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#1 BWAZ

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 04:31 PM

Found this on SW's facebook page and it looks interesting, though I'm not sure about the colors   :p

 

https://www.facebook...cation=timeline


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 06:43 PM

I suspected SW we're going to do something like this, a lighter version of the azeq6 (?) so I'm glad I've held off upgrading my mount thus far... Can't wait for more details, the company seems to be innovating at an incredible pace, Fox.


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 09:20 PM

The AZEQ-5 is set for a payload of 30lbs in EQ mode. It has dual encoders and slip clutches so you either use go to or find objects yourself without losing your alignment. On top of that the mount is belt driven with very little back lash. It is currently still in development. We will have one on display at ASAE in Tucson next month.

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 11:52 PM

I will be sure to stop by and get a look at ASAE.  Will you be co-located with Celestron, or separate?

 

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 12:58 AM

skywatcher_AZEQ5GT_specifications.pdf

 

That tripod is interesting.  It folds on itself to be only 24" inches long when collapsed.  


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Posted 20 September 2014 - 08:25 AM

There are two tripods avaliable. One is the standard EQ5 tripod which extends higher. The new tripod is for low latitudes so user can go nearly all the way to 90 degrees.

At ASAE we will have our own booth. I'm not sure where Celestrons booth will be.

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 03:17 PM

Seen the short YouTube video on it ? Fox

 

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Posted 31 October 2014 - 01:47 AM

A prototype of the AZEQ-5 will be at the Sky-Watcher USA booth this weekend at ASAE in Tucson. 



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Posted 04 December 2014 - 12:14 AM

The guy who posted this tagged it to 1289 Euros or 1689 USD



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Posted 26 January 2015 - 03:40 AM

az/eq5 no polar scope inside design must addition outside ,

but az/eq6 have ..



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Posted 31 January 2015 - 11:20 AM

Any news on this mount?
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Posted 31 January 2015 - 06:59 PM

One dealer I contacted said a shipment from China should arrive in April.

 

The Skywatcher.com website slowly showing that it's a real product and apparently one website in the UK has in stock.



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Posted 31 January 2015 - 07:32 PM

Yes, we definitely need to be real and be released sometime soon. Hopefully at a nice price point well below the AZ-EQ6 GT so to soothe the pocketbook and not make it a tough decision. I am visual only and though I do like the AZ-EQ6 GT a lot, it is more mount than I personally need, hence the excitement for the AZ-EQ5.

 

There are a lot of great details on the webpage as entilza noted:

 

http://www.skywatche...p?cat=19&id=269

 

White and red options are shown. I would surely go with the white one. Wondering which tripod to go with.. Pier or regular HEQ5? Which one would be more solid? Which one would raise the mount higher? 

 

I am also seeing on webpage that there is an optional 15cm extension tube, that's nice. 



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Posted 01 February 2015 - 02:36 AM

I really want one of these if it does what it says on the tin.
I'm not optimistic however, as lots of well-touted gear advertised over the past few years has turned out to be vapour-ware, or is a complete frost (see Meade LX80).
But: can't be too cynical, so fingers crossed.



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Posted 01 February 2015 - 03:39 AM

Actually the LX 80 was a positive boon to this website as the misinformation, delays, rumors and eventual product roll-out provided fodder for months of web-based entertainment at the expense of the perpetrator.

 

The guess here is Synta will not approach the monumental mangled milestone of mis-management of Meade's much maligned LX 80.


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Posted 01 February 2015 - 11:27 AM

I'm selling my avx and sold my zeq25 to fund this mount. I'll go with red and with The pier thingy. Perfect for outreach and the occasional wide field imaging
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Posted 01 February 2015 - 01:59 PM

Do I have the understanding of the SNAP ports correctly?

 

Number of exposures/exposure time/delay will be setup through the synscan controller?  So it's essentially has a built in intervalometer to control two cameras?

 

Is this the necessary cable for Nikon? example: http://www.ebay.com/...2-/171105712807

 

This will only be useful if you are not using any sort of camera control like BYEOS or BYNikon?



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Posted 01 February 2015 - 10:06 PM

I really want one of these if it does what it says on the tin.
I'm not optimistic however, as lots of well-touted gear advertised over the past few years has turned out to be vapour-ware, or is a complete frost (see Meade LX80).
But: can't be too cynical, so fingers crossed.

The one thing going for it is that its big brother (the AZ-EQ6) is a success. The AZ-EQ5 is basically a downsize of the "6". The design of the AZ-EQ6 was excellent. I would expect this new one to live up to expectations.

 

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 01:11 AM

 

I really want one of these if it does what it says on the tin.
I'm not optimistic however, as lots of well-touted gear advertised over the past few years has turned out to be vapour-ware, or is a complete frost (see Meade LX80).
But: can't be too cynical, so fingers crossed.

The one thing going for it is that its big brother (the AZ-EQ6) is a success. The AZ-EQ5 is basically a downsize of the "6". The design of the AZ-EQ6 was excellent. I would expect this new one to live up to expectations.

 

JohnD

 

 

+1 to that! The Meade LX80 promised the world and was priced at about 1/2 of what you might expect to pay for a mount like that and there was no successful predecessor.



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Posted 02 February 2015 - 01:11 PM

I was on my way to the wide screen center to collect my Avalon M Uno and saw the AZ EQ5. Here are some pictures 

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 01:27 PM

hmmm so where would the optional polarscope go?

 

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 01:31 PM

No idea, I was too busy being depressed that my M Uno was not ready for pickup. 



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Posted 02 February 2015 - 01:56 PM

Nice size comparison to the AZ-EQ6.  Definitely looks more portable, now if it can only arrive in North America..


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Posted 02 February 2015 - 02:30 PM

Nice size comparison to the AZ-EQ6.  Definitely looks more portable, now if it can only arrive in North America..

roger that. tuff to even find the EQ6 in America..



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Posted 02 February 2015 - 02:33 PM

 

Nice size comparison to the AZ-EQ6.  Definitely looks more portable, now if it can only arrive in North America..

roger that. tuff to even find the EQ6 in America..

 

 

SW needs to establish a presence on US soil. What gives? 

 

Anyways, the mount looks good, thanks Hilmi. 


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