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This model includes the dual dovetail saddle for Vixen and Losmandy bars. 


The Saxon HEQ5 Pro Mount is a portable mount for visual observers and professional astrophotographers who want a solid and reliable solution with a payload of up to 14kg.

With a mount head weight of 10kg this professional mount is ideal to be carried anywhere in search of dark skies and solar eclipses. The integrated bubble level and the adjustable tripod legs make the levelling easy. The azimuth and altitude axis can be adjusted for a precise polar alignment (polar scope included).

The HEQ5
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).

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 dual dovetail saddle can hold Vixen and Losmandy style bars; it can be upgraded with the Geoptik dual saddle for higher stability.


Download the HEQ 5 Pro User Manual
Download the HEQ 5 Pro motor board firmware


Mount type

German equatorial

Payload capacity

13.5 kg

Latitude range

10° to 65°

Dovetail saddle

Accepts Vixen bars only

Tripod height

97 ~ 121 cm


9.8 kg (head) + 5.6 kg (tripod)

Counterweight bar

Ø 18 mm, length 215 mm

Power requirement

DC 12~13 V 2 Amp


1.8 º step angle and 64 micro steps driven

Tracking rate

Sidereal rate, solar rate, lunar rate

Auto guiding speed

0.25 x, 0.5 x, 0.75 x, 1 x

Pointing accuracy

Up to 5 arc-minutes (RMS)





  • Saxon HEQ5 PRO mount
  • Steel tripod
  • Counterweights (2 x 5 kg)
  • Polar scope (Southern and Northern Hemisphere)
  • Vixen style bar
  • SynScan hand controller with cable (RJ45 to RJ45)
  • Hand controller holder (to be attached on the leg of the tripod)
  • Power supply cord (lighter plug)
  • Mount and SynScan user manual

The SynScan go-to system is a computerized system supplied with the professional SkyWatcher mounts and telescopes. 

It features:

  • 9 speeds 1x, 2x, 16x, 32x, 64x, 128x, 400x, 500x, 600x, 800x (3.3°/sec)
  • 42,900 objects including planets, the moon, the sun, named stars, double stars, variable stars and the most famous catalogue that are Messier, Caldwell, NGC, IC & SAO 
  • Sidereal, moon and sun tracking speeds, 
  • Pointing Accuracy Enhancement feature (PAE)
  • Unknown Object Identification feature
  • Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PPEC) for mounts only
  • One, two and three stars or brightest star alignment (alt-azimuth telescope need at least 2 stars for the alignment)
  • Telescope parking feature
  • Polar allign procedure 
  • Deep Sky Tour function that suggests a list of the most interesting deep sky objects currently visible.

SkyWatcher SynScan 5

Download the SynScan user manual

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
John Brown
My first equatorial mount

As the title says, this is my first equatorial mount. I am utilising it to carry my William Optics Zenithstar 73 Telescope and ZWO camera set up for astrophotography. I found the mount very easy to set up and with the limited use I have given it so far (damn you clouds and rain), I am very happy with my purchase. Polar alignment went easily (using NINA) and PHD2 guiding worked smoothly with the mount. I have tested it out slewing etc inside the house, and on my one cloud free evening, managed to get some time on the Rosette Nebula. There is some gear train noise, but nothing that I am concerned about. There is also no perceivable backlash. I shall be installing the Rowan belt mod to this mount. Overall the HEQ5 Pro is a great mount and I recommend it.

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