Virtual Sundials and Google SketchUp [BACK]
Cycloid Polar Dial, Newport, Shropshire
52 deg. 46 min. N
2 deg 22 min. W
Type of Sundial
Cycloid Polar Dial
Civil Time
Standard Time Zone
Month UTC SummerTime
6 2006 +0 hr -1 hr
00 hr
About the Virtual Dial

My Virtual Sundial is based on one in Carl Sabinski's "The Sundial Primer" website. A Cycloid Polar dial is interesting because of its unusual curved gnomon which allows the hour lines to be equally spaced. See Carl's webpage: for all the details of how to design and make it.

My small contribution is to enable it to be a Standard Time Cycloid Polar dial. Because, like an Equatorial dial, the hour lines are equally spaced, the dial can be adjusted from the solar time to standard (or clock) time, with the two adjustments, the Equation of Time, varying between 14 minutes 20 seconds slow and 16 minutes 23 seconds fast and the longitude correction, in the case 2 deg 22 min. West or 9 minutes 28 seconds of time.

Correction Graph


In my dial, having calculated the two corrections and haing drawn a graph showing the correcting minutes plus or minus for solar time for each day through the year, I placed it on the midpoint of the dialplate. See the image on the right ->

The gnomon is not fixed and can "slide" along the dialplate in the East-West direction. This enables the user to align the gnomon line at the correct day and month on the correction graph. As you can see from the model , it was 26th June at 13:00 hr. British Summer Time.


If you have Google SketchUp, click to download the sundial model

cycliodpolar-newport-v3.skp ( 355kb)
and see how you can manipulate the model and see the effect of changing day and time.
You can also download two Ruby Scripts to the Plugins folders of your Google SketchUp:

which are very useful for experimenting on Google SketchUp Sundial models.