The success of the new line of Series III 'Stiletto' focusers
has even surprised me - and I make them!
I knew I was on the right track making a knife-edge astrofocuser that
worked with both 35mm and CCD cameras, but really had no idea so many
CCD camera users were struggling with focusing in their backyards.
Then again, I probably should have just looked at my own experience for a clue: while PictorView and MaxIm worked fine for focusing after the initial learning curves, I still found myself spending a LOT of time going back and forth between screen shots trying to find that perfect focus for my 416XTE. When I think about it now, I was probably spending up to 15 minutes or more trying to get the focus right on target. Focusing was getting to be like a game - get the focus and win a picture! I thought this whole process was pretty ridiculous and a waste of time.
In the end, I guess it is saving time that has made the Series III a success. With the Series III 'Stiletto' you can be in perfect focus in a matter of seconds, not minutes. And there is no lingering doubt about whether you have minimized the pixel image size or not, or whether you need to take another test shot. The same goes for 35mm camera users.
So, if you have a Meade, SBIG, Starlight xPress, Apogee or other fine
CCD camera system, you just might be interested in saving some time
yourself. And if you have a Nikon, Olympus or other nice 35mm camera,
the rewards for perfect focus can be just as great.
But don't listen to me (I'm biased). Check out the Series III yourself today on our website, and take advantage of our special introductory offer.
I only wrote all of this about the Series III so you won't be surprised yourself when you use it! I'm not kidding.