I don't actually need or want to use SSH which is why I asked in the OP if I actually needed to be doing this. But I could not find documentation about how to set things up with the Pi at the telescope and all the software on the laptop (except, of course, the Indi Server and astroberry). Can someone point me there?
Okay, time to fess up that I really don't understand any of this. I've been getting by without understanding fully what I am doing.
When I point my browser to astroberry.local/desktop, this brings up a web page that identifies itself as "astroberry - noVNC". What's with this "noVNC"? I've newer understood what that meant. It looks and feels like it IS VNC i.e. a "remote console" . If it isn't VNC then what is it?
How would this setup you are recommending work? And how does it differ from my current setup? It sounds as though it would do what I want. Basically, that's keeping all the files generated on my laptop, not my Pi.