I am am new to astrophotography and just got my first mount with the optional iPolar scope. I received both the other day and installed the iPolar myself, then went out shooting that evening. Everything worked fine but I noticed that the USB cable on the iPolar was in an odd position, so I took the iPolar back out and adjusted it accordingly.
I went back back out last night, and noticed I started getting star trails after about 30 seconds at 200mm. The night before, I was shooting 3 minute 30 second exposures with no problem at 200 mm.
I updated my lat/lon in the software, I reconfirmed the positions on the mount, and did my best to align it using the software but no matter what I did I could not get a good track.
What could be be causing this? Would not being pointed perfectly north cause this, or does the software account for that when you’re aligning on screen? Does the tripod need to be perfectly level? Or is it possible that I messed something up on the second install/ adjustment? Any help is greatly appreciated, I am completely new to all of this and not sure where I am going wrong. If anyone could lend some advice on what might help or be causing this I would appreciate it.
Thank you you in advance.