Knez and Harel I always process to show down to the noise. If there is no noise in your image you are throwing away signal.
Here is an animated gif from a crop of a stretched image to a tone mapped image with EasyHDR. 5MB
This is a crop from Kfir Simons image of the same area with EasyHDR tone mapping and original. Animated gif. 5MB
Note how tone mapping allows you to enhance very dimstuff down to the noise without blowing out the very bright areas or stars.
This is an animated gif of the same area from my NII image and Kfir Simons. Both tone mapped.
You can judge for yourselves what is noise or signal in the very dim areas.
What the last animated gif also shows is that the RH200 can hold its own with an astrograph with 2.5 times the focal length and twice the aperture.
I am sure Kfir Simons image has far more fine detail than shown here due to jpg artefacts in the image of his I had to work with.
Here is his whole image tone mapped 6MB
It would be even more stunning if I could use the 16 bit full resolution data.
Thanks for your input Harel no one of us has all the knowledge. I hope I have also helped rather than hindered.
Thanks Bert, and thanks for the work invested in making the comparison.
First, I think that since both images are processed, it is somewhat hard to make a judgment, but what is certainly clear is that the Veloce has given you very good data.
Secondly, I am not sure about how this compares with Kfir's image, as the former is so over-processed and over-saturated, that it would be harsh to say that the end result ought to be indicative of the original quality of the data.
In other words, I can see (from your image and my own raw data, posted above) that the Veloce delivers some very good data; but I can't say it's better than what the Dream Scope delivered, since the processing has completely ruined it. I would love to think the Veloce does better than another super-scope of 16", but given the circumstances, this conclusion is not substantiated by the available information.
A general note - I love images which are easy on the processing trigger. I thus am always attracted to see more of Steve Leshin's, Tom Davis's, Jim Thomas's, JPM's and many others. I think that the Veloce's quality of data (just as the Dream's) is simply superb. By any standard. With such data one can lay down the arms, and process easy. Hard and over-saturated will get a "wow" from the crowd, but doesn't move anything in my heart.
Finally, I love such deep discussions on the hobby. They really make my day :-)