Celestron EQ8-R Equatorial GoTo Mount with Pier Tripod

BH #CEEQ8R • MFR #S30601
Celestron EQ8-R Equatorial GoTo Mount with Pier Tripod
Key Features
  • Motorized and Computer-Guided EQ Mount
  • Heavy 110-Pound Payload Capacity
  • Positioning Accuracy up to 5 arcminutes
  • Belt Drive for Precise Tracking/Pointing
Designed to carry heavy loads including large optical tube assemblies (OTAs), guide scopes, and imaging rigs, the Sky-Watcher EQ8-R Equatorial GoTo Mount is designed for advanced astrophotography and imaging. Its SNAP port connects to a DSLR shutter release, and the programmable SynScan hand box automatically controls the exposure time and number of frames with up to eight profiles so your astrophotography stays on schedule without manual intervention that can cause unwanted vibrations or errors.
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Celestron EQ8-R Equatorial GoTo Mount with Pier Tripod

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Celestron EQ8-R Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Mount
  • 3SNAP for Astrophotography
  • 4Cable Management System
  • 5SynScan Hand Controller
  • 6Pier Tripod

Designed to carry heavy loads including large optical tube assemblies (OTAs), guide scopes, and imaging rigs, the Sky-Watcher EQ8-R Equatorial GoTo Mount is designed for advanced astrophotography and imaging. Its SNAP port connects to a DSLR shutter release, and the programmable SynScan hand box automatically controls the exposure time and number of frames with up to eight profiles so your astrophotography stays on schedule without manual intervention that can cause unwanted vibrations or errors.

This mount has a belt drive that reduces Periodic Error Correction (PEC) common to worm gears in many mounts to improve tracking accuracy, virtually eliminating vibration—essential features for long-exposure deep-sky astrophotography. With a maximum payload capacity of up to 110 pounds, this mount can support most large refractor, reflector, and catadioptric OTAs and still handle imaging rigs. An advanced cable management system places essential input, output, and power ports in strategic places on the mount to avoid cable wrap during long sessions that see the mount moving from one horizon to the next.

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.

Supporting your OTA, accessories, and the massive mount head is Sky-Watcher's heavy-duty pier tripod. Unlike conventional telescope tripods, this advanced support combines the strength and stability of a pier with the portability and adjustable height of a tripod. Instead of multiple leg sections that get smaller and less stable as you extend them to the maximum height, the pier tripod has large 2.4" diameter solid legs that attach to a collar that wraps around the center pier column. To adjust the height, the column is moved up and down through the collar and locked in place, allowing the legs to remain at a constant wide spread for maximum stability. For proper leveling on uneven ground, Sky-Watcher includes a set of three leveling stands that provide up to 4" of height, allowing the tripod to be properly leveled for accurate alignment and precise GoTo and tracking.

Mount

  • Motorized and computer controlled equatorial mount designed to carry heavy loads
  • 110-pound payload capacity is designed to carry large OTAs, accessories, and/or imaging rigs
  • Positioning accuracy up to 5 arcminutes
  • Etched indicators on RA and declination axes
  • Clutches for manual manipulation
  • Internal hardstop on RA and dec axes to protect mechanical parts, OTA, and internal wiring
  • Advanced cable management system utilizes multiple electronics panels to avoid cable wrap during long imaging/observation sessions
  • Includes two 22-pound counterweights and 5.7-pound counterweight rod
  • Runs on 11-16VDC power, adapter included

Motors and Gears

  • 0.9°, 256 micro-step hybrid stepper motor
  • 435:1 worm drive
  • Belt drive reduces gear backlash for finer pointing and tracking accuracy
  • Runs on 11-16VDC power, adapter included

SNAP for Astrophotography

  • SNAP port permits control of DSLR camera through SynScan controller
  • Enables precise control of exposure time and frames without manual intervention by user
  • Control many DSLR shutter releases for advanced photography techniques, including long exposures and star scapes
  • Up to 8 groups of "Exposure Time & Frames" combinations can be set on the SynScan hand controller
  • Canon EOS remote shutter release cable included; releases for other brands are available separately
  • Camera must be equipped with a shutter release control port and can be set to the bulb exposure mode

Cable Management System

  • Utilizes a primary connection panel on the mount base
  • Secondary port panel on the back of the dovetail saddle moves with the OTA while slewing and tracking for accessory communication and power without cable wrap

Primary Panel:

  • Mount on/off switch
  • DC mount power-in port
  • Hand controller port
  • USB port for USB-to-serial connection to control the mount from a computer
  • ST-4 autoguider port
  • SNAP port for automatic camera control
Secondary Panel:
  • USB 3.0 Type B port
  • Three auxiliary power in, 6-24VDC, 5A
  • Four USB 3.0 hug to power accessories
  • RJ10, RJ12, RJ45 modular in/out jacks

SynScan Hand Controller

  • Self-contained computer controller for mount
  • 42,900-object database, including the complete Messier, NGC, IC, and SAO catalogs
  • 25 user-defined objects
  • Alignment assistance: One-, two-, three-star alignment
  • Sidereal, Lunar, Solar tracking rates
  • Slew speeds: 1000x, 800x, 600x, 400x, 200x, 32x, 16x, 8x, 2x, 1x
  • Guiding speed selectable from 0.125x, 0.25x, 0.50x, 0.75x, or 1x
  • 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
  • Auto-home function
  • Flash upgradable via Internet download

Pier Tripod

  • Combines the portability of a tripod with the strength and stability of a pier
  • Adjustable height (tripod with mount head) from 49.75" to 58.6" accommodates a wide range of users and viewing positions
  • Single leg sections; the middle pier column moves up and down to adjust height for maximum stability at all heights
  • Large 2.4" leg diameter adds strength and stability
  • Weight: 65 pounds
  • Includes three 4" leveling pads that enable proper leveling on uneven ground
  • Convenient hand controller holder bracket
UPC: 050234306010

Celestron EQ8-R Specs

Mount
Mount TypeMotorized; German Equatorial
GoTo CapabilityYes, SynScan
Payload Capacity110.23 lb / 50 kg
MotorDual Axis
Tracking RatesLunar, Sidereal, Solar
Altitude Adjustment10 to 65°
Latitude Adjustment20°
Counterweight2 x 22.0 lb / 10.0 kg
Polar Axis ScopeYes (Not Included)
Tripod
Height Adjustment Range30.25 to 39.1" / 76.84 to 99.31 cm
Leg Diameter2.4" / 6.1 cm
Leg Sections1
General
Adapter12 VDC (Included)
Mounting SystemLosmandy Style
GPSNone
Wi-FiNone
Dimensions19.61 x 14.17 x 9.84" / 49.8 x 36 x 25 cm
Weight56.8 lb / 25.76 kg (Mount Head)
64.8 lb / 29.39 kg (Pier Tripod)
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