I forgot about those little AA batteries myself, did I ever feel stupid for not removing them when I set things up. I also find that most of my problems are my fault; either by not double-checking the cable connections or not powering something sufficiently. As a general rule I learn something new about astronomy and my equipment every time I am able to get under the stars. I always, while in my dark area, have a red flashlight glowing just a little 5 watt Red LED Flashlight can save an astronomer a lot of money. I saved me from a very bad cord wrapping I found happening one night. I know from using both SE or Evolution mounts you have to keep track of your clearances and cords.
I found that by having the wireless dongle and the computer com cable connected to the mount will give some real head scratching issues. I found out you can't have both connected it at the same time it seems to confuse CPWI as to what to use for the connection and about half way through alignment the system crashes.
It would be nice to align the scope using the handset buttons rather then the computer screen. It's rather difficult to use CPWI's directional keys Not everyone uses a camera to do their star alignments like me. For us who don't have a big income buying a camera for alignments aren't going to break the bank anymore. You don't need much of a camera for star alignments and I truly believe it's worth the extra expense. I decided it would be a good idea for me to purchase an inexpensive hand paddle and run it through the mount's auto guide port. It's a bunch easier to do the alignments now with my physical limitations.
My StarSense after calibrating to just one star, accurately, is good to go for the whole season using it for almost all visual observing. (I pick the biggest and brightest star I can for a calibration star that doesn't set in my area.) For AP purposes you really need to have as accurate NCP alignment the StarSense has that capability using both ASPA and the StarSense User Auto-Align together and I calibrate it to at least 3-stars as far apart as I can. It's not all that much more time involved, I usually have the whole routine done in about 20mins. First I perform as accurate of a manual polar alignment as I can with the mount's polar scope. Then I perform an auto align followed by the ASPA. On top of that I perform another auto align to check for errors. But by aligning the mount this way I've never seen long stars or crescent stars in my images.
It would also be nice if we didn't have to use a Celestron focuser, that doesn't fit refractors