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transit circle

noun, Astronomy
Origin of transit circle
1835-1845
1835-45
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  • The transit circle took the place both of the old transit instrument and of the mural circle.

    The Royal Observatory Greenwich E. Walter (Edwared Walter) Maunder
  • If he could not get such an instrument, he measured the positions of the stars with a transit circle.

    The Future of Astronomy Edward C. Pickering
  • But observations made with the transit circle must also be corrected for errors in the instrument itself.

    The Royal Observatory Greenwich E. Walter (Edwared Walter) Maunder
  • The transit instrument was mounted as the transit circle is, between two solid stone piers, and moved in precisely the same way.

    The Royal Observatory Greenwich E. Walter (Edwared Walter) Maunder
  • The observations with the altazimuth are rather more complicated than those with the transit circle.

    The Royal Observatory Greenwich E. Walter (Edwared Walter) Maunder
  • The transit circle is turned directly downwards, and the mercury trough brought below it.

    The Royal Observatory Greenwich E. Walter (Edwared Walter) Maunder
  • It will be remembered that with the transit circle any particular object can only be observed as it crosses the meridian.

    The Royal Observatory Greenwich E. Walter (Edwared Walter) Maunder
  • In 1681 he took up his duties as astronomer at Copenhagen, and built the first transit circle on a window-sill of his house.

    History of Astronomy George Forbes
  • For many years the instruments in regular use were two only, the transit circle and the altazimuth.

    The Royal Observatory Greenwich E. Walter (Edwared Walter) Maunder

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