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Home Mounts & Tripods Equatorial Mounts SkyWatcher EQ8 PRO SynScan Equatorial Mount Head
Special Offer - The SkyWatcher EQ8 pro mount head for mounting on a pillar or optional tripod. This heavy duty, observatory class German equatorial mount, with an instrument capacity of up to 50kg. the EQ8 is supplied with the Synscan handset which can automatically find and track over 42000 celestial objects from its onboard computer database. The mount is undeniably very substantial but is also very quiet and smooth making it perfect for any location, home or in the field. Two 10kg counterweights and the Synscan handset are supplied with this superbly engineered telescope mount.
Freedom-Find TechnologyA great feature of the EQ8 is the patented dual-encoder technology. Auxiliary encoders are located on both the R.A. and DEC. axes. This allows the telescope to be moved manually, by releasing the clutches, or electronically in either axis without the mount losing its alignment or positional information. After moving to a new object, the mount will continue to track it accurately. This gives the user enormous freedom, convenience and flexibility during observational sessions.Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC)The EQ8 is equipped with an index on its R.A. worm. After a proper PEC training routine, in which the training data is stored in the motor controller permanently, the user can start the PEC training at any time to improve its tracking performance for short focal length astrophotography. A training process is not required in the next observing session, assuming the polar alignment is always accurate, thus this is a permanent periodic error correction (PPEC), and the user can train the mount for manual guiding or auto-guiding.A hard transport and storage case is supplied Auto-Home FunctionThe EQ8 is equipped with two home position sensors. Working with the Synscan hand controller, the mount can be placed to the same home position after turning on the power.Batch Exposure FunctionThe EQ8 is equipped with a SNAP port which can control the shutter release of a camera. Working with the Synscan handsets Camera Control function, a user can take batch exposures when doing astrophotography. Up to 8 groups of exposure times & frame combinations can be set on the Synscan handset.Please note - this is the mount, handset, counterweights & shaft - no tripodSpecifications:Payload Capacity (excl. counterweights): 50kgLatitude Adjustment Range: 10° to 65°Azimuth Adjustment Range: +/- 10°Mount Head Weight (excl. tripod): 25kgCounterweights: 2 x 10kgCounterweight Rod: 2.6kgPower Requirement: 11 to 16 Volts DC, 4AMotors: 0.9° Hybrid Stepper MotorTransmission: 435:1 Worm Drive + 64 Micro-Step/0.9° Stepper MotorResolution: 11136000 Counts/Rev, approx 0.12 Arc-SecondMaximum Slewing Speed: 3.3° per SecondTracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar RatesAuto-Guiding Speeds: 0.125x, 0.25x, 0.5x, 0.75x & 1xPEC: 100 Segments Permanent PECPolar Alignment: By software control or optional PolarscopeHand Controller: SynscanTransport caseObject Database: 42,900+ ObjectsCelestial Object Catalogue: Messier, NGC, IC, SAO, Caldwell, Double-Star, Variable Star, Named Star, PlanetsPointing Accuracy: Up to 5 arc-minutes (RMS)Resolution of Auxiliary Encoders: 17624 Counts/Rev, approx 1.2 arc-minutes
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