Equatorial mounts usually come as German equatorial or fork mounts. They
both use a wedge set at an angle equal to the observer's latitude, in
order to point to the celestial pole. German equatorial mounts counter
the weight of the telescope with adjustable weights on a rod on the
opposite side of the polar axis. Movement around this axis is called
right ascension or R.A. while around the other axis is called
declination or DEC. A right-ascension motor can be added to track celestial objects by counteracting the rotation of the earth.
A second drive can be added to give declination control which is very
useful for doing astrophotography. Hand controls with directional
buttons are used to direct the motors. Setting circles are included as
part of many equatorial mounts. When the mount is correctly polar
aligned and the circles aligned using known stars, they can be an aid in
locating astronomical objects. They allow the user to go to predetermined R.A. and DEC positions. This is useful at night and can be
of great value when trying to locate bright objects in the daytime sky.
The heavy-duty NEQ3 mount features 360 degree worm-gear tracking controls
on both axes, large knob-style R.A. and Dec. lock bolts, dual metal
setting circle dials, a latitude adjustment screw, and a built-in polar
scope holder. It can be fitted with both single and double axis motor
drive for auto-tracking.Delivery contents
- Aluminium tripod - height adjustable ( 71cm bis 123cm )
- Accessory tray
- counter weight
The sturdy mount offers precision and stability along with a host of other features for the serious astronomer.