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Orrery History and the work bench of Brian Greig.

The Star Hunters

Many orreries up to three feet (ninety-one centimeters)across, showing the motions of six known planets and their satellites, were made in England during the eighteenth century. Their name is usually attributed to John Rowley who, in 1712, made such a device for Charles Boyle, 4th Earl of Cork and Orrery.

Brian Greig

Born in New Zealand, from the age of twelve Brian was making simple telescopes with magnifying lenses. At sixteen he started grinding and polishing a six-inch diameter reflecting telescope.
At twenty-two he obtained a position with a design and development company, engaged on designing amphibious vehicles for NATO.

 

Brian joined the British Astronomical Association in 1965. In 1975 he returned to New Zealand to establish a shop specializing in antique telescopes, sextants and microscopes for export worldwide. Brian still works as a design consultant but his greatest love is creating wonderful facsimiles of scientific instruments of a by-gone age.

Master Mechanick

"WE BELIEVE STAR LORDS WILL ADORE, PLANETARY MASTERS APPROVE, AND MERCURIAL ATTENDENTS EXECUTE OUR BOLD DESIGNS."
B.Greig 1999

We have reproduced, from times long past, great instruments of science and technology, which were used in helping to bring about a better understanding of the Cosmos.
From private collections and major museums of the world we have selected pivotal instruments that appeared in the cosmological awakening of the human place in the universe.

Not only for the functional attributes but also for their design, items have been chosen.
Knowingly, or unknowingly, the savant artisans produced three dimensional objects that demonstrate an intimate understanding of the relationship between human brain, human eye and the dexterity of the human hand. Brian Greig applies this same philosophy in his creations, the executed work must exhort the brain, challenge the eye and test the hand.

THE WORK BENCH OF Brian Greig.

Working with Exhibit designers from Science Centres Museums Observatories, Planetariums, and inter active displays, and exhibitions. Brian can from conceptual ideas produce mock ups, scale drawings, and models of the solar system to your specifications.

Models can be turned by hand or driven by electric motor. A full range of model are on hand planetariums, orreries { named after the Earl of Orrery,} Tellurians, Lunariums and satellariums and hybrid versions of these.

 

   

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