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Orreries & Planetaria Gifts

The orreries and solar system models we sell are tested by us for scientific authenticity and accuracy. We stock models suitable for the collector who wants to showcase a beautiful Ferguson's Orerry and other more affordable models which can be used to teach and observe the movement of planets in our solar system. Orerries make great reference pieces for illustrating the inter-relationship of planets and moons in our solar system as they are very visual. The positions of celestial objects such as planets can be determined with a high degree of accuracy using equipment such as our Planetica planet locator.
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  1. Haynes Build Your own V-Twin Motorcycle Engine

    Haynes Build Your own V-Twin Motorcycle Engine

    Build a fully functional, motorized model of a V-Twin motorcycle engine. Features sound recorded from a real engine, plated exhausts, air filter cover and engine side covers to give the finished model a customized look. The see-through cylinders and illuminating spark plugs allow you to see how each part of the engine works. Contains more than 75 pieces and all that you need to assemble the model. Comes with a Haynes style manual giving you step by step instructions as well as interesting information about V-Twin engines. Product Features • A working model of a motorcycle engine • More than 150 parts • Electric motor • Illuminating spark plugs Learn More
  2. Helios Planetarium/Orrery Earth-centred model and accessories

    Helios Planetarium/Orrery Earth-centred model and accessories

    This stunning fully electric model, shows the planets orbiting the sun at their correct relative speed. It also includes a star dome, showing how the stars and constellations have fixed positions in space, whilst the planets orbit the sun.The orrery can have all its planets displayed, or just one or two. The planets can be positioned for any year or month up to 2020. The speed and direction of rotation can be changed. An amazing way of learning about the planets in their orbits, about the Moon and its phases, about the stars and constellations, and about eclipses and solar, sidereal and GMT time. Includes comprehensive instruction and activity booklet. Learn More
    £699.99

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  3. Illuminated Tellurion Orbiter

    Illuminated Tellurion Orbiter

    The Orbiter demonstrates how the Sun, Earth and Moon manually revolve around one another on this gear-driven model. The Orbiter effectively demonstrates daylight, night, seasons, and phases of the Moon. Attractive and Realistic Model Learn More
    £245.00

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  4. Large Ferguson's Orrery

    Large Ferguson's Orrery

    Hand-crafted Orreries by Roy Mallet This Orrery is a hand-crafted item built to high specifications by a craftsman. Please contact us for availability. Our large Orrery is a beautifully hand made working representation of the Solar System out to Saturn. It can be run on the electric motor which will reproduce a one year cycle every 5 minutes, or hand cranked. Set in a stained American White Oak case the mechanism is produced in brass and hand assembled in a workshop in Berkshire. All the components are produced in the UK. The case features the signs of the zodiac printed onto brass plates. A selection of beautiful fully working instruments made in the U. K. to the highest specifications by Roy Mallett. Built to a design created by Paul Kellar MBE these orreries are made combining two of James Ferguson's designs (circa 1763), which are a working representation of the Earth and Moon system, and include all of the planets known at that time. An Orrery demonstrates many of the important aspects of the monthly and annual movements of the Earth and Moon. The first was made by George Graham in 1710 for his patron the 4th Earl of Orrery; hence the name. The Orrery illustrates the constant direction in space of the Earth's inclined axis of rotation and helps to explain the seasonal variations of sunrise and sunset. The equinoxes and solstices are shown, as is the Sun's annual path through the signs of the Zodiac. It clearly shows the rotation of the moon around the earth, with its changing declination during the lunar month. These movements demonstrate the changing phases of the moon, and explain the corresponding variation in tide times and amplitudes. (Ferguson's earth/moon gear ratio of 235:19 is the Metonic cycle of 235 lunations in 19 years). The Orrery also demonstrates that an eclipse occurs when the moon is either full (eclipse of the moon) or new (eclipse of the sun) when at the same time the moon is near a node of its inclined orbit. The nodes of the moon's orbit also rotate, with a period of about 18. 7 years, this explains why the possible times for an eclipse move year by year. James Ferguson was born in Keith, Scotland in 1710, he was a self-taught scientist and astronomer. During 1743 in London he established himself as a successful lecturer and author; publishing books and pamphlets on scientific subjects. He designed several astronomical clocks and orreries, mainly for use in his lectures. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1763. He became a friend of Dr. Benjamin Franklin, who was in Britain at that time to lobby Parliament about tax grievances. Ferguson designed a variant of Dr. Franklin’s famous three-wheeled clock for which he received acclaim. The brass plaques, on the large orrery, with engraved zodiac signs are copies of the original drawings by James Ferguson. All moving parts; planets, decorative balustrades, ornamental figures (large model), engraved dials and zodiac plaques are manufactured from solid brass. The exception is the solid gem stone blue earth globe ball; (jewel globe: lapis lazuli for oceans, a variety of other semi-precious stones are used for countries, such as: turquoise, or jade, or tigers eye). The base is manufactured from stained American white oak (Quercus alba), a wood that is used extensively in cabinet making. Both models run electrically. The small model achieves full rotation in 30 minutes, the large model in 5 minutes. The large model can also be disconnected from the motor and hand turned to see planets, earth and moon rotation at a higher speed for demonstration purposes. Both models may have the planets moved by hand to specific positions. These superb fully working electrical models represent a breadth of knowledge, talent, and craftsmanship that span the years. They are for those of inquiring and perceptive mind, who love things that have a purpose to their beauty. They will grace any elegant residence. Finished size approximately 10 diameter by 10 tall. If you want to set the planets to their current positions, read the heliocentric longitudes from here. Learn More
    £1,850.00

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  5. Orbit Orrery

    Orbit Orrery

    We love orrerys, they infuse us with a sense of excitement as we look at the model of our little planet sat in amongst all those other mysterious planets.The orrery has a wonderful model of the Sun, which lights up, and demonstrates the planets. The Earth has a moon. The planets can be moved around the Sun by hand, and the Moon around the Earth. Ideal for demonstrating the shape and motions of the solar system. Requires Batteries which are not supplied. Learn More
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