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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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Until recently it was difficult to have motorized altazimuth mountings track the sweeping arcs that celestial objects follow in their nightly trek across the sky.
JOHN DOBSON and his followers in the San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers began building Newtonian reflectors with inexpensive altazimuth mountings more than two decades ago.