So a few weeks ago i finally decided to get a telescope after wanting one for a couple decades. I got what i thought would be a good start with a celestron astromaster114eq. After a couple uses and post purchase research it went back and i replaced it with the orion skyline 6in dob. Got it all built and setup, scope aligned and took it out to gander at jupiter last night. Firstly, yay man so cool to see the moons and barely perceptible cloud bands. Then the frustration started setting in when i attempted to change from the 25mm eyepeice to the 9mm. The azimuth movement on this thing is horrid, i mean seriously what the heck. It takes honest force to get the thing to spin so much so that even with the 25mm lens im constantly over shooting trying to adjust for planetary movement. The force also knocks the altitude out because thats much much lighter and causes a rebounding effect where i get jupiter lined up and let go and it shifts back a little.
I took it all apart and made sure i assembled things correctly and re-read instructions a few times and its correct but it its not smooth movement at all and takes what i feel is too much force to spin. The adjustments on the celestron with the slow motion controls was so much better but i thought dobs were more ideal? I also got a dob because i thought they were supposed to be more stable but when i attempt to focus things shake even worse than the celestron on the eq mount.
Did i do something wrong? or did i get a badly manufactured one? Or is it supposed to be like this? I had high hopes and excitement to finally get into this hobby but theres no way im going to enjoy anything if i cant move it precise enough to even spend a few minutes tracking anything.
Thanks for any help or advice, right now im just considering returning this and getting another EQ model so i can more easily track things. The problem is those barely come in 6in or higher and i want the best posisble views i can get in my budget.