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Planet Eclipse :: Paintball Extravaganza 2008

by on Dec.21, 2007, under Events

The annual Dealer only Paintball Extravaganza Trade show is being held in Atlanta on 4th & 5th January 2008.

This year Eclipse will be in attendance with Ray Veasey, Gerry Bates and Nicky T all making the trip out to Atlanta to show off Eclipse’s 2008 range of products and run Tech courses on the awesome Ego8 and Etek2.

If you want to check out Paintball Extravaganza or book your place on one of the many tech courses or forums then go to:

www.paintballextravaganza.com

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Planet Eclipse :: Ego 7 Technical Innovations

by on Feb.02, 2007, under Articles, Markers

The Ego7 sees the culmination of many months of design, experimentation and testing in the smallest, lightest Ego that Eclipse have ever produced. Not just a new milling job and some new anodised fancy colours, the Ego7 has undergone a complete re-design and re-build from the ground up. Almost every component of the Ego7 has been improved to either increase performance, reduce size and weight, improve user-maintenance, improve reliability, or just make it plain better looking.

But it is not just new mechanical components that you will find in the 07, but new electronic innovations as well. For example there is a completely new solenoid valve system, as well as new drive circuitry that have been implemented in order to achieve superior cyclic consistency and speed.

Solenoid Valve
For the first time in an Eclipse gun we are using a true “Direct-Acting” solenoid. What this means in terms of performance is that the solenoid pulse is far more consistent, far faster, and far more accurate than a more conventional pilot-operated solenoid valve.

Most solenoid valves used in paintball work off a “Pilot” system. They rely on air pressure supplied by the LPR to drive the spool inside the solenoid valve backwards and forwards. Any deviation in LPR pressure will ultimately effect the speed, duration and accuracy of the actuation of the spool. And because the actuation of the solenoid valve spool is what determines the actuation of the rammer and the valve, you can see that any variation in the pulse from the solenoid valve will ultimately effect velocity, accuracy and cycle speed.

However, in a direct-acting solenoid valve the action of the spool is controlled solely by the electromagnetic coil, and a return spring. So no matter what the pressure and recharge rate of the HP or LPR supply, the solenoid spool will always actuate fully, extremely accurately, and for exactly the same duration every time, giving the whole firing cycle the very best platform from which to achieve the highest possible velocity consistency. And consistency gives accuracy!

But the performance benefits do not stop there. Because the solenoid valves electro-magnetic plunger acts directly onto the spool, and the spool is then returned to its start position by a spring, it means that the actuation of the spool is faster in both the energising and de-energising parts of the cycle. That means the solenoid, and hence the air supply to both sides of the rammer is quicker than a more conventional pilot-operated valve.

The reason direct-acting solenoid valves are not widely used in paintball is because they inherently use more electrical power. It is electromagnetic force doing all the work to drive the spool rather than air power in other valves. But by utilizing a completely new method of actuating and driving the solenoid, Eclipse have managed to get the same long battery life out of this new direct-acting solenoid as you could expect out of the lesser performing pilot-operated solenoid valve. The new electronics allow more accurate and efficient drive of the solenoid coil over a far wider range of supply voltage from the battery. We have managed to achieve the impossible by getting big performance gains at the cost of no additional power usage.

Circuit Board
Electronically the Ego7 also offers another paintball first. Over the last 2 years we have noted the split between players who prefer an optical trigger switch, and those that prefer the more conventional and comforting “click” that you only get from a micro-switch. Rather than asking one group or another to have to buy an “upgrade” board just in order to get their preferred trigger actuation mechanism (and have to lose the functionality and ease-of-use of the Ego LCD at the same time) we thought it was only fair that the Ego7 included BOTH trigger actuation systems as standard on the board. The Ego7 can be configured to run off either the optical switch OR the micro-switch. Simply select the desired trigger operation in the software and set your trigger accordingly. The electronics will then automatically set the corresponding level and type of Debounce for the system selected.

Multiple Preset ramps modes, plus fully customizable Ramp modes with either adjustable cap up to 25 BPS or Fully Uncapped are standard. NPPL, PSP, Millennium modes are preset to make sure you are fully league compliant, or adjust and customise any mode to suit your requirements. Of course ROF indicators, shot counter and game timer are also there, and navigation is made even easier with the inclusion of fully animated Gifs to guide you along.

Trigger
With the addition of a dual-triggering system comes an all-new dual ball-raced trigger mechanism. Unlike most bearing trigger designs where the bearing is simply glued into the trigger, the Ego7 utilizes a separate bearing carrier mounted into the frame, and like previous Egos, the trigger pin clamps directly to the trigger. This gives a very wide axial spread of the side-to-side pivoting action of the trigger, leaving no slop, just a silky smooth action.

The new trigger combines a magnetic return for those using the optical trigger switch, or a choice of micro-switch spring and magnet for those wanting the click of the switch. And obviously switch activation, pre and post trigger travel and magnetic return strength are all adjustable directly in the face of the trigger. No need to drop the gun apart to make any adjustments.

Frame
The new frame now flows and moulds with fluid lines to the bottom of the main body. This not only allows for smaller, tighter packaging of the internals, but also allows the top of the hand to move up, closer to the axial line of the barrel and bolt. This makes the gun feel much more “pointy” as the hand comes closer to the sighting-line of the barrel. The new trigger guard is large enough for either two very big, fat fingers, or for the now widely-used three-finger technique. And to further add to the ease of shooting the 07, the trigger has been moved back in the frame and the grip made shorter from the back edge to the trigger. This combined with a much-requested slimmer grip, and gives a much more comfortable and ergonomic feel than both the 05 and 06 Egos.

The current industry standard Dovetail rail that is used to connect the ASA to the frame has consistently proved to be the weakest link for every manufacturer out there when it comes to the durability of the system used to mount the tanks to the guns. So for that reason we have shunned the flawed design of the dovetail in favour of a T-Slot design. By using a T-shaped slide rail, as opposed to the double V of the old fashioned dovetail, the ASA-To-Frame interface has been drastically strengthened. There should be no way that a well executed dive into a bunker should dislodge the ASA now, but even if you feel you have to go and use a different ASA there is still standard mounting holes in the frame to fit your own inferior rail and ASA. But why would you want to replace it when the 07 OOPS has one of the lightest actions under gas pressure, includes a downstream dump facility, and when combined with the 07 frame has over 1.5” of fore-and-aft slide adjustment to suite virtually any length of arm and size of player?

Internals
Internally there are also some radical changes. The main difference here is the complete removal of the old rammer housing. Take a look at the rear body of the Ego7 and you will notice that it is so slim that it is, in fact, thinner than the already slimmed down frame. Using new manufacturing techniques the rammer shaft (now also shorter) runs directly in the body without a sleeve, and the new swivel QEV mounts to the bottom of the body. By removing the housing we have removed unwanted metal, and reduced the number of seals required.

And because of the way the rammer now sits in the body, we have also been able to lighten the weight of the rammer, as well as reduce the pressure needed to cycle it, and the force it is driven backwards with. Combined with a shorter, lighter bolt, the reciprocating mass has been reduced. In doing so we have managed to reduce the kick induced by the bolt and rammer cycling back and forth.

The valve guide is now much smaller, both in diameter and length, and combined with the vastly improved size of the valve chamber, the porting of the new valve guide helps lower the operating pressure to well below 250psi. This makes the new 07 the lowest operating pressure Ego ever produced. Lowering the operating pressure generates 3 noticeable benefits. It not only reduces the pressure of the gas on the paintball, and hence allow the shooting of more fragile paint, it also allows the shot to be a lot quieter and the kick to be significantly less.

In order to cope with the enlarged air passages and internal volume, the valve retaining screw has also been modified, so that the transfer port between the valve and the bolt chambers could also be increased to increase flow.

Up front there are still more changes. The FRM is now integrated into the light weight body. This makes for a lower gun profile, fewer seals, improved reliability and more sturdy construction. The small “Torpedo” between the FRM and LPR body is there to direct the LP air from the LPR to the solenoid, and is instrumental in providing a body solution that has NO Loctitied blanking plugs and NO glued in screws.

The Inline regulator is also improved. Now a swivel design as standard, the new reg incorporates a new piston design that means the main seal is locked into place. There is now no way that the seal can become detached from the piston, no matter what daily abuse is thrown at it. Again, this is a step to improve the performance and reliability of the Ego7.

In the upper tube there is the new Cure bolt, cut to blend seamlessly with the rear of the body, and provide relief from breaks caused by over-zealous force-feed loaders and fragile tournament grade paint. The Cure bolt has been proving its worth through the second half of last season with all the Eclipse sponsored teams switching to them in order to shoot the most fragile paint going. Now a standard feature in the 07, it will really come into it’s own in the colder winter months where other guns and bolts have been known to struggle.

Barrel
So not just a whole new gun for 07, but an all-new Shaft II barrel. Using a micro-honed finish and a 2 piece design, we have kept the popular and unique reverse-thread front-to-back attachment of the old Shaft, but beefed up the mating threads to allow far superior concentricity between the 2 sections. Available as standard on the 07 you will find the new Shaft II in 2-Piece, 14” and 0.693” bore guise. New milling also helps to make this one of the lightest barrels on the market.

Weight
So what about the weight? Well, let’s just say, you thought the SL66 was light, right? Well the 07 blows that out of the water. Side-by-side with a standard Maniac Ego 06, the new Ego weighs over 230grams, yes 8 OUNCES LESS. 8 OUNCES!!!

Lighter, less kick, quieter signature, more compact, fewer seals, more reliable, more performance, more features, tighter profile, better looks, more adjustability, reduced operating pressure, improved grip ergonomics, easier maintenance etc, etc, etc. The Ego7 is not just a new milling job, it’s a revelation.

Technical Specifications
All Weights and Measurements Include 14” Barrel, On/Off/Purge System , Battery etc.

Full Set-Up Ready to Go:
Length: 531mm
Height: 216mm
Width: 26mm
Weight: 941g / 2.07 lbs

Feature List
· NEW Ultra-Lightweight Monoform Body
· Deftek Offset Feed Tube
· NEW Flusher-Fitting Eye Covers
· NEW Integrated Rammer Housing
· NEW Integrated FRM
· NEW Lightweight Rammer
· NEW Larger Valve Chamber
· NEW High-Flo Valve
· NEW Lower Operating Pressure
· NEW Swivel Stainless Banjo QEV
· NEW Micro + Opto Switch Board
· NEW Duel Instrument Grade Ball-Raced Trigger
· Magnetic Trigger Return
· NEW Skinny-Fit Co-Moulded Rubber E-Star Grips
· NEW T-Slot Rail Mounting System
· Capped and Uncapped Semi and Ramping Modes
· 9 Debounce Modes
· NEW 07 Cure Bolt
· NEW Direct-Acting Solenoid
· LCD Display
· NEW Swivel In-Line Regulator
· NEW Lever Operated Clamping Feed
· NEW Shaft II 2-Piece 14” 0.693” Barrel
· NEW 07 On/Off/Purge System
· Lower Cyclic Mass
· Less Kick
· Quieter Shot
· Same Excellent Efficiency
· Low Profile Break-Beam Eyes

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Planet Eclipse :: SL66 Bushwacker Pro Edition EGO Yellow / Red

by on Jan.01, 2007, under Articles, Markers

This is the first true “Pro” Edition Ego. It has been designed from the ground up to be the lightest, tightest Ego ever produced. This is the Integra Type R or M3CSL equivalent of the Ego 06, where almost every component has been optimized for performance, weight, balance and size.

The attention to detail is unparalleled on any previous Ego. For example, the front regulator mount is 2mm smaller in diameter, just to shave off extra grams. The in-line regulator is devoid of sculpted finger grooves in order to make the body as thin as possible and yet retain structural integrity. The new swivel in-line Reg now has a shorter bottom piece in order to have a longer and larger down-stream regulated volume without increasing weight.

On the frame, the rail has been cut down to the bare minimum; to reduce overall gun height, as well as save weight. The new On/Off purge system now mounts so that it butts right up to the bottom of the grips. The frame also shaves off the weight by reducing the thickness of the guard, reducing the profiling of the snatch grip area, removing more metal from inside the upper section of the trigger guard, removing metal from the inside of the frame where it wasn’t necessary, and also deleting the magnetic return mechanism, as the choice of the Pros is spring only trigger return. A larger, flatter trigger makes the marker more responsive by being lighter, with a profile that makes it more comfortable to shoot with more varied hand positions and placements.

Inside the frame there is the Ego 6 circuit board with 3 ramp modes, capped and un-capped semi, as well as an uncapped training mode. The new Ego 6 Debounce settings make the marker quicker to shoot and easier to set up than any of the 2005 software versions.

The body is machined all over using complex 3D surface machining to get the weight down to the bare minimum, yet retain the classic flowing Eclipse lines. This is by-far the lightest body Eclipse has created – for any marker.

A new bolt system incorporating no retaining screw, an aluminium plunger, smaller spring and a stainless pin reduces mass in both the cycling system and the overall marker, is open-faced and has a slotted inlet for high flow. It helps reduce cyclic kick and blends seamlessly with the read of the gun. No protruding bolt parts make the sides of the marker easier to clean after a side-shot.

The new C-Lever clamping feed, XSV machined logo, wasted-down front cap, 2-piece shaft and an exclusive XSV navigation console and boot-up screen round out this complete package.

Crucially the SL66 is 14% lighter than a stock Ego 6, and 0.2” shorter in height.

SPECS:

NEW – Exclusive Light-Weight Parts to SL66:

SL66 Frame
SL66 Trigger
SL66 Front Cap
SL66 On/off purge
SL66 Front Regulator Mount
SL66 Swivel In-Line Regulator
SL66 Front LPR Cap
SL66 Bolt
SL66 XSV Machined Body
SL66 XSV Navigation Console

Other Parts:

Nexus Style Eye Covers
Ego 6 Board
6 Firing Modes
Shaft 2-piece Barrel
C-Lever Clamping Feed

Retail Price: $1895 USD

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Ego Sl66 Bushwacker Edition in the Box

Ego Sl66 Bushwacker Edition in the Box # 2

Ego Sl66 Bushwacker Edition in the Box # 3

Ego Sl66 Bushwacker Edition – Up Close

Ego Sl66 Bushwacker Edition – Up Closer

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Dark Ego now available

by on Jan.08, 2006, under Markers, News, Press Releases

Feed your fetish needs. For some, it’s about price. For others, it’s just about performance. But for some of us, it has to be different. Elite. Special. We only share a common gene with a select few. For those chosen few, we proudly introduce the Dark Ego paintball marker.

This is the first collaboration between Warped Sportz, America’s premiere customizer and Planet Eclipse, quite possibly the highest quality manufacturer on the globe. Their Ego paintball marker was hands down the most popular marker of 2005, combining Planet’s reputation for high-performance and high style.

Now, Warped Sportz has taken a shot at doing what it does best: taking a great marker and making it look and work even better.

The Dark Ego will be the most sought after high-end marker available in 2006. It will be EXTREMELY LIMITED and very likely will never make it onto the shelf of your local paintball store. Only 25 markers will be released per month, meticulously assembled by hand in the UK at Planet, and sent to Warped Sportz. Each marker will come with a numbered certificate of authenticity signed by Warped Sportz Owner Ed Poorman.

The DARK EGO is a customized Planet Eclipse 2006 EGO featuring:

CMT Thread Lucky 15 Kit

[LIMITED TIME OFFER] All Dark Ego’s include a FULL Lucky 15 CMT Thread Barrel Kit w/ three 15 inch barrels, (.686, .689, 693 bores) plus hardshell carrying case

Custom-sculpted body

Numbered with certificate of authenticity

Lifetime free service agreement

Special Edition “Star” Gripframe including extended finger-space, and a special gripper with bottle opener for that trip to the podium

Special Edition Ego 6 High-Flow Inline Regulator w/ swivel bottom

Free Warped Sportz T-shirt with every order

One piece del rin bolt [currently exclusive to the dark ego]

EGO 06 Features:

-Open bolt electro pneumatic marker

-Break Beam low profile breech Sensor System (BBSS)

-Menu-Driven operating system, BBSS indicator, clip-in 9 volt battery operated

-Ego 06 Trigger with choice of magnetic or spring return, or both! 4-point trigger adjustment

-Improved breech sensor logic

-Peak ROF indicator as well as Average ROF indicator

-Integrated adjustable LPR with dedicated HP inlet

-Integrated Eclipse QEVs for the fastest possible cycle times

-Clamping low-rise feed tube

-Low pressure, high flow Supercharger valve system

-Ego 06 open faced, high flow Delrin bolt

-Larger trigger guard for improved comfort and increased space for finger movement

Integrated slide rail on base of frame

-Eclipse On/Off System and Hose

-Integrated “snatch” grip

-Ego 06 Duo-Tech rubber grips

-Unlimited ROF with BBSS enabled

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Planet Eclipse :: Eclipse eBlade Cocker

by on Sep.02, 2003, under News, Press Releases

Planet has merged their eBlade electronics into their Eclipse Autococker to create a custom Autococker with looks and performance.

With a number of choices for converting an Autococker to an electro-pneumatic paintgun, Planet-Eclipse hit a home run with their eBlade by partnering with Worr Games Products, manufacturers of the Autococker. While other electronic ‘Cocker grips are available in custom built guns, or as an add-on, the eBlade is standard equipment on Worr Games’ E-Class Orr-acle Autococker. This close connection with the manufacturer of the Autococker is giving Planet a leg-up in terms of publicity and recognition for their grip frame.
The eBlade frame is partially electromechanical, and partially electropneumatic in operation. Stock, mechanical autocockers feature a two-step trigger pull. On the first part of the trigger stroke the trigger tips the sear, which is a small metal latch that holds the hammer back in the cocked position. When the sear is tripped the hammer slams forward under the pressure of the mainspring, striking the valve to release gas up through the bolt, firing a paintball out of the barrel.

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