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Sky-Watcher HEQ5 SynScan GOTO Mount (BBC Sky At Night Magazine BEST BUY)
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Sky-Watcher HEQ5 SynScan GOTO Mount (BBC Sky At Night Magazine BEST BUY)

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For astronomers seeking superior equatorial control and the ease of a precision computerized GOTO system, the HEQ5 PRO SynScan is your answer.

"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 user-friendly menu system allows automatic slewing to over 42,000+ objects. The mount also includes features that advanced astronomers and imagers can appreciate:

Sky-Watcher Pro mounts have been designed for use by novices and experts alike. These mounts provide extremely high precision tracking and have built in autoguider ports. This heavy-duty HEQ5 Pro mount is a smaller version of the sturdy EQ6 Pro mount. It is specially designed for observers who need the steadiness of the EQ6 Pro mount, but find the EQ6 Pro mount too physically demanding.

For novice users the user-friendly menu allows automatic slewing to over 13,400 objects. Even an inexperienced astronomer can master its variety of features in a few observing sessions. The SynScan Hand Control also has the ability to connect to a computer via a RS-232 cable. Once the connection has been established between the computer and SynScan Hand Control, many commercially available planetarium software programs can be used to control the HEQ5 PRO Mounts, They also come with features that advanced astronomers can appreciate:

Payload capacity: 11kg for imaging, 15kg for visual
Positioning Accuracy up to 1 arc minute. Accuracy enhanced by software collimation error (mount mechanical error) compensation.
• Stepper motors with 1.8° step angle and 64 micro steps driven.
• Slewing speed up to 3.4°/sec (800X).
• Auto Guider Interface for astro-photography.
• Guiding speed selectable from 0.25X, 0.50X, 0.75X, or 1X.
• Object database containing complete Messier, NGC, and IC catalogues.
• Minimal vibration for steady long-exposure photography.
• Periodic Error Correction.
• PC compatibility.
• Upgradeable hand control via internet download.

Telescope Mounting Method: Tube Rings
Tripod: Stainless Steel Legs
Counterweight Shaft Diameter: 1.8cm
Counterweight Shaft Length: 21.5cm
Counterweight Shaft Material: Stainless Steel
Mount Weight (without counterweight): 10Kgs
Mount Height: 35cm
Total weight: 15kgs (without counterweights)
Motor Type: Microstep driven 1.8 degree stepper motors
Motor Resolution: 0.144 arc sec (or 9.024,000 steps/rev.)
Power Supply: 11 to 15 V DC 2Amp (Tip positive)
Gear Ratio: 705
*8" Dovetail Bar
SynScan Hand Control
See Specifications on the right for more details

  • Recommend for: ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY

    Mount Type
    Equatorial Go-To
    Slow-motion Control
    Hand Control
    2 x 5.1Kgs
    Piggyback Bracket
    Accessory Tray
    Ground Board Diameter
    Ground Board Weight(s)
    Motor Drive
    Tube Dimension(dia. x length)
    Tripod Height
    Tripod Weight
    Pedestal Diameter
    Pier Diameter
    Wheels Diameter
    Shipping Weight
    Shipping Carton Dimensions

  • Customer Reviews
    This mount is a development of the Taiwanese optical giant Synta’s HEQ5 mount, and it incorporates a number of motor and gear enhancements as well as a computerised hand controller. This is known in the UK as the SkyScan, though the instruction manual insists on calling it the SynScan.

    Although it's just 4kg heavier than the Vixen and Celestron mounts on test, the HEQ5 Pro equatorial head and tripod feels far more substantial. The 4cm (1.5-inch) diameter stainless steel tripod legs may not look as sturdy as the Celestron or the EQ6 Pro, but there doesn’t appear to be a lot of difference in stability. Plus, there’s no denying that it looks great: the striking white livery and clean lines flowing from the fully enclosed dual-axis drive system give it a high-tech, precision feel when it’s set up. With our test 6-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in place, we were impressed with the vibration damping time of just over a second.
  • Polar alignment built in

    In common with the EQ6 Pro – the HEQ5’s sibling mount – and Vixen mounts, the counterweight shaft retracts into the body of the mount, which is a real plus when it comes to transportation and setup. Another factor that we liked about the HEQ5 Pro is the built-in polar alignment scope, which makes it easy to get the polar axis of the mount precisely parallel to the Earth’s axis of rotation. While you can still get good Go-To accuracy without paying too much attention to this important setup procedure, tracking will be impaired without it. When you look through the polar scope, there’s a clearly defined grid that allows you to offset easily and simply from Polaris to the true north celestial pole.

    The menu structure of the SkyScan is easy to navigate on the two-line, scrolling LCD screen, while the alignment procedures with one, two, or three stars, are easy to implement. The three-star alignment accurately corrects for cone error, and subsequent Go-To accuracy was impressive: we found our test objects in the centre half to third of a 160x eyepiece field wherever we looked in the sky. Like the Celestron, remote control is made easy with the RS-232 serial port on the base of the handset; you just have to buy a cable to connect it to a laptop or desktop PC.

    The SkyScan may not possess the capabilities of Celestron's NexStar system, but the quality engineering of the HEQ5 Pro’s bearings and gears make it a quieter, better choice for imagers – especially since the hand control supports periodic error correction and autoguiders.

    This review appeared in the June 2006 issue of Sky at Night Magazine.

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