altazimuth

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an instrument that measures the altitude and azimuth of celestial bodies

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The latter will feed a guide-eyepiece and two guest-eyepieces simultaneously and is served by an access-platform large enough to accommodate several observers, integrated in the telescope mounting itself: it was these design features which dictated the choice of altazimuth mounting geometry.
With a telescope that rides on an altazimuth mounting, such as a Dobsonian, no effort will be required to maintain this orientation, but with an equatorially mounted instrument it will be necessary to adjust the alignment of the eyepiece periodically.
The majority of today's big-aperture telescopes (professional as well as amateur) use an altazimuth mounting system.
But by laboriously turning the manual slow-motion controls of his telescope's altazimuth mounting, he was able to follow the planet as it rose into the brightening twilight.
The resulting instrument was optically superb, but it rode atop a rather rudimentary altazimuth mounting.