I bought my AVX mount in June and have got the star alignment, calibration stars and Polar alignment on the mount without seeing Polaris down pat. I pulled a string N-S with a compass, set one leg on the S mark and split the distance equally between the other two legs. Leveled up two ways using a 6" level before setting the mount in place. Everything works fine here but when I go camping and set up in a new location as near perfect as I can but things go all to snot. I first check the finderscope on Jupiter to make sure it's matching the telescope and then when Arcturus shows up I start the two star alignment. Only...Arcturus is nowhere in the finderscope. After I eyeball it's location and center it up I go to the second star, Antares.....ruh roh, Antares is nowhere close to being in the finderscope so I eyeball it and get centered. By now it's getting dark and I try to do 4 star calibration and I'm not sure at all I'm on the right star, there's so many unlike at home where's there's not so many. I usually go to Vega last and also Polar align there. This has happened three times now, 377 miles from home, 400 miles from home and last night only 80 miles from home. I do change the location on the hand control, double check the time and date. I even looked on my phone's compass where the degrees N and W are shown and tried that. Every object including Jupiter and Saturn are nowhere near in view.
I got to looking in the instruction manual and on page 30 I came across how to "Update your star alignment" and "Undo Sync" from the bright star I did the Polar align on any star. This sounds like the cure for my problems but has anybody had the same problem as me and did this solution work for you? If not what did you do to fix the problem? I don't want to blow $300+ bucks on another gizmo to align itself for me.