Faber Optimé - Sol
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Monday, February 25, 2008
North Island, New Zealand
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This Trave Bug doesn't want to be kept waiting! It wants to move from cache to cache as rapidly as possible.
About This Item
About the Universal Ring Sunwatch
This design was originated by Michael Kala and is now manufactured by his
sons, Hannes and Matthäus.
For more information and purchase see
Using the Universal Ring Sunwatch
I – Setting the right latitude:
Move the small arrow on the hanger (2) attached to the cord on the outer ring
(1) to the correct geographical latitude (see below). Use scale (1a) or (1b) in the northern
or southern hemispheres, respectively.
II – Setting the correct date:
On the bridge (3), in the middle of the sundial, there is a black slider (4)
which you must set to the correct date. The letters on it represent the 12
months of a year. To help you find the correct position, each month is split
into three boxes (5) – beginning, middle and end.
III – Setting the Hour Ring:
Flip the inner ring (6) through 90° until you can’t move it any further.
IV – Reading the sundial:
Hold the sundial on the cord and turn it slowly in the sunlight until a light
beam passes through the small hole (7) on the black slider (4), and projects
exactly on the engraved line on the inner ring (6). The local time is shown
(N.B. does not take into account Daylight Savings Time). The outer ring (1) is
now positioned North/South. The inner ring (6) is parallel to the equator and
the bridge (3) is parallel to the earth axis. Thus viewed, it is not only a
sundial, but also a model of the earth and a compass.
For the Log
Please take a note of and log the local times of your find and placement.
Travel Bugs need maintenance from time to time (as do we all?!). If this one looks in need (or if you would like to know how to make your own
capsule), please take a look at the Faber Optimé Travel Bug Maintenance Manual.
A PDF file of the custom stash note for this travel bug can be obtained here.
About Faber Optimé
We aim to deliver excellence, in all of our
activities - such as bringing to you curious, interesting and
innovative geocaches and geocache items, like this one.
Keep your eyes peeled for more of the Faber Optimé
We're always happy to help fellow geocachers! Please do feel free to get in touch with us on
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