Coronado EQS Equatorial Mount with RA Motor

Coronado EQS Equatorial Mount with RA Motor

Coronado EQS Equatorial Mount with RA Motor

B&H # COCEQST MFR # 316001
Coronado EQS Equatorial Mount with RA Motor

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Product Highlights

  • Manual German Equatorial Mount
  • Right Ascension Tracking Motor
  • Dual-Axis Slow-Motion Cables
  • Sidereal Tracking, Two Slew Speeds
  • Vixen-Style Dovetail Saddle
  • Runs on Four D-Cell Batteries
  • Coronado-Gold Adjustable-Height Tripod
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Designed to easily carry smaller refractor optical tube assemblies (OTAs), such as their Personal Solar Telescope (PST) or SolarMax II, the Coronado EQS Equatorial Mount with RA Motor can be used completely manually with the dual-axis slow-motion cables; or, with the right ascension motor installed, it will automatically track the Sun, Moon, or planets when it is properly polar aligned. A Vixen-style dovetail saddle allows many OTAs to be quickly and easily attached and dismounted using a single thumbscrew lock. Supporting the mount head is a stainless steel adjustable-height tripod painted in the iconic Coronado-gold to match their solar scopes.

  • Manual German equatorial mount
  • Lightweight and strong aluminum head
  • Right ascension tracking motor
  • 20-90° latitude adjustment range
  • Vixen-style dovetail saddle
  • 8.5-pound counterweight with shaft
Gears and Motor
  • Dual-axis slow-motion cables for manual movement and tracking
  • Right ascension motor to automatically track celestial objects
  • Hand controller reduces contact with mount to reduce vibration
  • Motor tension spring for smooth tracking and reduced vibration
  • Single sidereal tracking rate
  • 2x (0.5°/min) and 4x (1°/min) forward slew speeds
  • Backward slew speed of 0.75°/min
  • Selectable for Northern or Southern Hemisphere use
  • Runs on four user-supplied D-cell batteries
  • Coronado-gold stainless steel legs
  • Two leg sections with thumbscrew-style locks
  • Adjustable height from 27.5 to 43"
  • 27.5" folded length
  • Large tray holds accessories like eyepieces
  • Weight: 16 pounds
UPC: 709942997996
In the Box
Coronado EQS Equatorial Mount with RA Motor
  • Hand Controller
  • Battery Pack and Cable
  • Counterweight Shaft
  • 8.5 lb Counterweight
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Coronado 316001 specs

    Payload Capacity Not specified by manufacturer
    Type German equatorial
    Motors Right ascension
    GoTo System None
    Altitude / Latitude Adjustment Altitude: Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Latitude: 20 to 90°
    Mount Vixen-style dovetail
    Counterweight 1 x 8.5 lb / 3.9 kg
    Tripod 2 leg sections
    Stainless steel
    Adjustable Height: 27.5 - 43.0" / 69.9 - 109.2 cm
    Weight: 16.0 lb / 7.3 kg
    Power Source 4 x D-cell batteries
    Head Dimensions 12.0 x 7.0 x 5.0" / 30.5 x 17.8 x 12.7 cm
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    Package Weight 27.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 29.8 x 16.0 x 8.5"

    Coronado 316001 reviews

    EQS Equatorial Mount with RA Motor is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for a beginner (like me) I am a complete beginner at astronomy and astro photography. I bought this mount, a solar filter and an adapter plate (to attach my DSLR) to see if I could photograph the sun. Maybe I will get to the eclipse in August? For the price, this is a good value. However, it did not come with any instructions for aligning the mount. That is an egregious error for a piece of equipment intended for beginners. There were instructions for attaching the Right Ascension motor, but that's of little use when the mount is not properly aligned. After several hours on google and wikipedia, I learned how to align the mount and attach the RA motor. Everything I read said the tracking is not precise enough for photographs longer than several seconds. It is good enough to keep objects in the field of view for several minutes. I finally aligned the mount using a two-axis bubble level and a compass. The two pictures below are of the sun, taken six minutes apart. You can see there is some drift but the RA motor tracked well. These are my first ever pictures of the sun so I had no idea what I was doing with exposure, aperture, ISO. I would have given it 4 stars if there had been instructions.
    Date published: 2017-04-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Equatorial Mount for the Price The counterweight is almost too heavy (approx. 7-8 pounds) for the Coronado PST Solar Scope but you don't need it unless you add a camera to the scope. Easy to setup and tracks great.
    Date published: 2017-07-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall, it's good value. Angle indicators are far from precision. If the legs are not dug in the ground it tend to squat open a bit ( on grass no problem ). Personally I use it with a camera and a 500mm reflex Nikon lens. At the price it's sold for, who can afford not to begin with it. Use it for a few years and decide to move up in the quality ladder or simply appreciate what you can do with it as is !
    Date published: 2017-03-19
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