So I am needing advice on IT hardware architecture.
I currently have a mini pc running Ubuntu Mate 20.04LTS/Kstars/Ekos/Indi that is mounted on the OTA along with a Pegasus UPBv2. The mount is Celestron CGEM, Meade 10" AFC OTA with Feathertouch Crayford motorized focuser add-on. Imaging with an QHY268C, guiding with an OAG and ZWO 174M. I have been connecting via VNC to the mini PC on the mount, which has worked reasonably well.
The problem is that I now want to control the motorized roof, flat panel mounted on the wall, and possibly a future meteo station as well. Seems like a second PC or Pi for the observatory would make more sense than trying to cable everything from the mount mini PC.
Is it possible to run 2 instances of EKOS in parallel? I know there can be an INDI server like Stellarmate on the mount, but can the client have local devices/drivers (roof control, weather, light panel etc) as well?