Sky-Watcher EQ6-R PRO Go-To Astronomy Mount

Sky-Watcher EQ6-R PRO Go-To Astronomy Mount

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About this product

Model:  skywatcher-eq6r-pro-20855
Part Number:  20855

Now features USB port. 

Compatible with EQMOD using a Lynx Astro EQDIR adapter :-) 

The new EQ6-R Pro Synscan builds upon the legendary EQ6 Pro mount with a slew of new features that will appeal to astro-imagers! 

Includes Sky-Watcher's computerised Synscan™ GOTO handset which enables you to point your telescope to 42,000+ night sky objects, or tour the skies at the touch of a button. 


The EQ6-R has a higher payload, is belt driven (reduces backlash and improves guiding) has a redesigned body with a carry handle (easier to transport and setup) and improved latitude adjustment (more sturdy and effective over a wider range of latitudes).  It uses an RJ45 plug for the handset connection (better than the DSUB used by the EQ6, especially in the dark!) and a screw-on power connector (more secure and reliable than the NEQ6 PRO's push-fit power connector). It also features a USB port has a new 'SNAP' camera control port so you can fire a DSLR camera automatically from the mount. 


  • Increased Payload capacity of 20kg for Astro-Photography (manufacturer's spec')
  • Synchronous Belt Driven for reduced backlash, smoother operation and better results when guiding.
  • Higher Torque.
  • Improved Latitude adjustment controls with greater range of latitudes possible.
  • SNAP camera control port.
  • USB port.
  • PPEC worm gear and worm periodic error correction function (avoids having to constantly re-train).
  • Build-in carrying handle for convenient transportation and setup.
  • Dual-fit 45mm (Vixen-style) or 75mm (Losmandy-style) dovetail saddle. 

What's in the box

  • EQ6-R Mount
  • 2" Stainless Steel Tripod
  • 2x 5kg Counterweights
  • Polar Alignment Scope
  • Synscan Handset & Cable
  • 12v DC Cigarette Power Cable


Product Name EQ6-R PRO Synscan™
Mount Type German Equatorial
Maximum Payload (Counterweights excluded) 20kg (for Astro-Photography)
Latitude Adjustment Range 5º to 65º
Azimuth Adjustment Range About ±9 º
Mount Weight (Tripod excluded) 17.3 kg
Counterweights Supplied 2 x 5kg
Tripod Supplied 2-inch stainless steel, 7.5kg Weight
Counterweight Rod 18mm Diameter, Length 240mm + 180mm
Power Requirement DC11~16V 4A
Motors 1.8 º Hybrid Stepper Motors
Transmission 180:1 Worm Drive + 48:12 Timing Belt Drive + 64 Micro-step/1.8º Stepper Motor Drive
Gear Ratio 720
Resolution 9216000 Counts/Rev., approx. 0.14 arc-second
Maximum Slewing Speed 4.2 degrees/second
Tracking Rate Sidereal rate, solar rate, lunar rate
Tracking Mode Equatorial mode
Auto-guiding Speed 0.125X, 0.25X, 0.5X, 0.75X, 1X
PEC 100 Segments Permanent PEC (PPEC)
Hand Controller SynScan™
Database 42000+ Objects
Celestial Object Catalogue Messier, NGC, IC, SAO, Caldwell, Double Star, Vari-able Star, Named Star, Planets
Pointing Accuracy Up to 5 arc-minutes (RMS)
Camera Control Integral SNAP camera control port
Saddle Dual-Fit 45mm/75mm Dovetail Saddle
Included Polar Alignment Scope

Downloads / Manuals

The following manuals and downloads are available for this product:


Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Mount Manual (PDF)

Customer reviews

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1) EQ6-R Polarscope & LED
Thursday, 27 February 2020  | 

Finally decided to get to grips with my new EQ6R but was effectively stalled by the polarscope and its LED which is supposed to illuminate the reticule. Switched on and first view showed only a red haze thro the polarscope which focusing had no effect on. Went online, Cloudy Nights, and found that on the handset there is an LED dimmer control, it suggested setting it to 20%. Back to the scope, reduced the LED to 20% and was still unable to see anything past the red haze, finally, with the LED set on 4% stars became visible thro reduced red haze, but Kolchak (the other alignment star) was only just visible, with the LED set on 2% stars were visible but the reticule wasn't. Cloud rolled in making further progress impossible, I dread going thro this every time I want set up in order to use my APM 140. I'll add more as I progress.

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I'm a very happy man
Monday, 27 January 2020  | 

Ordered Monday night at around 8:30

Delivered 10 am Wednesday morning !

FLO Scores again !

It's a wicked mount, up and running with my software (Cloudmakers) in under 5 minutes.

I just wish I'd ordered the optional "clear sky" package

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Great upgrade from my early HEQ5 pro
Tuesday, 29 October 2019  | 

I was starting to get a lot of “shaken” subs in my astrophographs. I made up a new adaptor for my pier and the EQ6-R pro made a east upgrade. First session gave me 8.5 hrs around 100 5 minute subs with only 5 rejected frames ( satellite tracks).. perfect go to and tracking around 0.3-0.5” error. I was getting 0.7-1” on my old mount with the same setup.

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Thursday, 19 September 2019  | 

What a brilliant mount, and it's super quite with a beefy sturdy tripod! I'm used to a Celestron mount which sounds like an old Russian air conditioner when it slews & wakes the neighbours up in the next county... I couldn't believe how quite this mount is. I've got a polemaster attached to it and with PHD2 guiding I get around 0.30 total RMS error, and I'm a complete novice. The tracking is perfect, the mount is perfect, and James went above and beyond to help me out by double checking it was the new one with USB ports on. Highly recommended

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Excellent mount but still not perfect
Sunday, 4 August 2019  | 

I thought I'd wait until I've had the mount for a year before reviewing it. (Fast delivery is more of a review of FLO than the mount - and they are, of course, always excellent

It's been used just about every clear night since I got it a year ago (which isn't often enough in Scotland!). It replaces my old trusty EQ6 Pro which lasted 10 years (until I broke it!) so I'm comparing it to that. I keep it permanently mounted on a solid pier so any flexure does not come from the mount. It is very solidly built and I have no reason to believe it won't be as reliable as the older one it replaces. I don't really use the handset as I use EQMOD from my PC, but that all works as well as before without issue.

In summary, the good:

- new power and hand control connectors are much more secure and a very worthwhile upgrade
- altitude and azimuth bolts also much better
- quieter, smoother operation because of the belt drive
- on good nights I can get 0.4" RMS guiding using PHD2 and a piggyback mounted C80ED and ASI290MC guide camera. Rarely worse than 0.8" RMS. Pretty impressive for a mount in this price range and much better than the seeing here needs.
- load capacity is great. I use a 10" f4.8 Newtonian, CCD and filter wheel, with a piggyback telescope and it copes well with that. Probably close to 18kg. Requires 4 weights to balance (I don't use the extension bar - 3 weights would do it but I always bang into it in the dark!)
- polar scope cover attachment removes risk of damaging the plastic thread (which the old one did)
- dual saddle is much better

Could be better:

- My biggest issue is backlash! It is better than the old one but there's still quite a bit - too much I believe, in both RA and Dec. No matter how I try and adjust it out using the tiny screws, I cannot improve it significantly without causing the gears to bind. When doing plate solving I have to allow the scope to settle for 10 seconds before solving. It can take that long for the drive to catch up. Balancing obviously improves it and where it's pointing in the sky can make a difference, but I think there's still too much.

- dual saddle could be better constructed. Holds the dovetail fine but it looks a bit messy and doesn't align well. I upgraded my old EQ6 with an ADM dual saddle and this doesn't come anywhere close to the quality of that. It works though.

That said, for the price it's a fantastic, solid mount. The negative doesn't stop it being a great buy and I definitely recommend it.

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Saturday, 11 May 2019  | 

Thank you FLO, super fast delivery, beautiful mount that will replace my NEQ5 goto. See you soon and good sky.

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Excellent mount
Wednesday, 20 March 2019  | 

Really pleased with this mount. I had been thinking about going crazy and getting an Avalon to take my imaging to the next level but, given the average seeing in North West Britain, and based on the advice of the helpful FLO people, wondered whether the EQ6 R might be good enough. It is. Out of the box I am getting 0.7 arc second RMS tracking using pHD2 which is some improvement over my HEQ5 which is good (about 1.0 arc second RMS) but a little unreliable. The extra weight capacity of the EQ6 R is also handy and an improvement over the HEQ5. Dead simple to set up and the improved alt az adjustment knobs are great for refining polar alignment - I'm not now constantly worried that the knobs will seize up or break. It is a (reassuringly) weighty beast but it has a carry handle and I leave mine out with one of the excellent telegizmos covers on anyway.

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Excellent mount
Monday, 18 February 2019  | 

My much beloved HEQ5 pro mount went and died on me (or so I thought) so my wife told me to buy another mount so that she didn't have to listen to me moan until it got fixed. I didn't need telling twice. I did fancy something with a bit more payload so after a bit of research I plumped for this one. I'm glad I did. It is a lot more substantial than my HEQ5 pro and it works like a dream. I did have a problem with it on my first night when trying to polar align due to a mixture of clouds and a very inaccurate latitude dial. It's 8 degrees out. This is why I've given it 4 stars instead of 5 (It should really be 4 and a half out of 5) However once I got it working I was very impressed. It's solid and well thought out. You get the feeling that an earthquake couldn't spoil an image. Highly recommended.

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A Loooooooong Step Up
Tuesday, 27 November 2018  | 

I only had to wait a couple of days for the EQ6-R to arrive and though I will have to wait many fold days to the next clear night, I have had the chance to try out the mount indoors and I can only relate to others that "I Love it" After 10 years struggling with an EQ5 Synscan upgrade I truly believe that simplicity and beauty now awaits me each starlit night ahead.

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Monday, 30 April 2018  | 

Great service from FLO and prompt delivery of items.
Not had a chance to use yet due to weather but will be as soon as it gets better.

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Q1. What is the EQ6-R payload capacity?

The recommended payload capacity is 20kg for astro-photography.

Q2. How much does the mount weigh?

The EQ6-R Pro mount weighs 17.3kg without the tripod. The tripod weighs 7.5kg.

Q3. Can the EQ6-R mount accept Losmandy style dovetails?

Yes - it has a dual fit saddle which can accept Vixen-style 45mm or 75mm Losmandy-style dovetails.

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