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Nigella Bryant

The new Skywatcher CQ350 PRO

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 Just what I need with 35kg load capacity. My neq6 is 20kg and that's loaded to capacity. Hope it's not too long a wait. 

We are awaiting more information from the manufacturer - here's what we know....! 

The new Skywatcher CQ350 PRO appeared in the Skywatcher print catalogues in May 2019. The design looks very similar to the leading iOptron CEM60 and seems to be based on the "English Yoke" design (this implies it could have advantages over the German Equatorial, like the iOptron CEM series). 

Payload capacity 35kg. 
Belt driven. 
Includes 2x USB2.0 ports 
2x Power output (we are guessing 12v) 
One or more autoguider interfaces (catalogue not clear) 
Power requirement 12v DC 2A. 
Launch price and date TBC! Exciting times for amateur astronomers! 

CQ350 Mount head with tripod: Product code 20309 (Price TBC) 
CQ350 Mount head with tripod: Product code 20309/20293 (Price TBC) 
Optional Polar Scope: Product code 20131 (Price TBC)

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Skywatcher love to drop a new product image into the catalogue and then go mute on it.
Interesting looking mount indeed as the SW prices are so competitive.

I bet this will get a lot of attention from all you imagers.
 

All the talk on Cloudynights:

https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/662827-cq350-skywatcher/

 

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Unless the colour coding is off (the blue), that looks to have 4 x USB3 ports! Now that would be nice!

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8 minutes ago, Yawning Angel said:

Unless the colour coding is off (the blue), that looks to have 4 x USB3 ports! Now that would be nice!

i think it would be incredibly short sighted to not have usb3 on a mount released now. 

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8 minutes ago, Anthonyexmouth said:

i think it would be incredibly short sighted to not have usb3 on a mount released now. 

Pretty sure that looks to have 4 x USB 3.0, not USB 2.0 as per Altair Astro.

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1 minute ago, russ said:

Pretty sure that looks to have 4 x USB 3.0, not USB 2.0 as per Altair Astro.

fingers crossed, the ioptron has been tempting me but this might be worth waiting for.

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Found some pics and info on the Skywatcher Italy website.

Some technical features: 35 Kg load capacity, belt drive, SynScan GoTo computerization, Autoguide input, 1 USB-B 3.0 port, 1 USB-B 2.0, 4 USB 3.0, 6 AUX ports en ° 4 power outputs.

 

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It looks a beautifully solid mount. Looks the business. I can dream. 

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2 hours ago, Anthonyexmouth said:

fingers crossed, the ioptron has been tempting me but this might be worth waiting for.

I'm thinking the same, I'm going to wait now, lol. 

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