If this is about getting pointed to where you want to image, you're really making it harder than you have to. What most all of us do i9s platesolving. Easier to do than to say.
I GOTO my target, not caring if it's in the frame or not. Shoot a short sub, all I need is some stars. Load it into PlateSolve 2, with my targets RA and DEC, and the field of view Hit "solve". PS2 tells me exactly (understatement) where I'm pointed. I know where I want to be, and I correct.
You need the free PS2 and either one of the two associated catalogs. A fits or a jpg. You can practice on an image in daytime.
Seems to me that plate solving takes just as long as me looking at a photo I take with the canon. This is why I want to do it the way I describe. I can at least learn the sky by looking at my photo's, and taking a photo it gets uploaded immediately into my pc, and I am looking at it within 3 seconds of taking it.
PHD2 will not work during the day for images, I tried that and all I get is a white screen. The minimum exposure is 0.01s, and with that in place and gain off, it is still a white screen.....but just asking myself, "do I need to run the ascom eqmod to engage the camera"? I wouldn't have thought so as it is just an image......
If I am unsure of my location I can use Nova, (that Kathy advised...thanks Kathy). Once I'm more accustomed with the sky I will be using Nova less.
In all honesty, there is a plethora of software out there for doing as we want. I do not want my PC stuffed full of software, (which all requires a learning curve...and some of it lengthy). I am happy enough using a guide camera, PHD2, Stellarium, and my canon hooked up to the canon software. I look at some videos on youtube from "experts", and they are in conservatories, have the latest mounts, about 5 monitors, 3-5 PC's/laptops, and when they show their screen......countless pieces of software.
The majority of us do not have that and have neither the finances or time to get it and learn it.
Most of us want a simple set-up that works to the way we want. Some want to learn the sky, some do not and just want good photo's.
You have that "long-haired" bloke on youtube that does apt......he's brilliant. He takes better photo's with an i-phone on a piece of wood, using a straw to polar align and manually moving the mount, (to which the wood is clamped to!)...........and way better than mine. He needs no plate solving or exotic software. What he does have is knowledge.