Well it has to be said I am quite pleased with how everything went tonight. The equipment behaved well although I do need to make a small modification to the scope to allow the dec to take the weight of the camera and lens.
I am not that pleased with the optical quality of the lens I used tonight but it still allowed me to see the result of how the guiding setup worked. All the equipment however behaved like a dream.
Light pollution is an issue however I should be able to get around this using some better filters.
Now I have the task of cleaning the rather filthy sensor on my camera. I knew this was going to be an issue but I was not using tonight to make amazing images, that is going to have to come with time and quite a bit of practice using this very basic imaging setup.