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Sky Watcher EQ6-Pro Mount for Meade LX200 GPS 10”

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#1 Muppy

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Posted 25 September 2020 - 02:48 AM

I would like to upgrade my current Alt/Az mount for the Meade LX200 GPS 10” to a Skywatcher EQ6-Pro Equitorial Mount, primarily for Astrophotography.

The max load for the EQ6-Pro is specified as 20kg and the Meade LX200 GPS 10” OTA is 14kg.

Will the EQ6-Pro be able to handle a typical Astrophotography setup, after one adds other bits, such as camera, guiding, etc?

Thanks in advance for any advise.

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Posted 25 September 2020 - 04:43 AM

Hi there your answer to your question is a no unfortunately I would say the Meade 10 OTA is closer to the 13 kg mark as I own the 12” equivalent which weighs in at 15kg.for imaging Purposes the mount roughly has to be 2/3rds of its full weight capacity of scope imaging camera etc so an EQ6 would be 10-12 kg tops with all your accessories and camera otherwise tracking will not be very accurate and so forth.however skywatcher do the larger weight capacity NEQ6 Equatorial mount which might be more suffice for your needs with recommended payload capacity for imaging which is 18kg and for visual purposes 25kg you might get away with that as the sct cassagrain has a better centre of gravity on the mount and would also put less strain on those drives not like what a long OTA refractor would do.



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Posted 25 September 2020 - 06:00 AM

Thank you very much for the advise Sir!

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Posted 25 September 2020 - 07:25 AM

Probably work for eaa, otherwise no.



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Posted 25 September 2020 - 07:46 AM

I have an Orion Atlas, rebrand EQ6 pro, with an 8 inch lx200 on it and by the time I add all my AP gear on it, I'm just over 30 lbs. While it carries it well, the tracking suffers and guiding is a pain. Ok for visual but not for long exposure AP.

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Posted 25 September 2020 - 12:56 PM

Thanks for the heads-up!
Well noted.

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Posted 25 September 2020 - 12:56 PM

Thanks for the heads-up!
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Posted 25 September 2020 - 12:56 PM

Thanks for the heads-up!
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