Summary: I love these binoculars. I wear glasses and have been looking for some binoculars that would work well with glasses for about 10 years. I have tried the inexpensive to the moderately priced ranges. I can see more(even at 15 feet) than I could the others. If these existed 10 years ago, I wasted an equal amount of money on binoculars that didn't do the job. I would highly recommend these to anyone, but especially to those who wear glasses.
Summary: For years I have read on the net that 7 x 50 binocs are required for stargazing. Baloney! I take this 8 x 42 on my travels and found that it is more than adequate for stargazing in just about any condition. At home I have binoculars of many different sizes, but I love this pair because of the image quality. Contrast and resolution is superior to any other binoc of its size that I have looked through, and this is of paramount importance for stargazing.
Summary: I bought these binoculars primarily for birding but I also wanted an instrument that could pull double-duty for stargazing. I have been using them for a few years and I have not been disappointed! Images are clear and bright even to the edges of the wide field of view, which is an obvious advantage for birdwatching. My eyeglass-wearing friends also appreciate the long eye-relief and twist-down eyecups.
Summary: Well, maybe not the color of their eyes, but when I used the Ultra view 8x42's that I sent to my daughter in New York city, I was very pleased. She and her husband live in Columbia University housing on the east side of the Hudson, about 1/4 mile south of the George Washington bridge. The view of the bridge and river traffic is marvelous, not to mention Fort Lee across the river. My point, the optics are extremely clear and the focus is 'spot-on'.
Summary: Beside the advantage of leaving my eyeglasses on because of the great eye relief, the FOV remains intact. I don't lose that split second to see the fleeting bird. No more removing my eyeglasses. Hallelujah!
Summary: I"ve had these for a couple years now and they are FAR superior to 'budget' type binocs. I compared these to several other similarly sized budget type binocs on a recent whale watching trip and these Ultraviews SOUNDLY beat them in sharpness, color, contrast, and feild of view. It's not even close. The nice wide field means you can see the entire formation at a football game as well.
Summary: Bought the Ultra View for my wife for bird watching. I asked Orion for a technical description of this and similar models. I was surprised and happy to receive a personal response from their labs. My wife is very happy with the binoculars. She prefers them over my more expensive Orion binoculars .