I'm very new to RAW processing. This question may be dumber than dumb, but please bear with me.
People on a different thread advised me that I'd really see the advantages of RAW in extreme lighting conditions, so I pointed my G11 out of the window at Orion : 1" @ ISO 1600 f4.5 (as wide as it'll go at 5x).
Result from PSE-9 in jpeg at quality 12 (Orion's belt and sword in a highly light polluted area)
Native JPEG on left, RAW on right
No 'artefacts' from the RAW, the leaves on the laurel tree look crisper... but... the stars stand out better in the JPEG, and the background on the RAW file looks like semolina.
What am I missing ? What should be my first approach in taking advantage of the power of RAW ?