We have a very special mount here. This is a brand new Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro GOTO mount and tripod, with the Rowan belt modification fitted by us in house. The mount has also had a full strip down, a full degrease and regrease and finally a tune and load test.
We have also fitted an upgraded Geoptik dual load saddle to this mount making it compatible with Losmandy & Vixen style mounting plates.
A lovely portable mount with silk like axis ideal for imaging up to a telescope size. A perfect upgrade from lower spec equatorial mounts or alt az users wanting to progress into astrophotograhy.
The belt modification kit ensures very quiet and accurate tracking and minimal backlash. Backlash is an issue that the geared mounts suffer from and make imaging difficult. This is a thing of the past with the belt mod kit. These belts last a very long time and can be replaced once they do start to wear. A far superior kit to the stock gears.
Full specification can be found below:
PRO-SERIES is the name for the new generation of professional quality telescopes and mounts of the Sky-Watcher range, targeted at the most discerning and critical observers.
PRO-SERIES products are manufactured to extremely high levels of optical and mechanical precision, undergoing very strict quality control procedures and testing by specially assigned technicians, to ensure the highest standards of quality and performance are consistently maintained.
Designed for amateur astronomers seeking superior equatorial control and the ease of a precision computerized GOTO system, the HEQ5 PRO SkyScan is your answer. The Sky-Watcher HEQ5 PRO SkyScan is designed with the novice user in mind. With the user-friendly pushbutton hand control, locating and viewing the treasures of the night sky becomes as easy as a walk in the park. The hand control allows you to point the telescope at a specific object or even tour the skies at the touch of a button. The user-friendly menu system allows automatic slewing to over 13,400 objects. Even an inexperienced astronomer can master its variety of features in a few observing sessions. HEQ5 PRO SkyScan
The computerized SkyScan hand controller.
The HEQ5 SkyScan also comes with features that advanced astronomers can appreciate:
Positioning Accuracy up to 1 arc minute. Accuracy enhanced by software collimation error (mount mechanical error) compensation.
Stepper motors with 1.8° step angle and 64 micro steps driven.
Slewing speed up to 3.4°/sec (800X).
Auto Guider Interface for astro-photography.
Guiding speed selectable from 0.25X, 0.50X, 0.75X, or 1X.
Object database containing complete M, NGC, and IC catalogues.
Minimal vibration for steady long-exposure photography.
Periodic error correction (PEC).
There is a pole-finder telescope supplied with the HEQ5 Mount that can be used for accurate polar alignment. This method of polar alignment is sufficient for virtually all visual use of the telescope.
Thera are some accessories that can be used with this mount including:
Pillar tripod support for HEQ5.
Power Supply Unit (17AH) for EQ6 and HEQ5.
You can use this mount as part of an auto-guiding system for astrophotography. Other components that you will need are:
A computer to control the telescope mount (e.g. Windows 2000/XP/Vista).
Auto-guider control software such as:
AstroArt is a good commercial solution, because it can control multiple CCD cameras (e.g. for guiding and imaging) and it can be used for image stacking, processing, photometry, etc.
A computer interface and cables to connect the computer to the telescope mount:
Shoestring GPUSB auto-guider USB Connectivity Kit, through the computer's USB port.
Shoestring GPINT-PT auto-guider Parallel Port Connectivity Kit, through the computer's Parallel Port.
Model Sky-Watcher HEQ5 PRO SkyScan
Mount Type German Equatorial
Telescope Mounting Tube Rings
Slow-motion Control R.A. & Dec (motor controlled)
Tripod 1.75" Diameter Stainless Steel Pipe
Tripod Height 97-121cm
Tripod Weight 5.6kgs
Counterweight Shaft Diameter 1.8cm
Counterweight Shaft Length 21.5cm
Counterweight Shaft Material Stainless Steel
Mount Weight 10Kgs
Mount Height 35cm
Counterweight Two, 5.1kg each
Total Weight 15kgs (counterweight not included)