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Model: Synscan_AZ_GOTO_MountPart Number: 20218Brand: Skywatcher
The Skywatcher SynScan Alt-Azimuth GoTo Mount allows you to easily find and observe planets, nebulae, star clusters, galaxies and more. With the easy to use SynScan hand control you can point your telescope at a specific object, or tour the night sky at the touch of a button!
Maximum recommended OTA examples: 4-inch short-tube refractor, 5-inch Newtonian, 5-inch Maksutov.
The 200p will be to large for these small AZ Goto mount. The largest reflector for this mount would be the 130p telescopes.
I’ve had this mount for about two years now. It was bought as a ‘grab and go’ solution while visiting relatives but often use it at home when only have a short while to observe such as in the working week. It is used with either a Vixen 110, a Skywatcher 130P-DS, Sun watching with a PST and using the ‘L’ bracket with a DSLR camera for wide field. So I’d say it is a good all-rounder for small ‘scopes and visual observing. A plus is if you have limited view to the North unlike an Equatorial mount, it can easily be set-up without a view of the Pole star. For astrophotography use, other wide field, it is limited due to the expected issues of an Alt-Az mount where stars come out as L’s, not points. I found taking a lot of short exposures (< 20 seconds) and throwing about 50% away, as part of the stacking process, I could get some reasonable images however.Only issue I have had is one of the leg clamps is starting to split from being over tightened I suspect (hence the 4*). I understand a new leg can be obtained from FLO if it completely fails. Typically I leave the tripod legs in at minimum height now anyway.Dave
Having reviewed this mount for S@N magazine as part of a system that included a Newtonian telescope, I was sufficiently impressed to buy the mount for my own use as a grab 'n go system with my own William Optics Megrez 72D refractor. My main interest in astronomy is astro-photography and my imaging system is permanently installed in a secure observatory but this little mount has encouraged me to get back to observing as well while an imaging session is in progress and I've really enjoyed using it as it is so quick and easy to set up for a session.GoTo accuracy is excellent if you ensure that the mount is level using the built in bubble level and it has yet to fail to locate an object although with the short focal length of my telescope, it is not always obvious how good a job the mount has done with smaller objects like The Ring Nebula for example!The tripod is not the most substantial on the market but a little bit of judicious bolt tightening and avoidance of full leg extension makes this perfectly acceptable.Highly recommended for use with small instruments up to a maximum of 4.5kg in weight.
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