Summary: This is the finest piece of optical equipment I have ever looked through. I purchased the 883 with both the 25x LER and 20-60x eyepieces. Eagle Optics had everything in stock and shipped it out within 24 hours via FedEx overnight service, for no additional charge I might add. Eagle had the best price I could find anywhere on this scope by $250. I was so pleased with Eagle that I just this week bought a Kowa 773 demo for my wife to use at a ridiculously low price.
Summary: I had used this scope in the past during a guided bird tour and thought it was a good one. Also have limited viewing through Swarovski and Leica which were also very good. I was really wanting this one but was also looking at the Swarovski ATS 65mm, to save money and carrying weight. Turns out with a Gitzo 2531 tripod and G2180 head it was light enough for a 62 year old in good shape with minor neck and back pain to carry moderate distances so far.
Summary: This scope is my favorite thing. I mean, of any kind of thing, it's the best thing I own or get to use. I had used scopes very few times before buying this one. When I started using it, I began to be able to see things I could never see before. When I have subsequently used other scopes (besides a birding friend's nice Swarovski), I have had the feeling of being back in a high school biology lab, feeling frustrated at not quite being able to get a clear look through the...
Summary: This is clearly one of the best scopes on the market. The scope is light weight and easy to pack in long distances. The focus is easy to use with fine and course adjustments. The added 20-60 power eye piece allows you to get the most out of this scopes superior optics. The fluorite optics are unmatched and clear at long distance viewing. An excellent scope overall.
Summary: I bought the scope and eyepiece for birdwatching. It truly exceeds my expectation. The images are sharp and clear. Even at high mag, the color is great. It is just fantastic. I also bought the cover. It is fine as a carrying case, but cumbersome to use as a field cover on the tripod.
Summary: I've been very pleased with the Kowa 883 angled 88mm Prominar Scope.It's lightweight with superb viewing.Using the 20-60 Viewing eyepiece,the clarity is very sharp all the way up to 60 mm.It's superior to my Swarovski ST 80 which I formerly used.I would recommend it to anyone and the cost savings is in excess of $1000 compared to some of the other high scopes.
Summary: Optics are top notch. Clear edge to edge. Focusing is fast and precise with the two focusing knobs. The angled scope makes it difficult to use with a window mount pan head. It's a tradeoff from ease of use on a tri-pod. It's lightweight and short length is a big plus over other brands in this class.
Summary: This is my 3d KOWA scope & I have enjoyed each model. I purchased all my KOWA scopes from Eagle Optics & am very satisfied with their customer care! I use the scope in monitoring/observing/digiscoping (birds & mammals) for the National Park Service & Texas Audubon Society. The KOWA 883 has great clarity & brilliance. The great staff @ Eagle Optics is extremely helpful in guidance RE camera adaptions for digiscoping! It's a joy to use!