I am running my celestron CGEM II mount and noticed a recurring phenomenon this summer as I try to polar align...
My house faces 56o NE and I scope in the backyard, so Polaris is always obstructed until late at night. I align my mount to point north and set the latitude on the mount and do my 4+2 and then go to the All Star Polar Align.
I've been using Spica as it is fairly south, almost due south and not too low on the horizon. Earlier in the spring I used Regulus and Procyon to polar align but in any event it I notice the same thing:
Picking the star and aligning it with the hand controller is no problem but the mount REALLY skews far away when aligning the mount. Often I have to adjust the Azimuth knob to the maximum and it still comes up short...I feel like this shouldn't be the case? Anyone else run into this? can I do something to offset this in the initial setup?
In the winter I didn't seem to have this problem, I'd just use Sirius and it seemed to go off without a hitch but I am wondering now if I accidentally had my scope setup facing south lol.