I have a C8 tube on a Nesxtar SE mount and tripod. The last three or four times I've tried to align, I can't get it to work.
Last night I thought I would try and view the Christmas comet near the Pleiades. I set up around dusk (clear skies in rural southern MI). Leveled the tripod and mounted the scope. No stars out yet but the moon was there so I did a Solar System Align on the moon.
I saw Mars appear shortly thereafter and selected it and the scope slewed in that direction but it was nowhere centered. I slewed back to the moon and again, it moved in the general direction but wasn't close to centering.
I then powered off and waited until some stars appeared. I powered up and did a 2 Star Align, selecting Polaris and another nearby star (can't remember the name). Alignment was successful according to the SE display and then tried slewing to the moon and it came nowhere near.
Please help as I'm really frustrated. The image quality of the C8 is amazing, but if I can't view anything reliably, it doesn't warrant all the setup time.
Thanks very much,