The Sky-Watcher AZ5 is an easy to use, grab-and-go telescope mount for visual astronomy and daytime terrestrial observations.
Constructed from cast aluminium and designed to attach small telescopes up to 5kg in weight, via a regular 45mm dovetail bar.
The aluminium telescopic tripod legs can be extended and clamped in any position via integral leg locks.
Supplied with two flexible slow-motion cables, one for vertical and one for horizontal, for smooth precise control. Can also be moved manually around each axis for rapid panning and elevation adjustments - track distant moving targets with ease.
|Average Rating (7 Reviews): |
Friday, 13 March 2020 | Chris
My Vixen Porta 11 mount, got knocked off a table and despite the best efforts of another member of Norwich Astro, is now wobbly, so purchased the AZ5 head as a direct replacement.
Build quality is excellent, easily comparable to the Vixen (that despite it's high price was made in China too). Not as lightweight as a my Vamos traveller, but is about a 3rd of the price and has slo mo wheels and longer controls on a stalk, which will make it easier to track at higher powers. This will be my choice of mount for general observing with the Tak.
It has a 3/8" thread, so perfect for the more robust photo tripods; I'll be using it on a Manfrotto, although you can purchase this with a dedicated astro tripod too. There are bolts that allow you to adjust the angle of the mount, to accommodate longer length scopes. For my Tak 76, it worked as delivered.
skywatcher az5 alt-azimuth mount head
Tuesday, 2 July 2019 | Paul
Purchased the mount head on it`s own to place on my eq5 tripod using an adapter plate to use as a grab and go setup. Was wondering if it would handle the weight of my startravel 120, 2 inch diagonal and eyepiece as just over the quoted 5 kilo payload capacity of mount. No problem. Actual payload capacity quoted for using on a heavy duty tripod in the mount head manual is 9 kilo and 5 kilo on the lightweight tripod. in fact in use it is very stable. Scope balances easily and no jitters when using. Very capable of handling a bit more I would say. Very pleased, good quality and well made would score 10 out of 10.
Very nice grab and go mount
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 | John
I have only managed a couple of sessions with the mount so far, but have been very pleased with its performance. I used it with my Lunt 50 for a solar session and found the mount easy to set up. The movement in both axis was very smooth with the clutches released and had a very pleasant feel to it. Just enough resistance to make it very pleasant to use. With the clutches locked the slow motion controls were buttery smooth with absolutely no back lash.
Later that night I used the mount with my SW 102 ST and again was very satisfied with all aspects of the mounts performance. Perhaps my only concern was that the supplied tripod was a little shakey at higher magnifications, though any shake did die down very quickly. If have not tried it with the pillar extension fitted yet, but it seems to be a very solid piece of kit.
Once again thanks to all at FLO for their usual great service.
Monday, 19 November 2018 | Christos
1. Mine has a small backlash (a gap in motion when reversing direction of moving the handle) in the azimuth axis, that could not be corrected using the tension screw (no such backlash in the altitude axis)
2. The direction of the azimuth handle is fixed (90 degrees to the telescope) so when i put on my long 120/1000 refractor, it is not possible to reach the handle while looking through the scope (it can't be used for long scopes).
3. The advantage is that it can be fixed on a normal photographic tripod of enough height, so I can use the same tripod for my camera, my binoculars and my (short - 102/500) telescope
Monday, 30 July 2018 | Paul
Very nice quality mount though you need a rather expensive adaptor to use the HEQ5 mount. With this adaptor it makes an excellent and stable grab and go mount.
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 | Paul
I bought this along with the AZ5 tripod. The mount is very well made,robust and looks great (always important when outside in the dark). The Alt-Az controls are silky smooth. I have not yet attached the Slo-Mo controls simply because i like the feel of the standard controls.
Sky-Watcher AZ5 Deluxe Alt-Azimuth Mount
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 | Michael
I found this an excellent Alt-Azimuth mount, the movements in Altitude and Azimuth are very smooth, the alt and azimuth knobs are perfect for controlling the telescope and the whole tripod is perfect for grab and go observing lightweight and portable, all in all I am 1000% satisfied with my decision to buy this article.