The Solar Pathfinder has been the standard in the solar industry for solar site shade analysis for decades. Its panoramic reflection of the site provides a full year of accurate solar/shade data in just seconds. The Solar Pathfinder is simple and easy to use, not requiring special skills or technical understanding. When properly cared for, the unit will give the user years of accurate site analysis.
This unit includes: *Printed Manual (online version also available) *Sun-path Diagrams (latitude & application specific) *Angle estimator (for determining altitude & azimuth) *White marking pen with extra leads *Tool box specifically designed for the Pathfinder
Because the Solar Pathfinder works on a reflective principle rather than actually showing shadows, the position of the sun at the time of the solar site analysis does not matter. The Solar Pathfinder can be used anytime of the day and year, and even during cloudy weather.
The plastic dome of the Solar Pathfinder is polished and transparent, providing a panoramic view of the entire site. Any trees, buildings or other obstacles to the sun are visible as reflections on the surface of the dome. A paper sun-path diagram, which shows the sun’s route through the sky for every month of the year and every hour of the day, is placed underneath the dome. Slots in the side of the dome allow the user to trace the outline of the reflected obstacles onto the diagram, revealing exactly what obstacles will shade the selected site and when.
Instead of drawing on the diagram, users may also take a digital photo. They can also upload the photo into the Assistant software for shading data. The complete kit contains the plastic dome, instrument platform, tripod legs (optional), base section, sun-path charts for customer specified latitudes, and comprehensive user instructions. The plastic carrying case is lightweight and durable. The Solar Pathfinder setup is quick and easy.