One of the precepts I teach my students each semester is:
"Sometimes it's not enough to just be good. You have to be lucky too."
This is not exactly an original thought since Napoleon blurted it out just before his demise at Waterloo. But even though I've taught it, I was never quite convinced it was true until a couple of months ago.
After a few years of thinking about it, I finally mustered enough courage to email Dennis di Cicco at Sky & Telescope magazine inquiring about possibly covering our Series IV 'Stiletto' focuser sometime . Even as a I wrote, the pit in my stomach told me the email would go into some bitbucket unread. So much for gut feelings. Not 50 seconds had gone by from when I clicked 'send' than the phone rang with Dennis on the other end:
"You don't know how lucky you are, Richard. I have 650 emails sitting here in my inbox and the word 'Stiletto' happened to catch my attention. And I just happened to get a request for a New Product Showcase column here two minutes ago from S&T. Send some samples now." My mouth immediately dropped wide-open and is still open as I look at page 61 in the October 2003 issue. There it is!
The moral of this little story, of course, is that luck helps, but doing the right thing is even more important. And for taking decent astrophotographs, one of the very right things you can do is to focus with a Series IV 'Stiletto' before clicking away. Whether you have a CCD, 35mm film, or a new 35mm SLR digital camera, the Series IV will not disappoint you. Pinpoint focus is reached within twenty seconds or less each and every time.
Check out our three Series IV 'Stiletto' models on our website to see which one may be just right for you and give me a call if you have any questions at all. If I don't answer, it's probably because I'm out buying a lottery ticket...