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    Before there were watches, there was this ...

    As I drove from Alice Springs in Central Australia to my new home at Tanunda in South Australia, I stopped into a nice little place called The Australian Arid Lands Botanical Gardens for a cup of coffee. It's located on the northern outskirts of Port Augusta and is essentially a transport hub.

    I was fascinated by this sun dial. I compared the time it displayed with my CASIO G-Shock and was surprised at how close it was. People have always been interested in time and now we have such sophisticated gear as satellite watches, a far cry from sun dials.


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    I'm also impressed by the person who invented the sundial. Very cool.
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    I prefer sundials...


    on my wrist...

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    Re: Before there were watches, there was this ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Stoshman View Post
    I prefer sundials...


    on my wrist...

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    if ever you're in London, you should check out the Greenwich Sundial. Also, while you're there, read up on John Harrison and his chronometer innovations. Fascinating stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yongsoo1982 View Post
    if ever you're in London, you should check out the Greenwich Sundial. Also, while you're there, read up on John Harrison and his chronometer innovations. Fascinating stuff.
    I hang my head in shame, I didn’t even know about the sundial.

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    A problem if your're a day-sleeper.

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    Here's my favorite sundial design, installed at the Santa Barbara botanic gardens. The arms swivels on the base. As the user, you turn the arm to align the notch in the shadow with the current date on the analemma. This corrects for the equation of time. I've never seen any other sundial like this one, which can both correct for the equation of time and tell you what time of year it is - for example, in the attached picture, it must be either may or July, since it's not possible to move the arm so that the shadow notch hits November. The time arm then points to the current time (with both a standard time reading and a daylight saving time reading).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoshman View Post
    I prefer sundials...


    on my wrist...

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    It's too big for your wrist, must be one of them invicta Sun Dials
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    Quote Originally Posted by yongsoo1982 View Post
    if ever you're in London, you should check out the Greenwich Sundial. Also, while you're there, read up on John Harrison and his chronometer innovations. Fascinating stuff.
    Harrison's work is very interesting. If you've not seen the two part miniseries "Longitude" is worth a watch. It is available on DVD or youtube.




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