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AZ-EQ5 – Fully Computerized GoTo German AZ-EQ5 + Computerized Equatorial

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OPERATES IN AZ, EQ AND DUAL-OTA MODES: Computerized, motorized GoTo German equatorial telescope mount capable of accurately tracking astronomical objects in equatorial and azimuth modes
BELT-DRIVEN STEPPER MOTORS: Belt-driven stepper motors provide whisper-quiet slewing with renowned precision and accuracy
BEEFY ALL-METAL CONSTRUCTION: Beefy, all-metal construction provides 30-pound payload capacity, perfect for all but the heaviest optical tubes
SYNSCAN COMPUTERIZED HAND CONTROLLER: SynScan hand controller with 42, 000+ object database will keep even the most experienced astronomer busy for countless observing nights
COMPLETE CAMERA AUTOMATION: SNAP port allows for fully automated, remote controlled DSLR camera operation
EASY, INNOVATIVE DESIGN: Whether you’re a seasoned professional, or are new to the hobby of astrophotography, the AZ-EQ5 is perfect for any skill level of astronomer
Our AZ-EQ5 hybrid mount epitomizes Sky-Watcher’s commitment to innovation. Part AZ mount, part equatorial, the AZ-EQ5 is Sky-Watcher’s most versatile mount, capable of aligning in either Alt-Az, Equatorial or dual-OTA mode. Thanks to it’s flexibility, the AZ-EQ5 mount is perfect for the beginning astronomer looking to get into astrophotography, the seasoned astrophotography buff or educators passionate about astronomy outreach. Unique to Sky-Watcher’s AZ-EQ5 is a patented dual-encoder motor system, Freedom-Find , which allows users to move the mount manually without losing alignment. While most mounts lose their alignment once moved by hand, the AZ-EQ5 uses a proprietary slip clutch system that keeps your alignment whether you slew by hand or using the hand controller. After moving to the new object (electronically or manually), the mount will start tracking automatically. Using our proprietary SynScan hand controller, the AZ-EQ5 provides a user-friendly interface with automatic slewing to over 42, 000 objects in the night sky. The hand controller also connects to a computer using a USB connection (cable sold separately), enabling computer control with most astronomy programs, including SkyX, Stellarium and Starry Nights. Sky-Watcher’s belt drive system has a few advantages over mounts using traditional stepper gearing. Belt drive systems deliver nearly silent slewing and tracking, making for an evening free of obnoxious motor noises while delivering spot on accuracy. Sky-Watcher’s belt drive also features minimal backlash, smoother tracking, and less periodic error than mounts using traditional worm gears. For the astrophotographers looking to reduce Periodic Error, the SynScan hand controller has built in PEC training that can be configured while in the field! Periodic Error is best described as tiny back-and-forth oscillations of stars. This motion is not notable during visual observation, but during a long photographic exposure, can turn pinpoint stars to small streaks. Using Sky-Watcher’s built-in PEC training, astrophotographers can cut down on the problems caused by Periodic Error to get smoother tracking and better performance from an autoguider. The AZ-EQ5 mount has built in DSLR interface with the ability to control two cameras at once. Using a built-in intervelometer timer, the SynScan hand controller can set-up exposure length, and trigger the camera automatically. Additionally, the SynScan hand controller has the ability to select up to 8 different exposure combinations. No need to purchase an expensive cable release when Sky-Watcher includes everything you’ll need to start shooting deep sky objects out of the box. Thanks to the pier extension that sits between the mount head and tripod, the AZ-EQ5 can be polar aligned at almost any latitude. Most equatorial mounts have difficulty with polar alignment at lower latitudes due to the counterweight bar interfering with the tripod. The AZ-EQ5 bypasses this completely, using a sturdy pier extension to elevate the mount head away from the tripod legs. The pier extension creates enough clearance between the counterweight bar and tripod legs that the mount can be polar aligned at virtually any latitude, from Alaska to Ecuador to Tierra del Fuego. In addition to the SynScan hand controller and the pier tripod, the AZ-EQ5 mount comes with two 7. 5lb counterweights and a counterweight extension bar, as well as an extra saddle for mounting a second scope for viewing in dual-OTA mode. The mount also includes two Canon EOS trigger cables for connecting your camera to the mount (Nikon and Sony cables available separate). A polar finderscope is also included to assist with setup. The AZ-EQ5 has a built in USB port for firmware updates, but also allows computer control using various astronomy software.

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