Spot-on Sundials in Brass

34 cm. brass Spot-On Sundial

The 34 cm. brass sundial is essentially a slightly larger version of the 27 cm., RHS sundial illustrated here. The dialplate is identical except that there is no RHS logo. We will be posting new photographs of this sundial in the next few weeks

The dialplate is 32 cm. in diameter, and stands on a baseplate 34 cm. square. The height to the top of the gnomon is 24 cm, and the dial complete weighs 7 kg. The baseplate has 4 fixing holes to secure the sundial to the plinth or other horizontal mounting surface; the dialplate, after it has been oriented correctly is locked down with the central screw. This prevents the dialplate being knocked out of alignment, and also protets the fixing holes to prevent pilferage.

Reading your Sundial

You tell the time from the top edge of the shadow, and you read the Arabic numerals in summer time and the Roman numerals in the winter. The shadow first sweeps out the morning hours (see top picture, where the time is 9.25 if summertime is in operation, or 8.25 in winter). The dialplate is marked with long hour lines extending from the base of gnomon, short 10-minutelines, and 5-minute dots, so you can read the sundial to within a minute or two. ...more

Setting up your Sundial

For about five minutes at noontime, a line of light shines between the two plates of the tgnomon, and you use this feature to set up the sundial "spot-on" to true north, so that it will always tell the correct time. After it has been set up, the dialplate is locked down with the special key for the centre screw, and cannot then be knocked out of alignment. (This feature also protects the 4 fixing holes in the baseplate to prevent pilferage). ...more

Looking after your Sundial

Your sundial will need very little maintenance: you just need to wash it with warm soapy water from time to time. The surface will gradually darken with exposure to the air, and will show the shadow line even more clearly on this matt background. .....more




The 34 cm. Spot-On Sundial is priced at 295 plus p&p (15 in mainland UK). The side of the gnomon can be engraved with up to 60 letters at a cost of 55. You can order either by sending a cheque to Spot-On Sundials, POBox 292, Epsom, KT17 4YP or through our secure online store

For further information, please contact the designer, Piers Nicholson on 01 372 747 767 or 07 909 747 335, or by Email , or by post to: Spot-On Sundials, POBox 292, Epsom, KT17 4YP
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.