I am very new to all this, so I am assuming I am doing something wrong.
I got an EQ6R Pro almost a year ago and although I Iove the mount (except for some annoying things) I do have difficulty with polar alignment. Inittially I did PA using only the polar scope in the mount and using the polar app on the phone. Then I Iearned about Sharpcap and lately I got the ASIair pro. My issue is with adjusting the azimuth. Well, altitude is not the easiest with the provided hardware, but that is not my issue. My issue is that when I use either Sharpcap or ASIair, I have the hardest time adjusting the mount from left to right. For example, yesterday I was using ASIair and trying to wait patiently for the screen to refresh, even twice before adjusting the azimuth. I then adjusedt according to directions and again waited to make sure the image had refreshed to find out if I got closer. Often nothing moved much if at all. Then I try again just a tad followed by another round of patient waiting to make sure the image on the screen is updated. That goes like that for a few more very small adjustments when all of a sudden the result is a large movement and I went way past the place I was aiming.
The weird thing is that, althought the altitude adjustment knobs are hard, I find a good spot after just a few tries. In other words, my adjustment converges. With the azimuth adjustment is not like that at all, it is more like a drunken walk and I give up once I am close enough.
I must say that the very first time I used Sharpcap it worked like a charm and I was done with PA after just a few tweeks. I wondered if I had tighttened the screw that connects the mount to the tripod too hard. I looked for people setting up their EQ6R on you tube and it looked like they were really thightenning it. I am not a person with a lot of hand strength, I have some arthritis on my hands. I can lift the mount itself without a problem but making knobs very tight is hard for me (the knob on the weight comes to mind). But if I loosen the two screws for the azimuth and try to turn the mount after attaching it to the tipod, I can't without really putting some force. With that I figured it is not too loose. I doubt I am over-tightening.
Does anybody have a clue what I could be doing wrong? Once I polar align, I am fine for the rest of the night and tracking is really good for my level of experience at least. But should PA really take like 20 minutes? Should I leave the attachment between the mount and tripod a little loose and tighten it after PA? Thanks in advance.