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.
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 ‘Eclipse Ownership
challenge was on and we are proud to share with you ...
at what price-point you purchase your paintball marker we believe that there
are some fundamental features that every customer should demand.
we have endeavoured 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 exception.
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.
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 endeavour 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.
and 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.
Etha……….But 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-colour 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.
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 parts.
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.
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 T-Slot system.
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
‘Cocker’ 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
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 colour manual; a full set of hex keys; a tube of Eclipse
Grease; a comprehensive marker and regulator spares kit; and a barrel safety
that 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.
930g/2.05lb Including 14.5” Shaft4 Barrel, Battery, Feed Tube, POPS
539mm Including 14.5” Shaft4 Barrel
Glass Reinforced Nylon
Glass Reinforced Nylon
– Glass Reinforced Nylon
– Single Push Button plus Tourney Lock
1 x Tri-Color LED Indicators
voltage – 9Volts
voltage – 5 Volts
– 8-Bit 2MHz
Supply – 1 x 9V (PP3) Battery
– T-Slot mounted adjustable rail with Front Exit OOPS (On/Off Purge System)
Methods – Micro Switch
Mechanism – Leaf Spring
Pivot – Self Lubricating Sintered Brass Bushing
2-Piece Micro Honed Shaft4 14.5” length 0.693” Bore
– Lever Operated Clamping Feed
Principle – In-Line Blow Forward Bolt
Type – High Pressure Solenoid Valve
Mechanism – Dual Force Pull Poppet
Mechanism – Rubber Tipped CS Bolt
– Contoured Dual Density Grip
Modes – Semi and Ramping Capped and Uncapped
Modes – 10 Debounce Modes