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Model: skywatcher-AZ-EQ6Part Number: 20291
The Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6GT is an exciting evolutionary development of the hugely successful NEQ6 PRO.
The AZ-EQ6GT is a dual purpose, fully functional computerised heavy-duty Go-To/Tracking astronomical mount in both Alt-Azimuth (AZ) and Equatorial (EQ) modes.
Supplied with a Synscan handset with dual AZ/EQ firmware, it can automatically find and track over 42,900 celestial objects from its database.
In EQ mode, the AZ-EQ6GT is designed for either visual use or precise astro-imaging. In AZ mode, it is primarily intended for visual use, and in this mode, two telescopes can be mounted simultaneously in parallel.
A great feature of the AZ-EQ6GT is the patented dual-encoder technology. This allows the telescope to be moved manually in either axis without the mount losing its positional information. This gives the user enormous freedom, convenience and flexibility during observational sessions.
The Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6GT.....a new legend is born!
See Part-1 of Steve Richards Sky-Watcher AZ EQ6-GT review
Using EQMod article by Steve Richards
Sky-Watcher AZ EQ6-GT Instruction Manual pdf
Sky-Watcher AZ EQ6-GT Hand Controller Instruction Manual V3.32 pdf
Firmware Upgrade V3.32
SpecificationPayload Capacity: 18kg for imaging and 25kg for visualDriving Resolution: 0.1436 arc secondGo-To Capability: EQ and AZ modesSynscan Handset Database: over 42,900 celestial objectsTracking Speed: sidereal, solar & lunar ratesTracking Mode: EQ or AZ, dual or single axisPEC control in EQ modeAutoguider Port: YesUSB port: YesDSLR Electronic Shutter Release Port: YesMotor Type: DC12V stepper motorsPatented Dual-Encoder design allows manual movement without losing positional informationPolar alignment: via software control or supplied polar scopeAlignment methods: 1, 2 or 3 star alignment (EQ) / brightest star or 2 star alignment (AZ)Telescope Connection: 2 x dual-fit saddle plates supplied accepting 45mm & 75mm dovetail barsRA/DEC Worm Gears: D=92.5mm, 180 teeth, brassRA/DEC Axes: D=40mm, steelTripod: 2” Stainless SteelCounterweights supplied: 2 x 5kgCounterweight Bar: 25mm DiameterMount Body Weight: 15.4kg, Tripod Weight: 7.5kgPower requirement: 12V DC 3A (Sky-Watcher 17Ah Power Tank recommended)
I've used it just a very short time but it seems to be fantastic. Very easy-to-use mechanics, precise go to after calibration. If I -by accident- move rec or dec, it doesn't lose calibration. Highly recommended.
I bought this mount from this site back when it was without that new green rings and without the word "Pro" on the body, and it is an excellent mount, i had some difficulties at first, but by the time and years it proved to be a remarkable mount really, and now after i added guiding i am able to go up to 10 minutes just nice with a proper gear, i am sure i can go even longer if the weight and balance is complete.I highly recommend this mount, i can think about it as the top of the line of EQ6 mounts out there, i have no regret about it, if i have to regret then there are 2 things only:1. It is very heavy, i never dissemble the mount from its tripod and i carry it always in and out, very heavy, although i can do it myself but i many times ask for help, so a lightweight mount could be a plus bu without sacrificing the performance of this amazing mount.2. This mount making me to think about a high end or much better mount, don't get me wrong, with this mount you will never look back for anything less, and because how great it is you feel about how much better then if i go with higher end of it, but if i didn't go with higher end this mount is just ........ FLAWLESS!
Amazed at the delivery time and delivery price, considering the location, less than 48 hrs! Set up the mount with ease and found a couple of stars accurately before the weather changed. Compared to the Neq6 clutch assembly more robust and positive, elevation adjustment far superior. Ascom control via the RS232/serial port with homemade translator incorporating the MAX232A IC. Due to recent weather conditions not possible to asses the mount under imaging conditions.
I have had this mount for about a year now.I still love it.When I first got the mount, there was something not right. It stopped slewing half way to a target and made a funny noise.After some emails FLO decided to take it back and have it checked. They organised the pick up and return. After a while I got it back and haven't had any other issues since. So I am really happy with the great service here.For a night of imaging I set it up in the backyard. Then do a rough polar alignment through the polar scope.I use sharpcap for precise polar alignment.Then I first take an image and use platesolve to see where I am looking. Then I sync the scope to those coordinates. That option is really nice!After that I slew to a bright star for focusing. Usually it's a little off, but another platesolve and sync takes care of that.After focusing I slew to my target for the night. Usually that object is spot on in the centre.Then I can start imaging.It takes about a half an hour to do all that.I could not have done that with my old lxd75 mount.One night, I even had to check the balance after alignment and didn't even have to realign. Also a very nice feature.Anyway, I really like this mount and would definitely recommend it.
Prompt delivery and a couple of email questions answered by Martin in good time. Just need a little less cloud to use it - there is a nice warning on the FLO packaging sticker...
I'd like to submit this review from the perspective of someone who is just starting out with astrophotography and was looking for his first equatorial tracking mount. I was looking for a eq mount for my Sky-Watcher 80ED DS-Pro, and it was a toss up between this and the AZ-EQ5. I went with this in order to future proof myself for possible future bigger telescopes and I don't regret it. Good points:Looks and feels very well made.Slewing is nice and quiet.I really like the new polar scope overlay, makes polar alignment very easy. I get great tracking without using any other tracking aids like polarscope etc.The only minor bad point is some parts in the manual seems to incorrect. The polar alignment instructions have the old polar scope overlay in them!
Firstly, some background. I am a newbie on EQ mounts, having previously had only 11 months Dobsonian experience. I was only interested in EQ performance, and the design improvements vs the NEQ6.Delivery, assembly and First Light have been excellent. The mount oozes a professionally engineered feeling, as you assemble and get acquainted with the design and operation.The polarscope, dec. and RA clutches are excellent in use. Ditto the Synscan.Why 4 stars then??When you go through setup and complete the PA, the Synscan manual (which is generally well-written) on page 9, instructs you to press Enter to proceed to the Mount Alignment.If you follow this instruction, and begin the alignment process with your selected first star, the mount takes off in the opposite direction, and you suddenly feel confused and trying to work out what you've done wrong.This quirk was first noted on the Sky at Night review, along with a solution. After PA completion and hitting Enter, return to your Home position, turn off the mount and Synscan, turn on, go through initial setup steps again, then begin your mount alignment process. All works well then. I won't pretend to understand all the reasons but I understand that the quirk is to do with the encoder behaviour.Whatever the reason, it did temporarily baffle me. My version of Synscan is 4.05.17Other than this, the mount has performed flawlessly. I get 4 minutes unguided without trails, and will move to guiding and EQMOD in time.If there is any opportunity, I would recommend that page 9 of the Synscan manual be amended so that after PA completion, return to Home, turn off, then turn on.Despite my comments above, I really recommend the mount, since the engineering and stability are IMHO unrivalled, at this price point.
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