Last June I became the proud owner of a Celestron AVX EQ mount. The first night I used it I couldn't get it to work right doing the two star alignment. Over and over it was way off! Then suddenly I realized June isn't the 7th month it's the sixth. MYBAD! I don't make that mistake anymore. On my back porch I stretched a string from North to South, placed the correct leg on the string and straddled equally the other two legs. Set the OTA at 34 degrees and wait until Arcturus is visible and then Antares. Then I do 4 star calibration ending with Vega and then I Polar align the mount off Vega since Polaris isn't visible because of the tree. I marked the location of the legs to save time setting up and it works great every time. Somehow when I go off camping everything turns to poop! I carefully pull my string, straddle the line, etc. set the location on the hand control, time, etc. but when it tries to go to Arcturus it's way off! I usually take advantage of Jupiter being visible and loosen the clutches and manually slew over and double check the finderscope alignment first so that's not the problem. So I start eyeballing Arcturus's location until I get it in view and do the first alignment. Same thing happens with the second star Antares but I keep at it until it's centered. By now there's so many star's when I go to the 4 star calibration I'm guessing I'm right and do the polar alignment. I'm not...if I enter anything in the hand control it's nowhere close! This has happened the last three times I've gone somewhere but never happens here at home. I triple check everything!
Can I just go ahead and do the Polar alignment on Jupiter? The hand control allows me to enter Jupiter as a choice. I don't want to blow $300+ on something that will do everything for me.