I am interested in learning how to polar align by manually adjusting the mount using the star drift method. I have read several post and summaries of the method used but I remain unclear on how to orient the reticle in the finder. I seems that Y axis should be tangential to the celestial equator. So if a star is picked due south near the celestial equator the Y axis should be parallel to the horizon and the X axis should be near the Meridian pointing north. The same principle should apply when picking a star in the east, but orienting the Y axis of the reticle tangential to the celestial axis is more difficult to estimate. If the reticle is not oriented correctly, adjustments in azimuth or declination could worsen polar alignment. The other factor is measuring drift with the motor running or off. How drift alignment works is makes sense, but I am having difficultly knowing how to orient the reticle correctly to measure the drift north and south to make the necessary adjustments in the mount. I know there are polar scopes and software programs that make this much easier and more precise, but right now I would like to learn to do this manually.