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Sky-Watcher EQ8 SynScan GPS GoTo Mount (Bonus GPS)
Sky-Watcher EQ8 SynScan GPS Mount

Sky-Watcher EQ8 SynScan GPS GoTo Mount (Bonus GPS)

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Your Price: CAD6,709.00
Retail Price:CAD6,779.00

Your Savings:CAD70.00(1%)

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Part Number:BD180601

Choose Options or Accessories if Applicable

GO-TO Mount Accessories
Polar Scopes
Mounting Plates
Control Cable & Soft Control Cable
93116 Soft control cable 33cm for EQ2, AZ1, AZ3 [+CAD15.00]
93115 Soft control cable 28cm for EQ1, EQ2, AZ3 [+CAD15.00]
93112 Control cable 23cm for EQ1 [+CAD15.00]
93114 Soft control cable 18cm for EQ3 [+CAD10.00]
93111 Control cable 16cm for EQ1 [+CAD15.00]
93113 Soft control cable 9cm for EQ3, 80/400 Table top [+CAD10.00]
The EQ8 High Precision EQ mount is pier tripod - based. It comes with SynScan hand controller,  2x10kg counterweights and GPS, with a payload of 50kg.  The patented Freedom Find (dual-encoder) technolgy allows the telescope to be moved manually whenever the user wishes - but with no need for re-alignment!

Product Highlights

Freedom FindTM Function
The EQ8 mount is equipped with auxiliary encoders on both the R.A. axis and Dec. axis. Therefore, the mount can keep tracking its current position even when a user unlocks the clutches and rotates the mount in R.A. axis and Dec. axis manually.  With this feature, a user can manually operate the mount anytime without worrying about losing the mount’s alignment status. When the user wants to operate the mount with the SynScan hand control again, no alignment is required and all that is needed to be done is to re-lock the clutches.
This feature can be enabled or disabled on the SynScan hand controller.

Permanent Periodic Error Correction
The EQ8 mount is equipped with an index on its R.A. worm thus the motor controller can keep tracking the current position of the worm. After a proper PEC training routine, in which the training data is stored in the motor controller permanently, a user can start the periodic error correction (PEC) at any time to improve the tracking performance for short focal length astrophotography. A training process is not required in the next observing session (assuming that the polar alignment is always accurate), thus this is a Permanent Period Error Correction (PPEC). A user can train the mount with manual guiding or auto-guiding. For detailed instructions,

Batch Exposures Function

The EQ8 mount is equipped with a SNAP port which can control the shutter release of a camera. Working with the SynScan hand control’s “Camera Control” function, a user can take batch exposures when doing astrophotography. Up to 8 groups of “Exposure-time & Frames” combinations can be set on the SynScan hand controller. For detailed information, refer to the SynScan hand control’s instruction manual.

Auto-Home Function
The EQ8 mount is equipped with two home position sensors. Working with the SynScan hand controller, the mount can be placed to the same home position after turning on the power. For detailed information, refer to the SynScan hand control’s instruction manual.
Product NameEQ8 Mount
Mount TypeGerman Equatorial Mount
Payload (Counterweights excluded)50kg
Latitude Adjustment Range10o to 65o
Azimuth Adjustment Range±10 o
Weight (Tripod excluded)25 kg
Counterweight2 x 10kg/ea
Counterweight Rod2.6kg
Power RequirementDC11~16V 4A
Motor0.9 o Hybrid Stepper Motor
Transmission435:1 Worm Drive + 64 Micro-step/0.9o Stepper Motor Drive
Gear Ratio435
Resolution11136000 Counts/Rev., approx. 0.12 arc-second
Maximum Slewing Speed3.3 degrees/second
Tracking RateSidereal rate, solar rate, lunar rate
Tracking ModeEquatorial mode
Auto-guiding Speed0.125X, 0.25X, 0.5X, 0.75X, 1X
PEC100 Segments Permanent PEC
Hand ControllerSynScan
Database42000+ Objects
Celestial Object CatalogMessier, NGC, IC, SAO, Caldwell, Double Star,Variable Star, Named Star, Planets
Pointing AccuracyUp to 5 arc-minutes (RMS)
Resolution of Aux. R.A./Dec. Axis Encoders17624 Counts/Rev., approx. 1.2 arc-minutes

Mount Type German Equatorial

  • Counter Weight 2x10 kg
  • Motor Drive 0.9 º Hybrid Stepper Motor
  • GoTo SynScan hand controller
  • Tripod Height Pier Tripod
  • Tripod Weight 31 kg
  • Shipping Weight 31kg+28kg+11kg
  • Shipping Carton Dimensions 98x48x50 cm3; 66x61x71 cm3; 24x13x26 cm3
  • Power Supply DC11-16v 4A
  • Payload Capacity 50 kg
  • Tracking Modes EQ
  • Tracking Rates sidereal, dolar rate, lunar rate
  • Slewing Speed Maximum 3.3 degrees/second
  • Guiding Speed 0.125x, 0.25x, 0.5x, 0.75x, 1x

  • In the Box

    • Mount head
    • Counterweight rod
    • 2 Counterweights à 10 kg
    • Synscan Handbox
    • Power cable for 12 V
    • Heavy duty pier tripod
    • Transport case for the mount head
    • User manual

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