Orion UltraView 8x42

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Brand and Model:Orion UltraView 8x42
Price ($USD):$149.00
Attributes:un-checked Waterproof checked Armored
Objective Lens Size:42 mm
Magnification:8 x
Prism Type:BAK4 Porro
Coatings:Fully Multi-Coated
Field of View:8.2 degrees
Eye Relief:22 mm
Near Focus:0 ft
Weight (lbs):27
Dimensions (w/h/d):h=5.25
Description:Ultra-Special Features:
• Extra-long 22mm eye relief
• Fully multi-coated optics
• Finest BAK-4 glass prisms
• Large knurled center focus knob
• Twist-lock eyecups
• Tripod adapter socket
• 10-year limited warranty

Eyeglass wearers know how frustrating it can be using binoculars. You have to take your glasses off with one hand and hold the binocular up to your eyes with the other. Then, you must lower the binocular and replace your glasses to scan the scene again with just your eyes. Playing this on-and-off game gets pretty annoying. You’ve tried leaving your eyeglasses on, but it’s like looking through a keyhole: you can’t see the whole field of view. And you’ve tried to get by without your glasses, but everything in the distance is too blurry.

Orion UltraViews are the answer. They are the ultimate in eyeglass- and sunglass-friendly binoculars! Their extra-long 22mm eye relief allows the full field of view to be seen with eyeglasses on, simply by retracting the twist-lock rubber eyecups. That’s a real luxury!

UltraView binoculars are also long on optical quality. Made exclusively for Orion by Japan’s largest manufacturer of high-quality optics, UltraViews feature the finest BAK-4 glass prisms, and lenses finely ground and polished to exacting specifications. All lens and prism air-to-glass surfaces are fully multi-coated, providing much higher light transmission than can be achieved with the standard coatings offered on most other binoculars. Colors are pure and images are tack-sharp right out to the edges. The large center focus wheel allows quick focusing with just a fingertip.

The UltraViews’ cast alloy metal construction holds up admirably under extensive field use. Black rubber armoring protects the binoculars against bumps and scratches, and finger grooves provide a sure grip.

All UltraView binoculars come with a rugged soft field case, objective lens caps, and a deluxe wide neck strap. All models have a threaded socket to accept a tripod adapter. Ten-year limited warranty.

UltraView 8x42 WA Binocular
Ideal size for birding, nature observation, and traveling. Delightfully wide 8.2° field of view. Birders also love the exceptionally close focus of 12’. 8x magnification, 7mm exit pupil, extra-long 22mm eye relief. Weighs 27 oz.

UltraView 7x50 Binocular
Moderate 7x power and large 50mm objective lenses provide terrific performance in subdued light. Great for watching moving targets and enjoying wide-field scanning of starry skies. 6.5° field of view, 7mm exit pupil, 16’ close focus, extra-long 22mm eye relief. Weighs 32 oz.

UltraView 10x50 WA Binocular
Much wider field of view (6.5°) than standard 10x binoculars. Excels for high-power astronomy, long-distance nature observation, and hunting. 5mm exit pupil, 16’ close focus, extra-long 22mm eye relief. Weighs 32 oz.

Orion UltraView™ Long Eye Relief Binoculars

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Orion UltraView 8x42
My wife and I both need glasses to see, so binoculars that had decent eye relief was critical for any purchase. Additionally, we wanted binocs that had a decent FOV as well. The rated FOV is 8.2 degrees, of which nearly 7 degrees is sharp!

What really sold us is the current design of the eyecups. Instead of the flexible fold-down cups, these have screw-down cups, a half a turn on each cup extends or retracts them. This way you can dial in the relief you need for your observing situation and it's firm against your eyes. If Orion ever offers this eyecup design on one of their big binocs, then I'd buy them, too.

By allowing the eyecups to be firmly placed against your skull, it makes hand-holding these glasses very easy.

I've spotted many faint Messier objects with these glasses, including M81/M82, M101, and M51. I can see how doing a whole marathon with these could catch easily 75% of the targets, if not more.

The light weight of these binoculars makes them easy for hand-held viewing.


Overall Rating: 9
Optics:8 Value:10
Weight: 5 (Veritable Vote)
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Orion UltraView 8x42
I have had these a couple years, and they are my primary finding binoculars for telescope observing. Recently, I thought I should get a pair of serious astronomy binoculars. Over the last few months I have tried Orion's 10x50 Scenix, Orion's 9x63 Mini Giants, Celestron's 8x56 Ultimas, and a pair of Dakota 12x50 binoculars. I returned all of them, and decided to stick with the 8x42 Ultra Views. The wide field view (8.2 degrees) and clarity allows the same objects to be seen as in more powerful binoculars, but with much easier hand holdability. A pleasure to use. Highly recommended.

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:8 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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