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Custom "Dialling Guides" - Analemmatic Sundial (Human Sundial)

If you are interested in a custom designed "Dialling Guide" for a "human sundial" here is what we have to offer:

  • Analemmatic sundial "Dialling Guides" designed for local apparent or solar time.
  • Analemmatic sundial "Dialling Guides" designed for zonal solar time, i.e. local apparent time with longitude correction.

Figure 1 illustrates two "human sundials" designed for two different locations in the Northern Hemisphere. They indicate solar time. This sundial is an excellent project for a school yard, playground or park.

Figure 1: "Human Sundials"

Figure 1: "Human Sundials"

The minimum time interval for all the "Dialling Guides" is 5 minutes.  The Hour Lines for the Date Scale are for days 1, 5, 6,10, 11, 15, 16, 20, 21, 25 and 26 of each month. Just select the time interval you want for your sundial from the template provided.

The "Dialling Guide" designed for local apparent or solar time is specific to your latitude.

A "Dialling Guide" designed for zonal solar time has its hour points shifted. The degree of shift depends upon your longitude relative to your time zone meridian. This shift can be as much as 30 minutes. This results in a sundial that is unique to your location.

The layout of your sundial using any of these "Dialling Guides" is done using the instructions provided with the free "Dialling Guides". The "Dialling Guide" comes in a table format.

There are 2 different "Dialling Guides" you can request:

1. Analemmatic Sundial: Local Apparent Time, sizes of 2 metres and any other size you request
2. Analemmatic Sundial: Zonal Solar Time, sizes of 2 metres and any other size you request

IMPORTANT: For "Dialling Guide 1"  you must supply your latitude. For "Dialling Guide 2" you must supply your latitude and longitude. Visit the "Links" page at the North American Sundial Society web site and you will find sites that can help you determine your latitude and longitude. Perhaps you may know someone with a GPS unit....even one in a vehicle.

There is a cost for the custom "Dialling Guides" as follows:

  • $40.00 CAD each if you live in Canada.
  • $40.00 USD each if you live anywhere else.

The "Dialling Guides" are emailed to you as pdf files and so you must provide your email address with your request.

For payment options please go to the page "The Sundial Primer on CD". Click on the banner.

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Thank you for your request.

Happy Dialling!