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The Solar AstroWheel was conceptualised during a convo between a ‘flowery' artist and a ‘functional' engineer. Its story began by envisioning something wow-worthy yet educational. How do we teach about solar energy, the Solar System and the awesomeness of the Sun using the products we manufacture? Our name has the word ‘toy' in it for a reason - we love to play… and play we did.

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Inspired by the concept of a Ferris wheel, sketches evolved into 3D CAD drawings. Designing and building the AstroWheel was no easy task, even for savvy engineers Harald, David and Shoni. Rotating a wheel with 16 Consol Solar Jars attached to the rim in such a way that as the wheel turns, they are kept upright by gravity. With an engine powered solely by solar energy, this AstroWheel was one-of-a-kind. A sculpture in the round: free-standing with no wire cables or electricity points - just a charged solar panel and solar lights.

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Being a theatre-in-a-jar, we inserted aluminium plates with Solar System facts engraved on them. Keeping the Consol Solar Jars balanced and equally weighted was tricky as we carefully poured measured cap-fulls of coloured glass beads into the jars - red for Mars and ice blue for Neptune. High school science students were truly wowed!

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This year, at ScopeX Telescope and Astrology Expo, our dream became reality. The star party commenced with the lighting of red LEDs for optimal telescopic night vision. As the AstroWheel spun, observers were mesmerised.

Sometimes a team of engineers needs a ‘flowery’ artist in their midst to make the recipe work :).

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Congratulations to all the science project winners of ScopeX! Enjoy using your prize Consol Solar Jar!

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Are you a keen Planet Spotter with an eye for stargazing? Join our Suntoy team at the ScopeX Telescope and Astronomy Expo where we will be honouring the star at the centre of the Solar System, the Sun.
 
We are excitedly revealing our new Solar AstroWheel, a revolving sculpture of Consol Solar Jars with red LEDs for optimum telescopic night vision. Each solar light teaches interesting facts about the eight planets. At 18h00 it will light up for the star party. As Carl Sagan said, "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." 
 
We look forward to sharing sunny smiles with you, so come say hello at our Suntoy stand under the aeroplane wing.
Date: Saturday, 13 September 2014
Time: 9h00 - 21h00
Venue: National Museum of Military History (22 Erlswold Way, near the Joburg Zoo)
 
 
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The ScopeX Telescope and Astronomy Exhibition invited us to escape the urban jungle while still in its midst. Our Suntoy stand was a palette of yellows with golden sunflowers and cadmium lemons inside Consol Solar JarsSolar powered SunCars zoomed by and SunFans spun.

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Amateur astronomers with portable telescopes observed a sunspot on the photosphere of the Sun. At sunset, Consol Solar Jars with red LEDs and a cloudless sky offered optimum viewing conditions for sky chart reading and stargazing. We observed the Moon and its rocky mantle of craters, Venus, the Southern Cross, the Jewel Box star cluster and the ringed planet, Saturn. The perfect way to end a sunny day.
 
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Interesting fact: Red light preserves night vision as it is the only light that doesn’t adjust the retina or contract the pupil of the eye. Our Consol Solar Jars are an astronomers best friend.
 
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Join us at the ScopeX Telescope and Astronomy ExhibitionWe're honouring the star at the centre of the Solar System, the Sun. Have fun learning about this hot plasma that gives us Earthlings solar energy.
 
Saturday, 20 July 2013
9h00 - 21h00
Star Party Lighting Ceremony at 18h00
National Museum of Military History
Erlswold Way, Saxonwald (adjacent to Johannesburg Zoo)
 
  • Visit our exhibition stand and assemble a SunFan or SunCar.
  • Check out our Solar Cooker.
  • Meet the Suntoy team.
  •  Consol Solar Jars with RED LEDs will set the scene for optimum telescopic vision of sky charts.

 

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be know. ~Carl Sagan

 

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Suntoy was invited to the ScopeX Telescope and Astronomy Exhibition at The Military Museum in Johannesburg. We scattered our Consol Solar Jars with red LEDs along the perimeter of the museum's gardens and set the scene for an astronomers dream come true! Red light preserves night vision for astronomers as it is the only light that doesn’t adjust the retina or contract the pupil of the eye. Red light allows optimum telescopic vision for reading sky charts. The Consol Solar Jar is definitely an astronomers best friend!

 

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Suntoy encourages curiosity-driven play and adventurous learning with solar energy. The Military Museum in Johannesburg was the venue for the ScopeX Telescope and Astronomy Exhibition. An interesting play space for young (and young-at-heart) wannabe scientists and astronomers.

On a sunny Jozi winter's day, learners sat on the grass focused on our bright yellow solar PV panels. Excitement erupted as SunFans spun and SunCars zoomed off. Fun in the African sun!

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