You would think that a quiet little astronomy gadget business like
mine couldn't get into too much trouble with the Mafia.
Our Series IV focuser was only a baby in the Series II stage when
I got an order from 'Al' in New Jersey. (These guys are always named
Al for some reason.) Al wound up ordering a Series II for his Olympus camera so he could take pinpoint star photos at night when he was idle from his day job. Fortunately - or unfortunately- these guys have a lot of idle time, at least out in the Newark area, and so Al became a regular caller for a while with all sorts of beginner questions.
This wasn't a problem at all until he began giving emphatic suggestions for improvement. Well, that wasn't bad either since a lot of improvements were made between the Series II and where we are today with the Series IV. What really bothered Al was the name. The focuser didn't have one! And so, he began calling and suggesting all sorts of names for the Series II focuser - all of which had something to do with either Italian cooking or night club dancers.
This really put some pressure on me to come up with some name suitable that would please Al. It turned out that he had the answer all along. During our last conversation before he became quite silent, he said, "Ya know, this focusing thing you got is as sharp as a stiletto." I took that as a compliment, and also copped the noun. And so, today there are Series IV 'Stiletto' focusers - compliments of STI with the inadvertent input of an underworld would-be marketeer.
But that's alright. Our Series IV focusers really do result in pinpoint images on film or CCD that are as sharp as a stiletto - in only seconds. Models are available for all cameras and performance is guaranteed in writing. So, pay our website a visit today to see what we have for you.
Just tell me 'Al' sent you.