ETHA - IT MAY BE ENTRY LEVEL, BUT WHY START AT THE BOTTOM?
Eclipse has long been known as a market leader in high-end paintball
markers and accessories. Our aim has always been set high; to produce
the very best paintball equipment possible. Unashamedly, our products to
date have always been aimed at the higher-end of the paintball market.
They are feature- laden, finished to the very highest standard and
immaculately prepared and presented. Entry Level they are not.
understand that not every player has the budget for markers at that
level. New or recreational players within the sport may not see the
benefit in such fully featured products, but why should those players be
precluded from receiving exceptional value and quality? We believe that
they shouldn't be.
That was our philosophy when we set out to design
our latest paintball marker. One that retains the core elements of all
Planet Eclipse markers but comes wrapped in a more affordable package,
allowing more players to enjoy the æEclipse Ownership Experience'
The challenge was on and we are proud to share with you...
matter at what price-point you purchase your paintball marker we
believe that there are some fundamental features that every customer
Quality. Reliability. Service.
At Eclipse we have
endeavored to build these features into every marker we have ever
produced. Even though the Etha sits at a less expensive price point not
previously occupied by an Eclipse marker, the all-new Etha is no
The Etha uses the same materials
machined to the same tolerances as those found in other Eclipse markers
such as Ego, Geo and the Etek. In many cases, such as the regulator
internals, they are the exact same parts as those used in those other
markers. The philosophy behind the Etha is to reduce costs by
simplifying the design of both the internal and external components, and
manufacture those components to the same level of accuracy and quality
as those found in other Eclipse markers and not to reduce cost by using
cheaper materials machined to lower tolerance on less accurate machines.
Of course quality doesn't stop with the parts that go into the
Etha. At every stage of production and assembly the same systems and
procedures that are used to test components, sub-assemblies and fully
finished units during the manufacture of all other Eclipse markers, are
utilized on the Etha production line. During assembly each marker is
given its own unique barcode which stays with the marker on its journey
through the factory. Once assembled, every Etha is repeatedly tested for
leaks on state-of-the-art leak detection equipment before making their
way to the testing room. Once in the testing room an Etha has its
barcode scanned to initiate a comprehensive computerized test procedure
and then has paintballs fired through it on a range and over a
chronograph and the velocities noted. All tests are recorded alongside
the markers serial number and barcode in our production database
enabling us to track each individual marker and results can be accessed
at any time in the future. Only once an Etha has passed all tests is it
given its final "Passed Test" tag and moved to be packaged.
long and laborious, the testing of every single marker by this method
means we can be fully confident that when a customer opens up that case
for the first time that the marker should work flawlessly, achieving
full velocity and completely leak free.
the philosophy mentioned above, regarding the quality of the
manufacturing of the components that go into an Etha, helps us
immeasurably in building-in our second goal - reliability. Using proven
materials, manufactured using proven methods and finished with proven
techniques that we have used for years in the manufacture of our other
markers means that we have an incredibly strong platform on which to
build. Quality materials, machining and finishing are only part of the
equation. The design has to be robust enough to work in all conditions,
all of the time, shooting all kinds of paint. From arid desert to frozen
wasteland every Eclipse marker is expected to work, without excuse. It
should work when you take it from the box the very first time it comes
out of the packaging and it should remain that way for as long as
possible with just the bare minimum of regular maintenance.
to prove the reliability of the design the Etha has undergone intensive
field testing. Hundreds of thousands of paintballs have been shot
through it during development and testing in order to uncover any flaws
or defects in the design before being put into production. This is a
critical part of a new product's development and years of manufacturing
markers has shown us time and again that there is just no substitute for
getting markers into the hands of players and shooting paint through
those markers, lots of paint! Only after months of brutal all-weather
testing will the final design get signed off and earmarked for
production. But that's not the end of testing. Moving from prototyping
to production creates its own series of challenges. So once a new
product is put into production the first batch of markers are pulled
from the production line and split between intensive longevity bench
testing and a select group of players and teams across the world to
carry out final approval. Only after satisfactory feedback from all
these different sources will a new design be considered fit to go into
full production. At this stage we are confident that we have a marker
that will live up to the Eclipse legacy of reliability.
has always been about a lot more than just what you get in the box.
There are the things you can't really put a price or a value on, such as
customer service and support. Eclipse prides itself in having one of
the most comprehensive technical support and dealer-backed networks in
the industry and that network is there to support you whether you shoot
an Ego CSL or an Etha. We invest heavily every year in making sure that
the stores and dealers that sell our equipment know how it works and how
to fix it and have access to all the spares and accessories needed to
maintain and repair our products. These trained technicians can be found
in stores all across the globe. We endeavor to have technicians at more
events, more tournament series and more big games and scenario events
than any other manufacturer out there.
We try to make sure that we
are available to help our customers when and where they need us: at
events. We understand that players invest a lot time, effort and money
in order to attend these events. So we try to ensure that, if the need
arises, for whatever reason, we've got your back and are there to get
you out onto the field having fun and winning games.
customer service shouldn't only be the preserve of those that play major
events. That is why Factory Trained Planet Technicians are never more
than a phone call or an email away. Every attempt is made to answer
enquiries and queries in the most timely way possible so that any
downtime is kept to an absolute minimum and your equipment is always
running at its most optimal. For when you simply cannot get hold of
someone when you need them, there is always the hugely comprehensive
printed manual, tool kit and spare parts bag to help tide you over.
Hopefully there is little else you should ever need.
what of the Etha itself? Well, internally the Etha is a radical
departure from anything seen before in an Eclipse marker. For the first
time we utilize a spring return bolt system in the firing mechanism,
allowing us to simplify the pneumatic side of the marker and use a Pull
Poppet spool to release air from the firing chamber.
bolt features dual-stage acceleration so that it picks up the paintball
at a lower speed before accelerating further to push the ball fully into
the barrel. The front of the bolt has a ramped rubber section. This
extended rubber piece is both removable and replaceable and designed to
flex freely in order to prevent clipping of the second ball in the stack
as well as to be flexible on the face to cushion the paintball as its
pushed toward the barrel. Both of these features work hand-in-hand with
the Deftek Feed System and Break Beam Sensor System to keep any
occurrences of barrel breaks to an absolute minimum.
Poppet that releases the air from the firing chamber is driven by a new,
super-robust high pressure solenoid that is controlled by the fully
adjustable PCB. The PCB controls the firing mode (semi-automatic and
ramping), rate of fire, dwell and de-bounce through the multi-color LED
mounted in the rear of the frame. It is pre-programmed with modes
compatible with all major tournament series meaning no upgrade needed
wherever you play.
The frame, together with the lever operated
clamping feed-tube, eye covers and the new OOPS knob are all
manufactured from extremely resilient glass reinforced nylon. The Etek3
LT has proven to us just what this amazing composite is capable of: it
is extremely strong, very tough, and more than capable of handling the
abuse that even the roughest and toughest paintballer can throw at it.
When it came time to specify the materials for Etha there was no
question that this material would be at the top of our list for these
Inside the frame there are sintered brass bushings for the
trigger pin to pivot on and a captured, fully adjustable leaf spring
similar to that found in the Ego11. These components combine with the
externally adjustable trigger to produce a crisp, smooth trigger action
with which to operate the micro switch. And for the first time in an
Eclipse marker the trigger can be fully removed for maintenance or
cleaning without having to separate the frame from the body - it makes
cleaning up after a hit to the frame a breeze. To help keep paint and
debris out of the inside of the frame, the grip panels are sunk into the
frame around their perimeter, they also use a clever upper locating tab
that means that each grip panel only requires one screw to fix it in
place making access to the board and battery quick and easy.
the bottom of the frame there is a brand new OOPS (On/Off Purge System)
ASA with front exit porting and the same internals that are found in the
POPS ASA. It actuates with the twist of a knob and fully vents the
entire marker when turned off. It mounts to the frame via the robust
The OOPS feeds through a macro-line and up to an
SL3 regulator. The SL3 reg was first seen on the SLS and has since made
its way onto the Geo2 and the Ego11 as well as the CSL where it has been
very well received. With the ability to run HP, MP or LP compressed air
tanks without adjustment it makes it a truly versatile regulator. And
with its replaceable and reversible main seal it is robust, reliable and
easy to service too. Like all other Eclipse markers, the Etha is
designed to run solely on compressed air and not CO2.
also shares some similarities with those found on its bigger brothers.
The Etha barrel is a 14.5 inch, two-piece, precision honed, 0.693 bore
barrel that has a æCocker' thread into the gun body and uses the same
threading as the Shaft4 barrel to join the front section to rear
section. This means it has the longer control bore as well as being
compatible with all other Shaft4 barrel accessories such as the Boost
Kit and 16" tip. With such a good standard barrel there should be no
reason to run out and spend money on an aftermarket system.
like all other Eclipse markers, the Etha comes delivered in a hard case,
lined with shock absorbing foam and packed with everything you need to
look after and maintain it: a full color manual; a full set of hex keys;
a tube of Eclipse Grease; a comprehensive marker and regulator spares
kit; and a barrel safety device.
is what goes into the Etha today. What about tomorrow? With paintball
moving into ever expanding markets it makes sense to make provision for
future developments. The Etha has been designed and constructed with a
modular approach in mind and incorporates mounting points around the
body for the addition of accessories and upgrades to be bolted directly
to the marker. It should make for economical expansion of the Etha for
those looking to build upon this exciting new platform.
- Weight: 930g/2.05lb (Including 14.5" Shaft4 Barrel, Battery, Feed Tube, POPS)
- Single Push Button plus Tourney Lock
- 1 x Tri-Color LED Indicators
- T-slot mounted adjustable rail with Front Exit OOPS (On/Off Purge System)
- 2-Piece Micro Honed Shaft4 14.5 inch length 0.693 Bore
- Lever operated Clamping Feed
- In-Line Blow Forward Bolt
- Dual Force Pull Poppet
- Rubber Tipped CS Bolt
- Contoured dual density grip
- Semi & Ramping capped and uncapped
- 10 Debounce Modes