VIRGO” ARMILLARY SPHERE.


The “Virgo” Armillary Sphere is a much more complex dial featuring a full equatorial band and rings marking the tropics of Capricorn & Cancer and arctic/antarctic circles.    The gnomon is usually enclosed without arrow head and tails, however, these can be added if requested subject to latitude and plinth dimensions. The image left shows the addition of the optional “Arrow head and fletch“ option. The image to the right show the addition of the 5th Ecliptic ring on a bell mounted dial.

The equatorial ring has a  time band showing Roman numerals and signs of the Zodiac .  Includes engraving  of your choice around the outside of the Horizon ring.

SIZE  500mm globe 530mm tall     PRICE £845.00 + Boxing & delivery (£45.00)

Options

Ecliptic ring                                                    Add     £45.00

Arrow head and fletch (tail)                       Add     £45.00

Bell mount instead of ring (630mm tall)      Add     £25.00





                    


All prices on this page include UK mainland standard parcel delivery.



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Stephen specialises in creating high quality Armillary Spheres  for the smaller garden space,individually making every Armillary Sphere to order, ensuring that each one is a unique and extra special time piece, be it for a present to ones self or a most precious of gifts to loved ones, friends or colleagues. Stephen  can engrave each dial  with your own personal inscription, anniversary dates or precious thoughts. Prior to engraving every customer will get precise sundial engraving artworks of how the dial will look thus ensuring the dial you want is the dial you get. He can also give advise on choice of plinth and siting position.


Armillary Spheres or Armillary Globes, as they are sometimes called, have existed for centuries . Originally being used as instruments to explain the position of heavenly objects in the celestial sphere and being based on the presumption of the Earth being at the centre of all visible space in the sky. Stephen’s designs  bring together the functionality of reading the time as told by the sun and the intrinsic sculptural elegance of the interplay of hand formed rings depicting the simplest elements of these beautiful ancient instruments. Without doubt they are stunning focal points.  

All of Stephen’s dials come with detailed mounting instructions and a solarnoon chart, specific to the dial, to allow for precise sundial alignment to the sun. With the exception of the “Lyra” which can also be “Coppered” these solid brass dials are finished with a fine brushed texture. They will grow old gracefully, in time developing a dark bronze/brown patina.


“PEGASUS” ARMILLARY SPHERE.

This beautiful solid brass dial is mounted on a ring base with a central fixing pin, this makes the mounting and alignment of this dial very easy to accomplish.  The equatorial ring has a  time band showing 6am to 6pm in large Roman numerals. Engraving  of your choice around the outside of the Horizon ring is included with the option ( As shown on this dial) of having the front of the equatorial ring engraved for a small additional cost.

Individually made to site specific latitude.  


SIZE 450mm globe  470mm tall                 PRICE  £570.00 + delivery

SIZE 500mm globe  530mm tall                 PRICE  £620.00 + delivery

                                                                          Plus £45.00 additional engraving




Andromeda Armillary Sphere_Stephen Holehan Sundials

“ANDROMEDA” ARMILLARY SPHERE.

An elegant Armillary Sphere  mounted on a brass bell, with a central fixing pin; this makes the mounting and alignment of this dial very easy to accomplish. The time band shows 6am to 6pm in large Roman numerals. Engraving  of your choice around the outside of the Horizon ring is included with the option ( Not shown on this dial) of having the front of the equatorial ring engraved for a small additional cost. Individually made to site specific latitude.

SIZE 450mm globe  570mm tall                 PRICE  £630.00 + delivery

SIZE 500mm globe  620mm tall                 PRICE  £690.00 + delivery

                                                                          Plus £45.00 additional engraving

 



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Armillary sundial as supplied

Armillary sundial “growing old gracefully”

 “LYRA” ARMILLARY SPHERE.  (Click on images below to enlarge)

The  Lyra armillary sphere is furnished with a smaller bell base. The time band has large Roman numerals showing 5am to 7pm and comes with a choice of engraving to the outside of the horizon ring. It  has a single pin mounting through the bell base for fixing. Individually made to site specific latitude.





SIZE 400mm globe  480mm tall                  PRICE  £480.00 + delivery


 


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Standard & Longitude adjusted Equation of time plate.


Armillary dials are set to show “Local apparent time” This is when it is said to be noon when the sun is directly overhead. ( Its highest point in the sky when directly above the position of the viewer.) Time as it used to be before GMT was introduced to standardise time across the country- thus allowing railway timetables to be aggregated.  


The “Greenwich adjusted” EOT plate shows the seasonal adjustment of dial slow / dial fast, together with an adjustment for the dial’s position East or West of the Greenwich Meridian. If the dial is correctly aligned to solar noon (local apparent time)  it will then be possible to ascertain correct Greenwich mean time.(Standardised time)

[Within the limitations of reading the edge of the shadow]


Standard Equation of Time plate                             £28.00

Greenwich adjusted  Time Plate                              £38.00

It is possible to form an Equation of time plate to the diameter of a round plinth, or mount to the face of a square or octagonal plinth.

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Find your Longitude and Latitude?

Click on image above

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Standard “Virgo” with Arrow head and fletch  option

“Virgo” on bell base variation  with Ecliptic ring  option.

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