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Sundials - timepieces for the sunny side of life

Sundials are among the oldest timepieces in human history. Among the many models that have evolved over time, they have clearly differentiated into a diverse kind of clocks. The most popular types of Sundials are still popular timepieces - even for your home or for your garden.

In general, the vertical Sundials are mostly linear, with planar surfaces that are attached to a wall or vertical support. The clock is then placed where the sun is most of the day, arranged in precisely calculated angles of wall and sun. On the northern hemisphere, this is the south wall of the building. Vertical Sundials are the most commonly used form, at least nowadays.

Horizontal Sundials are, as the name suggests, aligned horizontally and are often installed on levels in the garden or parks on non-shaded areas. The now round clocks showing the time all day. These clocks need to be located in an exact angle to the axis of the earth, flat on the ground to ensure a perfect readability of the clock.

Besides the known variants that display the time via a wandering shade, there are also those sundials, which operate from a light spot on the same principle. In this case, an aperture in the dial creates a shadow, which is done by a single hole in a shield. This hole allows as much light to pass through the shield, to show a small point of light that travels with the time of day on the dial.

In addition to the manifold styles, there are also different materials from which solar clocks are manufactured. A commonality unites all these materials with each other - the high weather resistance, which is necessary because these clocks are designed according to their purpose for outdoor use. Sundials made of stone and metal are the most widely spread models that have proven themselves over a long time.