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EQ6 Upgrade Kit for GOTO Operation

Kit contains:
  • Motor assemblies for RA and DEC
  • Housing Plate, matt black to match mount
  • Microstep Drive box with CCD interface
  • Intelligent Handset, Database, with 3m lead
  • Handbook, screws and Fitting instructions
  • Easy installation by the User

KIT FROM 850.00 inc VAT
for UK and EUROPE (+post)

[Advanced options available at extra cost].

EQ6 mount showing motors in situ

This kit allows operation of the EQ6 up to 1.8 deg/sec for fast slewing. The original Motor assemblies are replaced by our microstepping motor assemblies (64 per step), offering considerably improved torque and smoothness in operation. Adjustable acceleration / deceleration to cater for large telescope inertia. GOTO features on the handset include telescope co-ordinate readout (RA and DEC), entry of new co-ordinates, backlash correction, periodic error calibration, etc. Autoguiding through the Drivebox. The capabilities are far in excess of the original equipment manufacturer. The kit is supplied with an on-board database so computer connection is optional but connects with standard planetarium programmes offering SYNC, GOTO etc. Motors, brackets, gears etc have been designed and selected by ourselves to get a quality system that will last. It is substantial enough to withstand (mis)use and the major components can be transferred to your next mount. The metalwork is laser cut out of 6mm Aluminium for robustness and accuracy. The motor assemblies are available separately as is a Polar Illumination kit.

Motor assemblies Illuminator

Motor type Sanyo Denki 32Ncm
Overall gear reduction 846:1
Sidereal rate 125.64 microsteps per second
Maximum slew rate 1.8 deg/sec TYPICAL with 10" Newtonian
plus Camera and 30lb counterweight
Power requirements 12V DC @ 4 Amps

The other specifications, features, capabilities and connectivity of the Intelligent Handset and the Microstep Drive Box is given fully or shortform. For further information contact Alan Buckman tel 01304 365918.

EQ6/MOTOR A pair of RA and DEC Motor assemblies and EQ6 front plate.
4 phase unipolar motors 1A/phase for Mel Bartel's operation.
EQ6/KIT Motor assemblies, front plate, Microstep Drive Box with CCD autoguider input, Intelligent Handset WITH DATABASE. User fitting. 850.00
EQ6/LUX The EQ6/KIT plus Power Supply (6 Amps at 12V), leads, IH/BASE docking station with computer lead for observatory operation. ADVANCED Microstep Drive Box substituted. Polar illuminator included. User fitting. 1,100.00
EQ6 custom - higher slew speed using 24V supply.
- Lower overall power (2 amps at 12V DC) with slightly smoother guiding. Call to discuss options.
EQ6/BASIC Motor assemblies, front plate, Microstep Drive Box with CCD autoguider input, Simple Handset for a NON-GOTO system (can upgrade later). User fitting. 475.00
EQ6/ILLUM Polar illuminator kit (clip size 40mm) with instructions.
Fits inside mount onto SYNTA drive board.
GEN/ILLUM Polar illuminator kit with instructions.
Internal fitting but requires external 12V DC.
EQ6/UPGRADE A set of thrust washers to improve the mechanical adjustment and operation of the slow motion axle and two high quality sealed roller bearings. Further information below. 45.00


We have refurbished several earlier mounts by fitting of Gerlinger gear set and our own modifications to improve the tracking ability of this heavy duty mount. Maximum payload we suggest less than 20kg - the large casting at the heart of the system is rather soft diecast material. The early examples have been plagued by average periodic error and small jumps when it should be following a star quite smoothly. The upgrades we would reccommend are

August 2002-8 AWR Technology