The control-room software used by amateur astronomers, controlling both the telescope and the instrument (i.e. camera and filters) is indistinguishable from professional. Frankly, much of the amateur software is superior. For example, amateurs control cameras with more real-time processing than is available at most professional observatories. "Amateur" software offers real-time dark and sky subtraction, and real-time image stacking (accounting for sub-pixel shift and rotation) of multiple images. Only a few professional observatories offer this processing real-time.
Where the professional win, of course, is in four areas: 1. Aperture size of the telescope (3 to 10 meter) 2. UV and near-infrared cameras, in addition to optical CCDs 3. Outstanding spectrometers (costing $5-$20M) 4. Dark sites with good seeing. The spectrometers deliver high throughput, high spectral resolution, UV, optical, and IR spectra, and often simultaneous multi-object spectroscopy. The dark sites (mag 21 per square arcsec) and sub-arcsecond seeing help greatly. In addition, professional telescope often have adaptive optics to achieve diffraction-limited image quality, down to 0.3 arcseconds.
Professionals also mosaic multiple CCDs to create larger sensors, to allow larger fields of view and sub-arcsecond pixels.
Today, amateurs have sCMOS and CCD cameras, along with control-room software, that is every bit the equal of the professionals.