I have noticed a number of Skywatcher mounts in pictures posted on this thread so I guess there must be quite a few 'EQ' owners with loads of experience in these mounts. I know how to polar align and how to input location and time details. Also I often successfully do 3 star alignment and successful GoTo's and I really don't think the following problem is anything as simple as basic setup. My problem is that sometimes the mount seems to have brain failure. Sometimes it will fail to complete an alignment and sometimes it goes to crazy places when I select a star to align to. I have dug a bit deeper into the menu maze of Synscan and there's this "Show Position" command. The numbers displayed will alter as you use the control pad buttons but, in the home position, the numbers are nothing like the 90° and 12 hrs (??) that I would expect. I would have expected that, as the mount seems to have no memory, switching on in the Home position, it would always show the Origin position at that time - but it doesn't seem to; just seemingly random looking digits. Am I right to expect it to start at a 'meaningful' home position? Is the NPE (North Pole Error) message I have been getting, something to do with it?