I have an AVX mount, and I'll echo what others have said above, regarding alignment. You have to go into the hand controller menu and turn the solar option "On". It is off by default to prevent, ahem, newbies from pointing their C8 or C11 at the sun for giggles. Once you've enabled the solar option, you can do a solar alignment. The default when the handset comes up is "Two Star Alignment" but if you use the arrow buttons (not the large NESW buttons, the smaller arrow buttons on the number pad) you can select "Solar System Alignment" and use the sun for alignment.
John, above, has the best advice for aligning the mount during the day, except rather than doing a 1-star alignment, just do a solar system alignment, select the sun, and then use the azimuth knobs to turn the mount left or right to get the sun in the field of view. You may need to fiddle with the altitude knob a bit, too, but not too much if your tripod is level and you've set it for your latitude. If you find that the sun is still slowly drifting out of the field of view, later on you can do a more precise polar alignment at night, and you should be set. Thereafter, if you take the tripod and mount down, setting it back up should be super easy since the altitude will be set and you'll only have to get the tripod level and fiddle with the azimuth knobs to get back in alignment.