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Designed and built to provide a versatile platform for astronomers and astrophotographers of all levels, the Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5 Equatorial / Alt-Az Motorized GoTo Mount is outfitted with precision motors, a quiet low-backlash belt drive, a computer controller and sturdy tripod to provide an ideal platform for observation and imaging. This unique mount ships configured as a German Equatorial mount capable of long-term RA tracking when properly polar aligned. To expand its versatility and usability, it can be reconfigured to an alt-azimuth mount, and with a simple mode change on the hand controller it will function flawlessly with dual-axis tracking. For star-parties or separate observation and imaging rigs, it can be converted to a dual-OTA set up.
The SynScan system has an internal database of 42,900 celestial objects including the complete Messier, NGC and IC catalogs and 25 user-defined objects. To keep it current its firmware is updatable through the built-in serial port via updates downloaded through the Internet. With multiple alignment options, ten slew speeds, and automatic tracking capabilities, finding and keeping objects centered in the field of view is easy no matter if you're viewing the fast-moving Moon or much slower deep space subjects.
Three configurations based on need
Equatorial mode: Precise astronomical tracking for observation and imaging
Alt-Az mode: General purpose celestial and terrestrial viewing
Dual OTA mode: The ability to mount two optical tube assemblies, opposed to each other, on a single mount for star-parties, or separate observation and imaging rigs
SynScan Hand Controller
Wired hand-held computer controller for mount
42,900 object database including the complete Messier, NGC and IC catalogs
25 user-defined objects
Alignment assistance: One / two / three-star alignment
Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) removes inaccuracies inherent in gears and allows for more accurate tracking, especially for long-exposure astrophotography
Connect to a computer via user-supplied RS-232 cable
Flash upgradeable via internet download
Low backlash belt drive with silent slewing
±5 arc seconds native periodic error
Dual shutter release control for batch exposures of astrophotography
Dual-axis and Equatorial tracking modes
Tracking rates: Sidereal, Lunar, Solar
Primary axis encoder tracks mount position and enables users to move mount manually without having to realign