About the Sky-Watcher EQ8 Mount w/ SynScan & GPS - No Tripod...
The Sky-Watcher EQ8 High Precision EQ Mount is pier tripod-based. It comes with SynScan hand hand controller, 2x10kg counterweights and GPS, with a payload of 50kg. The patented Freedom Find (dual-encoder) technolgy allows the telescope to be moved manually whenever the user wishes - but with no need for re-alignment!
Freedom Find - tracking made easy!
With the patented Freedom Find (dual-encoder) technology onboard the Sky-Watcher EQ8 High Precision EQ Mount 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.
The Sky-Watcher EQ8 High Precision EQ Mount is equipped with auxiliary encoders on both the R.A. axis and Dec. axis. Therefore, the mount can keep tracking its current position even when a user unlocks the clutches and rotates the mount in R.A. axis and Dec. axis manually. With this feature, a user can manually operate the mount anytime without worrying about losing the mount''s alignment status. When the user wants to operate the mount with the SynScan hand control again, no alignment is required and all that is needed to be done is to re-lock the clutches. This feature can be enabled or disabled on the SynScan hand controller.
Permanent Periodic Error Correction
The Sky-Watcher EQ8 High Precision EQ Mount is equipped with an index on its R.A. worm thus the motor controller can keep tracking 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.
Batch Exposure Function
The Sky-Watcher EQ8 High Precision EQ Mount is equipped with a SNAP port which can control the shutter release of a camera. Working with the SynScan hand control'''s "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. For detailed information, refer to the SynScan hand control'''s instruction manual.
The Sky-Watcher EQ8 High Precision EQ Mount is equipped with two home position sensors. Working with the SynScan hand controller, the mount can be placed to the same home position after turning on the power. For detailed information, refer to the SynScan hand control''s instruction manual.
Sky-Watcher EQ8 Mount w/ SynScan & GPS - No Tripod Features...
- 50 kg Payload Capacity
- Aluminum Case
- Super Smooth PE Curve
- Freedom Find
- Permanent Period Error Correction
- Whisper Slew
- Small Backlash
- Auto-Home Function
- DSRL Interface
Sky-Watcher EQ8 Mount w/ SynScan & GPS - No Tripod Specifications...
Mount Type: German Equatorial
Counter Weight: 2x10 kg
Counterweight Rod: 2.6 kg
Motor Drive: 0.9 deg Hybrid Stepper Motor
GoTo: SynScan hand controller
Tripod Height: n/a
Tripod Weight: n/a
Shipping Weight: 4 boxes: 31kg+28kg+11kg+11kg
Shipping Carton Dimensions: 98x48x50 cm3; 66x61x71 cm3; 24x13x26 cm3; 24x13x26 cm3
Power Supply: DC11-16v 4A
Payload Capacity: 50 kg
Tracking Modes: EQ
Tracking Rates: sidereal, dolar rate, lunar rate
Slewing Speed: Maximum 3.3 degrees/second
Guiding Speed: 0.125x, 0.25x, 0.5x, 0.75x, 1x
Latitude: 10 degrees to 65 degrees
Mount Weight: 25 kg
Database: 42,000 + objects
PEC: 100 Segments Permanent PEC
Pointing Accuracy: up to 5 arc min
Sky-Watcher Product Number: BD180602
Customer Note: Photographs depict mount with tripod for illustratory purposes. This product number does NOT include the tripod.