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Earlier this evening (Dec. 20) the Mach2 at a lakefront Milwaukee parking lot, set up to shoot the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction. Then clouds.
The good news: daytime field alignment worked.
I leveled the mount, slewed to Home position, then used an iPhone compass app to get a rough direction to the pole. Using the keypad, I slewed to the Moon. With just a little azimuth adjustment and a recal on the moon's center, I spotted Jupiter through a low power eyepiece after a meridian flip.
This was just minutes after sunset.
Unfortunately, I had only 10 or 15 seconds of viewing until the clouds rolled in. I'll try again in 2080. Or maybe Tuesday night.
Bottom line, mount and keypad work great.