German Equatorial Mount

A mount used primarily with refractors and reflectors. A counterweight on one side of the polar axis balances the weight of the optical tube on the other. Not as convenient as a fork mount when sweeping from horizon to horizon, as the tube can bump the legs or pedestal mount as the scope passes the zenith, requiring that the tube be "tumbled" or rotated 180° to continue its tracking of objects down to the western horizon. Its setting circles usually are operated manually. Somewhat more difficult to use and transport than a fork mount telescope, but stable, relatively inexpensive, durable, and capable of astrophotography near the celestial pole.

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