Computerized telescopes are scopes on a mount with added intelligence – computer. The computer is an excellent addition to the telescope mount.
It helps the user to align the telescope, and it contains a database with coordinates of many celestial objects.
If the computer mount has a built-in GPS already, the alignment can be done automatically. Otherwise, the user needs to put in GPS coordinates, date, and time on a computer.
Altazimuth mount with added computer and motor drive - The user moves the telescope with hand control.
Computerized telescopes come with:
If there is no motor drive, then the user needs to push the telescope by hand while the computer gives the instructions.
If the telescope mount has a motor built-in already, then the telescope can be moved to the desired location in the sky via hand control – using buttons.
The computer in the telescope mount has control over drives. This command enables the telescope to slew to the desired location by itself — the user does not need to use control buttons to move the telescope.