I really hope you are right.
I have printed the instructions, laminated them, and placed them on a ring where I can flip through them during setup (reading with my red flashlight). Perhaps I am missing a step, or the IPAD is skipping a step (entirely possible).
There is so much here that doesn't yet make sense to me, but I am unraveling it, one thread at a time.
I was using an IPAD and following the directions for an Android application. They weren't exactly in synch. This is why I suspect the IPAD might be the gremlin.
Things I believe to be pertinent:
GPS on a phone or an Ipad isn't really GPS. It is a GPS application but the phone or IPAD doesn't have a GPS receiver / control chip in it. This is done through hosting.
The software was written to run on an Android phone. By running it on an IPAD, I may have sunk my own boat from the beginning, even though the original authors re-hosted it to Apple.
I still don't have an Android phone, but I have bought an Android tablet with genuine/real/actually working GPS. This is a Google Nexus 7, Gen II.
Now, I will be running the software on the platform it was written for, with 'non simulated' GPS.
If this doesn't work, I will make a last ditch effort to make this work by running it on the wife's phone. I have been doing everything I can think of to avoid that, but if the Nexus 7 fails, I will have no other option left to pursue.
I hope you are correct regarding the altitude encoder orientation. I will work on the assumption that you are correct and see how it pans out.
This is a turn key system for $100. I really want it to work. I can live without it, but if it can be successfully adapted to scopes other than GSO, it will make 'push to' available to folks who otherwise couldn't afford it, or who would struggle to afford it. For some odd reason, this is important to me. I don't mind being the guinea pig and I enjoy the challenge, even when it gets frustrating.
Everything new has to have someone to try it first and I have been unable to find where anyone else has put this system on an Orion scope. I should have the Nexus 7 in my possession and the rig outside this coming Friday night. I'll follow your suggestion with the encoder and by the way, thank you for your kind and thoughtful post. I've not heard from the seller yet, but it has only been one day. Perhaps he/she will explain what "orientation left or right" means. If not, you are the current expert.
Stay tuned. I ain't whipped yet.