In my newfound interest in taking images and assembling into larger image I'd run across a link or two on Maxim that I blew by learning the 'Photoshop way'.
Last night I opened the 'Help' in maxim and typed in the keyword mosaic. One thing I should mention is that my friends in design school say mosaic an odd term as usually it is creating an image from small tiles that are not the image itself (though that can be done too) that this is more a panorama or photomerge. Just throwing that out there...
Anyway - took some understanding exactly what I was reading - in fact my second time through (first was a failure my fault) I just left the help window open and proceeded more carefully - and it worked very well! Woohoo!
Unsure if it is better to be able to combine the image and then flatten the background in Maxim or to do it in the individual panes and then assemble in Photoshop? Both seem to work quite well. Maybe there is an advantage in MaximDL as I can be certain the entire image stretched the exact same - I do most all the major stuff in MaximDL if I can. This would make my overall job far less tedious and detail oriented as if I do this pane by pane there is a lot of numbers to keep track of for the Photoshop method.
In Photoshop favor is that it is slightly more hands off, in fact totally automated. The MaximDL method requires making a new empty frame approx. 'completed size', insert images (must be opened and at convenient size for your screen to work with) and blend / 'snap', check and then save that.
I still have not been able to gather another pane on this so I used my current project of the ic405 and ic410 region. I'm now curious to try same on my pelican/NA nebula and Veil projects.