I would like to first go over how I will be using my equipment and whether this program is 'needed'? what are the options you most like with it that you think creates the value?
1. I have a new Mach 1 mount I received a month ago with the hand controller. I am still piecing components together for my system but received my new laptop today. My FSQ106 arrived yesterday and I have the Eagle pier as well. I downloaded the ASCOM and the driver for the mount. Those are installed. I also will be using Maxim DL Pro and am downloading it shortly. I will not be remote but imaging on my back patio as I live in a dark sky site in AZ. So there is zero need for that for me.
2. Is there anything I will miss not having ASCOM? Is there another program I might need? I don't think PemPro is necessary at this time. But you can feel free to talk me into it.