Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5 Overview
The AZ-EQ5 is a unique hybrid platform that can be set up in EQ mode for advanced astroimaging one night, and, the next night, set up in AZ mode for visual use. You can even mount dual telescopes for professional-level outreach. Light enough to be moved easily, yet boasting a payload of 30 pounds, this mount epitomizes versatility.
In seconds, The AZ-EQ5 can transform from a German equatorial mount into a Altazimuth mount. There is no need to have separate mounts for your visual needs and your astroimaging pursuits. And that's not all! When in AZ mode, slide the second Vixen saddle (included) onto the counterweight shaft, and - ouala! - you now have a dual scope configuration, perfect for club outreach.
Dual encoder motor system
When using a computerized tracking system, sometimes it is useful to move the mount by hand. With most mounts, this would result in a loss of alignment. Sky-Watcher’s dual-encoder Freedom-Find™ motor system, allows you to move the telescope to a new object while keeping alignment. The system will then track the new object!
SynScan hand controller
Automatically slew to over 42,900 objects in the sky at a touch of a button, whether you’re in EQ or AZ mode. The hand controller can also be attached to a computer using the RS-232 cable allowing the system to be controlled by your favorite astronomy program.
There are so many features that serious astrophotographers will love. To start with, there are two DSLR Snap interfaces to control two cameras at once. Plus, the SynScan hand controller provides what you need for shooting DSOs right away. Using a built in intervelometer timer, it can setup exposure length, number of frames taken and a ‘cool down’ period between each frame. Not only that, eight different exposure combinations are available.
An ST4 port allows you to connect your autoguider. Also, the SynScan hand controller has Periodic Error Correction training that can be configured on the go.
The use of a belt-drive system and stepper motors make this mount quiet and precise. The whisper-quiet motors won’t drown out the sounds of nature at your local dark spot. There are 10 slew speed selections from 1000x down to 1x. Tracking rates include Sidereal, Lunar and Solar.
In the Box
- Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5 EQ/ Alt-Az Motorized GoTo Mount
- Computerized SynScan Hand Controller
- 2 x Vixen-Style OTA Connections
- 12V DC Power Cord
- Counterweight Shaft Extension
- Two 7.5lb Counterweights
- Limited Two-Year Sky-Watcher Warranty
|General Mount Info|
|Payload Capacity (lbs)||30|
|Mount Height (Min)||41"|
|Mount Height (Max)||48.7"|
|Mount Head Weight (lbs)||16.9|
|Tripod Weight (lbs)||13.4|
|Fully Assembled Weight (w/ weights)||43.8|
|Tripod Leg Diameter||1.75"|
|Mounting Saddle Type||V|
|Latitude Range (degrees)||0-90|
|Computer/Drive System Info|
|Controller||SynScan Hand Controller flash upgradeable|
|WiFi||Optional WiFi dongle|
|Slew Speeds||1000x, 800x, 600x, 400x, 200x, 32x, 16x, 8x, 2x, 1x|
|Tracking Rates||Sidereal, Lunar, Solar|
|Tracking Modes||Dual Axis and EQ|
|Polar Align Assist||Yes|
|Permanent Periodic Correction||Yes|
|Pointing Accuracy (RMS)||5 arc minutes|
|DSLR Enterface||Yes (Dual)|
|Included Weights||7.5lbs (two)|