£1,349.00

Skywatcher EQ6-R Pro Mounting

EQ6-R PRO Synscan™ - a new legend is born!

The new EQ6-R PRO Synscan™ Computerised Go-To mounting is an exciting evolutionary progression of the continuing legend that is the EQ6 PRO. The modern optimised design of the EQ6-R PRO incorporates features that serious imagers will immediately appreciate, such as;

► Increased Payload capacity of 20kg for Astro-Photography

► Synchronous Belt Driven, resulting in minimal backlash - Even quieter, smoother operation and better results when guiding. Higher Torque.

► Superior Latitude adjustment controls with greater range of latitudes possible

► Built-in SNAP camera control port

► PPEC worm gear and worm periodic error correction function (avoids having to constantly re-train)

► Built-in carrying handle for convenient transportation

The supplied computerised Synscan™ hand control allows you to control the mount to point your telescope at a specific object or even tour the skies at the touch of a button. The user-friendly menu system allows automatic slewing to 42,000+ night sky objects from it's extensive database.

Technical Specs:

Product Name: EQ6-R PRO Synscan™
Mount Type: German Equatorial
Maximum Payload (Counterweights excluded): 20kg (for Astro-Photography)
Latitude Adjustment Range: 5º to 65º
Azimuth Adjustment Range: About ±9 º
Mount Weight (Tripod excluded): 17.3 kg
Counterweights Supplied: 2 x 5kg
Tripod Supplied: 2-inch stainless steel, 7.5kg Weight
Counterweight Rod: 18mm Diameter, Length 240mm + 180mm
Power Requirement: DC11~16V 4A
Motors: 1.8 º Hybrid Stepper Motors
Transmission: 180:1 Worm Drive + 48:12 Timing Belt Drive + 64 Micro-step/1.8º Stepper Motor Drive
Gear Ratio: 720
Resolution: 9216000 Counts/Rev., approx. 0.14 arc-second
Maximum Slewing Speed: 4.2 degrees/second
Tracking Rate: Sidereal rate, solar rate, lunar rate
Tracking Mode: Equatorial mode
Auto-guiding Speed: 0.125X, 0.25X, 0.5X, 0.75X, 1X
PEC: 100 Segments Permanent PEC (PPEC)
Hand Controller: SynScan™
Database: 42000+ Objects
Celestial Object Catalogue: Messier, NGC, IC, SAO, Caldwell, Double Star, Vari-able Star, Named Star, Planets
Pointing Accuracy: Up to 5 arc-minutes (RMS)
Integral SNAP camera control port
Dual-Fit 45mm/75mm Dovetail Saddle
Polar Alignment Scope

Losmandy G11 Equatorial Mount

The Losmandy G11 is one of the most successful and best selling medium sized mounts ever brought to the market.

We are delighted to be able to offer the latest G11 range with the new Gemini 2 mini controller.

When matched with the Gemini 2 mini controller the G11 offers superb build quality and engineering together with a modern high performance drive controller that permits Remote Robotic Astro Imaging whilst offering a very good load bearing performance, high precision pointing and autoguiding.

Included with the G11 is a Dovetail saddle-plate that fits both "D" Losmandy Style Dovetail or Vixen Style Dovetail. Allows for the interchanging of any tube assembly and reduces need for DEC. weights.

To ensure the tracking accuracy necessary for high resolution deep sky imaging the G11 includes a 5.625” diameter, 7075 aluminum worm gear with 360 teeth and a dual supported, ball bearing housed ground High Precision Brass Worm.

The folding HD tripod is all machined aluminum and black anodized

Tripod height: Adjustable from 33” - 48”
Folding leg design for easy transporting.
Tripod weight 35 lb

The G11 is availabe with or without the HD Tripod and with either the Gemini 2 Mini Controller or Losmandy's dual axis drive system (non goto) as follows

G11 SLT - Dual Axis Drive No Tripod
G11 S - Dual Axis Drive HD Tripod Included
G11 GLT - Gemini 2 Mini Controller No Tripod
G11 G - Gemin 2 Min Controller HD Tripod Included

The Gemini 2 Mini Controller is highly recommended. It offers a huge range of functionality as befits a modern high performance drive controller.

It is internally powered by a battery and thus will not lose synchronisation on the sky in the event of a power cut.

Other features include:

Full Color Graphic Touch Screen clearly displays all functions
Auto color change from dawn to dusk
Classic four-button pattern for guiding, centering, moving and slewing on both the touch screen and a tactile membrane on the rear (Click for REAR VIEW)
1 star alignment
Multi star modeling for accurate pointing on both sides of meridian
30 arcsec all sky positional accuracy or better
For Losmandy GM8, G-11 & Titan mounts
Custom mount support using the Programmable Gear Rate function
Selectable GOTO, Slewing, Centering and Guiding Rate
GOTO rates up to 8 degs/sec (GM8)
DC Servos for improved accuracy with higher torque and smoother tracking than stepper motors
GPS-compatible with optional receiver
Stand-alone system. No PC required!
Ethernet 10/100 with full IP function permits operation from anywhere using a browser, ASCOM, or APP over the web or serial port
Non-Volatile Memory and Real-Time Clock
Internal Battery keeps settings and preferences stored between uses
English, French, Spanish & German displays
Over 40,000 objects
Two USB ports; Virtual COM to PC, ASCOM or planetarium program
Port F - multi-function serial; A/D I/O
Firmware upgrade via internet
Permanennt PEC correction
Auto-Guide port (TTL)
Auto switch tracking rates
User define Park function
Search function
Identify function
Polar Align Assist
Polar Axis Correction
User define limit stops
Permanent Dec Backlash compensation
Electronic Balance Graph
Sidereal, King, Lunar, Solar, Terrestrial, Closed loop and Comet/user defined tracking rates
Synchronize function
Coordinate input
Bookmark set for your favorite objects
All objects displayed on hand controller are visible

Click here to see Gemini 2 FAQ

Also included is a 21lb counterweight which fits to a 1.25" Stainless Steel counterweight shaft.

Check out the Losmandy YouTube channel with lots of instructional videos

Technical Specs:

SPECIFICATION: R.A. / DEC. AXIS

All machined aluminum and stainless steel, black anodized.
All stainless steel hardware.
One 3.750” diameter needle thrust bearing.
One 2.000” diameter needle thrust bearing.
Two 1.500” diameter needle bearings.
5.625” diameter, 7075 aluminum worm gear, 360 tooth.
Dual supported, ball bearing housed ground High Precision Brass Worm.
Variable slip clutch, both axes. One knob per axis design.
Porter Slip Ring Design
1.250” diameter stainless steel shafts.
Through the axis polar scope mounting, works in Northern and Southern Hemisphere. Polar scope optional.
Instrument Weight Capacity 60 LBS
Equatorial head weight 33 lbs.

Losmandy GM8 Equatorial Mounting

The GM8 is the smallest of the Losmandy range of Equatorial mountings. It features the same high build quality as its larger brother the G11 but in a lighter and more portable form.

Like the G11 the GM8 is available with the Gemini 2 mini controller or Losmandy's dual axis drive (non goto) system.

The GM8 is ideal for customers wanting a high quality and well engineered portable GEM for both visual use and astrophotography.

The mount features a 2.812” diameter, 7075 aluminum worm gear with 180 teeth.

The GM8 features a dual supported, ball bearing housed ground High Precision Brass Worm. 3.5” diameter laser engraved setting circles, 6 minute R.A. / 2 degrees DEC.

The R.A. circle is engraved for Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

The Dovetail saddle-plate fits both "D" Losmandy Style Dovetail or Vixen Style Dovetail. Allows for the interchanging of any tube assembly-reduces need for DEC. weights.

Includes a fully locking, unique tangent arm design altitude adjustment, 6-68 degrees with large knob for easy alignment.

Laser engraved latitude scale in 2 degree increments.

Also included is a removable stainless steel 1-1/4 inch diameter weight shaft w/safety knob and
7 lb counterweight.

11 lb and 21 lb extra counterweights available.

GM8 SLT - Dual Axis Drive No Tripod
GM8 S - Dual Axis Drive HD Tripod Included
GM8 GLT - Gemini 2 Mini Controller No Tripod
GM8 G - Gemini 2 Min Controller HD Tripod Included

The Gemini 2 Mini Controller is highly recommended. It offers a huge range of functionality as befits a modern high performance drive controller.

It is internally powered by a battery and thus will not lose synchronisation on the sky in the event of a power cut.

Other features include:

Full Color Graphic Touch Screen clearly displays all functions
Auto color change from dawn to dusk
Classic four-button pattern for guiding, centering, moving and slewing on both the touch screen and a tactile membrane on the rear (Click for REAR VIEW)
1 star alignment
Multi star modeling for accurate pointing on both sides of meridian
30 arcsec all sky positional accuracy or better
For Losmandy GM8, G-11 & Titan mounts
Custom mount support using the Programmable Gear Rate function
Selectable GOTO, Slewing, Centering and Guiding Rate
GOTO rates up to 8 degs/sec (GM8)
DC Servos for improved accuracy with higher torque and smoother tracking than stepper motors
GPS-compatible with optional receiver
Stand-alone system. No PC required!
Ethernet 10/100 with full IP function permits operation from anywhere using a browser, ASCOM, or APP over the web or serial port
Non-Volatile Memory and Real-Time Clock
Internal Battery keeps settings and preferences stored between uses
English, French, Spanish & German displays
Over 40,000 objects
Two USB ports; Virtual COM to PC, ASCOM or planetarium program
Port F - multi-function serial; A/D I/O
Firmware upgrade via internet
Permanennt PEC correction
Auto-Guide port (TTL)
Auto switch tracking rates
User define Park function
Search function
Identify function
Polar Align Assist
Polar Axis Correction
User define limit stops
Permanent Dec Backlash compensation
Electronic Balance Graph
Sidereal, King, Lunar, Solar, Terrestrial, Closed loop and Comet/user defined tracking rates
Synchronize function
Coordinate input
Bookmark set for your favorite objects
All objects displayed on hand controller are visible.

Click hereto see Gemini 2 FAQ

Check out the Losmandy Youtube channel with lots of instructional video's

Single knob azimuth control, bi-directional +/- 8.5 degree.

Technical Specs:

SPECIFICATION: R.A. / DEC. AXIS

All machined aluminum and stainless steel, black anodized.
All stainless steel hardware.
One 2.100” diameter needle thrust bearing.
One 2.000” diameter needle thrust bearing.
Two 1.500” diameter needle bearings.
2.812” diameter, 7075 aluminum worm gear, 180 tooth.
Dual supported, ball bearing housed ground High Precision Brass Worm.
Variable slip clutch, both axes. One knob per axis design.
Porter Slip Ring Design
1.250” diameter aluminum shafts.
Through the axis polar scope mounting, works in Northern and Southern Hemisphere. Polar scope optional.
Instrument Weight Capacity 30 LBS
Equatorial head weight 21 lbs.

£999.00

Skywatcher AZ-EQ5GT

The AZ-EQ5GT is a dual purpose, fully functional computerised heavy-duty Go-To/Tracking astronomical mount in both Alt-Azimuth (AZ) and Equatorial (EQ) modes.
Supplied with a Synscan computerised handset with dual AZ/EQ firmware, it can automatically find and track over 42,900 celestial objects from its database.
In EQ mode, the AZ-EQ5GT is designed for either visual use or precise astro-imaging.
In AZ mode, it is primarily intended for visual use, and in this mode, two telescopes can be mounted simultaneously in parallel.
A great feature of the AZ-EQ5GT is the patented ‘Freedom-Find’ dual-encoder technology. This allows the telescope to be moved manually in either axis without the mount losing its positional information. This gives the user enormous freedom, convenience and flexibility during observational sessions.

Technical Specs:

Payload Capacity: 15kg (EQ Mode) or 15kg+15kg (Alt-AZ Dual-Mode)
Latitude Adjustment Range: 0-90°
Azimuth Adjustment Range: Approx 15°
Weight (excl. tripod & counterweights): 7.7kg
Counterweights: 2 x 3.5kg
Dovetail Saddles: 2 x 45mm (Accepts Sky-Watcher/Vixen type Dovetail Bars)
Pier Tripod: Weight 6.1kg, 1.75” Stainless Steel Legs (also compatible with EQ5/HEQ5 Tripod)
Counterweight Bar: 18mm Diameter, Length 162mm + 120mm Extension
Motors: 1.8° Hybrid Stepper Motors
Transmission: 135:1 Worm Drive + 36:12 Timing Belt Drive + 64 Micro-Step/1.8° Stepper Motor Drive
Gear Ratio: 810
Resolution: 5184000 Counts/Rev (approx. 0.25 arc-second)
Maximum Slewing Speed: 3.4°/second
Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Mode: Equatorial or Alt-Azimuth
Auto-Guiding Speed: 0.125x, 0.25x, 0.5x, 0.75x & 1x
Whisper Quiet Slewing
PPEC Control in EQ Mode
DSLR Electronic Shutter Release Ports: 2
Autoguider Interface: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
Hand Controller: Synscan (42,900+ Object Database)
Polar Alignment: Via Software Control (Polar Scope optional)
Pointing Accuracy: Up to 5 Arc-Minutes (RMS)
Resolution of Aux R.A./Dec Axis Encoders: 5144 Counts/Rev., approx. 4.2 Arc-Minutes
Power Requirement: DC 11-16V 2A (Sky-Watcher 7Ah or 17Ah Power Tank Recommended)

Skywatcher EQ8 Pro Equatorial Mount

The Sky-Watcher EQ8 is an exciting new extra heavy-duty, observatory class German equatorial mount, with a payload capacity of up to 50kg.

Quiet in operation, the EQ8 is supplied with the Synscan Go-To handset and can automatically find and track over 42,900 celestial objects from its extensive computer database.

Click here to see IKI Pier Top Adaptor for EQ8

Click here to see replacement Altitude Adjuster for EQ8

Available either complete with pier tripod or as the mount head only, to install onto a static pier. Two 10kg counterweights and the Synscan handset are supplied with both options.

Freedom-Find™ Technology
A great feature of the EQ8 is the patented dual-encoder technology. Auxiliary encoders are located on both the R.A. and DEC. axes. This allows the telescope to be moved manually, by releasing the clutches, or electronically in either axis without the mount losing its alignment or positional information. After moving to a new object, the mount will continue to track it accurately. This gives the user enormous freedom, convenience and flexibility during observational sessions.

Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC)
The EQ8 is equipped with an index on its R.A. worm. After a proper PEC training routine, in which the training data is stored in the motor controller permanently, the user can start the PEC training at any time to improve its tracking performance for short focal length astrophotography. A training process is not required in the next observing session, assuming the polar alignment is always accurate, thus this is a permanent periodic error correction (PPEC), and the user can train the mount for manual guiding or auto-guiding.

Auto-Home Function
The EQ8 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.

Batch Exposure Function
The EQ8 is equipped with a SNAP port which can control the shutter release of a camera. Working with the Synscan handset’s ‘Camera Control’ function, a user can take batch exposures when doing astrophotography. Up to 8 groups of ‘exposure times & frame’ combinations can be set on the Synscan handset.

Technical Specs:

Payload Capacity (excl. counterweights): 50kg
Latitude Adjustment Range: 10° to 65°
Azimuth Adjustment Range: +/- 10°
Mount Head Weight (excl. tripod): 25kg
Pier Tripod (optional): 29.4kg
Counterweights: 2 x 10kg
Counterweight Rod: 2.6kg
Power Requirement: 11 to 16 Volts DC, 4A
Motors: 0.9° Hybrid Stepper Motor
Transmission: 435:1 Worm Drive + 64 Micro-Step/0.9° Stepper Motor
Resolution: 11136000 Counts/Rev, approx 0.12 Arc-Second
Maximum Slewing Speed: 3.3° per Second
Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar Rates
Auto-Guiding Speeds: 0.125x, 0.25x, 0.5x, 0.75x & 1x
PEC: 100 Segments Permanent PEC
Polar Alignment: By software control or optional Polarscope
Hand Controller: Synscan
Object Database: 42,900+ Objects
Celestial Object Catalogue: Messier, NGC, IC, SAO, Caldwell, Double-Star, Variable Star, Named Star, Planets
Pointing Accuracy: Up to 5 arc-minutes (RMS)
Resolution of Auxiliary Encoders: 17624 Counts/Rev, approx 1.2 arc-minutes

£1,419.00

Skywatcher AZ-EQ6GT Mounting

The Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6GT is an exciting evolutionary development of the hugely successful NEQ6 PRO.

The AZ-EQ6GT is a dual purpose, fully functional computerised heavy-duty Go-To/Tracking astronomical mount in both Alt-Azimuth (AZ) and Equatorial (EQ) modes.
Supplied with a Synscan handset with dual AZ/EQ firmware, it can automatically find and track over 42,900 celestial objects from its database.

In EQ mode, the AZ-EQ6GT is designed for either visual use or precise astro-imaging.

In AZ mode, it is primarily intended for visual use, and in this mode, two telescopes can be mounted simultaneously in parallel.

A great feature of the AZ-EQ6GT is the patented dual-encoder technology. This allows the telescope to be moved manually in either axis without the mount losing its positional information. This gives the user enormous freedom, convenience and flexibility during observational sessions.

The Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6GT.....a new legend is born!!

Technical Specs:

Payload Capacity: 25kg (EQ and AZ modes)

Tracking Accuracy: 0.1436 arc minutes

Go-To Capability: EQ and AZ modes
Synscan Handset Database: over 42,900 celestial objects
Tracking Speed: sidereal, solar & lunar rates
Tracking Mode: EQ or AZ, dual or single axis
PEC control in EQ mode
Autoguider Port : Yes
DSLR Electronic Shutter Release Port : Yes
Motor Type: DC12V stepper motors

Patented Dual-Encoder design allows manual movement without losing positional information
Polar alignment: via software control or supplied polar scope

Alignment methods: 1, 2 or 3 star alignment (EQ) / brightest star or 2 star alignment (AZ)

Telescope Connection: 2 x dual-fit saddle plates supplied accepting 45mm & 75mm dovetail bars

RA/DEC Worm Gears: D=92.5mm, 180 teeth, brass
RA/DEC Axes: D=40mm, steel
Tripod: 2” Stainless Steel
Counterweights supplied: 2 x 5kg
Counterweight Bar: 25mm Diameter
Mount Body Weight: 15.4kg, Tripod Weight: 7.5kg
Power requirement: 12V DC 3A (Sky-Watcher 17Ah Power Tank recommended)

Note: Two 5kg Counterweights supplied, not four as shown in main picture

£829.00

Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro

The HEQ5 Skyscan Pro has been specially designed as a high precision mount for both small and larger telescopes.

It features engraved setting circles, a latitude scale, built in pole finder telescope and a retractable counterweight shaft.

The worm gears are pre-loaded with ball bearings for smooth tracking and slewing.

The Skyscan goto controller has a 13,400 object database including complete Messier,NGC and IC catalogues. The positioning accuracy is up to 1 arc minute and the Skyscan has both an autoguider socket and periodic error correction (PEC) for imaging without having to manually or autoguide.

Ian's Thoughts:

The hEQ5 Pro like its larger brother the EQ6 pro has proven to be an excellent budget choice for astro imaging and it tracks and guides very well and reacts well to being used with an autoguider.

Technical Specs:

HEQ5 Pro Mount
2 x 5KG counterweights
Illuminated Pole finder scope
Retractable counterweight shaft
Complete with dovetail
Skyscan goto controller
heavy duty tubular metal tripod
High quality quiet stepper motors with 800x slewing and 0.144 arc second resolution.

£999.00

Skywatcher NEQ6 SynScan Pro Mounting -

The latest model NEQ6 Skyscan Pro mount is the next generation of professional quality mountings from Skywatcher.

Now features both standard Skywatcher 45mm Saddle Plate and enlarged Skywatcher 75mm Saddle Plate.

Featuring the a heavy duty EQ6 Pro mounting driven by the Synscan goto controller with it's built in 13400 object database.

The EQ6 Synscan Pro is easy to use and features a novice friendly menu system.

The mount includes engraved setting circles a latitude scale and an illuminated pole finder telescope. The retractable counterweight shaft aids portability.

The precision worms are pre-loaded with ball bearings for smooth tracking and slewing.

The mount also includes an autoguider socket and periodic error correction (PEC) for unguided imaging.

Ian's Thoughts:

We have tested quite a few EQ6 Pro Mounts now and have found the tracking and guiding quality to be very good for such a low cost mount. The EQ6 Pro works and reacts well to an autoguider and is an excellent budget choice for astro imaging with a wide variety of different scopes.

Technical Specs:

Power Supply: 12 VDC 2Amp
Motor Type: Microstep driven 1.8° stepper motors Resolution: 0.144 arc sec (or 9,024,000 steps/rev.)
Slew Speeds: 2X, 8X, 16X, 32X, 64X, 400X, 500X, 600X, 800X Gear Ratio:
Tracking Rate: Sidereal, Lunar, Solar.
Tracking Modes: Dual Axis, R.A. Tracking.
Alignment Methods: One-star Alignment, Two-star Alignment, Three-star Alignment.
Database: 25 user defined objects. Complete M, NGC, and IC catalogues. Total 13,400 objects.

Telescope Mounting: Tube Rings.
Mount Type: German Equatorial.
Tripod: 2in Diameter Stainless Steel Pipe.
Tripod Weight: 7.5Kgs
Tripod Height: 85-147cm.
Slow-motion Control: R.A. & Dec (motor controlled)
Counterweight Shaft Material: Stainless Steel.
Mount Weight: 16Kgs
Counterweight Shaft Daimeter: 1.8cm
Mount Height: 41cm

£598.00

Skywatcher EQ5 Pro Synscan Goto Mount

The EQ-5 is well known as a decent budget mount with surprisingly good stability and tracking for a small mounting.

It is now available with the Skywatcher Skyscan goto controller and stepper motors to provide full goto performance and an autoguiding port.

This mount will be a good choice for portable imaging with a small APO or other short focal length telescope.

The very sturdy EQ5 Equatorial mount provides excellent precision and stability and a host of other useful features for the serious astronomer. The mount rests firmly on a large, adjustable stainless steel pipe tripod with accessory tray. Supplied complete with a bubble level, latitude adjuster with micrometer scale and an azimuth polar-alignment adjuster. It also features engraved aluminium setting circles and manual slow motion tracking controls. An optional polarscope is available for aiding in polar alignment.

Technical Specs:

Skyscan V 3 Handset
High Precision Stepper Motors
Micro Stepping
Slew Rate .5x to 800x Sidereal
ST4 Type Autoguider Interface
Backlash Compensation
Periodic Error Correction
PC Interface
1, 2 and 3 star ALignment
Pointing Accuracy up to 1 arc minute

£169.00

Skywatcher V3 Skyscan Handset

Skywatcher PC Upgradeable SKyscan V3 Handset Upgrade.