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SkyWatcher AZ-EQ5 SynScan mount

Product code: SK‐AZ‐EQ5

Quick Overview

SkyWatcher AZ-EQ5 SynScan computerized mount with SynScan hand pad, with dual-axis motor drive, tripod with integrated half-pillar and encoders on both axis.


The SkyWatcher AZ-EQ5 mount is based on the bigger model AZ-EQ6 with respect to which offers better portability and lower weight. Thanks to its advanced technical features (including the possibility of double-use equatorial or altazimuth mode, new hybrid motors and encoders on both axes), it offers the best performances ever for a not too high cost mount.

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Details

The SkyWatcher AZ-EQ5 mount is based on the bigger model AZ-EQ6 with respect to which offers better portability and lower weight. Thanks to its advanced technical features (including the possibility of double-use equatorial or altazimuth mode, new hybrid motors and encoders on both axes), it offers the best performances ever for a not too high cost mount.

 

Main specifications:

- Use in equatorial or altazimutal mode
- Autoguide port, USB-serial port, DSLR shutter control port

- Very precise goto and tracking, low periodic error
- Freedom Find technology
- Low weight, 40% less of an AZ-EQ6
- Compact dimensions, foldable legs pier
- Possibility of use in all latitudes (from 0 to 90 degrees) 

 

Freedom Find technology

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. 


Double use: equatorial or altazimuthal

The Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5 SynScan Go To mount is equally useful as a EQ mount, or operating in AZ 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.


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

The SkyWatcher AZ-EQ5 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.

On the mount, you can find the USB computer connection port: via the 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 supplied RS-232 cable, you can connect the handpad to the PC to update the 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.

Advanced features for astrophotography

The AZ-EQ5 GT mount is equipped with an index on its R.A. worm. Thus the motor controller can keep track of the current position of the worm. After a proper PEC training routine, in which 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.

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.

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 AZ-EQ5 SynScan mount - scope of delivery:

- AZ-EQ5 SynScan complete mount (head + tripod)

SynScan handpad

2 3,5 Kg counterweights

PC (RS-232 port) connection cable

12V power cable (cigarette lighter socket)

Additional plate for Vixen bars

Installation and use manual (english and italian)



 


In this video Filippo presents the SkyWatcher AZ-EQ5 SynScan mount, he explains how to use its computer and how it can be used in either equatorial and in alt-azimuth mode (english subtitles available):

 

Technical specifications

Mount type Equatorial GOTO
Load capacity (Kg) 15
Pulsantiera di controllo Yes
Treppiede Yes
Polar finder Optional
Contrappesi 2 x 3.5kg
Motors 64 micro steps
Velocità massima di spostamento 4.2°/sec
Porta autoguida ST4 Yes
Dovetail bar fitting Vixen
Controllo dell'errore periodico Yes
Diametro asta contrappesi 18mm
Lunghezza asta contrappesi 162mm + 120mm extension
Peso testa della montatura 7,7 Kg
Peso treppiede 6,1 Kg
Alimentazione 12V 3A

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  1. Test parziale superato in modo convincente review by Marco on 4/2/2015
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    Innanzitutto, una nota di merito a PrimaLuceLab nella persona di Filippo per il servizio che ha compreso la gentile disponibilità a rispondere alle domande e nel dare consigli fino alla efficiente spedizione.
    Per quanto riguarda la montatura AZ-EQ5, per ora l'ho provata in Alt-Azimutale e devo dire che sono rimasto sorpreso favorevolmente perché risulta sufficientemente precisa per l'uso in visuale anche paragonata all'allineamento a due stelle delle montature Nexstar della Celestron ( che possiedo). Infatti, dopo averla allineata con il metodo "Brightest Star Alignment" gli oggetti selezionati mi cadevano sempre all'interno del campo inquadrato da un oculare 20 mm. Per quel poco che ho potuto sperimentare, molto buona la meccanica e l'elettronica per non parlare della compattezza e quindi della grande trasportabilità e praticità di utilizzo con il treppiede a colonna. Molto amichevole la pulsantiera Synscan 4 e quindi facile e intuitiva. L'unica nota stonata sono i morsetti con le viti che inevitabilmente segnano e rovinano le barre vixen. Il consiglio che posso dare a questo proposito è quello di applicare con nastro biadesivo delle placchette rettangolari di alluminio sulla superficie della barra vixen che viene a contatto con le due viti se la si vuole preservare da un punto di vista estetico. Prossimamente spero di provarla anche in configurazione equatoriale.

  2. AZ-EQ5 Servizio impeccabile review by Pierfrancesco on 3/19/2015
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    Cara PrimaLuceLab (Filippo) vi ringrazio per l'impeccabile servizio. Avete risposto alle mie mille domante sulla montatura AZ-EQ5 aiutandomi a fare alla fine la scelta giusta.
    Ho molto apprezzato il controllo della meccanica e dell'elettronica prima di spedirla.

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