About this product
Part Number: 20301
Also suitable for use with Vixen GP/GPE series mounts.
Sky-Watcher’s new dual-axis motor drive with enhanced hand controller is essential for long-exposure astrophotography and a useful accessory for visual astronomy.
It precisely controls the mount's tracking speed to compensate for Earth's rotation during long exposures.
The new enhanced handset has an ST4 interface for an Auto-Guider, such as Sky-Watcher’s own Synguider, and features SOLAR, LUNAR and SIDEREAL tracking rates plus selectable adjustment rates of 0.5x, 2x and 16x.
The hand controller also has a convenient facility to invert the direction of the UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT buttons so the directions on the handset can match those you see through the telescope.
Designed for use in northern and southern hemispheres.
The DC motor drive runs on 4 "D" cell batteries (not included).
Includes motors for both R.A. and DEC axes, motor cables, enhanced hand controller and battery pack.
Note: Once fitted you will no longer be able to use the slow-motion controls and will need to use the motor control to move manually.
|Average Rating (4 Reviews): |
12 May 2023 | Ian
This is a great little addition to your manual EQ5. It is smooth, quiet and has all the functions you need.The button directional setting is a great addition as well. It tracks great and I had the moon centered for 30 minutes without having to adjust the mount. Great buy.
SKYWATCHER ENHANCED DUAL AXIS MOTOR DRIVES FOR EQ5
19 January 2021 | Robert
I received the motors and handset just over a week ago. Unfortunately, as per the labels on the packaging "MAY CONTAIN SNOW" the weather in Wiltshire has been abysmal! No snow, yet but not conducive to taking the 'scope and accessories outside!
I have tested the system (mount, accessories, etc) indoors but will have to wait for clear weather to give a final assessment - so, please watch this space!
In conclusion, my thanks to FLO for superb packing and prompt answers to my recent queries.
Regards, Rob Houston.
09 November 2016 | Gerard
I attached the motors to my EQ5, and found that the tracking is 10% slower than it should be. Useless for astrophotography. I have carried out all sorts of measurements, sent them to FLO, and they have passed them onto Skywatcher. I have already had the drives replaced which also lagged. I think I want to throw the whole lot away and start again.
This is puzzing. The Enhanced Dual Motor Kit is very reliable. Indeed we haven't recieved a single faulty one prior to yours. Clearly there must always be a first, but two in a row... We cannot explain. Please contact us, Gerard, so we can explore how/why this has happened.
29 March 2016 | Michael
Debated for ages, whether to get a GOTO upgrade for my Skywatcher 200P, but decided that would take the fun out of star hopping and finding things for myself. Got the motor drives instead, making observing much more convenient, and keeping the image centred in the EP is worth the price alone. Incidentally, the slo mo adjusters on the standard mount can still be used, despite information to the contrary in the description; simply release a clutch on the motors and the manual controls work as before. Marvellous.
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