Learn more about the Orrery
An Orrery is a a mechanical model of the solar system, or of just the sun, earth, and moon, used to represent their relative positions and motions.
Start building a working model of the solar system as we know it, in which the movements of the planets are represented with astronomical accuracy. Electrically powered, this attractive and completely individual piece is built to last and will become a family heirloom.
Complete in 52 issues, each part comes with the components you need to build this modern interpretation of a classical orrery as well as a collector’s magazine, full of in-depth features and stunning space images.
There are three stages in the construction of your solar system model. Assembly instructions are provided for each sub-stage.
Each issue comes with the components you need to build this modern interpretation of a classical orrery as well as a collector’s magazine, full of in-depth features and stunning space images.
Magazine + Base
Magazine + Sun l Screws l To Hat Brush l Column Support l Column l Drive Shaft
Magazine + Venus Gear Support Arm l Tooth Gear l Tooth Driving Gear l Gear Axels 1 &2 l Screws
Magazine + Tooth Gear l Mercury Planet Arm l Screws l Planet Mercury
Magazine + Tooth Gear X2 (Venus Gear Set) l Planet Arm Collar l Gear Spindle l Screws l Plastic Washers
Magazine + Moon gear arm l Planet Venus l Tooth gear x 2 (Moon gear set) l Outsize gear axels l Venus planet arm | Screws
Magazine + Tooth engraved gear
Magazine + Vertical support arm | Earth's Moon | Tooth gear | Planet Earth
Magazine + Tooth gear
Magazine + Earth support arm | Tooth gear | Earth Spindle brush | Earth spindle | Screws | Plastic washers
Magazine + Planet gears and arm to complete stage 2 phase 2
Magazine + Planet Mars, its two moons and vertical support arm
Magazine + 106-tooth gear for the planet Mars gear train
Magazine + 43-tooth gear, gear collar and planet spindle
Magazine + 85-tooth gear for the planet Mars gear train
Magazine + 22-tooth gear and gear arm to complete Mars phase
Magazine + Ceres, its 106-tooth gear and arm begin stage 2 and phase 4
Magazine + 45-tooth gear, gear collar and planet spindle
Magazine + 83-tooth gear for the Ceres gear train
Magazine + 22-tooth gear and gear arm to complete the Ceres phase
Magazine + Planet Jupiter, its four major moons and support arm
Magazine + 106-tooth gear for the Jupiter gear train
Magazine + 43-tooth gear, gear collar and planet spindle
Planet gear arm, self-tapping screws, grub screws, 22-tooth gear,
Planet Saturn, Saturn's moons & Saturn's Support arm
48-tooth gear, gear collar, plastic washers, self tapping screws, grub screws & planet spindle
Planet gear arm, self-tapping screws, grub screws, 22-tooth gear, gear axel 1 & 2, 3 base plate feet
Planet Uranus, Uranus' support arm, Uranus' moon
Each month, along with the latest parts for your model, you will receive two 24-page full color magazines containing assembly instructions and in-depth articles about space. A collection in itself, this magazine is packed with information and illustrated with the most amazing images.
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Detailed step-by-step instructions for each assembly stage of the solar system model. This section also guides you through the set-up, calibration and operation of your Orrery. In addition, find out about the history of orreries.
Travel to the farthest reaches of the solar system. Starting from the Sun, we take you on a tour of the solar system's marvels and mysteries. Find out all the most up-to-date information on the planets, dwarf planets, moons, asteroids and much more.
Discover the latest exploration missions to the far end of our solar system and learn about the people and logistics involved in making space travel possible.
Turn to the Image Gallery for jaw-dropping space photography and photorealistic artworks. Future issues include spectacular images from the Hubble Space Telescope as well as the biggest and best Earth-based observatories.
Trace the history and development of astronomy from its birth in prehistoric monuments to the high-tech science of space probes and satellites. Find out about the life and works of the greatest astronomers from Copernicus to Hawking.
A new constellation with every issue, including information on all the most fascinating celestial objects found within it and practical tips on how best to observe it. Explore the night skies with specially commissioned star maps.
The universe is full of mysteries and we are here to investigate them! Learn about the myths that surround the Galaxy, analyze various theories and make up your own mind.
As a subscriber you get the exclusive opportunity to upgrade your subscription and receive this telescope and planisphere for only $1 extra per issue. You will receive this exclusive telescope, stand in 4 shipments whilst building your model solar system.
Take a close-up look at the solar system with this high-quality telescope. The precision optics allow you to see distant stars clearly, making star tracking easy and fun. Equipped with two eyepieces (4mm and 20mm), the main barrel holds a 70mm objective Barlow lens. The scope also comes with its own heavy-duty full height tripod.
Keep your collectible magazines stored neatly with this monogrammed, hardback binder.
All the specialized tools and equipment you need to build your Orrery.
Go inside the cockpit and meet the crew for the Space Shuttle Columbia's final mission.
Sir Patrick Moore's guide to astronomy, and explains everything about the Apollo story with official NASA footage.
Three poster-sized, glossy prints reveal the wonders of our solar system, the wider galaxy and beyond.