Astronomical Clock Building

 

 Last updates:

- You are welcome at the exposition around Pieter
in the Eise Eisinga Planetarium in Franeker
from 6th of July 2014 onward -

 February 2014

- Latest news about Pieter -



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The orrery of professor Jules Verne (You Tube)

English Astronomical Longcase Clock - Andreas Nilsson; The Astronomical Clocks of Rasmus S°rnes - Robert Rusell; The Clocks of Leendert Prins - Ptolemy's Course of the Planets displayed by Clockwork - The Model Engineer Support Page -- My Astrolabe and Horologium - Sean Gallagher; Negative Space -The Pouvillon Restoration Project - Peter Held; Uhrenbau Ein Werkbuch - Richard Wymarc; The Astrolabe Project - Wooden Clocks/ Holzrńderuhren - Heiner Thiessen; New- Equinox Sun dial - Bob Warfield; CNC Cookbook - Zuylenburgh Planetarium


 

                          

                   

 

 

As hobby, I built several Astronomical Clocks over the last years.

I had to learn a lot, design, calculation, how to make wheels and other parts.

Many tools had to be made, it took a lot of time and effort.

As a young boy sitting in the backyard in a cold winter night, I enjoyed the night Sky with thousands of sparkling stars, it was just after the Second World War and there was almost no disturbing light, sound carried for miles, I will never forget it. Many times I visited the famous Eise Eisinga Planetarium in my hometown, my lifetime love for astronomy and mechanics was born.

 

 

My first Clock with only Sky and Sun

1998-2000

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Second Clock with Sky, Sun and Moon

2000-2002

 

This clock shows the Sky moving in one year, the Sun in 24 hours and the Moon in mean time. 
Sun and Moon are moving in the ecliptic

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Astronomical Clock as described in Britten's handbook

2002-2008


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The latest Astronomical Timepiece
The Hospice Clock 

2007-2008

 

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Astronomical Clock with Equation of Time indication

2008-2009

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Astro Clock with Sun moving in the Ecliptic
(Showing date and 30 degree Zodiac signs) 

2011

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Astronomical Clock with Perpetual Calendar mechanism after Brocot

2009 - 2011


 

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The Cellarius Clock Project

2011 - 2012

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Future Clock Project

2006 - 201?

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  Children's Clock
 

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Non mechanical Astronomical Clock
 

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Clock as gift for Planetarium Zuylenburgh

 2010


 

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 Links

  - New 3D computer drawings from the second clock, made by Peter Held -  

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     Making parts for the hospice clock

 

 

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