About this product
Part Number: 20291
Compatible with EQMOD using a Lynx Astro EQDIR adapter :-)
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
Payload Capacity: 18kg for imaging and 25kg for visual
Driving Resolution: 0.1436 arc second
Go-To Capability: EQ and AZ modes
Synscan Handset Database: over 42,900 celestial objects
Tracking Speed: sidereal, solar & lunar rates
Tracking Mode: EQ or AZ, dual or single axis
PEC control in EQ mode
Autoguider Port: Yes
USB port: Yes
DSLR Electronic Shutter Release Port: Yes
Motor Type: DC12V stepper motors
Patented Dual-Encoder design allows manual movement without losing positional information
Polar alignment: via software control or supplied polar scope
Alignment 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 bars
RA/DEC Worm Gears: D=92.5mm, 180 teeth, brass
RA/DEC Axes: D=40mm, steel
Tripod: 2” Stainless Steel
Counterweights supplied: 2 x 5kg
Counterweight Bar: 25mm Diameter
Mount Body Weight: 15.4kg, Tripod Weight: 7.5kg
Power requirement: 12V DC 3A (Sky-Watcher 17Ah Power Tank recommended)
|Average Rating (5 Reviews): |Love it after almost a year of use.
Saturday, 11 May 2019 | Nick
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.
Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6 GT Pro GEQ & Alt-Az Astronomy Mount
Wednesday, 9 January 2019 | Colin
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...
Review from first time Astrophotographer
Thursday, 26 April 2018 | Scott
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.
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!
Saturday, 17 February 2018 | Uwe
Works like a Dream Once you Have Sorted the Mount Alignment Procedure
Monday, 23 February 2015 | Roger
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 4.05.17
Other 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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