thank you for the additional advice.
i've only begun to tinker with the backlash, and that as we're in a prolonged socked-in period here, plus i've just been going at it from the scant information in the manual. i'll do some thread-reading on that later today. the scope as i received it had all 4 values set to 0, and the directional arrows clearly behave drastically different with that setting.
re: camera: i was all set to get an ASI224, thinking i should start modestly and see how it goes, but then i was doing some modeling in telescopius and realizing that even though i have the red dot finder tweaked within an inch of its life i may have a Deuce of a time even aligning the scope with such a tiny field of view on the 6se, even with a focal reducer. and much of the low-hanging fruit on the DSO tree would be out the window so to speak. so now i'm wondering if it would be crazy to start instead with something like the ASI294? which seems overkill for a beginner, but maybe actually easier?
my alignment was getting quicker over the ~10 sessions i had, but not necessarily better. i know i can improve that by using some higher power eyepieces and taking a bit more time. i also haven't even tried the tweaking abilities of the mount, replacing alignment stars, local syncing, nor Precise Goto. need to come to grips with all of that.
i have thought of the tradeoff between a focal reducer/corrector vs getting an st-80 or the like. maybe i should try it first with a focal reducer and see how i get on, but before i pursue either route, do you have a take on this?
thank you again for experienced thoughts!
Edited by millsbob, 15 January 2021 - 11:23 AM.