I've built an eq platform for my 8" orion dob (still fine tuning it, but it should work decently for visual and EAA) to use until I can save up for a legit platform.
Before the platform, I always used manual a setting circle and digital angle finder to locate targets, with a very high degree of success in my Bortle 8 backyard sky.
Is there a way to still use that set up with the eq platform? Because my platform is DIY (and it was very cold when I made it ) everything isn't as squared up as it should be and I have to turn my platform away from true north slightly and raise the north bearing. With that set up, not only am I not pointing north (which doesn't really matter since I can always set my setting circle correctly) but I also don't have my dob on a completely level surface.
With those mods I might be able to track objects pretty well, but how will I be able to find fainter DSOs that I was once able to find with my manual set up? Getting a goto dob isn't in my budget for the foreseeable future, where I might be able to save enough sooner for an Ed Jones platform, but would still need guidance on using my setting circle.