Pure Experience.


Takumi
— a word that means both the artisan and the artisan’s dedication to craftsmanship — carries the nuance of relentless attention to detail. Used for individual artisans as well as the most elite Japanese companies, the term is synonymous for the pinnacle of Japanese manufacturing where the commitment to innovation and dedication to flawless production is paramount. The Spirit of Takumi is in the DNA of Kowa, an innovator in Japanese manufacturing dating all the way back to the early days of the Meiji Era. That spirit is reflected nowhere more clearly than in the spotting scopes that bear the PROMINAR name.

Lens materials


The fluorite crystal used in PROMINAR products is a lens material that is highly effective in dramatically reducing chromatic aberration. Optical instruments with long focal lengths are easily affected by “chromatic aberration” often referred to as colour fringing. This negative optical effect is caused by focusing differences due to different colour wavelengths. Colour fringing is a major factor in the degradation of the “viewing experience”. Chromatic aberration effects are extremely difficult to eliminate even with the use of expensive optical glass. By using an advanced combination of fluorite crystal, which has extremely low dispersion and glass that maintains specific partial dispersion qualities, it is possible to limit the chromatic aberration effect for visible light ranging from red to violet. However, this process requires advanced processing techniques and exposure to greater manufacturing risks resulting in more time consuming and complex manufacturing process, The manufacturing demands are far greater than that of conventional glass. The use of fluorite crystal is testament to dedication, optical heritage and technological know-how. A desire to deliver a “pure” manufacturing process and to provide the most natural view of nature , despite the many manufacturing challenges.

Lens Polishing Technology


Every lens benefits from the skills, technology and optical heritage from engineers developed over decades in the grinding, polishing and centering stages of lens manufacturing. Fluorite crystal lenses demand even higher levels of manufacturing processes with even finer tolerances down to 0.1 μm accuracy of shape, requiring both mechanical and manual checks to ensure a perfect lens. Only a perfect lens makes its way in to a PROMINAR product. Special polishing materials designed specifically for fluorite crystal have been developed to enhance the performance of this special material. Lenses are almost like living beings and no two lenses are the same. For this reason, a “total lens surface, all item inspection” method is employed utilising an optical interferometer, measuring every individual lens and ensuring absolute accuracy. This level of checking and inspection is not used for normal mass produced optics. However, because PROMINAR gives great importance to its “responsibility and pride for every single lens”, it is proud to employ this intense, time-consuming procedure to ensure every PROMINAR lens is perfect and performs at the highest level.

Coating Technology


Lens transmission characteristics are directly applied when light travels through the lenses and passes to the eye. All surfaces of PROMINAR lenses and prisms are multicoated to produce high transmission. Coatings, despite their fine layer depth can be subject to stress which can result in a lens or prism exceeding the rated values for the accuracy of its shape, this can result in negative optical effects for the viewer. PROMINAR strictly monitors and maintains these rated values in all products to ensure 100% shape accuracy. The optimum number of coating layers are applied according to the lens refractive index and structure. PROMINAR does not only rely on digital corrections alone to compensate for any defects found in the lenses produced . Every lens is also manually checked with the human eye to ensure perfection. True, high optical performance can only be achieved from the skills developed and employed by craftsmen through the entire manufacturing process including the polishing and coating processes.

Assembly Technology


Smooth movements make the user unaware that they are operating the optic. The manufacturing unites the two so that operation feels natural and comfortable in the hands out in the field. This is realised by matching the perfectly polished lenses with precisely machined components to micron levels with optimum positioning and balance during assembly. Moving parts are manually tested and adjusted until they perform flawlessly. This process is repeated for every PROMINAR product on an individual basis until perfection is achieved. A PROMINAR product should feel like part of the user when held in the hand and portray an image of nature as it really is in the users eye. These are privileges granted only by PROMINAR.

Discover the PROMINAR line-up

Kowa TSN-99A PROMINAR 30-70x angled Zoom Kit
Kowa TSN-99A PROMINAR 30-70x Zoom Kit Kowa TSN-99A PROMINAR angled spotting scope body TE-11WZ II 30-70x wide zoom eyepiece BRIGHT, WIDE, CRYSTAL CLEARFor those who arrive early and leave late. LARGE 99mm OBJECTIVE LENSA large 99mm pure fluorite crystal objective lens paired with a Kowa XD concave lens produces superior lowlight performance and exquisite detail. This special combination combined with improved optical coatings virtually eliminates chromatic aberration even at high magnification. DUAL FOCUS - PIN POINT CONTROLThe dual focus mechanism is the gateway to controlling the image between your eye and the scope. exquisite engineering is refined to make operation flawless. Quick focus allows for fast action to bring your subject in to detail in just a few smooth revolutions, whilst Fine focus gives pin-point, finger-tip control offering the ultimate in focussing accuracy. TOUGH, LIGHTWEIGHT & PORTABLEUtilizing a100% magnesium alloy structure, the TSN-99 PROMINAR series spotting scope is one of the most compact and lightweight in its class of large objective spotting scopes making it more portable than many other models. A fully waterproof and nitrogen sealed shell plus Kowa KR coating on the optics makes the scope reassuringly rugged. DESIGNED TO DIGISCOPEThe TSN-99 PROMINAR is 100% compatible with our KOWA SYSTEM accessory range giving you access to Interchangeable eyepieces,accessories and digiscoping adapters for DSLR cameras and smartphones - creating a truly flexible optical tool for many applications.

€4,198.00
Kowa TSN-88A PROMINAR 25-60x angled Zoom Kit
Kowa TSN-88A PROMINAR 25-60x Zoom Kit Kowa TSN-88A PROMINAR angled spotting scope body TE-11WZ II 25-60x wide zoom eyepiece COLOUR, THE WAY NATURE INTENDED.When crafting the new TSN-88 PROMINAR series, Kowa went back to its routes in optical design. Routes which have made it one of the most popular spotting scope manufacturers in the world.To enhance a basic fundamental feature that PROMINAR users enjoy every time they look through their eyepiece - Natural Colour.Kowa has always prided itself on manufacturing optics that deliver a pure rendition of the view in front of the lens. Allowing you, the observer to explore and enjoy every detail of the subject.An image free of negative optical distractions allowing you to immerse yourself into the scene in front of you. PURE FLUORITE CRYSTAL OBJECTIVEThe new TSN-88 PROMINAR features an 88mm pure fluorite crystal objective lens - the true optical powerhouse at the heart of all PROMINAR flagship optics. This unique lens redefines the standards of colour brilliance and eliminates chromatic aberration for one of the most detailed views of the natural world. HIGHER TRANSMISSIONKowa engineers have improved the unique optical coatings applied not only to the lenses but also the prism in the new TSN-88 PROMINAR spotting scope series. The result is a spotting scope that delivers even higher levels of light wavelength transmission than its predecessor and most important of all, across the entire colour spectrum for the most natural colour of nature. TOUGH, LIGHTWEIGHT & PORTABLEThe TSN-88 PROMINAR now benefits from a 100% magnesium alloy structure, making it not only tougher but also lighter than its predecessor. A fully waterproof and nitrogen sealed shell plus an upgrade of Kowa KR coating applied to the objective lens which repels dirt, moisture and dust from building on the surface, makes the scope reassuringly rugged. DUAL FOCUS PIN POINT CONTROLThe dual focus mechanism is the gateway to controlling the image between your eye and the scope. Exquisite engineering is refined to make operation flawless. Quick focus allows for fast action to bring your subject in to detail in just a few smooth revolutions, whilst Fine focus gives pin-point, finger-tip control offering the ultimate in focussing accuracy. LOOKS AREN’T EVERYTHING, BUT…The TSN-88 PROMINAR adopts the new ergonomic curves and form created for the recent TSN-99 PROMINAR scope series. Th ere is no mistaking this spotting scope is PROMINAR. Classic green with new and improved elegant styling and a comfortable shape designed to give the user the best experience and operation out in the field. STILL THE KING OF DIGISCOPINGThe TSN-88 PROMINAR retains its crown in the world of digiscoping, offering the photo enthusiast ultra long range telephoto photography options not possible in conventional photography. The improved coatings further enhance digiscoping performance even at the highest levels of magnification producing images that were once only achievable with high end DSLR systems. Kowa has an enviable line-up of dedicated and universal smartphone adapters to allow simple connection of most smartphone models to the TSN-88 PROMINAR, take highly magnified and detailed images and videos with your smartphone of the natural world. DUAL TRIPOD MOUNTA new dual tripod mounting system prevents the scope from slipping or rotating on the tripod shoe ensuring extra stability for long periods of use. A game changer for ultimate convenience and handling out in the field. AIMING SITEThe spotting scope includes a new detachable aiming site that can be fixed on to the accessory collar to assist in locating your subject more rapidly. The lens hood also features a newly designed built in aiming site as a further visual aid.

€3,698.00
Kowa TSN-66A PROMINAR 25-60x angled Zoom Kit
TSN-66 PROMINAR66mm PURE FLUORITE CRYSTAL SPOTTING SCOPEThe TSN-66 PROMINAR is the newest member of Kowa’s PROMINAR family of spotting scopes, boasting exceptional pure fluorite crystal optics that have earned Kowa global acclaim.With a compact and lightweight body and 66mm objective lens, the TSN-66 PROMINAR is the ideal tool for those who want to travel light, without compromising on image quality when they arrive at their favourite location.Expanding the PROMINAR pure fluorite crystal family.Proudly made in Japan, this spotting scope joins a line-up of world-renowned precision optics featuring unique optical coatings and pure fluorite crystal technology. The PROMINAR range has set the standard for optical quality and performance, delivering outstanding image clarity and resolution. The TSN-66 PROMINAR upholds this tradition, and now offers nature enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the precision and clarity of a PROMINAR spotting scope in a more compact and lightweight form.Experience the truth and beauty of natural colour.Kowa has always been dedicated to delivering optical products that offer a true-to-life representation of the natural world. For nature enthusiasts and bird watchers, Kowa optics provide an unrivalled viewing experience. With Kowa’s commitment to the highest quality standards and utilising pure fluorite crystal lenses, the products deliver a pure rendition of the view in front of the lens, allowing users to explore and enjoy every detail of the subject.Lightweight yet tough: Portable perfection.Strong, light and built to last. The 100% magnesium alloy body not only provides robustness but also ensures a lightweight design. With a fully sealed outer body, this spotting scope is 100% waterproof and nitrogen-filled, making it impervious to the elements. Experience the perfect balance of strength and weight with the TSN-66 PROMINAR, built to last a lifetime. The scope is offered in both Angled (A) and Straight (S) configurations.Precision Dual FocusWith meticulous attention to detail, this scope delivers exceptional performance and intuitive operation. Our flagship spotting scopes are defined by their dual focus system, and the TSN-66 PROMINAR is no exception. This highly engineered feature provides ultimate control, ensuring flawless and precise operation. With quick focus, you can bring your subject into detail in just a few smooth revolutions. Meanwhile, fine focus provides pin-point fingertip control, delivering the ultimate in focusing accuracy. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a novice, the TSN-66 PROMINAR’s dual focus system offers flawless operation out in the field.Kowa System compatibleCross compatibility is a fundamental feature of all our PROMINAR spotting scopes, including the TSN-66 PROMINAR. With the 100% compatible accessory collar and bayonet mount, you have access to a wide range of interchangeable eyepieces and accessories, making this scope a truly flexible and compact optical tool that can be used for many applications.The most compact and effective digiscoping option out there!The TSN-66 PROMINAR series scopes are highly effective digiscoping tools due to their pure fluorite crystal lens, which provides unparalleled image clarity and brightness. Combine this outstanding optical performance with their lightweight and compact bodies and experience the ultimate travel companion for wildlife photographers on the go.NOW, THERE REALLY IS A BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. Why compromise?Travel light and experience nature’s true detail with the Kowa TSN-66 PROMINAR.

€2,698.00
Kowa TSN-553 15-45x Angled Spotting Scope
TSN-553 15-45x angled spotting scope A truly unique compact spotting scope featuring a fluorite crystal objective lens, designed to  make your journeys truly memorable and immersive. At the heart of the TSN-550 PROMINAR series spotting scope beats a fluorite crystal objective lens. This natural mineral has an outstanding feature of very low dispersion that cannot be found in optical glass. This characteristic enables Kowa to eliminate colour blur almost completely and dramatically increase resolution and contrast. Fluorite crystal is a unique feature of Kowa spotting scopes and is a testament to decades of Kowa optical developments. Measuring just a mere 270mm in length and weighing only 800g, the TSN-550 PROMINAR is truly compact and makes the perfect travel companion. The TSN-550 PROMINAR represents a way of thinking, a way of life. An optic that enhances every moment you use it. It’s unique. A spotting scope this compact creates new opportunities. Wherever your journey takes you, the Kowa TSN-550 is the perfect travel companion. A lightweight yet durable, fully waterproof and nitrogen filled chassis ensures performance in the toughest of environments.

€1,899.00
Kowa HIGHLANDER PROMINAR Binocular with 32x Eyepieces
The ultimate large binocular. The ultimate large binocular. Featuring large 82mm pure fluorite crystal objective lenses with excellent light gathering power and virtually eliminating all chromatic aberration. Distortion free viewing with edge to edge sharpness. Completely waterproof design filled with dry nitrogen gas and outstanding durability. The PROMINAR High Lander offers a flexible system with the option to change eyepieces, individual focus and interpupillary distance adjustment.Eyepieces for Highlander are supplied with twist-up eye cups, which can be exchanged against optional available fold eye-cups with slim design. (Diameter = 43mm instead of 50mm). Includes 32x wide eyepieces.

€4,998.00
Kowa TSN-99S PROMINAR 30-70x straight Zoom Kit
Kowa TSN-99S PROMINAR 30-70x Zoom Kit Kowa TSN-99S PROMINAR straight spotting scope body TE-11WZ II 30-70x wide zoom eyepeice BRIGHT, WIDE, CRYSTAL CLEARFor those who arrive early and leave late. LARGE 99mm OBJECTIVE LENSA large 99mm pure fluorite crystal objective lens paired with a Kowa XD concave lens produces superior lowlight performance and exquisite detail. This special combination combined with improved optical coatings virtually eliminates chromatic aberration even at high magnification. DUAL FOCUS - PIN POINT CONTROLThe dual focus mechanism is the gateway to controlling the image between your eye and the scope. Exquisite engineering is refined to make operation flawless. Quick focus allows for fast action to bring your subject in to detail in just a few smooth revolutions, whilst Fine focus gives pin-point, finger-tip control offering the ultimate in focussing accuracy. TOUGH, LIGHTWEIGHT & PORTABLEUtilizing a100% magnesium alloy structure, the TSN-99 PROMINAR series spotting scope is one of the most compact and lightweight in its class of large objective spotting scopes making it more portable than many other models. A fully waterproof and nitrogen sealed shell plus Kowa KR coating on the optics makes the scope reassuringly rugged. DESIGNED TO DIGISCOPEThe TSN-99 PROMINAR is 100% compatible with our KOWA SYSTEM accessory range giving you access to Interchangeable eyepieces,accessories and digiscoping adapters for DSLR cameras and smartphones - creating a truly flexible optical tool for many applications.

€4,198.00
Kowa TSN-88S PROMINAR 25-60x straight Zoom Kit
Kowa TSN-88S PROMINAR 25-60x Zoom Kit Kowa TSN-88S PROMINAR straight spotting scope body TE-11WZ II 25-60x wide zoom eyepiece COLOUR, THE WAY NATURE INTENDED.When crafting the new TSN-88 PROMINAR series, Kowa went back to its routes in optical design. Routes which have made it one of the most popular spotting scope manufacturers in the world.To enhance a basic fundamental feature that PROMINAR users enjoy every time they look through their eyepiece - Natural Colour.Kowa has always prided itself on manufacturing optics that deliver a pure rendition of the view in front of the lens. Allowing you, the observer to explore and enjoy every detail of the subject.An image free of negative optical distractions allowing you to immerse yourself into the scene in front of you. PURE FLUORITE CRYSTAL OBJECTIVEThe new TSN-88 PROMINAR features an 88mm pure fluorite crystal objective lens - the true optical powerhouse at the heart of all PROMINAR flagship optics. This unique lens redefines the standards of colour brilliance and eliminates chromatic aberration for one of the most detailed views of the natural world. HIGHER TRANSMISSIONKowa engineers have improved the unique optical coatings applied not only to the lenses but also the prism in the new TSN-88 PROMINAR spotting scope series. The result is a spotting scope that delivers even higher levels of light wavelength transmission than its predecessor and most important of all, across the entire colour spectrum for the most natural colour of nature. TOUGH, LIGHTWEIGHT & PORTABLEThe TSN-88 PROMINAR now benefits from a 100% magnesium alloy structure, making it not only tougher but also lighter than its predecessor. A fully waterproof and nitrogen sealed shell plus an upgrade of Kowa KR coating applied to the objective lens which repels dirt, moisture and dust from building on the surface, makes the scope reassuringly rugged. DUAL FOCUS PIN POINT CONTROLThe dual focus mechanism is the gateway to controlling the image between your eye and the scope. Exquisite engineering is refined to make operation flawless. Quick focus allows for fast action to bring your subject in to detail in just a few smooth revolutions, whilst Fine focus gives pin-point, finger-tip control offering the ultimate in focussing accuracy. LOOKS AREN’T EVERYTHING, BUT…The TSN-88 PROMINAR adopts the new ergonomic curves and form created for the recent TSN-99 PROMINAR scope series. Th ere is no mistaking this spotting scope is PROMINAR. Classic green with new and improved elegant styling and a comfortable shape designed to give the user the best experience and operation out in the field. STILL THE KING OF DIGISCOPINGThe TSN-88 PROMINAR retains its crown in the world of digiscoping, offering the photo enthusiast ultra long range telephoto photography options not possible in conventional photography. The improved coatings further enhance digiscoping performance even at the highest levels of magnification producing images that were once only achievable with high end DSLR systems. Kowa has an enviable line-up of dedicated and universal smartphone adapters to allow simple connection of most smartphone models to the TSN-88 PROMINAR, take highly magnified and detailed images and videos with your smartphone of the natural world. DUAL TRIPOD MOUNTA new dual tripod mounting system prevents the scope from slipping or rotating on the tripod shoe ensuring extra stability for long periods of use. A game changer for ultimate convenience and handling out in the field. AIMING SITEThe spotting scope includes a new detachable aiming site that can be fixed on to the accessory collar to assist in locating your subject more rapidly. The lens hood also features a newly designed built in aiming site as a further visual aid.

€3,698.00
Kowa TSN-66S PROMINAR 25-60x Straight Zoom Kit
TSN-66 PROMINAR66mm PURE FLUORITE CRYSTAL SPOTTING SCOPE zoom kitThe TSN-66 PROMINAR is the newest member of Kowa’s PROMINAR family of spotting scopes, boasting exceptional pure fluorite crystal optics that have earned Kowa global acclaim.With a compact and lightweight body and 66mm objective lens, the TSN-66 PROMINAR is the ideal tool for those who want to travel light, without compromising on image quality when they arrive at their favourite location.Expanding the PROMINAR pure fluorite crystal family.Proudly made in Japan, this spotting scope joins a line-up of world-renowned precision optics featuring unique optical coatings and pure fluorite crystal technology. The PROMINAR range has set the standard for optical quality and performance, delivering outstanding image clarity and resolution. The TSN-66 PROMINAR upholds this tradition, and now offers nature enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the precision and clarity of a PROMINAR spotting scope in a more compact and lightweight form.Experience the truth and beauty of natural colour.Kowa has always been dedicated to delivering optical products that offer a true-to-life representation of the natural world. For nature enthusiasts and bird watchers, Kowa optics provide an unrivalled viewing experience. With Kowa’s commitment to the highest quality standards and utilising pure fluorite crystal lenses, the products deliver a pure rendition of the view in front of the lens, allowing users to explore and enjoy every detail of the subject.Lightweight yet tough: Portable perfection.Strong, light and built to last. The 100% magnesium alloy body not only provides robustness but also ensures a lightweight design. With a fully sealed outer body, this spotting scope is 100% waterproof and nitrogen-filled, making it impervious to the elements. Experience the perfect balance of strength and weight with the TSN-66 PROMINAR, built to last a lifetime. The scope is offered in both Angled (A) and Straight (S) configurations.Precision Dual FocusWith meticulous attention to detail, this scope delivers exceptional performance and intuitive operation. Our flagship spotting scopes are defined by their dual focus system, and the TSN-66 PROMINAR is no exception. This highly engineered feature provides ultimate control, ensuring flawless and precise operation. With quick focus, you can bring your subject into detail in just a few smooth revolutions. Meanwhile, fine focus provides pin-point fingertip control, delivering the ultimate in focusing accuracy. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a novice, the TSN-66 PROMINAR’s dual focus system offers flawless operation out in the field.Kowa System compatibleCross compatibility is a fundamental feature of all our PROMINAR spotting scopes, including the TSN-66 PROMINAR. With the 100% compatible accessory collar and bayonet mount, you have access to a wide range of interchangeable eyepieces and accessories, making this scope a truly flexible and compact optical tool that can be used for many applications.The most compact and effective digiscoping option out there!The TSN-66 PROMINAR series scopes are highly effective digiscoping tools due to their pure fluorite crystal lens, which provides unparalleled image clarity and brightness. Combine this outstanding optical performance with their lightweight and compact bodies and experience the ultimate travel companion for wildlife photographers on the go.NOW, THERE REALLY IS A BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. Why compromise?Travel light and experience nature’s true detail with the Kowa TSN-66 PROMINAR.

€2,698.00
Kowa TSN-554 15-45x Straight Spotting Scope
TSN-554 15-45x straight spotting scope A truly unique compact spotting scope featuring a fluorite crystal objective lens, designed to  make your journeys truly memorable and immersive. At the heart of the TSN-550 PROMINAR series spotting scope beats a fluorite crystal objective lens. This natural mineral has an outstanding feature of very low dispersion that cannot be found in optical glass. This characteristic enables Kowa to eliminate colour blur almost completely and dramatically increase resolution and contrast. Fluorite crystal is a unique feature of Kowa spotting scopes and is a testament to decades of Kowa optical developments. Measuring just a mere 270mm in length and weighing only 800g, the TSN-550 PROMINAR is truly compact and makes the perfect travel companion. The TSN-550 PROMINAR represents a way of thinking, a way of life. An optic that enhances every moment you use it. It’s unique. A spotting scope this compact creates new opportunities. Wherever your journey takes you, the Kowa TSN-550 is the perfect travel companion. A lightweight yet durable, fully waterproof and nitrogen filled chassis ensures performance in the toughest of environments.

€1,899.00