Thanks for the comments. Now that I started it, and begin to see the outer arms, makes me want to add more time to the lum and then add color.
As for the guiding, it's getting to be that time of year when I no longer get to see Polaris due to the leaves returning on the trees so my alignment is just about a guess unless I start doing a drift align. What I have noticed when using Maxim is that the X & Y scales mover greater with the RC as opposed to when using the FSQ and had me concerned. The first time out last week I had oblong stars but this past Friday, was much better.