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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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A 1998 follow-up study using the Russian 6-meter Large Altazimuth Telescope found magnitudes, diameters, separations, morphological types, configurations, and radial velocities.
5m altazimuth telescope similar to the ESO New Technology Telescope that was proposed for Sutherland before the SALT project came along.
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.