I an a relatively new user of a Nexstar 6SE in alt/az mode and have spent some time practicing with 2 star alignments visually for planets, clusters, and am just getting into some of the easier DSOs. I have used Michael Swanson’s advice from his excellent User’s Guide and calibrated my go-to, adjusted backlash settings, and understand which buttons to use for final movement settings to facilitate best tracking. Basically, as far as I can determine, I have done everything that I know to do to maximize this scope’s alignment and tracking.
In spite of this, I find that with medium to higher power eyepieces after alignment I usually will find that a new go-to object is not centered, requiring some fine-tuning of position with the hand controller. Also, some drift from the field of view will occur after tracking for a few minutes. Maybe this is normal; I know that this scope does not have the most accurate gearing that more expensive models use.
I have considered getting a Starsense, but would not want to spend the extra $ unless it not only made alignment easier, but also helped some with tracking accuracy. I understand from reading Michael’s description that Starsense allows adding up to 10 alignment points, as opposed to only 2 alignment points with my hand controller. What is not clear to me is whether this would make tracking more accurate. I would appreciate any advice from those with Starsense experience, and especially an opinion about whether in my situation tracking would be expected to improve.