German mounting

German mounting

See equatorial mounting.

German Mounting

 

(or Fraunhofer mounting), an equatorial telescope mounting in which the polar axis terminates in a frame that supports the declination axis and the telescope. The German mounting is compact and permits the use of tubes that are long but not very heavy. It is used primarily for refractors. One of its disadvantages is that the observation of a celestial body is interrupted when the body crosses the meridian.

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They allow a German mounting to be used with a variety of optical tube assemblies and swapping between telescopes is relatively problem-free.
However, an SCT on a German mounting is much wider as measured from the end of the counterweight arm to the outside edge of the optical tube and, in my case, the existing shed's width (and depth) was only 1.
At first glance the 60-, 8-, and 10-inch Starfinder telescopes looked like ordinary Newtonian reflectors on motordriven German mountings.