Saxon EQ5 PRO Go-To Astronomy Mount w/ Steel Tripod

$1,299.95

Saxon EQ5 Pro GOTO Mount

The Ssaxon EQ5 Pro GOTO Mount is an EQ5 mount equipped with GoTo capabilities. It has the same type of computerized features found on the heavier HEQ5  HEQ6 Pro mounts. It includes the proprietary SynScan GoTo system; the massive database of 40,000+ celestial object locations and automated alignment functions.

It has a great payload capacity holding telescopes of medium dimension such as 200mm reflectors or 150mm refractors. It is a delight to use as a top grade manual visual mount.

 

Available on back-order

NB : Expected back in stock with Saxon in November.  Backorders are fine.

“The first impressions of the assembly were of reassuring stability…The 3-star alignment is a great feature of the Go-To facility. Every time we set up, it accurately place the item we wanted in the field of view of our 25mm eyepiece. The more it was used, the easier is was to go straight to an object or star…The alignment process could not be simpler…In all, the alignment process works so well that you can be on a selected object and tracking it accurately within minutes…Overall the EQ5 SynScan gave a new lease of life to our smaller scope. It is easy to carry and it allowed us to give friends and neighbours a quick tour of the delights of the night skies.” BBC Sky at Night Magazine

”Both the NEQ3 and EQ5 SynScan are excellent mounts; pleasingly firm, with little vibration and easily set up. Tracking is also very satisfactory.“ Sir Patrick Moore CBE FRS

 

The EQ5 Pro is a heavy duty equatorial mount for the professional astronomer. With a 9.1 kg payload capacity the EQ5 Pro is capable of holding telescopes of medium dimension such as 200mm reflectors or 150mm refractors. The integrated bubble level and the adjustable tripod legs make the levelling easy, the azimuth and altitude axis can be fine adjusted for a precise polar alignment. The fine adjustment knobs allows easy tracking of an object even at high magnifications.

The exceptional SynScan Go-To system allows full control of both R.A. and Dec. axes with 9 slew speeds and 5 arcminute pointing precision, allowing you to quickly and accurately locate objects across the night sky. The Go-To system can automatically slew the telescope on command toward planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, clusters and much more. The SynScan has 42,900 memorised celestial objects for an amazing journey in the night sky. The Deep Sky Tour function suggests a list of the most interesting deep sky objects currently visible, so, once the mount has been aligned, even the novice astronomer can easily observe faint objects at the touch of a button.

Aligning the equatorial mount can with practice be completed in a few minutes. It involves levelling the tripod, orientating the mount South and inclining the mount at the same angle of your local latitude. For example, if you are in Sydney (latitude 33° South) adjust the mount inclination to 33° above the horizon using the scale on the EQ5 mount.  If you were in Brisbane (latitude 27° South) adjusting the mount inclination to 27° above the horizon using the scale on the EQ5 mount.

Note these load recommendations are based on user experience rather than any specific manufacturer recommendation.

  • VISUAL : 9kg load
  • IMAGING: 6kg load

Compatible with EQMOD using a Lynx Astro EQDIR adapter 🙂

SynScan Features:

  • Database with 42,900+ objects
  • Messier, NGC, IC, SAO catalogues
  • Autoguiding connection for astro-photography
  • Two Star or Brightest Star Alignment
  • Pointing Accuracy Enhancement feature (PAE)
  • Unknown Object Identification feature
  • Pointing accuracy up to 5 arc min
  • Tracking rates: Sidereal, Lunar, Solar
  • Slewing speeds: 1x, 2x, 16x, 32x, 64x, 128x, 400x, 500x, 600x, 800x (3.4°/sec)
  • Motor type: DC servo motors
  • Power requirement: 12V DC

Optional Upgrades:

  • Polar scope for precise polar alignment

In The Box:

  • German Equatorial Mount EQ5 Pro
  • Aluminium Tripod
  • Accessory Tray
  • 20mm Counterweight Bar
  • SynScan Hand Controller and Cable
  • User Manual

 

Weight25 kg
Dimensions104 × 45 × 26 cm