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Product no.: 63747

Mount EQ8-R Pro GoTo with Tripod

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Product description

More about the series EQ8...

This newest version of the EQ8 mount series overs many improvments:

  • Cable management system for reduced tangling.
  • Improved Connectivity
  • Improved installation position of motors for improved balance.
  • Improved clutch mechanism provides more holding strength.
  • Improved dovetail groove knob for added comfort and increased locking power.
  • Belt drive on the DEC axes for quiet slewing

Please note Freedom-Find encoders are not present on the EQ8-R

EXTRA HEAVY-DUTY COMPUTERISED GO-TO EQUATORIAL MOUNT

The Sky-Watcher EQ8 is an exciting new extra heavy-duty, observatory class German equatorial mount, with a payload capacity of up to 50kg. Quiet in operation, the EQ8 is supplied with the Synscan Go-To handset and can automatically find and track over 42,900 celestial objects from its extensive computer database.

Available either complete with pier tripod or as the mount head only, to install onto a static pier. Two 10kg counterweights and the Synscan handset are supplied with both options.

Freedom-Find™ Technology

A great feature of the EQ8 is the patented dual-encoder technology. Auxiliary encoders are located on both the R.A. and DEC. axes. This allows the telescope to be moved manually, by releasing the clutches, or electronically in either axis without the mount losing its alignment or positional information. After moving to a new object, the mount will continue to track it accurately. This gives the user enormous freedom, convenience and flexibility during observational sessions.

Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC)

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

Auto-Home Function

The EQ8 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.

Batch Exposure Function

The EQ8 is equipped with a SNAP port which can control the shutter release of a camera. Working with the Synscan handset’s ‘Camera Control’ function, a user can take batch exposures when doing astrophotography. Up to 8 groups of ‘exposure times & frame’ combinations can be set on the Synscan handset.

Specifications

Capacity


Designation
EQ-8
Max. additional load capacity (kg)
50
Power supply
12
Tracking modes
Equatorial
Tracking speeds
solar, lunar, sideral
Counterweight(s) (piece)
2 x 10kg
Slow-motion azimuth adjustment (°)
+/- 10°
Polar elevation setting (°)
10 - 65
Weight mount head only (kg)
25,8
Motor type
Stepper motors
Cable-guide
internal
Drive type
Worm wheel

Special features


GoTo system
yes
Handcontroller
yes
Controllable via PC
yes
Updateable via web
yes

Equipment


Tripod <p>
Stand column
Transport cases
no
Pole finder
no
Counterweights (piece)
2
Other contents
Anti-vibration Pads

Tripod


Tripod weight (kg)
29,4

General


Series
EQ8
Type
Mount
Type of build
Equatorial

GoTo control


Autoguiding
yes
PEC correction
yes
GoTo Language
multilingual
Software
SynScan
Tracking speeds
sideral, solar and lunar
Database
42900
GPS
optional
WIFI
optional
Polar Alignment
computer assistance
Precision
5

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Skywatcher Mount EQ8-R Pro GoTo with Tripod
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