- Easier to use:
eliminates the need for an external computer. Since EAGLE2 connects
directly to the telescope and rotates with the mount while it track the
stars in the sky, the problem of cables that can detach during
astrophotography sessions is overpassed. USB and power cables will not
come off accidentally as EAGLE2 moves with the telescope!
- More compatible:
it allows remote control via Ethernet or WiFi from any device
(smartphones, tablets, computers) with any operating system (iOS, OSX,
Android, Windows). It's compatible with all software for
astrophotography with any telescope, CCD cameras, guide cameras and
- More efficient:
it manages the power for all telescope components and it reduces the
size and weight of the batteries required for power up everything. For
remote control EAGLE2 doesn't use VNC or similar but Remote Desktop
integrated in the Enterprise licence of operative system: that's why
it's faster and it doesn't need other software to be installed or set.
- More stable:
it uses a Windows 10 Enterprise operative system, lighter and more
stable than the one found in traditional PCs (that use Windows 10 Home
or OEM with many preinstalled useless programs that make the system
slower) but 100% compatible. EAGLE2 uses internal components designed
also for field use and with extended temperature range.
- More portable:
it is lightweight and compact, weighing only 1200 grams and it
integrates seamlessly into the PLUS system. If you don't you have a PLUS
element or if you use other's brand telescopes, just add our "Vixen +
Losmandy PLUS dovetail clamp" to the EAGLE and connect it to the Vixen
or Losmandy dovetail bar of your telescope.
EAGLE2 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).
WHAT EAGLE2 EMBODIES:
- a computer running Windows 10 Enterprise,
a more stable and compact version of the operating system found on most
laptops. You can use Eagle with any already exists astronomy software
then you will not have to learn new software but simply install in the EAGLE2 (like
a normal computer) the one you already use: AstroArt, MaximDL,
Nebulosity, PHD Guiding, etc. We optimized the Windows 10 Enterprise
installation to have the operating system faster (EAGLE2 is
ready to use in just 10 seconds after pressing the ON button) and to
maintain a better stability (to avoid the tedious crashes that often
happen with normal computers even during astrophotography sessions).
EAGLE2 has a motherboard with 2.1 GHz i3 dual core processor,
fast 8 GB memory and fast 120GB SSD hard disk, everything needed to
make the system run as fast as possible. This way it's perfect also for
applications in astrophotography that require high computing power. For
example if you want to use astrophotography automation softwares (for
example with plate solving that, analyzing an astrophotography, delivers
accurately coordinates, angle of rotation and image scaling) or if you
want to make high-res planetary imaging (using specialized cameras that
download to your computer a video composed of many images per second),
higher computing power is definitely recommended. EAGLE2 has
8 USB ports (4 x USB 3.0 and 4 x USB 2.0), Ethernet port and two mini
HDMI port (so you can connect to an external monitor and use it -
together with a USB mouse and keyboard - as a desktop PC, for example to
process the recorded images).
- a power bridge,
a more efficient way to manage all of the devices used in astronomy:
you'll need a smaller field battery (or a single AC power adapter) and
you will not have all the power cables from every devices to the ground.
EAGLE2 has a separate 12V power that runs a current up to 16 amps:
then, using a special internal board, it has 7 power out 12V ports to
which you connect all the other devices. This way you can also power of
your CCD camera, mount guide camera or other accessories directly from
the EAGLE2 (using the special optional cables) avoiding the need for
other power supply sources and reducing the number and length of cables.
power ports are equipped with safety screw to prevent unwanted
detachment of the cables or reverse polarity. 2 power out ports with 8
Amps fuse while the other 2 power out ports have 3 Amps fuse. Eveny 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 when the problem is
fixed. 3 power out ports allow you to set the tension from 0 to 12V and
are designed for direct connection of dew heaters (without the need of
external dew heater controllers) or other accessories like flat field
- a WiFi control system: in order to run EAGLE2,
you don't need mouse or keyboard: you can control it through a
dedicated App, connecting via WiFi from any mobile device (tablet or
smartphone) with any operating system (iOS, Android or Windows Mobile)
or from another computer (Windows or Mac). It also has a network port
for wired control (useful for remote control in fixed observatories).
Turn the EAGLE2 on, then turn on your device's WiFi connection and select the network that EAGLE2 creates. Then activate the remote control App and you will have EAGLE2 desktop
on your device screen with all your software: the remote control App
uses a special mode so you can use your finger on the touch screen as if
it were a mouse in a simple and fast way.
For your safety each EAGLE device creates a different WiFi network from others EAGLE (with different access password). In addition, in order to wirelessly control the EAGLE you will have an access password that only you know (personally defined for every EAGLE). This way you can use different EAGLE once, for example during a StarParty. EAGLE2 also has a network port for cabled control: you can for example use it for remote control of an observatory.
- the PLUS aluminum case,
rigid and lightweight: we designed the particular case to be both
incredibly rigid, such as the support dovetail bars for telescopes, and
to let you directly connect to any PLUS elements maintaining a perfect
system rigidity and avoiding any flexure. As for all the other PLUS
elements, Eagle's case has more M6 threaded holes to connect the other
PLUS elements, every one with at least 2 M6 screws (in order to keep the
system's rigidity). For example, it can be placed between the PLUS
support rings and guiding rings perfectly integrated into the telescope.
Thanks to great case's rigidity, you can directly install the PLUS
guide rings on the case to support, without flexures, guide telescopes
up to 3 Kg. In this way you can easily transport the telescope with
Eagle, guide scope and guide camera, everything already installed,
greatly reducing the time it takes to prepare your setup for
you have a PLUS element or do you use other's brand telescopes? Just add
our "Vixen + Losmandy PLUS dovetail clamp" to the Eagle and connect it
to the Vixen or Losmandy dovetail bar of your telescope! This way you
can install it where you want, keeping a perfect weights balance, a key
aspect in long exposure astrophotography.
can be used with all telescopes: for example it can be installed between
PLUS support and guide rings (left, installed on a PrimaLuceLab AIRY
APO65F telescope), installed on the PLUS dovetail bar for SC telescopes
(center, connected to Celestron EdgeHD 800) or directly connected to
upper bars of many telescopes (right, connected to Officina Stellare
Veloce RH200 MarkII telescope). If your telescope hasn't a connection
plate, you can simply add the optional PLUS dovetail clamp to connect to
any Vixen+Losmandy dovetail bar.
REMOTE CONTROL WITH EAGLE Manager:
comes with special "EAGLE Manager" software that, when you start EAGLE2
and with an easy and intuitive interface, shows devices connection
status, power consumption of every device connected to the EAGLE2, power
tension value and, if you use a battery, its expected lifetime based on
its charge. Thanks to EAGLE Manager, with EAGLE2 you can:
- connect or disconnect every power out port of EAGLE2:
this way you can keep the 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 power out tension of the 3 power out ports with adjustable tension: for
example, you can increase or decrease the heat generated by the
anti-dewing heaters that are connected to EAGLE2 without an external
controller. Each port shows the current consumption that can also be
monitored over time.
- connect or disconnect connection to devices connected to the 4 USB 2.0 ports:
This feature is convenient in case of temporary crash of autoguide or
planetary camera, which can then be reactivated without the need to go
to the telescope and reconnect the cable.
- check for power in tension and battery lifetime: if
you power it with a battery, a dedicated menu allows you to set the
Ampere capacity of your battery and charge percentage when EAGLE2 is
powered on, enabling you to check its expected lifetime.
- set WiFi connectivity: to
access EAGLE2 in Access Point mode for field use (use your smartphone,
tablet or external computer by connecting directly to EAGLE2 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: EAGLE2
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 EAGLE2, 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 EAGLE2.
Comparison of EAGLE CORE, EAGLE2 and EAGLE2 PRO with all the main specifications and the type of use they are recommended for:
EAGLE2 has been entirely designed with three-dimensional design software SolidEdge
in order to offer the maximum modularity with the PLUS elements
(dovetail bars, rings or dovetail clamps) and/or other brand's
CONNECTION AND POWER CABLES
to make the EAGLE system more efficient, we have made special power
cables for different mounts or CCD cameras. The EAGLE-compatible power
cables present on one side of instrument power jack (for 12V power). On
the other side they have the plug with EAGLE screw in order to prevent
being disconnected accidentally from the EAGLE. We also provide
certified USB cables with various lengths to customize your system
according to the imaging and guide telescope you want to use . If the
cable for your equipment is not present among the optional accessories, contact us and we will make it for you.
also the perfect system to connect the SkyWatcher SynScan computerized
mounts directly to EAGLE using the EQMOD compatible cables and therefore
bypassing the SynScan handpad (EAGLE, using a special software,
directly controls the mount without the handpad). Then we offer EQMOD
USB cables that allow you to connect Skywatcher AZ-EQ6, N-EQ6, HEQ5 and
EQ5 SynScan to one of the USB ports of EAGLE.
Physical external dimensions (in millimiters) of the EAGLE2 with the position of the threaded holes
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).
PERFORMANCE COMPARISON WITH A MINIPC:
EAGLE2 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 EAGLE2/EAGLE2 PRO
with one of the many cheap Mini PCs on the market (where we installed
the same EAGLE2 operative system for a precise results comparison). As
you can see in the picture below, EAGLE2 offers 59% more performance
than a common Mini PC with Intel Celeron N3160 processor, 4GB of RAM and
SSD disk; EAGLE2 PRO still raises the gap by bringing this difference
EAGLE: Apollo 11 lunar module
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)