At first, I used to dread equatorial (or "polar") alignment of the fork-mounted SCT and would simply use it alt-azimuth. But after struggling through it a few times we eventually get the hang of it. But if you don't spend a half hour doing so, the rest of your night's observing is is limited to star-hopping and not using the GOTO capabilities of the LX200 coupled with a laptop and software. Also, the planets and stars drift quickly enough that you can take any pictures of them without seeing trails.

There are tons of websites that explain how to align your telescope and I don't mean to replicate these sites.