I was viewing your show on NSN and witnessed your frustration trying to obtain color with your camera with the AGC on.
I will admit there is some color in your image (link) but, the lack of color has nothing to do with your beginner-level status.
Another CN member (Al Viegas) has attempted to use the Micro with AGC on and DNR and cannot get a color image. I played and played with all different settings with both the LN300 and Micro and failed to get "repeatable" quality colored images. Those who purchased the LN300 in the beginning when Hemmi first identified it as a potential astronomy camera found the camera behavior was erratic in color when the AGC was switched on.
The "confidential" paper for the RJ-11 chipset (by RJ of S. Korea) highlights the camera is programmed to suppress the color once the AGC is switched to anything but off. Since both cameras use the RJ-11 chipset, the chip suppresses the color for both cameras. This is the reason you see little to no color.
I believe you will admit your color is far better with the AGC off. Isn't it?
As I said, the lack of "quality" color has nothing to do with your experience level when the AGC is turned on.
Page 76 of the Micro Manual contains guidelines. When color is used for DSOs the AGC is set to off. When the user wishes to use AGC the user changes color to night. With these settings, you will get repeatable "quality" results (even though the image will be mono when the AGC is on).
David B in NM