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Planet Eclipse steps up their 2011 line of markers
ECLIPSE CSL EGO “Enriched with Carbon and Gold, the CSL is both striking and beautiful. From the seamless flow of the barrel and frame to the intricate detail and craftsmanship of the body. The new CSL is the epitome of class and performance with a distinctive pedigree and history that is only found in the SL mark”… The CSL is all about the detail. Gold screws clamp the gold-detailed grips onto the new flush fitting and screwless frame. Gold Thumbwheel and Screw on the silky smooth, bushed and re-designed C-Lever Clamping Feed. Gold LPR Torpedo and Bolt Pin. The bespoke CSL POPS system with coded gold latch pin. All co-ordinated with that lustrous carbon fibre and gold threaded weave in the all-new SL Shaft 4 Barrel Tip. The SL has always offered something a bit special. A bit “extra”, if you like. And this year is no exception. The gold accenting lifts the general appearance of the CSL into another league. All of the stainless steel parts that could be colour-coded have been, also the grip badge and body badge carry a gold chrome finish in place of the silver chrome found on the standard Ego11. But of course it is the new SL Shaft4 Barrel that takes the limelight. The gloss finished Carbon Fibre 14.5” and 16” tips contains a delicate gold weave, a polished gold collar, and ample porting. The backs have been stepped down a size in their range (now 0.681”, 0.685” and 0.689” bores) in order to better suit the current paint sizes around the globe. The threading and rear section use the same geometry as the Shaft4 Barrel with its increased control bore length, offering higher average velocity and improved consistency over the older Shaft SL barrels. Of course the internal bore is precision honed, as you would expect. In order to make the most of the stunning detailing all of the CSL the colours for this year have been designed to complement the gold theme, picking up the colour in their accented parts, but each with their own unique combination of base and contrasting elements. Mechanically the CSL is driven using the same solenoid with integrated Flow Control Devices as can be found on the Ego11. The Ego11 has altered perceptions on what is possible both in terms of adjustability and outright smoothness from a poppet platform. And the CSL is no different with the adjustable solenoid making it possible to dial in the marker for supreme spool valve rivalling smoothness or outright firepower at the twist of a control. But in other areas around the marker it’s easy to spot where those improvements that you expect to see in an SL have been made. For example the F-F or Flush Fitting Frame. Take a look and you will see that there are no longer any unsightly screw heads at the rear of the frame or inside the trigger guard. Instead, the frame is attached using a single captured free-spinning screw at the rear, and on a discrete and hidden cam-hinge at the front. The result is quicker and easier disassembly, smoother lines and improved ergonomics. The CSL will be shipping with the excellent Cure3+ bolt. But currently in the final stages of development we have an all-new Cure4 Bolt System. Developed with the intention to reduced stack clipping and bolt strike (where the paintball is damaged by the bolt accelerating forward and striking the stationary paintball) the new bolt includes a removable and replaceable cushioned tip. The tip is locked into position by the contoured bolt insert that is in turn held in place by the bolt pin. Complete disassembly requires no tools whatsoever. The Cure4 bolt will be made available free of charge to all CSL owners who register their marker (see inside CSL box for details). Continuing the long tradition of the SL range, the CSL offers a multitude of options to the owner. Electronically there is the same option of Opto or Micro trigger actuation on the board, as well as magnetic and/or spring return on the trigger. The CSL also offers the option of both a High and Low Pressure exhaust valve system which allows you tailor the efficiency and feel even further. The HP valve guide gives increased efficiency while the LP guide delivers a more gentle blast of air to the back of the ball. There is also the inclusion of the standard Ego-shaped “S” style, as well as a brand new retro “Blade”-shaped, trigger. The options included as standard with every CSL mean that there should be a set-up to suit every taste without ever the need to purchase potentially flawed aftermarket parts. And of course these days the options do not just stop at the hardware. Every CSL comes complete with a full E-Portal system, including software and link cables meaning that everything from the start-up splash screen to the software version can be adjusted and uploaded from a PC. As you can see, there is little that has been left untouched on the New CSL. And after all, The devil is in the detail, as they say… UNIQUE CSL FEATURES: Bespoke CSL Body Bespoke CSL F-F (Flush Fitting) Trigger Frame Bespoke CSL Cure4 Soft Faced Bolt With Gold Bolt Pin Bespoke CSL 5-Piece SL Shaft4 Shaft Barrel Kit Bespoke CSL Carbon Fibre Tips With Gold Weave Bespoke CSL Contoured dual density Grips with Gold Logo Bespoke CSL Gold Hardware Bespoke CSL Circuit Board With USB Interface – Cable and Software Included Bespoke CSL Dual Triggers – “Blade” and “S” Style Triggers Included Bespoke CSL Dual Valve Guides – HP and LP Valve Guide Kit Bespoke CSL Zick2 Rammer Kit Bespoke CSL POPS Assembly Bespoke CSL Smooth Clamping Feed Assembly – With Gold Sprocket Wheel Bespoke CSL Contoured Eye Covers Lazer-Eyes Red BBSS System Exclusive PBNation CSL Badge EGO11 CROSS OVER FEATURES: Bespoke MAC Solenoid with Adjustable Flow Controls Fully Adjustable Bolt and Rammer Speed for reduced Kick SL3 Inline Regulator With Angled Swivel Dual Density Rubber Console and Frame Grip Cure3+ Bolt Zick2 Rammer Shaft and Cap Increase Longevity of Internal Components New LP Supply Protection System 92% larger transflective LCD Display Adjustable Tru-Colour RGB LCD Backlite 16-Bit Microprocessor – 16 MIPS (Million Instructions Per Second) Improved Solenoid Drive Circuitry for increased Velocity Consistency New Graphical User Interface Ultra-Lightweight Monoform Body Deftek Offset Feed Tube Integrated Rammer Housing Integrated FRM Offset Bores Micro + Opto Switch Board Dual Instrument Grade Ball-Raced Trigger Dual Trigger Return Mechanisms – Magnetic and Spring Trigger T-Slot Rail Mounting System Integrated Audible Sounding Device LAUNCH COLOURS Panther, Spekta, Prestige WEIGHTS AND MEASURES Length: 540 mm Height: 211 mm Width: 31 mm Weight: 828g/1.82lb All Measurements include Barrel (14.5”), POPS, Battery, Ready-to-go: SL SHAFT 4 BARREL KIT SPECIFICATIONS 1 x 14.5” Carbon Fibre Front Section 0.700” Bore 1 x 16” Carbon Fibre Front Section 0.700” Bore 1 x Rear Section – 0.681” Bore 1 x Rear Section – 0.685” Bore 1 x Rear Section – 0.689” Bore
The NPPL 2011 Chicago Open and Living Legends IV – The Ultimate Vendor Opportunity!
When hundreds of the very best tournament paintball players in the world converge on CPX Sports Park in Joliet, Illinois along with thousands of scenario and recreational players, the result is the ultimate vendor opportunity! For the second year, the NPPL Chicago Open paintball tournament will be held alongside the amazing Living Legends scenario experience, bringing professional and divisional tournament players together with recreational and scenario players – both fun-loving and die-hard. The result is the best of all worlds for any paintball company, large or small, looking for the ideal event at which to vend and show off their products as hundreds of tournament and thousands of recreational and scenario players come together at one place, for one incredible weekend of paintball festivities!
May 20-22, 2011, some of the most famous people in the paintball world will make the trip to CPX Sports in Joliet for the Living Legends 4 scenario event, while others compete on the world stage in the NPPL Chicago Open tournament. Joining these paintball celebrities and professional athletes will be dozens of representatives of the paintball news media, ensuring that sponsors, vendors and their products receive massive coverage in words, pictures and videos spread around the world! Hundreds of divisional players will also compete in the NPPL Chicago Open tournament, while spectators, friends and family cheer them on! Meanwhile, thousands of camouflage-clad scenario and recreational players will hit the woods and remarkable themed fields of CPX to square off in the Living Legends scenario.
Paintball companies no longer have to choose between the large crowds of major scenario events or the cool atmosphere and massive media coverage of professional tournaments at which to display their products, greet customers and dealers and make sales: the NPPL 2011 Chicago Open and Living Legends 4 will bring it all together in one place, for one affordable price!
Teaser for Artifact, the 5th season of Planet Eclipse’s online video series. Artifact is a collection of 10 minute documentary shorts being released monthly by Planet Eclipse.
The 1st episode, “Make ‘Em Hurt,” will feature professional paintball team Chicago Aftershock. It will debut May 10, 2010.
Teaser features the song “fresh snow” by Moonlit Sailor.
Brought to you by Planet Eclipse, Deep Elm Records, & Disconnected Media.
Check out the images of the Planet Eclipse Geo2.
Make sure you pre order yours at the new Planet Eclipse website http://www.planeteclipse.com
The Eclipse Ego10. This 6th Generation Ego is the start of a new direction for Planet Eclipse and the focus of the engineering behind the marker. For the first time since the inception of the Ego model, the Ego10’s main design brief and focus has been placed on smoothness of shot and even finer resolved paint handling. Every previous Ego has been developed with the express intent of maximizing the cycle speed of the Ego design, speeding up rammer and bolt movement and minimizing pneumatic and electronic delays wherever possible. Whist this has produced arguably the fastest under-and-over poppet paintball marker on the planet, it can equally be argued that the Ego has not been one of the smoothest shooting.
Well that is all about to change. Paintball is changing. No longer is the perfect marker the one that will shoot and cycle the fastest. Today, more than ever, players want and need to be able to shoot the most fragile paint, with the smoothest shot. And this is the direction that the Ego10 will start taking us in.
Using some of the very latest Ultra High Speed Video recording facilities, as well as micron-accurate, 50,000hz sampling speed, laser displacement sensing equipment, the Ego10 has been developed to produce bolt speeds that are more gentle on the fore-stoke so that paint is handled in a much more gentle manner when being loaded, and that opens the poppet valve in a way that helps reduce sound signature, and then returns in a way to help minimize the recoil imparted into the body by the rearward motion of the bolt and rammer and reduce rear-stop rebound.
Yet even though the cycle has been significantly slowed down, due to the unique design of the direct-mounted solenoid, the Ego10 still has extraordinary pneumatic responses that mean no time from switching on the solenoid to the bolt starting to move is wasted. The result: Still 28+bps fire rates, but smoother, quieter, better-handling feel.
With a smoother cycle, come other benefits. Wear and tear are significantly reduced. Bumpers, valves, and all other dynamic components suffer less brutal forces on every cycle hence longevity is added to each of those components.
Mechanically the Ego10 incorporates some of the technology of last season’s SL94. The Zick2, which is an intrinsic part of the pneumatic drive system, is designed to both have a softer initial kick-off on the forward stroke, which helps load the ball more gently and helps minimize bolt-strike breakage of the paintball, but also cushion the system on the return stroke into its rear-stop position. Both these attributes are key to helping achieve the fundamental goals of the Ego10.
Sitting above the Zick2 kit there is now a body-cut contoured Cure3+ bolt. The main body of the bolt carries the same upper profiling and cupping as the standard Cure3 bolt, which massively reduces both bolt-strike impact on the ball being fired, but also ensures that the bolts leading upper edge has the least amount of impact possible on the second ball in the stack. Impact fractures from the bolt on the second ball are common place when using force-feed loaders, and the Cure3 ensures those fractures are kept to an absolute minimum. But what is new on the Cure3+ bolt is a new 2-piece design. The new second piece sits inside the main body, is held in place with the bolt pin, and is removable and interchangeable without the need of any tools. The standard Cure3+ found in the Ego10 comes with a ramped insert that gives the air path from the valve to the face of the bolt a nice smooth transition through its 90 degree turn. But the real beauty of the design means that the insert can be quickly and easily removed and replaced for any future upgrades that may be developed for this bolt design.
Up at the front of the Ego10, below the lightened LPR cap, there is now an additional vent in the main body. This little vent hole is further testament of the desire to make the Ego10 the most reliable high-end marker out there. The little hole is nothing more than a vent, but its simplicity is its beauty, in that it makes it impossible for any kind of HP air from the valve chamber to bypass the internal LPR body seals and contaminate the LP air that feeds the Solenoid and Rammer. This added protection for the solenoid further enhances the durability and reliability of the whole marker.
Electronically the Ego10 has also had a complete overhaul. Of course the key features that have kept the Ego at the top of its game, such as Opto and Micro switch trigger actuation, are still there. But the heads-up display, GUI, microprocessor, solenoid drive circuit and expansion socket have all seen some major changes.
The four layer circuit board is home for a 16-bit, 16mips PIC microprocessor, running at 3V and with advanced power saving features. The increased number-crunching power of the processor allows for much more sophisticated control algorithms, leading to a smooth and seamless operation of the marker, and the 64K of internal program memory provides ample space for future firmware expansion.
The solenoid drive circuitry has been optimised with a focus upon the consistent and repeatable operation of the solenoid and multi-level prioritised interrupts within the control firmware ensure that timing fluctuations are virtually non-existent.
Standards have traditionally been a problem within paintball’s manufacturing community and so the Ego10 expansion connector supports UART, SPI and IIC interfaces, providing flexible upgrade capabilities. Planned expansion boards from Eclipse include USB and RF interfaces.
The liquid crystal display module (LCM) has been completely redesigned from scratch. This is not a commercial display, made to fit into a paintball marker but a custom unit
engineered specifically to withstand the rigours of the modern game. The chip-on-glass design is completely sealed against the ingress of paint, water and aggressive lubricants and is further protected by a plastic surround which also serves as a rigid mounting system. Transflective LCD technology means that the display doesn’t wash out in strong sunlight, contrast actually improves in brighter conditions whilst using significantly less power than OLED technology. When light levels are lower, a tru-colour RGB backlight can be configured to the user’s colour of choice via software.
The viewing area of the LCM has been increased by 92% over the previous model, improving the resolution while maintaining dot pitch and the Graphical User Interface (GUI) has been overhauled in order to take advantage of this larger viewing area. Readability has been improved with increased font sizes; Windows pop-up with useful status information; Range bars indicate the adjustability of parameters; Smart Menus reduce clutter by removing parameters when not required. Usability has been improved in a number of subtle, but important ways. It is now possible to scroll through the run screens with a single button press, allowing the user to quickly access all of the available information; The tournament lock can be quickly toggled with the press of an internal pushbutton; All of the user adjustable control parameters have been grouped into a single menu and can be easily viewed regardless of the state of the tournament lock. Along with the instant and peak ROFs the two Rate of Fire screens display historical data in the form of histograms allowing the user to monitor rate of fire consistency and thus analyse the way in which the trigger is being pulled. The Shot Counter screen features an adjustable and selectable Shots Remaining Gauge which allows the user to quickly estimate how much paint they have remaining.
All together, the changes made to the Ego10 have been entirely player-focused. It’s been designed to be easier to shoot, smoother to shoot, more reliable, more consistent, require less day-to-day maintenance, easier to adjust and just generally nicer to live with. What you won’t find different with the new Ego10 is our industry-leading levels of customer support, our commitment to support the players in the locations they use Eclipse products, and our commitment to educating and training technicians and service centres the world over.
An Eclipse Marker is more than just a collection of metal and wires. It is the Complete Package.
Weight – 903g/1.98lb Including 14″ Shaft3 Barrel, Battery, Feed Tube, OOPS
Length – 531mm Including 14″ Shaft3 Barrel
Height – 208mm
Width – 26mm
Social Networking & Growing The Sport Of Paintball
(Originally Posted on PBGossip.com)
Strangely I think that it finally has happened, maybe it took the recession and the terrible hit to the paintball industry to get some of the largest companies in the sport to have a OMG type of realization and decide that they should be promoting themselves and the sport on the many available social networking sites that have some of the largest audiences on the internet. Let the year of 2009 not only be a low point in the history of the sport but hopefully the start of a new age of how paintball is promoted.
While I will commend some companies like Planet Eclipse who have had committed a large amount of their time and resources to creating some of the best exposure in the sport so far on their Planet Eclipse ETV YouTube Channel or even displaying their newest products on Flickr. I also want to send a message of warning to many companies who will jump into things without having the correct knowledge or understanding on how this type of technology will help you grow your brand, increase consumer relations or just help you understand who your main demographic of customer support is.
Having operated ThisISPaintball.ca for a few years now and taking the initiative to ensure the proper operation of Facebook Fan Pages for companies like Planet Eclipse, Virtue Paintball, Smart Parts, Exalt Paintball, major paintball leagues like Paintball Sports Promotions and the Millennium Series and of course any team that I have played in what you could loosely call my paintball career combined with working for tech organizations and even the UN you learn a few tricks along the way.
If you do decide do use Web 2.0 profiles please follow some of these suggestions to ensure that you are not creating more harm than good. Make the profiles consistent across all platforms so it is easily noticed that they are officially representing your brand. Don’t use a RSS of content that is available other places online it comes off as slightly lazy and does not allow for additional interaction to those who are members of that network. Allow interactive and creative ways to interact with your audience, creating contests are one way to help increase exposure and can range from prizes of stickers or t-shirts to going all out and using some of the companies air miles to fly the winner to attend one of the major events of the season. No matter how large or small of a prize you offer it will be greatly appreciated by whoever receives it.
The bottom line is that if we are to keep the sport alive and hopefully make it back to where things used to be a few years ago we need to bring in some new people to the support and to also help retain those who are still currently playing. While many PR campaigns use traditional methods of print media and advertising at paintball fields the biggest problem with using that route is you are preaching to the converted. Which is still not a bad thing but with seeing that Facebook alone currently has more than 250 million active users worldwide that would seem like a good place to try and grow the sport.
Examples of Paintball Companies Using Social Networking
JT Sports is yet another company who has been using social networking to interact and even give back to the players in the sport. They recently held a contest where anyone following JT Sports on Twitter could Win A Custom JT Flex Mask. All by doing what you might ask? By just sharing some information on their 40 years of being around as a company. The cost of providing one of your products to the market place for free can easily be well worth more than the amount you would have made in the retail sale of that one item.
Dave and all those smart folks over at Dye Precision Inc recently hopped onto social networking with great force that only a company of their size can do. They have pro players contributing on many of the networks and will be announcing the winner of a Ollie Lang Ironmen DM9 contest that they ran which is one sure way to kick off stepping into using Web 2.0 as a marketing tool.
While there are many more examples that could be thrown out there aside from the companies above there also is a great amount of exposure that you can do for sponsors of your team. Some great examples would be Dynasty, XSV or Explicit all which are providing content on the major networking platforms. The key to the best interaction goes way beyond keeping fans up to date but tearing down the barriers which are in other sports. Paintball seems to be one of the few sports that those at the professional level interact with anyone and everyone at the events, so why not also extend that to the online platforms to showcase your sponsors and share the sport with others.
The list of paintball related profiles, channels and pages on Facebook, YouTube, Myspace and Twitter is always growing so don’t be the last to realize that this is one of the biggest and best ways to promote the sport of paintball. If your a company or team that is looking for help with using Web 2.0 to improve the knowledge of your paintball brand get in touch with Adam (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or if you need help setting yourself up properly on these networks.
Editors Note: Adam Actually Won The JT Sports Twitter Contest And Proudly Owns The Custom JT Flex