About this product
Part Number: EQ5-DK
The Asterion EQ5 Drive Kit Pro is a high quality Stepper Motor based Go To upgrade for the Skywatcher EQ5 and similar mounts.
The basis of this upgrade is a pair of high precision Stepper Motors encased in a metal body which will attach to your EQ5 type of mount.
The EQ Star Go To system can be used stand alone or by connecting to a PC with the included cable or wirelessly via Smart Phone/Tablet running the Synscan Pro APP
The system will provide all the capabilities of a Go To Wireless system and is compatible with Sky Safari.
This drive upgrade is also ASCOM compliant and can be run on a PC using most of the popular Planetarium programs that support ASCOM. The included Autoguider port facilitates auto guided long exposure astrophotography.
The EQ Star system is compatible with a variety of platforms, drivers and the standard equipment provides a hand set control that allows comfortable control of the mount during visual observations or the setup process before astrophotography sessions.
- Compatible Mounts: Sky-Watcher EQ5, Celestron CG-5, MEADE LXD, Vixen FR, GP (-DX), GPD2, Orion SkyView, Bresser EXOS-2/EQ5, and equivalents
- Type of motors: bipolar 1.8°/step (1/64 micro-step)
- Accuracy: RA - 0.23 arc seconds, Dec - 0.23 arc seconds
- Power supply: 12V, at least 3A
- Power Socket: 2.1x5.5mm ("+" per center pin)
- Package dimensions: 16x16x16cm
- Weight: 2kg
Please note NO power supply is included with Asterion products
What's in the box
- Drives for RA and Dec
- EQ Star Controller
- Set of pulleys and belts
- Set of fasteners and keys for mounting drives
- Hand remote control
- DB9-USB cable for PC connection
- Drive cables
- Wi-Fi adapter for use with mobile devices
- User's manual
|Average Rating (1 Review): |
Sunday, 12 June 2022 | Ken
This is probably the most impressive bit of kit I have bought in many years.
The engineering is brilliant. The build quality is of a very high standard.
The stepper motors are mounted in very substantial cases with holes pre-drilled and tapped for easy location.
Although the system is designed for an EQ5 it can be used on many other telescopes with a bit of ingenuity as the worm gear ratio can
be set in software from 1:100 to 1: 1300. I am using the drive system to upgrade a Grubb Telescope built in 1872!
The cables for the motors, cleverly use RJ45 internet type connectors,
which are easily available in any length and are so easy to connect and disconnect.
The interface has an ST4 Auto-guider port, which is provided with a simple handset with NSEW and rate controls, so the drive kit can be used, stand alone,
without a PC or Mobile phone.
The interface has both USB and WIFI connections so can be controlled by ASCOM programs such as EQMOD and by other planetarium programs.
The interfaces are simple to use .
The most impressive feature for me was the SynScan Pro app on my I-phone, which was installed effortlessly by scanning in a QR code provided.
No complicated lists of instructions to follow, just scan in the QR code and you can control your telescope from the phone in a few seconds - absolutely brilliant!
I needed some extra help to set up a non-standard gear ratio and an email to Asterion in war torn Ukraine got me a solution in 24hours, so just amazing service
In summary, a very professional bit of hardware with very impressive user friendly software and excellent technical support.
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