- Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5 SynScan GPS Computerized Dual Mode Alt Azimuth-Equatorial Mount with GoTo
- GoTo: SynScan
- Counter Weights: 3.5kgs X2
- Motor Drive: built in 1.8 º Hybrid Stepper Motor
- Slewing Speed Maximum: 4.2 degrees/second
- Guiding Speed: 0.125X, 0.25X, 0.5X, 0.75X, 1X
- Power Supply: DC11~16V 3A
- Payload Capacity: 16kgs
- Tripod Height: 747 mm pier tripod
- Tripod Weight: 6.1kg pier stand (mount weight 7.7kg)
The Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5 SynScan Go To mount is equally useful as an equatorial mount, or operating in alt-azimuth mode. The AZ-EQ5 SynScan features hybrid stepper motor drives on both axes for smooth slewing at up to 4.2o . The mount accepts the standard ST-4 style autoguider input for astrophotography, and also has a DSLR shutter control port. Supplied with a SynScan handset with dual AZ/EQ firmware, it can automatically find and track 42,900+ celestial objects from its database.
Used in Alt-Az mode, you can even mount a second telescope, where you would normally have the counterweights mounted. The higher pier makes it easier to use refractor telescopes, where the eyepiece is at the rear of the long optical tube assembly. This also makes this telescope mount attractive to owners of long focal length refractor telescopes, who are nervous about catching their long telescopes on the tripod legs when slewing towards objects directly overhead at the zenith.
The AZ-EQ5 GT mount is equipped with an index on its R.A. worm. This allows the motor controller to keep track of the current position of the worm. After a proper PEC training routine, when the training data is stored in the motor controller permanently, a user can start the periodic error correction (PEC) at any time to improve the tracking performance for short focal length astrophotography. A training process is not required in the next observing session (assuming that the polar alignment is always accurate). Thus this is a Permanent Period Error Correction (PPEC). A user can train the mount with manual guiding or auto-guiding. For detailed instructions, please refer to the relevant section in the SynScan hand controller instruction manual.
The AZ-EQ5 GT mount is equipped with two SNAP ports which can control the shutter releasing of two cameras. Working with the SynScan hand control’s “Camera Control” function, a user can take batch exposures when doing astrophotography. Up to 8 groups of “Exposure-time & Frames” combinations can be set on the SynScan hand controller. For detailed information, refer to the SynScan hand control’s instruction manual.
Freedom Find™ – tracking made easy!
With the patented Freedom Find (dual-encoder) technology which allows the telescope to be moved manually or electronically in either axis without losing its alignment or positional information. After moving to a new object the telescope will automatically begin to track the new object accurately. No re-setup is required in one observing session. Equatorial and Alt-Az dual mode.
- Autoguider port, USB-to-Serial port, DSLR shutter control port
- Whisper slew, smooth PE curve
- Freedom Find to avoid losing alignment
- Weight 40% of an AZ-EQ6
- Compact mount and foldable pier stand
- Full latitude(0 to 90 degree) range
- Polar scope optional
- Batch Exposures Function
Free shipping or pick-up in the Greater Victoria Area. For customers outside the Greater Victoria Area, please contact us for shipping arrangements to order this product, owing to the size of this mount.