Yep, the pics definitely help us figure out a little more about what you have - and it sounds like you are going about it the right way.
One thing I noticed from your latest pictures:
The very first one in that series, you see the black "T shaped" adjuster bolt that is in between the tripod legs?
It screws into the black metal base that the wood legs attach to.
Before you go about balancing the scope, you will want to loosen that a little bit -
then turn the upper part of the mount so that the bar with the weight is directly across from the T knob and positioned over that tripod leg.
That is your North tripod leg. Tighten everything up once done.
(the whole top part should rotate - but there may be another knob underneath that you may have to loosen before it moves)
That will keep the scope from flopping over on you, from the weight being imbalanced over the legs.
Not that it will, but that it could happen.
Kind of hard to explain by typing it all out, but I hope that makes sense to you.
(random thought for the folks helping out here - it looks to me that mount might be able to be set up in alt-az, and I'm wondering if this may be a worthy suggestion to help a starting novice, instead of learning the motions of the equatorial configuration first?)
Edited by telesonic, 30 November 2018 - 11:12 PM.