I reset the AP900 ASCOM mount settings (AP900 and CP2) and tried it out again.
Same result unfortunately...logs attached.
However, I see that the Mount Type does not get populated in the Log files...I do have AP900 selected in the Telescope set up panel in ASCOM (double and triple checked) but it is not appearing in the logs (as you noticed earlier). Is this a symptom or cause of my troubles?
thanks for your help in trying to sort this out..