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binomania Friday 22nd March 2013 20:53

My impression on Kowa Highlander Prominar
 
Hi to All. I've published an articlel concerning the use in field of my Kowa Highlander.
You can find here:
http://www.binomania.it/wordpress/?p=1422
Best Regards from Italy!
Piergiovanni

Mono Friday 22nd March 2013 21:18

Now that's a pair of binoculars!!!!!

[email protected] Thursday 28th March 2013 03:30

Quote:

Originally Posted by binomania (Post 2688133)
Hi to All. I've published an articlel concerning the use in field of my Kowa Highlander.
You can find here:
http://www.binomania.it/wordpress/?p=1422
Best Regards from Italy!
Piergiovanni

Who is that girl! I have always wanted a pair of the big Kowas. I imagine they are fantastic.

FrankD Thursday 28th March 2013 08:10

His wife. Now behave.

;)

I, for one, would love to look through one of the Highlanders some day. Wide field eyepieces with excellent CA control....what is not to like?

Kevin Conville Friday 29th March 2013 08:36

They look awesome alright. I can imagine having those as my patio deck bins.

mooreorless Friday 29th March 2013 19:24

http://www.birdforum.net/attachment....8&d=1266109096

Hi Kevin, I tried the non Prominar model at the LCSS and would love to have that model.

binomania Friday 29th March 2013 19:26

Quote:

Originally Posted by [email protected] (Post 2692594)
Who is that girl! I have always wanted a pair of the big Kowas. I imagine they are fantastic.

Hi, she is my sister in law. I use often Kowa Highlander to watch birds of pray. The images are fantastics..
Piergiovanni

Maleveld Monday 6th June 2016 15:29

I know you also own a docter optic 40x 80.
Which is the better?
I also own a 40x80, but those kowa's look impressive!

binomania Friday 8th July 2016 21:05

Quote:

Originally Posted by Maleveld (Post 3410114)
I know you also own a docter optic 40x 80.
Which is the better?
I also own a 40x80, but those kowa's look impressive!

Hi, i send you the answer written on Cloudy Nights some months ago

However I bought the Kowa Highlander Prominar because I watch a lot of birds of prey and ungulates. For this reason, I needed a pair of angled binoculars with the possibility of changing the eyepieces.
When I walk a lot in the mountains I use my spotting scope but, for prolonged observations ,I prefer the big binoculars. In this field , Kowa Highlander Prominar is incredible: great contrast, no chromatic aberration, no rolling ball effect (for me) and a great construction.
The Kowa Highlander Prominar in the middle of the field, provides high contrast images but it is difficult, for me and my friends, to determine wich is better. They are two different binoculars, like Ferrari vs Lamborghini;

The simplicity of the Docter optical system provides , in astronomy, nicer images. Infact Kowa Highlander Prominar is composed of a roof penta prism + prism to 45 It has also a neutral density filter before the eyepieces.
Looking at the bright stars with the Highlander, sometimes you notice some spikes and some reflexes that are not seen in the Docter -Porro Prism. In addition, the Docter Aspectem has pinpoint stars to the edge. In contrast Docter Aspectem is limited to his 40x magnification and for the vision straight that is tiring.
It sounds crazy but I have bought the Kowa Highlander Prominar mainly for birdwatching and for landscape observation.
There is also an inexpensive option to these great binoculars: the new Vixen BT-ED70S-A
My friend Corrado Morelli has both the Kowa Highlander and the Docter Aspectem and is excited about the optical performance of the new Vixen BT.
Obviously its not waterproof but you can use all the astronomical eyepieces.
Best Regards
Piergiovanni


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