4 year old Celestron CPC 1100. Have always struggled with alignment issues. Use wedge occasionally, but 90% of time Alz Az only. I introduced Starsense 2 years ago which was also a struggle
In all cases with without Starsense after alignment ( have tried them all ) and a few Go to's The ALignment is off. Scope slews to a destination that is west of target. Target in view in Finder, way left in field, Use Right Arrow to center and tracking is acceptable for viewing
Latitude from GPS almost always adjusts after alignment to about 10' greater than when started alignment. Using User align to realign but all in all spend 50% of the evening futzing with alignment issues.
Some nights are good but its just a matter of time before alignment is off again. When I see observers in rock solid alignment with very accurate tracking for hours , I know I have never experienced that. Maybe Backlash but I always finish movement correctly. And a scope like that with backlash issues ? Not likely , I may be wrong.
Over the past few years my attempts at near perfection in alignment have been a research journey and thanks to Micheal Swanson for all his valuable information. But, I still have not reached a level where astrophotography is remotely possible. Even though I have a Guidescope with Guider. If you cant get an accurate GoTo you are dead in the water.