Orion Mini Giant 8X56


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Brand and Model:Orion Mini Giant 8X56
Price ($USD):$159.00
Attributes:un-checked Waterproof checked Armored
Objective Lens Size:56 mm
Magnification:8 x
Prism Type:BAK4 Porro
Coatings:Fully Multi-Coated
Field of View:5.0 degrees
Eye Relief:18 mm
Near Focus:0 ft
Weight (lbs):32 oz.
Dimensions (w/h/d):h=7"
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 8X56
noticable difference in sharpness one eyepiece. had them for about a year. should have went for higher quality. not my eyes. turn them over and swap left to right shows the problem in the other eye.

Overall Rating: 3
Optics:3 Value:4
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.96.94)
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Orion Mini Giant 8X56
All my friends who have tried this one says "Woooow", not because they are dogs but because they give you an exstreamley bright view of objects from dawn to dusk. And I enjoy this Binoculare from dusk to dawn :-)

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:9 Value:9
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.64.2)
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Orion Mini Giant 8X56
I've owned these binos for 3 years and have used them extensively. They are flat and sharp from edge to edge with no distortion. These are the only optics I've ever seen M33 in. The brightness of the image is very pleasing. The coatings seem to be smooth and even givng almost no reflection. I have no trouble hand holding them. One tip that every Mini-Giant owner needs to know is to buy the contoured "wing" eyeguards from Orion. Simply put them inside the existing eyecups and you have a system similar to what Fujinon provides. It definitely provides superior light blocking. The description at the begining is wrong, these are Porro not roof prism.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.224.101)
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Orion Mini Giant 8X56
I've had mine for many years now and still marvel when I look through them. No-one ever looks in them without issuing a 'wow!'. I've read in these reviews some complaints on lack of clarity and edge sharpness, but I've never experienced any of these issues. Images through mine remain clear, bright, flawless in colour and sharp-as-a-needle. On my home-built binoc stand, I can gave skywards for hours.

Overall Rating: 9
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.120.66)
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Orion Mini Giant 8X56
Amazing light gathering ability.Large dim objects like M33 are much easier to find than with my 8" telescope. Milky Way star fields and clusters will knock your eyes out. Nice sturdy construction. A very good deal for the money. Orion is now selling these for $149.00

Overall Rating: 9
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.118.42)
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Orion Mini Giant 8X56
I found the edges quite mediocre, but I suppose this is typical for a relatively inexpensive bino. More troubling was that they were never very sharp on axis, either...one tube being noticibly less sharp on axis than the other.

Overall Rating: 5
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.8.119)
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Orion Mini Giant 8X56
I have my Orion 8X56 for about a week now and I like them very much. They are the same size as standard Binoculars, but appear brighter, and there is no distortion all the way out to the edges. For the price, I dont think you can find a better set of binoculars. I find that they are suitable for hand held observing, they are not too powerfull to demand a tripod.

Overall Rating: 9
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.207.84)
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Orion Mini Giant 8X56
I bought these for a not too expensive astro travel binos... a good value for the price. Solidly made, edge views are a bit out of focus... not close to my Fujinons but very pleased with what I used them for; no complaints.

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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.72.88)
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