Sundial: 875
State/Province:  Pennsylvania Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Heliochronometer Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 40° 1.500' N  76° 19.300' W
Location: Access: This is a private dial. See below for access details.
  • Private residence in Lancaster, PA. accessible for view in the front yard. To see, contact
  • This 7.5 inch diameter heliochronometer was milled out of aluminum and set to the site latitude with a mounting plate. One heliochronometer arm has a sun illumination counter sunk hole 0.125 inch in diameter and on the other arm an engraved analemma for proper pointing offset to display civil time. Time marks are milled at 5 minute intervals, and a vernier is added (5 lines 4 minutes apart) so that time can be read to the nearest minute.

    The dialist George Lips has been making sundials as a hobby for 20 years. After obtaining a small model heliochronometer from the Franklin Mint and was amazed at how accurate it was. He decided to make one. The dial was made using a Trak A.G.E.3 mill. Another of his horizontal dials is shown in the last two photos.
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: George Lips
  • "Heliochronometer"
  • Designer: George Lips
  • Builder: George Lips
  • Construction Date: June 2017

Last Revised: 2017-08-05 22:04