Orion Mini Giant 15x63

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Brand and Model:Orion Mini Giant 15x63
Price ($USD):$199.00
Attributes:un-checked Waterproof checked Armored
Objective Lens Size:63 mm
Magnification:15 x
Prism Type:BAK4 Porro
Coatings:Fully Multi-Coated
Field of View:3.7 degrees
Eye Relief:19 mm
Near Focus:0 ft
Weight (lbs):41
Dimensions (w/h/d):h=8.375"
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 15x63
01/18/06 The Mini Giant is an excellent pair of binoculars. It’s right on the border of being almost too big. Anything larger and I would need a tripod to keep things comfortable and steady. The focuser is nice and smooth, and you can adjust the optics individually for a nice, sharp dual focus. Rubber eyecups are at the viewing end, keeping things nice and dark when viewing. I took it down to Panama City Florida over the summer. Along the dark shoreline in lawn chairs, me and by brother scanned over the Centaurus. The NGC 5139 Omega Centauri was quite a treat, because the southern Globular Cluster is an impossible object to view from Ohio. We saw a large fuzzy cotton ball with a bright center, quite a site, I just wished I had my XT10i to pull in more of its light. In Scorpius, the M4 Cat’s Eye G/C, NGC 6231 open cluster, and M7 Ptolemy’s O/C were all a nice site and easy to find. In Sagittarius, we easily scanned the M22 Sagittarius Cluster and M28 G/C. Off to the right, the M8 Lagoon, and M20 Trifid Nebulas were easily recognizable and glowed quit nicely. On the northern end of the constellation, the M17 Omega Nebula was a nice site as well. To the north of M17 in Serpens Cauda, the M16 Eagle Nebula glowed its way into the Milky Way night sky. All these sites were easily seen hopping around with the Mini Giant, while sitting comfortably in a lawn chair on the beach. Terrestrial views are excellent as well, 15x of pure sharpness and clarity. The Mini Giant is a might tool in my observing collection.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Value:10
Weight: 10 (Trustworthy Vote)
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Orion Mini Giant 15x63
Just recieved my 2nd pair of Orion 15x63 mini giant binoculars. My first pair was nicely collimated by the postal service. My follow up pair showed up only a week later thanks to Orion's good service and the excellent attention given to this matter buy the local dealer Island Eyepiece and Telescope. First impressions have been very good. Spot on collimation, nice and sharp across most of the field of view. No ghosting or flares and good contrast. Remarkably they are light enough for short hand holding sessions.Most of the time they will be mounted on a tripod. Extra power brings out more detail on objects for daytime and evening viewing. Recommended.

Stan Taylor Vancouver B.C.

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:8 Value:9
Weight: 10 (Trustworthy Vote)
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Orion Mini Giant 15x63
I own a pair of Orion 16x80mm, and wanted a bino that had better eye relief and would be easier to transport and set up, so I purchased the Orion 15x63 Mini Giant. While the 16x80 gives slightly brighter images, overall, I prefer the 15x63. The 15x63 has much better eye relief (19mm vs 16mm) - I can comfortably wear my eyeglasses and see almost the entire FOV. The 15x63 has much better edge sharpness (despite its slightly larger FOV: 3.7 deg vs 3.5.) Furthermore, the 15x63 seems to me to have better resolution: I can just about make out the rings on Saturn, but on the 16x80, that planet merely has an slightly oblong shape. (Perhaps my pair of Orion 16x80 binos need collimation.) The mini-giant also show a lot less color when viewing bright planets than the 16x80. I mostly use them to view star clusters, and the wide field and good optics are well suited for this.
The 15x63 are light enough to hand-hold, but my opinion is that any bino over 10 power needs to be mounted for astro viewing. I use a Blaho Stedi-Vu Jr from Oberworks on a Bogen 3011, and that works fine. A pleasure to use and worth the price ($199.) Recommended

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