Skywatcher AZ EQ6-GT GEQ & Alt-Az Mount

Skywatcher AZ EQ6-GT GEQ & Alt-Az Mount
£1,295.00

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Model:  skywatcher-AZ-EQ6
Brand:  Skywatcher

Skywatcher

Compatible with EQMOD using a HitecAstro EQDIR adapter :-)

The Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6GT is an exciting evolutionary development of the hugely successful NEQ6 PRO.

The AZ-EQ6GT is a dual purpose, fully functional computerised heavy-duty Go-To/Tracking astronomical mount in both Alt-Azimuth (AZ) and Equatorial (EQ) modes.

Supplied with a Synscan handset with dual AZ/EQ firmware, it can automatically find and track over 42,900 celestial objects from its database.

In EQ mode, the AZ-EQ6GT is designed for either visual use or precise astro-imaging. In AZ mode, it is primarily intended for visual use, and in this mode, two telescopes can be mounted simultaneously in parallel.

A great feature of the AZ-EQ6GT is the patented dual-encoder technology. This allows the telescope to be moved manually in either axis without the mount losing its positional information. This gives the user enormous freedom, convenience and flexibility during observational sessions.

The Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6GT.....a new legend is born!  

Part-1 of Steve Richards Skywatcher AZ EQ6-GT review pdf  

Using EQMod article by Steve Richards 

Skywatcher AZ EQ6-GT Instruction Manual pdf 

Skywatcher AZ EQ6-GT Hand Controller Instruction Manual V3.32 pdf 

Firmware Upgrade V3.32 

 


Specification

Payload Capacity: 18kg for imaging and 25kg for visual
Driving Resolution: 0.1436 arc second
Go-To Capability: EQ and AZ modes
Synscan Handset Database: over 42,900 celestial objects
Tracking Speed: sidereal, solar & lunar rates
Tracking Mode: EQ or AZ, dual or single axis
PEC control in EQ mode
Autoguider Port : Yes
DSLR Electronic Shutter Release Port: Yes
Motor Type: DC12V stepper motors
Patented Dual-Encoder design allows manual movement without losing positional information
Polar alignment: via software control or supplied polar scope
Alignment methods: 1, 2 or 3 star alignment (EQ) / brightest star or 2 star alignment (AZ)
Telescope Connection: 2 x dual-fit saddle plates supplied accepting 45mm & 75mm dovetail bars
RA/DEC Worm Gears: D=92.5mm, 180 teeth, brass
RA/DEC Axes: D=40mm, steel
Tripod: 2” Stainless Steel
Counterweights supplied: 2 x 5kg
Counterweight Bar: 25mm Diameter
Mount Body Weight: 15.4kg, Tripod Weight: 7.5kg
Power requirement: 12V DC 3A (Sky-Watcher 17Ah Power Tank recommended)

 

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Works like a Dream Once you Have Sorted the Mount Alignment Procedure
Monday, 23 February 2015  | 

Firstly, some background. I am a newbie on EQ mounts, having previously had only 11 months Dobsonian experience. I was only interested in EQ performance, and the design improvements vs the NEQ6.

Delivery, assembly and First Light have been excellent. The mount oozes a professionally engineered feeling, as you assemble and get acquainted with the design and operation.

The polarscope, dec. and RA clutches are excellent in use. Ditto the Synscan.

Why 4 stars then??

When you go through setup and complete the PA, the Synscan manual (which is generally well-written) on page 9, instructs you to press Enter to proceed to the Mount Alignment.

If you follow this instruction, and begin the alignment process with your selected first star, the mount takes off in the opposite direction, and you suddenly feel confused and trying to work out what you've done wrong.

This quirk was first noted on the Sky at Night review, along with a solution. After PA completion and hitting Enter, return to your Home position, turn off the mount and Synscan, turn on, go through initial setup steps again, then begin your mount alignment process. All works well then.

I won't pretend to understand all the reasons but I understand that the quirk is to do with the encoder behaviour.

Whatever the reason, it did temporarily baffle me.

My version of Synscan is 4.05.17

Other than this, the mount has performed flawlessly. I get 4 minutes unguided without trails, and will move to guiding and EQMOD in time.

If there is any opportunity, I would recommend that page 9 of the Synscan manual be amended so that after PA completion, return to Home, turn off, then turn on.

Despite my comments above, I really recommend the mount, since the engineering and stability are IMHO unrivalled, at this price point.

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