Skywatcher HEQ5 v HEQ5 Syntrek v HEQ5 PRO
2 CommentsThursday, 5 July 2012 | Admin
A quick summary of the differences between the three versions of this popular Skywatcher mount.
(Please note the regular HEQ5 and HEQ5 Syntrek are now discontinued).
Skywatcher HEQ5 Features built-in motors, a polarscope and manual handset. Best suited to visual astronomy.
Skywatcher HEQ5 Syntrek Adds higher quality stepper motors and a new mother-board and ST-4 autoguiding port for astrophotography.
Skywatcher HEQ5 PRO Same as HEQ5 Syntrek but supplied with a Synscan GOTO handset, not the manual handset.
The regular HEQ5 can be upgraded to full PRO spec using the optional Synscan PRO GOTO Upgrade kit.If you plug a Synscan GOTO handset into a HEQ5 Syntrek it becomes a HEQ5 PRO.
The Syntrek and PRO models can be controlled from a laptop using a Lynx Astro FTDI EQDIR USB Cable and the popular EQMOD software.
Hope that helps.