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Model: skywatcher-AZ-EQ6Part Number: 20291Brand: Skywatcher
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 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 : 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'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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