Some folks have been talking behind my back. But what really
gets me is when I see some of their astrophotos in a magazine and
the Stiletto focuser I know they've used doesn't even get a measily little mention anywhere. Out of my sense of hesitant professionalism, I will not name names to expose these urchins, but will let you know that all of the other rumors on the Internet are 100% (mostly) true.
Below are a few posts I clandestinely captured when some
non-knotheads let the word slip:
"Trust me everything Richard says about these devices is true.
You CANNOT take an out-of-focus picture with this device. In the
year+ that I have owned it I have not taken ONE SINGLE out of focus
photo. When you are lucky to get 3 or 4 shots a night do you really
want them to turn out fuzzy?" - Jim Lacey
"The best choice for CCD focusing is to get a Stellar Technologies
Stilleto focuser specially calibrated for your camera. It achieves
perfect focus each and every time in about 5 seconds." - Lee Watkins
"Best bet in my opinion is to get a knife edge focusing device from Stellar Technologies. Anything else is really going to be hit or miss and who wants to waste hours in the cold just to find out you're out of focus?" - Alan Jones
"I must say, the focuser worked like a charm, the first time. I
hooked it up,saw the lines, made them disappear as I focused,
replaced it with the camera, and shot the photo. It worked just like
that. I just got the photo back from the developer, and all the stars
are completely in focus (they are still jiggly lines due to the mount,
but one big problem down... ) -Elliot Brooks (Holland)
But don't rely on these rumors! Trust the result of your own photos! Series IV 'Stiletto' focusers are available for all 35mm and CCD cameras. Visit our website to check out the one for your camera.
(And please don't be a knothead yourself when you send that photo in to Sky & Telescope!)