Orion Megaview 30x80


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Brand and Model:Orion Megaview 30x80
Price ($USD):$499.00
Attributes:un-checked Waterproof checked Armored
Objective Lens Size:80 mm
Magnification:30 x
Prism Type:BAK4 Porro
Coatings:Fully Multi-Coated
Field of View:2.3 degrees
Eye Relief:14 mm
Near Focus:59 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 30x80
I used these to earn the Biniocular Messier Club and Lunar Club certificates from the Astronomical League and the Star Watcher Hall of Fame award from Harrington's book. They easily gave good clear views of all Messier objects. The only negative comment I can give is there is some yellow fringing around very bright objects like the Moon. The exit pupil is small, but that serves well in regards for deep space objects. Views of Lunar features are astounding with the visual three-dimensional feel. The binoculars are well built and easy to use with a mount, but high temperatures should be avoided when storing because collimation will be lost due to metal flexing.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:9 Value:10
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