I have been trying to layer mask the core in with the surroundings and having mild success but it is proving to be very difficult.
I feel like it is so close to being good, but just can't quite get there. Nothing I can do about the trap being blown out, the stars are touching so I don't know how to reduce them, they bloated up with 30 sec exposures anyway. Next time I'll get some 10s subs.
I went to far with the sharpening then tried to compensate with noise reduction and my stars need some serious work, but I think I am close on the light/dark blending.
I plan to reprocess the whole thing from the start, but I wanted to share what I have so far and ask for opinions.
Any input would be helpful!
Meade 10" SCT .63 Focal reducer
DSS, StarTools and Photoshop
186 subs @ 30 sec unguided