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Thanks to the innovative design protected by international patent application and Italian utility model, you will no longer need need an uncomfortable laptop, large batteries and lengthy cables to control and power your telescope. The EAGLE is much more than a computer!
Digital astrophotography can be complicated: if you want to take the best photos of the night sky, you not only need a telescope, mount and a camera… You will also need a list of accessories like a guide camera, motorized focuser, and dew heaters, and they all need to be powered and controlled with the proper software. This can quickly turn any telescope into a complicated mess of tangled cables! EAGLE solves all the problems and make astrophotography easier and quicker!
Don’t let others decide for you what telescope to use and how to make astrophotography! The EAGLE is the first and only really universal device, designed to improve your astrophotography!
all astrophotography software like MaximDL, Sequence Generator Pro, PRISM, PHD Guiding, TheSkyX, BackyardEOS/Nikon, Stellarium, ASCOM platform, SharpCap, FireCapture, Nebulosity, and many more!
all devices with Windows 10 software and drivers from many manufacturers including 10micron, Atik, Avalon-Instruments, Canon, Celestron, Gemini Telescope Design, Losmandy, Moravian, Nikon, PlaneWave, QHYCCD, QSI, SBIG, SkyWatcher, Software Bisque, Starlight Xpress, ZWO and much more!
EAGLE has been recognized as Hot Product 2017 by the famous american astronomy magazine Sky&Telescope!
Technical comment by Filippo: "EAGLE3 is not only a computer, it's the innovative control unit that both controls all the telescope’s devices and powers them all. When I’m at home, I control my EAGLE powered telescope that I install in my backyard and I’m in my living room. When I move searching for the best clear sky, the telescope is in the field and I stay in my warm car and control it as if I would be there! Thanks to the low power consumption, I don’t need big batteries, I can power all my devices also with a compact, light lithium one."
Powerful Windows 10 Enterprise 64 bit computer to let you install any astrophotography software and device! The EAGLE eliminates the need for an external computer and you are not limited to a preset list of features - You can install whatever software and device you want to use on the EAGLE. The Windows 10 Enterprise operating system is 100% Windows 10 compatible but is lighter-weight and more stable than traditional PCs that use Windows 10 Home or other OEM versions that come preinstalled with useless bloatware. We have optimized the Windows 10 Enterprise installation on the EAGLE to be a faster operating system (the EAGLE is ready to use just 20 seconds after pressing the ON button) and to maintain better stability during your astrophotography sessions. EAGLE uses a 2.0 GHz Celeron processor (J4005 dual-core with Burst Mode up to 2.7 GHz and 4MB cache) and 4 GB fast DDR4L RAM memory - both designed for low power consumption. This way you have the power you need to run any astrophotography software with a device that’s easy on your battery, improving overall portability.
Fast, high capacity SSD storage to install all your astrophotography software and save your precious data. Different from traditional spinning hard disks, the SSD drive in the EAGLE has no moving parts, so it’s faster and more durable over time. With the flexibility of the EAGLE you can save the pictures on the SSD drive for processing directly in the EAGLE or connect a 3.0 USB flash drive to one of the high speed USB 3.0 ports. This way, if you prefer, at the end of the your session you can quickly and easily move the files to an external computer for processing. EAGLE’s internal components were designed for field use in extended temperature ranges. This way you can relay on it for all night long, in higher humidity conditions since the small amount of internal heat generated by the processor prevents any problems with humidity.
Thanks to EAGLE3 you won't need an external control computer (usually a notebook), a smaller and lighter battery will be sufficient and you will use much less cables (in the picture, with a lithium battery).
USB hub with 4 fast USB 3.0 ports and 4 USB 2.0 ports that can be remotely turned ON/OFF by the EAGLE Manager software. This way you can connect and control lots of devices to the EAGLE and you can remotely turn on/off USB ports if needed, instead of having to manually unplug or plug the cables! This can be a great feature to save power (you can turn off the port you do not use) but you can also reset the port it in case of a device connection failure. Thanks to the EAGLE’s four USB 3.0 ports, you can connect and use the latest fast USB 3.0 cameras - This makes the EAGLE great for planetary imaging since it allows high-speed video capture of the Moon, planets, and Sun at high resolution to the fast internal SSD drive.
Advanced power bridge with 7 power out ports to allow you to power devices directly through the EAGLE. This way you can remove all the other power adapters needed for your 12V devices in your setup. The EAGLE has a separate 12V power input that runs a current up to 16 amps: then, using a special internal board, power is distributed to 7 power out ports - 4 x 12V power out ports are designed to power your camera, mount, focus motor , or other 12v devices. These ports are equipped with safety screw-type connections to prevent unwanted detachment of the cables. The 3 x 0-12V variable power out ports are designed to power dew heaters without the need of an external controller and these can be automated by adding the optional ECCO environmental module for EAGLE. Every power out port comes with a resettable fuse that, in case of problems or overcurrents, temporarily disconnects power from the port and re-activates it once the problem is fixed.
Integrated WiFi system to allow you to remotely control your telescope from any device. To operate EAGLE, you don't need a keyboard and mouse - You can control the EAGLE through a free dedicated app, available on any smartphone, tablet or personal computer running Windows, MacOS, iOS or Android. Turn the EAGLE on, then enable your device's WiFi connection and select the WiFi network provided by the EAGLE. Launch the remote control app and you will have EAGLE desktop on your screen with access to all your astrophotography software. If you like, you can also configure the EAGLE to connect to a pre-existing WiFi or wired/ethernet network allowing remote access via the internet - perfect for remote observatories! Since the EAGLE doesn't use VNC or other software for remote control, it's faster and more stable. For your safety each EAGLE device creates a unique WiFi network, from any other EAGLE that might be nearby. To avoid any other issues at a star party, every EAGLE also has a unique access password known only by you.
Full aluminum PLUS case, CNC made, designed to allow an easy integration with any telescope and to support demanding weights (like a telescope mounted in parallel) without flexure. You can connect the EAGLE to any type of telescope, allowing you to have less cabling with shorter runs that move together with the telescope. This drastically reduces the potential for a cable snagging or detaching while your telescope tracks the stars across the sky. We designed the EAGLE case to be incredibly rigid - rigid enough to a support a parallel telescope (up to 5 kg). The EAGLE case comes with M5 and M6 threaded holes to seamlessly attach PLUS accessories (support rings, guide rings, dovetail bars or dovetail clamps), at at least 2 points to maintain the system's rigidity. For example, the EAGLE can be installed between the PLUS support rings and guiding rings, without any flexure (for guide telescopes up to 5 kg) improving the portability of your telescope and allowing it to be moved to the field pre-assembled, greatly reducing reducing your setup time.
Do you want to automate dew heaters power control based on dew point? Just add ECCO, the Environmental Computerized COntrolled for EAGLE, and it will automatically and continuously monitor the temperature, humidity of the air around your telescope and the temperature of your lenses by calculating the dew point (the temperature below which dew condenses). This way it will vary the heating of dew heaters connected to the appropriate ports avoiding dew to condensate on your optics. You can find ECCO in the suggested accessory list in the bottom part of this page.
Physical external dimensions (in millimeters) of the EAGLE with the position of the threaded holes (M6 in the bottom part to connect to support rings or dovetail clamps and plates, M5 in the upper part to connect to PLUS guide rings).
EAGLE comes with special "EAGLE Manager" software that, when you start EAGLE and with an easy and intuitive interface, shows devices connection status, power consumption of every device connected, power voltage value and, if you use a battery, its expected lifetime based on its charge. Thanks to EAGLE Manager, with EAGLE you can:
Enable/Disable every 12V power out port: this way you can keep all your devices connected (for example, mount, CCD camera, filter wheel, etc.) and activate them remotely when you turn on the entire system. Each port shows the current consumption that can also be monitored over time.
Set the power out voltage of the 3 x 0-12V power out ports: for example, you can increase or decrease the heat generated by the anti-dewing heaters that are connected to EAGLE without an external controller. Each port shows the current consumption that can also be monitored over time.
Connect or disconnect devices connected to the 4 USB 2.0 ports: this feature is convenient in case of temporary crash of an autoguider or planetary camera, which can then be reset without the need to go to the telescope and disconnect/reconnect a cable.
Check power consumption and battery lifetime: if you power your EAGLE with a battery, a dedicated menu allows you to set the Ampere capacity of your battery and charge percentage when EAGLE is powered on, enabling you to monitor its expected lifetime.
Set WiFi connectivity: to access EAGLE in Access Point mode for field use (use your smartphone, tablet or external computer by connecting directly to EAGLE without the need of a WiFi router) or HOST mode for connecting to your existing network such as the home one.
Remotely turn on/off the entire telescope: EAGLE has a classic ON/OFF button for turn on/off the unit. But it is pre-set to allow the user to turn on or turn off the whole system remotely (when controlled through a network cable connection). After switching on the EAGLE, the user can activate remotely connected devices and use the telescope. At the end of the capture, the user first turns off the various devices (camera, mount, etc.) and then EAGLE.
Comparison of EAGLE3, EAGLE3 S and EAGLE3 PRO with all the main specifications:
In order to make the EAGLE system more efficient, we have made special power cables for different devices like mounts or cameras. The EAGLE-compatible power cables have an instrument power jack (for 12V power) on one end, and the EAGLE screw in connector on the other in order to prevent power cables from being disconnected accidentally from the EAGLE. We offer many already made and certified power cables for many devices: if the cable for your equipment is not present among the optional accessories, contact us and we will make it for you.
Thanks to the EAGLE, you will have a single power cable going from your battery or AC power plug to the EAGLE. In the EAGLE box you will already find a 12V cigarette plug power cable (certified for total current up to 16A) and we offer to you other optional power cables with other connectors (like Anderson or banana plugs) or AC adapters (with 5A or 12A max).
Not only EAGLE3 offers exclusive features for advanced astrophotography, but also all the power of a real computer (superior to a Mini PC) to allow you to use any astrophotography software. In order to test its performance, we used PCMark benchmark and compared EAGLE3/EAGLE3 S/ EAGLE3 PRO with one of the many cheap Mini PCs on the market (where we installed the same EAGLE3 operative system for a precise results comparison). As you can see in the picture below, EAGLE3 offers 32% more performance than a common Mini PC with Intel Celeron N3160 processor, 4GB of RAM and SSD disk; EAGLE3 S still raises the gap by bringing this difference to 82%; EAGLE3 PRO boosts everything to a wonderful +130%!
2 WiFi antennas
12V power cable with cigarette plug for EAGLE - 250cm
n.4 M6x8 screws + n.4 M6x12 screws + n.4 M5x8 screws
USB pen with user manual
The Apollo Lunar Module (LM), originally designated the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM), was the lander portion of the Apollo spacecraft built for the US Apollo program to carry a crew of two from lunar orbit to the surface and back. EAGLE is the name of Apollo 11 lunar module that, on July 20, 1969, landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
from: Wikipedia (picture: Eagle LEM on the Moon - NASA Apollo Archive)
Ho provato tutto ciò che era presente sul mercato, dal fai da te, passando per altri prodotti. Alla fine questo è il più stabile e sicuro, non capiterà mai di perdere un'uscita per uno spinotto o per un falso contatto.
L'EAGLE mi è sembrato fin dall'inizio una soluzione interessante per chi come me non ha una postazione fissa. D'inverno poi tutto diventa più difficile. Con le temperature che vanno anche di parecchi gradi sotto zero, non è proprio l'ideale starsene li al freddo a controllare la guida o a risolvere i vari problemi che inevitabilmente si presentano sul campo. Quindi alla fine mi sono deciso a prenderlo. A casa ho installato tutte le applicazioni e configurato i vari dispositivi senza alcun problema, a parte il driver della CCD che non veniva riconosciuto correttamente da Windows 10. Tuttavia non dipendeva assolutamente da EAGLE e infatti ho risolto il problema aggiornando il firmware delle CCD. Quello che mi ha colpito è la velocità con cui EAGLE risponde: non si ha la sensazione di essere collegati in desktop remoto perché è tutto molto fluido e veloce.
Anche la prestazione sul campo è stata perfetta. Avendo installato a casa la CCD, il telescopio di guida e fatto tutti i collegamenti, arrivato sul posto ho completato lo stazionamento ed effettuata la messa a fuoco in poco tempo, quindi comodamente seduto al caldo in macchina, ho effettuato tutte le altre procedure senza alcun problema. Fuori faceva -7! Quindi posso dire di essere molto soddisfatto e faccio i complimenti ai ragazzi di PrimaLuceLab che hanno avuto una ottima idea e soprattutto l'hanno realizzata in modo fantastico.
Having recently bought the Eagle2 I am completely overjoyed with how it works. I like everything it has to offer, such as the power management system to the design and number of ports it has to offer. The Eagle2 works like a charm and most importantly of all, it has helped clear up the clutter of cables I had with my set-up. Thank you Primalucelab for this wonderful product!
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Lo sto' utilizzando con profitto con il mio Lx200 12" ACF gps in altazimutale in postazione fissa con derotatore di campo e devo dire che e' di una semplicita' estrema, l'installazione dei vari programmi e dei driver e' molto facile, oltretutto il Responsabile Filippo ed il suo staff (tutti di una estrema gentilezza) mi hanno aiutato ad impostare Maxim con il derotatore e camera di ripresa quindi anche dal punto di vista dell'assistenza promossi a pieni voti, attendo l'uscita del modello piu' piccolo che andra' a sostituire la mia autoguida standalone per il mio setup da viaggio tutto programmabile da smartphone. Lo considero veramente un ottimo acquisto che fa' si che il tempo perso in preparazione si trasformi in prezioso tempo di integrazione, complimenti a PrimaLuceLab
I have two Eagles for two portable mounts and they are really great!
I do astrophotography from remote locations, and most of the time I spend within my car waiting for exposures. No more cables around me. No more fear of accidental disconnection od USB or power port.
I control both telescopes wirelessly from just one small PC, having two remote desktop connections on the same computer. It cannot be simpler than that.
Among all other advantages, my Eagles are serving as counterweights too, since I mounted them on the counterweight side of telescope.
Although I image from home, I do not have a permanent set up.
This of course means setting up all the gear every time I want to image.
Always on the look out for ways to simplify this, I bought an "Eagle" and was glad I did.
Pre installed with PHD2 all I need to install was BackYard EOS, as I image with cooled DSLR's.
PrimaLuceLab supplied me with a custom power lead for my camera and now I have only one lead coming from the mount to the mains supply.
That's it !! The guide and imaging cameras are powered and plugged into the Eagle and so there is no tangle of cables to an external laptop---great. Also the cables needed are of course much shorter.
The wifi, though limited in range is fine and I have so far had glitch free imaging sessions. The processing power appears to run PHD2 and image capture without a problem.
I image from my patio and carry my laptop around (cable free) in the house, monitoring and controlling everything in comfort.
Also the "Eagle" works fine with my iPad but I prefer using a laptop.
I have the "Eagle" mounted via the Dovetail adapter directly onto a Losmandy plate on top of the scope. This allow fitting and removal in seconds.
From the moment I saw the Eagle and read its specification, I knew that this is the perfect solution for me. The concept is just what we needed, and I'm surprised that it has not been executed by someone sooner.
Like so many others, I have managed with the best available tools to make images from my fixed observatory and, to a lesser extent, my mobile set-up, i.e. a combination of laptops, USB hubs, network cables, WiFi, power sources etc.. In fact, to help to rationalise the cabling and to manage data and power requirements, I had already built a rudimentary box of tricks containing 4x12v power output jack sockets, plus one for a cigar(ette) lighter plug, together with a 6-port powered usb hub.
The Eagle takes this to several levels higher, and makes the logistics much simpler and more satisfying.
First impressions on receipt of the Eagle were that is is exactly as described and my expectations were well met. A strong and good looking unit packed with the functionality for which it was designed.
I decided to buy an Eagle after reading about its pedigree given that I needed to get a new laptop anyway as my dedicated observatory machine had become badly messed up when I upgraded it to Windows 10.
The laptop now has two failed USB ports which I've tried to restore without success, so I needed to spend money on a replacement anyway. I thought why not go a bit further and get the Eagle with all its additional features. If I'm going to confine a standard laptop to astro-imaging, then many of its inherent features will be wasted anyway, but the Eagle is purpose built for the job, while also enabling me to reduce the amount of hardware currently necessary to cater for all of my requirements.
It is lightweight and easy to both handle and to attach to my scopes.
I use a Meade LX200 in my observatory, and the Eagle mounts neatly on top of the tube using an ADM mini-dovetail system, which I generally use for balance weights and other auxiliary equipment. Depending on the set-up, the Eagle could just as easily be mounted beneath the tube, but in my case, I currently mount my guidescope there.
Outside the observatory I use an iOptron ZEQ25GT mount, with an ADM dual mounting system. Previously I mounted my William Optics GT81 on one plate of the dual system, and an 80mm guidescope on the other. Having bought a new 60mm mini-guidescope, I now mount this on top of the GT81 and the Eagle on the second plate. This set-up is very neat and easy to manage.
I have been able to remove several USB and power cables from the observatory, along with an overloaded USB hub and its own power supply. The Eagle's WiFi now replaces my home WiFi network, although if I want to connect Eagle to the internet, I still need to attach it to a network cable which runs to my home hub.
The observatory is about 30 metres from the house, and with a clear line of sight route through the glass of a conservatory, the Eagle's WiFi works fine. If I need to control the Eagle from well within the house, behind its 300mm thick stone walls where the WiFi wouldn't reach, I can plug it into the network very easily using the Eagle's ethernet port.
For my mobile iOptron set-up, I can attach the GT81, guidescope and Eagle to the dual mounting bar and transport them as one piece, then attach the whole unit to the mount in one single operation. After attaching the various imaging hardware and cables to/from Eagle along with the Eagle's own power cable, I'm ready to get on with the imaging process. No need for a laptop, red screen covers, table and seating, and this set-up has much smaller power consumption requirements.
There are, of course a few aspects which need to be considered.
For example, Eagle is a computer, and as with all computers when users start plugging things in and messing about with software, there will be issues such as missing drivers, installing software, choice of comm. ports, USB issues such as particular devices working in only one particular port, which in my case my Starlight Xpress USB filter wheel will only work using 2 of the 5 USB ports in the Eagle. The other 3 won't recognise it. I have had the same issues with other laptops so it is either something I am doing or is normal for everyone I suppose.
My experience of installing all the necessary software was pretty much the same as with any machine, so there were no surprises when some things didn't work first time and when things occasionally fail.
e.g. I use Meade Autostar for navigation and a Meade DSI camera with Envisage or PHD for autoguiding. I have always had problems with Autostar and the DSI can be a bit troublesome with computer crashes when things go wrong, and with Eagle it is no different. I think I need to get myself a more up-to-date guider and software! Of course, the software supplied with Eagle is very good, but greed often gets the better of me and I want more!
Installing software without internet access can be a little tiresome, but with planning and care this is easily overcome. It demonstrates how dependent we have become on the internet.
All is well now, and although most requirements were met effortlessly, I learned a few things in getting the rest to work, which is normal.
I have very few criticisms to make about the Eagle, but a couple of potential enhancements came to mind as I became familiar with it.
The advice given in the manual to limit to 12mm the length of the bolts used to attach mounting hardware is in order to prevent the risk of damage to internal components. I would like to have seen a security feature which restricts the depth that bolts can penetrate the Eagle to prevent this. It would be so easy to cause possibly terminal damage to the Eagle's components if the wrong length bolt were used, perhaps under dark, cold skies in gloved hands.
There is no built-in WiFi to enable Eagle to connect to the internet or home WiFi network. I believe you can use a USB dongle plugged into the Eagle to enable this, but I would like to see it come as standard.
I appreciate that this isn't a primary functional requirement, and that one of the most innovative and useful aspects of Eagle is its ability to create its own WiFi network for remote control. My own primary use, however, will be in a fixed observatory, and I won't be fully exploiting this feature to its best advantage. It may be unfair for me to pick up on its lack of wireless internet access, but nevertheless I would like to have this as well.
I have yet to use Eagle under the night sky, mainly because here in the UK it is currently summertime, which means that it never really gets dark and the weather is usually cloudy and wet, which it is right now.
However, I have rehearsed the setting up process and simulated imaging, and I am convinced that it will be a very good experience when I finally manage to get started. I can't wait!
When I have experienced a few imaging sessions I will update this review.
Beh se pensate che non sia in grato di gestire più software in contemporanea vi sbagliate....E' una macchina eccezionale, Nonostante la piccola dotazione hardware, riesce a far lavorare tutto il setup in maniera impeccabile senza nessun crash o problemi di potenza hardware...
Personalmente lo utilizzo per automatizzare tutte le mie riprese e i programmi contemporaneamente aperti sono: Voyager - Maxim - PHD - EQmod - The Sky X - Focus Max - Seletek - ASPS
Beh.....che dire mai più senza...
Non ne sono (per ora) proprietario, ma ho avuto l'onore di testare la versione definitiva di Eagle con il mio setup (AIRY APO120, AZ-EQ6, QHY9). Lo chassis è apparso immediatamente molto solido e ben progettato, con tutte le uscite delle periferiche necessarie posizionate con logica perfetta. Una volta installato tra gli anelli Plus dell'ottica principale e quelli disassabili dell'ottica guida, il setup ha avuto finalmente anche la sua parte di estetica prima rovinata dall'orda di cavi, cavetti e quant'altro che si insinuavano ovunque. Alimentazione garantita da batterie ben alloggiate in eleganti e pratiche valigette. L'accensione del sistema è rapida, complice un S.O. alleggerito ad hoc che ho già provato con i software di acquisizione preinstallati per l'occasione. Il tutto visualizzato in un comune Tablet da 10 pollici con il quale ho iniziato le operazioni di allineamento della montatura con EQMOD e successivamente di avvio guida e riprese. Devo dire che mi ha colpito la semplicità di installazione e uso di Eagle, a mio avviso insostituibile per chi ha una postazione fissa, e altrettanto comodo per i "nomadi dell'astronomia" come me, che possono controllare al 100% il setup in remoto comodamente sul divano o in auto nel caso di uscite in montagna. Lo raccomando a 5 stelle, prossimo desiderio nella letterina a Babbo Natale!