Stargazer. That is exactly the way I have been doing it. And I have been getting results similar to others I commonly see here. Which is to say, worse than a DSLR (yeah, I know those might be fighting words, but honestly, that is the way I see it). Clouzot got results very similar to my DSLRs. The only difference I could see was in the way he used the histograms. Going to give it a try. I think the French may have an edge on us when it comes to making the images look nice.
Rick, thanks for the kind words. However I'm beginning to experience a serious imposter complex: I'm just an EAA rookie, and I shamefully stole that dual histogram trick from Master Steph (who finally turned to the dark side, but who still posts pure-EAA marvels that would put more than one seasoned astrophotographer to shame)