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Next Stargazing Feb 18th
Next Stargazing Feb 18th

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  • German Equatorial Mounts

    German Equatorial Mounts

    In the past, most telescopes used a German equatorial mount (GEM). With the advent of computerized telescopes, there are more convenient ways to mount telescopes, but the German equatorial still has many advantages and is still quite common. Above: A...

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  • Fork Mounts

    Fork Mounts

    Fork mounts have become very common for their versatility and ease of use. German equatorial mounts (GEMs) used to be more common, but the advent of computerized telescopes has made the fork mount usable for a variety of applications and...

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  • Dobsonians

    Dobsonians

    A Dobsonian telescope incorporates a Newtonian optical design on a unique alt-azimuth type of mount. These telescopes are very popular for both beginners and advanced observers. Above: A typical Dobsonian telescope There are two basic categories of telescope mounts: alt-azimuth...

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  • Other Mounts

    Other Mounts

    The most common telescope mounts are the German equatorial mount, the fork mount, and the Dobsonian mount. Almost all telescopes sold have one of these types of mount, but there are a few other designs which are less common but...

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