The first publication to feature Richard Schmoyer’s Sunquest sundial was Scientific American, in October 1959 in the Amateur Scientist section of the magazine. Click here to download a pdf of the article. Discussion of the sundial begins on page 190. In this article, Mr. Schmoyer describes the sundial’s design and his efforts to create an
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An anthology of the “Amateur Scientist” articles published in Scientific American, Richard Schmoyer’s Sunquest appeared in Chapter 8 “A Sundial That Keeps Clock Time”. Click Here to download a pdf.
Aluminum Company of America, 1964. ALCOA Aluminum News-Letter. August issue: cover, page 3. “To mark a precious moment, a place or a memory…the exquisite Sunquest Sundial serves with beauty and charm. It forms a classic garden sculpture and keeps accurate time with the sun. Fashioned from high-quality aluminum casting, sheet and fastener products, the sundial
The Sunquest Sundial was featured on page 5 of ALCOA Distributor (1964) Aluminum Views. Click here to download a pdf.
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