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After years of using an EQ mount and all its faults, e.g. not tracing even with a motor on it I've decided that this years bonus is being spent on a EQ5 mount!

It wont cover a new scope so were going with the old Celestron 130.

Now the big question:-

Do I get goto or syscan?

Thoughts and comments if you were doing or have done this upgrade.

Cheers

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Hi stardad,

Are you intending doing visual or imaging? Are you using it at home or on the road? the reason for asking is whether or not you use a laptop and what sort of power supply you will be using matter when making the decision. if you are not using a laptop then I'd be inclined to go for goto as the handset will help you no end. if it's going to be used with a laptop always, then synscan should be fine although on occasion the handset can still come in handy. If you are away from a power supply and using a laptop, make sure the supply will be big enough to last the night :).

I would get goto even with the laptop. I've only used it 3-4 times in 2 yrs (the handset) but for me, with our fickle uk weather it was justified :D

Thats my take for what it's worth

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No laptop so far on the list of needs. Power pack was in the price of the mount. 

The aim is to image later but there's no way I can afford all the parts for that so its start with the EQ5 and learn to use that first before another step.

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Go for the HEQ5 Pro Synscan if you can afford it. This is a great little mount, even though I have an NEQ6 I always go for the 5 if I want to do a quick observing session.

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The goto option makes observing a lot easier, simply it helps keeps things in view and you are out there "observing" after all. You may take 15 minutes setting it up - do not rush it - but count that as cool down - see males can multitask. :rolleyes:

Once set up it will speed up the whole process.

You will need to power the thing so consider that if you have not already. If you use a mains-DC converter (I do) make 150% sure that you have the voltage and polarity right. Skywatchers have little (no) protection.

EQ5 is a nice size, the goto option also allows you to nail a DSLR to the scope - most consider it at one time or another. However that is a different purpose and can lead to maddness and poverty.

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Apart from price and weight carrying are there any other differences between the EQ5 or HEQ5?

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