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#1 FLNightSky

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 09:19 PM

I saw a review of a Skywatcher 10" Newtonian on an EQ-5 mount. The mount looks kind of like an Orion Skyview Pro mount, but am not sure. What is the Orion equivalent of the EQ-5? I ask since I am somewhat familiar with the Orion mounts. Is this scope undermounted on the EQ-5? Would an Orion Sirius class mount be better? Looks like an attractive package otherwise.

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 09:30 PM

I always thought the EQ-5 was Orion's Sirius Mount.

For a 10" Newtonian you really want the Orion Atlas (or something similar) at least. A 10" newtonian really pushed the Atlas already anyway, anything smaller would be a bit scary.

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 09:44 PM

I always thought the EQ-5 was Orion's Sirius Mount.
i think this is correct too. The skyview pro i think is a CG4 type.

Skywatcher sells the 10" on the eq6 i have never seen it on the eq5 that does not make any sence to me, i also know SW sells the 8" on the eq5 which is not perfect but ok the 10" on the eq5 is wayy to small for that ota.Unless the dealer had the ota & mount left & just put those 2 together for a cheaper price.

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 10:42 PM

Orion's Sirius mount is the same as the EQ5. I'm definitely going to spring for one as soon as I can get the money, which would probably be about 5 years from now!

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 10:49 PM

It doesn't look like the Sirius, although it may be mechanically. Here is the link, looks like they use the EQ-5 for both the 8" and 10". (If the link is a no-no then please just edit that out but please keep the post.)

http://www.skywatche...4-n-s11650.html

It uses the same hand controller as the Orion scopes do.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 06:07 AM

ok thats the SW eq5 pro but its still too small.if you like that scope order it with the eq6.
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 06:34 AM

This mount is definitely *not* the same as the Orion Sirius - that mount is badged as the HEQ5 Pro by Skywatcher. The EQ5 Pro looks more like a retooled Orion AstroView or Orion SkyView Pro.

I'm in complete agreement that this newt belongs on a much heavier mount.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 05:57 PM

Charlie-

That's what it looked like to me too, I think even a Sirius mount wouldn't be enough for a 10" Newtonian, even if you were only doing visual for it. But if they're selling it I guess the EQ5/Skyview Pro type mount must at least be able to move the beast around the sky. (I know that Orion sells a package with an 8" Newtonian on the SVP.)

Thanks to everyone for their responses, I am curious about this package and so I'll pop over the reflectors forum and ask is anyone has one. It doesn't look stable enough but it must be...


This mount is definitely *not* the same as the Orion Sirius - that mount is badged as the HEQ5 Pro by Skywatcher. The EQ5 Pro looks more like a retooled Orion AstroView or Orion SkyView Pro.

I'm in complete agreement that this newt belongs on a much heavier mount.



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Posted 27 April 2009 - 08:50 PM

ok the Orion Astro view is not a eq5 either that an EQ3 mount.
The sirus mount looks like the old SW HEQ5.
The Skyview pro is SW EQ5 mount.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:17 PM

Joe, that's what it looks like to me too. I have a Sirius and didn't think it could handle a 10" newt, but SW has a package which uses a mount a step below the Sirius swinging that OTA around. It just surprised me.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 01:48 PM

I think the HEQ5-Pro is of heavier duty. It is not the same as the EQ5P. I have the HEQ5-Pro. I have an 8" SCT, Orion ST-80, 8 X 50 finder scope, plus a DMK Camera and Orion StarShoot all totalling the threshold weight (for astrophotography) of 23 lbs. The HEQ5-Pro (SkyWatcher/Sirius)can handle up to 30 lbs load but that would only be good for visual and very short duration photos.






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