Campbell-Stokes Pattern Sunshine Recorder (17 pics)

This beautiful device is called a sunshine recorder and true to its name, it records the amount of sunshine at a given location. The sunshine recorder uses either the sun itself as a time scale or a clock. The brilliance of the recorder lies in the fact that a glass sphere focuses the sun’s rays on a card inside the ball which in turn measures the sunshine.


The original sunshine recorder was invented in 1853 by John Francis Campbell and was adapted and improved a few years later by George Gabriel Stokes. Campbell’s idea involved placing a glass sphere in a wooden bowl and the sun would burn a trace on the bowl as the earth circled it. The invention has undergone some improvements since then.



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  1. Jayzen Freeze
    I never thought I would actually say this but I would probably steal ONE OF THOSE.
  2. Tarzan
    looks very good..
  3. archlord
    They are other devices way more simple and efficient than this
  4. rolotomasi
    Its called a heliograph and its used by meteorologist world wide.
    Cool pictures, thx !
  5. Buy cheap software
    pFpMW2 As I have expected, the writer blurted out..!

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