altazimuth mounting


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altazimuth mounting

n
(Astronomy) a telescope mounting that allows motion of the telescope about a vertical axis (in azimuth) and a horizontal axis (in altitude)
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The name refers to the design of the altazimuth mounting which although simple in principle, and usually made from plywood, is very stable in use.
With a telescope that rides on an altazimuth mounting, such as a Dobsonian, no effort is required to maintain this orientation as the scope tracks objects across the sky.
But even for those, it is very nice to have motorized tracking combined with the ergonomic benefits of an altazimuth mounting.