Nocturnal Celestial Stardial Tri Color

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The small Nocturnal Tricolor, 1.13 inches/2.8 cm in diameter, has a bronze-colored base with pewter center and a copper-colored arm. Hand-crafted like all our dials, it comes on a 30 inch black silk cord. Accompanied by instructions.

How it works...

Set the middle wheel to the month, hold the dial upside down, and sight the North Star through the center hole. Move the top of the dial's arm to align with the uppermost stars of the Big Dipper, and read the time on the inner dial where the arm crosses the hour mark! On the reverse side are outlines of the major constellations. Available in several designs as well as in Pewter, Bronze finish and exquisite Sterling Silver. All Shepherds Watch dials come with instructions. * Please note, you have to be in the northern hemisphere to see the North Star in order to tell the time. 

Historical Note:

Perhaps the most accurate of all our dials, "star" dials were first used in the 15th century by navigators who told time by the position of the stars. They work so well because they are based on the North Star, which is almost directly on the axis of the earth's tilt and always appears in the same position in the sky. All the other stars seem to revolve around it.