First, sorry for this post as it feels so basic. But it is ruining my journey to learning how to use software such as Backyard EOS, CPWI and Sharpcap for aligning, focusing and polar alignment.
My setup is an AVX mount with an 8 inch Orion reflector. I have progressed to the point where I am able to slew the scope with CPWI or SC using the laptop, based on the camera used (DSLR or ZWO). But my problem comes when trying to get these software to align the scope. etc.
With my DSLR for example; I am using the CPWI software, which connects directly to the hand control for slewing purposes, forcing you to use the slew controls in the software on the laptop. I do not have a wifi setup.
I have trouble slewing the scope via the laptop to get the first alignment star in an image view with EOS/SC. Or to adequately center the star just using the software slew controls. I was able to get a good alignment last night with my DSLR, but only because it has such a wide field of view. I used the laser pointer on my scope to get in the field of view on the laptop, and finally got good alignment. Still going back and forth from the laptop to the finder scope to see if I was slewing closer to the star. Not a good work flow. And I'm sure it will be near impossible with the small FOV with my ASI224.
Is there a better way?
I have decided to spend more money getting a Polemaster which will solve the polar alignment. And perhaps this will improve slewing to my first alignment star.