The Solar Pathfinder™ is used for shade analysis (solar or canopy/habitat studies). Any trees, buildings, or other objects that could cast shadows are reflected in the plastic dome, clearly showing shading patterns at the site. The underlying diagrams are latitude specific and are engineered with data for the entire year. A wax pencil can be used to trace around the reflected shadows on the sunpath diagram, providing a permanent record of each reading. A compass and a bubble level are built into each Pathfinder™, making it easy to keep the instrument level and facing in the right direction. The rubber tipped legs on the tripod telescope out, allowing a person to use the Pathfinder™ on sloping roofs and other rough sites.