About this product
Part Number: 10000012a
This kit replaces the HEQ5 Pro's spur gear drive train with timing belts.
Reduces spur gear errors, which reduces tracking errors.
Slewing is much quieter - the 'grinding' noise that regular spur gears produce is significantly reduced.
The pulley ratio is the same as the factory gears so Sky Watcher SynScan hand controller functions are unaffected. All gain and no loss :-)
HEQ5 Belt Kit comprises of:
2 x 47 tooth pulleys. 2 x 9 tooth pulleys.
2 x timing belts.
2 x intermediate rollers. 2 x 5mm mounting shafts.
1x 8mm white acrylic cover spacer + 6 stainless fixings.
Rowan HEQ5 Belt Kit Fitting Instructions
An optional extractor tool is available to easily remove the pinion gear from the motor.
|Average Rating (5 Reviews): |A must for Astrophotography
Tuesday, 2 July 2019 | Andrei
Very easy to install, manual is easy to follow plus there are tons of videos out there.
The slew is more quiet now, PHD tracking is way better - it's like a different mount
The Pinion Extractor should be included in this kit.
Friday, 14 June 2019 | David
I fitted the belt mod today. Now I need the clouds and the moon to disappear. However it sounds quiet and I'm hoping my RA will smooth out a bit.
Wednesday, 6 March 2019 | Attila
THis is a fantastic update! Very simple and functional design, very easy to mount it. The result is much less noise, and seems much smoother operation. I did not test this under the sky yet, but I feel this will also positive efect for guiding /backlash. I recommend this update for all who use HEQ5 and EQ6 mount!
Monday, 18 February 2019 | Nigel
My guiding was getting steadily worse, rarely below 2 rms. after this easy upgrade Iím guiding at .6 on average.
Wednesday, 21 November 2018 | Jonathan
Really pleased with the belt mod. The backlash which had started to creep into the dec axis of my HEQ5 has improved greatly as a result of fitting the belt system so that is now less than 25% of what it as (the residual backlash may well be in the worm gears rather than the motor gears which the belt mod can't fix). Guiding has become much better as measured using pHD2. One of the rollers - the replacement for the dec idler gear was a bit tricky to fit and a rubber mallet was needed to drive it home. Overall, the entire belt kit took about an hour and a half to fit and adjust. The instructions were excellent - clear and easy to follow and the kit was thoughtfully packaged with the dec and ra axis kits in separate labelled bags. The pinion extractor did the job without fuss and I would say it is a must to buy alongside the main kit.
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Q1. Do you have advice for tensioning the belts?
As a guide, when fitted you should just be able to twist the belt through 90 degrees. If you can twist it more or less then the tension needs to be adjusted.