Kowa's 88mm Prominar spotting scope takes image quality to the max by incorporating fluorite crystal lenses. With the enhanced resolution, color, and contrast, customers enjoy the ultimate viewing experience. An 88mm 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.
Enhances resolution, color, and contrast.
Fully Multi-coated Lenses
Increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Optimize light transmission through the prisms.
Offer maximum image quality and durability in a traditional design.
Angled Body Design
Is favored by users of different heights for viewing without adjusting the tripod height as frequently. The angled design works well when viewing at an upward angle.
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
88mm angled 88mm spotting scope body (eyepieces sold separately)
I had used this scope in the past during a guided bird tour and thought it was a good one. Also have limited viewing through Swarovski and Leica which were also very good. I was really wanting this one but was also looking at the Swarovski ATS 65mm, to save money and carrying weight. Turns out with a Gitzo 2531 tripod and G2180 head it was light enough for a 62 year old in good shape with minor neck and back pain to carry moderate distances so far. Optics are great, you see all kinds of details and make identifications that are missed with binoculars. Fine focus also works very well and is a great feature. I could not be more happy with it. Eagle optics was also a factor in my decision after talking to them about both scopes. They are very helpful. Bought with 20 to 60X zoom. The decision may have been easier if I could have had more viewing time with the others. It is great to have your own scope.
Chris from Brooklyn, New York
This scope is my favorite thing. I mean, of any kind of thing, it's the best thing I own or get to use.
I had used scopes very few times before buying this one. When I started using it, I began to be able to see things I could never see before. When I have subsequently used other scopes (besides a birding friend's nice Swarovski), I have had the feeling of being back in a high school biology lab, feeling frustrated at not quite being able to get a clear look through the microscope at what the teacher said I was supposed to be seeing. In this scope, the visual interference disappears, and I'm left with the image.
The focus knobs work beautifully. The angled shape is pleasant for birdwatching. With the 20-60x eyepiece attached, I find it easy to locate birds and then dial in on them. With a carbon fiber Swarovski tripod attached, the whole apparatus is not obscenely heavy, and I don't mind carrying it for hours. Kowa offers a very simple set of rings for screwing on my micro-four-thirds camera to the eyepiece in a few seconds, and the resulting photos and videos are beautiful. Like the best-made things, it's all simple and functional enough that I forget that it's between me and what I'm looking at. It all feels less like a piece of equipment than a clear window onto what I couldn't otherwise see.
Kowa TSN 883
Michael from Virginia
This is clearly one of the best scopes on the market. The scope is light weight and easy to pack in long distances. The focus is easy to use with fine and course adjustments. The added 20-60 power eye piece allows you to get the most out of this scopes superior optics. The fluorite optics are unmatched and clear at long distance viewing. An excellent scope overall.
Scope and eyepiece exceed expectations
Tom from New Hampshire and Florida
I bought the scope and eyepiece for birdwatching. It truly exceeds my expectation. The images are sharp and clear. Even at high mag, the color is great. It is just fantastic.
I also bought the cover. It is fine as a carrying case, but cumbersome to use as a field cover on the tripod.
Kowa 883 Spotting Scope Review
David from Huntington,WV
I've been very pleased with the Kowa 883 angled 88mm Prominar Scope.It's lightweight with superb viewing.Using the 20-60 Viewing eyepiece,the clarity is very sharp all the way up to 60 mm.It's superior to my Swarovski ST 80 which I formerly used.I would recommend it to anyone and the cost savings is in excess of $1000 compared to some of the other high scopes.
Optics are top notch. Clear edge to edge. Focusing is fast and precise with the two focusing knobs.
The angled scope makes it difficult to use with a window mount pan head. It's a tradeoff from ease of use on a tri-pod.
It's lightweight and short length is a big plus over other brands in this class.
KOWA TSN 883 - Excellent Quality
Dr. J.B. Webb from Austin, TX
This is my 3d KOWA scope & I have enjoyed each model. I purchased all my KOWA scopes from Eagle Optics & am very satisfied with their customer care! I use the scope in monitoring/observing/digiscoping (birds & mammals) for the National Park Service & Texas Audubon Society. The KOWA 883 has great clarity & brilliance. The great staff @ Eagle Optics is extremely helpful in guidance RE camera adaptions for digiscoping! It's a joy to use!
One high definition Scope!
Charmaine Ganson from Houston, Texas
The reviews on this scope were right on the money. When you look through it, you will say, WOW! The image is always bright and sharp. We are very happy with it. A truly amazing scope.
Kowa TSN-880 series Five star Digiscoping
Kevin Bolton from New Jersey
When I'm out in the field digiscoping with my Kowa TSN-883/884 I know the contrast and detail will be on the money . Yes it is a 5 STAR Digiscoping system!!!