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Model: skywatcher-eq6r-pro-20855Part Number: 20855
Compatible with EQMOD using a Lynx Astro EQDIR adapter :-)
The new EQ6-R Pro Synscan builds upon the legendary EQ6 Pro mount with a slew of new features that will appeal to astro-imagers!
Includes Sky-Watcher's computerised Synscan™ GOTO handset which enables you to point your telescope to 42,000+ night sky objects, or tour the skies at the touch of a button.
EQ6-R PRO vs NEQ6 PRO:
The EQ6-R has a higher payload, is belt driven (reduces backlash and improves guiding) has a redesigned body with a carry handle (easier to transport and setup) and improved latitude adjustment (more sturdy and effective over a wider range of latitudes). It uses an RJ45 plug for the handset connection (better than the DSUB used by the EQ6, especially in the dark!) and a screw-on power connector (more secure and reliable than the NEQ6 PRO's push-fit power connector). It also has a new 'SNAP' camera control port so you can fire a DSLR camera automatically from the mount.
The following manuals and downloads are available for this product:
Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Mount Manual (PDF)
Really pleased with this mount. I had been thinking about going crazy and getting an Avalon to take my imaging to the next level but, given the average seeing in North West Britain, and based on the advice of the helpful FLO people, wondered whether the EQ6 R might be good enough. It is. Out of the box I am getting 0.7 arc second RMS tracking using pHD2 which is some improvement over my HEQ5 which is good (about 1.0 arc second RMS) but a little unreliable. The extra weight capacity of the EQ6 R is also handy and an improvement over the HEQ5. Dead simple to set up and the improved alt az adjustment knobs are great for refining polar alignment - I'm not now constantly worried that the knobs will seize up or break. It is a (reassuringly) weighty beast but it has a carry handle and I leave mine out with one of the excellent telegizmos covers on anyway.
My much beloved HEQ5 pro mount went and died on me (or so I thought) so my wife told me to buy another mount so that she didn't have to listen to me moan until it got fixed. I didn't need telling twice. I did fancy something with a bit more payload so after a bit of research I plumped for this one. I'm glad I did. It is a lot more substantial than my HEQ5 pro and it works like a dream. I did have a problem with it on my first night when trying to polar align due to a mixture of clouds and a very inaccurate latitude dial. It's 8 degrees out. This is why I've given it 4 stars instead of 5 (It should really be 4 and a half out of 5) However once I got it working I was very impressed. It's solid and well thought out. You get the feeling that an earthquake couldn't spoil an image. Highly recommended.
I only had to wait a couple of days for the EQ6-R to arrive and though I will have to wait many fold days to the next clear night, I have had the chance to try out the mount indoors and I can only relate to others that "I Love it" After 10 years struggling with an EQ5 Synscan upgrade I truly believe that simplicity and beauty now awaits me each starlit night ahead.
Great service from FLO and prompt delivery of items.Not had a chance to use yet due to weather but will be as soon as it gets better.
Living in the United States I was hesitant in ordering overseas. Seeing that the new Skywatcher EQ6-R Pro is not available here in the US, and since I wanted a newer version of the EQ-6 I decided to order from FLO. Let me say that the ordering process to the States could not have been easier. From the time I ordered on a Wednesday, it was delivered on the following Tuesday. Excellent service! The mount itself is awesome and I honestly believe it is a worthy upgrade of the EQ6 and the NEQ6. Tracking, guiding, and the overall ability to do astrophotography is amazing. I could not be more happier with this purchase and highly recommend this mount to anyone looking for a quality mount for Astro imaging!
The recommended payload capacity is 20kg for astro-photography.
The EQ6-R Pro mount weighs 17.3kg without the tripod. The tripod weighs 7.5kg.
Yes - it has a dual fit saddle which can accept Vixen-style 45mm or 75mm Losmandy-style dovetails.
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