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March 2021
Author: Jerrod Lile

Kowa forged a major statement in the world of sporting optics with the launch of the legendary Kowa TSN-880 PROMINAR series spotting scopes. A fluorite crystal spotting scope matched by no other on the market. To this day, the Kowa TSN-880 PROMINAR remains at the pinnacle of optical performance. The TSN-550 PROMINAR follows in the footsteps of this legendary optic and once again sets the benchmark in spotting scopes in the compact market. Not only does the TSN-550 PROMINAR adopt the unique styling of its larger TSN-880 predecessor, it also inherits what makes the TSN-880 still unrivalled to this day – decades of Kowa optical development. Kowa’s dream was to create an ultra-portable spotting scope, delivering the highest levels of optical performance. This vision has been realized in the TSN-550 PROMINAR.

·       Objective Lens Diameter: 55 mm
·       Magnification: 15-45x
·       Minimum Focusing Distance: 9.8'
·       Weight: 553 (angled) – 28.5 oz.
         554 (straight) – 28.2 oz.

“In an effort to cut weight and save space on my backpacking hunts, I’ve used almost every compact spotting scope on the market. Without exception, I’ve been disappointed in the quality of the glass, until now. I think that many optics manufacturers have marginalized this category for some reason, so I was stoked when I saw that Kowa had entered this market with the best glass that they offer in their top end optics. Believe me, this scope will not disappoint. It’s the smallest, lightest scope I’ve ever used, and thanks to its pure Fluorite Crystal glass, it’s crystal clear from edge to edge with no distortion across the entire zoom range of 15x to 45x. At 28.5 ounces and only 10.5 inches long, you’ll never consider leaving this thing at your base camp or in your pickup truck. It will make it into your backpack every single time, and it will make you smile every time you dial the focus ring!” – Jerrod Lile, Huntin’ Fool CEO and Hunt Advisor

MSRP: $1,999

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