A little background.
I have a Mac household and limited knowledge about Windows besides the very basic as I have to use it at work. I would appreciate people who know Windows better to comment please.
I have a Mac desktop that I use for all serous work including processing in Pixinsight. I have a very old MacBook Air which I take with me when I am on the road for minor Word Processing, web browsing and email only. I have an iPad for media consumption but I don't do work on it. My almost 10 year old MacBook Air is dying with intermittent video problem that is not economical to fix. Its battery is also failing (it had been replaced already once before). It is basically due for replacement. At the same time my son's school is requesting that he has an tablet device with him for "learning" purpose so we are also needing a tablet for him (don't get me started -- I hate this idea but all his classmates bring their own devices and he is missing out on activities because he does not have one).
At the moment I have a mount side PC running Windows 10 in headless mode controlling all the astro hardware. I dial into it using Windows Remote Desktop from my MacBook Air to control it. This however requires a local network to be present (at home) or a Wifi AP to be set up when I am mobile.
I am thinking to get a Microsoft Surface Go because:
1. I can give my current iPad to my son so we don't have to buy him a new one. The Surface Go should be sufficient for general media consumption for me.
2. The Surface Go underpowered it is, should still perform on par as my old MacBook Air for what I am currently using it for.
3. Presumably I should still be able to dial into the mount side PC and control it from the Surface Go?
My idea is that by buying one device I can both replace the ageing MacBook Air and also free up an iPad for my son.
I am wondering though, can I potentially put all the Astro capture software on the Surface Go as well (i.e. ASCOM, Voyager, SGPro, PHD2, etc) so that I can connect the astro gear directly to the Surface Go and bypass the mount side PC altogether. This would be very convenient because I will do away with the need of having some kind of network connections. Having a screen and keyboard would make trouble shooting a lot easier too.
Has this been done and if so what is the experience like? Presumably I need some kind of USB-c hub to expand its connectivity?
Are there better options?
Edited by Henry from NZ, 21 February 2020 - 05:02 PM.