Altazimuth Telescope

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Publication: 1875

An altazimuth is a telescope designed to measure the altitude and azimuth of a star in order to fix its position in the night sky. The instrument is designed to move vertically to measure altitude (height), and to move horizontally to measure the azimuth (degrees horizontally from North). This was one of the instruments purchased for the first observatory on campus. Built by T. Cooke & Sons of York, England, the altazimuth instrument was designed to be portable and had its own carrying case.

Title

Altazimuth Telescope

Date

Publication: 1875

Description

An altazimuth is a telescope designed to measure the altitude and azimuth of a star in order to fix its position in the night sky. The instrument is designed to move vertically to measure altitude (height), and to move horizontally to measure the azimuth (degrees horizontally from North). This was one of the instruments purchased for the first observatory on campus. Built by T. Cooke & Sons of York, England, the altazimuth instrument was designed to be portable and had its own carrying case.

Rights

Copyright; licensed to Vanderbilt University

Format

Telescopes

Source

Item on loan from the Arthur J. Dyer Observatory

Files

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Citation

“Altazimuth Telescope,” Gallery, accessed October 22, 2019, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/972.