Skywatcher EQ5 Synscan PRO Goto Equatorial Mount
The EQ5 Synscan has a bit more stability and capacity than the NEQ3 but less than the HEQ5.
We therefore recommend it for customers who want a bit more stability than the NEQ3 delivers - say for visual use at high powers - but who don't require the photographic capabilities of the EQ5 or EQ6 Pro.
The mount can be upgraded with the optional GPS mouse, providing quicker more accurate setup. Please choose the option in the drowdown menu before ordering.
Free shipping to a UK mainland address.
Payload Capacity: Approx 6.5kg for imaging and 9kg for visual
High precision stepper motors
Motor Controller: Microstep driving with auto-power saving feature
Resolution: 0.288 arc second
Slew Rate: 0.5x, 1x, 8x, 16x, 32x, 64x, 400x, 500x, 600x, 800x
Tracking Rate: Sidereal, Lunar, Solar
Tracking Mode: R.A. tracking
ST-4 type Autoguider Interface: Support 0.25x, 0.5x, 0.75x 1x guiding rate
SynScan V.3 Firmware Updateable Hand Control New features include ongoing firmware updateability via the internet, Pointing Accuracy Enhancement (PAE), and capability to store star alignment data. Also can accept new GPS mouse attachment.
Power requirement: 11 to 15 V DC 2 Amp (Tip positive) (Power supply not included)
Alignment Method: One-Star Alignment, Two-Star Alignment, Three-Star Alignment
Pointing Accuracy: Up to 1 arc min
Object Catalogues: Messier, IC, NGC, Caldwell
13740 Object Database: Including Planets, Named Stars, Double Stars, Variable Stars & User-Defined Objects
Periodic Error Correction
Premium PC Interface: ASCOM compatible, Nexstar-5i compatible protocol and command set
User-tunable LCD contrast, LED backlight and buzzer volume
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Author: Peter Hanson
generally pretty good, but some of the finishing is shoddy, for example, the polar scope cover just falls off -continually (the makers obviously know & their solution is to stick a bit of tape inside!). The RA hour ring looks as if they found something that almost fits, and thought 'that'll do'. ditto the hand control parking bracket. Not sure where they got the assembly instructions from - I don't think the writer actually saw the thing.
Author: James Reid
I bought a Synscan kit to fit onto my EQ5 mount.
I'd agree with the other reviewers comments about the polar scope cover (mine did the same until I added some masking tape to it) and the setting circles are pretty pointless.
If like me though you like to use your telescope for deep space objects the setting circles are useless anyway as the synscan does all the work for you.
I turned my EQ5 into a GOTO mount and I can honestly say that in the 2 years I've had it, I've not had any trouble from it at all.
Just make sure you read up and know how your GOTO works, how to properly polar align, and you'll never get lost in the sky again!
The mount is of good quality, is easy to set up, and can easily drag around my 1100D DSLR taking photo's, or my hand grenade Explore Scientific 82' eyepieces!