Orion Mini Giant 12x63

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Brand and Model:Orion Mini Giant 12x63
Price ($USD):$199.00
Attributes:un-checked Waterproof checked Armored
Objective Lens Size:63 mm
Magnification:12 x
Prism Type:BAK4 Porro
Coatings:Fully Multi-Coated
Field of View:4.7 degrees
Eye Relief:17 mm
Near Focus:0 ft
Weight (lbs):40
Dimensions (w/h/d):h=8.125"
Description:Orion Mini Giant 56mm and 63mm Binoculars

Our Mini Giants really hit the sweet spot for astronomy binoculars. They grab more light than a 50mm glass yet they don’t have the weight or bulk of larger, “giant” binoculars. Their 56mm and 63mm objective lenses deliver bright images of stellar clusterings and other celestial lollipops that adorn the evening sky. And now, the much-anticipated addition of two high-power modelsãthe 12x63 and 15x63 ãwill please anyone desiring extra magnification for closer, more detailed images than standard binoculars permit. Suddenly, more star clusters resolve into stellar pinpoints, lunar craters burst with geologic fine-detail, and the Andromeda Galaxy reveals more of its core and dust lane structure! Their lenses and high-grade BAK-4 prisms are fully multi-coated to permit the highest light transmission possible. The aluminum barrels are internally glare-threaded to ensure rich contrast and eliminate ghosting. Images are sharp, bright, and wonderfully vivid. Contributing to the Mini Giants’ comfort factor is their long eye relief. No pressing the eyepiece housings into your eye sockets to get the full field of view! Even eyeglass wearers will see edge to edge.

Their relatively compact size allows Mini Giants to be hand-held comfortably for short viewing stints. That applies to daytime use as well. For extended gazes, especially with the two high-power models, you’ll want to tripod-mount them for steady images. Smooth rubber armoring provides a secure grip. A large, knurled center focus wheel, pop-down rubber eyeguards, and threaded socket for optional tripod adapter round out the feature set. Each Mini Giant comes with a hard case, deluxe wide neck strap, and lens caps.

No other company offers binoculars equivalent in size, quality, and performance to our family of Mini Giants. Find out for yourself why they’re such an outstanding value! Made in Japan. Five-year limited warranty.

8x56 Mini Giant
The lightest and smallest Mini Giant, it nevertheless gathers 25% more light than 50mm binoculars. It offers the widest field of view at 5.8° as well as 8x magnification, 7mm exit pupil, and 18mm eye relief. Weighs 2 lbs.

9x63 Mini Giant
Moderate, 9x magnification allows a wide 5.0° field and 7mm exit pupil. Extra-long 26mm eye relief. Good hand-holdability. Weighs 2 lbs. 10 oz.

12x63 Mini Giant —
Strong, 12x magnification goes beyond the reach of ordinary binoculars, allowing higher-resolution views of all your favorite night-sky subjects (and daytime subjects, too). At 5.3mm, the exit pupil is perfectly sized for the adult dark-adapted pupil. Long 17.5mm eye relief and a 4.7°-wide viewing area add to the appeal. Tripod is recommended. Weighs 2 lbs., 8 oz.

15x63 Mini Giant —
For the truly power-hungry, its combination of sky-eating 63mm objective lenses and 15x magnification translate to high-definition viewing that is “up close and personal.” Whether you’re panning for astronomical gold or spying on twilight activities at the bird sanctuary, the resolving power of this model will show you things you’ve never before glimpsed. It’s got eye lenses nearly 1" wide, long 19mm eye relief, ample 4.2mm exit pupil, and a 3.7° field.

Orion Mini Giant 56mm and 63mm Binoculars

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Orion Mini Giant 12x63
Not excellent, but very good binoculars. At almost 3lbs you can hand-hold them for a short while but you're probably going to want to mount them. With the eyecups rolled down I could see the entire FOV with my glasses on, that's a plus. Sometimes I'll rest binoculars on my eyeglass lense (slightly) while reclined in a lounge chair. You really shouldn't do that with these. The pressure will push them out of focus.

Optically I couldn't get stars as sharp as some other brands of binocular, even in the center of the field. Good, but not excellent. On the plus side the image held up pretty fair as you went off-axis.

If you find these used or on sale they could be a good addition to your viewing options.

Overall Rating: 8
Optics:8 Value:8
Weight: 20 (Notable Vote)
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Orion Mini Giant 12x63
I like these binos the best. Use them with or without a mount. Clear pin point stars across field. Very well made.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:9 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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