The base price is $4125 (US) or if you need greater GPS accuracy, you can buy it bundled with Trimble’s GPS Pathfinder ProXT or ProXH bluetooth connected GPS receivers for $5495 or $6495, respectively. And you might want a few accessories, like an office docking station (pictured at left for $749), vehicle charger ($189), ruggedized keyboard ($395) and some other things as well. I don’t do any GIS stuff, but I presume you’ll need some kind of Trimble software to manage your GPS data collection efforts, that can add up quickly as well. If you want one like I do and happen to have $5-10K to blow, check out the Yuma Ruggedized Tablet PC at the Trimble Store.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve found Google Earth to be a very useful tool in my practice. Whether it is scoping out a site I’ve never seen before or creating a boring location plan or other figure for a report. Feel the same way? Then you might be interested in some recent (February 19, 2008) updates to Google Imagery and other data. Higher resolution images are always welcome! Comprehensive list after the break.