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“The Opticron Oregon 20x80 binoculars prove that well-designed binoculars don't need low-dispersion ED-glass elements in their objective lenses to deliver an impressive performance. To achieve this at what might be considered a budget price is no mean feat, particularly when the build quality matches the binoculars' optical prowess" Ade Ashford, Astronomy Now October 2019. Read the whole review here.
Model: optcrn_oregon_20x80_30151Part Number: 30151
"These binoculars come into their own on extended deep-sky objects. The Orion Nebula was bright, showing good structure, and we could distinguish all four stars of the Trapezium (Theta (θ) Orionis). The galaxies M81 and M82 were easy to see and the differences between them were obvious." Steve Tonkin writing for BBC Sky @ Night Magazine
Unlike cheaper binoculars that are similar in appearance, the Opticron Oregon 20x80 features fully multi-coated optics on all air-glass surfaces for maximum light transmission, clarity and contrast.
An excellent choice for long-range terrestrial observation and astronomy.
17mm eye-relief eyepieces so suitable for observing with or without glasses.
Slim-line ZCF body style protected in natural rubber armour make the Oregons surprisingly easy to hand hold but they can also be attached quickly and easily to a tripod using the integral tripod adapter socket for more stable viewing.
Supplied in soft carry case with 5 year guarantee.
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Due to my location and they usual weather problems in the UK, my observing is fairly infrequent, so I was looking for a nice grab and go solution so I can take advantage of the rare gaps in the clouds. I've already got some Canon 10X30 IS and they're superb, but I was after something with increased magnification and light gathering abilities. After reading many, many reviews, I decided on the Opticron 20x80's and am delighted with them. They're actually far lighter than I imagined. Still tricky to hand-hold and I'm mostly using mine with a tripod and pistol-grip head which gives me a nice stable platform. The first thing I took a look at when the clouds broke was the Orion Nebula. It's nicely placed in the sky for me and, honestly, with these binoculars, I had the most stunning view of them I've ever seen with my own eyes. I have a couple of small telescopes, but these binoculars provided a stunning view that exceeded those provided by my scopes.The weather hasn't been too kind to me, as is traditional when buying new astro kit, but I've very much enjoyed exploring what I can see, spotting some lovely doubles. The Pleiades look absolutely magical, and nicely placed with Mars right now. I've mounted a Rigel finder to the top of mine, with the bracket held in place with a couple of cable-ties. This makes finding objects in the sky an absolute breeze.Looking forward to some better viewing conditions, but in the meantime I can thoroughly recommend these. I've also just purchased the optional 2x adapter, enabling one eyepiece to become a monocular of sorts, with 40x magnification. I've not had a chance to try it in dark skies yet, but it was very impressive when I tried it on terrestrial objects.
Before we get to the binoculars I want to say a massive thank you to FLO for answering my initial questions and for the suggestions and help, made the whole experience of moving into the hobby easy, will be back for a telescope soon.Back to the binoculars, I bought them as a way into stargazing, as a total novice I wanted binoculars so I could start viewing with little set up and very little technical know how required, some research later and I decided these were the ones to go for and Iím glad I did. Fantastic views of the moon to start off then sweeping the sky to see stars I didnít know where there. For me they are a great entry into stargazing and I would recommend the binoculars and FLO. I would also say a tripod is a must with these as they are a weighty item. Thanks again to the team at FLO.
Speedy delivery with excellent protective packaging. Bought principally for for wide angel deep sky astronomy but also very effective for nature rambles giving wonderfully sharp detailed views of targets at extreme range. Quite heavy but not impossibly so with a good carrying case but you will definitely need a decent tripod for extended viewing. At this price I doubt that the quality could be bettered, optically fine with a very small amount of spherical aberration in the outer 25 % of the field of view that is of no consequence and mechanically robust sufficient to become a family heirloom. Reliable review in the October 2019 issue of Astronomy Now.
Lightweight, but robust; large, but easily handheld for short periods of time. Optically surprisingly good considering the price - sharpness is equal in almost whole of view field, and I was so far not able to detect any chromatic aberration. I would recommend it for astronomy as well as for terrestrial observation.
When compared side-by-side with a number of 20x80s from Celestron, Omegon and other brands, the Oregon performs very well. Very good central sharpness, wide sweet spot, very acceptable off-axis sharpness, bright image, easy eye placement. Image shows a slight reddish / pinkish tint, nothing dramatic, though. For its price, the Oregon is an excellent choice. Highly recommended.
The Oregon Observation 20x80mm binoculars weigh 2,185 / 77oz.
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