerhaave en zijn geodetisch erfgoed', in: Geo-Info 2011-12, (2011), pp.12-13. [Article on the financial problems of Museum Boerhaave after the Dutch government economised on their support]

  15. N. de Hilster, 'The Early Development of the Davis Quadrant', in: Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society No. 110, (2011), pp.14-22.

  16. N. de Hilster, 'The Hoekboog: a Reconstruction', in: Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society No. 108, (2011), pp.20-33.

  17. N. de Hilster, 'The Demi-cross: a Reconstruction: Images at a Higher resolution', in: Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society No. 106, (2010), p.5.

  18. N. de Hilster, 'The Demi-cross: a Reconstruction', in: Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society No. 105, (2010), pp.30-41.

  19. N. de Hilster, 'Pantometer: niet zo vreemd', in: De Hollandse Cirkel, Jaargang 11, nr. 4, (2009), pp.151-153. [Article on the 20th century Pantometer]

  20. N. de Hilster, 'Master Hood's Cross-staff: a Reconstruction', in: Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society No. 101, (2009), pp.10-17.

  21. N. de Hilster, 'Verhaal uit een oude doos', in: De Hollandse Cirkel, Jaargang 11, nr. 3, (2009), pp.79-81. [Article on the 19th c. Secrtan Egault]

  22. N. de Hilster, 'The MRU and SRF aligned, Part I: Solving the Yaw Angle', in: Hydro International, Vol. 12, Nr. 9, (2008), pp.24-29.

  23. N. de Hilster, 'The MRU and SRF aligned, Part II: Solving the Pitch and Roll Angles', in: Hydro International, Vol. 12, Nr. 10, (2008), pp.18-21.

  24. N. de Hilster, 'The MRU and SRF aligned, Part III: The History of the Dutch Method', in: Hydro International (web site only), (2008).

  25. N. de Hilster, 'The Spiegelboog (Mirror-staff): a Reconstruction', in: Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society No. 90, (2006), pp.6-16.

  26. N. de Hilster, 'Reconstruction of the Spiegelboog', in: B. Grob, H. Hooijmaijers, Who needs Scientific Instruments, Conference on Scientific Instruments and their users, (Leiden, 2006), pp.219-223.

  27. N. de Hilster, 'Bij een Jacobsstaf in een gevelornament te Edam', in: De Hollandse Cirkel, Jaargang 8, Nr. 1, (2006), pp.14-16. [Article on a Dutch faade showing a cross-staff]

  28. N.A. Kinneging, N. de Hilster, Optimalisatie WESP, Nauwkeurigheidsanalyse van de Water en Strand Profiler ten behoeve van het rapport Toekomst WESP, (Delft, 2000)

  29. C. den Hollander, N. de Hilster, 'Serie Technisch Meten (4), Schaduwmeetsysteem Rijkswaterstaat voor afzinken Tweede Beneluxtunnel', in: Geodesia, nr. 12, (2000), pp.551-554.

  30. N. de Hilster, Tweede Beneluxtunnel, De evaluatie van het schaduwafzinkmeetsysteem, (Delft, 2000)

  31. N. de Hilster, Tweede Beneluxtunnel, Interne evaluatie van het afzinkproces, (Delft, 2000)

  32. N. de Hilster, 'Second Benelux Tunnel, Shadow Immersion Survey System', in: Hydro International, Vol. 4, Nr. 6, (2000), pp.66-69.

  33. N. de Hilster, Tweede Beneluxtunnel, Afzinkmeetprogramma RWS, (Delft, 1999)

  34. N. de Hilster, Evaluatie Taats-, Drempel- en Halsmeting Volkeraksluizen. Meetmethodiek nader bekeken, (Delft, 1999)

  35. N. de Hilster, 'Measuring the Noordersluis in IJmuiden, The Netherlands', in: Hydro International, Vol. 2, Nr. 8, (1998), pp.43-45.

  36. A.P.M. Pieters, N. de Hilster, 'Meting Noordersluis IJmuiden, Hoe terrestische en mariene geodesie elkaar vinden', in: Geodesia, nr. 12, (1997), pp.535-544.

  37. N. de Hilster, A.P.M. Pieters, Meting Noordersluis IJmuiden, Verslag van project 7436A, (Delft, 1997).

  38. A.P.M. Pieters, N. de Hilster, Baggerproef 4 Ketelmeer, Verslag 1e lijnsverwerking meetnauwkeurigheid, (Delft, 1996).


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