Richard Schmoyer designed a sundial made from old wagon wheels and made a prototype. In the 1990s he gave the wheels and his prototype to neighbor sundialist Ken Clark who is planning to complete the design.
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The Sunquest Sundial was featured on page 5 of ALCOA Distributor (1964) Aluminum Views. Click here to download a pdf.
In 1989 Richard Schmoyer designed a monumental-scale sundial based on a musical theme that utilizes a tuning fork gnomon. At 14 feet in height and 12 feet in diameter, this would be a beautiful and accurate sundial to grace a public space. Unfortunately, it has yet to be constructed. Click here to download the summary
SKY AND TELESCOPE “SUNDIAL OF THE YEAR 2000” COMPETITION WINNER, NOVEMBER 1966 “From Richard L. Schmoyer comes the Sunquest dial, first described in Scientific American in October 1959. It has a wavy gnomon to correct for the equation of time. This has two wings which meet at an angle of 90 degrees along the polar
Richard Schmoyer’s Sunquest sundial was featured in the 1970 book by Frank Cousins entitled “Sundials: The Art and Science of Gnomonics” in the chapter on the “Correction for the Equation of Time” (Click here to download a pdf of the chapter). “This fruitful idea reaches its culmination in the elegant design of Mr. Richard L.
“The instrument…was artfully designed by Richard Schmoyer of Landisville, Pennsylvania. The gnomon on its axis is cut with a curiously curved slot through which the sun shines on the hour scale. The curve of the slot is engineered in such fashion as to make allowance for the equation of time, and other adjustments are included
A photograph of the Sunquest sundial appeared in Huffer, Charles M., Frederick E. Trinklein, and Mark Bunge. 1973. An Introduction to Astronomy. Second Edition. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., page 105, in Chapter 6, “Time and Position”.
Richard Schmoyer: pioneer designer of sundials Lancaster New Era [Lancaster, Pa] 07 June 1997: A-10. Editor, New Era: I do not know if Lancaster Countians realize the significance of the death last week of Richard L. Schmoyer, 82, formerly of Landisville. He was one of the pioneers in the U.S. interest in sundials. He designed