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Kowa TSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (Requires Eyepiece)

B&H # KOTSN883 Mfr # TSN-883
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Product Highlights
  • Waterproof
  • Fogproof
  • Angled Viewing
  • Fluorite Crystal Glass

The TSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope is a world-class spotter that redefines the standards of color brilliance, sharpness, and brightness.

The TSN-883 uses an element of PFC (Pure Flourite Crystal) 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.  Flourite 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 multicoating process increases image brightness significantly over their prior-generation models which 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 amongst 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.

Extremely-bright 3.5" objective lens garners a better view in any lighting
Prominar flourite crystal objective lens element
Magnesium alloy construction aids weight/brightness ratio
Body's color tone won't alarm wildlife
Phase-corrected Schmidt-Pechan prism with "C3" dielectric prism coating, superior to aluminum, mirror, and silver-backed prism systems
Dual-speed coarse/fine focusing system
Rotating tripod collar with detented intermediate stops
Extreme waterproof & fogproof performance (JIS protection class 7)
Multiple available specialty eyepieces
Quick-aiming sightline aids in object locating
Sliding, rubber armored sun shade (with 95mm filter thread) shields objective from rain and stray light
Easily adapted to SLR cameras, digital point & shoot cameras, and video cameras with optional accessories
Objective Lens Diameter 88mm
Minimum Focus Distance 16.4' (5 m)
Weatherproofing Waterproof & fogproof
Length 13.5" (343mm)
Weight 3.35 lbs (1520g)
Kowa TSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (Requires Eyepiece)
  • Push-On Objective Cap
  • Rear Scope Cap (covers eyepiece connection end)
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    KowaTSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (Requires Eyepiece)
     
    4.7

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Bright eyepiece (12)
    • Sensitivity controls (7)
    • Strong magnification (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Low visibility (7)
      • Shooting (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Avid adventurer (6), Casual/ recreational (4), Professional guide (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      BEST SPOTTING SCOPE ON THE MARKET !

      I did months of research before buying this spotting scope, testing all of the other top brands in the field in Yellowstone. It's the best out there for wildlife watching bar none! I...Read complete review

      I did months of research before buying this spotting scope, testing all of the other top brands in the field in Yellowstone. It's the best out there for wildlife watching bar none! I use it to watch and study the Wolves and Grizzley in Yellowstone in all types of weather, from frezzing snow to hot it shines above all other scopes. I have set it up next to some of the other top scopes on the market watching Wolves and it had much better performance than ALL other top brands and they were all there(we know who they are). The Kowa was sharper, better contrast, true'er colors and alot brighter more so into the evening hours. The biuld is best in class, the eye pice is the best I have seen. A home run Kowa!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Still not the best bird scope there is.

      I have been seeking a replacement for the original Swarovski AT80 for some years. I had bought & returned 2 of the new ATS80 which simply aren't as sharp as the old AT80,...Read complete review

      I have been seeking a replacement for the original Swarovski AT80 for some years. I had bought & returned 2 of the new ATS80 which simply aren't as sharp as the old AT80, the fault appearing not to be with the zoom eye-piece as I'd put the new one on the old body without diminution in performance so apparently it's with the body design.

      So I bought the new Kowa & tested it over a period of hours birding in the field against both the new & the old Swarovski. I think it's better than the new although there's not that much in it but it's definitely not as sharp as the old. It just doesn't have the precision focus of the old Swarovski, even the 10 year old well-used example I tested it against. The zoom eye-piece has a wider field of view at 20x but is narrower at higher magnifications. I should say I'm less influenced by a scopes rubber armour, weight or size than others might be. For me ultra-sharp easy focus is the most important & the Kowa doesn't do it. Please Swarovski, bring back the old AT80!
      I returned the Kowa & sent my old Swarovski for cleaning.

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      5.0

      Great Quality Spotting Scope

      By David C.

      from Bridgeport Alabama

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bright Eyepiece
      • Sensitivity Controls
      • Strong Magnification

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Shooting

        Comments about Kowa TSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (Requires Eyepiece):

        Finest resolution and brightest image of any spotting scope that I have ever used. I use the scope for spotting in extended long range shooting (beyond 1 mile) and this scope performs flawlessly. I have tried other high end optics but the 88mm objective lens and the Fluorite glass with excellent coatings produce the clearest image detail that I have ever experienced. I chose the 25-60X eyepiece.

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        5.0

        A great spotting scope

        By Larry

        from Round Rock, TX

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Bright Eyepiece
        • Sensitivity Controls
        • Strong Magnification

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Bird Watching
        • Low Visibility

        Comments about Kowa TSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (Requires Eyepiece):

        I got the Kowa TSN-883 for bird watching. I have a Nikon ED50 fieldscope that was easy to carry around but was marginal in low light conditions. The Kowa is head and shoulders above the Nikon in clarity, resolution and viewing birds at a distance in low-light conditions. It is easy to focus. The only disadvantage is that the scope and tripod are nearly 4 times heavier than the Nikon ED50 and tripod which makes it more dificult when I have to walk more than a few hundred yards to a viewing area

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        5.0

        Better than expected

        By Mike

        from Jackson, wy

        Comments about Kowa TSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (Requires Eyepiece):

        Awesome scope. Bought it primarily for hunting, so low light and clarity are my concerns. I have the 25-60 eye piece. A little big for backpacking but I did anyway after I saw what it's capable of. Exceeded my expectations.

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        5.0

        wont disappoint

        By Earthpig

        from orange county, ca

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Bright Eyepiece
        • Strong Magnification

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Low Visibility
          • Shooting

          Comments about Kowa TSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (Requires Eyepiece):

          I purchased this scope for long range rifle spotting.
          The construction, fit and finish are as expected...top shelf and durable. The dual focus knobs are ergonomic and function great with almost no slop.
          For my use there is nothing I don't love.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Professional shooting

          By iMMike

          from Troy ,MO

          About Me Professional Guide

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Low Visibility
              • Shooting

              Comments about Kowa TSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (Requires Eyepiece):

              I am coaching a long range shooting team with this scope. I need the best optics I can obtain and this is it. The necessity to see details in air movements makes it my first choice. This scope is worth every penny.

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              5.0

              Stunning Clarity

              By Bird Nerd

              from Prescott, AZ

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Bright Eyepiece
              • Sensitivity Controls
              • Strong Magnification

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bright Conditions
                • Low Visibility

                Comments about Kowa TSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (Requires Eyepiece):

                I'm an avid birder and wildlife watcher and I wanted a crisp scope with user friendly focus knobs and light enough to carry. I put it on a carbon telescoping tripod and from the moment I unpacked the scope, attached the KOWA 20-60x eyepiece and took my first look through it, I knew exactly why this set-up gets all the excellent reviews. I have used the best scopes out there (owned by friends) and I am thrilled with this scope. I use it in bright daylight, on cloudy days, towards dusk, and the image is consistently crisp and bright. I've used straight and angled and while it really is a matter of personal preference I think the angled scope is perfect for my wildlife viewing.

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                5.0

                Extraordinary spotting scope

                By Steelheadr

                from Utah

                About Me Avid Adventurer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Bright Eyepiece
                • Sharp Images

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Kowa TSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (Requires Eyepiece):

                    We use the Kowa TSN-883 primarily for watching wildlife and birds, and bought the 25-60 wide angle zoom eyepiece. The images are razor sharp with no evidence of color fringing. The focus knob mechanism works fine. Absolutely no complaints!For comparison, we own Swarovski 8.5 x 42 binoculars, which are wonderful, but the high power Kowa really has become our "glass" of choice for these activities.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Top Notch

                    By Tom

                    from NC

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Bright Eyepiece
                    • Sensitivity Controls
                    • Strong Magnification

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Kowa TSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (Requires Eyepiece):

                        Arrived on time in perfect shape...The optics are better than any I have looked thru, easy to focus and feels very rugged. Digiscoping with the Sony RX100 has produced high quality results.

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                        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Bright and super sharp. No false color

                        By Skytop

                        from Jacksonville, FL

                        About Me Avid Adventurer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Bright Eyepiece
                        • Sensitivity Controls

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Astronomy
                          • Bright Conditions
                          • Low Visibility
                          • Shooting

                          Comments about Kowa TSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (Requires Eyepiece):

                          My TSN-883 yields remarkable bright, crisp razor sharp images. The colors are rendered accurately. There is no false color on bright objects. Even on the moon or brightest stars, there is no false (violet or green) tinging. Surprisingly light due to magnesium alloy tube assembly. The pure fluorite crystal outperforms the far higher priced German optics. Dual focusing system is a delight.The rotating mounting plate has 1/4-20" and 3/8" mounting screws. Extremely pleased with my Kowa scope.

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                          • No

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                          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          High-tech materials, compact design

                          By Tele-Avarian

                          from Praire State

                          About Me Avid Adventurer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Bright Eyepiece
                          • Strong Magnification

                          Cons

                          • Eyepeice not included
                          • Eyepiece expensive

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Kowa TSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (Requires Eyepiece):

                            Bought to digiscope with Canon 5D DSLR. Is great for this purpose and is small enough to use as a "spyglass" by holding in your hands without a tripod.

                            The eyepiece is the best one I've seen on a scope ever, it is bright and there is none of the usual vignetting when using high zoom. The optional DSLR eyepiece works great for digiscoping, it projects a unmagnified, very bright image at a great angle to photograph

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                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Sharp and versatile

                            By BirderWill

                            from Ann Arbor, Michigan

                            About Me Professional Guide

                            Pros

                            • Bright Eyepiece
                            • Sensitivity Controls

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Birding
                            • Digiscoping
                            • Low Visibility

                            Comments about Kowa TSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (Requires Eyepiece):

                            I am a birder learning to digiscope. I am also a professional nature tour guide. This is the fourth spotting scope I have owned and easily the best. I find it is bright, sharp and focuses easily. It is heavier than many scopes, but I find the extra margin of clarity, contrast and brightness provides a significant edge in identifying birds in dim light and allowing digiscoping at higher speeds and magnification. The zoom eyepiece is well adapted to digiscoping.

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                            (0 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Not so fast!

                            By Dick

                            from Lake Ariel PA

                            About Me Avid Adventurer

                            Pros

                            • Bright Eyepiece

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Shooting

                              Comments about Kowa TSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (Requires Eyepiece):

                              I was enthusiastic about my Kowa scope and set it up quickly for a view of the mountains. The reviews I had read about this scope raved about the clarity and brilliance of the image. I found the scope to be of beautiful quality, just what I expected. When viewing however I found the image to be less than what I was expecting. At 60x it was not producing quality images and compare well to my 30 year old Swift 20 – 60x. I was not impressed. I am now looking at the Zeiss.

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                              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              The best scope you could get

                              By Ady from oz

                              from Australia

                              About Me Professional Guide

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Bright Eyepiece
                              • Solid construction
                              • Water proof

                              Cons

                              • none

                              Best Uses

                              • Birdwatching

                              Comments about Kowa TSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (Requires Eyepiece):

                              I use this scope for birdwatching and the clarity is the best ive seen. Cant reccomend it enough

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                              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              BEST SPOTTING SCOPE ON THE MARKET !

                              By Barry Dumaw

                              from Washington

                              About Me Avid Adventurer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Best in class color
                              • Bright Eyepiece
                              • Hight contrast
                              • Sensitivity Controls
                              • Strong biuld
                              • Strong Magnification
                              • Very sharp

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Best for Wildlife
                                • Low Visibility
                                • Shooting

                                Comments about Kowa TSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (Requires Eyepiece):

                                I did months of research before buying this spotting scope, testing all of the other top brands in the field in Yellowstone. It's the best out there for wildlife watching bar none! I use it to watch and study the Wolves and Grizzley in Yellowstone in all types of weather, from frezzing snow to hot it shines above all other scopes. I have set it up next to some of the other top scopes on the market watching Wolves and it had much better performance than ALL other top brands and they were all there(we know who they are). The Kowa was sharper, better contrast, true'er colors and alot brighter more so into the evening hours. The biuld is best in class, the eye pice is the best I have seen. A home run Kowa!

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                                (4 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                Still not the best bird scope there is.

                                By AT80 Fan

                                from Ireland

                                Verified Buyer

                                Comments about Kowa TSN-883 Angled 88mm Prominar Spotting Scope (Requires Eyepiece):

                                I have been seeking a replacement for the original Swarovski AT80 for some years. I had bought & returned 2 of the new ATS80 which simply aren't as sharp as the old AT80, the fault appearing not to be with the zoom eye-piece as I'd put the new one on the old body without diminution in performance so apparently it's with the body design.

                                So I bought the new Kowa & tested it over a period of hours birding in the field against both the new & the old Swarovski. I think it's better than the new although there's not that much in it but it's definitely not as sharp as the old. It just doesn't have the precision focus of the old Swarovski, even the 10 year old well-used example I tested it against. The zoom eye-piece has a wider field of view at 20x but is narrower at higher magnifications. I should say I'm less influenced by a scopes rubber armour, weight or size than others might be. For me ultra-sharp easy focus is the most important & the Kowa doesn't do it. Please Swarovski, bring back the old AT80!
                                I returned the Kowa & sent my old Swarovski for cleaning.

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                                Eyepieces & Accessories

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                                Required item: Please be sure to purchase a compatible eyepiece in order to enjoy this spotting scope.

                                Kowa -  TE-11WZ Prominar 25-60x Zoom Eyepiece
                                • You Pay: $559.95
                                 

                                Cleaning & Anti-Fog

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                                Help keep your optics clean & fog free with these tools.

                                Pearstone -  Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, 18% Gray (7 x 7.9")
                                • You Pay: $4.99
                                 

                                Strap your device securely & carry in comfort.

                                Kowa -  CNW-11 Carrying Case
                                • You Pay: $69.95
                                 

                                Protect your lens or shade your lens from unwanted stray light.

                                Bower -  95mm Digital HD UV Filter
                                • You Pay: $24.00
                                 

                                Digiscoping

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                                Capture photos through the eyepiece of a birdwatcher's spotting scope.

                                Kowa -  TSN-DA10 Digiscoping Adapter
                                • You Pay: $159.95
                                 

                                Attaches to lenses VIA Outside of Eyepiece, DA-1 Series Adapter ring is required. See mounts and supports.

                                Tripods and Window Mounts

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                                Steady your scope with the support and stability you need.

                                Manfrotto -  MK393-HM Photo-Movie Aluminum Tripod QR Kit (Black)
                                • You Pay: $79.95
                                 

                                Mounts and Supports

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                                Attach TSN-DA1 Digiscoping Digital Camera Adapter with these mounts

                                Kowa -  DA-1 Series 58mm Filter Adapter Ring
                                • You Pay: $45.00
                                 

                                Rugged Scoping Accessories

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                                Enhance your glassing or trekking sessions with these useful tools.

                                Celestron -  TrekGuide Digital Compass (Black)
                                • You Pay: $22.00
                                 
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