Orion Megaview 20x80


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Brand and Model:Orion Megaview 20x80
Price ($USD):$489.00
Attributes:un-checked Waterproof un-checked Armored
Objective Lens Size:80 mm
Magnification:20 x
Prism Type:BAK4 Porro
Coatings:Fully Multi-Coated
Field of View:3.5 degrees
Eye Relief:16 mm
Near Focus:46 ft
Weight (lbs):84
Dimensions (w/h/d):h=12.375"
Description:We just love big binos. So, you’ll pardon our excitement over these new, high-performance 80mm “giants.” They’re the finest 80s we’ve ever carried, combining high-power, premium-grade optics with cross-reinforced mechanical construction and a captive, weight-balancing 1/4"-20 pedestal that couples directly to a camera tripod without the need for a separate L-adapter. If you’re the type of person who appreciates owning the best, whether it be in an automobile, in a stereo system, or in a viewing instrument, then you will treasure the absolutely exquisite images you’ll get from an Orion MegaView 80mm binocular.

These big-eyed binocs feature precision-ground and polished 80mm-diameter objective lenses and the finest BAK-4 prisms, with all optical surfaces fully multi-coated for outstanding image brightness. The large objectives permit high magnifications of 15x, 20x, or 30x (depending on the model) while maintaining vivid images, which is why MegaViews are so good for night-sky excursions. Contrast is aided by extendable objective dew/glare hoods and pop-down rubber eyeguards, which come in handy for both nighttime and daytime use. Edge-of-field sharpness is better than we have seen in any other 80mm binoculars. And their long eye relief ensures viewing comfort, even if you wear glasses.

Mechanically, MegaViews exude strength and precision. Their heavy-duty, aluminum die-cast bodies are braced lengthwise with a thick aluminum rod and crosswise with a metal bridge at the end of the barrels, to preserve accurate collimation by preventing any possible flexing of the barrels. The aluminum rod doubles as an anchor for the captive 1/4"-20 post, which allows direct attachment of the binocular to a tripod head. The post can be positioned anywhere along the rod for optimum balance of the binocular, depending on the viewing angle—a unique and practical feature. There’s no need for a separate tripod L-adapter.

Made for Orion in Japan, MegaView binoculars have a center focus wheel and right diopter setting, and a classical coarse-grain exterior. Deluxe hard case included. Binoculars weigh 5 lbs., 4 oz. Five-year limited warranty.

15x80 MegaView
15x magnification with a bright, 5.3mm exit pupil. Field of view, 3.5°. Very long eye relief of 20mm, so they’re great for eyeglass wearers! Near focus, 42'.

20x80 Wide-Angle MegaView
High 20x magnification and 4mm exit pupil. 3.5° field of view is expansive for such a high-power glass. Long eye relief of 16mm. Near focus, 46'.

30x80 Wide-Angle MegaView
You just gotta see this! Our highest fixed-power binocular, delivering magnificent detail at 30x magnification. Exit pupil, 2.7mm. Field of view is 2.3°—again, exceptionally wide for a 30x binocular! Good eye relief of 14mm. Near focus, 59'.


Orion Megaview Series Binoculars

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Orion Megaview 20x80
I placed the last review on 5/31 and after using these for a year I thought that I might have alittle more to add. Since I bought these I've also purchased the Pentax 20x60 PCF V and the Oberwerk 15x70. The Orion's get the most use. I have found that just like a telescope, you have to let these cool off to the outside temperture for the best performance. After cooling off the Orion's edge performance improves to the point that it's not an issue.And just like a scope aperture win's. The 80mm objectives tease out alittle more light gasp, that really makes a difference. The pentax are alittle more sharp with less flairing on bright star's, but the Orion's overall performance give's a more pleasing deep sky view. The Oberwerk's are real nice for the cost, but in the end aperture win's. The Orion's are pricey, but the added features of the tripod brace and the sliding dew sheilds are sweet. I have mine mounted on a Bogen 3058 and a 3066 bogen video head, which is a stunning setup; I also use that same mount for a Celestron 8 inch SCT. I also have a Takahashi FS-78, but two eyed binocular viewing is something that seem's to be getting most of my attention. And remember the Megaview's are made by Vixen.

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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.19.46)
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Orion Megaview 20x80
I have been using these for a few months now, and they have their good points and bad. First of all the deep sky performance is very good. They really collect the light and objects like M13 and M51 and the brighter objects are very nice and vivid. The star fields are very contrasty. But the edge performance is pretty crummy and if a star is halfway bright, it will have spikes. They are sharp, but they could be sharper. The false color can sometimes get intrusive. But the overall deep sky performance is good, and it cannot be overstated; two eyes are better than one

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:8 Value:8
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Orion Megaview 20x80
I recently got these big binocs to use with my Celestron SCT. Compared them with Fujinons and the Celestrons and I'm happy with my choice. Very well made and work great with a Bogan heavy duty tripod. Very deep coatings on the objectives and eyepieces. Slight lost of sharpness at the very edge of the field with some false coloring, but its nothing that degrades the image. Overall very stunning views. On many things I actually reach for these then my 8 inch SCT.

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:9 Value:10
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