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for a while now (as I was running out of new photos I was happy with...) I knew I'd want to post this old photo. it's a scan from a 10-year old print showing a detail from Jaipur's observatory, Jantar Mantar - a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1733. the instruments are in most cases huge structures, they are built on a large scale so that accuracy of readings can be obtained. the largest instrument is 90 feet high and its shadow is carefully plotted to tell the time of day - its face is angled at 27 degrees, the latitude of Jaipur. the sundial, for example, can be used to tell the time to an accuracy of about two seconds in Jaipur local time, and is considered the largest sundial in the world.

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Additional Photos by Kristine KL (avene) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1586 W: 134 N: 2932] (12675)
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