Telescope mounts are essential components that support and enable the movement of telescopes. They provide stability, precision, and control for tracking celestial objects and adjusting the telescope's position. There are several types of telescope mounts commonly used in astronomy:
Altazimuth Mount: An altazimuth mount, also known as an alt-az mount, is the simplest and most common type of telescope mount. It has two perpendicular axes of rotation: altitude (up and down) and azimuth (left and right). Altazimuth mounts are easy to use and generally more affordable. However, they require manual adjustments to track celestial objects accurately due to the Earth's rotation.
Dobsonian mounted telescope