Tips and tricks

Home made Astrolab

'Aim' your solar panels to the sun

When using a portable solar panel it is advantageous to 'aim' it towards the sun. Typically the suns angle will vary from about 38 degrees to 83 degrees during the year. To get the correct angle one uses an inclinometer, also known as an astrolab.

These devices are quite expensive so I made one with stuff I had laying around the workshop. Click on the picture for the slide show.

Astrolab 1
Astrolab 1

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Astrolab 2
Astrolab 2

Trigger mechanism

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Astrolab 4.
Astrolab 4.

Degrees reading. Click the little x top right to close slide show.

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Astrolab 1
Astrolab 1

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