Well, I used the Meade DSI IV for the first time last night. We had clear skies here in Glendale and the Moon was not out until around midnight. This is really my first time using a camera like this and since I never really needed accurate polar alignment, what I had done in the past, many months prior since I seldom get outside, was to roughly point the scope north and then a quick 2 star align. I used my Orion Atlas mount with the Meade 6inch Mak Cass. I also connected the hand controller to my laptop to use Stellarium. Much easier than using the hand controller.
So last night was my first time using an illuminated reticle eyepiece to attempt drift alignment. I picked up the Meade version at 9mm really cheap for about $35 and it works great. I am trying to avoid too much tech as I am just getting started with this and may eventually graduate to using PHD2 with a camera. Well, I got it just about right. It took some time since I did not have the scope pointed true north and I cannot see Polaris from my backyard.
As for the Meade DSI camera, I have plenty to learn. I'll need to play with the different settings and see what yields the best view. I was able to grab a few shots of Jupiter that I want to attempt to stack. I'll post those later. The view from the 20mm eyepiece was great but I need plenty of work with the camera and software settings. I have a sabbatical coming up so I will spend as many nights as I can learning.
One thought to improve my alignment is to take some 2x4 wood and plane it and form a square corner 'L' shape and add a tapered edge base that will fit on my mounts saddle. Then I'll see how close to Polaris I can get by leveling the mount, using the compass app to align to true north (setting phone on base arm of the L square), and then mount the smartphone on other side of the L so that the phone is pointed in same direction as my polar scope. Then start the SkyMap app, after proper calibration of course, and use the app to get a better alignment with Polaris. I expect that this will reduce the amount of time I will spend with the drift alignment process. I used the steps from Starizona site and they worked great for me so I just need a better starting point. I don't have an iPhone and don't care to own one so I can't access that free Polar alignment app that only exists for Apple.
Any suggestions for better apps to use for a good base polar alignment, when Polaris is not visible, are appreciated. Once I figure this camera and settings out I'll want to start some DSO astrophotography.