- an instrument consisting of a mirror moved by clockwork, for reflecting the sun's rays in a fixed direction.
Origin of heliostat
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In the absence of a heliostat the latter was the more convenient.
In a short time we might earnestly wish for a centrifugal apparatus or a heliostat.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II
Images of the sun are thrown into the observatory by an ingenious instrument run by clockwork, and called a heliostat.
In the absence of a heliostat it is more convenient to obtain a point of light with the aid of a lens of short focus.
- an astronomical instrument used to reflect the light of the sun in a constant direction
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