Thank you for the excellent article! Could you post more pictures please? I'd also love to here more results with planetary images.
As far as the various light scattering issues, I have no doubt, but I am unsure how they effect the final image. As I read the article I kept thinking about all the time I compared a friend's AP 6" F/12 Super Planetary to my 10" F/4, a C8, and my 6" F/8 newt. I had many many hours to compare over years. Even though my 10 was a home made, slap together dob, it always showed more detail as might be expected with so much more aperture. Quite often the C8 was at least as good. The old 6 was image for image. I'm NOT trying to start an argument or for a minute devalue your excellent and detailed research; I am just thinking that for me that final image of Jupiter and Saturn was so close I wouldn't have ever justified buying one myself (I had one on order, and cancelled it after 8 months).
Although I salivate at doing everything you talk about here, I can't help going back and forth over the thought that it will end in bringing new fine details. Perhaps my image is a bit lighter with all those improvements but all the detail is still there?? I dunno.
Pushing 60, and having an 8" mirror I want to finish from 40 years ago, you've lit a fire under me. I will endeavor to follow your lead and see what I come up with. It's a nice, doable goal.
Bravo for what you've done here!