Sky-Watcher SKU: S30712 | Helix SKU: CTS30712
Building on the legacy of Sky-Watcher’s popular EQ8 mount, the EQ8-Rh introduces a variety of upgrades and enhancements that make observatory-class astrophotography easier than ever.
Whisper-quiet dual belt drives greatly reduce Periodic Error while providing enhanced tracking and guiding. The fully realized cable management system eliminates cable drag and makes remote set-ups ridiculously convenient.
The EQ8-Rh features an on-axis Renishaw 11.8 million tick incremental encoder on the RA axis, virtually eliminating Periodic Error during tracking and allowing for extremely precise guiding for even the most demanding astrophotographers.
110-pound (50 kg) Payload
All-metal precision internal construction makes this mount strong and stable. The EQ8-R is a perfect fit for even the largest OTAs Sky-Watcher has to offer.
Belt-drive On Both Axes
Belt drives provide minimal backlash and significantly reduced periodic error, which mean smoother, more accurate tracking.
Integrated Cable Management System
Built-in USB 3.0, power, and serial ports eliminate cable drag and reduces the worry of cable snags
On-axis Renishaw Encoder
A Renishaw incremental 11.8 million tick encoder is installed on the RA axis of the EQ8-Rh virtually eliminating Periodic Error
Pier Tripod NOT included
|General Mount Info|
|Mount Type||High-capacity motorized equatorial (EQ)|
|Payload Capacity (lbs)||110|
|Mount Head Height (head by itself)||19.5"|
|Mount Head Weight (lbs)||56.8"|
|Mounting Saddle Type||D-style|
|Power Type||DC11~16V, 3 amp|
|Cable management||Four USB 3.0 ports, Three 2.1mm power ports, Three serial connections|
|Polar Scope||Sold seperately|
|Latitude Range (degrees)||10° to 65°|
|Computer/Drive System Info|
|Object Database||Complete Messier, NGC, IC and SAO catalogs, 25 user defined objects, total 42,900 objects|
|Controller||SynScan hand controller, flash upgradeable, or PC direct|
|Alignment Procedures||One-, two- and three-star alignment|
|Slew Speeds||1000x, 800x, 600x, 400x, 200x, 32x, 16x, 8x, 2x, 1x|
|WiFi||Optional WiFi dongle|
|GPS||Optional SynScan GPS sold seperately|
|PC Direct Connect Port||Yes|
|Included Weights||22lbs (two)|
|Motor Type||0.9° hybrid stepper motor|