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Sky Watcher AZ-EQ5 GT (GO-TO) Mount

The Sky-Watcher GT Series AZ-EQ5 Go-To Mount combines the advantages of the equatorial mount with the simplicity of the alt-azimuth system. In fact, the AZ-EQ5 is a hybrid mount usable in both these configurations.

The equatorial mode is ideal for astrophotography while the alt-azimuth configuration is more practical for observation as polar alignment is not required. Moreover, two telescopes can be simultaneously mounted in alt-azimuth configuration.

  • Equatorial and Alt-Azimuth Hybrid Mount
  • Adjustable tripod
  • Fine adjustments of latitude and azimuth for precise polar alignment
  • Bubble level for perfect leveling

 

$2,399.00

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Description

The Sky-Watcher GT Series AZ-EQ5 Go-To Mount combines the advantages of the equatorial mount with the simplicity of the alt-azimuth system. In fact, the AZ-EQ5 is a hybrid mount usable in both these configurations. The equatorial mode is ideal for astrophotography while the alt-azimuth configuration is more practical for observation as polar alignment is not required. Moreover, two telescopes can be simultaneously mounted in alt-azimuth configuration.

The exceptional SynScan Go-To system allows full control of both R.A. and Dec. axes with 9 slew speeds and 5 arcminute pointing precision, allowing you to quickly and accurately locate objects across the night sky. The Go-To system can automatically slew the telescope on command toward planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, clusters and much more.

The SynScan has 42,900 memorised celestial objects for an amazing journey in the night sky. The Deep Sky Tour function suggests a list of the most interesting deep sky objects currently visible, so even the novice astronomer can easily observe faint objects at the touch of a button. Once achieving alignment, the patented Freedom Find dual encoders will then keep track of your position to within 4.2 arcminutes. The mount will retain alignment even after releasing the clutches and manually pointing the scope to a new part of the sky.

The AZ-EQ5 is equipped with two SNAP ports for dual control of camera shutter release. Working with the SynScan hand control’s “Camera Control” function, a user can take batch exposures in up to 8 groups of “Exposure-time & Frames”. An indexer on the R.A. worm gear keeps track of its current position, so that the Periodic Error inherent to all worm gear driven mounts can be learned and permanently corrected for. These features make the Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5 a fantastic partner to high focal length telescopes and astrophotographers alike.

 

SynScan Features:

  • Usable in both Alt-Azimuth and Equatorial mode
  • Database with 42,900+ objects
  • Messier, Caldwell, NGC, IC & SAO catalogues, Named Stars, Double Stars, Variable Stars, Named Stars
  • One, Two and Three Stars or Brightest Star Alignment
  • Autoguiding feature for astrophotography
  • Pointing Accuracy Enhancement feature (PAE)
  • Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC)
  • Unknown Object Identification feature
  • Pointing accuracy up to 5 arc min
  • Tracking rates: Sidereal, Lunar, Solar
  • Slewing speeds: 1x, 2x, 16x, 32x, 64x, 128x, 400x, 500x, 600x, 800x (3.4°/sec)
  • Motor type: DC hybrid stepper motors

In The Box:

  • Hybrid German Equatorial Mount AZ-EQ5
  • Steel Tripod
  • Integrated Counterweight Bar
  • Counterweight Extension Bar
  • Plate Saddle for Counterweight Shaft
  • Counterweights (2x 3.5kg)
  • Polar Scope (South and North Hemispheres)
  • SynScan Hand Controller and Cable
  • Hand Controller Holder
  • Motor Cable (for Connecting the Mounts Motors)
  • Power Supply Cord (Lighter Plug)
  • User Manual

 

Specifications:

Model Number SWAZEQ5GTT
Mount Type Hybrid Equatorial & Alt-Azimuth Mount
Tripod Material Steel
Telescope Mounting V Style
Payload 15kg (for Astrophotography)
Mount Head Weight 7.7kg
Tripod Weight 5.6kg
Tripod Height  185-121cm
Counterweight Bar Diam. 18mm
Counterweight Bar Length 162mm + 120mm (extension)
Latitude Range 28° – 90°
Azimuth Range +/- 15°
Power Requirement DC 12~16V – 3A
Pointing Accuracy up to 5 arc. min.
Slewing Speed up to 3.4°/sec (800X)
Guiding Speed 0.125X, 0.25X, 0.50X, 0.75X, or 1X
Motors Resolution approx. 0.25 arc-second (5184000 Counts/Rev.)
Encoders Resolution approx. 4.2 arc-minutes (5144 Counts/Rev.)