For a few years I've been using Windows as a virtual machine on my MacBook to control my mount using Cartes du Ciel and EQMOD etc, guiding (PHD2) and imaging (Backyard EOS).
Every now and again I investigate whether I can as easily just use my MacBook to do this directly without running the VM. Each time I investigate I find a wall of confusing information. Whereas by comparison setting up with ASCOM, EQMOD, and Cartes du Ciel was relatively straightforward (and free) despite my relative ignorance and limited experience with computers.
So here's the question. How easy is it to set up the same just in the Mac OS? And are there any videos and guides like there are for EQMOD? I see there is something called EQMAC. But the big notice on the front page saying DO NOT download version 2 does not exactly inspire confidence. Is there something equivalent to ASCOM for a Mac? Is it even necessary with EQMAC?
I use a Lynx Astro FTDI EQDIR USB Adapter and cable for my Sky-Watcher Mount. Is it possible to use that with a Mac? The specs say it is Mac OS compatible. Most of the commercial telescope control apps like Sky Safari appear to use their own cables or WiFi units, apart from being quite expensive of course.
Any advice much appreciated.