SkyWatcher USA has announced the release of the CQ350 equatorial mount for large payloads. Rated for 77 pounds carrying capacity, the CQ350 is a GoTo mount featuring belt drives for reduced backlash and periodic error. The stepper motors’ lack of internal gear boxes further reduces backlash. The mount includes a 42,000+ object database, sidereal, solar and lunar tracking rates, a USB port for computer control, a SNAP port for remote shutter release, and an autoguide port compatible with a wide range or current offerings. An illuminated polar scope is available as an option, as is a heavy-duty steel tripod for field use.
MSRP: $3500; with heavy-duty tripod: $4265