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SkyWatcher N-EQ6 SynScan mount

Product code: SK-NEQ6-SYNSCAN

Quick Overview

Computerized german equatorial mount N-EQ6 SynScan with SynScan hand control, equipped with dual-axis motor drive, tripod and polar scope.

When you need to install a large diameter telescope (or a radio telescope antenna) and you search for a computerized mount that provides automatic pointing and tracking, the cost usually becomes high. But not for the SkyWatcher N-EQ6 SynScan mount that, at a very low price, offers many advanced features such as high load capacity, high precision pointing / tracking and SynScan computer with 13400 memory Universe objects.

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The N-EQ6 SynScan mount is, from many years, the reference point on the world market for equatorial mounts as it offers an unbeatable price / performance ratio. It's therefore suitable for those looking for the best price / performance ratio in an equatorial mount with a high load capacity to support also big optical tubes, for both visual and photographic use.


High load capacity at low price

Due to the high load capacity, the N-EQ6 SynScan mount can support many optical tubes such as Newton up to 30 cm, Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope up to 11"-12" or refractors up to 150mm in diameter. It is also equipped with high-precision micro-step motors, ST4 autoguider port and PEC (periodic error correction). It is therefore also suitable for those who want to do astrophotography. Everything in one product yet transportable and therefore also suitable for amateur astronomers who often move in search of low light pollution skies.

Double Vixen and Losmandy connection is very practical since it allows to connect the optical tubes equipped with any bar.

SynScan handpad with firmware 4: precise tracking and automatic goto and many functions

The SkyWatcher EQ6 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.

Using the supplied RS-232 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, you can update the handpad 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 1000-1200mm focal lenght

The SkyWatcher N-EQ6 SynScan mount offers a periodic error that usually is within +-10 and +-15 arc-seconds and is therefore recommended when using optical tubes up to 1200mm focal length. Thanks to the high loading capacity (about 20 Kg for visual use and approximately 14Kg for that photo), it is suitable also for big optical tubes such as Newton up to 250mm diameter or apochromatic refractors up to 120mm. To use in visual or planetary photography (where there are fewer problems than deep-sky astrophotography where the long necessary exposures require a perfect tracking), this mount can support even larger optical tubes such as Newton or Schmidt-Cassegrain up to 30cm or refractor up to 15cm.

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 N-EQ6 SynScan mount - includes:

Complete N-EQ6 SynScan mount (head + stainless steel tripod with 50mm legs)

SynScan hand-pad

2 x 5 Kg counterweights

Illuminated polar scope

PC connection cable (RS-232 serial port)

12V power cable (cigarette lighter socket)

Installation and use manual (english and italian)

Technical specifications

Mount type Equatorial GOTO
Load capacity (Kg) 20
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 + Losmandy
Controllo dell'errore periodico Yes
Diametro asta contrappesi 1,8 cm
Lunghezza asta contrappesi 28,5 cm
Peso testa della montatura 16 Kg
Peso treppiede 6,5 Kg
Alimentazione 11-15 V 2A

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  1. Ottima review by Mattia Brunetta on 3/4/15

    Gran bella montatura, treppiede molto robusto, buona trasportabilità, e grande precisione (anche grazie al servizio di messa a punto offerto da PrimaLuceLab)... tutto ad un prezzo accessibile!
    La consiglio vivamente.

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