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Model: skywatcher-eq6r-pro-20855Part Number: 20855
The new EQ6-R Pro Synscan builds upon the legendary EQ6 Pro mount with a slew of new features that will appeal to astro-imagers!
Includes Sky-Watcher's computerised Synscan™ GOTO handset which enables you to point your telescope to 42,000+ night sky objects, or tour the skies at the touch of a button.
EQ6-R PRO vs NEQ6 PRO:
The EQ6-R has a higher payload, is belt driven (reduces backlash and improves guiding) has a redesigned body with a carry handle (easier to transport and setup) and improved latitude adjustment (more sturdy and effective over a wider range of latitudes). It uses an RJ45 plug for the handset connection (better than the DSUB used by the EQ6, especially in the dark!) and a screw-on power connector (more secure and reliable than the NEQ6 PRO's push-fit power connector). It also features a USB port and a new 'SNAP' camera control port so you can fire a DSLR camera automatically from the mount.
The following manuals and downloads are available for this product:
Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Mount Manual (PDF)
Ordered the EQ6-R Pro from FLO when nobody in the UK had any in stock, yet it still arrived ahead of the estimated date. Fantastic service from FLO.The mount is a considerable upgrade from my old cannibalised black HEQ5 Pro, it looks & feels engineered to last. I was considering the NEQ6 instead but a few nice touches on the EQ6-R Pro such as built in USB port and belt drive convinced me to push the budget a little further. For those like me who don't yet have a permanent setup, it's a heavy mount and will take some effort to setup & take-down each session, although the carry handle will make it manageable. Not had decent weather to properly test it yet, but once I've had a few sessions I'll expand my review, but so far I'm very impressed!
The payload is the same for both. 20 kg between the new version and the old EQ6 Pro. Please correct that fact. I agree about the rest.
Fantastic service by flo delivery was rapid.Not used the rig yet as naturally my purchase induced heavy cloud but have set everything up and the hype is real.As mentioned by many others the mount is a beast and much heavier than it looks which I think will be a good thing.Really looking forward to getting the thing to work.Many thanks to the staff at flo 👍
A massive step up in build quality, sturdiness and capability to my previous mount. Being a novice Iím just getting to grips with the alignment process and other functions on the Synscan controller as this is new to me. Could do with a video tutorial to accompany the manual and Iím having to use YouTube! Overall Iím very impressed. This is a great investment as I donít think Iíll need another mount and will just upgrade scope in the future. Excellent piece of kit.
I bought this earlier this year, and have gotten to spend some fair time with itThis was my first entry into astronomy, and I do not have anything else to compare it to, but I have to say this is a very stable and easy to set up mount!There are some tricks to getting to know it of course, one of the first things I had to do was to turn down the illumination in the polar finder scope down to the lowest setting, I believe it is 5% if I remember correctly.I did this via the controller that it comes with, otherwise I struggled to see stars through the strong red light!It is also nice that this setting is saved internally in the mount, so powering it off, and on, removing the hand controller and connecting to a PC instead still keeps this setting!Beware though, this thing is heavy, so don't go expecting to be able to carry this mount very long distances without some sort of support or help, I am not the beefiest guy in the world with that being said. The carrying handle is nice, although the center of mass is not exactly at the best point when carrying it using the handle, you have to carry it with the handle diagonally, which, trust me, you will feel in your wrist after carrying it for a little while. This is with the weights not mounted of course, if you want you can carry it with the weights on it pushed all the way in, but this makes it very hard to handle and I would suggest not doing so for fear of dropping or damaging it.When I use this I usually travel to a secluded area and set it all up from scratch, of course I have to use a car to get there, but after doing it some times I got the hang of it!One minor thing, if at all possible for the manufacturer to do, is to include a nice, flat, area to rest my level on when I am polar aligning the right ascension, I currently just do it with the rod which the weight are mounted on after alignment, just remember to tighten the screw all the way when doing this so it isn't loose!Adjusting the declination is very straight forward, as I just rest the level on the dovetail mount slot!The screws on the counterweights are very uncomfortable to use, especially when it is 0 degrees celcius outside! I can barely feel my fingers, they feel very cheap, in fact one of the two screw handles (black hard plastic things) were broken upon arrival, or at least deformed and cracked, it still works, but it will probably break in the future, which will be a bad day, I mean I could probably still tighten it with a pipe-wrench, but it would be nice to not have bring this as well every time I want to observe.I use a 200P newtonian reflector as my imaging telescope, and atop that a startravel 80 for guiding, with that much size and weight relative to the smaller telescopes one could use, I have to utilize the extension rod on the counterweight, which actually feels and operates very nice, it is a solid iron rod with threads on both ends, and it does the job quite well, at least so far, I just hope it doesn't break down the line, even so I only need to use like 4 cm of the extension rod for the weights, so it isn't doing maximum duty.The threaded power cable is a nice thing to have, there is no fear of ripping it out accidentally! Overall the mount is very nice, it does the job and stands its ground, with minor things like cheap tightening screws for the counterweight, and as the screws are custom made with some nylon type material on the contact point between rod and counterweight you have to tighten it real good, it would be a lot nicer to have these in something more robust, perhaps some solid steel +-shaped bars to make it easier to grab onto when your fingers have lost all feelings, instead of some soda-bottle-cap-formed tightener where you really gotta put a lot of work in to actually get friction to turn it
Finally decided to get to grips with my new EQ6R but was effectively stalled by the polarscope and its LED which is supposed to illuminate the reticule. Switched on and first view showed only a red haze thro the polarscope which focusing had no effect on. Went online, Cloudy Nights, and found that on the handset there is an LED dimmer control, it suggested setting it to 20%. Back to the scope, reduced the LED to 20% and was still unable to see anything past the red haze, finally, with the LED set on 4% stars became visible thro reduced red haze, but Kolchak (the other alignment star) was only just visible, with the LED set on 2% stars were visible but the reticule wasn't. Cloud rolled in making further progress impossible, I dread going thro this every time I want set up in order to use my APM 140. I'll add more as I progress.
Ordered Monday night at around 8:30Delivered 10 am Wednesday morning !FLO Scores again !It's a wicked mount, up and running with my software (Cloudmakers) in under 5 minutes.I just wish I'd ordered the optional "clear sky" package
I was starting to get a lot of ďshakenĒ subs in my astrophographs. I made up a new adaptor for my pier and the EQ6-R pro made a east upgrade. First session gave me 8.5 hrs around 100 5 minute subs with only 5 rejected frames ( satellite tracks).. perfect go to and tracking around 0.3-0.5Ē error. I was getting 0.7-1Ē on my old mount with the same setup.
What a brilliant mount, and it's super quite with a beefy sturdy tripod! I'm used to a Celestron mount which sounds like an old Russian air conditioner when it slews & wakes the neighbours up in the next county... I couldn't believe how quite this mount is. I've got a polemaster attached to it and with PHD2 guiding I get around 0.30 total RMS error, and I'm a complete novice. The tracking is perfect, the mount is perfect, and James went above and beyond to help me out by double checking it was the new one with USB ports on. Highly recommended
I thought I'd wait until I've had the mount for a year before reviewing it. (Fast delivery is more of a review of FLO than the mount - and they are, of course, always excellent It's been used just about every clear night since I got it a year ago (which isn't often enough in Scotland!). It replaces my old trusty EQ6 Pro which lasted 10 years (until I broke it!) so I'm comparing it to that. I keep it permanently mounted on a solid pier so any flexure does not come from the mount. It is very solidly built and I have no reason to believe it won't be as reliable as the older one it replaces. I don't really use the handset as I use EQMOD from my PC, but that all works as well as before without issue.In summary, the good:- new power and hand control connectors are much more secure and a very worthwhile upgrade- altitude and azimuth bolts also much better- quieter, smoother operation because of the belt drive- on good nights I can get 0.4" RMS guiding using PHD2 and a piggyback mounted C80ED and ASI290MC guide camera. Rarely worse than 0.8" RMS. Pretty impressive for a mount in this price range and much better than the seeing here needs.- load capacity is great. I use a 10" f4.8 Newtonian, CCD and filter wheel, with a piggyback telescope and it copes well with that. Probably close to 18kg. Requires 4 weights to balance (I don't use the extension bar - 3 weights would do it but I always bang into it in the dark!)- polar scope cover attachment removes risk of damaging the plastic thread (which the old one did)- dual saddle is much betterCould be better:- My biggest issue is backlash! It is better than the old one but there's still quite a bit - too much I believe, in both RA and Dec. No matter how I try and adjust it out using the tiny screws, I cannot improve it significantly without causing the gears to bind. When doing plate solving I have to allow the scope to settle for 10 seconds before solving. It can take that long for the drive to catch up. Balancing obviously improves it and where it's pointing in the sky can make a difference, but I think there's still too much.- dual saddle could be better constructed. Holds the dovetail fine but it looks a bit messy and doesn't align well. I upgraded my old EQ6 with an ADM dual saddle and this doesn't come anywhere close to the quality of that. It works though.That said, for the price it's a fantastic, solid mount. The negative doesn't stop it being a great buy and I definitely recommend it.
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The recommended payload capacity is 20kg for astro-photography.
The EQ6-R Pro mount weighs 17.3kg without the tripod. The tripod weighs 7.5kg.
Yes - it has a dual fit saddle which can accept Vixen-style 45mm or 75mm Losmandy-style dovetails.
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