The EQ5 GoTo mount is recommended for middle sized telescope. Maximum load is 10-12kg which means 120-150mm refracting, 150-200mm Newtonian telescope or short tube catadioptric system. Tripod legs are 45mm steel providing excellent stability. The mount head weights 5kg, the tripod 5.7kg. 2 counterweights with 5kg is included.
This version is sold with the newest SyScan GoTo hand controller which does not need any computer to be attached. The hand controller contains a database with over 42900 objects, including all Messier, NGC, IC objects and other deepsky catalogues, plus a catalogue of double and variable stars. After aligning the mount properly it can find the selected object within seconds.
The hand controller has many other useful features. It can provide a "guided tour" which gives a list of currently visible and interesting objects. The hand controller also helps to perform the polar alignment perfectly by providing exact and up to date information on Polaris. The power voltage can be also checked (useful when running the mount from a rechargeable battery) and also the temperature can be checked.
The backlash compensation can be adjusted, many different correction speeds available on the autoguider port (from 0.125x to 1x), and provides PEC (periodic error correction) functionality as well.
The hand controller firmware can be upgraded from the internet.
Requires 12V DC power (available from cigarette lighter, cable provided), from rechargeable battery or 220V adaptor (5A).
For the GoTo version we highly recommend the Skywatcher Wi-Fi unit (SynScanWifi), with which you can control your telescope via smartphone or tablet. Just plug the Wi-Fi unit into the hand controller slot and download the free App (Android or iOS) - it is ready to use.
|Max. additional load capacity (kg)||15|
|Polar elevation setting (°)||0-90|
|Diameter of counterweight bar (mm)||18|
|Positioning||1, 2 or 3 stars|
|Connection manual controller||RS-232|
|Power consumption (mA)||2000|
|Tracking speeds||solar, lunar, sideral|
|Tracking modes||Alt-azimuth or equatorial|
|Pointing with coordinates||yes|
|Updateable via web||yes|
|Tripod leg diameter (mm)||51|
|Total weight (kg)||19,5|
|Type of build||Equatorial|
|Tracking modes||altazimuth, equatorial North-South|
|Tracking speeds||sideral, solar and lunar|