Capricorn: Dec.22-Jan.29 The Sundial Primer
created by Carl Sabanski
Capricorn: Dec.22-Jan.29

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"Dialling Guides" - Horizontal & Vertical Sundials

The purpose of the "Dialling Guides" is to provide an easy method for laying out the hour lines for a number of horizontal and vertical sundials located at various latitudes in either the Northern or Southern Hemispheres. Figure 1 is an illustration of a typical "Dialling Guide". It is designed to show local apparent or solar time.

Figure 1 - "Dialling Guide"

Figure 1: "Dialling Guide" (ZW2000/CAD)

There are a total of 81 "Dialling Guides" that cover the range of latitudes from 25 to 65 inclusive in increments of 0.5. Each "Dialling Guide" illustrates how to lay out the hour lines for the following sundials in minimum time increments of 5 minutes:

1. Horizontal Sundial - Northern Hemisphere
2. Horizontal Sundial - Southern Hemisphere
3. Vertical Direct South Sundial - Northern Hemisphere
4. Vertical Direct North Sundial - Southern Hemisphere
5. Vertical Direct North Sundial - Northern Hemisphere
6. Vertical Direct South Sundial - Southern Hemisphere

The sundials are numbered on the "Dialling Guides" as indicated above. For any given latitude the "Dialling Guides" can be used to design the following sundials:

1. Horizontal Sundial
2. Vertical Direct South Sundial
3. Vertical Direct North Sundial

In order to design these three sundials for a given latitude, two "Dialling Guides" must be obtained. The "Dialling Guide" for the desired latitude is required for the horizontal sundial and one for the co-latitude is required for the vertical direct south and north sundials. This is easy to do. Just find a "Dialling Guide" close to your latitude in the following table and you will have one of your "Dialling Guides". The one for your co-latitude is on the same line. Don't forget the instructions.

To assist you in visualizing the hour limits imposed on each of the sundials you should make a "Dialling Buddy" or obtain a set of "Sun Charts" for your latitude. It is amazing what you will learn from either of these, particularly if you are new to dialling. It is worth the effort!

If you see what might be a problem with any of the "Dialling Guides" please let me know. Thank you.

Happy Dialling!

If you are interested in a custom "Dialling Guide" designed for your particular location or one that has the hour lines corrected for longitude, we can help you.

Custom "Dialling Guides"

Custom "Dialling Guides"