|Average Rating (4 Reviews): |
Monday, 18 May 2020 | Alex
This is a solid and wonderful mount.
This rolling pillar is Heavy duty and the wheels rollers great.
Easy to set
Easy to move
Prefect for the backyard astronomer who has to move there mount.
Saturday, 18 April 2020 | John
Placed an order for the EQ6R version and it arrived two days later despite the covid19 lock down.
The delivery was made up of two separate boxes. The first contained the central pillar and the second held the three legs. There were no instructions on how to construct the mount but with just three bolts and three legs it was fairly obvious. Don’t let the lack of instructions phase you, after all as my wife says “you never read them anyway”.
The central pillar is as hoped a fairly hefty tube that certainly looks like it will hold the head of an EQ6R. The legs as well are very robust, however, first impressions were they looked short and I had concerns over stability. As documented here and on Stargazers Lounge a second pair of hands does come in handing but Mrs H wasn’t playing ball so very carefully I pieced the legs together with the central pillar in place and tightened the large bolts that hold it all together.
I initially levelled the pillar using the leg adjusters then attached the EQ6R. A minor tweak to centre the bubble level on the EQ6R was required then I attached my William Optics Z103 with guidescope, flattener, filter wheel camera and motor focuser........and the mount was rock solid. 😊
Stripping the scope and attachments off the mount, I then had the joy of just raising the support feet and rolling the mount back to the garage (if you’ve ever had to carry and EQ6R and tripod back inside then you know how heavy it is). Being able to roll it back inside was a big plus.
One slight downside is it appears ‘short’ on height compared to the tripod. An extension is available but as I plan to just use mine for imaging that isn’t an issue. For visual observers they may wish to consider the extension.
Overall I am very happy with the purchase and the worry about the length of the legs was nothing to worry about at all.
Monday, 27 May 2019 | David
I have now secured the pillar legs to my patio, before that I was using it with wheels and the leveller feet. In both instances I have able to a good drift alignment and tracking. I am very pleased with pillar. It sturdy and has reduced my set up time as I now leave the HEQ5 mount attached.
Saturday, 13 April 2019 | Andrew
This Mount is really great. It took awhile to put together but only because I had to do it on my own. That said, it's incredibly stable (total weight with head attached is 15k) and easily moveable. Reduces wobble I had with the EQ5 tripod and allows me to point my Sky-Watcher 200p straight up without a tripod leg getting in the way and having to put the tube out of balance to do so. My only niggle is there is no accessory tray for the eyepieces. At £199 this is the best price I found anywhere. Highly recommended for anyone with an EQ5 mount. First rate bit of kit.