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Altazimuth, an astronomical instrument for observing the position of a heavenly body. It consists of a telescope capable of adjustment to view any point in the celestial hemisphere, and arranged with a vertical graduated circle to observe its altitude, i.e. its angle with the horizontal, and with a horizontal circle to show its azimuth, i.e. its declination from the north and south line.