This would have been my dissertation topic had I (1) decided to major in Astronomy instead of Business; (2) seen Conan the Barbarian when it first came out; and (3) known that one day I would be making Series IV 'Stiletto' focusers for astrophotographers.
But as fate had it, I was a hesitant admirer of Arnold's movies
until I discovered their scientific relevancy, and was
already exhausted trying different ways to focus a camera properly.
Be that as it may, there is one key scene in the movie clarifying it all: it's when Arnold clutches that huge porkchop in his hand and just gazes toward the horizon dreamily scanning it for potential pork chop thieves. (I remember that same look in my Dad's eyes every night at the dinner table, but just thought he was a little zonked.)
The fact is, however, that our eyes were made perfectly for
scanning for changes in patterns and detecting movement so
that we could react to some predator from afar. Unfortunately,
while the brain optimized this cognitive part of our brain, it
fell far short in optimizing our ability to focus on teensy objects.
And this basically explains why it's so difficult to focus
properly on a pinpoint image using only our eyesight: it's our
brain that really has to do the focusing in the first place.
The science behind the Series IV 'Stiletto' focuser is in
that pork chop. The Series IV employs a high resolution ronchi
grating that superimposes a pattern on the incoming starlight.
Allowing your brain to easily interpret that pattern results in
pinpoint focusing each and every time - and in only seconds.
Series IV 'Stiletto' focusers are available for just about all
film and CCD camera brands - yours too. And it's performance is
backed up by a 30-day Clear Sky guarantee.
Visit our website today for more details about our product line
and the science behind it all.
And always respect pork chops.