Astronomy pagans in the forests of England chant the above 6 times at the 6th hour of the 6th day of each month to get the Great Focusing Spirit on their side before attaching their camera to the telescope. Other devotees of astrophotography traditionally mutter similar words to higher or lower powers during setup.
And here in the United States we are blessed by a few technomoney atheists who believe there is a direct relationship between dollars spent on astronomy equipment and the quality of astrophotos they will get. Comments from Bill, a fellow who used to call me all the time, always makes me wonder: First he said, "I would have gotten better
pictures, but this 6" Takahashi really sucks". And then a few weeks later, "I'll start to get better pictures once I get my dome built and the Paramount is installed". Bill called three months after that - "I know I'm going to get some great pictures now that my wife moved out and it's quieter around here without the kids". Believe it or not, I refused to sell Bill a Series IV 'Stiletto' focuser. It would have been plain asking for trouble, and I knew it at the time.
Investing thousands of dollars in a new telescope and state-of-the-art camera, or praying in the dark, are not solutions. Focusing a camera properly is. And there is nothing better to focus with than a Series IV 'Stiletto' astrofocuser. It beats parfocal eyepieces, magnifiers, masks, prayers, and focusing softwares hands-down when it comes to avoiding blur and bloat in astrophotos. And it's guaranteed!
Series IV focusers are available for all 35mm and CCD cameras. Using precision ronchi knife-edge focusing techniques, perfect focus is attained in only a matter of seconds.
As for Bill, I still feel a little guilty because maybe a 'Stiletto' could have saved his marriage and brought some sense to him. But the last time I heard from him, he was going to try those chants somewhere amidst the Oregon forests.