I finally got out with my new (to me) 8" LX90 ACF GPS. I think I followed the owner instructions on alignment, but got varying results. Here's what I did and the results....
I set up the scope so that a bubble level on top of the tube showed level near a rivet above the visual back. Then the tube was pointed to the north with a compass. I then tightened the dec and alt releases and rechecked the level and north. All looked OK.
The scope was powered up, the accessory LNT was not connected. The GPS took its information and then went to a two star set up. Even with a 70 degree FoV 38mm eyepiece, the selected stars were not visible in the first two attempts, but I proceeded anyway with the set up with the expected failed alignment (in spite of of the positive report from the audiostar hand controller).
On the third attempt (repeating the exact same process) the scope was FINALLY pointed to Rigel as the second star and I was able to get close enough to GOTO objects to find them in the FoV of the 38mm eyepiece. Mostly.
But when M42 was selected and slewed into view, the scope would not track it and required continual adjustment to keep it in view,
Later in the evening / higher in the sky, tracking seemed to kick in and it took less adjustment to keep it in the FoV.
The images were great under the dark[er] sky conditions we had. Quite nice and detailed.
HELP!! What am I doing wrong? Are there alternative alignment techniques that work better? Should I connect the LNT?
Thanks for your consideration,