About this product
Part Number: Eagle 3
The Primaluce Lab Eagle 3 is a powerful computer and telescope control unit.
The Eagle allows the user to connect the telescope to a laptop or desktop computer without lengthy cables and big batteries. With the EAGLE3 you will spend less time setting up your equipment and more time imaging!
The Eagle 3 features a single control unit containing a powerful Windows 10 Enterprise computer (faster and more stable than standard computers), fast SSD storage, an 8 port USB hub (4 high speed USB 3.0 ports, plus 4 USB 2.0 ports that can be remotely turned on/off), an advanced power distribution system for all of your imaging accessories with 7 power out ports (4 x 12V out plus 3x variable 0-12V ports for dew heater control), and a special WiFi system to remotely control the telescope from any smartphone, tablet or external computer (including Mac).
Telescope control is done via the included EAGLE Manager software and housed in a beautiful rigid aluminium case designed with Primaluce' flexible PLUS mounting system, allowing you to perfectly connect the EAGLE to any telescope.
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. Primaluce Lab have optimised 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.
Eagle 3 includes a 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.
The USB hub features 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.
The advanced power bridge with 7 power out ports to allows 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.
The integrated WiFi system to allows 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.
The full aluminium 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.
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.
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