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#1 darkfinder

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Posted 10 July 2020 - 09:48 PM

Hi. I am new and would like some advise on mounts. I am looking at the Sky Watcher EQ6-R.

 

I have a smaller CEM25.

 

I would like to get a mount that will hold a little weight,

 

Would anyone recommend a better mount in the price range of 1300 to 2000?



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Posted 10 July 2020 - 09:53 PM

I’ve had mine about 60 days and am very happy with it.


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Posted 10 July 2020 - 09:57 PM

It would help to understand if you are visual or AP and how much weight you want to carry.

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Posted 10 July 2020 - 10:35 PM

Hi. I am new and would like some advise on mounts. I am looking at the Sky Watcher EQ6-R.

 

I have a smaller CEM25.

 

I would like to get a mount that will hold a little weight,

 

Would anyone recommend a better mount in the price range of 1300 to 2000?

great mount, had one recently but it was killer on the back when moving it.  In the foam insert carrying case, you are looking at 45 lbs in a huge box.  Add another 40 lbs for the tripod and counterweights.  I recently sold it, went down to an AVX that I used for up to 80mm  f/7 refractor for astroimaging with pinpoint stars.  It was overkill for my needs, and was killing my back.  



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Posted 10 July 2020 - 10:59 PM

I have had my EQ6R about 1.5 years.

I use an 8in Newt with camera, CC, filter wheel.

I usually get around .8 to .9 RMS.

I recently had my 70mm Stellarvue on it and had about .6 RMS over a 3 hour run.

Can't say enough good things about it.


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Posted 10 July 2020 - 11:21 PM

Thank you for the information.

Kind of shows how new I am.

Would like to mount something like a Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph.

But I am still reading.

 

EQ6-R is rated at 44 lbs.

 

My Gem25 about 1/2 that.

 

I just don't want to buy a good mount and then find that there are better ones in close price range.


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Posted 10 July 2020 - 11:47 PM

The other alternative is a 16 pound CEM40.  About the same performance, but $2000 with tripod.  You pay for the light weight, less than half the weight of an EQ6-R.

 

Either the EQ6-R or the CEM40 would handle a C8 RASA (which I own, and have on a CEM60 mount).  But either would be really marginal with a C11 RASA.

 

You do realize those are astrophotography only, which means you should be posting this on the BII forum?


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Posted 11 July 2020 - 11:08 AM

Thank you for the information.

Kind of shows how new I am.

Would like to mount something like a Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph.

But I am still reading.

 

EQ6-R is rated at 44 lbs.

 

My Gem25 about 1/2 that.

 

I just don't want to buy a good mount and then find that there are better ones in close price range.

yep, you will definitely need the extra weight capacity of the EQ6-R or the iOptron mentioned by Bobzeq25.  I know from experience the EQ6-R is a great mount, and the carrying handle does make it more manageable.  



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Posted 12 July 2020 - 10:50 PM

I bought mine for 1379.00 on sale. Best 2000.00 I would spend in a second for the eq6r pro (meaning it is worth much more than I paid). My average total rms error is >.50 and it is a beast. Very solid, quiet, and reliable. Sets up perfect with eqmod and stellarium and I haven't had to even connect the hand controller in 6 months at least.  I can't even say now that my previous mount, an AVX, was anything close to being a real mount. I use mine solely for astrophotography and it works perfect . Only warning is it is heavy! I am 59 and it is a chore to do but I move mine to my pad from the house connected to the tripod. I definitely know I'm carrying something when doing so. I would not use this mount for travelling around to viewing sites often unless you were a big brawny brute. 


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Posted 12 July 2020 - 11:30 PM

Yes, the mount head is heavy (38 lbs), but I can break the whole rig down in 10 minutes pretty easy. If you have a water softener and can lift a 40lb bag of pellets to pour it in your tank, you can handle an EQ6R. And, as somebody else said, it does have a handle on the top of it which makes it much more manageable.


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Posted 13 July 2020 - 02:56 PM

Thank you for the information.

Kind of shows how new I am.

Would like to mount something like a Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph.

But I am still reading.

 

EQ6-R is rated at 44 lbs.

 

My Gem25 about 1/2 that.

 

I just don't want to buy a good mount and then find that there are better ones in close price range.

and then find that there are better ones in close price range.

 

IMO there are not better mounts in this price range.

I've had mine about 6 months and can't say enough great things about it.

There is a EQ6R topic in the "mounts" sub category; lots of good reviews, zero bad reviews unless posted by someone who doesn't understand PA.

 

I've been shooting a un-modded DSLR at 200mm unguided at 2min 30s without star trailing; that however is after some solid visual PEC training and very good PA.

 

Yes; it's kinda' heavy at 38lbs, and then (2) 11lb CW's + tripod... thank goodness it does have a carrying handle.

The weight IMO is a good thing..very solid mount even in some wind.

 

All in all, I can set it up and be ready to observe or shoot in 30 mins.

BTW; it's VERY quiet when it slews...Nice benefit of belt drive. smile.gif


Edited by Blackbelt76, 13 July 2020 - 02:58 PM.



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