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EAGLE

  • EAGLE first use: remote control with iPhone or iPad

    This guide shows how to properly set remote control of your EAGLE from an iPhone or an iPad device, with iOS or iPadOS operative system. This guide has been written by using an iPhone with iOS 13.6 and Microsoft Remote Desktop client 10.1.2 (and it has been tested also with iPad using iPadOS 13.6 and Microsoft Remote Desktop client 10.0.6). From the App Store of your iPhone/iPad, please search and install the "Microsoft Remote Desktop" app. If you do not know how to install the app from the App Store, please read the manual of your iPhone/iPad. Start the "Microsoft Remote Desktop" app. Click the + button (top-right), then select “Add PC".

     

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  • EAGLE first use: remote control from a Windows computer

    This guide shows how to properly set remote control of your EAGLE from a computer with Windows operative system. This guide has been written by using a Windows 10 Home and Microsoft Remote Desktop client 10.1.1215.0 and it has been tested also with a computer running Windows 10 Pro. From the Microsoft Store of your computer, please search and install the "Microsoft Remote Desktop" app. If you do not know how to install the app from the Microsoft Store, please read the manual of your computer. Thanks to the remote control app, you have EAGLE with all your software on your device screen. Start the "Microsoft Remote Desktop" app. Click the + button (top-right), then select “Desktop".

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  • EAGLE first use: remote control from a Mac computer

    This guide shows how to properly set remote control of your EAGLE from a Mac computer with macOS operative system. This article has been written by using a macOS Catalina 10.15.6 and Microsoft Remote Desktop client 10.4.0 (1811). From the Mac App Store of your computer, please search and install the "Microsoft Remote Desktop" app. If you do not know how to install the app from the Mac App Store, please read the manual of your computer. Thanks to the remote control app, you have EAGLE with all your software on your device screen. Start the "Microsoft Remote Desktop" app. Click the + button (top-right), then select “Add PC".

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  • EAGLE first use: remote control from an Android device

    This guide shows how to properly set remote control of your EAGLE from an Android device, like a tablet or a smartphone. This article has been written by using a Android smartphone 9.1 and Microsoft Remote Desktop client 10.0.7.1066. From the Google Play Store of your device, please search and install the "Microsoft Remote Desktop" app. If you do not know how to install the app from the Google Play Store, please read the manual of your computer. Thanks to the remote control app, you have EAGLE with all your software on your device screen. Start the "Microsoft Remote Desktop" app. Click the + button (top-right), then select “Add PC".

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  • EAGLE first use: backup your SSD drive

    Before installing your devices drivers and your astronomy softwares in the Windows OS of the EAGLE, we suggest you to create a SSD backup copy. In fact, after production and testing of your EAGLE, we always record a “Windows Restore Point” that you can use if the software and driver you use create problems in Windows and you want to come back to factory settings. But, since main Windows Updates automatically delete recovery points, we recommend you also to make a backup copy of your SSD drive.

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  • Troubleshooting: EAGLE's WiFi disconnects

    WiFi connection stability depends on many factors, one of them is the quality of the antenna in the device you use to remotely control the EAGLE. Another factor is radio frequency interference that you may have especially in an indoor situation (typically when you install all your software and drivers in your EAGLE for the first time). Generally speaking, sometimes Remote Desktop connection to the EAGLE may drop out and then connection automatically restarts, this is normal and may be related to small levels of radio interferences. But this is related only to the Remote Desktop client and the WiFi connection to the EAGLE has to be constant.

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  • How to choose the correct power source for your EAGLE

    EAGLE allows you to distribute power to many devices used in telescopes astrophotography (such as mount, camera, filter wheel, electronic focuser, dew heaters, etc.), thus eliminating the need for many different power supplies. Since the EAGLE allows you to have a unique power source (battery or AC adapter), it’s important to select the correct power source to properly power all the devices you want to use. CAUTION: EAGLE must be powered with 12V stabilised voltage. You can use a power supply with 12V output voltage or a field battery. If you use a battery, this MUST be provided with a proper voltage stabiliser. In case of any malfunction, immediately unplug the power supply.

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  • EAGLE first use: switch on and activation of wireless network

    EAGLE is designed to be controlled from an external device (not included in the package). You can use any mobile device (computer, tablet or smartphone) with any operating system (iOS or Android) or from any computer (Windows or macOS): read here the how to guide on EAGLE first use. For remote control, you need to download the App "Microsoft Remote Desktop" to the device you will use to control EAGLE (smartphone, tablet or computer). Depending on the store of your system the App can also be found under the name "RD Client Microsoft". The app is free and compatible with all operating systems iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Windows and macOS.

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  • Troubleshooting: EAGLE suddenly shuts down during use

    A sudden shut down of the EAGLE (with or without the power off of the other devices powered through the EAGLE) may be related to the power unit you use to power the EAGLE (and all the other devices powered through it), power cables or software settings. In order to find the problem and avoid that the EAGLE suddenly shuts down during use, please read these steps and proceed progressively:

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  • Troubleshooting: I can’t find the EAGLE WiFi network

    EAGLE is designed to simplify remote control and power of telescope and many devices typically used in astrophotography. One of the bext way to control it is through the EAGLE's WiFi connection. If you can't find the EAGLE WiFi connection after you turn it on, please follow this guide. When the EAGLE is set in AP mode and you turn it on by pressing the ON button, after around 30 seconds (it depends on the EAGLE model you have) you should hear a beep sound which reports that the EAGLE’s WiFi connection in AP mode is ready for connection. If you can’t hear the beep sound, this may be related to:

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  • Installing EAGLE on the telescope

    EAGLE has been entirely designed with SolidEdge three-dimensional design software to offer the best modularity with the PLUS elements (rings, dovetail plates or clamps) and/or any brand telescopes. EAGLE may be positioned between support and guide rings, connected to a Vixen or Losmandy style dovetail bar through the appropriate optional clamp or, in case of telescopes with long dovetail bars, it can be screwed on the PLUS Vixen or Losmandy dovetail bar and fixed over PLUS support rings. Let’s explore the various possible configurations, depending on the telescope EAGLE has to be installed on, using both other PLUS elements and different instruments.

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  • Installing Windows software in your EAGLE

    EAGLE uses a Windows 10 64 bit operative system. This way it is compatible with all the astronomy software designed for Windows 10 64 bit and you are then free to install the software you want. In order to install your software, you can proceed in 2 ways:

    1. Connect the EAGLE to an HDMI monitor and add a USB keyboard and mouse. This way you will be able to use the EAGLE as a standard desktop computer and install your software.

    2. Connect your device (that you use to remotely control the EAGLE, like a smartphone, tablet or computer) to the EAGLE with WiFi and start your Remote Desktop client to see EAGLE’s desktop and install your software.

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  • How to configure EAGLE to automatically start when power is restored

    The EAGLE may be set in order to automatically turn on and start Windows when power is restored. This is a very useful feature in remote observatories: in this case the EAGLE would automatically restart after a power leakage, if it happens. Another useful application is the possibility to turn it on remotely without having to press the power on button. If you connect EAGLE's power unit to a power socket with remote control (there are many in the market), you will be able to remotely start power, the EAGLE will automatically start and you will be able to remotely access Windows with EAGLE Manager interface, this way starting all the other devices that are powered through the EAGLE. Let's see how to configure the EAGLE to automatically start when Power is restored.

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  • High resolution astrophotography of Moon and planets with the EAGLE

    High resolution astrophotography of planets and the Moon with powerful telescopes and planetary cameras is simpler with the EAGLE. In order to record the best pictures with telescopes, planetary cameras (usually USB 3.0) are used and are connected to a control computer where a special software allows recording a video. A special processing software allows you to extract only the best and sharper images, stack them and apply contrast filters to improve the visibility of planets and Moon details.

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  • Astrophotography automation software with EAGLE

    Astrophotography automation softwares control all the devices that compose the telescope (camera, electronic focuser, motorized filter wheel, mount, autoguide, etc.) and automate images capture of deep-sky objects (such as galaxies, nebulae or star clusters). This way they maximize the recording time and do not require the operator to stay in front of the computer during the several hours of capture required in astrophotography. In this video, Filippo explains features of astrophotography automation software and shows that they are perfect for use with the EAGLE control unit.

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  • Astrophotography cable management with EAGLE

    Astrophotography cable management is complicated by the fact that a telescope to photograph the universe consists of many devices (mount, camera, autoguider, electronic focuser, motorized filter wheel, etc.) that must be connected to a control computer and to a power source. Thanks to EAGLE it is possible to simplify a lot the cable management and, thanks to its patented design, they will no longer pull or disconnect. Let's see in this article how to best manage cables in astrophotography with the EAGLE control unit, checking what happens to the cables when we control the same telescope with a classic laptop computer.

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  • Transport a large telescope with EAGLE

    In order to transport a large telescope, it is necessary to pay attention to the safety of optical tube, mount, cameras and accessories but we always suggest to keep the various components pre-assembled to avoid losing too much time when preparing the telescope in the field. Let's see how we managed to transport a large telescope using different bags and rigid cases to reach places with low light pollution, moving quickly in the car and allowing us to spend more time using the telescope and less to prepare it. At the end we will see the result of the First Light of our telescope and the verification of the optical tube collimation!

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  • Remote observatory control with EAGLE

    Astronomical observatories are often installed in remote and isolated places to avoid light pollution. In this article we will see how EAGLE helps control the remote observatory starting from the example of the Cortina Astronomical Association that has an important astronomical observatory in Col Drusciè, at 1,780 meters above sea level above Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy). The entire observatory can be remotely controlled via the Internet thanks to a sophisticated and innovative "Sky on the Web" Internet control system, which allows control of remote observatory: from pointing, to imaging, to weather emergency management, up to archiving and downloading images on home computer.

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