Tripods & Mounts

We supply Tripods and Mounts for all types of telescopes including alt-azimuth and equatorial versions. We provide models available with tracking and computerised GoTo functions, as well. We also supply a variety of tripods for small telescopes, spotting scopes and binoculars.

Alt-azimuth mounts provide movement in the horizontal and vertical axis. These are effective for terrestrial observations or where tracking an astronomical object is not important. Some low cost computerised mount systems are based on the alt-azimuth configuration which work well for locating and tracking objects but may not be adequate for high magnitude or long exposure astrophotography.

Binoculars are usually mounted on alt-azimuth mounts as directional accuracy is less important due to the wide angle of vision available with binoculars.

As the Earth rotates, the stars appear to move from the observer’s point of view to follow arcs across the sky.

In order to locate an astronomical object the observer uses celestial coordinates which are based on the Earth’s polar axis. Celestial coordinates follow Right Ascension and Declination coordinates which are similar to longitude and latitude Earth coordinates.

In order to locate an object using celestial coordinates the equatorial mount is aligned with the polar axis according to the observer’s latitude; this is effectively the same as tilting an alt-azimuth mount so the horizontal axis points to the celestial pole. Note: in the northern hemisphere an easy way to line up an equatorial mount is by pointing the polar axis towards the Pole Star (Polaris) and a pole alignment scope may be added to the mount for this purpose.

Aligning the equatorial mount with the Pole Star not only allows easier location of feint objects, but the mount is now lined up for a telescope to track objects as the Earth rotates by only having to move the mount in the horizontal direction, or polar axis. This can be achieved using a tracking motor.

Smooth tracking of objects is ideal for uninterrupted observations and crucial for astronomical photography which requires long exposure times.