Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Equatorial GoTo mount

Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Equatorial GoTo mount

Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Equatorial GoTo mount

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Product Highlights

  • Motorized and Computer-Guided EQ Mount
  • Positioning Accuracy up to 1 arcminute
  • SNAP Port for Astrophotography
  • Belt Drive for Precise Tracking/Pointing
  • Illuminated Polar Alignment Scope
  • 10 Slew Speeds from 1x to 1000x
  • SynScan 42,900-Object Hand Controller
  • One-, Two-, Three-Star Alignment
  • Losmandy/Vixen Dual Saddle
  • Stainless Steel Tripod
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Sky-Watcher EQ6-R overview

  • 1Description

With an upgraded belt-drive system to improve tracking precision and the addition of a SNAP port to control a DSLR shutter release for easier astrophotography, the Sky-Watcher's EQ6-R GoTo Equatorial Mount is designed for a quality observing and imaging experience. This mount features dual stepper servomotors, the SynScan computer hand controller, a stainless steel adjustable tripod, and a built-in illuminated polar scope. For precise tracking, as required during long-exposure astrophotography or observation sessions, the EQ6-R has a belt drive that reduces Periodic Error Correction (PEC) common to worm gears in many mounts. A SNAP port permits operation of your DSLR through the SynScan controller. With a maximum payload capacity of up to 44 lb, this mount can support most medium-to-large refractor, reflector, or catadioptric optical tube assemblies (OTAs) and still handle imaging rigs, and an integrated carry handle makes transport easy. The mount features a dual mounting saddle with compatibility for Vixen- or Losmandy-style dovetail plates.

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 can be updated through the built-in serial port via updates downloaded through the Internet. Using the same computer connection, the SynScan can be controlled with many popular astronomy software systems for additional versatility. With multiple alignment options, 10 slew speeds, and automatic tracking capabilities, finding and keeping objects centered in the field of view is easy no matter whether you're viewing the fast-moving Moon or much slower deep-space subjects.

The heavy-duty tripod has a center stabilizer bar that allows users to lock the accessory tray into the legs to provide additional stabilization and vibration reduction. Spiked feet give the tripod a sure footing on rough, uneven, and soft ground. With a total weight of 77 lb, including the two 11 lb counterweights, this mount and tripod provide a strong and sturdy platform for most of your astronomical observation and imaging needs.

  • SNAP port permits control of DSLR camera through SynScan controller
  • Motorized and computer-guided equatorial mount with 44 lb payload capacity
  • Dual-axis tracking with Sidereal, Lunar, Solar tracking rates
  • Losmandy/Vixen dual saddle accepts any compatible OTA
  • Built-in illuminated polar alignment scope for faster setup
  • Control many DSLR shutter releases for advanced photography techniques such as long-exposure astrophotography or star-scapes
  • 64 microstep driven 1.8° stepper DC servomotors
  • Slew speeds: 1000x, 800x, 600x, 400x, 200x, 32x, 16x, 8x, 2x, 1x
  • Guiding speed selectable from 0.25x, 0.50x, 0.75x, or 1x
  • Belt drive reduces gear backlash for finer pointing and tracking
  • Positioning accuracy up to 1 arcminute
  • Auto guider interface for astrophotography
  • Etched indicators on RA and dec axes
  • Clutches for manual manipulation
  • Integrated carry handle for safe and secure handling during setup and breakdown
SynScan Hand Controller
  • Wired handheld 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
  • Periodic Error Correction (PEC) 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 upgradable via Internet download
  • 77 lb total weight minimizes vibrations
  • Corrosion-resistant stainless steel legs
  • Two-section adjustable height
  • Accessory tray with 1.25" and 2" eyepiece holders
  • Center stabilizer bar locks tray against legs to increase stability and reduce vibrations
  • Spiked feet provide a sure footing on rough or soft earth
Counterweight and Shaft
  • Counterweight shaft retracts into mount to reduce or eliminate interference with tripod or other equipment
  • Stainless steel counterweight shaft
  • Includes two 11 lb counterweights
UPC: 050234030304
In the Box
Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Equatorial GoTo mount
  • 12 VDC Car/Vehicle Power Cord
  • SynScan Hand Controller
  • 2 x 11 lb Counterweights
  • Counterweight Bar
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Sky-Watcher EQ6-R specs

    Mount Type German equatorial
    Load Capacity 44.0 lb / 20.0 kg
    Motor 64 micro-step DC servos
    GO-TO Capability Yes, SynScan hand controller
    Polar Axis Scope Built-in, illuminated
    Includes Tripod/Pier Yes
    Power Source 12 VDC
    Weight 77 lb / 35 kg, including counterweights
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 93.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 45.5 x 23.0 x 21.0"

    Sky-Watcher EQ6-R reviews

    EQ6-R Equatorial GoTo mount is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fan of SkyWatcher I have not used it out side since I bought it because of weather. I have set it up and run through the set up, alignment, and tracking many times in the house. My last mount was a Celeston. I had no problem with the learning curve on the new hand control. The internal LED lit Polar scope was calibrated and ready to use. The motors were surprisingly quiet.The feature that really won me over was the programmable SNAP port for controlling my Canon T6i camera. I am very happy with this EQ6-R mount.
    Date published: 2018-10-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this mount. This mount is a monster!
    Date published: 2018-07-31
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