Fr.: astrolabe de Danjon
A modern unportable astrolabe which is used for high precision measuring of stellar and geographical coordinates. The instrument uses the simultaneous observations of two images of the same star, one of the images formed directly by the lower face of a prism and the other by the light rays reflected first from a mercury bath and then by the upper face of the prism. The images coincide when the zenithal distance of the star attains a prefixed value (Gauss method of equal altitudes, → almucantar). Apart from astrometry, the Danjon astrolabe was used for studying the Earth's rotation and is currently used for solar radius measurements.
After André Danjon (1890-1967), French astronomer, who developed the instrument at the Strasbourg Observatory before the Second World War and at the Paris Observatory in 1948. The concept of prism astrolabe was initially invented by the French Auguste Claude (1858-1938) around 1900 and was later modified in collaboration with Ludovic Driencourt (1861-1940); → astrolabe.