Plate solving is a life changer for AP. Nothing better than an auto-centered target galaxy. I will also suggest looking at NINA for integrating all of the pieces. I needed better autofocus than APT provided. NINA also will auto-slew to target, then center the target and start shooting the sequence without having to write a script.
Scope: Orion EON 115mm APO
Mounts: ES EXOS2-GT w/ PMC-8
Cameras: ZWO ASI 071MC Pro, Canon 6D Mk 2, Canon 7D2, EOS 60D Asto Modified
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
Misc: TELRAD, ZWO ASI120MM Guide Camera, Astromania 60mm Guidescope, Senso Sesto Focus Motor
Software: EXPLORESTARS IOS & WIN, Stellarium. NINA, APT, DSS, PixInsight, Photoshop CC
Computer: Dell Latitude E5450, Windows 10