Many years ago I was active in this area of CN with my trusty Canon 1000XS. Then I got a good deal on a SBIG ST2000XM CCD setup and went down that path for a few years. Last night I attached my stock Nikon 5100 camera to the RC8 to see how it would work. I was blown away with how noise free the raw images were from a few test shots. So I slewed over to M45 spent some time collecting data and then over to M42. Man have I forget how easy and simple it is to image with a DSLR (one-shot color) compared to the CCD with filters and all that. They both have there places and ultimately a dedicated CCD/CMOS can outdo a DSLR, but I am really thinking of spending the next year just using the Nikon and see how far it can take me. Below is the "test" image of M42 and the first time I tried to process a HDR composite in PixInsight. Needless to say, I am pretty happy! Also below is a link to the full rez JPG at AB.
Comments, suggestions much appreciated