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Testar Australia inspects and tests demo instruments and guarantees their quality. This SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 is in excellent cosmetic condition and works perfectly. It comes with a tripod with pier extension and Geoptik padded bags for both tripod and mount head, as well as an adapter for the QHY Polemaster (Polemaster not included).

The Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6 Pro is designed for the professional astrophotographer who wants a solid and reliable mount with a payload of up to 20kg. It combines the advantages of the equatorial mount with the simplicity of the alt-azimuth system. In fact, the AZ-EQ6 is a hybrid mount usable in both these configurations.

When the mount is configured in Alt-Azimuth mode, it can carry a second instrument by attaching the dual saddle (Vixen and Losmandy style) to the counterweight bar. When the mount is set in alt-azimuth mode, the optical tube has to be mounted on the right hand side when pointing forward. 

In equatorial mode the AZ-EQ6 shows all its potential in astrophotography. It has a build-in polar scope with southern hemisphere reference and the polar alignment is easy and precise due to the azimuth and elevation screws.
It is compatible with the Ascom drivers but also allows to guide with the ST4 protocol. The periodic error can be reduced through the PPEC (Permanent Periodic Error Correction). Differently to the HEQ5 and the NEQ6, the AZ-EQ6 uses one belt for the transmission between the stepper motor and the worm drive rather than two gears. This belt reduces the overall backlash, the noise and the long period periodic error. Both axes are equipped with the belt transmission system.

The SynScan computerised go-to system has a database with 42,900 objects to quickly locate and slew to target. It has 9 slewing speeds up to 800 times the sidereal speed (3.3°/sec).

The AZ-EQ6 is equipped with a SNAP port for controlling the camera shutter release. The dual dovetail bar can accept both Losmandy and Vixen style bars. 

Az-Eq6 drawing

Download the Az-Eq6 user manual

Download the Az-Eq6 motor board firmware


Mount type

German equatorial / Alt-azimuth

Payload capacity

20 kg

Latitude range

10° to 75°

Azimuth adjustment

± 9°

Dovetail saddle

Accepts Vixen and Losmandy bars


15.4 kg (head) + 7.5 kg (tripod)

Counterweight rod

Ø 25 mm, length 202 mm + 150 mm extension

Power requirement

DC 12~16 V  4 Amp


1.8 º Hybrid Stepper Motor

Tracking rate

Sidereal rate, solar rate, lunar rate

Auto guiding speed

0.125 x, 0.25 x, 0.5 x, 0.75 x, 1 x

Pointing accuracy

Up to 5 arc-minutes (RMS)





  • SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 mount
  • Steel tripod with pier extension
  • Counterweights (2 x 5 kg)
  • Counterweight extension bar
  • Second telescope saddle (Vixen and Losmandy style)
  • Polar scope (Southern and Northern Hemisphere)
  • Power supply cord (lighter plug)
  • Synscan hand controller
  • Geoptik pack in bag for AZ-EQ6
  • Geoptik back for tripod with pier extension
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