Well I continued to work it as everyone suggested. I obtained reasonable results but I was not totally happy. Perhaps its my noise reduction techniques but I found it difficult to completely get rid of all the background noise after DBE.

I experimented a bit and found a workflow that "I think" gave a nice result....but I await your judgement and commentary.

I am not sure if my workflow is unorthodox or just another road to Rome but here is what I did:

I skipped DBE during the linear stage and proceeded with-

1. Background Neutralization

2. Color Calibration

3. Deconvolution

4. TGV

5. Histogram Transformation

6. At this point I then used DBE with samples all the way across as suggested and it gave a much smoother result than when done during the linear stage. Not sure if this is considered kosher but I think it worked.

7.HDRWT at 2 using Median with lightness mask and to lightness

8.Morphological Selection at .2, amount .1 x 7 iterations

9. More Noise reduction using MMT and SCNR

10. Reset Black point with HT

11. MMT for sharpening

12. Saturation Boost

13. Final MMT for noise reduction

Here is my final result, comments and critique wanted

http://astrob.in/157595/0/Thanks again for all your help.

Carlos