This mount has been sitting unused since I got my G-11 some time ago, and even when I was using it, I didn't use the go-to features very often. It had trouble acquiring targets even when I aligned it it the best I could. I now think that it had mechanical issues (see this thread, if you care). The mount is solidly stable now, so I hope it will have better target acquisition. I'm planning to use it in a quasi-public observatory that's nearing completion, and folks other than me will use it, so I'd like to get up to speed on the go-to features. (I remember much of it, but will practice.)
I got this mount for free from someone who hated it. He had, if I recall correctly, a mighty big Astrophysics refractor, and one day the mount just let loose in RA. Luckily, the scope hit his body rather than the ground or some other solid object. I had just written a wanted ad (here on CN, I think), asking if anyone had an old EQ mount sitting unused that they'd part with for a low price, and he PM'd me, saying I could have his for nothing. I was expecting an old AC-powered mount from a Cave or Meade reflector, but he offered a nearly-new (at the time) Atlas! I told him that fixing it would not be difficult, but he let me know that he wanted to get something higher-end, and that he wouldn't be allowed until he got rid of this one.
I got it running in about an hour.
My question has to do with the older, un-upgradable hand controller. It's working fine, but I'm wondering just what I've missed, and will continue to miss, in firmware upgrades that I cannot get. If I ever have the funds (doubtful), is the mount capable of being run with a newer hand controller? I know it can be run without the controller at all -- with a laptop, but as I said, others will be using it, and I want to keep it as simple as possible.