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For birders willing to take the plunge for the very best optics
at whatever cost, the top choices, in my view, are either
the Kowa 883/884 or 773/774 or the Swarovski HD 80mm or
65mm scopes. Any of these top scopes will give you years of pure
Ken Rosenberg is director of Conservation Science at the Lab.
The flagship of Kowa spotting scopes with an extremely large 88mm objective lens. The enthusiasm behind Kowa’s 60 years of spotting scope development is manifested in this supreme model. Its optical performance and user friendliness leaves a satisfying impression on the user.
The TSN-883 88mm Spotting Scope and TE-11WZ 25-60x Eyepiece Kit combines a green, angled-viewing Kowa TSN-883 88mm
Spotting Scope and a TE-11WZ 25-60x Eyepiece. The kit allows hobbyists
and enthusiasts to fully take advantage of scope's exemplary optics and
the included high zoom wide angle eyepiece at the same time.
With the fully multicoated optics and PROMINAR XD lens, the TSN-883
Spotting Scope will provide improved light transmission and clear images
of your favorite landscapes and wildlife. The very wide 88mm objective
aperture will allow your scope to collect more light and obtain brighter
images of most memorable moments like around dusk or down. To offer
true color, improved contrast, and image sharpness for your eye or
camera, the PROMINAR XD Lenses have extra-low dispersion elements that
Made from the magnesium alloy at its core, the body is ultra lightweight
and deformation-resistant. While the housing is o-ring sealed
waterproof and nitrogen-filled fogproof on the inside, on the outside it
has a green rubberized covering that camouflages the scope and provides
a secure safe grip. The body also features an integrated sliding
sunshade, a textured focusing knob, and a revolving collar for 1/4"-20
With a high zoom, the included TE-11WZ Eyepiece will satisfy most of
your observational needs. Using a simple bayonet mount, it installs
quickly and easily and the knurled dial provides for a smooth zooming
experience. To compliment the spotter's performance, it is also
waterproof and fogproof and maintains the same optical quality.
The TSN-883 Angled 88mm PROMINAR PFC Spotting Scope is a world-class spotter that redefines the standards of color brilliance, sharpness, and brightness.
TSN-883 uses an element of pure fluorite crystal (PFC) glass in its
construction, which greatly minimizes chromatic aberration. This ensures
maximum efficiency in its light gathering, producing a clear visual
range and sharp imagery that traditional glass lenses cannot attain at
their highest magnifications and with the strongest of
subject/background contrast changes. Fluorite is extremely expensive,
but the subtle difference between the viewing from the PROMINAR-equipped
TSN-883 and even the very best normal scopes would be apparent even to a
novice. Kowa's use of their patented C3 prism multi-coating process
increases image brightness significantly over their prior-generation
models that featured flourite.
The 883's housing is made of a
magnesium alloy that defines maximum durability and lightweight
construction, resulting is a compact, ergonomic, and functional design
for extreme nature and outdoor enthusiasts wanting only the very best.
It sets a benchmark for the combination of large objective with small
weight and mass.
As the angled viewing model of Kowa's flagship
line, this scope makes sharing the viewing among multiple observers
quite easy and is also generally considered more comfortable for longer
glassing sessions. An angled scope allows for a slightly smaller,
shorter tripod and requires a bit more experience to quickly locate the
subject in the scope.