Prominar spotting scopes from Kowa kick up the performance level by using an XD objective lens with low dispersion properties to diminish chromatic aberration. The large objective lens offers terrific light-gathering power for long distances and low light settings. Kowa engineers offset the length and weight associated with a large objective lens by incorporating an inner focus system and a magnesium alloy body. With the eyepiece locking mechanism, the eyepiece securely attaches to the body and reduces the risk of loss. The waterproof and fogproof body adds protection from rain and temperature fluctuations. Kowa offers a limited lifetime warranty for this scope.
Extra-low Dispersion (XD) Glass
Enhances resolution, color, and contrast.
Increase light transmission with a single anti-reflective coating on all air-to-glass lens surfaces.
Optimize light transmission through the prisms.
Offer maximum image quality and durability in a traditional design.
Straight Body Design
Is favored by users because it works well for viewing downward from elevated platforms, such as decks and patios.
Allows for precision with coarse and fine adjustments.
Magnesium Alloy Body
Is sturdy and resistant to corrosion.
Provides a secure, non-slip grip.
Twists up and down for comfortable viewing with or without eyeglasses.
Reduces glare and shields the objective lens from raindrops.
Rotating Tripod Ring
Allows greater flexibility when positioning the spotting scope.
Optics are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture, dust, and debris from getting inside the spotting scope.
Barrel is filled with nitrogen gas to inhibit internal fogging.
Objective Lens Diameter
77mm straight spotting scope body (eyepieces sold separately)
A great scope... with a couple minor annoyances
Darroch W from Newfoundland
I'm a serious birder and have been using this scope for 4 years now. Overall I can only rave about this scope - the optics, ergonomics and durability have all been fantastic. I do have 2 complaints though, and they are annoying because they seem to reflect sloppiness at the final stage of the production of a great scope. The first is that the scope is not balanced on the tripod shoe. Because of this the scope tips lens-up if the tripod head isn't cranked fairly tight. This is annoying both because you lose the bird you're looking at and (more important in Newfoundland) because the objective lens gets covered with rain if it's a wet day. I suspect that this resulted because this scope is a scaled down version of the TSN 88x scopes and they didn't bother to redesign the mounting shoe to compensate for the lighter objective lens, which would have been a simple afterthought! My second complaint isn't about the scope itself but the somewhat disappointing scope cover. The fit isn't great and the velcro doesn't hold the cover open at either end when using the scope, so it always ends up flapping in the wind. In the end I fixed this by adding button snaps to hold the cover open. Again mostly annoying because it was a silly oversight in the design of a great scope package.
One last comment; I also use a TSN 772 for work - this is the version of the same scope without the flourite lens. It's frustrating that they discontinued this much cheaper version of the same scope because to be honest I have never noticed any difference in optical performance. If I had my time back I'd certainly have bought the TSN 772 as my personal scope and kept the extra 500 bucks! Oh well, the are both fantastic scopes, just that the 772 was just as good for 2/3 the price.
Kowa 774 straight ED glass spotting scope
Phil L. from North Florida
My first scope was a Nikon Fieldscope II; my first experience with Kowa was a guide's 88 mm. After 5 years with the Nikon, I wanted a brighter scope that was usable above 30-35x. The Kowa is that, as well as light, 3 lb, 12 oz without case but with quick-release plate, only 12 oz heavier than the Nikon. Direct comparisons with equivalent Swarovsky, Leica, and Zeiss scopes suggest a minimum of equal optical quality. Good eye relief with glasses, although at 60x, eye placement is a bit touchy. Don't know how tough it will be; the Nikon has gone everywhere without damage. I really like the sight notch on the sunscreen, makes initial lineup on a shorebird easy. An excellent travel scope; get the case and sew on a rifle sling strap, and it will go everywhere you go (with a light tripod!). Have not yet tried digiscoping. So, with caveat of short usage limiting evaluation of durability, and no digiscope experience, this is an excellent quality, bright, light, compact, and optically superior scope.
worth every penny
Martin Lopez from slo,ca.
i was able to purchase this kowa spotting scope before the 2009 hunting season. We hunt Wyoming and Colorado so there is perfect country to test the application of this amazing tool in the field. The light transmission and clarity were that of the swaro 80mm HD but the actual crispness of color in the kowa gave u a slight edge in the field when placed side by side. This was reconfirmed by the long time swaro user that the two scopes were compared. I would more than highly recommend it.