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Vertical Declining Sundials

Detalle de un cuadranteWe also build sundials to order for walls which do not face directly southward. In this case, we will need to know the exact orientation of the wall and the latitude of the area, as well as the dimensions of the quadrant. Please do not hesitate to ask us for a quote.

Sundials of Varied Latitude

Latitude is an essential element for the perfect working of the clock. Normally, we calculate models for latitudes ranging from 37 to 40 and 42, which more or less correspond respectively to Granada, Madrid and Barcelona, but we can also build sundials for different latitudes (eg: 43º 22’, which is the latitude of La Coruña).

What Kind of Sundial is Adequate for My House?

Sundials require two things: many hours of sun exposure, and a visible and frequented place. Depending on the conditions of the house or the garden, we can choose different types of sundials. In sunny gardens, all kinds can be installed: Horizontal, Vertical, Armillar…

Reloj de SolSundials require two things: many hours of sun exposure, and a visible and frequented place. Depending on the conditions of the house or the garden, we can choose different types of sundials. In sunny gardens, all kinds can be installed: Horizontal, Vertical, Armillar…

The house façades in which we can normally place them are south facing, but we can also make specific sundials for façades of a different orientation, such as east facing or west facing, or even in corners, as long as they are south facing. The easiest sundial to install, provided we have the right location, is the horizontal one.

How can you decide on the orientation of a wall?

The easiest way is by means of an optical compass or with a visor, with which we can measure the line of the wall. An east-west facing wall will be perfectly positioned for a south orientated sundial. Any other orientation will require a declining asymmetrical dial.

You can also decide on the orientation of a wall by the hour in which the sun starts or finishes shining on it.