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Model: skywatcher-AZ-EQ6Part Number: 20291
The Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6GT is a dual purpose, fully functional computerised heavy-duty mount with Go-To / tracking that works in both Alt-Azimuth (AZ) and Equatorial (EQ) modes.
Features patented dual-encoder technology. This enables the telescope to be moved manually in either axis without it losing positional information. This provides freedom, convenience and flexibility during observational sessions.
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.
Supplied with a Synscan handset with dual AZ/EQ firmware, it can automatically find and track over 42,900 celestial objects from its database.
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 objectsLatitude Operating Range: 10 degrees - 75 degrees (equatorial) and 90 degrees in AZ modeTracking 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 chose this mount because of its ability to convert from GEQ to AltAz to cover the various aspects / modes of use I wished from my telescopes (Astro as well as terrestrial)This mount does not disappoint, it is sturdily made and is very secure when all the rig is mounted & attached The RA & Dec clutches are very easy to use with cold hands and both axis motors perform smoothly - Weather has been too bad to give all components a good test but so far - excellentIn Alt-Az mode the additional mount that fixes to the end of the counterweight shaft is easy to fit and attaching a second scope for 'party' viewing is ideal (obviously once aligned)I will not go into all the other features this mount has - there are plenty of reviews explaining this - but suffice to say this mount does do what it says in the manual and very well tooIf looking for a dual mount system I can high recommend this oneOnce again great service from FLO despite all the problems out there with supply & delivery - notified all the way - definitely worth the short wait
Quick delivery and great service of FLO!After installing the necessary drivers and EQMOD, everything worked immediately without any problems.A minor minus: The thumbscrews for securing the mount head on the tripod are made out of cheap plastics and one of them cracked while tightening. But I believe this is a minor problem and can easily be replaced with higher quality knobs.Anyway, I'm extremely satisfied and here in Norway I have to wait for darker nights for the next imaging season.//Hollis
Have only tested it inside the house, it is too bright at night in Norway in the summer. But this fall I'm ready.I am very happy to have a mount before the season starts in August
Great sturdy mount. Set it up for the first time yesterday, polar aligned via ASIAIR pro and managed to get subs of 300 seconds plus with very little effort.
I bought the AZ EQ6 as my first serious equatorial mount, after ordering the HEQ5 (Rowan), because of the continuing wait for stock to come in to FLO and this mount being available at short notice. Originally I had short-listed my mounts to either the EQR6 Pro or HEQ5 and opted for the lighter mount. Now that I have the AZ EQ6 Iím so glad things worked out like this, although it is the most expensive option itís definitely been worth the outlay. Out of the box it was easy to setup, the only thing I did was unscrew the mounting post and move it to its alternative position under the single ĎNorthí leg. Assembly is straightforward, just remember to unscrew the azimuth adjusting bolts to make space for the mount to locate on the tripod. My rig uses ASIAIR Pro and, prior to receiving the mount, I was given advice on how to link it to the mount. The mount now has a USB port under the Hand Controller and Guide sockets. I linked the ASIAIR Pro to this with a standard USB A-B cable (Printer cable) but it didnít connect. After a few minutes of head scratching I decided to connect the SynScan Hand Controller, just to get the mount up and running. When I did this the hand controller initialised SynScan (before even typing in my position) at this point the ASIAIR Pro detected the mount and connected instantly. I now control the mount, through ASIAIR, without the hand controller connected and without using an EQ Mod Cable, just a USB A-B, it is a solid connection and works flawlessly...Iíve had 2 clear (ish) nights using the AZ EQ6 with my Redcat and achieved sub-arc second guiding and tracking. Itís super stable, quiet and just gets on with the job... Iíve taken Mono Luminance and Narrowband Images of Bodeís, Whirpool and the Heart Nebula with spectacular results. I love this mount and canít recommend it enough... itís definitely worth the extra expense.Regarding weight, if you take off the counterweight and scope it can easily be lifted and moved, although it is weighty....Finally, big thanks to Alex at FLO for fantastic customer service throughout all this... made a big difference.
This is a very good mount. One drawback is that many things you might consider useful or even necessary will need to be bought individually to put with the mount: WiFi adaptor, GPS, polemaster for polar alignment. These extras cost around £550.This has been my experience. It will depend on your setup. You should make a plan for these three necessary Ďextrasí before you buy. Know how you will deal with each in your setup. The mount is really good but itís incomplete when you buy it if you havenít an ASIAIR pro or some alternative to fill the voids.
There is solid reason for me why I have been using Skywatcher mounts. Price, simplicity and reliability. AZ-EQ6 i just like that. I used it with Eqmod cable with my Asiair for months now without any issues. Heavy beast
Most of the equipment I have bought over the years has come from FLO and since the early days when they only had a few staff, they have always been a "family" business that really care for their customers. The service gets better and better and prices are always competitive. The guys, Steve, Rob and James are ever ready to help with any issues. Why go anywhere else?
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!
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