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EQ6 R Pro - Any good?


TerryMcK
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I know it is as many people use the EQ6R Pro. I've got fed up waiting for the IOptron CEM70G to become available again so have been looking at the slightly lower capacity SkyWatcher EQ6 R Pro which is half the price.

I know about the altitude knob issues which can be fixed by helicoil or replacing the bolts with more suitable engineering bolts.

I see that it is "belt modded". Is that on both axis or just the one?

 

I already have a HEQ5 Pro which is belt modded on both axis and it works great and the reason for going for another mount is to increase capacity and according to one or two vendors the EQ6 R Pro is good for around 20kg for imaging. I always take that with a pinch of salt and 2/3rds of that capacity is fine for me as my scopes are not that heavy.

 

I will be retaining the HEQ5 which I really like and will have two rigs going at once inbetween the inevitable UK clouds/rain/snow. The SW mounts work fine on Linux INDI so not bothered about ASCOM. 

 

Any other issues or am I good to go?

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1 hour ago, TerryMcK said:

I know it is as many people use the EQ6R Pro. I've got fed up waiting for the IOptron CEM70G to become available again so have been looking at the slightly lower capacity SkyWatcher EQ6 R Pro which is half the price.

I know about the altitude knob issues which can be fixed by helicoil or replacing the bolts with more suitable engineering bolts.

I see that it is "belt modded". Is that on both axis or just the one?

 

I already have a HEQ5 Pro which is belt modded on both axis and it works great and the reason for going for another mount is to increase capacity and according to one or two vendors the EQ6 R Pro is good for around 20kg for imaging. I always take that with a pinch of salt and 2/3rds of that capacity is fine for me as my scopes are not that heavy.

 

I will be retaining the HEQ5 which I really like and will have two rigs going at once inbetween the inevitable UK clouds/rain/snow. The SW mounts work fine on Linux INDI so not bothered about ASCOM. 

 

Any other issues or am I good to go?

Strange the Ioptron is not available in the UK Terry, it's been available in Europe for some time. It might be worth checking the shipping costs, it shouldn't be too much from Germany.

 

https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p12585_iOptron-CEM70G-Equatorial-GoTo-Mount-with-iGuider-built-in-Autoguider---31-kg-payload.html

 

https://www.astroshop.eu/equatorial-with-goto/ioptron-mount-cem70g-goto/p,66887

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3 minutes ago, TerryMcK said:

They are available it's just as soon as they come up they are sold out like a lot of astro gear. I'm not buying anything from the EU over £130 as there is major import duty now 😞

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/jan/21/eu-website-purchases-the-import-charges-uk-customers-have-to-pay

Looks like the EU and the delivery companies are screwing the customers left, right and centre. These are things nobody mentioned when campaigning for Brexit.

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1 hour ago, AstronomyUkraine said:

Looks like the EU and the delivery companies are screwing the customers left, right and centre. These are things nobody mentioned when campaigning for Brexit.

They dont have to charge , it its all about punishing the Uk for having the balls to reject a country cartel that benefits no one , if all they can do is charge us unnecessary charges then we are best out of it , of course they dont want us to succeed which we will do , as it would lead to the EEC collapse.

Roger

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