Hey Kurt glad to hear you've found some solutions. I think the mini attached to the mount is genius. I'm sure it's possible for the mount manufacturers to put the connections in the lower alt/azi part of the mount. Time will tell.

Early part of my journey but finding it frustrating to get to grips with the difference between visual and photo astronomy..

Kubuntu sounds really interesting.

I use Opencore to run osx on a self build.