This whole venture began when I couldn't focus the Nikon attached to my telescope. So, I came up with a gadget that solved the problem. But, since the first Series I focusing unit was a prototype,I sold it on AstroMart. To my surprise, the the gospel spread, and I wound up making a few more. And then, a few more after that. And then... it became work!
That led to the Series II Focuser for 35mm cameras- a big improvement over the Series I and easier to make. We had no name for it until a Mafioso customer in NJ said the focusing was sharper than a 'Stiletto'. Thus, the Series II 'Stiletto' was baptized.
After that, I thought I was done until a customer called to ask
me to make a focuser for his SBIG. I said 'no'. I then went out
and bought a CCD to see what all the fuss was with focusing. I was surprised to find that focusing CCDs was more difficult than focusing 35mm cameras. But again, the design needed to change to accomodate both 35mm and CCD mounts. About the same time, another customer wanted a focuser for his Medium Format camera. I took a deep breath, thought about it for 3 months, and finally released the Series III 'Stiletto' focuser that was completely modular,worked with any camera combination on the fly, was upgradeable, and didn't cost an arm and a leg.
I took a breath when a couple of guys ordered focusers, but wanted some Wide-Field Adapters too. <sigh>. And then, focusers for those AutoGuiders that no one could seem to get to work right. And the story goes on...
The point is that this product proliferation was not my fault at
all. And most of the ideas weren't mine. Rather, they come from good hearted souls who stay awake at night thinking of better and faster ways to get things done in the dark. I want to thank each and every one of you for making this fun, and astrophotography more enjoyable for many, many others. So, in short, it's all YOUR fault this hobby is getting better.