Orion Little Giant II 11x70

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Brand and Model:Orion Little Giant II 11x70
Price ($USD):$249.00
Attributes:un-checked Waterproof checked Armored
Objective Lens Size:70 mm
Magnification:11 x
Prism Type:Roof
Field of View:4.5 degrees
Eye Relief:18 mm
Near Focus:0 ft
Weight (lbs):46 oz.
Dimensions (w/h/d):h=9.25"
Description:Orion’s original Little Giant binoculars have gotten even littler. The new breed—Little Giant II—is less bulky, lighter to carry, and easier to handle. Little indeed, yet more powerful too, available in magnifications of 11x, 15x, and 20x, allowing viewing over even greater distances and probing of even subtler details.

No, the objective lenses haven’t shrunk. They’re still a big 70mm in diameter, perfect for light-critical applications such as astronomy, birdwatching at dusk or dawn, and observing in overcast or shaded conditions. The vivid, crisply formed images you see attest to the superior optical components, including the finest BAK-4 prisms and multi-coatings applied to every air-glass optical surface from the eyepieces through to the objective lenses. These coatings insure unimpaired light transmission and accurate contrast.

What has shrunk is the binoculars’ aluminum alloy body. It’s now more compact, and 11.4 oz. lighter in total weight than before for greater ease of use. All other things being equal, who wouldn’t want a smaller, lighter binocular! The new design also incorporates a more rigid eyepiece bridge for higher focusing precision with the smooth center-focus wheel.

Little Giant II binoculars have a classic coarse-grain exterior that provides a firm grip. Each comes with a tripod L-adapter, deluxe wide neck strap, hard case, and lens caps.

The next generation of 70mm binoculars has arrived, and they’re smaller and better than ever! Get your Orion Little Giant II today. Weighs 2 lbs., 14.6 oz. Five-year limited warranty.

11x70 Little Giant II
Ideal for moderate-power stargazing and scenic daytime viewing over a wide area. 6.4mm exit pupil, 4.5° field of view, 18mm eye relief.

15x70 Little Giant II
Breathtaking views of wispy nebulas and sparkling star clusters. 4.7mm exit pupil, 4.0° field of view, 8mm eye relief.

20x70 Little Giant II
Highest-power model excels for serious binocular astronomy and long-range terrestrial observation. 3.5mm exit pupil, 3.0° field of view, 8mm eye relief.

Orion Little Giant™ II 70mm Binoculars

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Orion Little Giant II 11x70
Bought the 11x70's a couple of months ago from their Canadian Dealer, and they are well worth the money, I've had Carl Ziess for years and these Orions are at least as good if not better.

I live at the entrance to Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada, and I use them for watching ships and small vessels coming in and out of the Harbour, at night and during the day. I am amazed at what you can see on the darkest of nights, I can see wave patterns over 2 miles away easily, and see houses lit by nothing more that the street lights 6 to 8 miles away.

The Field of View is excellent {wide that is} for my use, and I keep them on a photographic tripod all the time, they are a but too heavy for hand use.

I do gaze at the sky now and again, the Moon looks incredible, same with the Milky Way, but planets, well... I can't make out the little green men on Mars, grin, not with 11X. I'm happier with these Binoculars than I have been with any I've ever had, not to mention the price I paid. The fit and finish is outstanding for the money, well, maybe I should rephrase that, the fit and finish it as good as lets say Fuji and they are much more expemsive.

If you want excellent bino's for Land or Sea or some {limited, by the 11x} astronomical use, then you won't be disappointed with the 11x70 or the 11x 80's

Bob. limey@ns.sympatico.ca

Overall Rating: 10
Weight: 4 (Unreliable Vote)
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.226.6)
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Orion Little Giant II 11x70
After using two pairs of Fujinons, Leica 8x32 Ultras, and Nikon Superior E binoculars, these are a disappointment. I didn't expect the pinpoint stars images or the contrast of the more expensive binoculars above, but the shortcomings of the Orion Little Giant II (11x70) are much greater than I anticipated.

1) The binoculars are extremely poorly baffled +/- coated. This leads to a halo effect around the outer 20-30% of the field of view. The effect is extremely distracting, and appears day or night (although it is somewhat less distracting during the daytime).

2) The binoculars are very difficult to use handheld. Perhaps if you're lying on your back looking nearly straight up they are manageable for a while, but in any other circumstance, arm fatigue sets in quickly. Even though they are lighter than other 70mm binoculars, they still need a binocular support to really enjoy. However, the image quality is such that it hardly justifies the investment in a real binocular mount. The L mount that comes with them works, but you will soon tire of it. In order to view different parts of the sky you'll end up doing a tango around your tripod--a real hassle after a while (compared to a good, free-swinging binocular mount).

3) Despite their size and heft, the binoculars are pretty flimsy. They are not machined to high tolerances, and look as if the focusing mechanism will wobble loose over time without very careful handling.

4) The customer service and warranty from Orion are not great, and quality control on these is almost non-existant. My pair may be normal, better than normal, or sub-par--I wouldn't be surprised to find significant differences between my pair and other people's pairs. Buying these binoculars is, more so than normal, a real gamble.

If I only owned one pair of binoculars, it would not be these. I would get a pair of 8x30 binoculars (maybe Bausch and Lomb Customs or Nikon Superior E) and use them them day and night. If I became seriously interested in binocular viewing at night I would invest in some Fujinons.

I'll keep the Orions since they are useful as a knock around pair to bring to viewing parties were I wouldn't mind if someone accidentally dropped them. If I had the purchase to make again I would put the money in a cookie jar and get a good pair of binoculars.

-Charles Dunlap

Overall Rating: 6
Weight: 4 (Unreliable Vote)
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.248.34)
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Orion Little Giant II 11x70
I bought a set of Orion Little Giant 11X70s six-months back and have enjoyed them immensely. I agree that they can’t be handheld for any length of time (without the “shakes” overwhelming the view), but once I coupled them with a homemade binocular mount that concern disappeared. The eye relief is good, and I have not noticed any color correction problems. There is some loss at the edge of field, but I concentrate on the center image anyway. The view of the Pleiades is marvelous. The focusing mechanism has been a bit stiff lately (as winter has caused the nighttime temperatures to drop into the 30’s here in Las Vegas) and a lubricant better suited to the cold would help.

I’ve used them mainly to scan the sky and find areas of interest to train one of my telescopes on. I found that mounting a inexpensive red dot finder on the left barrel was useful both for aiming and for seeing exactly the portion of sky I’m observing so that I can aim the telescope to the same location.

Orion’s responsiveness, packaging, and shipping are excellent. I’ve bought many of their products and have no complaints.

Overall Rating: 8
Optics:8 Value:9
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.137.140)
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Orion Little Giant II 11x70

Overall Rating: 9
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.37.1)
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Orion Little Giant II 11x70
FOR the money they are great.Not as good as fugi's but what is.Ilike them also for day time veiwing,They come in handy for getting aqauited with the sky' all begginers should have a pair. a tri pod helps. orion makes a another winner thank BOB HART

Overall Rating: 8
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.144.112)
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Orion Little Giant II 11x70
Great on a tripod. Focus range is too short for my 20/200 eyes but works with eye glasses nicely. It is big improvement (for astronomy) over my cheal 10x50s

Overall Rating: 8
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.54.210)
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Orion Little Giant II 11x70
Much lighter than I expected. Nice wide field of view, great value...

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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.221.41)
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Orion Little Giant II 11x70
Recently bought a pair used and they work quite well. Stars don't quite pinpoint up, but close. Eye relief is good and field of view is quite large. I use them on a tripod and they have rendered nice views of nebulous objects, like M42, as well as beautiful views of clusters in Auriga and other areas of the Milkyway. I also noticed that color correction is very good. The moon, even when full, just barely shows some false color along its limb.

I think what is most fascinating about them is the different view you get. It is low power, wide field, and transforms familiar areas into a whole new experience. And you don't have to spend $1000 dollars.


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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.240.34)
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