I was testing if I could use EKOS to control an old iOptron MiniTower2 the other day. Connected the laptop to the handset and the handset to the mount. The mount connected fine and when I told it to do a star align, it went in roughly the right direction, saw that it was not there and then for the correction went waaaaayyyy off. Strange thing was that when I told it to Park, it would not go to the same position that it started in (it went to a completely strange position). Even after I purged the parking configuration & mount model on EKOS.
Is the problem the handset, as in, do I need to clear alignment on the handset and then drive it with EKOS? Or do I need to align with the handset first and then connect EKOS (the problem with that is visual alignment probably won't be as accurate as EKOS alignment would be, and its a faff to replace a diagonal and EP w a camera and refocus for an EAA session)?
Tonight I figured out that when Stellarmate connects to the Minitower II mount it overrides the time and the hand controller gets its time changed from say 22:15:00 EDT to 2:15:00 (the UTC time), and if the mount is not parked (say because you did an alignment with the handset), the mount immediately swivels 4 hours west. Clouds arrived shortly after this discovery so I wasn't able to determine if a goto from Stellarmate would get to the correct target or instead send the scope pointing to where the target will be in 4 hours. Should be clear in two days and will see what I can find out. I see in the driver docs to turn off DST on the hand controller and I did that first.