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Old 11-28-2012, 03:59 PM
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Re: zeiss vs kowa

On Kowa's site it says they have a lifetime warranty with an average turnaround of 10 days.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:48 PM
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I just called Kowa (1 800 966-5692) - Limited Lifetime Warranty Of Manufactures Defect.


Not sure that is the same as Zeiss or Swarovski. Will have to call them. I should have asked the girl at Kowa what happens if I drop the scope.
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I love the tsn88, but I am biased to kowa spotters
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:09 PM
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Understandably so. My first exposure with a Kowa was spotting an entire afternoon for a shooter I didn't even know. He had an older model with a fixed power eyepiece (30 power I believe). Very nice scope. Kind of made me wonder and it does again today, do I really need a zoom eyepiece, no. The equivalent today of what he had is the TSN-82SV and they sell a 25X eyepiece. This would be great for bench shooting but I would not want to haul it around all day.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:03 AM
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I was hoping to find a Swaro ATS 65 HD on sale this Holiday but no luck. Swaro had their binoculars on sale but not the scopes. The ATS 65 is brand new, maybe that is the reason.

I have looked thru just about all of the scopes and I can see a difference but again what do we really need.

While I use Zeiss binoculars and I like them very much I was not impressed with their scopes, at least the ones I tried. The fine focus was finicky. The glass was the usual Zeiss, very good.

The Kowa is also very nice, I thought of it more of a bench scope but I had not seen the model you mention. The only thing that concerned me with Kowa was the warranty. Make sure you check the warranty on the Zeiss as well. This is one of the reason I have been holding out for the Swarovski, they appear to have the best warranty, especially if I am taking it into the field.
Cabelas had the swaro 65mm ATM HD with 20-60 eyepiece for 1710$ right now.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:45 AM
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Re: zeiss vs kowa

There's some good deals on the discontinued Swarovski STM-65 HD.

Reeds Sporting Goods: Swarovski STM-65 HD Spotting Scope. That's about 600 to 800 dollars less than just a little while ago.

Kowa TSN-663 Prominar ED Lens is said to be the same or better at a lesser price point. Liberty Optics

Personally, I'm liking the price on the Swarovski while they last.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:32 AM
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Thanks everyone, time for me to look hard again.
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