Noctural Star Dial


This thing is still a work in progress. At this point I think I can share this sketchup files in hopes that someone may want to make it more readable and make it more appealing. As long as the angles are not compromised it should function properly. I will likely print this out as is this weekend just to see how much more work it needs.

I have not decided on the way I am going to mount the pieces together. I am thinking about using a threaded hollow rod and nuts but im sure something printed could be done as well.

This Star Dial is intended to tell time at night without the use of a watch. It is something they used hundreds of years ago but still works the same way.

Note: As far as I know this will only work in the Northern Hemisphere. Also when holding this to the Sky it should have JD to the top.

This thing was designed using instructions for a paper star dial here

Noctural Star Dial by zerocool5878 is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution - Share Alike license.

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STL FILE Time_Dial Time_Dial.stl
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STL FILE Time_Wheel Time_Wheel.stl
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STL FILE Star_Dial_Assembled Star_Dial_Assembled.stl
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STL FILE Month_Dial Month_Dial.stl
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STL FILE Month_Wheel Month_Wheel.stl
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