Hey apologize for multiple topics on this object. Seems like I cannot modify/update my original posts.
I took advice to go gentler on saturation/noise reduction/HDR, and came out with fairly different results. Core is brighter now but I guess that's just how globalur cluster looks like. I think I did better on the stars now. I like this one (much) better, but I may not know what's best .
Anyway, C&C welcomed, and thanks for all the help!
And here is the post about the previous attempt (oh man I can't look at it anymore )