So, I'll re-start the project: How DOES a DSO look, through the eyepiece...not some long exposure, stacked and processed image.
Here are my first efforts. Using a 28" f/3.6 Starstructure I made a number of photos (at prime focus) and picked the ones that came closest to what I was actually seeing. In other words - if you were there with me and looking through the eyepiece...how would it look?
Please try to overlook the distorted stars. "The wind was kickin' up somethin' fierce"...as Uncle Rod might say.