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Hi I'm about to purchase my first ever mount and wanted to purchase something substantial that would more than likely accomodate any future upgade in telescope. I thought about the AZ-EQ6 mount. Can any one tell me if this is a good mount and worth the money? Also where would be the best place to obtain one? Thanks Niel

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Its newish, as far as I know all initial reports on it have been favourable and Skywatcher are good at supporting their product with software upgrades into the future.

Unless you specifically want the Alt/az capability you could save some cash by buying the NEQ6 version whixh I believe has a slightly higher payload capability in EQ mode.

Be prepared for a learning experience, thisbstuff is not plug and play.

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as i´ve heard the az-eq mount is belt driven, so the backlash is a bit lower...

further it should be "stiffer" <- but the test how this was made is a bit.... let´s say i haven´t been there when it was made, and it was not confirmed...

so the az-eq may be a better mount, for more money!

on the other side there are impressive pictures made on the normal eq-6 (shortly NEQ-6 :grin: )

so the mount is very capable of performing nice

but! (oops now it comes)

- further telescopes? which ones (i know at the beginning nobody knows for sure)

- Astrophotography?

- portability?

- maximum alowance on the credit card?

these are further points to consider....

oh i don´t want to mention that the eq-7 is under development :grin:

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Hello Niel

Good to see you arrived at Stargazers...you're in good hands!

Try 'search' at top of page ...could be the answer to some questions can be found there too. :icon_idea:

Welcome aboard! :wink:

Mike

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I have one on long term review and so far I am very impressed - a step up from the venerable EQ6 but not a giant leap. Part 1 of my review can be found here.

Is a part two imminent, Steve?

A question I have about this mount .... Is it worth paying the extra for the AZ-EQ6, from an engineering and features point of view, even if the altizimuthal mode isn't of prime interest?

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Is a part two imminent, Steve?

Within a week I hope!

Is it worth paying the extra for the AZ-EQ6, from an engineering and features point of view, even if the altizimuthal mode isn't of prime interest?

The big selling point for this mount is its dual functionality (EQ + AltAz) however, the general engineering is more polished than the NEQ6, especially the clutches which are very good indeed. It's certainly a lot of mount for the money and I think that the price is about right but you would be paying for the convenience of the altazimuth conversion that you say isn't of prime interest.

I wouldn't buy one as an upgrade from the NEQ6 but, in your circumstances as purchaser of a first mount with built in future-proofing, I think I'd go for the AZ-EQ6 over the NEQ6 - subtle/styling differences but a finer mount overall.

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