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Model: 20315Brand: Skywatcher
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Weighing only 1.3kg, the AZ-GTi is now available as a mount head only, and can be connected to a tripod via its standard 3/8" tripod bush.
The exciting highly portable Sky-Watcher AZ-GTi Alt-Azimuth Mount, with it's built-in WiFi module, has been designed to be controlled wirelessly with your Smartphone or Tablet, using the free SynScan App for iOS or Android.The AZ-GTi creates itís very own Wi-Fi network, so the mount can be used anywhere, without any reliance on other WiFi networks. After entering your coordinates into the App and following a simple alignment procedure, you are ready to explore the universe using the Appís intuitive touchscreen menu. The AZ-GTi and SynScan App provides full computerised GO-TO control, allowing your telescope to be automatically slewed to any one of the objects in the Appís extensive database of 10,000+ celestial objects.
Incorporates Sky-Watcherís Freedom-Findô patented Dual-Encoder Technology, which allows the telescope to be moved manually in either axis without the mount losing its positional information. This gives the user enormous freedom, convenience and flexibility during observational sessions. The mount is quiet in operation, has a payload capacity of up to 5kg and accepts telescopes with standard 45mm Dovetail Bars.
Controller: Free SynScan App for iOS and Android mobile device or Synscan Hand Controller (available separately)SynScan App Database: Total 10,000+ Objects. Deep Sky Objects: 10759, including Messier, NGC, IC, Caldwell Catalogues, Named DSOs, Named Stars: 305, Double Stars: 55, Solar system objects: 7 planets, Sun , Moon. (Unlimited objects when working with a 3rd party planetarium software).SynScan App Alignment Method: Brightest Star Alignment, North-Level AlignmentSynScan App's Other Features: Tonight's Best Sky Tour, Point and Go with a mobile device, Identification of Celestial Objects, Remote control over Internet, User defined objects, Pointing Accuracy Enhancement (PAE)Pointing Accuracy: Up to 10 arc-minute (RMS)Resolution: 2073600 Counts/Rev., 0.625 arc-secondResolution of Aux. R.A./Dec. Axis Encoders: 1068 Counts/Rev., approx. 20 arc-minutesFreedom-Findô Dual-Encoder TechnologyTracking Rates: Sidereal, Lunar, Solar, Alignment-Free Solar TrackingSlewing Speeds: 0.5X, 1.0x, 8.0x, 16x, 32x, 64x, 128x, 400x, 800xTracking Mode: Dual Axis TrackingMotor: DC Servo Motor, Gear Ratio 6480Payload Capacity: 5kg45mm Sky-Watcher/Vixen type dovetail saddleInterface: SynScan Hand Control Port, DSLR Shutter Release Port (optional cables available separately), Built-in Wi-Fi ModuleConnectivity: ASCOM platform for Windows PC, Mobile planetarium App for iOS and Android ( SkySafari Plus/Pro, more are coming).Network Protocol: UDP, Port 118803/8" Tripod BushMount Head Weight: 1.3kgPower Requirement: 8 AA Size Batteries (not supplied) or External Power Supply (DC 7.5~14V, 0.75A) Tip Positive.Sky-Watcher 7Ah or 17Ah Power Tank Recommended.
I have been using this mount for a few weeks now, with and without the skywatcher equatorial wedge, and it is very easy to use and seems to track well, once correctly levelled. No issues using it with the SYNSCAN app on either tablet or PC.Slight issue is that the circular bubble level at the top of MY mount does not correspond to the base level of the mount. This is not a problem as long as you are aware of it and set up the mount using the tripod circular level, at the top of the extension (which did exactly match my spirit levels at quadrant points).Checking the mount with scope attached with a spirit level to ensure that it is level 360 degrees in rotation (required for good tracking- the mount software will expect that mount is correctly levelled). Other than that minor issue it seems to be a really useful lightweight GOTO, and I look forward to using it a great deal. So far 4 stars out of 5
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