The Orion 2×54 Ultra Wide Angle Binoculars combine ultra-low power with an ultra-wide field of view taking naked eye astronomy to another level. A large 36° field of view allows constellations to fit into one field. And the binoculars brighten up fainter stars, allowing you to see about 1.2 magnitudes fainter than you can with just your own eyeballs.
For example, from a dark sky site, you can typically see down to around magnitude 6 stars with your naked eye – imagine enhancing that view down to mag 7.2 with these binoculars. It is like looking at a detailed star chart, except now the actual sky becomes your chart.
Features of the Ultra Wide Angle Binoculars include individual eyepiece focusing, a solid center axis hinge that holds collimation well, fully multi-coated lenses, and includes a carrying case and caps to protect the lenses.
Magnification and exit pupil are not important in this design of binocular. In fact, it is just the opposite. Low power coupled with a big lens provides this massive field of view and adds to the effect of the sky being your own personal star chart. These binoculars are a variation on a Galilean design but also include extra lens elements to enhance the field of view and also reduce aberrations compared with standard Galilean designed optics.
The brightness in this style binocular is simply the square of the magnification, and the field of view is directly proportional to the size of the objective. Therefore you get 4x brighter images than naked eye, and a big 36° field. The result is an enhanced naked-eye feel when gazing through these binoculars at the arms of the Milky Way and individual whole constellations.
Compact and lightweight, the Orion 2×54 Ultra Wide Angle Binoculars make a nice addition to your astronomy equipment arsenal, bridging the gap between your larger binoculars and simple naked eye astronomy. Hundreds more stars appear in the view, and panning around the Milky Way from a dark sky sites is incredible.
The Ultra Wide Angle Binoculars specifications include:
– Magnification: 2x
– Optical diameter: 54mm
– Field of view – angular: 36.0°
– Field of view – linear: 914.0 ft./1000 yd
– Apparent field of view: 72.0°
– Coatings: Fully multi-coated
– Interpupillary distance range: 60mm – 81mm
– Focus style: Individual eyepiece focus
– Diopter adjustment: Yes
– Weight: 1.0 lbs.
– Additional included accessories: Soft case, objective and eyepiece caps
– Other features: Fully Multi-Coated Lenses
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And if you want really big binocular viewing, Orion’s new 80mm ED Semi-Apo Binocular Spotting Scope sports two eyepieces. And viewing with two eyes instead of just one makes observing the night skies much more comfortable and provides an incredible 3D-like depth of field.
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