The new 35mm DSLRs from Canon, Nikon, and others are simply great for astrophotography... if you can focus them properly!
I just received a slew of pictures from Rick Meinig using his Canon 10D. I was so impressed that I started up a separate section in our photo Gallery just for the DSLR photos he and others have sent. Here's what Rick had to say about the Series IV 'Stiletto':
"I just wanted to update you on my use of the Stilleto IV now that I have had it for 2 months....We've had typical winter weather here in Colorado, ie the clear nights mean the jet stream is above..However. Iv'e imaged with a variety of refractors both here in town and up in the mountains....Because I'm getting such bullet proof focusing with the Stiletto IV, I 'm stacking upwards of 1hour of exposures in 3 to 5 minute shots with a Canon 10D...Here are some of the recent results....I think the Stiletto is a definite plus particularly when you want to ditch the laptop (almost always....) "
What Rick didn't tell you was that the Series IV 'Stiletto' takes only seconds to focus and is bulletproof. The high resolution ronchi screen in the Series IV does away not only with the laptop and software, but overcomes problems with your own vision too. Instead of reiterating your head off to get a pinpoint image on the monitor or that tiny viewscreen, you can be back inside already processing a few dozen images focused with the Series IV. With mosquitoes nibbling your ears these days, snapping what you want and getting inside quickly to put on the Calmine lotion is a real factor.
And even if you haven't been bitten by mosquitoes or the DSLR bug yet, there are Series IV 'Stiletto' focusers for all manual SLR, CCD, and even Medium Format cameras. Each is guaranteed to put you in pinpoint focus in seconds.
Visit our website to read more about the Series IV, and take a look at our photo gallery while you're there. Your name can be there too!