Someone's gotta say it: of this 15-item list, fully 9 of them can be replaced with "buy an ASIAIR"
I used to drag the gear out, enter the coordinates and time, do a three-star align, fiddle with the hand controller in different slew rates, do it again because it didn't work, manually polar align it, open up Sharpcap, fiddle with that, fire up PHD2, fiddle with that, calibrate the guiding steps, solve the calibration issues because the star didn't move enough, find a guide star, open up EQMOD, connect all the things; diagnose some COM port error; connect it to Stellarium, figure out why the Sync wasn't working, restart everything, take some previews, get focused, plate solve in APT, find the target, frame the target, do some some more previews, create all the folders, set the directories; man the laptop all the time.... if I was lucky I could get capturing by 1am or 2am.
Now I drag the gear out, turn on the ASIAIR, and I'm imaging within five minutes.
I've never seen such a do-all workhorse. The OP will have their mind blown.
Edited by oneredpanther, 23 September 2021 - 03:51 PM.