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Orion Scenix 7x50 Binoculars

by Orion

Price: 84.99
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  • Great all-around binoculars for astronomy as well as scenic daytime viewing
  • High-quality BAK-4 porro prisms and multi-coated binocular objective lenses ensure bright, crisp images
  • Wide 7.1° field of view and 14 foot close focus
  • Sturdy metal (not plastic) housing with large center focusing mechanism
  • Includes carrying case, lens cap and deluxe wide neck strap

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Orion's Scenix 50mm binoculars offer the superior optical and mechanical quality you'd expect in more expensive binoculars but at a price that won't break the bank. Scenix binoculars incorporate porro prisms made from top-quality BAK-4 optical glass. Moreover, every air-to-glass optical surface is antireflection coated, and the 50mm objective lenses are multi-layer coated for maximum light transmission. In Astronomy magazine's April 2005 review of 10x50 binoculars under $100, the Scenix 10x50 was rated #1! The housings are constructed of sturdy metal, not plastic, and armored with protective rubber for a secure grip. Both models include a vinyl carrying case, lens caps, deluxe wide neck strap, and a threaded socket for an optional tripod L-adapter. Put Scenix to use for stargazing, birdwatching, or any outdoor viewing activity. Two-year limited warranty.

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good choice for beginning astronomer who wears glasses 14 Oct 2010
By J. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Pros: Great optics at reasonable price, solid construction, long eye relief for eyeglass-wearers
Cons: 7x50's may be too bulky/heavy for hikers and backpackers

The Orion Scenix 7X50 fits the needs of this beginning astronomer: 1) reasonably priced new at $100 (I bought it as an open-box for $70!); 2) solid build and optics without being too heavy; 3) excellent eye relief.

Some folks may feel a 7X50 setup is suboptimal for astronomy, implying that higher mag binoculars would be better. I disagree completely. The 7X50 provides good magnification for the night sky without using a tripod, as the shakiness with higher mag (even 10X) is noticeably worse. And for those who wear eyeglasses with astigmatism and/or a desire to keep them on while viewing, the Scenix 7X50 provides superb eye relief at 20mm -- the 10X50 version has a less desirable eye relief of 12mm.

Yes, like any good pair of binoculars, the Scenix 7X50 can be used for excellent terrestrial viewing. But for hikers/backpackers, keep in mind that 7x50 binoculars can be bulky and heavy, even though the 1.8lb weight of this Scenix compares favorably to other 7x50's out there.

Overall, the Scenix 7X50 represents a high quality choice for astronomers, especially for a budget-minded beginner.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Binoculars 18 Nov 2011
By paul - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a beginner astronomer and wanted to buy something that's portable and lightweight. I've also considered Nikon Action binocular, but opted to get Scenix since they were lighter and also had casing made out of metal vs Action that are heavier and have plastic body. At first I bought 10x50 but these proved to be near impossible to hold steady so I've exchanged them for 7x50 pair. Even under light polluted east coast skies I'm able to see Orion nebula and beehive cluster. Mars and Jupiter are visible as dots, but no detail. Coupled with Android apps such as Skye and Google Maps, as well as Stellarium, I've been making a great progress in learning the night sky. As far as quality of optics I really don't have a frame of reference as I've never owned any astronomic devices before, but I have no complaints about the images that I see.

Two negatives that I have is that the protective caps that go over main lenses are not tight and every time I take binoculars out of the case they come off. Makes me worried that when this happens the lenses might get scratched. Also, this item comes with only 2 year warranty compared to Nikon Action 25 year warranty!

Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and would recommend these binoculars in 7x50 version to someone who doesn't want to spend a bundle to get quality optics.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great binos 1 Sep 2012
By Tezza - Published on Amazon.com
I bought these binoculars primarily for astronomy. They work very well.

They are also pretty good for daytime viewing although you might find them heavy after a while.

These binoculars are more suited for night time viewing because the exit pupil is 7mm which is pretty wide.

They are a very good quality binocular for the price. I've had mine for about 8 years and they are still as good as new (I do keep them in their case and keep the lens protectors on when not in use).
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Binoculars 6 Aug 2012
By David - Published on Amazon.com
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I am very happy with these binoculars. I bought them primarily for stargazing and they have fit the ticket well. I have used them to make out the dimmer stars in several constellations as well as spotted a few globular clusters with them. My only complaint is that if my eyes aren't just the right distance from the lens I get "black spots" around the edges of the field of view. My other binoculars were a much cheaper department store pair and I don't remember that being a problem. Nevertheless once these are in the right position relative to my eyes they provide much clearer views than my old pair, so I am very happy with them.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 7 July 2014
By dukeBLUdevil - Published on Amazon.com
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Not much better than a standard binbinocular.
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