Hello All,

Here is my very first project. I started this on June 17 of this year and just finished it a couple of days ago. I have been familiar with Blender for about 5 or so years but I only ever did some of the tutorials and played and experimented. I really never created anything meaningful until this project.

I decided to make an Armillary Sphere because of my love for Ancient Scientific Instruments. I studied thousands of armillarys, actually about 4500 different pictures. Then I studied how to use one. Then I did many rough sketches on paper before I was happy. Then I put it together.

This Sphere is a Functionally Accurate Demonstrational Armillary Sphere. Now if only I could rig it. I guess I’ll have to learn that later. Anyways, this was a Major Blender study for me. I leanred a tremendous amount just from the daily hands-on exercises that I created to learn certain parts of Blenders functionality.

My basic idea of this composition is that I have always equated an Armillary Sphere as a sort of a mathematical slide rule that can be used to complete complex calculations. This is only my theory, but, because no certain person or country can be attributed to its invention, the mystery leads to ones own interpretation. Though it is very useful for determining positions from the sky, I believe that it has a second mathematical use of which no one knows. If you look to the left of the picture, you will see a formula that some will recognise as the formula for the Golden Ratio. In case your eye can’t see it, I also alligned all 3 objects on the corners of the Golden Rectangle which also uses this very same formula. In addition, I created 2 different focal points. 1 focal point is the door which represents the unknow namely the answer of the Golden Ratio. If you notice, 2 of the ball feet are lined up directly with the door. The other focal point is alligned both to the door and the formula. This is supossed to trick the eye, but, I think I made it to subtle to see. In any event this project is the result of many many hours of hard work and research.

I have added additional pictures to show the details.

Please feel free to comment as all comments and questions are welcomed.

Thanks for viewing my work.

Daniel

http://www.drsminty.com/arm/armeq.jpg

http://www.drsminty.com/arm/arm1.jpg

http://www.drsminty.com/arm/arm2.jpg

http://www.drsminty.com/arm/arm3.jpg