Skywatcher AZ EQ5 mount

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akdwivedi
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Skywatcher AZ EQ5 mount

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Hi

I looked at some youtube videos of this mount and it seems like a good mid level mount. Just wanted to here if anyone is using this mount in Singapore and how does it work.

The specs do say that it supports latitudes from 0-90 degrees, but some feedback from users would be good.

I am a visual only guy with a 80mm f/5, a C5 and C8.. but lure of occasionally using it in EQ mode for some AP is always there.

regards
Andy
akdwivedi
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Re: Skywatcher az eq5 mount

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Looks like there are very few users of this mount..

Any as eq6 users. I know it’s damn heavy..
SKSng
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Re: Skywatcher AZ EQ5 mount

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Hi Andy,
I've been using AZ EQ6 for a few yrs; just moved it to sg last week. Setup (EQ mode) at window but not ready yet.
I've used it in both EQ & AZ mode (almost always EQ); I find the mount ok, but I've not used any better mounts.
My setup now is tilted northward for weights to clear tripod; & anchored by steel cables; seems secure.
I might in future put it on a trolley like user qqbin, with a pier; any help/ input abt how to do that is appreciated!
Thank you!
SK
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Re: Skywatcher AZ EQ5 mount

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I forgot to say that when mount was new, I had to change 1 of the timing belts (defect in the belt); also last year my main board was damaged (not sure why); otherwise the mount performs well
akdwivedi
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Re: Skywatcher AZ EQ5 mount

Post by akdwivedi »

thanks SKSng.. I was told that though the mounts go down to 1deg, we need to use a pier to raise the mount so that counterweights dont hit the tripod. there are some wonderful youtube reviews which all say that az eq6 inherits the same performance as the eq6 R pro.

I am not sure if tilting the mount will put some stress on the mount. Do you use the mount in dual mount in az mode. how do the Goto/tracking work.

I was looking for az eq5 as it seems a little easier to carry/setup compared to the az eq6 and at this point I dont see myself going into the heavy AP setups.

again thanks for your responses.
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Re: Skywatcher AZ EQ5 mount

Post by SKSng »

Hi,
Didnt realize it can go to 1 deg; I guess a pier will then work fine.
Unfortunately my setup is fixed at window; a pier will be too high for me.
I went to AstroScientific & saw some of their custom mods on celestron mounts; the mods are gd!

I only use in EQ mode now; I hvnt figured out how to connect skywatcher to PC with EQmod in Alt-Az! Ha...if it works I may eventually change to AZ mode.

Tracking of AZ EQ6 has no major probs; I platesolve so dont use Goto; but I do remember it works fine too; there's a function (PAE) that improves Goto accuracy.
The gearing sometimes requires tweaks, just tightening/ loosening, otherwise perf is gd; usually phd2 gives ~0.2-0.6 rms.

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