More luck tonight. Tried the stick at solar noon again and re-affirmed the setup of the mount and the direction of the telescope was nominal. Confirmed the elevation of the telescope was per the measured latitude. Remember, I live in a narrow backyard and cannot see the SCP, but I do have a reasonable vie East and West.I also re-aligned the guide scope, the finder scope and the primary scope during the day.
I decided to go with the PHD2, EQMOD combination and dropped the the GOTO handset after watching 3 good youtube videos from Vanarchy. Links below.
Initially I slewed to the full moon to focus the guider scope and primary scope. Scope was slightly off, down and to the left. The moon was in the finder scope. Using the RA and the DEC on the mount, I was able to re-adjust until the moon was in the middle of the primary scope. I have a ZWO120MM-s on an Orion 600 guider scope. The view of the moon was too large and over saturated looking at it via PHD2. I think there is a Gain option on PHD2 Camera configuration which I will try and bring down next time I go out?
After focusing, I slewed to Altair. Very close to the centre and I used the bullseye in PHD2 to centre it. Mistake I made is I tried drift aligning on Altair with a low degree of success. I wasn't seeing much of a change on the purple circle, DEC and RA lines doing drift and adjust in PHD2.
After rewatching Vanarchy's youtube videos, I realised what I was meant to drift align after Altair by finding a star close to the Meridian and Celestial equator. Well, I need to try this next weekend.
Confident though that I am on the right track. Any additional pointers is always welcome.
Thanks in advance.