AZ-EQ5 GoTo Mount - SKU# S30200

by Sky-Watcher
  • German Equatorial/Alt-Az/dual-OTA mode.
  • Permanent periodic error correction (PPEC).
  • Belt drive – Super smooth PE curve. Low backlash, silent slewing.
  • +/- 5 arc seconds native periodic error.
  • Dual shutter release control for batch exposures of astrophotography.
  • Motor controller with high torque and accuracy.
  • Includes two V-style saddles for mounting dual OTAs
  • Secure-fit power supply connections.
  • Polar alignment with optional polarscope.
  • Dual Encoders
  • Counterweight extension bar included.
  • Retractable counterweight bar.

Versatile, Lightweight and Astonishingly Accurate

Part AZ mount, part equatorial, the AZ-EQ5 is Sky-Watcher’s most versatile mount, capable of aligning in either Alt-Az, Equatorial or dual-OTA mode.

Unlike Any Other Mount on the Market

Unique to Sky-Watcher’s AZ-EQ5 is a patented dual-encoder motor system, Freedom-Find™, which allows users to move the mount manually without losing alignment. 

42,000 Object Database

Using our proprietary SynScan hand controller, the AZ-EQ5 provides a user-friendly interface with automatic slewing to over 42,000 objects in the night sky.  The hand controller can also connect to a computer using the supplied RS232 cable (USB adapter available), enabling computer control with most astronomy programs, including The SkyX, Stellarium, and Starry Night.

Whisper Quiet Motors

Belt drive systems deliver nearly silent slewing and tracking, making for an evening free of obnoxious motor noises while delivering spot on accuracy.  Sky-Watcher’s belt drive also features minimal backlash, smoother tracking, and less periodic error than mounts using servo motors.  For users looking to improve the accuracy of their tracking, the

Periodic Error Correction Made Easy!

For the astrophotographers looking to reduce Periodic Error, the SynScan hand controller has built in PEC training that can be configured while in the field! Using Sky-Watcher’s built-in PEC training, astrophotographers can cut down on the problems caused by Periodic Error to get smoother tracking and better performance from an autoguider.

A Photographer’s Best Friend

The AZ-EQ5 mount has built in DSLR interface with the ability to control two cameras at once.  Using a built in intervelometer timer, the SynScan hand controller can setup exposure length, number of frames taken and a ‘cool down’ period between each frame.

Use at Any Latitude

Thanks to the pier extension that sits between the mount head and tripod, the AZ-EQ5 can be polar aligned at almost any latitude.

Ready to Go, Out of the Box!

Sky-Watcher includes plenty of accessories to get you started.  In addition to the SynScan hand controller and the pier tripod, the AZ-EQ5 mount comes with two 7.5lb counterweights and a counterweight extension bar, as well as an extra saddle for mounting a second scope for viewing in dual-OTA mode.  The mount also includes two Canon EOS trigger cables for connecting your camera to the mount (Nikon and Sony cables available separate).  A polar finderscope is also included to assist with setup. 


SKU S30200
UPC 50234302005
General Mount Info
Mount Type Alt-AZ/EQ
GoTo Yes
Payload Capacity (lbs) 30
Mount Height (Min) 41"
Mount Height (Max) 48.7"
Mount Head Weight (lbs) 16.9
Tripod Weight (lbs) 13.4
Fully Assembled Weight (w/ weights) 43.8
Tripod Leg Diameter 1.75"
Mounting Saddle Type V
Power Type 12V
Clutch Slip
Polar Scope Optional
Latitude Range (degrees) 0-90
Computer/Drive System Info
Object Database 42900+
Controller Hand Controller
WiFi Optional WiFi dongle
Polar Align Assist Yes
PC Direct Connect Port Yes
Auto Guide Yes
Permanent Periodic Correction Yes
Pointing Accuracy (RMS) 5 arc minutes
Dual Encoders Yes
DSLR Enterface Yes (Dual)
Included Weights 7.5lbs (two)
Motor Type Stepper
Drive System Belt

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