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Glossary | Telescope accessories | General | Series | EQ8

Observatory-class mount from Skywatcher.
Skywatcher Eq8 Lifestyle

The EQ8 series comprises Skywatcher’s highest-performance models. They can carry optics and accessories weighing up to 50 kilograms. The mount runs very quietly and is equipped with the proven SynScan GoTo control with a V.5 hand control box.

The EQ8 is also available in a further developed version called the EQ8-R. This has an internal cable duct, belt drive - also for the declination axis, and further improvements to the mechanical design.

The EQ8-RH version has a high-resolution Renishaw encoder on the right ascension axis. This eliminates the need for autoguiding for astrophotography.

Skywatcher offers a special tripod for the EQ8 mount. This tripod also allows mobile use of the mount, but this is a two-person job.

If you want to install the mount on a fixed column, you can also simply order the EQ8 without a tripod. The tripod can also be ordered separately later.

Accessories for the Skywatcher EQ8 mount