altazimuth

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alt·az·i·muth

 (ăl-tăz′ə-məth)
n.
1. A mounting for astronomical telescopes that permits pointing adjustments in both altitude and azimuth.
2. A telescope having such a mounting.

altazimuth

(ælˈtæzɪməθ)
n
(Astronomy) an instrument for measuring the altitude and azimuth of a celestial body by the horizontal and vertical rotation of a telescope
[C19: from alt(itude) + azimuth]

alt•az•i•muth

(ælˈtæz ə məθ)

n.
an instrument for determining both the altitude and the azimuth of a heavenly body.
[1855–60; alt (itude) + azimuth]
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Noun1.altazimuth - an instrument that measures the altitude and azimuth of celestial bodies; used in navigation
measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system - instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something
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In the 1917 May Journal Ainslie wrote a useful three page paper (37) entitled: Notes from the Instrument Committee--On the Choice of a Telescope in which he explained the relative advantages and disadvantages of reflectors, refractors, equatorial mounts and altazimuth mounts.
In the final instalment detailing the altazimuth mount and slow motions (see Figure 5, published on 1905 July 28) he makes the comment: Not having any workshop, I was unable to do the work myself, and had to rely on the ability and intelligence of the local blacksmith and carpenter.