Thanks! What's the origin of that list?
I also have trouble reading the display on the hand controller,
The list of alignment stars can be found here (it's the same list I posted earlier):
According to the hand controller section of the Celestron User Manual for the AVX mount the east/west calibration star list can be toggle with the MENU key, as stated below (from page #15):
note: east/West Filtering – In order to ensure the best possible full-sky pointing accuracy, your computerized mount automatically filters and chooses its initial alignment stars so that the first two alignment stars are located on one side of the Meridian and any calibration stars are on the opposite side of the Meridian, as indicated by the “W” or “E” displayed in the upper-right corner of the LCD. East/West filtering can be changed simply by pressing the MENU button at any time during the alignment process.
Thus, if you inadvertently press the MENU key during the second phase of the alignment you will see the "wrong" set of alignment stars and wonder why the obvious stars aren't available for the alignment. This is the problem I mentioned earlier. I don't really know whether this has caused the OP's problem, but it's confused me now and then.
Also this, from page #17 of the manual (brightness of the LCD display)
The “Hand Control” menu allows you to customize certain features of the NexStar+ hand control To access this menu, press the Menu button (#7 on the keypad) and use the scroll buttons to select “Hand Control” and press ENTER Use the scroll buttons to select from the following options:
• lights control: Independently adjust the brightness of the number keypad and the LCD.