So, I decided to see what the Mount could do with just my 300mm Nikon lens, no scope and finally got decent results. I did a rough polar alignment and then a 2 star alignment. Then pointed towards Andromeda. It slewed almost directly to the target, with minor adjustments. Tracking was pretty good as well. Reducing my focal length and telescope weight really helped with the performance. Here's my final image of Andromeda.
Camera: Nikon D5600
Lens: Nikkor 70/300
Stacked in DSS, editing in Lightroom