equatorial mounts and tripods

Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5 SynScan GPS Dual Alt-Az/Equatorial Mount w/Pier Tripod - BD180451

Sky-Watcher   ——   SKU: SKY-BD180451
old price $1,972.00 – 12% savings
$1,716.00 CAD
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Product Info

The Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5 SynScan Go To mount is equally useful as a EQ mount, or operating in AZ mode. The AZ-EQ5 SynScan features hybrid stepper motor drives on both axes for smooth slewing at up to 4.2o .The mount accepts the standard ST-4 style autoguider input for astrophotography, and also has a DSLR shutter control port. Supplied with a SynScan handset with dual AZ/EQ firmware, it can automatically find and track 42,900+ celestial objects from its database. 

Freedom Find" - tracking made easy!

 With the patented Freedom Find (dual-encoder) technology which allows the telescope to be moved manually or electronically in either axis without losing its alignment or positional information. After moving to a new object the telescope will automatically begin to track the new object accurately. No re-setup is required in one observing session. 

Quick Overview:

Equatorial and Alt-Az dual mode

Autoguider port, USB-to-Serial port, DSLR shutter control port

Whisper slew, smooth PE curve

Freedom Find

Weight 40% of an AZ-EQ6 

Compact mount and foldable pier stand

Full latitude(0 to 90 degree) range


The AZ-EQ5 GT mount is equipped with an index on its R.A. worm. Thus the motor controller can keep track of the current position of the worm. After a proper PEC training routine, in which the training data is stored in the motor controller permanently, a user can start the periodic error correction (PEC) at any time to improve the tracking performance for short focal length astrophotography. A training process is not required in the next observing session (assuming that the polar alignment is always accurate). Thus this is a Permanent Period Error Correction (PPEC). A user can train the mount with manual guiding or auto-guiding. For detailed instructions, please refer to the relevant section in the SynScan hand controller instruction manual.

 Batch Exposures Function

The AZ-EQ5 GT mount is equipped with two SNAP ports which can control the shutter releasing of two cameras. Working with the SynScan hand controls Camera Control function, a user can take batch exposures when doing astrophotography. Up to 8 groups of Exposure-time & Frames combinations can be set on the SynScan hand controller.