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The Skywatcher EQ8-Rh PRO MOUNT & PIER TRIPOD is a highly-anticipated new extra heavy-duty, observatory class German mount, with a loading capacity of up to 50kg. This mount has a Renishaw encoder on its RA drive, ensuring the utmost tracking accuracy - make Autogiding a thing of the past. If you compare the images of guiding graphs with and without the Renishaw encoder engaged, you'll see the difference this impressive technology makes to tracking and imaging.

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

The EQ8-Rh is available, in this instance, complete with pier tripod - or as a head-only option for mounting on a static pier.
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The Sky-Watcher EQ8-R Pro is an exciting evolutionary progression of the popular EQ8 Pro. The EQ8-R Pro is an extra heavy-duty, observatory class German equatorial mount, with a payload capacity of up to 50kg. Quiet in operation, the EQ8-R is supplied with the Synscan™ Go-To handset and can automatically find and track over 42,900 celestial objects from its extensive computer database.

Supplied complete with Sky-Watcher's 20293 pier tripod. Two 10kg counterweights and the Synscan computerised handset are supplied. The mount is also compatible with the optional Synscan™ Wi-Fi adaptor and Synscan™ Pro Apps which can control the mount wirelessly.

The EQ8-Rh is identical to the EQ8-R model except the EQ8-Rh features a high-end Renishaw encoder on the R.A. axis which allows astro-photography without an autoguider.

 Improvements over the previous EQ8 model include:

• Cable management system for reduced tangling.

• Improved Connectivity

• Improved installation position of motors for improved balance.

• Improved clutch mechanism provides more holding strength.

• Improved dovetail groove knob for added comfort and increased locking power.

• Belt drive on the DEC axes for quiet slewing (now belt driven on BOTH axes)

• High Resolution Renishaw Encoder on R.A. Axis allows Unguided Astro-Photography


**Please note Freedom-Find encoders are not present on the EQ8-Rh**



Payload Capacity (excl. counterweights): 50kg
Latitude Adjustment Range: 10° to 65°
Azimuth Adjustment Range: +/- 10°
Mount Head Weight (excl. tripod): 25.8kg
Pier Tripod (optional): 29.4kg
Counterweights: 2 x 10kg
Counterweight Rod: 2.6kg
Power Requirement: 11 to 16 Volts DC (Higher voltage preferred), 55W
Motors: 0.9° Hybrid Stepper Motor (Both axes belt driven)
Transmission: 435:1 Worm Drive + 256 Micro-Step/0.9° Stepper Motor
Resolution: 44,544,000 Counts/Rev, approx 0.03 Arc-Second
Resolution of R.A. High Resolution Renishaw Encoder: 11,840,000 Counts/Rev., approx. 0.11 arc-second
Maximum Slewing Speed: 3.7° per Second
Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Solar and Lunar Rates
Auto-Guiding Speeds: 0.125x, 0.25x, 0.5x, 0.75x & 1x
PPEC: 200 Segments Permanent PEC
Polar Alignment: By software control or optional Polarscope
Hand Controller: Synscan with 42,900+ Object Database
Control also possible with Synscan Pro Application for Windows via USB, Synscan Pro App for iOS and Android with optional Wi-Fi Dongle
4 x USB Ports and 3 x Power Outlets for Peripheral Devices
Paired RJ10, RJ12 and RJ45 modular jacks
DSLR Snap Port / Batch Exposures Function
Auto Home Function
Synscan Celestial Object Catalogue: Messier, NGC, IC, SAO, Caldwell, Double-Star, Variable Star, Named Star, Planets
Pointing Accuracy: Up to 5 arc-minutes (RMS)

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