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The Sky-Watcher EQ6-R is now available with either the Wi-Fi adapter or hand controller.


The Sky-Watcher EQ6-R is the result of years of improving the EQ6 design. The new transmission belts between the motors and worm gears reduce the backlash for improved guiding accuracy. The integrated bubble level and the adjustable tripod legs make the levelling easy, the azimuth and altitude axis can be fine adjusted for a precise polar alignment. 

The new features of the EQ6-R are:

  • Transmission belt (between the motors and worm gear)
  • Heavy duty knobs for azimuth and altitude adjustment
  • Handle on the right ascension axis
  • Wider latitude range (5°-65°)

The Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Go-To is designed for the astrophotographer who wants a solid mount with a payload of up to 20kg. 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). 

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 EQ6-R is equipped with a SNAP port for controlling the camera shutter release. Working with the SynScan hand control’s “Camera Control” function, you can take batch exposures of up to 8 groups of “Exposure-time & Frames”.


Download the EQ6-R user manual

Download the EQ6-R motor board firmware



Mount type

German equatorial

Payload capacity

20 kg

Latitude range

5° to 65°

Azimuth adjustment

± 9°

Dovetail saddle

Accepts Losmandy and Vixen bars


17.3 kg (head) + 7.5 kg (tripod)

Counterweight bar

Ø 18 mm, length 242 mm + 180 mm extension

Power requirement

DC 11~16 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 EQ6-R mount
  • Steel tripod
  • Counterweights (2 x 5 kg)
  • Counterweight extension bar
  • Polar scope (Southern and Northern Hemisphere)
  • SynScan hand controller with cable (RJ45 to RJ45) or Wi-Fi adapter
  • Power supply cord (lighter plug)
  • Mount and SynScan user manual

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