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1. A mounting for astronomical telescopes that permits pointing adjustments in both altitude and azimuth.
2. A telescope having such a mounting.

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(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]
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(ælˈtæz ə məθ)

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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The simple Newtonian reflector optical design, red-dot finderscope, and altazimuth mount on full-height stainless-steel tripod make it easy to navigate the night sky.
The Museum contains several pre-construction models of telescopes--the SALT (Southern African Large Tel escope), the 74-inch (1.9m), the 40-inch (1m) and a 3.5m altazimuth telescope similar to the ESO New Technology Telescope that was proposed for Sutherland before the SALT project came along.
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Ainslie mounted the new mirror in a square mahogany tube, half an inch thick and with an internal diameter of 10 inches (he would have preferred 101/2 inches in hindsight), atop an altazimuth stand that he had previously used for his 61/2-inch (165mm) Calver.