Its been 20+ years since I had used my ETX90EC but got it out to start using it again. I figured since it has been such a long time, I should look to update the Autostar.
I downloaded update software from Mead and hooked things up to an older W10 tower PC that has a comm port .. but the Mead s/w (ASU) said it could not connect to the internet, but I think it really meant it could not connect to the meade servers?
So I was looking online and found another software program, AutoStar(?) that updated the patch level from 21xx to 42xx. I then did a reset as is suggested and put in my time zone etc.
Set the telescope up outside. I got it pointed sorta in the direction of true north to get it in the Alt/Az home position (I live in NY so its supposed to be like 11 degrees west of magnetic North).
But I didn't think getting it very accurately in the home position mattered since I use the 2 star align and I thought that would correct things if my home position was off?
At any rate, it was off for each of the 2 stars to align to, but I adjusted it and got each star in the eyepiece's cross hairs and pressed enter.
But then I told it to point to the moon to adjust the focus and the moon was nowhere in the field of view or the eyepiece. I was able to adjust the telescope to put the moon into position and adjust focus, but if it couldn't find the moon accurately then its not going to find other things accurately.
So I guess first off, how important is it to get the scope into home position as accurately as possible? I thought that just helped find the 2 stars for the align more readily?
If using the 2 star align should have compensated for an inaccurate home position, what do I do next?