Telescope Mounts & Tripods

Your Telescope Mount serves as the rock-solid core of your system, with the mount and tripod holding your astronomy system up with admirable stability. Once you've chosen your telescope, the natural next step is to choose a mount and a tripod. The mount acts as a platform for your telescope, and the tripod supports both and establishes a degree of elevation and stability. There are two primary kinds of mounts, with all others being derivatives and variations on these two categories. These categories are Alt Azimuth and Equatorial, which all other mounts such as GEMs or Fork mounts are variations upon. A telescope mount can be as simple as a set of side bearings and gears or as sophisticated as computer controlled motorized design. It attaches to the optics via a specialized plate which matches a variety of holding devices, such as telescope tube rings or a camera adapter. In turn, the telescope mount connects to an optional (or included) tripod or pier.  Many mounts in the modern age are computerized to grant a wider array of options with impressive ease to you, the astronomer in the field. If you need any help figuring out which mount will work the best with your telescope of choice, or which tripod to mount it all on top of, OPT's highly knowledgeable staff is as happy as always to help. So if you need help picking out the perfect mount for your astronomy experience, just give us a call!

 

                                                                

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Once you've chosen your telescope, the next natural step is to choose a mount and a tripod. The mount acts as a platform for your telescope, and the tripod supports both and establishes a degree of elevation and stability. There are two primary kinds of mount, with all others being deritives and variations on these two categories. These categories are Alt Azimuth and Equatorial, which all other mounts such as GEMs or Fork mounts are variations upon. A telescope mount can be as simple as a set of side bearings and gears or as sophisticated as computer controlled motorized design. It attaches to the optics via a specialized plate which matches a variety of holding devices, such as telescope tube rings or a camera adapter. In turn, the telescope mount connects to an optional (or included) tripod or pier. They come in two basic forms: alt-azimuth or equatorial. These configurations compliment the telescope type and purpose. Many mounts in the modern age are computerized to grant a wider array of options with impressive ease to you, the astronomer in the field. If you need any help figuring out which mount will work the best with your telescope of choice, or which tripod to mount it all on top of, OPT's highly knowledgeable staff is as happy as always to help. So if you need help picking out the perfect mount for your astronomy experience, just give us a call!

A telescope mount can be as simple as a set of side bearings and gears or as sophisticated as computer controlled motorized design. It attaches to the optics via a specialized plate which matches a variety of holding devices, such as telescope tube rings or a camera adapter. In turn, the telescope mount connects to an optional (or included) tripod or pier. They come in two basic forms: alt-azimuth or equatorial. These configurations compliment the telescope type and purpose.

Perhaps the greatest innovation in the astronomy industry was the advent of the computer-robotic mount, commonly referred to as a “GO-TO” mount. Pioneered by Meade in the 1990’s the “GO-TO” equatorial mount revolutionized the way we do astronomy. No more tedious set-up to manually track objects in the night sky. With little more than the push of a button, the telescope mount aligns itself and will locate and “go to” any of the objects in its’ data base. Astronomy became more fun and much easier than ever before!

If you need help in determining which telescope mount is right for you, please give one of our astronomy-loving staff a call and we'll be glad to help.