Horizontal dials

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Horizontal dials are the most common sundials in South Africa. This type of sundial is commonly found in gardens on a pedestal.
The dial plate of the horizontal sundial is of course horizontal. The gnomon or style makes an angle equal to the latitude of the place it was designed for.

Horizontal dials are directional dials.

Types of Sundials


Equatorial or universal dials
Polar dials
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