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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.


(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]


(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 30-inch is a permanently mounted altazimuth telescope of 3 tons moving weight, turning on a base ring 10 feet (3m) in dia-meter--the azimuth 'bearing'--itself bedded on a foundation of 7 tons of high-specification reinforced concrete.
5m altazimuth telescope similar to the ESO New Technology Telescope that was proposed for Sutherland before the SALT project came along.