Sky-Watcher HEQ5 Equatorial Computer GoTo Mount


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HEQ5 GoTo equatorial head
30-pound payload capacity
Adjustable 1.75-inch diameter rolled steel tripod
SynScan GoTo telescope mount with 42,900+ object database
Built-in polar scope with illuminator
Two 11-pound counterweights
Metal accessory tray
D/V-style dovetail saddle
SynScan V5 hand controller
DC power cord
Our Product #: S30400
Sky-Watcher Product #: S30400

Product Description

Meticulous Mid-Range Machinery

Sky-Watcher SynScan mounts have been designed for use by novices and experts alike. These mounts provide extremely high precision tracking and have built in autoguider ports. This heavy-duty HEQ5 Pro mount is a smaller version of the sturdy EQ6 Pro mount. It is specially designed for observers who need the steadiness of the EQ6 Pro mount but find it too physically demanding. But make no mistake, the HEQ5 Pro can be that perfect mid-range rock solid platform you build your astroimaging rig on.

42,000+ Object Database

For novice users, the user-friendly menu allows automatic slewing to 42,900+ objects. Even an inexperienced astronomer can master its variety of features in a few observing sessions. The hand controller can be connected to a PC using the built-in USB-B port and a USB-B cable (not included). PC control can be done with SynScan Pro for Windows app or your favorite third-party software with the correct drivers. 

Flexible Polar Alignment

Sky-Watcher includes an illuminated polar finderscope to aid the alignment process. The finderscope features a circular grid reticle for the Northern Hemisphere, consistent with today’s popular polar alignment apps. For astronomers in the Southern Hemisphere, the constellation Octans is built into the reticle as well. Even without a clear view of Polaris, the HEQ5 Pro can be polar aligned using our SynScan hand controller. Simply choose one of the visible stars listed and use the latitude adjustment screws to center it in the eyepiece.

Bundle of Accessories

As customary with all Sky-Watcher products, an assortment of accessories are included with the HEQ5 Pro mount. A retractable counterweight bar is supplied, allowing for easier transportation. Two 11-pound counterweights are also included to help balance up to a 30-pound payload. The HEQ5 Pro features a saddle compatible with both D- and V-style mounting plates, allowing users the flexibility to utilize multiple optical tubes, even if the mounting plate is different.

Tech Details


Review by:
I returned to astronomy after a 20 year break. I have never owned an EQ mount before, my only experience was with an LX200 style mount.
I would say the learning curve on this is steeper than I thought, but once you get it down, it becomes intuitive.
The mount is very sturdy, and with the roughly 17 lbs of my scope and accessories, it's rock solid. I have no experience with Astro-Photography, so I can't comment on that, but for visual it is never shaky, even with a slight breeze.
It is also pretty quiet, and the tracking is very smooth.

The people are also great, I had a few issues on my end during the ordering process, and they quickly took care of me and made sure I got exactly what I wanted. (Posted on 7/28/2020)
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