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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.233.142)
Date: 09/27/1998 04:40:45 pm PDT
very good value. Images are quite sharp especially the moon. also quite good for terrestrial spotting.


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Subject: Moved Message
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.241.83)
Date: 06/11/1999 06:36:52 pm PDT
Had to return the pair I ordered. The focuser was defective. Orion didn't believe it when I called them, but they later called me to admit I was right. But they had a nice strap, and Orion did refund all my money including shipping. I'm not very forgiving on defective mail order stuff so I did not order a new pair.


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Subject: Moved Message
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.38.135)
Date: 11/11/2001 01:17:54 pm PDT
I'm not going to vote because I haven't done really extensive testing, yet (mostly because it's been cloudy ever since I bought them a couple days ago).

The price was $176 but since I got a pair that had been on display the fine folks at Austin Astronomy & Science took off $10. So the final with state and local sales tax was about $180.

However, I agree with all that the images are bright and sharp most of the way to the edge. Looking at the state capitol from the UT campus (about a half-mile away) I could see relief in the individual granite bricks pretty clearly. Looking at the University tower from the LBJ library last night (about a half-mile) was simply awesome. Especially since it was all lit up orange because we beat the stuffing out of Kansas the day before. :-D

Through the clouds last night Jupiter resolved as a nice little disk (as compared to more of splotch in the cheap Simmons 10x50s these are replacing) and its moons were comfortable to look at.

I noticed a little bit of spurious reflections (I think they're called ghosts) when looking at bright street lamps. Far less though than with the Simmons (which were about $30 at Wal-Mart... you get what you pay for!) though, and pretty respectable.

There are a couple of small obstructions so the exit pupil looks a little angled off on one corner. I don't think its a very big deal, though, and the image looks perfectly round.

Construction is pretty solid, and yet the binoculars are pretty light.

I'm undecided about the twist-up eyepieces. They are a bit more rigid than the usual thin rubber which means they won't break as easily, but are also a little less comfortable. They did a pretty adequate job of blocking out stray light though, not any worse than the regular flavor.

The strap is cool. I know that's going to cause you to run out and buy a pair (note satire). But really, it's far more heavy-duty than binoculars at Wal-Mart.

Although as an added bonus(?), I have discovered that Logitech Quickcams (the little cheap webcams that look like eyeballs) fit snugly into the eyepieces. Although the Quickcam's lousy (300 x 200) resolution doesn't quite do the Ultraviews justice, its something to play around with. File this one under "stupid binocular tricks."


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Subject: Moved Message
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.67.70)
Date: 02/27/2002 11:43:24 am PDT
I'm now on my second pair of these binoculars after sending my first back for bad edge of field distortion (but only at the top third of the field!).
Unfortunately, the second pair is even worse and I'll be sending them back too. Took them out and looked at the moon to find a complete blur at the top of the image with large green tinges - and this is very distracting when viewing star fields.
It's a shame because they look and feel like a high end pair and I expected more.
Quality control seems to be a problem I think.
I will give Orion one last chance just because of all the good reports I've read!


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