Alt-Azimuth Mounts

Here at OPT we are proud to provide a highly useful variety and range of Alt-Azimuth mounts that are excellent for those using smaller scale telescopes. The alt-az telescope mount is a basic arrangement that moves the optics in altitude or azimuth - up and down, or side to side - as independent functions.  It includes the option to lock the mount’s position and guide it manually. The alt-azimuth telescope mount design is generally used with smaller telescopes, especially refractors and SCT styles. Their simplicity makes them an excellent choice for beginners, providing an easy to use starting point to familiarize yourself with telescope mounting. These mounts are just as easy to setup as they are to use, making them also quite well suited for the astronomer 'On the Go', who needs to be able to transport their gear from one dark site to another.

 

                                                                

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Here at OPT we are proud to provide a highly useful variety and range of Alt-Azimuth mounts that are excellent for those using smaller scale telescopes. The alt-az telescope mount is a basic arrangement that moves the optics in altitude or azimuth - up and down, or side to side - as independent functions.  It includes the option to lock the mount’s position and guide it manually. The alt-azimuth telescope mount design is generally used with smaller telescopes, especially refractors and SCT styles. Their simplicity makes them an excellent choice for beginners, providing an easy to use starting point to familiarize yourself with telescope mounting. These mounts are just as easy to setup as they are to use, making them also quite well suited for the astronomer 'On the Go', who needs to be able to transport their gear from one dark site to another.

 

But don’t count the alt-azimuth mount out when it comes to larger telescopes.  An economical variation in the alt-az family belongs to the Dobsonian mount.  Usually employed by large reflector telescopes, the Dobsonian works much like a Lazy Susan.  The telescope body rests in a cradle on side bearings and moves freely in any direction, relying on balance to hold position.  With fewer moving parts and a simplistic, well-crafted design, the Dobsonian telescope mount is highly recommended for both novice users and experienced sky watchers wanting cost-effective size.  However, without a separate tracking platform, the Dobsonian is not meant for astrophotgraphy purposes.

While the alt-azimuth mount has some limitations – such as the inability to be positioned at the zenith – it has advanced with technology.  Some models utilize digital tracking, which gives the user the ability to use a computerized database to help locate celestial objects.