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Review of Kowa BD II 6.5x32 XD (1 Viewer)

Stevenkelby

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Australia
I love my kowa 6.5x32 but really want some lens hoods, mainly to protect the objectives from damage but also dew.

I don't mind if it's not a perfect solution, just pushing on some metal threaded lens hoods would be ok.

Does anyone have any thoughts?

Thanks!

Steve.
 

mwhogue

Well Known Member
Supporter
Tonight for the first time I noticed the view glassing was better with my spectacles. While out walking I trained the Kowa 6.5x32 on Jupiter not expecting much. Surprisingly, very fine focusing - mine has an an almost Genesis smooth focusing wheel - brought the planet and the 4 moons into focus. This came as a surprise and so caused some slight doubt about what appeared to be clearly visible. Back to the house, where I mounted the Kowas and a SW spotting scope on tripods side by side. The scope confirmed that at least my particular model Kowa will show the Galilean Moons even hand held with patient precise focusing.

Mike
 

Blue72

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what made me keep the Kowa 6.5x was being able to see the North American nebula. Something I can’t do in the monarch 7 8x30, maven 6x30, or my meopta 8x32
 

Chosun Juan

Given to Fly
Australia - Aboriginal
what made me keep the Kowa 6.5x was being able to see the North American nebula. Something I can’t do in the monarch 7 8x30, maven 6x30, or my meopta 8x32
What is it about the Kowa that let's you see those things, and makes it your preference for stargazing over the other bins you listed .... ?


Chosun 👧
 

Blue72

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What is it about the Kowa that let's you see those things, and makes it your preference for stargazing over the other bins you listed .... ?


Chosun 👧
Technically, I’m not sure…but it’s very good at light transmission of the night sky

I prefer this for astronomy because of its relaxing views and it’s super wide fields. You can get large section of starfields for a “bigger story”.

widefield 7x35 have always been a favorite among many astronomers. I feel the Kowa 6.5x32 are just a modern version of that format
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia

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