I was hoping someone could give me some assistance after I spent about 2 hours last night tearing my hair out and missing out on a couple of objects I really wanted to see.
Requisite southern hemisphere note here so no Polaris.
Last night, I set up my ED80/HEQ5 Pro and got it pointing south; 3 star alignment off Sirius, Acrux and Rigel; found the error; went to drift align off Sirius and that's where it all went wrong. I got Sirius mostly centre in the eyepiece then hit the button to start the drift alignment, heard a rather loud whir and the telescope seemed to move a lot more than I expected, checked the eyepiece...no Sirius. Okay, the page I was using said that might happen even though I had a 32mm eyepiece in there for the widest possible view. It said if that happened to check the finderscope for a wider field of view. Checked the finderscope...not there either when I'm supposed to be adjusting the T-bolts. I had a bit of a fiddle with the T-bolts to see if that might bring it back in view and...it made the error worse. Same with the knobs. Nothing I did seemed to get any kind of success and every alignment came back with a worse error than the last time, I think at one point I was out by 34 minutes, minimum of around 6 - 8 minutes.
I spent a good couple of hours trying to figure out this issue with no success so I did another 3 star alignment and just adjusted the view whenever the Orion Nebula was drifting out of centre, but I couldn't use it to view anything else I was really hoping for some trickier objects last night like Flame and Horsehead.
Can anyone offer any suggestions or advice on how to potentially correct this problem? I'd really like to know what I was doing wrong. Not having Polaris to align on is frustrating but them's the pains of being down under, I'm just hoping that I can rectify this issue so I can properly use my new toy (camera).