More processing power and space with low power consumption.
EAGLE4 S is perfect if you want more power and storage space in your EAGLE but you still want a compact system with low power consumption. The EAGLE4 S can still deliver desktop class performance, with an average power consumption of only 1A, so it can still be powered with a compact field battery - but it delivers more than 1.6x the performance of the standard EAGLE4 making the EAGLE4 S the model with the best price/performances ratio among the EAGLE line.
Intel’s 8th generation i3 processor with only 15W of TDP and 4MB of cache provides desktop class performance with low power consumption. EAGLE4 S offers three USB 3.1 type A ports with transfer data up to 10 Gbps; one USB type C / Thunderbolt 3 port with data transfer rates up to 40 Gbps, as well as five USB 2.0 ports, two HDMI 2.0a ports, a Gigabit LAN port and Wireless 802.11ac.
Thunderbolt 3 port: for high speed connectivity.
EAGLE4 S also adds an incredibly fast and powerful Thunderbolt 3 port with USB-C type connector allowing connections up to 40 Gbps with more connectivity options. Compared to a standard USB port, USB-C/Thunderbolt it adds many additional features: - Speed: while USB 3.0 is up to 5 Gbps, theThunderbolt 3 port offers connectivity speeds up to 40 Gbps - Power: the Thunderbolt 3 port is capable of providing up to 15 W - Connectivity: you can connect many devices like external drives, displays, multi port docking stations, audio devices, etc. It allows you to connect as many as 6 devices, daisy chained, through a single compact port. Since it has a USB-C type connector, the cable is reversible so there is no wrong way to connect it. If you have a standard USB-C device, you can connect it to the Thunderbolt 3 port (in this case the maximum speed will be 10 Gbps).
Performance comparison with a miniPC.
EAGLE4 not only 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 the PCMark benchmark and compared EAGLE4/ EAGLE4 S / EAGLE4 PRO with one of the many inexpensive Mini PCs on the market (where we installed the same EAGLE4 operating system for a precise results comparison). As you can see in the picture below, EAGLE4 offers 32% more performance than a common Mini PC with Intel Celeron N3160 processor, 4GB of RAM and SSD disk; EAGLE4 S still raises the gap by bringing this difference to 109%; EAGLE4 PRO boosts everything to a wonderful +153%!
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.
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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 Fiemme Astronomy Association that has an important astronomical observatory in Tesero (TN - Italy). The amateur astronomers in Fiemme Astronomy Association conduct global outreach by showing the beauty of the night sky to those vacationing in nearby hotels, visiting from all around the world! In order to do all of these, they have a large 50cm diameter Ritchey-Chretien telescope, together with a 18 cm diameter apochromatic refractor in parallel. All the telescopes are installed on a large fork equatorial mount.
EAGLE allows you to distribute power to many devices used in telescopes and astrophotography (such as computerised mount, cooled camera, 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 regulated 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 stabilization. In case of any malfunction, immediately unplug the power supply.
EAGLE has been specifically designed to be installed onto telescopes thanks to the PLUS aluminum chassis that offers many threaded holes on both top and bottom side. This way you can connect it to any telescope, no matter the telescope design and dimensions, by using the PLUS elements (rings, dovetail plates or clamps). You can install the EAGLE between support and guide rings, connected to a Vixen or Losmandy style dovetail bar through the appropriate optional clamp, you can install it below support rings of compact telescopes, in parallel of SC type telescopes, and much more! 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.
EAGLE4, our best control unit for remote control and power of telescopes and astrophotography, is available in 3 versions. In fact, also if the EAGLE4 basic version has enough computing power to run any deep-sky astrophotography software and device, when we designed the EAGLE4 we wanted to provide also faster processors option and added storage space, in order to offer the best match for everyone's needs based on different applications that every astronomer have with his telescope. Then, all the EAGLE4 units shares the same advanced features, but they differ for computing power, power consumption, ports configuration and prices. Let's see differences and find out which version is the best for you.