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Kowa TSN-553 55mm Prominar Fluorite Crystal Spotting Scope (Angled Body) - The top-scoring scopes in the $1,000-$2,000 range
Kowa TSN-553 55mm Prominar Fluorite Crystal Spotting Scope (Angled Body)

Kowa TSN-553 55mm Prominar Fluorite Crystal Spotting Scope (Angled Body) - The top-scoring scopes in the $1,000-$2,000 range

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On saleCAD2,549.00
Retail Price:CAD2,799.00

Your Savings:CAD250.00(9%)

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Part Number:TSN-553

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Scope Cases and other Accessories
C-554, Neoprene Stay-On-Case incl. Shoulder Strap for TSN-554 (+CAD179.00)
C-553N Neoprene Case for the TSN-553 (+CAD269.00)
C-554N Neoprene Case for the TSN-554 (+CAD269.00)
TSN-HD, Hand Strap which allows comfortable one-hand handling from both sides of the spotting scope. (+CAD69.00)
C-500B, Neoprene Case for TSN-500 series -BLACK (+CAD79.00)
C-500G, Neoprene Case for TSN-500 series -GREEN (+CAD79.00)
C-55A-N Stay on Modular Style Neoprene Case for TSN-55A PROMINAR (+CAD349.00)
C-55S-N Stay on Modular Style Neoprene Case for TSN-55A PROMINAR (+CAD349.00)
Digiscoping Adapters
TSN-DA20 Digital Camera Adapter for TSN-82SV/660/600 Series (+CAD239.00)
TSN-AR42GT 42mm Standard T2 Fit Adapter Ring with Protecti on Glass (+CAD69.00)
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The top-scoring scopes in the $1,000-$2,000 range

Last month the 550 once again received top honors in a third independent scope review. At a mere 28 ounces, it easily & consistently tops the field as the best compact scope. However, the performance was compared favorably to the industry's most expensive 65 mm spotting scope models (costing >2x and weighing >3x more). National Audubon Society ranked this the best performing scope under $2,000 dollars in their review and Backwoods Pursuit wrote "super compact in size, light as a feather, but most of all, gives you an uncompromising image in a small package" suggesting it as the perfect solution for consumers wanting the best lightweight performer! So don't let the size fool you. Find out what all the fuss is about yourself, & see the Kowa TSN-550 series spotting scopes at a Kowa dealer near you & take advantage of these unprecedented savings!

Product Highlights

  • 45° Angled-Viewing
  • 15-45x Zoom Eyepiece
  • 55mm Objective Lens
  • Ultra Low-Dispersion PROMINAR Glass
  • Porro Prism Optical Path
  • Fully Multi-Coated Lenses
  • Lightweight Polycarbonate Chassis
  • Nitrogen-Filled, Water and Fogproof
  • 1/4"-20 or 3/8"-16 Tripod Mount
  • Fine and Coarse Two-Speed Focusing

The Prominar 553 and 554 feature Pure Fluorite Objectives like the 880 series in a 55mm package with integrated zoom eyepieces. More compact, lighter and brighter than anything in its class! 

At less than a foot long, the 45° angled-viewing Kowa TSN-553 15-45x55 Spotting Scope is the ideal companion wherever you go to glass. It employs the ultra low-dispersion PROMINAR fluoride glass that eliminates chromatic aberrations that, when coupled with the fully multi-coated optics and two-speed focusing mechanism, produce bright and clear tack-sharp high-contrast images with accurate color rendition for an immersive observational experience. The impressive zoom range allows you to take in a wide field of view for general viewing purposes, with the ability to draw subjects in close for more detailed observations. This version of the TSN-550 is configured with the eyepiece set at a 45° angle relative to the optical tube to place your head in a comfortable viewing postion whether you're standing, sitting, or lying prone.

To reduce weight, without sacrificing strength or durability, the chassis is made of a polycarbonate material and wrapped in a slip-resistant armoring. A rubberized and textured zoom collar and focus wheel make adjustments fast and easy, even when wearing gloves. The optical tube is nitrogen-filled and O-ring sealed to be waterproof, and resistant to internal fogging when moving through extreme temperature changes or environmental conditions. To increase your mounting options, the TSN-553 comes outfitted with both a 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 tripod attachment — making it compatible with most photo, video, and field tripods on the market.

Optical Performance
  • Wide 15-45x fixed zoom eyepiece
  • 55mm aperture
  • Porro prism optical path
  • Ultra low-dispersion PROMINAR fluorite glass elements eliminates chromatic aberration, which causes halos, astigmatism, and fringing, for improved color rendition and contrast
  • Fully multi-coated optics maximize light transmission through to improve image brightness, color rendition, and contrast
  • 132-69' field of view at 1000-yards
Use and Handling
  • 45° angled eyepiece to place the user's head in a comfortable viewing position when sitting, standing, or lying prone
  • Integrated aiming sight
  • Smooth and precise fine and coarse two-speed focusing mechanism moves through the entire focus range in two turns
  • Rubberized and textured zoom collar and focusing wheel
  • 58mm objective lens filter threads
  • Twist-up eyecup for comfortable use with or without eyewear
  • 3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20 mount to accommodate most photo, video, and field tripods
  • Long 16.5-16mm eye relief
  • 3.7-1.2mm exit pupil
Construction Details
  • Lightweight and impact-resistant polycarbonate chassis
  • Nitrogen-filled, IPX7-rated to be waterproof, and resistant to internal fogging when moving through extreme temperature changes and conditions
  • Oil-resistant KR exterior lens coatings makes it easy for dirt, sap, and oil to be easily cleaned off without smudges or residue
  • Retractable sunshade reduces glare and lens-flare, and keeps snow and rain off the objective, clearer viewing
  • Extremely lightweight: 28 ounces


Magnification 15 - 45x
Objective Lens Diameter 55 mm
Field of View 132.0 - 69.0' @ 1000 yd / 43.9 - 23.0 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance 9.8' / 3.0 m
Exit Pupil Diameter 3.7 - 1.2 mm
Eye Relief 16.5 - 16.0 mm
Filter Thread 58 mm
Mounting Thread 3/8"-16 or 1/4"-20
Weatherproofing Nitrogen-filled, water and fogproof
Dimensions 10.6 x 6.0 2.6" / 26.9 x 15.2 x 6.6 cm
Weight 28.5 oz / 808.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.8 x 7.4 x 3.6"

In the Box
  • Kowa TSN-553 15-45x55 PROMINAR Spotting Scope (Angled-Viewing)
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

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