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Spot-on Sundials in Brass

Reading your Spot-On Sundial

The Spot-On Sundial is easy to read. The shadow of the top slanting edge of the gnomon travels round the sundial in a clockwise direction.

This shows the shadow falling exactly on an hour line. The time is 8 am winter time (indicated by the VIII Roman numerals) or 9 am in Summer Time/ Daylight Saving Time

An hour and ten minutes has passed. The shadow now falls on the first of the small lines indicating 10 minutes past the hour. The time is 9.10 am (or 10.10 am in Summer Time)

Nine minutes later, the shadow has passed the spot indicating a further five minutes, and is considerably closer to the next ten-minute line than to the spot. The time is 9.19 am (or 10.19 in Summer Time

And so we reach the time of solar noon (12 in winter and 1 pm in summer) with the line of light shining through the air gap, and directly across the the circle.

 

The Unique Line of Light

Note that the times given in this page are local times by the sun. The difference between your local time and the time on your watch depends on your longitude and the Equation of Time, as described in our local time page

Spot-On Sundials is the trade mark for sundials designed by Piers Nicholson andincorporating the unique "line of light" which enables them to be set up (and therefore read) to great accuracy. Spot-On Sundials are also available in stainless steel.