Fork Mounts

Fork Mounts are a variant of equatorial mount that sacrifice raw carrying capacity for a greater ease of use and portability. They are as a rule easier to setup and manage than equivalent German Equatorial mount designs, but are equally well suited to astrophotography. Resembling a tuning fork, it is attached to the right ascension axis at the base. This design is usually favored by larger SCT-style telescopes. While it is somewhat similar to an alt-azimuth mount, the open fork mount requires a simple piece of equipment called a wedge to achieve proper angular alignment with the celestial pole. This arrangement is also well suited to computer control. 

 

                                                                

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Fork Mounts are a variant of equatorial mount that sacrifice raw carrying capacity for a greater ease of use and portability. They are as a rule easier to setup and manage than equivalent German Equatorial mount designs, but are equally well suited to astrophotography. Resembling a tuning fork, it is attached to the right ascension axis at the base. This design is usually favored by larger SCT-style telescopes. While it is somewhat similar to an alt-azimuth mount, the open fork mount requires a simple piece of equipment called a wedge to achieve proper angular alignment with the celestial pole. This arrangement is also well suited to computer control.