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Which mount Sky-Watcher EQ6-R or AZ-EQ6 Alt-Az

Started by iamchrisjett, 11/02/2021 01:32AM
Posted 11/02/2021 01:32AM Opening Post
Hello All,

I've been looking at purchasing a mount from B&H due to the fact that I can save on tax and get free shipping from them. In particular I am trying to decide between the Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6 Alt-Az ($2,195) and the Sky-Watcher EQ6-R ($1,649). I think B&H might even have a lower price on the AZ-EQ6 right now, which would bring them closer in price. For a few hundred dollars, I am willing to spend more on the AZ-EQ6, but I am trying to figure out if I even need it.

At this point I should mention that I am a newbie at this. From what I've read, the EQ6-R is perfectly fine for astrophotography, which is my primary intention and the AZ-EQ6 is similar and can hold a bit more weight. I have a William Optics GT81 IV and knowing me, I will eventually get a larger scope. Right now I will be attaching a Sony a6400 or a Sony a7RIV camera to the scope via an adapter, but I know that I will eventually get a CCD camera and the whole setup, which means more weight.

Before you ask, I will do some celestial viewing, rather than astrophotography, but I would say it will be 80-85% used for photography.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I want to make sure that I spend my money wisely.

Thank you in advance!
Posted 11/02/2021 03:55AM | Edited 11/02/2021 03:59AM #1
In general the consensus is you cannot have too much mount when it comes to imaging.....that is my experience as well. The sturdier the mounting, the less unusable exposures. If you can afford the heavier rated mounting then you are unlikely to regret it. I cannot however speak to the qualities of either of the mounts you mention though....Most of my stuff is Losmandy and what isnt Losmandy are much older models etc..... I stick with the Losmandy GM-100 (rated for 75lbs and GM-200 (rated for 150 lbs) for my imaging needs, the rest I only do visual with.

20" MidnighTelescopes f/5
8" f/16 Muffoletto Achro
Meade 6" AR6 f/8.0 Achro
Celestron C11
Parallax PI250 10" F/5 Newt
Vixen FL102S,NA140SS,R200SS
80mm Stellarvue Nighthawk with WO APOupgrade lens, 90mm f/16.67 Parallax Achro
LXD75/LX200, Mini-tower, GP-DX, CG5 ASGT, LXD650, GM-8, G11, GM-100, GM-150EX, GM-200 and a Gemini G40
4" portable AP convertable 44" or 70" pier
Stellarvue M7 Alt-Az, TSL7 Pier/Tripod
12.5" f/5 MidnighTelescopes DOB Swayze optics
Monroe GA
Posted 11/03/2021 08:34PM #2
Thank you very much for your insight Greg. I am hearing that I probably should step up to the AZ-EQ6 just for the fact that I will occasionally be using it for celestial viewing, although the majority of the time I will be using it for Astrophotography. The additional price does not bother me much, because as a photographer, I understand the importance of a good tripod/mount.