Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro GoTo Mount

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Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro GoTo Mount

Brand: Skywatcher
SKU: SWHEQ5PRO
$1,499.00 AUD

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Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro GOTO Mount Specifications

Mount Type

German Equatorial – full GOTO

Dovetail Saddle Plate

Narrow Vixen Style

Weight Rating

13.5kg

 Alignment Procedure

3-Star Alignment, 2-Star Alignment or 1-Star Alignment

GOTO System

SynScan Controller flash upgradeable

Object Database

42, 000 +

Tracking Rates

Sidereal, Lunar and Solar

Motor Speeds

3.4°/sec(800x), 600x, 500x, 400x, 64x, 32x, 16x, 8x,

2x, 1.75x, 1.5x, 1.25x

Motors

Microstep driven 1.8 degree stepper motors

Bearings

3 sealed ball bearings, 1 tapered roller bearing

on both DEC and RA axes

Power Requirements

11 to 15 V DC 2 Amp (Tip positive)

PEC

Yes

Backlash Compensation

Yes

Latitude Range

10-65°

Setting Circles

Yes

Polar alignment Scope

Included – with Southern Hemisphere Reticle

Counterweights

2 x 5.1kg

Autoguider Port

ST4 compatible

Tripod Legs

1.75″ stainless steel

Counterweight Bar

200mm long x 18mm diameter

Tripod Height Range

104 – 140cm

Equatorial Head Weight

9.8kg

Tripod Weight

5.6kg

The SynScan Hand Control allows you to point the telescope at a specific object or even tour the skies at the touch of a button. The user-friendly menu system allows automatic slewing to over 42,000 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 serial cable. Once the connection has been established between the computer and SynScan Hand Control, many commercially available planetarium softwares can be used to control the HEQ5 mount.

The handbox firmware can also be upgraded via the internet so the software is never out of date. Future software upgrades will always be available.

The HEQ5 mount also comes with features that advanced astronomers can appreciate:

  • 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 M, NGC, and IC catalogues.
  • Minimal vibration for steady long-exposure photography.

 

The HEQ5 is the ideal mount for small refractors or Newtonian reflectors up to about 8″ aperture. With in-built GoTo functionality, and a sturdy design, this mount will provide years of reliable operation.

A Skywatcher HEQ5 is essentially a smaller version of the larger EQ6 mount, which saves both your wallet, and your back! Many people find the weight of an EQ6 too much to handle, but an HEQ5 can function just as well when used in combination with an appropriately sized telescope.

For those interested in pursuing astrophotography, this mount in combination with a Skywatcher ED80 Refractor Telescope and a ZWO 1600MM-C camera provides the perfect entry-level solution, and can capture astounding images. Some examples can be viewed here and here, taken by one of our customers.

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