According to the manual, you don't adjust the alt/az BOLTS, you adjust using the direction keys on the hand controller to slew to the target. Think of it this way: you are not adjusting the mount itself, you are training the computer as to how far off your mount is aligned, and in what direction, so it can compensate. As long as you are close to polar alignment, it shouldn't be a problem. That's why you can just rough align with the polar alignment scope.
That isn't at all what is going on. The mount is not compensating for anything. The point is to allow you to easily adjust it in altitude and azimuth to get closer to the pole; that is all.
Here is a cut/paste directly from the manual:
1. At the prompt of “Choose 1st Star,” use the scroll keys
to browse through a list of star names and choose
one you’re familiar with. Press ENTER. The mount will
then automatically slew the telescope toward that star.
2. After the mount stops, the hand controller will beep
and display “Use dir. keys to center object.” The
mount’s tracking function is also automatically turned
on to prevent the target star from drifting in the FOV of
3. Now use the direction keys to move the telescope to
center the star in the FOV of the finder scope.
4. Then look in the eyepiece and move the telescope
(using the directional keys) so that the chosen star is
centered in the field of view of the telescope eyepiece.
5. Press ENTER to confirm the star is centered.
As you can see from step 4, you use the directional keys on the hand controller to center the star, and then press the enter button. You are not adjusting the mount's physical alignment at all. You are compensating for pointing error. Here is another cut/past directly from the manual:
The SynScan hand controller divides the sky into 85 small
zones, and you can calibrate the pointing error for each of
these zones. The next time the SynScan controller tries to
locate an object in the calibrated zone (or a zone nearby), it
will automatically apply the recorded
calibration data to compensate
for the pointing error. This function is useful for locating
faint deep sky objects, and it is also helpful to obtain consistent
pointing accuracy for a permanent observatory.
Correct me if I'm wrong but reading things like "it will automatically apply the recorded calibration data to compensate for the pointing error." sure makes it sound like the software is compensating for the pointing error of the mount. Not to mention if you follow the directions, how are you further aligning the physical orientation of the mount by slewing? You aren't, because slewing doesn't do that. You are just showing the software how far off the physical orientation is to true polar alignment, and the software compensates. At least that is how I understand it.