Howdy folks! I'm in research mode for a beginner-level astrophotography setup and I think I have my hardware mostly decided upon (iOptron Cem26/Gem28, Astro-Tech AT72EDII, ZWO ASI294MC; flattener and OAG are TBD). However I'm having a hard time picturing how to piece together a software stack to wire everything together. I'm a Linux user and KDE developer and I'd like to avoid introducing additional dependencies on Windows and MacOS.
Are there any special drivers or pieces of software required for camera control, or can gPhoto2 control everything--including the dedicated astrophotography cameras? What about, like, rotating filter wheels? Are all-in-one apps like Siril any good? Would KStars be relevant? I'm already using Stellarium for planning visual sessions.
I'm kind of an automation nut, so ultimately I would like to produce a pipeline that executes a pre-planned imaging session at a specific time, takes all necessary images, sorts them into suitably-named folders, remotely copies them to another machine, and so on. Running everything off a tiny all-in-one PC would seem to make a bit of sense. Ultimately I'd like to be able to tell the system to image some target, go to sleep, and have all the images waiting for processing in the morning on my laptop when I wake up. That would be rad. To me, piecing something like this would be a part of the fun.