As a newbie in AP, I am confused in setting up EQ mount for observation/imaging
For example: Celestron scope Cgem/CGX mount
1. Align by choosing multiple stars and calibrating. Allows “Goto” via HC, Wi-Fi or USB connection via skyportal/SkySafari/Stellarium/ EQmod/etc for visual observation. Will not provide accurate tracking for imaging.
2. Polar align to accurately track for imaging after calibrating in #1 (Celestron All Star Polar Align)
3. Plate solve after #1 and #2 for extremely accurate location of object. Critical for returning to exact location for multiple night imaging.
4. Or can you simply
a. skip step #1
b. visually align mount to Polaris,
c. Polar align (using Polestar for example),
d. plate solve (PS2,etc)
Will this provide accurate Goto/tracking for imaging?
Polar alignment will provide accurate rotation of the RA axis - correct?
Plate solve will accurately define location (Goto) on RA axis - Correct?
Isn’t that all I need for imaging?