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Who wants to start photographing the sky often looks for not too expensive instruments but that can provide high performance and good load capacity, for example, to support a compact apochromatic telescopes. The SkyWatcher EQ5 SynScan mount offers all of this at an affordable price, and is therefore perfect for beginners but also for those looking for a "travel" instrument, maybe to use instead of their high load mount (that sometimes can be too heavy in trips).
SynScan hanp-pad: precise tracking and automatic goto and many functions
The SkyWatcher SynScan EQ5 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
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.
Good also for astrophotography with instruments up to 5 Kg
The SkyWatcher EQ5 SynScan mount offers 10 kg load capacity for visual use and planets, Moon and Sun photography. Then it can support medium size optical tubes such as Newtonians up to 200mm in diameter. For use in long-exposure astrophotography, we suggest the use of optical tubes up to 6 kg with focal lenght up to 600mm. For example it can be used to photograph galaxies, nebulae or star clusters with apochromatic refractors up to about 80mm in diameter.
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 EQ5 SynScan mount - includes:
- Complete EQ5 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)
|Mount type||Equatorial GOTO|
|Load capacity (Kg)||10|
|Pulsantiera di controllo||Yes|
|Contrappesi||2 x 5 Kg|
|Motors||32 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||No|
|Lunghezza asta contrappesi||No|
|Peso testa della montatura||7 Kg|
|Peso treppiede||4 Kg|
Per un anno e mezzo ho utilizzato una montatura EQ3 manuale con motore di inseguimento su A.R. Con EQ5 Synscan ho scoperto il piacere di lasciarmi guidare alle nuove scoperte. Stabile, precisa, il software, anche se in inglese, è di facile comprensione. La dotazione è completa, con 2 contrappesi, cannocchiale polare, alimentatore 12V. Grazie a PrimaluceLab per avermi "accompagnato" in questo acquisto.