Saxon / Skywatcher EQ3 (“CG4”) Manual Mount with Steel Tripod


The Saxon EQ3 (aka “CG4”) Mount with Steel Tripod is a heavy-duty tripod suited for celestial observation and star tracking. It can carry a larger, intermediate level telescope, especially due to the improved tripod. The EQ3 mount features worm gear tracking controls that allows a full 360° manipulation of both the RA and DEC axes. The EQ3 mount has a dual metal setting circle dials, a latitude adjustment screw and bubble leveling for quick target acquisition and precise polar alignment. The EQ3 Mount can be further equipped with both single and double axis motor drives (not included) for auto-tracking functions. You can add a tracking motor for a great visual tracking solution.

The saxon German Equatorial EQ3 Mount with Steel Tripod provides the precision and stability needed for serious observing and is great for the amateur astronomer who wants to move up to a more stable mount. It is also popular with those who would like a lightweight EQ mount for travel!  The Saxon EQ3 is built very well. The mount has ball bearings in both axes for smooth manual tracking with the included slow-motion control cables. Setting circles, also on both the RA and Dec axis, allow you to find objects the “old-fashioned” way; all you need is a good star chart with Right Ascension and Declination coordinates! No-tool set up lets you leave your screwdrivers and Allen wrenches at home.

This EQ3 mount includes a built-in holder for polar scope, a latitude adjuster with micrometer scale, an azimuth polar-alignment adjuster, aluminium setting circles, large manual slow-motion tracking controls, bubble level and steel tubular tripod legs.

There is an aluminium leg version available, but the whole point of the eq3 is to get that stability and strength, so we only carry the higher quality steel version.  Our suggestion – don’t compromise such a fine mount by using aluminum legs!


  • 2 counterweights
  • Includes slow motion controls
  • Aluminium setting circles
  • Build-in holder for polar scope
  • 5 Year limited warranty


Weight25 kg
Dimensions104 × 45 × 26 cm