Sky Watcher EQ6-R Pro Equatorial Go-To Mount
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Sky Watcher EQ6-R Pro Equatorial Go-To Mount
The Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Equatorial GoTo Mount has a 44 lb weight capacity and excels as an excellent astrophotography mount for beginner to intermediate astronomers.
SKY-WATCHER EQ6-R PRO EQUATORIAL GOTO MOUNT Convenient Features
- Its built-in ST-4 Autoguider port gives you the freedom to use most of today’s best autoguiders!
- The belt drive system and stepper motors provide accuracy and silent slewing to find and track celestial objects.
- SynScan hand controller offers up a 42,900 object database, special tours of the night sky, permanent periodic error correction, backlash compensation, the ability to set slewing limits, and polar alignment assist via the built-in illuminated polar scope!
- Accessories are included with the EQ Pro mount: A retractable counterweight bar, allowing for easier transportation, as well as two 11-lb counterweights, to help balance any payload.
- The EQ Pro features a saddle compatible with both D and V style mounting plates, giving you the ability to use multiple optical tubes!
- Travel easy with your mount with its built-in carry handle.
Highlighted Features of the Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro:
- GoTo System: SynScan.
- Object Database: 42,900+.
- Polar Align Assist: Yes.
- Auto Guide: Yes.
- Permanent Periodic Correction: Yes.
- DSLR Interface: Yes, includes Canon EOS Trigger Cable.
- Motor Type: Stepper.
- Drive System: Belt.
- Polar Scope: Built-in.
- Clutch: Locking Lever.
- Mounting Saddle Plate: Dual, Vixen and Losmandy Style.
- Power: 12V, thread-on cable included.
- Counterweight Shaft: Retractable.
- Counterweights Included: 2 weights, 11-pounds each.
- Tripod Leg Diameter: 2-inch.
- Mount Weight: 38-pounds.
- Tripod Weight: 16.5-pounds.
|Instrument Capacity||44 lb|
|Latitude Range||65 Degrees|
|Mount Head Weight||38lb|
|Telescope Connection||Dual Vixen & Losmandy|
|Tracking Accuracy||1 Arcseconds|
- Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro Equatorial Mount.
- Tripod with Spreader.
- (2) 11-pounds. Counterweights.
- Retractable Counterweight Bar.
- Canon EOS Trigger Cable.
- Thread-on Power Cable.
- SynScan Hand Controller.
By the time I got around to buying this mount I had done all the necessary research. No support required. OPT had one left in stock, so I picket it up. I live on the west coast so shipping was straight forward and quick. The item arrived in perfect working order. The EQ6-R performs as advertised. No surprises. I am very happy with the mount and the no hassle purchase process.
Any review should be done considering price vs. quality. For the price paid, this mount is outstanding! After a brief hiatus from astronomy, I settled on this EQ6R Pro. Too many good things to mention. For small telescopes or people who will never venture into astro-photography, it is probably overkill. To get the most out of this mount, the user should read the manual a few times; it is written well. I've done some 3 min (non auto guided) exposures with a 200mm Nikkor lens. The results blew me away. If one does a good polar alignment and balances the load; it tracks beautifully. I detected no star trailing in 3 mins. I've not used the PEC feature yet. The GoTo accuracy is spot on. Even using a one star alignment, the GoTo is quite acceptable. GoTo accuracy was good after 3 hrs w/o a need to re-calibrate. It is important for newcomers to understand polar alignment and load balance if using this mount for astro-photography. The manual does a good job explaining polar alignment and goes further if one wishes to refine the alignment accuracy. It is a heavy mount at 38 lbs; add the tripod weight, counter weights and scope; I am pushing close to 100lbs total. Not exactly a "grab and go" mount, but then again, the weight makes for a very stable platform. Setup time after I practiced a few times was under 30 mins. Level the tripod, get a great polar alignment, balance everything on the mount and you have a serious mount one will not outgrow anytime soon.
This is an outstanding mount for the money. Having owned several mounts in this class over the years I must say Sky-Watcher has taken the best of the past and built a solid successor. Straight out of the box this mount exhibited no play in RA or DEC. Tracking has been spot on! Great mount at a great price.
I really like this Skywatcher eq6-r lots to get familiar with. Very stable and the handle is the way to go. Lots of bang for the buck love it. Also big thanks to OPT
I've been using this mount as the work horse for my rig for about 3 months now, and I'm blown away by its performance. I'm using a pretty hefty scope that weighs in at around 30-35lbs with camera and accessories. Initially I was worried that this load would affect the performance of the mount, but it performs spectacularly for its price point. I average a total RMS of about .45" with PPEC throughout the whole night, on both sides of the meridian. Properly utilizing EQMOD's PPEC training improves the performance of this mount dramatically 0.65" -< 0.45". This mount is fully ASCOM compliant, and is fully controllable through all software such as SGP, PHD2, Stellarium, etc, (providing you have the necessary software modules installed). The newer run of these mounts come with a USB port installed on the computer plate, and does not require the hand controller or a special adapter to run through a PC. The RA axis is quiet stiff, and can make balancing harder than it should be - even for a heavy rig. I'm not a fan of the polar scope - I've used better with more clear markings. I use SharpCap to polar align, fine-tuning this alignment is a little frustrating because of the ALT/AZ bolts have very coarse threads. That's great because it's a heavy rig and all, but it makes getting those fine adjustments all the more difficult. A finer thread pitch for these bolts would definitely help a little. It's also very easy to over-tighten the spine bolt that attaches the mount to the tripod, which can turn the whole mount into a stuck pickle jar scenario. These flaws are more of an ergonomic thing, and should not dissuade anyone from considering the EQ6r-Pro.
Extremely happy with the accuracy and tracking.