Sky Watcher CQ350 Pro Mount Head only with counterweights

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Sky-Watcher’s all-new CQ350 is a fully-GoTo equatorial platform entering their mount lineup right between the flagship EQ8-R Pro and EQ6-R Pro mounts (already favorites among world-class imagers and serious-minded newbies), filling the payload gap to satisfy the discerning astrophotographer’s endless pursuit of a supremely dialed-in, observatory-class setup.
Our Product #: S30820
Sky-Watcher Product #: S30820

Product Description

Available as mount head only and mount head with tripod kit options, the CQ350 boasts a hefty 77-pound/35 kg payload capacity capable of supporting Sky-Watcher’s largest OTAs --  including the Esprit 150ED Triplet Refractor and the massive Quattro 250P Imaging Newtonian with ease, with room to spare for accessories, guidescopes, and imaging equipment.

Sky-Watcher’s CQ350 is also packed with well-positioned electrical options to manage cables, power, computer connection, imaging accessories, and more.  A convenient 4x USB Out port hub sits adjacent to three 2.1mm central positive power out ports, plus three Out AUX ports, three In AUX ports, PC connect USB-to-serial port, USB Type B In port, SNAP port, one power input port, hand controller port, autoguider port, and a 12V DC power aircraft cable port for secure power connection to the mount.

Other special features of the CQ350 include a high-precision, 0.9° hybrid stepper motor, spring loaded worm gears, synchronous wheel and belt drive modes, locking RA and Dec clutches, an oversized latitude knob for use with cold weather gloves on, a D-/V-style dovetail mounting platform, and optional external polar scope. The CQ350 mount head is also compatible with the EQ8-R tripod.

One of the world’s leading consumer telescope and mount manufacturers, Sky-Watcher is continually improving on its past innovations to bring to market precision instruments that discerning astronomy enthusiasts of every skill level desire. With other features including hard stops, auto-home functionality, batch exposures function, the V5 SynScan hand controller’s 42,000+ GoTo database, 2x 22-pound counterweights and beefy counterweight bar, plus included SNAP and power cables, the CQ350 packs heavy-duty form with heavy-duty function for a heavy-duty foundation.

Designed to be a serious contender for up-and-coming imagers as well as seasoned aces looking to build atop a supremely solid performance platform, the CQ350 is an observatory-class powerhouse that is still portable enough for field use, awaiting the master craftsman to coax down the beauty of the night sky.

Mount Head Features

  • Massive 77-pound payload capacity supports large OTAs plus guiders, filters, cameras, and more 
  • Observatory class equatorial GoTo mount with built-in USB PC control 
  • Belt drives provide minimal backlash and significantly reduced periodic error while remaining whisper quiet 
  • Stepper motors have no internal gear box, further reducing backlash 
  • SNAP port eliminates the need for remote shutter release cable 
  • Autoguide port compatible with most of today’s best autoguiders 
  • D/V saddle plate to handle a wide variety of OTAs 
  • Optional illuminated polar scope 
  • 42,000+ object data base 
  • DC power cord included 
  • Two 22-pound counterweights 
  • Sidereal, solar and lunar tracking modes
General Mount Info
Mount Type Equatorial
Payload Capacity (lbs) 77
Mount head size 434mm x 176mm x 323mm
Mount head weight (lbs) 33
Mounting Saddle type D/V-style
Counterweight bar? Yes
Counterweight bar retractable? No
Counterweight bar length and diameter 15" x 31.5mm
Type of motor Stepper
Drive type Belt
Spring Loaded Worms Yes
RA gear size 155mm
Polar Scope Optional
Tracking Modes Sideral, Solar, Lunar
Latitude Range (degrees) 10° to 70°
Computer/Drive System Info
GoTo Yes
Hand controller port Yes (RJ-45, 8pin)
Guide Port? Yes (RJ-12, 6pin)
SNAP Port? Yes (2.1mm)
PC connect USB port? Yes (USB-B)
Cable management? Yes
USBs (how many and type) 4x USB ports
Power ports (how many and type) 3x 2.1mm central positive (DC 6v to 24v 5amp)
AUX ports (how many and type) RJ-10, RJ-12, RJ-45
Built-in GPS? No
Built-in WiFi? No
Hand controller? Yes
Hand controller cable used Yes
GoTo Database 42,000+ objects
Power requirements? DC11~16v
Internal Battery Pack No
Mount power port size and style 2.1mm female
Included Accessories
Counter Weight 2x 22 pound (9.9kg)
Polarscope No
Tripod No
Power cable? Yes
SNAP cable? Yes
Hand controller holder? No
Manual Yes
Case No
Case measurements No
Shipping Weight (head box) 53 pounds (24kg)
Shipping Dimensions (head box) 21.5"x19"x13.5"

Tech Details

Weight 53
Warranty 2 years


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