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"The Three-star alignment accurately corrects for cone error and subsequent GO-TO accuracy was impressive." BBC Sky At Night Magazine "I like these mounts, they are solid, well thought out and work quietly and effectively" Astronomy Now Magazine
"The Three-star alignment accurately corrects for cone error and subsequent GO-TO accuracy was impressive." BBC Sky At Night Magazine
"I like these mounts, they are solid, well thought out and work quietly and effectively" Astronomy Now Magazine
Model: skywatcher-heq5-pro-20886Part Number: 20886
Compatible with EQMOD using a Lynx Astro EQDIR adapter :-)
The HEQ5 Pro mount is considered by many to be Sky-Watcher's 'sweet spot'. A mount costing less than £1k with an impressive combination of ease-of-use, stability and tracking performance. It is probably the mount most recommended to someone wanting to begin astrophotography.
The SynScan computerised handset's two-line illuminated LCD screen is easy to read and navigate. One-star, two-star and three-stars alignment routines are available and are easy to use. All work but three-star alignment is the 'gold standard' because it corrects for cone error. Once aligned, SynScan Go-To will automatically place objects in the eyepiece field-of-view wherever they are in the sky. Think Sat-Nav for astronomers! You can also control the mount from a laptop or desktop PC via the handset's RS-232 serial port (cable available separately) or, even easier, connect the mount directly using a Lynx Astro EQDIR adapter.
Similar to Sky-Watcher's larger EQ6 Pro, the HEQ5’s counterweight shaft slides neatly into the body of the mount for easy storage and transportation. It also has a built-in polar alignment scope which makes it easier to align the polar axis of the mount to the Earth’s axis of rotation (whilst not strictly necessary for Go-To pointing accuracy, tracking is improved if the mount is polar-aligned). Looking through the polar scope you will see a graphic that enables you to offset quickly and easily from Polaris to the true north celestial pole.
Guide to choosing a Sky-Watcher HEQ5 mount
Using EQMod article by Steve Richards
I recieved my mount within a couple of days of placing my order. It looked like it had been dropped in transit as there was a small ding on one corner of the tripod box. On opening this box i discovered that one of the counterweights had a small paint chip and that the thmbscrew on that weight had cracked and wouldn't secure. FLO sorted this out immediatly and sent a replacement int eh post (Thanks FLO!).Once I had my power supply sorted out I set up the mount for some quick and dirty observing. This mount is far more stable than my previous (EQ3-2) and the GoTo makes finding targets so much easier. The final plus point has been that today I discovered that the polar scope reticle was perfectly aligned to the mount straight out of the box. no adjustment needed so, what is left of my hair is safe!
Owning this mount for just a week, im just amazed. You just can't find any con to review on. I am primally using it for planet photography and a good polar alignment with 1 star-alignment is faultless! I am easily capturing 5000 frames (about 10 fps ~ 8 minutes) and the object im capturing, just doesn't move from the center of the view. As for astrophotography, I haven't really tried it because I live in a city and there is a lot of light pollution. Once I tried some random messier objects and the result was outstanding! 30 second exposures with 1 star alignment, giving 0 faults and pin-point stars! I am so happy about this purchase and as always FLO provides the best prices on the market. If this isn't the best price-for-value mount, then I don't know what it is.
I bought this to begin my astrophotography journey and have found the scope easy to use and very sturdy. Having mounted my 200p OTA on it as long as the wind is calm it copes well. With my SW80ds pro it is slick and tracks exceptionally well (subject to polar alignment) which living so far North is a neck contortionists job. Very pleased with this mount
Just got this mount a few days ago and I've only had it out the once. It looks good, feels good and works like a charm. My previous goto was a Meade ETX 90 system. There is simply no comparison. I did struggle with polar align but once I had done a two star align the mount tracked perfectly to M81. I left it tracking for a full 30 minutes and at the end of that test M81 was still smack in the middle of the eye-piece. Every object I told the mount to slew to it did perfectly. No minor adjustments were needed. No vibration was noticed even in a 20mph wind. I cannot pick a fault with this mount.I'd like to thank FLO for advising me to get this mount. Best money I've ever spent.
... I have left it outside winter time in below zero temperatures, I have left it out in the rain by accident, I have mangled the RA adjustment screw. It still works like a charm and perform excellent for wide field astro photography and long exposures. I use have used it for astro photography with a side by side mount, 90mm refractor, 60mm guide scope, web cam and dslr. With this weight. The mount is not the limiting factor for exposure time. After 10 years of use, the synscan hand controller has had to many falls to the floor, and too many hours in sub zero. It is now starting to fail. I can strongly recommend this product,
Should be called the super mount as it fits almost every Astronomer requirements I have used this mount with both EQMOD and the handset Both are spot on but I think the EQMOD just performs slightly better.A word of warning the bolts and the screws are so tight that you may strip something so be warned !!As to performance I have only tried The SW mount and it is well in the specs posted
Nobody ever complains that their mounts are too stable. Many people complain that their mounts wobble or don't track as well as they expect. Many (if not most) high end images that you see in astronomy magazines have been taken from a telescope mounted on an EQ6 - one of the best value and strongest mounts available to amateur astronomers (without spending silly money on super-high end mounting systems).Well, this is not the EQ6, it's the HEQ5 and...1. It's just like the EQ6.2. It has the same pointing and tracking accuracy as the EQ6.3. It's just smaller and lighter.The legs on the HEQ5 are thinner and the mount carries about half as much. It's enough for a big Newtonian for a visual observer or right at it's limit, an 8" Newtonian with a 3" guide scope, plus a camera.Whilst the EQ6 carries more, it is very heavy. The HEQ5 is much lighter so, in my opinion, it works out the better deal for those of us who have to carry it outdoors and set up before use and pack away at the end.It's easy to use, has an illuminated polar scope, and does everything the higher end mounts do for less money and less weight.The only downside is that it cannot carry the heaviest payloads for imaging, but I suspect that for most people it is just fine. (More than fine, it's bloomin' brilliant!)
It is 1.8cm in diameter, 21.5cm long.
We recommend a 11 to 15v DC power supply, tip positive capable of 2amps.
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