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Use a large diameter optical tube has great benefits for both visual and photographic use: to gather more light allows you to see or record weakest details. in order to achieve high performances, however, it's fundamental to have a solid and precise mount, which can support large-diameter telescopes. The SkyWatcher EQ8 SynScan is the answer for those looking for a high capacity load mount, but still at an affordable price. Its excellent mechanical and electronic features such as low periodic error and backlash, encoders on both axes or permanent periodic error correction make it perfect for even more difficult astrophotography.
High load capacity and low periodic error
Load capacity and periodic error are the two fundamental parameters on which you can measure a mont's value, especially in astrophotography. The SkyWatcher SynScan EQ8 mount creates a new benchmark as it allows to support telescopes up to 50 Kg and it offers a low periodic error (+- 6 arcseconds) at a price never seen before. So this mount can support large telescopes such as Newton 400mm in diameter.
In long-exposure astrophotography use (for example to record galaxies, nebulae and star clusters) it's recommended to support telescopes weighing up to 30 Kg and up to 2000mm focal length approx. For example, it's perfect for astrophotography with apochromatic refractors up to 150mm in diameter, Newton up to 35cm in diameter and Schmidt-Cassegrain up to 35cm in diameter (the latter, suitably equipped with a focal reducer).
Advaced technical features for high performances
The SkyWatcher EQ8 SynScan mount offers several advanced technical solutions to enable you to obtain high performances for every type of use. PresIt offers encoders on both axes that allow you to move the mount by hand without losing the alignment on the sky and high resolutions motors that directly act on the worm gear to minimize backlash (it's also perfect for astrophotography where the autoguiding corrections become more precise).
Together with the mount, you get a great, high rigidity, steel tripod with central column and that can be raised up to 1347mm from the ground. This uses three tripod legs that are joined to the central column with a top block that provides rigid support and a lower support for tension.
SynScan hanp-pad firmware 4: precise tracking and automatic goto and many functions
The SkyWatcher EQ8 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
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.
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 EQ8 SynScan mount - includes:
- Complete EQ8 SynScan mount (head + tripod)
- SynScan hand-pad
- 2 x 10 Kg counterweights
- PC connection cable (RS-232 serial port)
- 12V power cable (cigarette lighter socket)
- Installation and use manual (english and italian)
|Mount type||Equatorial GOTO|
|Load capacity (Kg)||50|
|Pulsantiera di controllo||Yes|
|Contrappesi||2 x 10 Kg|
|Motors||64 micro steps|
|Velocità massima di spostamento||3.3°/sec|
|Porta autoguida ST4||Yes|
|Dovetail bar fitting||Losmandy|
|Controllo dell'errore periodico||Yes|
|Diametro asta contrappesi||No|
|Lunghezza asta contrappesi||No|
|Peso testa della montatura||25 Kg|
|Peso treppiede||31 Kg|