equatorial mounts and wedges

Sky-Watcher EQ8-Rh Equatorial Mount - High-Resolution Encoder - Includes Pier Tripod - S30701

Sky-Watcher USA   ——   SKU: SWU-S30701
$14,180.00 CAD
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Sky-Watcher EQ8-Rh High Capacity Equatorial Mount - High-Resolution Encoder - Includes Pier Tripod

  • High Capacity, 110 pound (50 kg) Payload Equatorial Mount
  • All-Metal Precision Internal Construction for stability and strength
  • Belt Drive on both RA and Dec Axes
  • Integrated Cable Management
  • Homing Sensors on both axes
  • Renishaw 11.8 million tick Incremental Encoder
  • Renishaw Encoder mounted directly on the RA shaft
  • SNAP Port included
  • PC Direct Connection
  • Improved Motor Placement
  • V5 SynScan Hand Controller
  • Counterweight Bar and Two 22 lb counterweights Included
  • Heavy-duty Pier Tripod
  • 3 Leveling/Vibration Pads

The Sky-Watcher New EQ8-Rh high capacity equatorial mount provides an observatory class mount which will benefit you and all every day astrophotographers. With its 110 pound payload capacity and high-end imaging features, this mount offers the capacity to hold some of the largest telescope systems you might wish to use.

This model is the EQ8-Rh Equatorial Mount Head with included counterweights and Pier Tripod; SKU S30701. Note: The Pier Tripod and three Leveling/Vibration Pads are also included with this model. Experience the High Payload capacity in this truly portable mount. The EQ8-Rh series (this mount and the other models) feature a massive 110 pound (50 kg) payload capacity, to handle your large, heavy telescope and associated equipment. All-metal precision internal construction makes this mount strong and stable. The EQ8-Rh is a perfect mount for supporting even the largest OTAs Sky-Watcher offers. Includes the high-resolution Encoder mechanical installation method.

Note: This model does include the high-resolution Renishaw Encoder with special installation. On this EQ8-Rh model, the Renishaw 11.8 million tick Incremental Encoder is mounted directly to the RA shaft on the mount. This arrangement virtually eliminates periodic error during tracking and allows for extremely precise tracking and guiding for the most demanding astrophotographers. This high-resolution, direct reading-off-the-shaft encoder installation is ideal for astro-imaging or any other critical application for this mount.

Building on the legacy of Sky-Watcher’s popular EQ8 mount, the new EQ8-Rh introduces upgrades and enhancements that make observatory-class astrophotography easier than ever and within your budget. Whisper -quiet dual belt drives greatly reduce Periodic Error while providing enhanced tracking and guiding with very low inherent noise output. The cleverly designed cable management system eliminates cable drag and makes remote set-up of your equipment ultimately convenient. Both the RA and Dec motor assemblies drive the mount using ultra-smooth belt drives. This reduces the amount of gearing needed which reduces backlash in the system and periodic error overall.

Like other Sky-Watcher mounts the EQ8-Rh series features a built-in SNAP port. This allows you to plug in your DSLR or mirrorless camera of choice and control the shutter through the hand controller. The camera will require the appropriate (optional) cable to make this connection. Sky-Watcher offers these cables. A built-in USB-3.0 port is situated on the mount to allow a direct connection to your computer, no hand controller needed! Plug it in, power on the Sky-Watcher SynScan Pro app for Windows and take control of your mount with your computer (PC).

Improved Motor Placement: Developed from the original EQ8, the EQ8-Rh series features improved motor positioning. This aids in balance of the mount, eliminating uneven side balance issues which were inherent in the previous design.

The EQ8-R series Polar Scope and bracket is available separately as an optional purchase. Also, additional counterweights are available as an option.

Includes an EQ8-R Series Portable Pier/Tripod and three Leveling/Vibration Pads for easy setup in the field.

What's In The Box:

  • EQ8-Rh Mount Head
  • 2 x 22 pound Counterweights
  • Counterweight Bar
  • V5 SynScan Hand Controller
  • Power and Hand Controller Cables
  • EQ8-R Series Portable Pier/Tripod
  • Three Leveling/Vibration Pads


SKU: S30701
UPC: 050234307017
Mount Type: High-capacity motorized Equatorial
GoTo: Yes
Payload Capacity (lb): 110 lb
Mount Head Height (head by itself): 19.5"
Mount Head Weight (lb): 56.8 lb
Mounting Saddle Type: D-style Saddle
Power Type: DC11~16V, 3 amp
Cable management: Four USB 3.0 ports, Three 2.1 mm power ports, Three serial connections
Encoder: Renishaw 11.8 million tick Incremental Encoder, mounted directly to the RA shaft for precision tracking and extra low Periodic Error
Polar Scope: Sold separately
Latitude Range (degrees): 10° to 65°
Object Database: Complete Messier, NGC, IC and SAO catalogs, 25 user defined objects, total of 42,900 objects
Controller: SynScan hand controller, flash upgradeable, or PC direct
Alignment Procedures: One-, two- and three-star alignment
Slew Speeds: 1000x, 800x, 600x, 400x, 200x, 32x, 16x, 8x, 2x, 1x
WiFi: Optional WiFi dongle
GPS: Optional SynScan GPS sold seperately
Included Weights: 22 lbs (two each)
Motor Type: 0.9° hybrid stepper motor
Drive System: Belt Drive
Tripod: Yes, Heavy-duty Pier Tripod
Tripod Weight: 64.8 lb
Tripod Legs: 2.36" Diameter
Leveling Pads Min.: 4" High

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