One thing that I don't believe has been mentioned is a variation on equatorial setting circles that uses an objects "hour angle". This is the difference in actual time it will take an object to pass through your local meridian. You still have to know the objects declination. Older equatorial mounts had this scale as an option if you wanted to use it. Pretty neat.
I like the setting circles on my little Questar. Use the Kochab technique to align in less than two minutes and good enough to have objects in a one degree FOV all night long. Also saves my back from the contortions sometimes associated with equatorial mounts.
My other favorite is the point-and-peek method using one of the excellent unit finders available today. Point the scope in the general area and with a little practice your within a couple of FOVs of an object. For the really faint stuff I use this method and then star hop using a good chart.
I have to admit that some of today's goto scopes are winning me over. I don't hear near the number of unprintable words I used to hear during an observing session when mounts got kicked, batteries went dead, connections came loose, GPS units went out, sudden unanticipated meridian flips occurred, displays froze, or software just plain quit.
Just to be safe I'm going to try and stay sharp on a couple of manual methods. :-)
Edited by justfred, 07 September 2020 - 06:56 AM.