Kowa TD-1 Combination Spotting Scope/Digital Camera

Kowa TD-1 2.2"/55mm Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing) with 10-30x Zoom Eyepiece & Integrated 3.1-Megapixel Digital Camera (30-39 Degree Apparent Field of View)

Kowa TD-1 2.2"/55mm Spotting Scope (Straight Viewing) with 10-30x Zoom Eyepiece & Integrated 3.1-Megapixel Digital Camera (30-39 Degree Apparent Field of View)

Used Cat.# 1261833 MFR # TD1
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Used Condition: 9

Shows signs of use, but very clean

Additional Comments: W/FILTER ADAPTER F/TD1/CASE

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  • 1Description

Kowa enjoys a spectacular reputation of enduring quality internationally, where there are large numbers of nature enthusiasts.

In response to the overwhelming market demand for devices which can be used to record high-powered views and not just observe them, Kowa has taken the initiative by producing the TD-1, a combination spotting scope & digital camera.

Unlike the compromises inherent in digital camera binoculars, for example, the TD-1 is equipped with world class resolution performance. Two elements of Prominar ED(extra-low dispersion) glass are employed, one in the objective lens and one in the eyepiece, to elimante chromatic aberration. Chromatic aberration is the bane of moderate telescopes and binoculars alike, easily seen as a red, blue or purple fringe around the edge of a subject when viewed against a bright background. This is because different colors of light have different wavelengths, and without the expensive materials it is impossible to exactly focus all the portions of visible light at the same point. The views rendered by the TD-1 are stellar, and the more colorful and bright the subject you're viewing is the more apparent the benefits of ED glass will be.

The 3.1-megapixel digital camera portion of the TD-1 is powered by four easily-found "AA" batteries. With both USB and NSTC/PAL video output modes of information exchange, it is easily used with most modern computers, televisions and monitors. The ISO setting can be switched only between ISO 100 and 200, and this translates to exposure sensitivity as good as EV 4.0 at the 10x setting of the eyepiece. The system accepts the highly regarded SD memory cards and records in the JPEG format, either as uncompressed files or in two modes of JPEG compression.

The TD-1 is not waterproof and fogproof like an all-weather scope such as the TSN-821, for example, but it is reasonably robust enough to be used in most situations of moderate temperature and humidity. With a view through the eyepiece that rivals great spotting scopes, you'll no longer have to choose between truly enjoying the view as it occurs or documenting what's seen instead.

Fully multicoated optics with two elements of Prominar ED glass used to correct chromatic aberration
Rotating tripod collar with detented click stops
Sliding sun shade shields lens from stray light and humidity
1.8" LCD Monitor in addition to the high-resolution observing eyepiece
75-225mm f/2.8-4.0 Lens(equivalent to 450-1350mm f/2.8-4.0 in 35mm format)
Focuses as close as 16.4' (5.0 m) in manual mode(65.6'/20 m in autofocus mode)
Accepts popular and small SD memory cards(maximum size is 256 MB)
Real optical viewfinder with 85% coverage and -5 to +5 dioptric correction
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Magnification 10-30x
Objective Lens Diameter 55mm
Angle of View 10x: 1.3°
30x: 1.0°
Field-of-View (@ 1000 Yds) 10x: 69' (23 m at 1000 m)
30x: 51' (17 m at 1000 m)
Minimum Focus Distance 16.4' (5.0 m) only in manual focus mode
Exit Pupil Diameter 10x: 5.5mm
30x: 1.8mm
Eye Relief 20mm
Relative Brightness 10x: 30.3
30x: 3.4
Twilight Factor 10x: 23.5
30x: 40.6
Weatherproofing None
Dimensions 15.2 x 5.1 x 4.9" (385 x 130 x 125mm) WxHxD
Weight 5.07 lb (2300 g)