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Selected Sundials of Alberta

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Calgary Alberta Canada Analemmatic Dial 668
An analemmatic dial with 14.8 foot major axis with hour posts and date line of concrete on a grassy playground. Date line includes footprints of cut aluminum.
 
 
Calgary Alberta Canada Equatorial Dial 448
A steel and brass equatorial dial 49 inches in diameter. The dial simulates an armillary sphere with two crossed semi-circles in a modernistic sculpture. There is a slot in the gnomon that projects a sun line and corrects for the equation of time; the gnomon is turned over at the solstice. Fine adjustments are required near the solstice to show correct clock time (MST). Dial built as a Canadian Centennial Project. Now relocated to a mid-level landing on the entrance stairs but not correctly aligned, producing a 48 minute error.
 
 
Calgary Alberta Canada Analemmatic Dial 197
Stone analemmatic dial designed by Kasian Kennedy. Dial is laid out in a circle. Monthly markers designate where observer is to stand to act as the gnomon. Both standard and DST hour marks included.
 
 
Cambridge Massachusetts USA Horizontal Dial 556
A stone horizontal dial on a pedestal about 4 ft. high donated to Harvard by class of 1870.
 
 
Cambridge Massachusetts USA Vertical Dial 45
Painted Dial
 
 
Cambridge Massachusetts USA Horizontal Dial 557
A well-patinaed horizontal bronze dial on a stone pillar.
 
 
Cambridge Massachusetts USA Collection Dial 125
Harold C. Ernst Collection Ernest G. Yalden Collection
 
 
Cambridge Massachusetts USA Collection Dial 126
 
 
Cambridge Massachusetts USA Vertical Dial 190
Approx 2' x 2' Bronze Square bronze plate, with Roman numerals, is open in the center. Gnomon extends through this open space. Dial is mounted above a window of the chapel, angled from wall face. (presumably so that it will face true South.)
 
 
Cambridge Massachusetts USA Polar Dial 725
A small polar dial with Arabic numerals for EST and EDST
 
 
Capitola California USA Equatorial Dial 786
A wrought iron equatorial dial with an arrow rod gnomon. Equatorial band and support have iron scroll work depicting a bow and arrow. Dial is painted and hour numerals are obscured.
 
 
Carbonear Newfoundland Canada Armillary Dial 762
A four foot diameter armillary dial built of 1.5 x 0.5 inch flat steel bar and 3/4 inch steel rod. A 1/2 inch steel rod gnomon casts the shadow on an aluminum equatorial ring, which includes hour and 5 minute marks. Dial includes horizon, equator, ecliptic, tropic, Arctic and Antarctic Circle rings. A nearby granite boulder holds a plaque for EOT correction, location and inscription. The dial is a gift to the town from Dr. L. A. Wells and was installed on his 87th birthday.
 
 
Carbonear Newfoundland Canada Horizontal Dial 767
A 10 inch diameter horizontal bronze dial with engraved nomenclature. Hour numerals 4 AM to 6 PM are Roman; ten minute numerals are Arabic and two minute marks are shown. Minute numerals are engraved in sequence 60, 20, 40, 60. Face engravings include EOT dates, "WATCH FASTER" and "WATCH SLOWER" and a central compass rose.
 
 
Carefree Arizona USA Horizontal Dial 1
A 90 ft. diameter horizontal dial with a large reflecting pool beneath the gnomon designed by John Yellott. The hour markers are 4 ft. diameter concrete circles. The dial is designed to show solar time corrected for the time zone offset. Thus the hour markers have been moved ahead of the solar time position. The hour lines are separated by alternating dark and light colored stones. The gnomon itself is 4 ft. wide, 62 ft. long and the tip is 35 ft. high. A pilot dial at a scale of 1/4 in. =1ft. is at the South end of the large dial. It is constructed of gold-anodized aluminum with time lines at 10 minute intervals. An equation of time plaque is nearby. The upper surface of the dial formerly served as a solar water heater to provide hot water to the city's first office building. Numerals face outward, so that they are more easily read by viewers.
 
 
Carlsbad California USA Vertical Dial 734
A large vertical dial on an east-declining south stucco wall of an elevator tower in the parking lot of McClellan Airport. The gnomon, hour and declination lines and Arabic numerals are stainless steel. The dial design is flawed, incorrect for either a point-in-space nodus dial or a polar-inclined gnomon dial. The installed gnomon is horizontal but if intended to support only a nodus, the location is wrong; the nodus shadow is outside the lower declination line in the photos. The hour lines radiate from the gnomon base as for a polar-inclined gnomon; they should radiate from a point much higher if for a point-in-space nodus.
 
 
Carmel California USA Equatorial Dial 179
A simple 12 inch diameter equatorial ring dial of rusted steel on a cast iron base bolted to a brick floor. This replacement dial has Arabic numerals and the base has Zodiacal symbols. The original "Sundial Lodge" was renovated as a boutique hotel but during the construction the original horizontal dial was lost. The original horizontal dial was about 16 in. diameter, made of bronze with a circular plate with Roman numerals on a plain concrete column and displayed the inscription, "Count none but the sunny hours."
 
 
Carona Queens New York USA Equatorial Dial 143
11' H x 18' W x 11' D Bronze on Granite base Entitled 'Crack of Dawn Sundial.' Equatorial type, using a slot of sunlight as the gnomon
 
 
Casa Grande Arizona USA Horizontal Monofilar Dial 457
This horizontal dial is an engraved flagstone approximately 40 inches in diameter designed by John Carmichael. The monofilar gnomon is a stranded brass cable that extends upward to a height of 15 inches and is held taught by a rock counterweight. The engraved stone shows time marks to 5 minutes, corrected for longitude. Time and direction of sunrise and sunset for the equinoxes and solstices are also given.
 
 
Casper Wyoming USA Horizontal Dial 367
The horizontal dial is a bronze circle 13.4 inches in diameter with raised lines and numbers and mounted on an iron plate on a pedestal of green stone. The angle of the gnomon is roughly 20 degrees, and the hour lines are designed for a latitude of about 22 deg, clearly not designed for Casper's latitude of 43 deg N. See "Sightings" in NASS Compendium Vol. 6 No. 4, Dec 1999. Pedestal is of the same green stone as the Planetarium building.
 
 
Centerport New York USA Vertical Dial 399
Within the gardens of the museum is a vertical dial constructed as a very colorful wall mural.