Okay, so I have clear skies, scope well focused, can't get Ekos Polar Alignment tool to do anything but fail. I know I am pointed ROUGHLY in the direction of true north, but I could possibly be a couple of degrees off. How close must I be to dead on for Polar Alignment to work?

What would be a good methodology for getting "close enough"? Should I unhook all my photographic equipment, put back the eyepiece and then line up Polaris, physically moving the tripod until it lines up, then reattach my optical train? Or some other method?

Thanks for any advice anyone can give.