|Average Rating (3 Reviews): |
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 | Christopher
took delivery of the eq5 Deluxe with a 200p reflector..initial thoughts were good...well packaged,no damage.I was however very disappointed at the slo mo dials.instead of the nice elongated ones that are on lesser mounts this comes with nasty ,plastic,can hardly get on fittings..little plastic knobs that hold (just) a metal shim..the holes are completely the wrong shape to fit correctly..next disappointment was the RA circle and the date dial..very flimsy and distorted.The final downer was the usual wrong,contradictory,unclear skywatcher instructions,thank god for you tube..These issues have been long documented but none the less don't stop this from being a very stable mount.In telescope terms its still classed as a toy by the big boys but was at the top of my budget..The setting circles once everything is lined up do aid observation and target finding...find a large bright known object..set circles to the documented co-ordinates,then when the scope is moved to another nearby objects RA/DEC it gets it in the eyepiece.tThe circles aren't pin point accurate for many reasons such as size thickness of the lines,set up error etc but good enough.I found the polar finder fiddly as I haven't used one before but its early days yet.All in all the eq5 is a good solid mount that perhaps suffers from a little corner cutting..special mention has to go to the lat adjustment bolts they seem very soft and are one part I will definitely be looking at to upgrade.
Monday, 23 March 2015 | Dafydd
As per the title. It's an awesome bit of kit with really great build quality and is as solid as a rock. It is a really big upgrade in quality from a Celestron eq3 I use with my children. Worth every penny. I was also very pleasantly surprised to see there was already a polar scope fitted to the mount.
Friday, 27 May 2011 | Julian
Well, i had the old eq5 with flat ali legs, but took the decision to upgrade to the new version as i guessed it would be a lot more stable, i was proved correct, its a huge improvement, a lot more stable, so improving my lunar imaging and observing, a must have!!