Jd and others.
Last night I tried Altair, then picked Rasalhague from the second star choices, figured they were adequately spaced. Did everything correctly, got Align Success message, so I punched in Messier 25 and the scope moved right to it, nearly centered.
And that was it. Every subsequent object, well didn’t even come close. I could tell when the ota moved and where it finally stopped that it was way, way off. Went back too M25 and, bingo, centered. But nothing else, M25 being a success of one. Which makes this even more baffling.
All in all, I did FIVE Auto Two Star alignments, 4 of which got Align Success. And none worked. Even the magic of M25 was gone.
The fifth and final time, I used Altair as star #1, centered it, etc and on the star #2 choices, just because it was there, I selected Albireo, KNOWING that it was far too close to Altair. But I centered it, got Align Success, went back to Altair just to check and there it was, centered in the fov. Success, then? Uh, no. Found no other object. Finally, spent some time (manually) looking at Jupiter and Saturn and came in.
Altair and Albireo are almost one on top of the other, so mystified that it showed up on the star #2 list after I had used Altair.
Oh, also tried to use Antares but it didn’t even show up on the list of stars when I tried to pick one for my first one.
I guess I will do a factory reset today.
One problem is that my observing windows (front and back patios) are fairly narrow so I don’t have a wide range of choices.
Thanks once more for all the replies.