- Included Items
The Rowan Astronomy kit for Neq6 upgrades your mount reducing periodic errors and backlash.
This kit replaces the factory spur gear drive train with timing belts. The pulley modification reduces the spur gear errors that are typical and therefore reduces tracking errors. The belts also make slewing much more quiet eliminating the 'grinding' noise that the standard spur gears produce. The pulley ratio is the same as the factory gears. This means the Synscan hand controller is unaffected by this upgrade. All Synscan functions will operate as before.
The kit uses a 6mm wide belt and does not require the slot in the mount casting to be modified as required by some kits.
The pulleys are design and produced specifically for the NEQ6 mount and manufactured to a high precision.
Rowan Astronomy do not take stock parts and modify them to fit.
- 2 x 47 tooth pulleys, 2 x 9 tooth pulleys
- 2 x timing belts
- 2 x intermediate rollers, 2 x 5 mm mounting shafts
- 1 x 8 mm white acrylic cover spacer + 6 stainless fixings
- Fitting instructions
I've owned a Skywatcher NEQ6 for over 10 years and it has served me well, but wanted to service and overhaul it for a second life. I purchased a Rowan Belt kit (with bearing ring tool) from Testar some months back and recently fitted and have being operating for a few weeks now. There are a couple of videos on YouTube on all the steps that clarifies a few points on the written instructions, and provide a few tricks that turned out to be necessary. The replacement job was not hard, though it required a methodical approach. The typical 'slew whine' of the standard NEQ6 is now gone and replaced by a smooth and quiet slew with reliable accuracy and tracking after some tweaking of the worm/gear tightness. Very happy with the outcome!
The Rowan belt mod has given a new lease of life for my ageing EQ6 Pro.
It’s now a lot less noisy , though that it less important.
More importantly guiding has improved by approximately 50 %
Installed this kit to my NEQ6 Pro Mount. Instructions were clear and easy to follow. Install went without any issues at all and was done in 2-3 hours easily. Mount is now whisper quiet and guiding values on my Asiair are well below what I was getting prior to the upgrade. Worth ever cent for sure.