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SkyWatcher HEQ5 SynScan mount

Product code: SK‐HEQ5‐SKYSCAN

Quick Overview

German equatorial mount HEQ5 SynScan computerized with SynScan handpad, with dual-axis motor drive, tripod and polar scope.


The HEQ5 SynScan provides the best compromise between portability, performance and price for those looking for a astrophotography suitable instrument but still easily portable. The mount's head (that can be separated from the tripod with a simple screw) weighs only 10 kg but the mount can support up to 14 Kg optical tubes.

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Order €1,066.00
VAT 22% incl.
if you pay by bank transfer €1,034.02

Details

The SkyWatcher HEQ5 SynScan mount is a German equatorial mount designed to effectively support optical tubes weighing up to 14 Kg, such as apochromatic refractors up to 120mm in diameter or Newton reflectors up to 200mm in diameter. Thanks to the precision mechanical engineering, the 64 micro-steps motors and the advanced SynScan hand controller, it's also perfect for astrophotography: we recommend it with instruments weighing up to 8 kg and with focal length up to about 800mm.

 

SynScan hand-pad: precise tracking and automatic goto and many functions

The SkyWatcher HEQ5 SynScan mount uses SynScan computer to control all functions, even the most advanced ones dedicated to astrophotography. The main functions are:

- 42.000 objects internal database
- 1, 2 or 3 stars guided alignment
- Sidereal, solar or lunar tracking speed
- Slewing speed from 2x to 800x 
- 4 version firmware, upgradable through the internet (more internal memory than the previous version to let you more upgrades in the future)
- PEC (Periodic Error Correction), PAE (Pointing Accuracy Enhancement) advanced functions and assisted polar alignment.

At the base of the hand-pad, you can find the computer connection port: via the supplied cable, you can connect the mount to a computer to control it remotely. Then you can use one of the many compatible planetary software (such as Cartes du Ciel) to control the mount not only from the hand-pad but directly from the PC.

Using the same cable connection, you can update the  hand-pad firmware by downloading the updates that SkyWatcher periodically releases on the internet. The SynScan hand-pad is also compatible with the GPS accessory: it automatically detects the location of the place of observation (latitudine and longitude), date and time for an easier and more precise initial alignment procedure of the mount itself.


Perfect for astrophotography with instruments up to 8 Kg

Thanks to a low periodic error for its price class (typically it has a periodic error between +-15 and +-20 arc-seconds), the SkyWatcher HEQ5 SynScan mount is perfect for astrophotography with optical tubes of the middle class, no heavier than 8 kg and with a focal length of not more than 800mm. In visual or planetary photography use (where there are fewer problems than deep-sky astrophotography of faint objects like galaxies and nebulae where the necessary long exposures require a perfect tracking), this mount can support optical tubes up to 14 kg.

On the mount control panel there's also a ST4 autoguider port: this feature is critical for astrophotography as it allows you to connect directly a guide camera (if also equipped with ST4 port) which allows you to automatically correct the small but inevitable tracking errors of the mount. By correctly setting the autoguiding software (such as PHD Guiding) in the PC (that commands the autoguide camera), you can select the speed correction (in order to obtain an accurate guide) between 0.25x, 0.50x, 1x and 0.75x.

 

Mechanical revision of the mount

Before delivery of the mount we perform for free in our laboratory a mechanical and electronics revision.

We check for the correct operational of the motors and handpad. Then we test the fluidity of the axes and we perform a position adjustment of the worm gear in both axis in order to reduce backlash.

This way, your mount will be immediately able to give you best performances, also for astrophotography.


SkyWatcher HEQ5 SynScan mount includes:

- Complete HEQ5 SynScan mount (head + tripod)

SynScan hand-pad

2 x 5 Kg counterweights

Illuminated polar scope

PC connection cable (RS-232 serial port)

12V power cable (cigarette lighter socket)

21cm Vixen bar

Installation and use manual (english and italian)



Technical specifications

Mount type Equatorial GOTO
Load capacity (Kg) 14
Pulsantiera di controllo Yes
Treppiede Yes
Polar finder Yes
Contrappesi 2 x 5 Kg
Motors 64 micro steps
Velocità massima di spostamento 3.4°/sec (800X)
Porta autoguida ST4 Yes
Dovetail bar fitting Vixen
Controllo dell'errore periodico Yes
Diametro asta contrappesi 18mm
Lunghezza asta contrappesi 21,5cm
Peso testa della montatura 10 Kg
Peso treppiede 5 Kg
Alimentazione 12V 2A

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  1. ottimo acquisto review by mass on 4/24/2016
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    ottima la montatura! complimenti a primalucelab: spedizione velocissima e molto disponibili per qualsiasi dubbio. Nel mio caso mi hanno contattato anche di domenica...grazie!!!

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