The success of the new line of Series III 'Stiletto' focusers has even surprised me!
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 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. 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 - in and out, get the focus, and maybe win a picture! I say 'maybe' because even when the test screen shotlooked in focus, it didn't come out all that perfect. Software, even the best, really wasn't the ultimate solution.
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
So, if you have a Meade or SBIG, 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
I only wrote all of this about the Series III so you won't be
surprised yourself when you use it!