Are you looking for a heavy-duty telescope mount that is perfect for astrophotography? Do you want a telescope mount that can be used in either altazimuth or equatorial modes for visual or photographic use? Is a GoTo telescope mount with GPS what you have in mind? Then the Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6 may just be right for you!
The Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6 SynScan gives optimal stability and pointing accuracy for a wide variety of heavy professional photo and video equipment. It is a hybrid mount with alt-azimuth capability for general use, and equatorial capability for astrophotography use. Supplied with a SynScan handset with dual AZ/EQ firmware, it can automatically find and track over 42,900 celestial objects from its database.
AZ-EQ6 SynScan is capable of carrying heavy-duty photographic equipment for professional shooting and video recording. It allows accurate repeatable pointing on 6 programmable targets and is a very efficient transportable mount weighing only 15 kg, for a load capacity of 20 kg (counterweight excluded).
An excellent feature of the AZ-EQ6 SynScan is the patented dual-encoder technology. This technology allows the telescope to be moved manually either axis without the mount losing its positional information which gives enormous freedom and convenience for users.
. Germen Equitorial / Alt-Az dual mode
. Permanent period error correction(PPEC). PPEC can be trained with Autoguider or PC.
. Belt drive - Super smooth PE curve. Low backlash, silent slewing.
. Shutter release control for batch exposures of astrophotography.
. Motor controller with high torque and accuracy.
. Include two dual-fit (45mm/75mm) saddle for mounting two telescopes.
. Improved reliable power supply outlet.
. New motor controller with higher torque and accuracy.
. Polar-alignment with polar-scope or SynScan HC's polar-alignment routine. (Other dual mode mounts in the market do not have a polar scope.)
. Primary axis encoder tracks the mount's position. User can push the mount at any time without worrying about loosing the mount's alignment.
Two Dual-fit Saddles
Two 5kg counterweights
Note: Baader filter and solar finder must be used during all sun observations to avoid damage to your eyes.
Tracking Accuracy: 0.1436 arc minutes
DSLR Electronic SHutter RElease Port : Yes
Autoguider Port: Yes
PEC control in EQ mode
Polar Alginment : via software control or supplied polar scope
Alignment 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 bars
RA/DEC Worm Gears: D=92.5mm, 180 teeth, brass
RA/DEC Axes: D=40mm, steel
Latitude Adjustment Rage: 10o to 70o, 90o
Azimuth Adjustment Range: About ± 9o
Read this review of Sky-Watcher's wonderful new mount. sky news magazine review
Reviews from Steve Richards (is the author BBC Sky at Night Magazine)
Skywatcher AZ EQ6-GT Review Part-1
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Skywatcher AZ EQ6-GT Review Part-3