If you are a backpack hunter this is the scope for you. Weighing in at 29 ounces it will no get left behind. I speak from experience and have left the spotter behind because of the extra weight. This little scope zooms to 45x and the great thing is the sharpness and edge to edge is still impressive at that power setting. I will have this in my pack even if the load is heavy. Most binoculars weigh more than this. I have a ATX Swarovski and it is the one most are judged by these days. I will say in good light the Kowa gives up very little to the ATX given the power selected is the same. If you want the best scope on the market while counting ounces, this is the scope for you.
Excellent build quality,super packable, quality picture. Small field of view and less forgiving eye relief, but worth the trade off for size and weight if backpacking are your intentions
SandS was one of the first resellers of this new scope. While Kowaâ€™s price tag made me gulp a little, I knew that if I liked this scope it would be my last. This little guy is incredible for a 55mm scope. I carried it for miles on a camping trip in Ontario. Zoomed out to its max still provides a crystal clear image, though eyeglass wearers might find the eye relief at max zoom a bit tedious. I donâ€™t wear glasses and eye relief was no problem.
I highly recommend this scope.
I own the 880 Prominar Kowa spotting scope so I am not surprised at the quality of this little scope. However I must say it exceeded even my expectations. Thanks Kowa and thanks S&S for offering this great product. I only wish I could find a good quality packable cover for this great scope