A lot of astroastronomy programs
APT - Astro Photography Tool
SGP - Sequence Generator Pro
NINA - Nighttime Imaging N' Astronomy
and probably others will automate image capture - programming the telescope mount to go-to a location, execute a series of photos with specified exposure time, then go to the next one etc.
I am interested in doing with this with both DSLR and a QHY camera and ideally I could use the same software for both. That is why Backyard EOS is not on the list above.
I have only shot manually, or with a motorized panorama head in the past. Now I am looking at a full equatorial go-to mount.
A lot of the mosaic software seems to be oriented around capturing a specific small target, and taking a few frames around it. I am interested in doing large scale mosaics that could easily go up to 100 - 300 positions (also called panels or panes), with short to moderate focal length lenses. The optics will be camera lenses 50mm through 200mm.
I would also like autofocus at the beginning of the mosaic, and possible even part way through.
Some mosaic planning software seems to be oriented around being used mainly before the imaging night. While I might do that, I also want somethnig that isn't too hard to change or update in the field.
What are your experiences and recommendations?