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Model: 20980Brand: Skywatcher
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The Sky-Watcher EQM-35 PRO Synscan Modular Equatorial Mount offers the versatility of two mounts in one! A normal Go-To equatorial mount and a lightweight photo imaging mount, which is convenient for travelling.
In standard configuration mode with DEC and RA axes, you can use it as a normal Synscan™ equatorial mount with computerised Go-To and tracking in both axes with access to 42,900+ objects in the Synscan™ handset's database. The payload capacity for visual use is an impressive 10kg in this configuration.
For travelling you can remove the DEC Axis together with the heavy counterweight shaft and counterweights, reducing the instrument's weight considerably. In this configuration you can use a simple 45mm dovetail plate with tripod screw (not supplied) and fit your camera directly using a ball head (not supplied). Alternatively a DSLR can be mounted to a Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer L-Bracket (not supplied). With the DEC axis removed the mount only tracks in RA and you can easily take photos. Now the mount works in a similar way to the Star Adventurer mount, but heavier duty.
The mount head bears some cosmetic similarity to the EQ3 PRO but it has much improved features and performance. For example the mount is equipped with a large 92.5 mm diameter RA worm wheel with 180 teeth for high precision tracking (compared to 130 teeth for the EQ3). Also the strength of the rotary base has been increased. This results in much greater stability, higher payload capacity and less vibration. Through this the periodic error is also greatly improved.
The EQM-35 PRO SynScan is a conveniently sized mount with impressive features suitable for both novice & experienced astronomers alike, for both visual and imaging use.
Positioning Accuracy up to 1 arc minute. Accuracy enhanced by software collimation error (mount mechanical error) compensation.High Precision Stepper Motors with 1.8° step angle and 64 micro steps driven.Resolution 0.28125 Arc SecondSlewing speed up to 3.4°/sec (800X).ST-4 type Autoguider Interface: Supports 0.25x, 0.5x, 0.75x 1x guiding rateDual or Single Axis TrackingTracking Rate: Lunar, Solar or SiderealSynscan™ Hand Controller with 42,900+ Object database containing complete Messier, NGC, and IC catalogues.Periodic Error Correction.PC compatibility.Synscan Handset Firmware Upgradeable via internet download.Supplied with PolarscopeLatitude Adjustment 15° to 65°R.A. Worm Gear 92.5mm Diameter, 180 TeethDEC Worm Gear 34.3mm Diameter, 65 TeethR.A. Worm Drive 25.5mm Diameter, SteelDEC Worm Drive 20mm Diameter, SteelPayload Capacity 10kg Stabiliser Bar 20mm Diameter, SteelCounterweights supplied: 2 x 3.4kgWeight of Mount Head: 4.38kg (3.28 kg with DEC & Bar removed)1.75" Diameter Stainless Steel Tripod & Accessory Tray, Weight 5.7kgPower Requirement DC12V 3A Tip PositiveSky-Watcher 7Ah or 17Ah Power Tank Recommended
I have been using this mount for 7 months now, and its delivered. I have used it to its max imaging capacity and it tracks and guides very well. The Goto is accurate and I would recommend using it with the Sky Watcher Wifi dongle. I have nice round stars and had to drop very few frames due to tracking errors. I would say its the best mount for the ££. highly recommend it.
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