Altitude/Azimuth telescope mount


More about the Altitude/Azimuth mount.
(Looks very much like a naval turret gun.) The "Alt-AZ" mounting has some important advantages over the equatorial mounting. Most (all) large modern telescopes use the alt-az system.

All in all, for all the seemingly short-comings. The alt-az is a practical price/performance solution. Solution to the Alt-az to equatorial motion are well known. Computers (needed for image processing, telescope control and tasking) are now relatively inexpensive.