Telescope Mounts & Tripods
Having a telescope is only the beginning step to setting yourself up for astronomical success. Every bit as important as the optics is the correct telescope mount to hold them. A telescope mount can be designed for everything from a large aperture telescope to binoculars, or even an SLR camera. Its purpose is to provide a stable platform for viewing or imaging, and to provide the ability to track objects in the night sky, compensating for the Earth’s rotation.
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.