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Model: eq5-pro-synscan-20981Part Number: 20981
Note: Photo shows earlier model, the model supplied has latest livery with green anodised components.
Compatible with EQMOD using a Lynx Astro EQDIR adapter :-)
“The first impressions of the assembly were of reassuring stability…The 3-star alignment is a great feature of the Go-To facility. Every time we set up, it accurately place the item we wanted in the field of view of our 25mm eyepiece. The more it was used, the easier is was to go straight to an object or star…The alignment process could not be simpler…In all, the alignment process works so well that you can be on a selected object and tracking it accurately within minutes…Overall the EQ5 SynScan gave a new lease of life to our smaller scope. It is easy to carry and it allowed us to give friends and neighbours a quick tour of the delights of the night skies.” BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Using EQMod article by Steve Richards
I ordered this mount back in August 2020 knowing there was a bit of a lag from order to delivery. The mount arrived on the 23rd December, so had a very merry Christmas. Full marks go to FLO for keeping me updated with expected dates. I do feel for them as I'm sure they are bombarded with enquiries like 'when will it arrive?'. The mount itself is sturdy. Its the first equatorial mount I have owned (and could afford). Its perfect for my ST120, only needing 1 counter balance weight, so have a bit of payload capacity to work with.I think the instruction book needs updating. The control panel (not handset) which is attached to the tripod leg, has a USB a socket, but cannot find what this is for, or what it can be used for.Unfortunately, the box also contained more than its fair share of clouds, so have not been able to go out and play yet, but that said, it feels sturdy and will suit my needs for a while. Just need to sort out auto guiding.
I bought this mount almost a year ago and to date I cannot fault it as to regards its mechinical operation, it had none of the sticky grease usually associated with these clones but saying that after a strip down and regreasing a very slight improvement was made .Packaging was more than as needed and very secure and the intsuctions seemed still to be in chinese are readable and you can follow them if need be.We now come to the softwarewhich is far behind the Celestron Software why? Ive no Idea but it is the same company you will get by on the software but in myopinion the Celestron version out performfs the SW software by a street eg . Celestron boast you can polar align using any two stars quite accurately (a boon to people who cannot gyrate anymore).However the mount in general is a gigantic leap forward and a solid foundation for those going from a alt/az to a Gem goto and want to dabble in Astrophotos
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