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 still used with a variety of instruments. Altitude-Azimuth Above:  A typical alt-az mount, TeleVue’s Gibraltar… More »


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 and equatorial.  Alt-azimuth–short for altitude-azimuth–mounts allow a telescope to move up-down and left-right.  This movement… More »

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 it is quickly becoming the most popular mount for most observers. Above:  A typical fork… More »

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 typical German equatorial mount There are two basic categories of telescope mounts: alt-azimuth and equatorial. … More »