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Debugging completed, wood sub base surround finished, final photography and videography finished, NAWCC Zoom presentation.             October 2021

In recognition of the completion of the project two detailed video montages as well as photos for future articles in the NAWCC Bulletin are included in this installment. The front and rear cover issue of the September Horological Journal featured an eight page article, and an additional three-part series is being published in the Bulletin beginning with the current November/December issue and explores what has been documented since the last article that appeared in the March/April 2017 issue.

The phrase was part of an epic poem, Metamorphosis, written by Publius Ovidius Naso, commonly referred to as Ovid in AD 8 and is translated as: “To man God gave an upwards gaze, bidding him to behold the sky, and raise his erect countenance towards the stars.” When taken in the context of the poem it is when God separates Man from the animals by giving him the ability to stand erect and gaze toward the heavens, presumably to unite him with God in contrast with the downward earthly gaze of animals. Obviously Ovid was not familiar with primates! But given when he lived and that he was from Greece that’s understandable. The font chosen was Century Gothic seen in MS Word.

I thought this to be appropriate as the planisphere represents the night sky with the stars that Man would observe in the poem. In fact the entire machine is a small encapsulation of God's creation as experienced by Man at several magnitudes. There are the stars as seen from the ground represented by the planisphere, then the Moon and Sun within the tellurion and the Sun & Moon rise-set module above it, and finally the Earth's neighborhood as represented by the orrery that crowns the machine.

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