Had an interesting experience with my trip to Florida, and the result of which taught me one major thing, and raised several questions... I need more practice setting up this telescope! I was able to get out and set things up about 4 of the nights.
A problem that I was continually having was the alignment was somewhere between way off to slightly off. I was setting up in Alt-Az alignment mode, and when I would go to a particular star to align with, it was typically not even close. I think I was way off in the placement of the tripod/base, particularity with the compass. The plate that the mount sits on has pins that surround the base of the mount. The plate also has a compass to point the whole setup north. I am pretty sure the dial on the compass was not parallel to the axis of the mounting pins, thus the entire thing wasn't starting off right (north and level). The last night I set up, I had corrected this some, and the whole system performed better.
Another problem I encountered was getting everything completely locked down. This was most evident on the last night. After everything was set up, and the telescope placed on the tripod, I put in the bolt to hold the telescope. The bolt holds the spreader bar that engages with the tripod legs. For some reason, the spreader bar was only engaged with 2 of the legs.... and I didn't fix it. I think this allowed some "slop" in the base (which is supposed to be north and level). It wasn't noticable at first, but as the night went on, the alignment seemed to get worse. When I was done and went to take everything down, the attachement bolt was very loose, and that started out the night very tight. I think the various vibrations from me moving the telescope around caused the base to wobble because it wasn't completely locked down.
Anyway, I was able to view quite a few things on the final night, which was awesome. Eventually, I will learn my way around the sky as well. I also tried to mount the camera to the telescope, but that hasn't worked out so well. I got aggressive and tried to take roughly 15 second shots at iso 400. I am still working on the pictures, but I had a focus problem, which leads me to my biggest question, which is about my camera.. oddly enough....
When in live view, is there a way to increase the exposure or sensitivity (iso) of the camera? I know with a lens attached if you tell the camera to focus, it will increase the exposure of the image temporarily, but with the T-mount on the camera, it doesn't do that. I was close, but off on my focus. I think the star I focused on originally was so bright, that I couldn't tell that the focus was off on the less bright things.
Anyway, the next outing I am going to try setting up with the wedge and polar align the telescope. At this point, I am unsure of when that will be though.