I am using the exos2-gt mount, and before I go any further I feel like I should mention that I am visual lol.. Anyways, I am one amongst many who is having difficulty aligning the mount the first time around to have a good night. I'll explain everything I did yesterday.
I took the the mount out and set it up( entered time and date and coordinates) It wasn't 100% level, and it was slewing the complete wrong way at first. Once I realized this I levelled the tripod and found Polaris through the polar scope. After it was level the scope started slewing in the right direction but was still WAY off target. I do realize that we use the arrow buttons to fine tune the alignment, but the mount couldn't even reach half the stars used for alignment let alone slew correctly to them, and on top of that, once it would slew to "the general direction" when I hit the arrow keys, nothing would happen at all, the scope wouldn't move.
And that was basically my first night with the mount. I am aware this is a cheapy cheap mount, and it will have a few issued likely, but it would be nice if I could at least figure out the alignments for the goto. Can anyone explaine the whole process start to finish, and if anyone uses this mount can they explain what I am doing wrong?
PS when entering time, date, and cooordinates, it asks me for my "zone"... I'm not sure what this means, so I entered my "plant hardiness gardening zone".. Might that be my issue? How can I find out my zone for astronomy?