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Skywatcher EQ8-R Pro (head only)

£3,199.00

Quick Overview

Replacing the redoubtable Skywatcher EQ8, is this new improved version - the EQ8-R. Improvements include shifting the motor housings to improve axial balance in certain orientations, improved internal cable management, improved connectivity (with 3x built-in USB connectors and 3x power out sockets to run peripherals, such as cameras), up-rated clutch mechanism, improved dovetail groove knob for added comfort and increased locking power and belt drives on both the RA and Dec Axes for reduced slewing noise.


The mount is available as this head-only option for those with observatory piers and also as a version with the portable pier tripod, for those who need to transport their system.

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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.


Available either complete with pier tripod or as the mount head only, to install onto a static pier. Two 10kg counterweights and the Synscan computerised handset are supplied with both options. The mount is also compatible with the optional Synscan™ Wi-Fi adaptor and Synscan™ Pro Apps which can control the mount wirelessly.


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


 


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


 


Specifications:


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
Transmission: 435:1 Worm Drive + 256 Micro-Step/0.9° Stepper Motor
Resolution: 44,544,000 Counts/Rev, approx 0.03 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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